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From what I've seen there's three types of crankbait lure retrievers. One is the one with chains, one with two big loops, and one locks to your swivel.

What have you guys use/seen and have success with. On the boat I'm ok but I love river fishing and I've lost 10 Crankbaits already this summer. Wish I would have knew of this devise sooner.

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I have a telescoping lure retriever that has basically a wire corkscrew on the end of it and I can't remember the last time I lost a crankbait since I bought it. They run about $30 for a good one and when you use expensive baits that's only one or two saved baits to pay for itself :) I'm fishing from a boat though so I can get close enough for it to be effective. They'll work from the bank, you just have to be able to reach the bait.

If you're fishing from the bank you can make your own plug knocker with a 1 or 2 ounce bell sinker attached to a snap. Just clip it on your line and hold it as tight and high as you can and let the sinker go so it slides down and hits your bait as hard as possible. Usually the initial impact knocks it loose but if it doesn't you and raise and lower the rod so the sinker pulls up and down on the line right by the bait, that will pop it loose a lot of the time also.

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If you're fishing from the bank you can make your own plug knocker with a 1 or 2 ounce bell sinker attached to a snap. Just clip it on your line and hold it as tight and high as you can and let the sinker go so it slides down and hits your bait as hard as possible. Usually the initial impact knocks it loose but if it doesn't you and raise and lower the rod so the sinker pulls up and down on the line right by the bait, that will pop it loose a lot of the time also.

I like that idea. Im gonna try it out next time I get hung up. Ive also lost a lot of expensive baits this past summer fishing from the bank. Never really used any kind of lure retriever though.

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They're well worth the investment. I have both the telescoping rod and a plug knocker that I've yet to use since I got the longer (18ft.) rod. It paid for itself the first two weeks I had it.

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I also carry both an extendable pole and a plug knocker. Every day is different, some days I use the long pole more and some the plug knocker, just depends. I just started doing that this year. I'm certain that that the plug knocker got me back some lures that I couldn't have reached with the pole.

I do, on occasion, get a lure stuck in a tree and the extendable pole works much better for that.

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IMHO, I've found the chain retriever to work best on crank baits when snagged in wood structure, weeds, or wrecks; they can go as deep as the cord line you have on them (I use 100' high test Brade) and they take up less room in the tackle box or boat locker; on worms or jigs I'll send a home-made (teardrop weight & snap-swivel) plug knocker down to do the job, they fit in your pocket.

BTW, You can make your own chain retriever very easily with a sinker, snap-swivel, and a couple feet of small chain; if your snag is so bad you break off the retriever line you haven't lost much.

Look here to see the type of chain to get: http://www.basspro.com/EZ-Lure-Retriever-Kit/product/52869/

Here is a good weight type: http://www.basspro.com/Trolling-Sinkers/product/4648/

Tie the retriever line to one end of the weight and the chain and snap to the other end and your good to go....

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IMHO, I've found the chain retriever to work best on crank baits when snagged in wood structure, weeds, or wrecks; they can go as deep as the cord line you have on them (I use 100' high test Brade) and they take up less room in the tackle box or boat locker; on worms or jigs I'll send a home-made (teardrop weight & snap-swivel) plug knocker down to do the job, they fit in your pocket.

BTW, You can make your own chain retriever very easily with a sinker, snap-swivel, and a couple feet of small chain; if your snag is so bad you break off the retriever line you haven't lost much.

Look here to see the type of chain to get: http://www.basspro.c.../product/52869/

Here is a good weight type: http://www.basspro.c...s/product/4648/

Tie the retriever line to one end of the weight and the chain and snap to the other end and your good to go....

The BPS Lure Retriever is VERY effective!

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The BPS Lure Retriever is VERY effective!

X2, and they have/had a Bill Dance retriever that worked well also. I like the line reels, but change out the line to something better.

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