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I was just wondering if any of you guys use them I fish off a boat and  I have heard ppl say they are a must on the boat. if you do use them what kind and do you use and do you have successes getting your lure back .    thanks

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Most guys say that you should have both the telescopic and the chain knocker retrievers.  After a couple saves of a $10 crankbait it pays for itself.  You could do what I did and go full redneck.  I made one out of a 10oz lug nut socket strung between 25 lb mono with swivel snaps on either end and another out of an extending paint pole.

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I bank fish and have one of the chain ones with heavy dog weight on it from BPO. It does work and its always in my bag.

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55 minutes ago, kybassguy said:

I was just wondering if any of you guys use them

How many $ worth of baits do you have to lose before spending $20 on a retriever seems like a good idea?

Yes, I use one, (a knocker type).  Don't use it often, but don't have to use it often for it to pay for itself.

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must-have item

the one from bass pro shops(lead w/chains) is relitively cheap and works great.. ive problebly saved $100 easy in lures and also found that i can throw lures in places i wouldn't have even considered if i didn't have it. . i spooled mine up on an old b/c reel mounted to the handle of a broken rod.. 

 

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I agree with RW. It will pay for itself quickly if you throw cranks. I think fishing time is too valuable to spend a great deal of time trying to retrieve lures, but it usually only takes a minute or two to retrieve a bait. That is a good use of time/money.

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I have used a lure retriever for years because I throw a lot of crankbaits. I don't know the name of it but I believe Lew's is bringing it back to the market. I saw David Fritts talking about it at ICast. I have saved a bunch of money with mine.

 

Found the name: Get It Back Lure Retriever by Lew's.

Not sure it is on the market yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNyDiVtFh1I&spfreload=10

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40 plus years of fishing and I have never used a lure retriever. I can't even remember the last time I lost a lure. So adding one of these now would just be another item collecting dust forever- and adding extra weight to what I carry. So for me, the answer is "not". Don't need one.

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Beside the afore mentioned crank bait retrieval, if you fish Any of the large swim bait (Hudd & Sliders & you name it) along with Any of the Umbrella Rigs - lost baits are NO FUN.

I made my own - not much to it.

And sometimes you never know what you'll pull up.

 

A-Jay

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23 minutes ago, FloridaFishinFool said:

40 plus years of fishing and I have never used a lure retriever. I can't even remember the last time I lost a lure. So adding one of these now would just be another item collecting dust forever- and adding extra weight to what I carry. So for me, the answer is "not". Don't need one.

You are very much welcomed to fish in my everyday lake, three or four casts later after casting a crank you´ll know why you need a lure retriever. It is evident that you don´t fish wood.

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This is a good topic for me as I've recently went overboard with buying expensive glide baits and other swimbaits. I've seen comments saying they're a must but which one or two is highly recommended. I will not be making one myself so I need to know which one I can buy. Thanks guys!

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2 minutes ago, stkbassn said:

This is a good topic for me as I've recently went overboard with buying expensive glide baits and other swimbaits. I've seen comments saying they're a must but which one or two is highly recommended. I will not be making one myself so I need to know which one I can buy. Thanks guys!

I purchased a BPS brand lure retriever many years ago and it works fine for me, not only I have saved a big bunch of cranks, also have recovered my Gan Craft Jointed Claw 6 or 7 times, a LC Real California a couple of times and one of my favorites, a deep diving Monster Jack Jr no less than 10 times, so you do the math on how much I have saved.

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3 minutes ago, Raul said:

I purchased a BPS brand lure retriever many years ago and it works fine for me, not only I have saved a big bunch of cranks, also have recovered my Gan Craft Jointed Claw 6 or 7 times, a LC Real California a couple of times and one of my favorites, a deep diving Monster Jack Jr no less than 10 times, so you do the math on how much I have saved.

Thanks, sounds like it's worth every penny sir! I will take a look at BPS today!

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29 minutes ago, Raul said:

You are very much welcomed to fish in my everyday lake, three or four casts later after casting a crank you´ll know why you need a lure retriever.

Florida has a lot of cover too. Trees in the water and along the edges. I want to spend my time on the water catching fish, not trees and other.

I am not out there for lure salvage operations! So I avoid getting hung up as much as possible and take a different approach to retrieving a stuck lure usually by pulling in the opposite direction it got hung up in, in the first place.

As stated, I have never used a lure retrieval device and I don't ever plan on it either. And I don't have a problem with losing any lures here in central Florida.

I mean if you are getting hung up a lot to the point of having to stop fishing and go into lure retrieval operation mode, then maybe a change in fishing tactics would be a way to go about it differently?

When I am on the little econ river just loaded with trees and many fallen into the river it just seems kind of counter productive to use a lure begging to hang up on every cast. So I change. I want to spend my time fishing and catching, not working on lure retrieval and NOT fishing. If it were a problem then I do something different to avoid the problem is all.

So if I were to come down there to Mexico to fish with you and it was a problem, I would adjust until it was not a problem and still catch fish.

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44 minutes ago, tander said:

I have used a lure retriever for years because I throw a lot of crankbaits. I don't know the name of it but I believe Lew's is bringing it back to the market. I saw David Fritts talking about it at ICast. I have saved a bunch of money with mine.

 

Found the name: Get It Back Lure Retriever by Lew's.

Not sure it is on the market yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNyDiVtFh1I&spfreload=10

Thats the one I have except mine is blue .

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FloridaFishinFool you are not the only one here that wants to maximize catching and not retrieving lures. There are times when a crankbait will out produce other techniques. Throw one enough and you will hang it up where it will not come loose without a retriever. In less time than you will likely spend trying to pull it loose, I can free it using a knocker/chain retriever. I have been fishing a long time too, and can say with confidence that anyone who throws a crankbait often, especially in wood, will lose more without a retriever than with one. 

I have fished with guys who will not spend any time retrieving lures, and guys who will spend 10 minutes or more trying to retrieve a cheap bait. A retriever is a fast, easy way to save both time and money.

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I've never had to use a lure retriever or plug knocker.  I just do this:

 

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I bought one at BPS years ago. Inexpensive.

One of the worst fishing days I ever had was
when I first used it while fishing off a dock.

My lure got caught in a tree about 40' away.
The dang weight was too heavy to get that
distance away, LOL. I tried anyway.

Eventually got my lure back later by going and
getting my canoe.

I have used it one other time since, and it did
work....

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