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I bought one of these gravity hooks just to play around with and to use when I am camping.  Well I happened to have it on the boat and one of my crankbaits got hung up.  I thought about it for a minute and then got the carabiner and clipped it to the hook and my line.  I lowered with the paracord and bounced it around for a few seconds and I felt it hook.  I pulled up the entire limb with my lure still attached.  

Now I am not recommending anyone spend $25 on a lure retriever,  but if you happen to have one or you want to play around with one, it does a great job getting your lures back. 

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hey, many have lures that cost $25 so it would pay for itself right there.

is it heavy? could you see it damaging cranks?

how would you compare it to other lure retrievers? would you only use it when you had to bring the whole log up?

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It weighs about 10 ounces,  not super heavy but it is stainless steel.  I lowered it down my line using the paracord so it didn't slam into my crank on this occasion it didn't even touch my lure since I actually hooked the limb it was stuck on.  The dedicated lure retrievers I have are easier to control but that is just because of how I had it attached to the line.  If I would have used a second carabiner so that it would go straight to the lure it would work better. 

The biggest advantage I see to it is that I can actually grip the limb and/ or the lure.  So it didn't even bend my hook.  Also I have had dedicated lure retrievers break my line while trying to bounce them, with the hook that wasn't a problem because only the carabiner was on the line.  I think this could be adapted to become a perfect retriever with just a little bit of thought. 

It has the added benefit that if you happen to be in clear water and drop something overboard you can retrieve it,  that was the main reason I had it with me,  was just in case. 

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Now that's a serious lure retriever...

Is there any way to open it back up after it clamps on to something? I could see myself sticking it on a big tree and being really stuck.

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7 hours ago, adrenalizd said:

It has the added benefit that if you happen to be in clear water and drop something overboard you can retrieve it,  that was the main reason I had it with me,  was just in case. 

My bait knocker has a massive treble hook on it, and more than once I've dredged rods and other gear out of fairly deep water with them. No reason to leave home without one.

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J babb, If you let the pressure off it releases, it may catch again but you can bounce the rope and it will come loose. 

DrMarlboro92, I agree completely no reason not to leave home without one, they can save so much.  

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I spent almost twice that on my telescoping lure retriever, but I also have a nearly 100% retrieval ratio of snagged baits with it so it's paid for itself many, many times over. 

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5 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I spent almost twice that on my telescoping lure retriever, but I also have a nearly 100% retrieval ratio of snagged baits with it so it's paid for itself many, many times over. 

@Bluebasser86's lure retriever has saved several of my baits as well. And I've seen it retrieve many a lures stuck up in trees on the bank from errant casts from other anglers...their loss is his gain! Lol 

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3 minutes ago, adrenalizd said:

Now that is awesome,  which one do you have? 

The 18' version of this one.

http://www.basspro.com/Bass-Pro-Shops-Telescopic-Lure-Retriever/product/37104/

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1 minute ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Thank you,  that looks nice,  I will check out BPS next time I am up there,  that really looks like it would work great.  I would need the 18' one you have though.  I fish some deeper parts of the lake in summer and winter and 12' wouldn't reach the submerged trees that I like to hook into...lol

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