How To Un-Snag A Lure | Lure Retriever | Bass Fishing

Hey folks, Glenn May here with
If you’re fishing, and you’re getting hung up, then you’re bass fishing. Or to put it
in another way, if you’re not getting hung up, then you’re not bass fishing. That’s just
the way it is. I’ve been fishing for over four decades now, and I get hung up pretty
much every time I go out. That’s just the nature of it, you got to throw your lure in
some areas where you’re going to get stuck. The thing is how you get the lure unstuck
quickly, effectively and safely, so you can get back to fishing right away. Let me walk you through three methods that
I use. And note, first I’ll tell you right away, I don’t use plug knockers. Okay. Some
people will use those a lot to get lures unstuck. These methods that I’ve been using, they’re
very, very fast and efficient. I’ve never had to use a plug knocker and I can get back
to fishing faster than if I had used a plug knocker. All these get the lures free, I don’t
even have one in my boat. So let me show you how I do this. First of all, the first thing I want to tell
you, I’ve been fishing with a lot of different people, and I want to tell you one method
not to do. And that is, I’ve seen people that get hooked, hung up, and the first thing they’re
doing is they’re yanking on the rod and pulling back and they’re trying to get the lure undone.
It’s just a mess, I just wrapped around my eyes by doing that. But, they’re just yanking,
and yanking and trying to pull it out. Don’t do that. Please don’t do that. Let me tell
you why. What you’re doing is your loading up the rod.
It’s a spring, the rod is like that. And as soon as that lure comes uncorked, you know
what’s going to happen? That lure is going to come flying back at you at mach 80, and
trust me, you’re not going to have a chance to get out of the way. This is how a lot of
people get hooked by lures. They get it in their forearm, because they have enough time
to move their arm. Sometimes they get it in their leg, or in their face. You don’t want
to be that person. Oh you already are. Sorry, there’s a few of you watching that have had
that happen to you. Okay, well let’s not do that anymore. Stop yanking on the rods to
get your lure free. That’s a real dangerous method. Let me tell you the three methods
I use. Okay, so the first tactic I want to talk about
is called the “bow and arrow technique.” And it’s going to be a little bit counter-intuitive
to what I just told you, because you’re actually going to bend the rod to get the lure unstuck.
But in this case, like I said, you have a spring in the rod. You’re going to use that
spring actually to help you pop the lure free, along with a little bit of pressure pulling
backwards. So what you’re going to do, is with the hand that’s holding the rod – you
see I’m stuck here in a rock, all right. So what you’re going to do is with the hands
holding the rod, pull back on – and we reel that a little bit more so we can see what’s
going on. Pull back on it, and then with your free hand, grab the line. Now this is for
depths deeper than five feet. If you’re shallower than five feet, or if the lure is up on shore,
up on the dock or something, don’t do this technique because again, it will come firing
right back at you. Keep pulling back with the rod and you’re going to let go of the
line and snap it back while you’re pulling back with the rod at steady pace, or steady
pull. That rod tip’s going to snap loose and it’s going to basically send a snap right
down the line and pop that lure loose out of the rock. Just like that, and there you
go, it comes free. Just like that. It’s really easy to do, and the lure’s ready to go. Now, just so you know, sometimes when you’re
doing this, it doesn’t come free on the very first pop so you might have to pop it several
times. So just hit it a couple of times and see if it’ll come loose. If it doesn’t, then
you may have to re-position. If you’re in a boat, move to a different angle. Or if you’re
on the shore, walk down the shore a little bit one side or the other, see if you can
get another angle to pop it loose. If you have to do that a few times, always check
your line and check your hook point just to make sure that you haven’t dulled the hook
or you haven’t put any nicks in the line when you’re doing that. But a quick pop like I
just did, it’s ready to go, we’re back to fishing. Quick and easy way to get a lure
unstuck. All right, the second method that I employ.
What I told you just now is what works from five feet and below, in deep water that’s
deeper than five feet. Now I want to talk about if the lure’s stuck on water that’s
shallower than five feet or, say you got hooked on a log or maybe on a dock, something above
shore, this is the method you want to use. This is really quick and easy too. What you’d
going to do is simply . . . this is a good tactic to use if you want to get out on the
boat, for example. If you’re looking at the lure and say, “Okay, I got to get out to get
this lure,” do this instead if you can, if you can reach it from the boat. You’re just
going to reel down. Reel right down, snug to the bait, and then . . . So it’s snug against
the tip of your rod, and then just push backwards. You’re just going to back the hook, back out
the way that it came in. Most of the time, if not every time, that pops it free. That
way you don’t have to climb out the boat, you’re not getting wet and it’s really fast,
you’re done, you can get back to fishing right away. The third method, and this is kind of the
Hail Mary method, but it does work, believe it or not. More often than not, it does work.
This works if the lure is really deep, or if it’s again above water. There is a caveat
though, and I’ll get to that in just a second. What you’re going to do on that one is you’re
going to point your rod right at the lure, directly at it, and reel up all the slack.
Now you have a direct connection, a direct line, between your reel and your lure and
the rod is taken out of the picture. It’s not even in the equation. You don’t want any
flex at all in the rod, so it’s just a straight shot, straight line. Then all you’re going
to do is pull straight back with the rod. Take your thumb, put it on the reel so it
doesn’t move or if you’re using the spinning rod, grab a hold of the spool so it doesn’t
turn, real firmly and just straight back pointing all the time right at the lure. A lot of times,
it will just pull it free, especially if it’s in wood, it’ll pop it free. If you’re in rocks,
sometimes it’ll just get it out from being wedged. Sometimes it will bend the hook, so
you got to be careful with that. Look at your hook once you’re done, make sure it’s not
dull, make sure it’s not bent. But the one caveat I want to tell you is,
say it’s in a branch, like a tree branch or in a shrub. If you’re pulling back and you
see a branch, your arm start to bend towards you . . . remember what I told you about something
being bent? Okay. It’s a spring. If you’re pulling back in a branch and you start to
see a bend like that, don’t do it because that lure will come flying back at you once
the pop’s loose. Even though you’re straight at it, and you’re pulling at it, it can fly
back at you. So be aware, make sure nothing’s causing another spring. At any rate, that’s a great method that works
most of the time. However, keep in mind that strength of your line, you can break off.
So if you’re using light line, you can only pull so hard before the line will break. So
be careful about that unless you want to lose it. I’d say this works about 65, 70% of the
time. Sometimes I’m sure I’m going to break off, matter of fact I’m intentionally trying
to break off, and then the lure pops free. So you’d be surprised how effective this method
can be, but just understand, you can lose a lure every now and then. So those are the three methods I use to get
lures unstuck. Again, I don’t have to buy a plug knocker. They’re very effective. I
get all my lures back except for the case where every now and then, I actually break
off a lure but not too often. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

