One device that’s designed to free snagged lures is called a lure knocker. These are heavy weighted items that will slide down your line and knock the hook or jig free from whatever it is attached to. Be careful with them, though, as I’ve heard stories of lure knockers getting snagged on their way to retrieve a lure. If you don’t want to spend money on a lure knocker at your local fishing retailer, you can always improvise and make one with O-rings or a paperclip and some heavy sinkers.
Most agree that if you don't occasionally snag something, you're not fishing where the fish are, but that's little solace when you risk losing your favorite lure. Tugging offers little more than a frustration vent — one that usually worsens matters by driving hooks deeper or wedging an entire lure tighter into whatever vexation grips it. "Snapping" the snag — pulling a taut line to the side and releasing it to snap a loosening tremor down to the point of ensnarement — may work for instances of moderate snags.But when your bait stumbles into serious captivity, it's time to send in the repo man of fishing — the lure knocker.In simplest terms, this tool comprises a weighted form that attaches to your main line and slides down to "knock" the snagged lure free. As most snags occur while lures are moving forward, lure knockers strike their target front-to-back with a motion intended to push the bait away from its entrapment. Commercially marketed lure knockers vary in size, weight and design based on the depth and cover for which they're intended. Examples range from the rocket-shaped Strike Zone Lure Co.'s Pocket Knocker Lure Retriever to the EZ Lure Retriever comprising a heavy lead weight — shaped and painted to resemble a baitfish — with an open-ended metal frame extending from its back, a retrieval cord attached to its tail and chains dangling from the head. When a snag occurs, slip the metal frame over your line, hold the retrieval cord in one hand with the fishing line in the other and let the lure knocker slide down to the snag. If the initial impact doesn't do the trick, raise and drop the knocker in short, sharp bumps until you feel the fishing line come free. For particularly stubborn snags, those dangling chains can be manipulated to grab hooks and pull the bait loose.
Our Mini Knocker is a smaller version of our very popular Lure Knocker. It is a 1 oz weight with a stainless steel wire turned into a tight spiral on both ends for use on smaller lures like shakey heads and peanut jigs. It is simple to use, rust resistant, and works on almost any type of lure. Simply twist spirals on your line in opposite directions so it slides freely up and down you line, position yourself as vertical to your lure and possible then drop the Mini Knocker down to your lure on tight line. If it does not knock your lure free on initial hit, shake your rod tip up and down to let the Mini Knocker bounce up and down you line.
In simplest terms, this tool comprises a weighted form that attaches to your main line and slides down to "knock" the snagged lure free. As most snags occur while lures are moving forward, lure knockers strike their target front-to-back with a motion intended to push the bait away from its entrapment.