Q: Hav­ing used orig­i­nal Red Gill lures hard to the bot­tom for years, i have re­cently tried us­ing oth­ers like the weighted Sidewinder to re­duce losses. Do you think that with the lat­ter you com­pro­mise some of the lure’s ac­tion?

Sea Angler (UK) - - Sea School -

John Block, Rey­don, Suf­folk

HG says: a lot of these mod­ern soft lures that have in­built weights seem to swim re­ally well, but if you are strug­gling with tackle losses then it would re­ally be worth look­ing for soft plas­tic lures that are rigged with weed­less hooks. this helps to cut down on the hooks get­ting snagged. there are more and more lures like this out there now, but i find it in­creas­ingly hard to look beyond the Fi­i­ish black min­now, and i don’t lose many of them to snags. Weed­less hooks have re­ally opened my eyes to fish­ing soft plas­tics in among the rough stuff.

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