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Sexy Shad Crank Tied Up In Tree

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At the pond I fish at, there is a sexy shad crank that is tied up on a branch overhanging the water. It is a good 10 or 15 feet away from shore and the water is pretty deep there. There is no ramp or any type of boat access (I don't have a boat anyway). Does anyone have any good techniques to get this lure down? I was thinking about using a rope with a weight tied on the end of it, to swing around the branch and pull it down.

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I think you would be way ahead of the game just buying one.

8-)

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I think you would be way ahead of the game just buying one.

8-)

Very true... I have just seen this lure hanging there the last couple of times I have fished at this pond. It seems like it is begging to be pulled down and used.  :-/

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I think you would be way ahead of the game just buying one.

8-)

That's no fun! Is the tree climbable?

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That's no fun! Is the tree climbable?

I could get to the limb, but not out onto it. It is too thin. It is too thick to break the limb with my line and a hook, but not thick enough to support any weight.

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How about a limb pole saw?  cut where you can reach.

or mason string tied to a metal washer?

maybe

or cast braid with an old lure

good luck....never give up!!!!!!!!

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The limb pole saw is a great idea. Get one with the lopper on the side opposite the saw blade. Put the hook over the branch and pull it down or just lop it off.

This looks like a lot of work to get a lure.

http://www.aps.com/images/trees/treeTrimmer.jpg

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Get a skinny kid that you don't like and have him climb out on the limb and when it breaks have him swim back to the bank with the bait.

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Sometimes I will carry with me one of those collapsable panfish 12 foot poles. I tie a length of 20lb line with a treble hook on the end. I keep the rod stuck through my belt in back and I have had to use it many times to get lures and flies out of the trees. They collapse down to only a few feet.

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That color is SO hot that I bet by the time you get to it the birds would have pecked it to pieces. Buy another and keep it outta sight of every living thing, except bass. Manufacturers really need to put a "Keep out of reach of children" label on those things.

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I say get your shotgun and shoot the crap out of the limb.  It will fall, trust me.   ;D

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I think you would be way ahead of the game just buying one.

8-)

That's no fun! Is the tree climbable?

I totally get this.

I buy alot of lures every year, including some very expensive ones.  but the sight of free bait hanging from a tree is irresistable.  It's a game.  

Why not try a rod and reel with a weighted treble.

spool up with some braid or other heavy line. Now it's time for casting practice.  See if you can't either hook onto the lure or the line that's attached to it.  If your lucky enough to get a hook up, don't snap the rod tip, just pull straight and see if you can't pull it down.

If that fails, go to the "total war" option.  find a neighbor who has one of those extendable tree pruning gadgets,  and start cutting.

someone is going to get that lure.  why not you?

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That's no fun! Is the tree climbable?

I could get to the limb, but not out onto it. It is too thin. It is too thick to break the limb with my line and a hook, but not thick enough to support any weight.

You could still climb the tree and place your weight on the limb while holding on to the trunk that the limb is attached to, thus breaking the limb with your weight.  Then climb down and retrieve the lure.  

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I use a collapsible swimming pool pole with a U-bolt through the end where the net would insert. It will reach out 18' and allows me to pull the branch down to me or wrap the line around the U-bolt and break it off. Of course, I never have an errant cast but just in case a buddy does  ::).  This also works well for a baitknocker in treetops & stump flats or a pushpole for shallow waters.

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This is the funniest thread I've read in a long time.  I know its no joking matter, but what's funny is that I've been there in that, "how the hell am I going to get that bait?" mode.

I recommend using a trained falcon or hawk to retrieve it.  Another option would be to order several trucks full of clean fill to build up the land below it and you just reach up and get it.  Also, a home made hovercraft with a long ladder might do the trick.

Or, you could just buy one just like it.  ;D

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Your plan sounds good. our you can just cut the tree down  ;D

As a bonus, you'll have some new fish attracting structure. ;)

I gotten several lures out of trees by using a homemade grappling hook made out of coathangers.  Strong enough to pull the branch down but can easily be straightened and released by giving a hard pull should the grappling hook get snagged.

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LOL..... This is one funny thread! Dude, you better get that lure! It will definetly become your lucky lure if you succeed! World Record LMB watch out  :D

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I had an errant cast with a lure I made one day and I had to get it back.

My first thought was to come back at night and cut the tree down.  That just isn't feasible.

A week later I had devised a plan.

I took twine or jute whatever you wanna call it.  I tied three one ounce bank sinkers to the end.  

I threw it up over the branch ninja style and pulled the branch to me.  I got my lure back.

I had tried using heavy line and a heavy jig but the line snapped and I lost the jig too.

For some reason when I see a freebie lure when Im fishing, I MUST get it.  I have got a ton of lures from errant casters and snags that you wouldn't believe it.  

If I see a snagged lure in the water I am dead set on getting that lure.  Not only is it good casting practice, but sometimes you gather a small crowd.  

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If you are on shore and it is not your pond please do not cut the limb.  That just gets the ball rolling on privatizing and locking fisherman out.  It is as bad as leaving trash.  

I depend on access as much as the next guy but the way I see some areas trashed by fisherman I would seriously contemplate putting up posted signs.  

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For a few hundred dollars you could buy a trained monkey

I think this would be a good investment in the long run.

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