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Catching a Fishing Rod

I can’t take full credit for this one, but this is a great thing to keep in the back of your head in case you ever watch your favorite rod sinking to the bottom of the lake. All you need to retrieve it is one of the metal style stringers, a couple ounces of weight and a flipping stick. I went to Wal-Mart and bought one of the metal stringer because I could not find one at any of the local tackle stores.

The first thing you need to do is cut off any excess chain on the stringer, so you are left with just the section of chain with the clips on it. Then, tie a swivel onto the line of your flipping stick (braid is my favorite for this). Open the swivel and clip on both the stringer and your weights. I used trolling sinkers because I just happen to have some in my striper fishing gear. I wanted a sinker that would not get too hung up on the bottom, and the trolling sinkers seemed like they would be perfect.  I also like to clip the weights to the front of the stringer, so I know the entire thing will be dragging along the bottom.  If you put your weights on the back, there is a chance that part of the rig will be pulled up off the bottom as you move it.

Run to the way point you marked as the rod was sinking and, if you have them, drop a marker. Back off the marker and start casting. Once the stringer hits the bottom, just slowly pull it like a Carolina Rig.

If you feel weight, keep constant pressure on it and slowly reel.  It could be a stick, but it could also be your gear.  Don’t jerk or stop reeling.  The constant pressure *should* keep everything tight and hooked up.

The last two rods that have gone overboard, I have been able to drag them up a few days later with this technique. Aside from some oxidation (I guess that’s what it is) on the thread wraps, they have been in great shape. This rod spent over a week in Lake Allatoona on the bottom in 30 feet of water. I’m still amazed I was able to catch it, and it only took 4 casts.