Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
September 20, 2011

Andy Whitcomb

The Trophy Snag

To the untrained eye, this piece of wood simply looks like a decorative landscape accent.  However, anglers may recognize this stump actually as a tribute to a grand, formidable foe – the snag.  Once a submerged productive fish structure, it was covered with algae and tiny invertebrates and thus attracted and held fish of various sizes.

Anglers love submerged wood.  They seek it.  They also fear it, but cannot help but throw near it. Casts constantly taunt snags because anglers know that big bass love to lurk nearby using the sunken object as cover to ambush prey.

If the lure gets too close, there are several options.  A lure retriever can be helpful.  In a short video, BassMaster Elite angler Byron Velvick shares how it works.  If you do not have a retriever handy, Bass Resource offers a few good suggestions for getting the lure back, like moving directly over the snag and snapping the line “like a rubber band.”

Extremely low water conditions here in Oklahoma and Texas have exposed structure in many ponds and lakes, confirming what our sonar and broken lines have suggested and perhaps showing us some new ones.  Digitals photos can serve as handy reminders when the reservoirs finally do refill.

Though I am not sure how to “score” this trophy (17 points? 29 pounds?), I would be proud to have this beast on the wall of my office.

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Oklahoma. Visit him at

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Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”. One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”... To the point it could be classified as borderline illness. Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie." Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up. Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well... And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.                                                                                Find out about the rest of Take Me Fishing Blog Authors.

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