Folks, through the years I have lost a ton of lead, leaders, and hooks in the Big Pee Dee. Being poor folks like we are, we had to come up with something to end this dilemma and save some money. My fishin' partner, Peglegreb came up with a solution. We use a 3 ounce lead weight minimum. Naturally when reeling in correctly, you hold the rod tip up, pick the weight up off the bottom and start reeling. Frequently your line will cross an underwater obstruction and get hung. First and foremost DON'T snatch hard trying to free it. This will only result in the hook setting deeply into the snag thus resulting in a lost rig. The idea is to drift back to the opposite side of the snag. Then, pick the line up tight. This gets the lead over the top of the hook. Then, let slack in the line in short jigging motions. The lead dropping past the hook will pull the hook out of the snag. I calculate that at least 7 or 8 times out of 10, you will get your rig back, bait and all. I had heard the oldtimers say to take a spark plug and run it down your line to free up snags, and this is the same principle.
Bill in SC
Bill in SC