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A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by healdy on Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:00 am

Here is something i read earlier today - i thought other members may find it a useful tip and applicable to their lure fishing;





Fishing lures on rivers is a risk in itself. Rivers are always full of snags - mostly branches brought down on a flood and losing lures in such places is an occupational hazard. I could, of course choose light lures which don't get down so deep or fish them on a quick retrieve to try and keep them out of the snags but that defeats the object really. Snags hold fish and if you want to catch consistently it's better to fish close to the snags - or right in them!

In order to keep my lures but still fish in amongst the snags I've been using a new trick that's proved very successful. I've replaced all the split rings on the hooks of my jerkbaits with Pro Rigger 50lb bs split rings. This means that every time I get snagged, a steady pull with 100lb Power Pro will break the split ring and leave the hook in the snag. It's working a treat, I've been snagged up lots of times but haven't lost a lure on a snag all season so far.


Hope that is useful to somebody.

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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by mumbles on Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:22 am

Nice one, cheers
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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by edbeef on Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:00 am

It always confused me that split rings are so tough for purely this reason!

Good entry Healdy, the other side of the story would be that a fish may open up the split ring, leaving the hook in her mouth...

I guess when you're playing with powerpro 100lb and 50lb splits, not such a worry!

I personally will have to lose a lure or 2 because with 50lb braid, I wouldn't be happy using 30lb split rings...
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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by tattygun on Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:38 am

Heard it before, the flipside to it is that if the fish can get leverage on the lure (say a loose treble gets snagged it the net) the split rings can twist open easily leaving a treble in the pike. I'll be sticking with the strongest split rings possible and deal with the fact losing lures is all part of the game! Wink

Thinner gauge hooks would are the best bet or look into a lure retriever
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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by bennett on Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:24 pm

this worries me too but like tattygun says you dont mind losing a lure knowing that your not going to leave a trebble in a fish's mouth however iv been pondering these for a while what do you think?
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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by bennett on Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:35 pm

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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by nixon on Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:17 am

Got several thousand of those in stock

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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by CraigBeverley on Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:07 pm

tattygun wrote:Heard it before, the flipside to it is that if the fish can get leverage on the lure (say a loose treble gets snagged it the net) the split rings can twist open easily leaving a treble in the pike. I'll be sticking with the strongest split rings possible and deal with the fact losing lures is all part of the game! Wink

Thinner gauge hooks would are the best bet or look into a lure retriever

Bingo. Lure retrievers are a piece of piss to knock up. Make it around two pound in weight, it might seem alot but it isn't. Plus you might just pull in the snag along with all the other lures and tackle it has collected.
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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by Woodchucker on Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:22 pm

Its a pain when fishing around snags but its where Pike hang around, All I do is use a cheap lures around snags, that way if I loose one its a pain but I am not reduced to tears pale

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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by noodle on Wed Jan 26, 2011 3:19 pm

healdy wrote:Here is something i read earlier today - i thought other members may find it a useful tip and applicable to their lure fishing;





Fishing lures on rivers is a risk in itself. Rivers are always full of snags - mostly branches brought down on a flood and losing lures in such places is an occupational hazard. I could, of course choose light lures which don't get down so deep or fish them on a quick retrieve to try and keep them out of the snags but that defeats the object really. Snags hold fish and if you want to catch consistently it's better to fish close to the snags - or right in them!

In order to keep my lures but still fish in amongst the snags I've been using a new trick that's proved very successful. I've replaced all the split rings on the hooks of my jerkbaits with Pro Rigger 50lb bs split rings. This means that every time I get snagged, a steady pull with 100lb Power Pro will break the split ring and leave the hook in the snag. It's working a treat, I've been snagged up lots of times but haven't lost a lure on a snag all season so far.


Hope that is useful to somebody.

Healdy

is that from Eric edwards by any chance?
if so he did loose a lure with those links its still in the lighting rig if anyone wants a free slider clown
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Re: A tip - lure fishing and snags

Post by healdy on Thu Jan 27, 2011 3:40 am

HaHa


Yes it is and i read about the lost lure!!

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