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Lure Retriever worth it or not


kybassguy

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Not trying to hijack the thread, but what happens if you cast off a blade bait about 30 yards away, and get it hung in a rock? (bank fishing). I have lost a lot of baits this way recently... 

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2 minutes ago, roadwarrior said:

Most of the time the lure will come loose if you get behind it without a lure retriever.

 

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Not really an option due to the fact that I wouldn't have enough line to walk to the other side of the lake

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5 minutes ago, ABW said:

Not trying to hijack the thread, but what happens if you cast off a blade bait about 30 yards away, and get it hung in a rock? (bank fishing). I have lost a lot of baits this way recently... 

I bank fish a lot, actually I do more bank fishing than boat fishing and sometimes you may recover the bait by pulling from behind like RW mentions if it is possible, other times, well, gotta bite one of your testicles and pull hoping for the best outcome. Lure retrievers are not magical and not always you are able to recover your bait, for bank fishermen the situation is a lot worse.

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I'm not a big fan of the chain/ weighted lure retrievers. I always seem to spend a lot of time fighting them but I bought an extendable pole retriever abt 2 yrs ago and it paid for itself in 2 trips easy. I highly recommend them especially for crankbait fishermen. I fish alot of relatively shallow wood

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thanks for all the info some great pros and cons to it. im guess its better safe then sorry to at least have one the boat never know when that lucky crank will get hung up pretty good...as anyone tried the one they got on TW I think its a chain daiwa brand...and is it also good for other lures other then cranks?

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4 hours ago, kybassguy said:

thanks for all the info some great pros and cons to it.

other than the small initial investment, what other cons are there?

4 hours ago, kybassguy said:

 is it also good for other lures other then cranks?

any lure that is snagged, cranks are just very good at doing that.

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I've got both the extendable pole type and the slide down the line "hound dawg" type.   There is a place for both.  The slide down your line type of lure retrievers do a poor job of extracting baits from overhanding vegetation.   Also it is possible to get a bait stuck deeper than your extendable pole will reach.    A prior post, "How many cranks to you need to lose before getting a lure retriever seems like a good idea?" is succinct and to the point.  I've currently got less than $50 invested in lure retrievers, not counting previous ones that I've lost or damaged beyond repair.   I am secure in the knowledge that I've spend more money on dumber stuff.

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I carry the telescopic one on my boat and it's already paid for its self three times over just getting my stuff back. I've probably claimed at least 7 or 8 lures that were just hanging in trees that other guys lost as a bonus..

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I have a telescoping one and not only do I almost never lose a bait, but I get dozens of baits others have lost out of the trees and weeds. 

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I have a lure knocker and use it maybe once a year.  I use the telescopic retriever more.  It always seems like when I am fishing from shore the bait hangs up 4 feet out in the water at a drop off.

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I use the hound dog type knocker and have saved literally thousands of dollars with it. I throw 10xds a lot and have had days where I've gotten it unhung 20+ times in 20+ ft of water. 10xds hang sometimes in deep brushpiles, but they catch some studs out of them too. At $15 a piece, ive saved over $300 in one day multiple times.

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I make these and I use them for any lure retrieval needs.  Works fantastic and only cost me about $.25 each.  I use one like the picture just a much bigger weight

Lure retriever.jpg

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On December 31, 2015 at 1:23 PM, kybassguy said:

thanks for all the info some great pros and cons to it. im guess its better safe then sorry to at least have one the boat never know when that lucky crank will get hung up pretty good...as anyone tried the one they got on TW I think its a chain daiwa brand...and is it also good for other lures other then cranks?

Tiptons golden lure retriever is a great one I've heard and it works on both crankbaits and umbrella rigs 

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