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MAKE A LURE RETRIEVER.

by Loz Harrop

A simple to make lure retriever will pay for it's self the first time you use it. It basically consists of a large ring that you send down your line when a lure becomes stuck on some underwater obstacle. 

You will need to obtain some sort of ring that will lock over your line; the ideal thing is a climbers Karabiner and the best size is one around three inches. Purchase a length of cord line about 100 lb test, the length depends on the depth of the venues you fish, 50 feet should be ample. Attach the line to the Karabiner and wind the rest of the line around a piece of 1/4 plywood say 6"x 3" this is handy if you are boat fishing as if dropped overboard it will float. Next step is to attach two 6/0 or 7/0 hooks to the outfit.

Drill two 1/8" holes through the Karabiner approx 2" apart, take a short length of wire and attach the hooks through the holes, twisting the wire to secure it. This wire twist will be the weak link in the retriever, but if you happen to attach a hook to a submarine whilst trying to get a lure back then at least you will only loose a hook and not the entire set up. Test the strength of the attached hook and wire to see what weight of pull it will require to break the link, if it will break at say 90lbs that's fine. By the way I lifted a lure, which had snagged whilst trolling, and after a short backbreaking struggle appeared a buoy on a short rope attached to a small engine block. This came out of 30 feet of water. Got the lure back all the same.

To use the outfit try and get as directly over the lure as you can, if you are in a boat this is not usually a problem. If you are on the bank, you will need to lift the rod as high as you can in order to get an acute enough angle for the retriever to slide down the line. The tighter the line is the better as the retriever will quickly find its way to the bottom, when the retriever hits the lure you will both feel it through the rod and notice the line stop paying out. The idea is to work the hoop and hooks over the lure and keep jiggling it until the retriever hooks tangle with the lures hooks. Once attached the line goes solid, and its just a matter of a slow steady pull until the lure breaks free or the lures attached hook straightens out. I reckon over the years to have rescued 30 or more lures, which would have been lost along with the line and traces etc. An added bonus is that you often retrieve more than your own lure. I hauled the retriever in one day, to find a huge decaying branch, a nest of line along with seven other lures including a Bull dawg and a depth raider.

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Caribener with hooks attached.

Retriever in use