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100 thoughts on “How To Un-Snag A Lure | Lure Retriever | Bass Fishing

  1. I just wish that I would have seen this 2 weeks ago before I got a cracked tooth from a lure snag that came out super hot n doing about 90 m.p.h.!  Yep felt like I got slugged by Lou Ferrigno!

  2. Good tips. I like how you asked us to remember what you said about a spring in the earlier part of the video. Thanks dad. Lol

  3. Had to learn not to tug on the rod if a hook gets stuck. Learned it the hard way, yanked too hard and my rod broke.
    RIP My first fishing rod. You did your duty.
    Great Video btw.

  4. I am amazed at how well the "bow and arrow" method works. I river fish in fast moving class 3 rapids and it even works there.

  5. haha this helps me out alot…. I catfish most of the time and I was using a two or three ounce weight and I got the weight stuck up in the tree and then when I pull back on it really hard it hit me in the head and almost knocked me out I had a really big ass so I think I'm going to start doing this more often this is a good technique to use bass fishing or catfishing

  6. Don't do this this last one using mono, it will stretch the line depending on the size of your line and you will lose your lure… Don't use with 6lb test

  7. The only downside to all of these techniques is that while you are busy getting your lure un-stuck, huge fish are jumping out of the water behind you. Example at 7:06 🙂

  8. I got hooked in the forearm bc I was bank fishing and got hung up on a tree branch from where they pushed the trees in water for some structure I pulled back on it n when it finally came free it was a missile with a treble hook. It caught the inside of my forearm bc my 9 yr old son would've been the one getting hit so I stuck my arm out to get him behind me and that's when it flew back at mach 80

  9. Thanks for the tips. I only knew the straight pull method. Which more often then not leaves me cutting my line, unless I get lucky and pull free, or sometimes bend hook out. I've considered tying a flourocarbon leader so could actually break the line if needed. ( I use 50lb braid, which I've been unable to break in a Kakay, even while anchored. )

  10. I wouldn't have put that last one in there. of your not using braid of heavy fluro line more often than not your going to snap the line. the rest are good though!

