Best Lure Retriever

Best Lure Retrievers That Will Help You Save Money In The Long Run

Back in the day in Northern Indiana, during the day I would go fishing with my family members to get something to eat on summer nights. We'd go out on our nearby lake and get to fishing. One thing we wanted to make sure was safe, if we weren't using live bait, was our lure. But then sometimes oops! There was something in the murky water we did not see, and then, oh dear, the lure got stuck and wouldn't come out. What it was stuck in my childish imagination never really wanted to know, but that's where a great invention came in that could get the plug back to the safety of our boat so we could use it again.

The best lure retrievers will help you overcome these obstacles and get your lure back without having to jump into the water or get your clothes wet. And who knows, I always thought when I was a child that the waters were eel infested. Yet another reason to stay out of the water and let the retrievers do the work for you. There are several different types of lure to consider, depending on the needs you have and the environment you are in when you are fishing. Are you in a boat or standing on the shore? If you're on the shore then you will probably be at an angle to the water when trying to retrieve a snagged lure, which will require a different retriever than if you are in a boat. Also, will you be fishing in deep water or shallow water?

You will also use a different lure in deep water than you will in shallow water.You may need to occasionally get a lure from a height rather than a depth, such as out of a snag in a tree. Some are more weighty than others, which, if you are walking a great distance to your fishing site, might be something to take into consideration. Also, some come with dual units in case of breakage, which is good especially if you are in the middle of nowhere and your retriever breaks.

Lets look into what makes a good lure retriever, what different types of lure retrievers exist, and then look at some of the better ones you might look into getting depending on your needs and where you will be fishing.




The Jewel HDLR Hound Dog Lure Retriever


Frabill 9865 Lure Retriever


Daiwa Lure Catcher 45-Feet Cord with Reel




Eagle Claw Marker Buoy


What Makes a Good Lure Retriever?

There are essentially three different types of lure retrievers that you can use to get them back into your hands. And there are several things to look for including what you are fishing in and where, the environment and other factors. Let's discuss the different kinds and figure out which one you will need:

1. Weight Lure Retriever

The first type of retriever is one that clips on your fishing line and it slides down to the the end of the line to knock your lure free from whatever is entangling it. The weight helps the retriever go down the line. A problem with this type is that in the process of knocking the lure free, you might also knock off the lure itself, leaving you to plumb the murky depths on your own. And who knows, again, there might be eels in there. You really don't want to go in to fetch it. The weight lure will not be helpful if you are on the shore and need to get a lure out of a tree.

2. Split Ring Retriever

This device will help solve the problem of losing the lure. There is a split ring that is attached to a sinker that is tied to a cord that will slide down the fishing line and hang onto the lure, then you can pull both the lure and the split ring loose together. Sometimes there are also chains attached to this retriever to help with catching on the hooks attached to your lure. You can use both the Split Ring and Weight Lure Retriever for the water, but it's also not as efficient for getting lures out of trees.

3. Pole Retriever

This lure retriever is good for lures that are in less than 15 feet depth of water, and have a hook or loop at the end of it. So this might be good if you are fishing from the shore and not from a boat. You will clip the end of the retriever to the fishing line and then slide the lure down to hook onto the stuck lure. Then you will just have to pull back on your fishing pols to get the lure free and retrieve it. These retrievers are a bit more difficult to keep in your boat because they are large, but you can use these retrievers also to get lures out of trees.

Top Five Lure Retrievers on the Market

1. The Jewel HDLR Hound Dog Lure Retriever

The Jewel HDLR Hound Dog Lure Retriever

This retriever has an eight-ounce weight that is for knocking out various types of lures from snags. This is in the first category as a weight lure retriever, except this one does not come attached to any kind of cord.

You will need to start by rowing your boat to a place above where your lure is snagged. Once you are there you will need to attach the fishing line that the snagged lure is on to the Hound Dog retriever by putting it through the metal coil on the top of the device. Then you will want to keep the line tight and lower the device till you are two feet or so away from the lure. Then you will release the Hound Dog so that it goes down faster and before it hits the lure you want to slack the line so it is less tight. Given all goes well, the momentum of the retriever will push the lure free.

Again the possible hang up with this retriever is that you might end up knocking the lure off your line, but this is not something that happens often. This is my favorite lure retriever because I have seen it work over and again, and it saves money if you don't have to buy a lure every time one gets caught, which happens on many occasions. This one isn't suitable for getting lures out of trees.

Things We Liked

  • Lightweight.
  • Good for boats.
  • Fast momentum down the line to get the lure.

Things We Didn't Like

  • No cord.
  • Might push off the lure with the snag.
  • Not good for trees.

2. Frabill 9865 Lure Retriever

Frabill 9865 Lure Retriever

This retriever comes with its own pole that extends out for 15 feet. The end of the pole has a metal coil and is best when you are fishing in shallow water. The metal coils is in a spiral shape and it goes down your fishing line to the end where your lure is stuck. The retriever gets to the lure and it repeatedly spirals which will make the hooks from the snag come out gradually. You may also have to push with the spiraling motion to get the snag out. It is also slightly more cost effective than the Hound Dog. This is an example of a pole retriever, and can also be used to get lures that are stuck in trees.

