A big issue that anglers who spin fish from shoreface are the risk of losing their fishing lures, especially when fishing at an area where the usage of such lures is not suited to the terrain of that area. A good practice needs to avoid the loss of lures, but there are simple things you can do to reduce the number of those losses.

But if these simple things are ignored or unknown to you, you are at risk of losing your lure, which essentially means loss of money, because it has to be replaced. So why not avoid this unnecessary use of money and ensure that you observe the proper methods. In this article, we will be discussing such methods. 

Practical Methods to Apply

Casting Accurately 

It is essential to learn how to avoid losing lures and to practice how to cast then accurately and properly. This allows you to have a better understanding of how much power requires to cast the lure to a particular distance and how to counter the effects of the wind.

There’s a saying, ‘practice makes perfect’ which can also be applied in this instance, which can help you not to overcast when fishing in a new area. Another option is to make use of a side cast, which helps lower the lure and minimize the effects of the wind on the cast. 

Getting Information About Your Intended Fishing Area

It is also of importance to get an idea of how to identify and know major river structures, i.e., weed beds, large rocks, and so on. Knowing where these are located helps you get close without the risk of getting your lure snagged. All this information can easily access the internet or any other source.

 If you do not have access to the internet, you could get a feel of how deep the channel is by looking at the slope of the bank leading into the channel. Know this, the slope of the channel bottom mirrors that of the river bank. For instance, if the slope of the bank is steep, then the bottom will also be steep. Also if the bottom is shallow, then it means there’s a gradual slope.  

Fishing with Braids

These braids are thinner and stronger in length because it has a minimal stretch. It is also easier to feel what is happening with the lure with its sensitivity. It means you would know before your lure is about to break or give way. You easily know if your lure is caught in a weed bed. Also, it’s easy to adjust the retrieve speed and lift the lure.

These braids also allow making use of color graduated braids, and they allow the angler to see how far the lure is from the shore. Just in case an angler is snagged during retrieval, it is easy to know where it occurred with the colors and prevent a recurrence. The braids also subtle adjustment and judge casting distance more accurate. 

The Types of Lures Used:

It is also good to know which lure is suitable for you to use, which is where we’ll continue from. 

Bibbed Lures:

Anglers lose their bibbed lure for they do not know how deep it will dive into the water during the retrieve. A bibbed lure reaches about 50-90 percent of the channel depth when it casts. The lure gets to 50% of its maximum dive depth as quickly as within the first 10 meters to retrieve.

Although it requires a longer distance covered to attain its maximum depth, the loophole is that if you have a short lure, it may never reach its maximum dive depth. This is further emphasized by the “Lure Encyclopedia” which gives it’s an average casting of about 75% in most cases.

Sinking Lures:

These lures are an ideal prospect but like its name denotes they sink very fast to the bottom if not retrieved on time. It’s best to use fast retrieves for these sinking lures, also known as bibless lures to track the lure closer to the surface. Another method is to allow the lure sink to the bottom for a short period by releasing it to the sink. And you could count 5 – 15 seconds for each cast.

Then when you feel it fit the bottom, you are to quickly retrieve it to ensure that you do not lose your lure. When you have a tidal wave, the method used is done differently. You consider the movement of the tides in the channel and adjust your count down by shortening it and speeding up the lure. It’s also better to use single hooks rather than lures with triple hooks.

 Soft Plastic Lure:

The soft plastic lure is also a type of lure, that to use effectively and avoid loss, it’s best to know the weight of the jig head. It’s very paramount, for if the jig head is very heavy. There’s the tendency that it’ll just sink straight to the bottom, which brings about more difficult lifting it with the rod. Soft plastic gives the advantage of maximizing the time. The lure spends wandering through wherever the fish is holding and also bring the lure closer to the bottom.


You can adjust the weight of the jig head based on the depth of the channel. If you’re operating in shallow water, its best, to begin with, a thin jig head and if it doesn’t touch the bottom. Then gradually increase the weight until it does. This is all to ensure that during drifting the jig head only touches down occasionally. The shape of the jig head also affects whether it will sink fast or not. Also, to minimize losses, it’s better to use light gauge wire hooks. 

In conclusion,

There are several simple details that could help you avoid losing that lure of yours. But if you fail to know these simple things, I’m sorry to say but prepare yourself to lose several lures as you continue. Hopefully, this article has done enough to help you avoid that loss.