  11. One time I was fishing and I was using a red eye shad and I got a little snag but I just cranked that bait so hard it came FLYING at my face at like 65 miles an hour and some how I used matrix skills and blocked it with my hand and even my hand didn't get hooked. Amazing

  12. when you said dont yank it, there is a way to yank it and not get hooked what i do is i walk forward then yank it to the side this way you can not get hooked im not hating im just leaving a random comment.

  13. I do something like the bow with a spinning reel, where I load the rod up and flip open the bail, probably terrible for my bail but that violent action could get a whale out from under a rock.

  14. one time my jig flew super fast out of water then i used my jedi skills and deflected my lire with my rod, rod was fine even so rather broken rod over busted eye

  15. I just got stuck on some rocks in 6-8 feet of water. I tried the typical yanking I learned as a kid then found this video. The first method was unsuccessful, then I tried the third method and like you said, I was ready to break off but it actually worked! I gotta say I'm probably happier to have the lure back than if I'd caught a fish! Maybe not, but thanks anyway!

  16. Got all 3 hooks of a jerkbait in my forehead when I was like 12 because I was yanking! I look to the side and see my dad laughing his ass off and that's when I learned my lesson with yanking lol.

  17. awww come on. guys then that means i can't fish. I literally fish all the time off found stuff I'm poor man I don't have either parents never did I need u guys to lose stuff

  18. il pull a bit on the rod and flip the bail to release the pressure and that usually shakes it free

  19. you know i have lots of experience with snagged lures and i found out that the best way to get them out of trees or bushes is to pull on your line until either the lure is out your not gives or the branch brakes so far it has worked every time with the knot i use (the uni knot)

  20. I unsnagged a crankbait and it came flying towards my face so I punched it, somehow got no hooks in me but broke it lol

  21. works very well in got stuck 5 times and only lost my wight and got my hook jig back in lake Conroe thanks

  22. I've found when the lure is stuck somewhere in the water, just pulling the line with your hands works really well, unless it's really stuck it there, it'll come loose or you'll put up a branch or two

  23. Plug knockr has Jackchain on it , used to hang lights . mostly the electrical field, found in electric dept in hardware stores

  24. I remember one time last summer I was getting frustrated while fishing after being skunked a few days in a row. I had one of those berkley swimbaits with the build in jig hook on a medium fast rod with nice stretchy 10lb mono. It got snagged up in a tree and I tried the other tricks but they didn't work. So i started yanking on it out of frustration not noticing that my rod, line, and the tree were all loading up and when it finally snapped free it came flying back so fast I didn't have time to blink. My friend heard it hit my skin from 50 yards away and I had a red swimbait print on my neck the rest of the day. Could've went badly but it was hilarious.

  25. I use this method of when getting hung up I troll over to where the bait is and reel all the way down and troll around the spot where its hung up and it pops free. If I loose a 8$ tungsten weight I am going in for it .100$ in just weights not trying to loose not one of them . I think everyone has their own way of getting un snagged . Sometimes if its a simple set up and I have 12 other rods sitting on the deck of the boat I will just cut line get as much of it as I can out of the water and power on. I spend more time getting whoever I might be fishing with un snagged

  26. These advice gives no help to those on the banks. Nothing insightful at all. Once you have a boat, then things are made. But on the bank, your chances are very slim.

  27. I just wanted to say thanks and keep up the great work, as my nephew is starting to get into fishing and I'm glad I found your channel to share with him. Your channel is great for newbies and good reminders for experienced fisherman. I've been using the snap back technique when jig fishing for over 40 years with rocks with success. It doesn't typically work as well with wood, also works better with mono versus braid.

  28. My man you’ve earned my thumbs up and a new sub. Saved me at the pond while I got caught in a branch that was submerged! A million thanks and tight lines brother

  29. If you snag, CHECK your line. You can loose many lures on the next couple of casts after a snag. When in doubt, retire.


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