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im so angry right now. I usually don't get mad when i lose lures or have to break my line but this was it. I have yet to be able to fish from any location off the banks without my lure getting hung under a rock or something in the water. It doesn't matter what I fish with if it is not rigged weightless it gets hung. what am i doing wrong? anything? if i add a small 1/8 oz weight to be able to cast further it still happens. i think these things hate me. :( rigged up a carolina rig and a texas rig last night with a swivel and within 1 hour this morning they both got hung on rocks in the water. no matter the area they always seem to find that one rock and craw in it.. im not talking about right on the bank where the water stops i usually pull over that when it comes back in.. im talking about anywhere in the water that i cant get to at least 5ft away from the bank. I was so scared one day i tied on a bass jig and put a dang float on my line so it wouldnt reach the bottom (ha!)

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You're gonna lose rigs from the bank..heck I lose them in a boat. Two tips for bank fishing.... 1. Go up in line size with a smaller weight (sounds like you are doing this part). 2 . The second you realize its hung, drop slack and then try to shake it loose. If not, grab the line and pull..this is where the big line comes in.☺

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Try not to "set the hook" on the rocks . If you feel like it got hung up, try to get it over the rock instead of trying to rip then out of the water  

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15 minutes ago, Todd2 said:

You're gonna lose rigs from the bank..heck I lose them in a boat. Two tips for bank fishing.... 1. Go up in line size with a smaller weight (sounds like you are doing this part). 2 . The second you realize its hung, drop slack and then try to shake it loose. If not, grab the line and pull..this is where the big line comes in.☺

yea, i thought it was at least half common but when it happens every day i use them it seems like an issue. ive tried everything it seems except my line isnt too large braid 12lb. 

11 minutes ago, Brikon said:

Try not to "set the hook" on the rocks . If you feel like it got hung up, try to get it over the rock instead of trying to rip then out of the water  

it happens so much i know instantly. after i drop the slack i even walk left and shake walk right and shake today i was even able to walk up on large rocks right in front of it and it seems its getting way up under there and i have no more options. not sure if its the current/wake or what.

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I'm always losing trigged worms. All I can do is recall where I casted and not make a cast in the same direction. Sometimes I forget and do, then I get hung up and beat myself up about making the mistake again. Because I never make the same mistake, I make it about 43 times then I learn. 

 

When grabbing your line and trying to pull free, for the love of God put sun glasses on. No one wants a hook to the eye, I always turn around so if I take a hook, it's to the back. 

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2 hours ago, Todd2 said:

You're gonna lose rigs from the bank..heck I lose them in a boat. Two tips for bank fishing.... 1. Go up in line size with a smaller weight (sounds like you are doing this part). 2 . The second you realize its hung, drop slack and then try to shake it loose. If not, grab the line and pull..this is where the big line comes in.☺

If you grab 12 lb braid with a bare hand and try to pull it loose, you WILL cut your hand severely.

Do you use bullet weights, if so, maybe egg weights will not get caught in the cracks between the rocks so easily.  Just a thought.

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When I fish from the bank. I almost always use 15lb braid. And I have 20lb braid on one of my poles. 

The reason I do so is because I lost a 6pound bass out of my neighbors pond a couple years ago. With a weightless senko. It grabbed my worm I set the hook and only was using 10lb test. Well it dove into some weeds and that was the end.  I couldn't get her out. The line broke off. I was so ticked. So I went and got some stronger braid. 

The reason I know it was 6lbs (actually a little over ) was because I managed to hook it again on a top water not even 2 weeks later. And there was my "wacky hook" still in its mouth.  Lucky. But I learned my lesson. Nothing makes me madder than putting in the work , hooking the nice one , and knowing it got away.. (and that it might not live depending on where the hook was) . 

The only down side to this is you reel in a 1-2 lb bass just as easy as you'd pin a kid in arm wrestling. But when I hook one and know it's not that big, I just loosen the drag a little ; and let her think she's winning. But I know she's mine 

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9 hours ago, Outdoor Zack said:

Peg your weights

A pegged weight is just as hung up as a unpegged weight!

