Location: at a "new" spot (gps coordinates in my next post)
|though swivels do help control line twisting which can be a problem especially with certain types of lures, i don't like using them for the fact they may also mess with the action of the lures.
if i go to a straight tie, i typically go with two different types of knots: one the name escapes me but it is basically a small loop or i use a uni knot, which i try to keep the loop, but it closes typically after the first few casts. for the convenience of swapping out lures i will use a very small duolock snap sans the swivel tied with a palomar knot. i want that loop to allow free moving of the lure.
sfd, how long is your shock leader? if we are talking OB/pacifica surf fishing, i tend to fish either 30# braid mainline to about 10' plus 3 spool wraps of 30#+ shockleader tied by uni. in snaggy areas, i may tie on to the shockleader another but much shorter leader, a bit lighter than my mainline. this is in hopes that if i do break off, that the short leader will snap before my mainline. typically the line closest to the lure will be fluorocarbon.
it is quite a bit of knots passing thru the guides, but i've learned to tie my knots pretty close and tight and i will wrap them either with floss or krazy glue that i try to minimize friction and pain to my guides.
scenting my hairraisers? yes, especially in churning water.