To fish a snag, or not to fish a snag? For me, it’s a rhetorical question. Snags are some of the best areas to target. Not only do carp like to take refuge in and around structure, but it’s usually spots other anglers try to avoid because of the possible challenges they might face.
Hooking a fish close to a snag is definitely not for the faint hearted. However, by following these tips below you’ll be able to target these areas with confidence and enjoy exhilarating fishing safely.
Fish with a locked up clutch
Never use a baitrunner. When targeting snags a loosely set drag is simply not an option. It’s unfair towards the fish as it can easily take line and possibly result in a tethered carp. Make use of a big-pit reel and tighten the clutch completely; so that the fish can’t take any line.
Use snag ears and tight butt grips
After reading the above tip, you’re probably worried that you’ll lose a rod when getting a take. No need to panic. By making use of snag ears and tight butt grips it will prevent your rod from being ripped off your pod; no matter how hard the carp pulls.
Never leave your rods
When fishing close to snags you have to be on it; especially when you’re fishing with a completely locked up clutch. By being close to your rods you’ll be able to immediately apply pressure on the fish and have the best possible chance to get the carp in the net.
Point your rods upwards
Set your pod up in such a way that when you rest your rods on it, the tips will point slightly upwards. This will absorb some of the shock when you get a take and combined with a locked up clutch will ‘force’ the fish to emerge from the water; rather than having the freedom to kite straight down.
Drop the lead
Fishing with a safety lead clip will allow the lead to eject upon a take; resulting in you only playing the weight of the fish. To ensure the lead comes off upon the take every time, fish a safety lead clip without incorporating a tail rubber. Tie a piece of PVA around the clip to prevent the lead from coming off on the cast.
Fish with durable tackle
Snag fishing can be taxing on one’s tackle and tough fishing requires tough tackle. Step up your mainline, leader and hooklink material and if possible, even the test curve of your rods to 3,5lb. A stiffer rod will make it easier to put pressure on the fish and help guide it away from a snag.
Incorporate these tips into your own fishing and you’re sure to snare’em, rather than snag’em. Tight lines.
by Wynand Roest