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Well it finally happened to me. In my Super Cat kick boat trolling a dry on the left and a wet on the right. Dry gets hammered hard. Fish on. Fish off. Nice fish, the biggest by far on this beautiful evening. After cursing, I look down to my right and the whole reel and rod with sinking line is GONE! I neglected to put it in the rod holder. I know where it is. 10 to 14 feet of water. Anyone have a good way to snag it up from the bottom? The water is pretty dark so not sure if a snorkel and mask will work. I thought about an extended handle garden rake? Any others? The outfit is worth about $350 so it's worth it for me to at least try to get it back.
 

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Maybe post this in one of the sockeye threads? I bet one of them guys could 'snag' it off the bottom for you LMAO.






But really thats gotta suck, Id say take a swim or the rake idea. Whats the bottom structue like?
 

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Maybe post this in one of the sockeye threads? I bet one of them guys could 'snag' it off the bottom for you LMAO.
LOL! I was thinking this post was going to be ripe for a lot of jokes.

The bottom is pretty muddy with quite a few snags.
 

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Its gonna be hard to find for sure, with the bottom being muddy it will sink into the muck. Let alone if the fish actually was hooked for a few seconds and dragged it far off from where you were sitting on the water. A couple weeks ago my bro dropped his flashlight into about 6' of water on a lake, the bottom is very light colored(we were abl to clearly see fish 20' down) and despite sitting in a boat for 30 mins looking for it we were unable to find the flashlight.
 

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i did the same thing last month...but my rod wasnt worth as much as yours so its still at the bottom of the lake. I look for it everytime im there but i wasnt paying as much attention so i dont know exactly where it dropped. :wallbash:
 

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I would try to grab the line rather than the rod...it should be laid out nicely on the bottom of the lake if you were trolling!

Maybe get a coat hanger hook and tie it to some of that yellow rope with some lead wrapped around the end and scour the bottom...

or jjust get a cannon ball and tie that to some braid and drag the bottom, should pull your fly line up against it and drag it in...

dunno, just using my imagination haha. goold luck and let us know how it goes :peace:
 

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if you have a trolling reel, hook a small grapping hook to it and start trolling around. or if your reel has some good amount of metal in it try using some stong earth magnets. works for me when i drop tools into the bilge.
 

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Oh I feel for ya BGM...that sucks....it's going to be hard to find now, I hope you marked that spot well.

Try one of those extendable boat hooks...a mask and snorkel would likely help....and as someone said already, I'd be going for the line...if you can get a hold of that, then at least you will know exactly where the rod is even it it did sink into the bottom...

Good luck!
 

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Another vote for the big rod and big treble hook, file down any barbs as they will scratch the rod. I've got a cheaper sturgeon rod spooled with 100lbs that your welcome to use, who knows maybe you'll end up with a couple new rods?
 

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Another vote for the big rod and big treble hook
And a couple of big dew worms :p

Years ago my buddy lost his rod in a small lake. We tried for a couple hours dragging our anchors around trying to dredge it up to no avail. Every time I fish this lake and get a snag I always wonder if its his rod. Oh well sacrafice to the fish gods I guess :confused:

Good luck finding your rod BGM

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Get yourself an "ultra magnet" It will attach itself to anything with an iron/metallic component. It will have approx. a 10-20 lift capacity and is not very expensive....If you know exactly where the rod is, you should be able to recover...Even iif is has only metal screws or a plate of some kind internally, it will stick to it like glue. If ALL your parts are plastic/carbon fibre aluminum etc. yer outta luck...However, I would stil give it a go for the cost of the magnet. I once recover a chainsaw from the muddy Fraser in 10 ft. of water with a foot of sludge on the bottom with this method...Ortho 8)
 

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ask your gardener if you can borrow his tree trim extension. go to logging company and ask if you can use there log pipe pole go to fishing/hunting store and see if they have a decoy retreiver as i have one and it is long. try to catch line and you can bring reel up. but the best alternative is to go to the lake tomorrow and offer a case of beer to the finder if old enough or some lotto tickets for tomorrows lottery as it is 36 million. i would look at retreiving asap if this lake has a lot of fisherman. if someone is using willow leaf or leaded line they could get to the bottom good luck and let us know how you make out.

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Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions fellas. I'll be heading up there tomorrow in nicer weather and will try a few different methods. I'll let you know how it goes. Hardy reel and TFO rod. :wallbash:
 
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