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How To Prevent Lost Fishing Gear

Updated on December 21, 2015

Gone Fishing

So you like to relax and fish on your day off, you think it will go smooth until you start losing your gear. This can be frustrating when it is your lucky hook or best bobber. Let us back up and think about this before it happens.

You can lose your gear anywhere and it seems to be the notorious fresh water spots that cost you the most gear. It does happen in salt water but this is usually from hooking into a fish that is more then your gear can handle, A problem that more of us would like to experience.

When you go fresh water you are likely to be fishing around trees and casting near stumps, these are signs of trouble waiting to happen.

Stop Losing Your Gear !!

Know The Area

You want to get your hook as close to that old stump or tree as you can to entice that big monster to indulge itself on your fine sushi bait. The thing is you do not know where the roots or branches are underwater and this becomes a guessing game. I always bring a pair of binoculars to try and see the stump and what is around it, I will walk the area the best I can and look at every tree and branch that can snag my line. I spend time doing this because it gives me a lay of the land and helps to tell me where the really big boys may be hiding at.

If you fish the place regularly you will get to know where the snags are and know where the big ones are hiding. Watch the people that may be there fishing, see where they may get snagged or where they hook fish at. All this information goes into making you a better angler at that location.



Trout are fun to fish for, I especially like fishing in back water holes in the forest. Sometimes you get a place that is untouched or had very little fishing pressure. This can be fun but also the area is unknown and the snags are possible because there can be many roots or stumps not to mention the fallen branches.

Visible Snags


Exposed Snag Points

Seeing an exposed snag point and hitting it because of your casting inability happens, you want to practice your casting either at home by putting your weight into a can or hitting and object. I do it when I am fishing an open area by picking a point to hit when casting so I turn every cast into practice.

Submerged Snag Points

Item that are below the surface that you can snag on are the most difficult to avoid and the most common way to lose gear. They can not be avoided because they are not visible or even known to exist until you lose some gear, then you will start to avoid the entire area because you do not know how big they are or what else may be down there.

These are the ones that frustrate me the most, so fishing known areas can help you to avoid this fate.

Down Trees


Downed Trees

Downed trees can make good places for fish to hide and feed, they are also known for having underwater branches that create snags. Fish use these branches to swim in and out of the avoid predators, they will also head for them when hooked and create snags. I feel this is the worst kind of snag because you lose the fish and most likely it will die there.

If you fish near the trees be ready to get the hooked fish away from them.

String In Tree


Overhead Snags

Getting caught on something overhead should not happen, If you know there is and overhead object then side cast. The thing is you know it is there because you can see it at all times, it still happens because of not paying attention or rushing to get a hook into the water. These just hang there in front of you teasing you the whole time.

If you can not side cast then learn and practice it, some good fishing holes may have low overheads where normal casting is impossible. The side cast gives you another tool to use.

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Gear up!!

I keep extra gear with me, more then you think you will need because you never know what could happen. You can easily lose 3 or 4 set ups in an hour with bad luck, plus you never know when you could help a fellow angler out with a hook or bobber. Not saying you should outfit yourself to help others but it is nice to help and it may get you a tip from a local that leads you to a good hole.

There is nothing worst then leaving early because you do not have enough gear, plan a head and have extra.

© 2015 Vince


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      Rob Welsh 2 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Some good tips and sound advice here along with a couple of nice rainbow trout. It doesn't matter how experienced you are as a fisho, there will always be a snag challenge when it comes to trying to catch the lunkers... they frequent the hardest spots habitually, but then that's why they get to grow into big fish. Thanks for the share... tight lines and take care