Outdoor Life - - FISHING -

When you’re sling­ing $20 deep-div­ing crankbaits amid the drowned tim­ber of El Salto, the sim­ple an­noy­ance of a lost bait be­gins to take on eco­nomic con­se­quences. En­ter La­chos, one of An­glers Inn’s most ex­pe­ri­enced guides, who has jury-rigged one of the sim­plest, yet most bril­liant, lure re­triev­ers ever made (above).

“It’s ba­si­cally a big, old Mas­ter Lock,” ex­plained Doug Saun­ders, who fished with La­chos for two straight days. “He then just twisted, looped, and sol­dered barbed wire to the lock and tied some rope to the lock. When my crankbait got hung up, he’d slide the lock down the line, pull on the rope, and the lure was free. In­ge­nious stuff.“

Ro­driguez’s cre­ativ­ity, how­ever, takes things to the next level. For­got your bot­tle opener at home? The lip on your deep­div­ing crankbait—that you just res­cued with La­chos’ Mas­ter Lock—pro­vides a per­fect stand-in (be­low).

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