Most anglers try forcing a jig through grass which is all wrong, you gotta finesse the jig through grass!

When you feel the jig starting to load up in the grass...stop. Release pressure, pull up until you feel heaviness again but apply slightly more pressure, then release, continue until the jig breaks free. You want the motion to be similar to & as fast as working a shaky head, you're just applying more pressure.

I use this technique in wood & rock, still I expect a percentage of hang ups. Sometimes I'll go 3-4 trips without losing a single weight & the next trip lose 2 or 3.

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are you fishing a river, or a lake with a lot of current? rocks + current + weights = snags. or perhaps you just need to find the right type/style of sinker to use...

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Weights  get lodged  between rocks for all of us . 

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On 8/28/2016 at 9:29 PM, RAMBLER said:

If you grab 12 lb braid with a bare hand and try to pull it loose, you WILL cut your hand severely.

Do you use bullet weights, if so, maybe egg weights will not get caught in the cracks between the rocks so easily.  Just a thought.

yes small 1/8 oz bullet style.

On 8/29/2016 at 2:49 AM, Josh Smith said:

You're using a spinning reel?

Josh

yes i have a spinning reel.

On 8/29/2016 at 10:27 AM, Red Bear said:

are you fishing a river, or a lake with a lot of current? rocks + current + weights = snags. or perhaps you just need to find the right type/style of sinker to use...

lake. i woud use those sinkers that go in your lure but im usually fishing smaller size bait like 3 - 4" i actually bought those 3mm worm rattles (the smallest they have) and they are not really small enough for them either.

On 8/29/2016 at 1:51 PM, j bab said:

 

thx j bab! i kind of understand what hes saying i actually started doing this a little but i always thought it was wrong for presentation. nice!

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im not trying to hijack your thread... with that being said I was out on my favorite lake yesterday. I was using a "slither rig" im not sure if thats what it really is called but its a pegged 3/4oz skirted tungsten bullet weight with a t-rigged rage craw and I was fishing it in the thickest grass I would find. Im using a brand new spool of 65lb braided line. Not even 20 pitches in, I feel it hit bottom, then weight. I think to myself fish! I set hook and line goes slack. It broke off. I couldnt help but think the usual suspect, a northern pike. That was until I rig up a 1oz tungsten weight, flippin hook and the same rage craw and continue on my way. I was still flipping heavy heavy grass between really old docks. Same exact scenario unfolded. I feel bottom, weight, set hook, and the entire rig is gone. Im religious about retying knots and I know its not my knot. Could it have been 2 northerns in a matter of 50 yards? What could I possibly have been doing wrong to make my line break like that? Is there a secret Im missing here? 

oh, and I had a bead between the hook and the weight on the first rig.

 

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1 hour ago, GORDO said:

im not trying to hijack your thread... with that being said I was out on my favorite lake yesterday. I was using a "slither rig" im not sure if thats what it really is called but its a pegged 3/4oz skirted tungsten bullet weight with a t-rigged rage craw and I was fishing it in the thickest grass I would find. Im using a brand new spool of 65lb braided line. Not even 20 pitches in, I feel it hit bottom, then weight. I think to myself fish! I set hook and line goes slack. It broke off. I couldnt help but think the usual suspect, a northern pike. That was until I rig up a 1oz tungsten weight, flippin hook and the same rage craw and continue on my way. I was still flipping heavy heavy grass between really old docks. Same exact scenario unfolded. I feel bottom, weight, set hook, and the entire rig is gone. Im religious about retying knots and I know its not my knot. Could it have been 2 northerns in a matter of 50 yards? What could I possibly have been doing wrong to make my line break like that? Is there a secret Im missing here? 

oh, and I had a bead between the hook and the weight on the first rig.

 

What test and what type of line? I suspect it had something to do with drag

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@d-camarena I just created my own thread. But I was using 65lb braided line. 

 

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