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My shortest fishing trip ever today (not in a good way!)

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So the weather today wasn't too terrible... high 60's at my house. However once I got to my usual fishing spot in a park, it was windier and cooler than it was at my house. I sat around a bit, rigged a few poles... kinda just watched to see if there was any signs of fish activity. Didn't see much happening. A touch of the water told me the water was very cold... so I decided to skip the float rig and just go bottom rigging/finessing with my new Shroomz finesse heads I just got. So I set up a little "weedless" ned rig, casted it out and wiggled it while slowly working it back in a few times, starting to my left and working to my right. Got a light nibble or two but nothing committed enough to set the hook on. So I casted parallel to this giant tree next to me out near the middle of the canal where I felt the fish were sitting. Was doing great until about it got to about 4 foot in front of me. Just as I lifted my pole up to reel the lure out of the water, it happened: it snagged. And badly! I tried everything to get the 10 pound flourocarbon leader to get free, but nothing worked. So I decided to pull out my little "rescue pole". It's a cheap Dock Demon that I spooled with 50 pound braid and a small drop shot. I use this for areas like this for when I know there are snags, and it usually works to pull out obstructions, like sticks and whatnot. But nope, I hooked into what I think is an entire tree! Took me a few casts to find it, but once I did, I tried to bring it in putting quite a bit of pressure on the little glass composite rod. POW! Line snaps, lost the hook and the weight. I knew then it was over... so I just yanked the other pole and broke the lure off. 1 finesse head and finesse lure gone!

 

I am irritated, cause I had to order both off of amazon since no store around here carries these. Needless to say... I packed up and left. Less than a 15 minute fishing trip total. I kindly made a complaint with the rangers on the way out cause that's kind of ridiculous, to have such massive obstructions in the water so close to the bank. They need to clean it out cause I've had this issue here before, always somewhere random and new from the last time I fished there. So... decided I'm probably not going back there. Had enough of losing stuff. How anyone can finesse fish around sticks and such is beyond me, I lose stuff no matter how I rig it. Just a little rant to vent... lol. Wish the weather would hurry up and get normal so I can warrant traveling a bit further to fish properly.

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Don't feel bad.  Few years back I bought a brand new bait caster and rod on my lunch break.  After work I stopped by the park to test it out, I rigged it at the park and walked over to pond with a brand new crank bait tied on.  I forgot to adjust the brakes, very first cast I got a birds nest unlike anything I have ever seen.  It was so bad that it popped the line during the cast and the brand new crank bait goes flying out into the pond.  After trying to untangle it for about 10 minutes, I finally just grabbed and knife and cut out half the line to get ride of the nest.  I was so annoyed at that point that I just got in my truck and went home.

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I hope not to come off as a @#$%, but if you can't bear to lose a hook and a piece of plastic, you might want to try another hobby.  You start fishing 'gun-shy' and you will miss fish; you worry a lot about losing gear and your head won't be in the game and you'll lose fish...and more gear.  I guarantee I'm not the only guy on here who has more than one day a year that I lose $30 or more in 'stuff'. 

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I don't think I have ever heard someone complain to a ranger because there is to much debris in the water. LOL.  

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Oh boy, if I gave up after losing one little jig head and a plastic bait, I'd never be on the water long.  You gotta get a longer fuse!

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Am guess you are either young, or inexperienced (or both).  Not to put too fine a point on it but it'll happen more and more.  One of the hazards of the trade.

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The debris you filed a complaint about usually holds the fish you're trying to catch. 

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33 minutes ago, Choporoz said:

I hope not to come off as a @#$%, but if you can't bear to lose a hook and a piece of plastic, you might want to try another hobby.  You start fishing 'gun-shy' and you will miss fish; you worry a lot about losing gear and your head won't be in the game and you'll lose fish...and more gear.  I guarantee I'm not the only guy on here who has more than one day a year that I lose $30 or more in 'stuff'. 

