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Does there exist a technique to retrieve a lure wrapped up in tree branches?

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Greetings,

     I had a sticky situation today getting a lure wrapped around a small tree in the water; out of reach from the shore. You know when you throw into some branches and you try to pop it around at the perfect moment.... But it wraps up instead of flying back at ya'? I was using the first frog I ever owned. So I got wet and went in and got it. Since then, I've been thinking about how to hit the undo button when these type of situations .... and getting good is not a personal option. :D A lot of the times if the lure isn't snagged and will fall, I'll let it drop and cut the line, and use the wind or whatever to try and get the lure. There are so many variables with this situation, but if you have any tips, I'm all ears.

     Currently, I'm developing a device which will slide down or up one's line to retrieve the lure. But with all the variables... getting the lure free is quite the development challenge. Worth a go at however because I'm pretty sure everyone has lost a lure to some branches and knows that feeling when you watch it dangle out of reach.

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If you are fishing snaggy waters regularly, it may be worth making your hooks snag proof with some heavy mono whipped to the shank with the ends protecting the hook points.

Cutting the line should never be an option unless you are certain to be retrieving the line. We are not 'tree huggers', but we must show some respect for nature that provides our sport.

Dave

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I fish a lot of creeks for smallies and many of the guys in the area that are serious creek anglers go with heavy braid for this very purpose.   Hooks will straighten out, o rings open up, or the branch break.     Few lures are lost and you don't ruin a spot that are far and few in between.  

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I'm talking about when the line is creating the knot(s) around branches. The lure's hooks might be be snagged. That aspect is quite random. Pulling it off is only viable if you think the branch will break. Heavier duty line would help, but I'd like to assume one's lure spends more time in the water than a tree. It would be a difficult sell for an ultralight rod etc. Adding, most fishermen would be using leaders with braid. So the overall strength would still only be as strong as the weakest part. In my experiences, mono or braid will rub and create a weak point where the line often snaps. Not to forget, if you happen to get wrapped up with a branch that is fresh and about 1" thick it'll just bend. You'd need to be a walking tractor to pull that out.

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Made some progress on the device at the least. The line snagged gets inserted into the center channel where the teeth are; it's non slip. You attach the device and flick the line to move the device up it. Then a line is run through the middle and out either side of the device with a rare earth magnet attached. (There is an hole on the opposite hole the right to run the line back through.) If you pull on the magnet line, it disengages the teeth mechanism allowing for both retrieval or adjustment.

 

The idea is you flick it around and get the magnet to stick to the lure so you can either loosen it with some finessing or pull it to a razor on the device. In that case, there are more magnets on the device to catch the lure when the line is cut. I'm also considering adding another hole on the left for a lift clamp style branch cutter which would use razor blades but weight becomes a considerable issue and how that'll rotate the device. Aside from branches, I'm going to add retrieving lures stuck underwater as many other lure retrievers do. 

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Ended up with this design: https://a360.co/2KODDOW Didn't work out. If you put a bullet weight on you line and flick it, the weight will move up the line. You get that with texas rigs often if you don't secure the weight. A part of my designed lure catcher is it would not slip and used a clamp to allow it to climb the line. I designed it to have more resistance as if it was falling down the line than going up. But it turns out, even a minute amount of resistance won't allow you to flick the device up the line. Let alone, enough resistance to keep the device from falling. A bit of a catch-22.

I think I'm going to try a ball lock:

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Depending on where you live, you can go back after ice-up and cut it loose as long as it's above the water line.  I did that last winter here in northern Illinois.  I didn't find anything amazing, but picked up maybe $20 worth of baits, hooks, and sinkers from a couple small ponds.  Looking forward to this coming winter and trying it again.

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