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Terminal Tackle Review

Not Just Practical, but Tactical Fishing Clips


Date: 1/21/12
Tackle type: Terminal Tackle
Manufacturer: Tactical Anglers
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.92 - GOOD

Tying, retying, and retying yet again, the array of knots and connections a fisherman needs to know can be dizzying. For any angler throwing artificial lures, the task of connecting your line to your bait of choice can grow tiresome during a long morning of finding the bite. There are ways around this task of course but whether they be duo or cross lock snaps, the debate rages not only as to which style snap is most effective but also, can either really be trusted when the catch of a lifetime is at stake? Enter Tactical Fishing Clips and their new, paper clip-like connecting device.


Tactical Anglers Fishing Clips Specifications

Sizes 50lb, 125lb, 175lb
Qty per pack 8

Introducing Tactical Anglers Tactical Fishing Clips.

Impressions: We were introduced to these clips by Steve Yatomi of Adventure Travel Alliance down in the Amazon during the fall of 2010. These clips are remarkably simple in design but at the same time, very stout. There is no lock to secure your bait, but rather a series of bends resembling a paper clip to prevent your bait from working up and back out the openings. The clip itself is made of very sturdy wire material to mitigate against opening up.


They take the concept of a paper clip and turn it into a piece of terminal tackle!


The clips come in several different sizes and range in rating from 50 to 175 lbs. Upon close inspection it's hard to imagine any of these clips opening up during a fight. There just doesn't seem to be room enough for a fish to gain enough leverage to both open up the clip and have the bait slip out the open end.

This is the smallest clip. Rated at 50lbs, you can see it is made of very stout wire.

Field Tests: Of course, there's only one real way to find out and that's to fish the product! We ran Tactical Fishing Clips, product through the paces on a trip up to Clear Lake California earlier this year.

Shown here attached to a jerkbait.

The Bend: One of the characteristics I look for in a clip is a rounded bend at the end where your bait will be attached. Ideally, this bend will mimic that of a split ring so as to minimize any impact the clip might have on the bait's action.

Use even with big baits is no issue.

The Tactical Fishing Clip has more of a pointed end than a round one so I was a little skeptical as to the clip's effectiveness. Fortunately, on tests in the water next to the boat, dragging jerkbaits and cranks in the water while attached via a Tactical Fishing Clip, we witnessed no real impact on the baits' action.

They slip right in and you're ready to go.

Attaching a Lure: The wire from which these clips are made is pretty thick. The clips themselves hold together like a reinforced split ring, so getting baits in at first, can be a little tricky. The key is to get the ring of your bait into the one semi-open end of the clip and sort of pry the clip open. Once you slide your bait in, the clip snaps shut just like a split ring and your bait is secure.

A Mattlures Bluegill bait clipped on for testing.

A common disadvantage of using traditional snaps with larger lures possessing large diameter line tie rings is the difficulty in getting those rings into the snap without deforming (and weakening) the snap. Quite often you need to bend those snaps out in order to fit the larger rings into them, and then you need to bend them back in order for them to close properly. This not only weakens the metal in the snaps, but compromises the locking geometry making them more prone to failure. Because the Tactical Fishing Clip works more like a split ring, that problem does not exist for these clips.

Though these clips appear bulky, we noticed no effect on the bait's ability to swim correctly - this bass would agree!

Availability: The Tactical Fishing Clips are offered by Tactical Anglers, Inc. For now, these clips are their only tackle item. The company also offers some apparel, but they are constantly on the lookout for product ideas to enhance the anglers' experience. Distribution of their products is limited but you can find out more by visiting their website at www.tacticalanglers.com.


Tactical Anglers Fishing Clips Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Really well made 8
Performance Big and small baits alike were easy to get in once you grow accustomed to how the clips work 8.5
Price Less than a buck a clip 8
Features No clasp to open, thick wire construction 8
Design (Ergonomics) Just a tad bulky 7
Application Anytime you'd rather spend more time fishing than retying 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Quick and easy to use - A little tricky to find for now
+ Very strong - Those concerned with stealth will find these clips a bit bulky
+ No clasp to open  

Looking for a good, sound, clip alternative? Check out Tactical Anglers Tactical Fishing Clips!

Conclusion: Because of the size of these clips, they may not be suitable for all lure connections, especially in cases where you want to keep visible hardware to a minimum. They're just a little more stout than a standard snap, but they're also more sturdy. They are ideal for anglers who like to use a connection device when tossing big baits save for the fact I'd prefer just a slightly more rounded bend at the end where the bait is attached. We did not have the opportunity to personally test them against Peacock Bass, but Steve Yatomi has and they've held up well. If these clips can survive crazed battles with those fish, they can certainly withstand that of most others.









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