How to Free a Snagged Lure With a Pyramid Sinker

When you're fishing around structure such as blowdowns, lily pads, or dropoffs, lures often get hung up. You'll never manage to free all tangled lures, but here's one way to get some of them back.

Take a pyramid sinker (use various weights based on the pound-test line you're fishing). Attach a split ring to the loop. Next, attach a snap-swivel to the split ring. When you get tangled, fasten the snap to your line. Keep enough tension on the line to guide the pyramid down and onto the lure. In numerous instances, the weight of the sinker dropping down the line will dislodge the tangled hooks. The entire setup costs less than a $1 to make. --TOM KEER