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How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? #13681929 08/27/20 01:47 AM
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I am conscious of the cost of things and hate to waste anything. It bothers me to lose or retire a worn out lure. Unfortunately, I am hard on them and often lose one per trip. I go to great lengths to try to recover a stuck lure. I know it is part of fishing. They are easier to deal with than bait. I try to remind myself of how much use I got out of it and how much I spend on other things.

How much does it bother you? Have you found a good way to justify or look at it?

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Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13681990 08/27/20 02:28 AM
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I build them and can replace any of the baits that I loose.


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Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682036 08/27/20 03:03 AM
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I only retire baits when one of two things happen...

1) They catch me a PB and I have another to replace it

Or

2) It's beat up and proven to catch fish and I want the memories to last

Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682092 08/27/20 03:59 AM
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I hate to loose lures. Especially the ones that catch fish! I have found in crank baits that though three or four might look the same.. one of them will catch tons more fish. I don’t know, sound, wobble, something makes it better. I’ll try really hard to recover it from a snag. But no matter what I’m throwing. I’ll try to recover a snagged bait.
But I find lures hanging from the trees and buck brush around Sam Rayburn all the time! I mean Whopper Ploppers, Rattle Traps, lures of all types. I even found a 10XD. Not sure why someone was throwing a 10XD up by a tree. But I’ll recover them and add them to my tackle box.

Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682097 08/27/20 04:02 AM
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I target Bluegill and Pan Fish such as crappie and White Bass. The tackle I use is not that expensive and easily replaced. thumb


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Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682113 08/27/20 04:48 AM
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Not at all because I use plastics that cost almost nothing at times when I might lose one

Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682179 08/27/20 11:35 AM
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I've learned the hard way that a lure is much cheaper to be buying than trolling motor props..lol

Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682263 08/27/20 12:51 PM
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There are very few of my personal lures that I have retired. However, when I was a kid, I always enjoyed rummaging through my grandfather “Buster’s” tackle box. He is the main person who taught me how to fish. After he passed, I retired all of his lures and displayed them. Some of the lures, like the Hawaiian Wiggler, are dated 1929.

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Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682286 08/27/20 01:07 PM
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Hate losing one (plastic's not included).

Can be a real PITA retrieving them sometimes.


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Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682309 08/27/20 01:23 PM
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I take every lost lure situation as a lesson. Why did it snag/break off? How could I have foreseen that? Sometimes it just happens. I like to have a least 2 of everything in the tackle box anyway. I am very particular about my knots, line type, and leader, reel settings, etc. to prevent losses. I try to match the lure to the environment so that the chance of snags is reduced to a minimum. Sometimes stuff just happens.

Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682340 08/27/20 01:55 PM
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I hate losing them as well, but on these lakes around Austin between the rocks and the zebra muscles...it's gonna happen. What I hate most is cracking one of my best crankbaits on a dock or bridge piling...that sucks. Did that to my fav Zara Spook at Fork last week. That bait has caught me hundreds of bass.


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The most expensive lure in my tackle box is $1 so it doesn’t bother me much

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A have a few "retired under honorable conditions" lures that were busted up by the fish in question. Those get hung at the house or office as conversation pieces.

But in general, losing a fishing lure is just part of fishing. Now losing lots of lures in one trip stinks.


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Re: How Much Does It Bother You to Lose or Retire Lures? [Re: FishAdmirer] #13682462 08/27/20 03:34 PM
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Enough that I quit fishing with lures.


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If I'm not losing some lures then I am not fishing in the right places

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