How to Properly Fish in Dense Weeds

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We all know that many species of fish like dense vegetation (lily pads and underwater grass beds). They feed and shelter in or near the weeds, so it’s common sense to fish there since that’s where the fish are. Not so fast. If you do not fish the weeds properly you will loose half your tackle box of lures, you will break your line many times, and maybe even break your fishing rod.

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The two biggest problems associated with fishing in dense weeds are (1) getting your lure/hook caught up in the weeds and (2) hooking a fish that wraps the line around the weeds. Both of these problems usually end up with you loosing your lure and/or losing the hooked fish. If this happens to you, try these techniques to free a snag with your ultralight gear. Next time, follow these tips to prevent these problems again:

Use fishing hooks and lures designed for fishing in weeds. These hooks/lures are designed in a way that they don’t catch onto the weeds so easily, by using a weed guard or another method that covers the hook tip.

Use a stronger fishing line: Even with weedless hooks, you can still get caught up in the weeds. You need a stronger line to rip your hook/lure out of the weeds, or yank that fish out before it wraps your line around something. Braided lines and higher pound test nylon or fluorocarbon monofilament are recommended.

Use a heavier fishing rod: You need a heavier fast action fishing rod with plenty of back bone to yank those fish out from the weeds quickly before they have a chance to wrap around some weeds. A stronger rod also helps when you’re caught up in the weeds. You can tear the weeds out, roots and all, without worrying about breaking your rod.

I hope this short guide helps you avoid the problems associated with fishing in dense weeds. To assist with other elements you’ll need to contend with, we’ve prepared guides for fishing in fast-moving water, in rivers and streams and in ponds. Enjoy and good luck!

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