In a perfect world (with murky, shallow water) I would be busting limbs with 20-pound hi-viz line, a half-ounce spinnerbait and loving it. Unfortunately, most of my fishing is clear at the other end of the spectrum, trying to generate as many bites as possible from crystal water and a lot deeper than I’d prefer.

Depending on your definition or the range of parameters you choose to include, finesse fishing, even with bigger baits, is what we do in SoCal. Naturally, then, I look for things that might help the finesse cause, and a couple have caught my eye. One, I’ve mentioned before is the InvisaSwivel by Aquateko, and another are the B2 Stealth Bullits from RedBuoy.

When I first saw the Invisaswivel, it looked ideal for fluke fishing in clear water. Although I prefer the 12- and 25-pound models, even the larger 35-pound size was not that obtrusive and it offered a tiny bit of added casting weight–but with neutral buoyancy. However, I also see more guys using braid and a fluro leader, with no swivel or a very small SPRO, and it didn’t seem to impede their catching.

THE DIFFERENCE: 1/8-ounce lead (left), 1/8-ounce Stealth Bullit (right)

But the new clear sinkers (admittedly, not very fast sinking for their size) also offer some possibilities. After all, how do we know the reason we’re not getting bites could be our hardware, when we never had clear sinkers or swivels to compare them to? That’s why, it seems pretty logical to me that the best use of these might actually be together.

Still, we’re a tough market out here. The West prides itself on being innovative, but by the same token, we tend to follow certain trends. For example, I’m sure we’d be much more interested in these new products if we learned that Rick and Kyle Grover or some other of the top teams were using them at Diamond Valley. 

Which further got me to thinking; no reason to wait. For example, when that algae/snot moss starts to grow in the middle of spring, wouldn’t it be great to have some unobtrusive hardware that didn’t bury itself in the stuff? Although a Carolina rig came to mind, what about a Texas rig and a smooth bodied floating worm?

Hey, I don’t know how these new finesse products might factor in. But I’m pretty sure some very sharp anglers are going to find a use–and when they do, they probably won’t be telling anyone.


7 Responses to “Invisible hardware: The next step in finesse?”

I live in the Dallas, TX area. I first read about the b2 in a fishing forum and when I saw it at a local show I thought I would give it a try. I was a big tungsten user until I started using these clear weights. At first I was not sure about the size of the b2 compared to tungsten but after catching my first fish I didn’t think about it anymore. I have used them in non clear and clear lakes in the TX area and they work great in both types of water. As a competitive angler I agree with you that a lot of “very sharp anglers” are going to use it and when they find that it gives them competitive advantage they will keep the secret to themselves. Also, what I love about the b2 is that it is way cheaper than tungsten.

Reaction Innovations used to sell a weightless, transparent screw-in bullet that did an amazing job of getting through the weeds when fishing weightless Texas-rigged plastics. The only thing that showed was the metal screw inside of it. I would have liked a less pricey, higher quantity version without the screw. The problem of getting through the weeds can be fixed somewhat with some soft plastics if the tips were not so flat like a senko. Tackle Tour did a review on this cool tackle a while ago.

After doing a little research on the B2 Stealth Bullit, I found out that there is actually a YouTube video of this product. The link to the video is: . Based on the video that I saw, it looks like it is ideal for individuals who skip docks or fish around structure. Also, the slow sinking of the clear weight might actually be an advantage for worm rigs (e.g. Texas Rigs)as it emulates a natural sinking of a worm.

Those swivels look interesting, but how is durability??

by George Kramer

So far, Alex, I’m typically fishing line well under the swivel’s rating and I can’t break one pulling the line direct or with just the rod. Actually, I haven’t broken any yet. But you button down with 20-pound line on the 25-pound swivel fixed or with the line snagged, and it might part. (But, then I never fish 20-pound in clear water.) 😉

Thank you, George for all information. You are the best. Reading you for a longtime.

by George Kramer

Just looking for stuff that might help us or solve a problem. It never ends, Art.