This reminds me of several times when I was younger, I would take the lure back to throw it in the water and it would get stuck in a tree or tall bush and I wouldn't be able to get it back without a lot of work or climbing. It would be helpful to have a lure like this in these cases.

Things We Liked

  • Comes with its own pole.
  • Good for shallow water.
  • Good for getting lures from trees.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not good for deep water.
  • Might not fit in your boat.
  • Size and lenght of 15 feet might be awkward for transport and carrying.

3. Daiwa Lure Catcher 45-Feet Cord with Reel

Daiwa Lure Catcher 45-Feet Cord with Reel

This lure retriever comes with a 45-foot cord, so it will be good for those needing to plumb the depths to get the snag from their lure loose. The Catcher also comes with a storage reel for the cord. To use the retriever, simply attach it to your fishing line and let it slide naturally down your fishing line.

The chains that are attached to the Catcher will snag on the hooks and release your lure. This is an example somewhat like the second category of the lure retriever with the chains. You pull the cord once it is attached to your snag and then the lure should pop loose. You will want to make sure to position your boat directly above the snag for the best results so that it can go directly down to the snag.

Things We Liked

  • 45-foot cord to reach deep water lures.
  • Good for boats.
  • Chains to attach to snag.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not good for shallows.
  • Not good for lures at angles.
  • Heavier weight.

4. Snagbuster


This retriever speaks for itself, and comes with 40 feet of nylon chord to also go to watery depths to set your lure free from snags. There is also a plastic winding handle, a weight and three chains attached to the end of the chord. This lure retriever is designed to work on boats specifically. With the Snagbuster you will lower the weight and chains to your lure and the chains will brush the snagged lure and bring it up. Since the chord and chains are so durable, you very well might bring up the whole bush or tree with your lure. This one again is better for use in a boat, and you will want to position the boat directly over the snag for best results.

When I was young and fishing I remember using live bait to catch fish and always feeling bad when we stabbed the worms onto hooks in order to catch the fish. I don't know why I never thought of the poor fish themselves that we cooked and ate later. The worms we didn't mind losing, but when we used the lures we tried to keep them from getting lost in the deep waters and not being able to find them again, and when it happened I wondered if they would be down in the bottom of the lake forever. To have a lure retriever with that kind of depth would have been helpful then to retrieve those lures.

Things We Liked

  • 45-foot chord.
  • Nylon chord that is durable in water.
  • Very strong chord.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Won't work unless boat is directly over the target.
  • Might pull up other unwanted objects along with lure.
  • Not good for shallow water.

5. Eagle Claw Marker Buoy (75-Feet/6-Ounce)

Eagle Claw Marker Buoy

This buoy comes with a whopping 75 feet of cord to go to the depths of the Indian Ocean. Well, not quite, but this is an exceptional length for deep retrieving needs. There are two hooks in each pack, which will help you if you are out on the water retrieving and happen to lose one in the process. It is also bright orange which will help you with visibility.

These unwind when you drop them in the water and once the weight has reached the bottom it stops unwinding, which helps mark the spot directly under the buoy. Attach a chain and then the buoy will catch the snag and release your lure. This product again will be great for reaching lures that are caught at great depths, and this is also strong as well so who knows, you might end up pulling up hidden treasures from the sea depths.

Things We Liked

  • Color great for visibility in even deep water.
  • 75 feet of chord.
  • Two hooks in each pack in case you lose one.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Can't help with trees.
  • Length might prove awkward to transport and heavy.
  • Lots of time and possible awkwardness rewinding a cord that length if you don't need it.


The best lure retriever depends on your needs. If you are working in shallow water you will ideally want a pole version. If you are looking to get your lure from deeper waters you may want to try the chord and chain versions. There is no one retriever that stands out to suit all purposes, so you might want to consider where you are fishing on a regular basis and what the conditions are like before deciding which lure retriever you will want.

Or if you are fishing in a lot of different locations with different terrains and water depths, or in a boat or on the shore, with a lot of forest or trees around, or a combination of all including shallow waters, you might want to get a couple of different kinds of lure retrievers and have them with you at home or bring them along with you for safe measure. Remember though, that depending on the weight and how far you are walking into nature in order to get to your fishing site, you might want to not bring all of the retrievers to your fishing site.

Most importantly you will want to buy what you think you will need for your expeditions, and then before you head out for your particular trip, you will have a variety of lure retrievers to choose from depending on where you are going and what the conditions are like. And best of all, you will be able to use the same retriever and not keep purchasing new ones, which will make purchasing even several types of retrievers worth your investment. Then you will be able to accomplish your main goal and not worry at all about your lures: having relaxing fun and catching some good fish!