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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.