This article was written by Ohio Bass Blog contributor Marshall Yarnell
Over the next few weeks, our bass will be transitioning to a post-spawn pattern, which means crankbaits will likely play an increasingly important role in your bass’n strategy.
Crankbaits offer a long list of advantages, and only one major disadvantage – they snag a lot. A decade ago, crankbaits cost three or four dollars, and breaking off a hung-up bait wasn’t too painful. But as they’ve improved in quality, they’ve also increased significantly in price. These days, losing one can cost a small fortune!
There are a number of lure retrievers on the market today that can save your snagged crankbaits. The problem with many of them is that they require manually collecting the line attached to the knocker, which usually ends up in a tangled-mess on the floor of your boat. Here is a simple solution for creating a simpler, more efficient lure retriever.
Find an old, broken rod and a casting reel that you’ve retired. Cut the rod blank approximately 8 inches above the reel. Next, take one of the guides from the broken rod and tape it to the end of the tip. Spool the reel with the heaviest braided line you can find (65 to 80 pound test will do). Make sure you put monofilament backing on the reel to keep it from slipping on the spool. Tie on your favorite lure retriever to the end of the braid, and you are ready to go!
When you get snagged, simply position your boat directly over the snag, hook your lure retriever onto your line, and let it slide down to your bait. Use one hand to hold your rod and one hand to hold your lure retriever. Keep a tight line on your rod while vertically jigging your lure retriever until it pops your lure free or grabs hold of one of the hooks. Then, reel in your bait! Occasionally you will bend a treble hook that will need replaced, but it’s better than losing your favorite ten dollar crankbait. And the best part is that you avoid a tangled mess of line in the bottom of your boat.
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