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What Is A Couple Of Good Setups To Avoid Snags?


rchiuz

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Hi all,

 

I fish a small like that I feel becomes a blackhole for lures because I get snagged so often. What are good setups to limit the chances of snags and still have a good presentation for the bass? I like topwater because of the snagless result but top water is only good for so long before the sun starts blazing.

 

I wonder if snags are higher for me since I am a bank fisher... :Idontknow:

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Snags happen to use all. Loosing kures is s part of the game and means you are putting them in the right place. A t rigged senko with a small bullet weight is pretty snag resistant. Skin hook the hook back into the bait. Spinnerbaits come though cover pretty good also.

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T-rig's or try squarebills.. One of my favorite close by lakes has a extreme appetite for rattle baits, I mean it eats them, lol..

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Tx rigged zoom ole monster with the an 1/8th ounce bullet wait works for me when I'm bank fishin and trying to fish riprap, laydowns or underwater weeds. Also fairly inexpensive so if I lose one or more it doesn't feel like I'm throwing money in the pond, lake, or river.

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A slender, weightless, tex posed anything should go through anything without getting snagged. It may not get down to where you want it, but it will go through it.

If the veg is just too thick and you can't reach the fish try use a punch rig

Mike

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The bank or shore angler has a different problem then boaters, you are fishing uphill from a nearly fixed location. Most bank anglers want to cast out as far as possible and use heavier lures to achieve longer casting distance. Working a heavy lure uphill through heavy cover is difficult.

Try using weedless lures with lighter weight and make shorter casts.

For example a 3/16 oz bullet weight pegged to a 3/0 worm hook with 6" to 7" straight tail soft plastic worms will go through nearly any cover or structure without snagging. When you feel something starting to snag your rig, stop retrieving it and hold the rod tip up as high as possible and wait a few seconds, it could be a bass! If it is a bass, lower the rod tip and snap set the hook quickly. If the snag doesn't move, then shake the rod tip against a little slack line jiggling the worm/weight out of the snag. You may need to move to get another angle and try again.

The heavier the weight the move difficult it's to get the rig free.

Another weedless lure often over looked is the Johnson Silver Minnow spoon. You can fish it like a frog, except let it sink into open water areas or pockets. Adding a soft plastic worm to a Johnson weedless spoon will also work good; Owner CPS spring on the spoon hook, screw on the soft plastic worm.

Tom

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The bank or shore angler has a different problem then boaters, you are fishing uphill from a nearly fixed location. Most bank anglers want to cast out as far as possible and use heavier lures to achieve longer casting distance. Working a heavy lure uphill through heavy cover is difficult.

Try using weedless lures with lighter weight and make shorter casts.

For example a 3/16 oz bullet weight pegged to a 3/0 worm hook with 6" to 7" straight tail soft plastic worms will go through nearly any cover or structure without snagging. When you feel something starting to snag your rig, stop retrieving it and hold the rod tip up as high as possible and wait a few seconds, it could be a bass! If it is a bass, lower the rod tip and snap set the hook quickly. If the snag doesn't move, then shake the rod tip against a little slack line jiggling the worm/weight out of the snag. You may need to move to get another angle and try again.

The heavier the weight the move difficult it's to get the rig free.

Another weedless lure often over looked is the Johnson Silver Minnow spoon. You can fish it like a frog, except let it sink into open water areas or pockets. Adding a soft plastic worm to a Johnson weedless spoon will also work good; Owner CPS spring on the spoon hook, screw on the soft plastic worm.

Tom

Some great stuff, right there!  Get yourself a float tube.  It will pay for itself in lost tackle!

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Any of the waters around Miami, I ain't getting into the water in a float tube, ain't gonna happen.

Two pieces of advice - one on point and one not.  One - save your pennies and get a boat, 12'jon, pond prowler, pelican - something.  Two - try a Brewer Slider head = 3/16 or 1/4 with your worm of choice.

 

This past August, the 1/4 oz spider slider head with a 5" paddle tail worm was my #1 producer, both for numbers and keepers.  Biggest keepers came on a jika rig, but IMO that really isn't the best presentation for bank fishing in snaggy waters.

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Some great stuff, right there!  Get yourself a float tube.  It will pay for itself in lost tackle!

 

Really ? a float tube, in Miami ? ....... not exactly the smartest way to save money in tackle.

 

Does the word ALLIGATOR rings a bell ?

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I can definitely understand where you're coming from as can probably everyone else who bank fishes often but rippin-lips couldn't be more correct when saying losing lures is just part of the game/process. Getting snagged is sort of like a bank fishers sonar, it tells you where the structure is, which is where you want your lure most of the time. As far as reducing your snags or better yet reducing your snags you can't get out of, there's probably not a more weedless setup than a texas rig........rigged weedless of course lol. I most of the time don't even rig mine tex posed, i just put my hook right through the middle of the soft plastic. When I am fishing around the cover and I feel a bump or tick I always pause and leave my lure stationary and wait to either feel more bumps/ticks or some tugging on my line. If I don't feel anything that resembles a bite, I let my line go slack by lowering my rod tip back down and pull back up and repeat and try lots of different angles. Also using a tungsten bullet weight helps because of the smaller profile. I know this is long lol but i hope it helps!

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Also i think there is a tip somewhere on here that helps with getting your snags out. It's been a while since I've seen it and I could be completely wrong and might not even be on here but I think it might be called the bow technique or something like that lol. I use this technique pretty often and really helps.

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texas rigged plastic perhaps.  maybe a frog.  would also help to know what type of cover you're getting snagged in/on?  is it wood, grass, brush, etc.?

Branches but mostly rock ledges

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