Anyway, when you fish with swimbait, how do you handle snagging? Kick and scream out loud, then cut line? When I fish with long tail swimbait on jig heard at shallow water, it often snags. Here is what I do when I fish at the shore:
- When I feel resistance, it is a critical moment. It could be fish or snag. I shortly pause reeling to determine. If it is fish, it will pull. Then set hook! If it is snag, it will not. It is hard to tell, but experience can help.
- If it is snag, shake rod tip gently. I do not attempt to force it free. This could break the line or even rod. From my experience, it solves about 40% of problems.
- When no.2 fails, I use more force. I rhythmically twitch my rod. It solves about 20% of problem.
- When no.3 fails, I open my bail arm and move to other spots. Changing angle, I repeat nos. 2 and 3. It frees about 30% of snags.
- When no.4 fails, well I abandon the rod for a while and retry. It could free the snag at river, but the chance is rare. Finally, I give up and break the line by pulling it slowly. In this way, I lose my tackle 1 output 10 snags. I think it is not bad.