Are All Spreader Bars Created Equal? – Part 4

Here at Tournament Cable we rig all our spreader bar teaser lines with 150lb test Momoi. Our center lines actually vary – 250lb test Momoi on the Medium Flex Bars, and 300lb test Momoi on the Heavy Flex Bars. But we terminate every center line with a 250lb BB Snap Swivel to make for easy changing of the stingers.

Hooks are always Southern Tuna style.

We rig our larger stinger lures with 600lb test stainless cable inside the skirt, and the smaller stingers with double leader inside the skirt. Chafe gear is applied on all necessary connections.

There are a lot of ways we could cut corners in rigging our spreader bars. But we’d rather do a quality rigging job, and make it count. You don’t put in all that effort and preparation to get out there, only to do a halfhearted job fishing. So we won’t do a halfhearted job making your tackle.
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Rigged with cable.

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Rigged with Double Mono Leader

All bars are balanced in-house and all crimp connection are made with the proper bench-crimping tools. Completed bars are supplied and shipped in a custom storage bag.

All teaser lures and stinger lures are made in the USA.

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Tuna Snack Stingers large and small.

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Tuna Bit Teaser baits.

Are All Spreader Bars Created Equal? – Part 3

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At the present time we offer bars with either 3/32” Medium flex or 1/8” Heavy flex. Both come in various lengths and both in Titanium.

Medium Flex (3/32″) is for lighter teasers baits such as the small Tuna Bits or 9” Shell Squids etc.

The Heavy Flex (1/8″) is for heavier teasers baits, such as large Tuna Bits or the full body 9” squids.

It is important to match the correct flex to the correct baits on your bar. Incorrectly matching will make your bar either bend and tangle, or crab-walk.

If you’d like to check out a video on bar rigging a couple years ago, you can check that out here – http://www.tournamentcable.com/pgs/itemsearch.cfm?itemcat=SBA&itemsubcat=SPB

Are All Spreader Bars Created Equal? – Part 2

Quality is definitely a focal point here at Tournament Cable, and we hope that shows through our products, and the pride we take in them. Continuing on the spreader bar comparison, we’d like to take a little time to compare teaser connections.

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Teaser connections, in theory, can be made of any way you need to. Any port in a storm. Does that make them good connections, or a good idea? No. On this competitor’s bar the end connection is nothing more than a household stainless screw eye crimped on the bar. Is it a connection point? Yes. Is it a good one? You tell me.

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Tournament Cable bars have swivel sleeves tightly crimped as their connection points. These components are specifically designed and made to provide the strongest, sturdiest connection possible for your teaser baits. Yes, any port in a storm works when you’re in a storm. But when you’ve got the time and ability to do it right for just a little extra – do it right.

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And lastly, as a preventative measure to prevent scratching the boat or someone’s eye during the end-game, Tournament Cable presses on vinyl cap protectors. It just makes sense.

Are All Spreader Bars Created Equal? – Part 1

You can’t compare any other spreader bar on the market to a Tournament Cable Spreader Bar. There is simply no comparison. No other bar can even come close when it comes to the quality of the materials and rigging.

Today we’ll talk about hub design – as you can see we have a precision machined hub of stainless steel. Most other bars on the market are either a small piece of plastic with holes drilled in it, or even an egg sinker.

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In the above pictures, the two competitor bars (to the right) show the center line running right through their version of a hub. The line is then crimped on both sides to secure it in place. That would be great, but crimps on a center line weaken and lessen the break strength of the mono of that line. It may seem more efficient, but ultimately it works against you.

In order to maintain connection strength, Tournament Cable spreader bar hubs (on the left) incorporate a 300lb Aussie swivel for the center line connection. Your snap goes right to the head of the hub, and the center line is attached to the Aussie Swivel. That means less lost fish, and a longer lasting bar.