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).