I lose multiple hooks or lures just about every time I’m out. Often I’ll feel a stick and think to myself, “I’m going to lose a hook here...” but I keep casting around it looking for fish; and sure enough I’ll ultimately wind up getting snagged and be forced to break the line. It’s frustrating at first, but you get efficient at tying back on a bait so that you can barely miss a beat. I’d much rather catch a fish than worry about losing a hook or two. 

 

As the poster above said, birdnesting is far more aggravating because a particularly bad one can take up much of your time and potentially wind up wasting a spool of line. 

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is this dude for real?

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Should mention that I am in-between jobs right now... no, it's not a big deal that I lost a lure, just that it seems to be a trend every time I fish, and I try to preserve what gear I have due to not making a lot right now. I am the stick master! Actually main reason I left is because the conditions weren't as good as I expected, and I didn't feel like re-rigging when it was so windy. Not real fast at it to begin with.

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1 hour ago, FishDewd said:

But nope, I hooked into what I think is an entire tree!

Do you ever use a Texas rig ? 

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Yep, I've lost plenty of Texas rigged Senkos. I actually had that one rigged in a way where the hook was below the surface of the lure, but not a true Texas rig since it's a standard J hook. Difference is, these jigs are harder for me to get than worm hooks.

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Snags are part of fishing.  I get snagged often on Limestone rock walls that are ragged and rough.  I would not let it bother me, just re-rig and go at it again.  If you throw where they live, your going to snagged once in a while.  Proper Texas Rigged will help reduce the snags.  I don't throw high priced baits in high risk snag areas.

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5 hours ago, Choporoz said:

I hope not to come off as a @#$%, but if you can't bear to lose a hook and a piece of plastic, you might want to try another hobby.  You start fishing 'gun-shy' and you will miss fish; you worry a lot about losing gear and your head won't be in the game and you'll lose fish...and more gear.  I guarantee I'm not the only guy on here who has more than one day a year that I lose $30 or more in 'stuff'. 

I hate loosing stuff, but I'm with you Choporoz.  I fish to catch fish, and expect to loose baits!  And have just about the same fun buying and trying new baits.

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I actually have nightmares about losing one of my Whopper Ploppers.  

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19 minutes ago, BigAngus752 said:

I actually have nightmares about losing one of my Whopper Ploppers.  

Better tie them tight!

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27 minutes ago, Ben Miller said:

Better tie them tight!

Pike and musky are pretty good at untying those knots. Not sure how they do it not having fingers and all...

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12 minutes ago, slonezp said:

Pike and musky are pretty good at untying those knots. Not sure how they do it not having fingers and all...

Ha, I bet!  Never caught either but bet they are fun to catch!  Lol!, I'd be worried about my fingers fishing for em

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53 minutes ago, Ben Miller said:

Ha, I bet!  Never caught either but bet they are fun to catch!  Lol!, I'd be worried about my fingers fishing for em

I only said that because I lose more jigs and swimjigs to pike than to anything else. I buy 50 at a time and could go thru 4-10 in one outing depending on how active the pike are.

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6 minutes ago, slonezp said:

I only said that because I lose more jigs and swimjigs to pike than to anything else. I buy 50 at a time and could go thru 4-10 in one outing depending on how active the pike are.

Yeah, I had no idea when I said better tie em tight.  Down here, I loose very little.  Last two trips, "Monday and today"  I only lost a Keitech Easy Shiner on an open hook jig head.  Worth less than $2.00 and I had just gotten tired of retrieving snagged baits "slowing my partner down" in the swamp.  Feel for you brother and maybe I should have said switch to steel line!  :)

 

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9 minutes ago, Ben Miller said:

Yeah, I had no idea when I said better tie em tight.  Down here, I loose very little.  Last two trips, "Monday and today"  I only lost a Keitech Easy Shiner on an open hook jig head.  Worth less than $2.00 and I had just gotten tired of retrieving snagged baits "slowing my partner down" in the swamp.  Feel for you brother and maybe I should have said switch to steel line!  :)

 

Steel leaders affect the action. Losing jigs is part of the hobby, but I do get ticked if they steal a jerkbait

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