How to Retrieve Lures

Ev­ery an­gler has a favourite jerk- or crankbait that they will retrieve, what­ever it takes. Es­pe­cially if they know there are still bass on the spot they were fish­ing.

SA Bass - - Sa Bass / Classroom - >> Ben­nie Wiese*

Ithink we can agree that most of the time when lures get stuck un­der the wa­ter we never see them again and ter­mi­nal tackle be­came so ex­pen­sive that we can­not af­ford to just snap it off.

The first thing to do when your lure gets stuck is not to use force as you will pull the hook deeper into the ob­struc­tion. There are many ways one can retrieve their baits.

Ex­tended re­triever

It is easy when the lure got stuck in a tree but if it is too high up we make use of an ex­tended lure re­triever. These poles ex­tend three to four times their length with a spi­ral hook on the end. They can also be used to retrieve lures that got stuck un­der wa­ter.

Fish­ing rod

When fish­ing from a boat, or any­thing float­ing, move above the lure and make sure the line doesn’t get wrapped around any other piece of struc­ture. This will make re­triev­ing the lure more dif­fi­cult.

If you can see the lure un­der the wa­ter you can quickly use the rod’s tip to retrieve the lure by push­ing the lure lightly with the rod’s tip. Be care­ful not to force the rod’s

tip be­cause it may break. You can use the same method if the lure is not deeper than the rod’s length and don’t dip the reel un­der the wa­ter. The reel will get wa­ter in and give tech­ni­cal hitches later on.

When fish­ing lures like jigs or a pegged Texas rigs and they get stuck; use the weight of the bait to un­hook it. Once again you must po­si­tion your­self above the lure. Then cross over it to more or less the same side as the hook en­tered the snag and lift the bait. Try and see if the weight of the bait will pull the hook loose. Heav­ier baits work bet­ter than lighter lures. It is im­por­tant not to bend the rod as the ten­sion will pull the hook deeper into the struc­ture. If the hooks pops loose on your first try then you are lucky. Many times you have to re­peat the ac­tion.

Dan­gling chains

If you got stuck and the line broke off then you will have to use one of the many lure re­triev­ers avail­able on the mar­ket. If you are a D.I.Y. per­son then you can make your own home­made lure re­triever.

Fit the re­triever over your fish­ing line, keep the line tight and slide the re­triever down. The chains on the re­triever are ideal to retrieve all lures with tre­ble hooks. Pull the rope at­tached to the re­triever and free the bait.

Pocket knocker

I al­ways have a few home­made pocket knock­ers on the boat. They work very well when re­triev­ing Mojo rigged baits. A pocket knocker con­sists of one big tear drop weight with an eye ring and a snap.

Open the snap and slide it down on a tight line. The weight of the pocket knocker will knock the bait free. Just be sure that the snap is big enough to slide over the Mojo weight to knock the bait. The se­cret is that you have to be po­si­tioned right above the lure and use a heavy weight.

There are no strings at­tached to pocket knock­ers and are some­times lost when they knock the bait free. The neg­a­tive thing about these knock­ers; they can knock your line off if the line is thin and es­pe­cially if you are fish­ing lay downs or rock.

H-block marker buoy

My fish­ing part­ner, Joe, re­cently showed me an­other cool way to retrieve lures. He uses the long flat weight of his H-block marker buoy. All he does is bend the marker’s weight into a cir­cle, slide it down a tight line and knock the bait free. He uses the at­tached rope to retrieve the weight.

Af­ter you got stuck or used any sort of re­triever, al­ways in­spect your fish­ing line for nicks and re-tie. You can­not af­ford to break off just af­ter you made all the ef­fort to retrieve your pre­cious bait. The one that got away may af­ter all be not as big as you though just be­cause you were too lazy to re-tie.

There are many ways to retrieve your stuck lures. Make sure you have some sort of re­triever next time when you are out on the wa­ter... you won’t be sorry.

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