LureSavers available (6lb, 8lb, 10lb, 17-20lb, 25-30lb)
|MSRP (per pack)
||$7.90 Small (6 per pack)
$10.90 Large (6 per pack)
Impressions: The Ultimate LureSaver is a
relatively new addition to the terminal tackle available to anglers, but has
already been making a real splash in the industry. The Ultimate LureSaver won
"Best of Category Winner" at ICAST 2001, and "Field Test Approval" from the
NAFC. The LureSaver is also endorsed by both Jimmy Houston and Bill Dance.
Dance states "The Ultimate LureSaver is one of the most innovative new
products I've ever had the pleasure to fish with. LureSaver lets me fish heavy
cover without fear of losing my lure. It doesn't release when fighting even the
biggest fish and if I get hung-up, I can recover my lure in seconds without
disturbing my spot. LureSaver is a real timesaver because more casts equals more
fish. I'm hooked"
Upon initial inspection the Ultimate LureSaver seems very simple, consisting of unpretentious Titanium split rings, but behind
this motif is a carefully crafted system designed to help save more lures,
and catch more fish.
The Ultimate LureSaver comes with
6 rings per pack
Setting up: Setting up the Ultimate LureSaver system is as easy as
switching out your old split rings for the LureSaver's Titanium ones. But
before you do this you need to make sure that you have properly determined your
rod and line rating, are using the appropriate line test, and choose the
that best matches your outfit. If you improperly match up the line or rod you
may find yourself defeating the principles that make the LureSaver function
Make sure to match up the right
LureSaver for your application, color on the packaging and rings are there to
help identify the right LureSaver
idea: How does the Ultimate LureSaver work? After removing your standard
split rings and rigging the appropriate LureSavers the system is designed to
break away when desired. When your lure becomes snagged you point your rod tip
towards the snag, reel in all the slack, and thumb the spool, then turn your face
away from the snag and pull steadily. At this point the LureSaver's titanium
ring will open up and abandon the snagged hook, and release your lure.
Compare the Titanium LureSaver
(left) to a standard split ring
The reality: Why does the system work? Right away I asked Ultimate NiTi the
question that they most often receive... "if the LureSaver will release a snag
what prevents it from releasing a fish on the line?" The answer is that when
properly matched to the right rod and line your rig won't allow it. The rod
actually generates very little force and actually acts as a shock absorber, so
unless your completely clamped down on the line and there is no rod flex the
Ultimate LureSaver will not open. To put the LureSaver to the test we spent a
great deal of time in a variety of lab and field tests.
Once armed with the LureSaver your
lures have a built in retrieval system
Lab Tests: The first thing we did was pair up a variety of variety of
outfits with the right LureSavers for pressure tests to see just how well this
system could save lures from impossible snags. Against a immovable chain link
fence we used a Shimano scale to measure how much pressure it took to release a
lure. (Do not try this at home as this test requires serious eye, body, and hand
protection. During one test I forgot to put on my gloves during one pull and
with a quick pull found a treble hook buried in my knuckle...ouch) In the water the
lures tend to shoot back with much less speed and energy, but it is important to
always turn away from the snag when you pull to make sure you don't end up being
the next target snagged by your lure.
The Lab test pitted the LureSaver
against an impossible snag to test for pressure
In the test we found that it was absolutely
crucial to match up the right line test with the LureSaver you choose. For
example if you put 8lb LureSaver on and only use 6lb line you will likely snap
your line before generating the force necessary to free your lure. In most cases
it takes 1-2 lbs less pressure then the LureSaver is rated at to free your lure.
For example we pulled the 10lb LureSaver ten times in our lab test and the
average pressure it took to free the lure was 8.25lbs. Of those 10 pulls the
LureSaver remained on the lure 70% of the time, but in some cases it did pop off
with the hook. While the LureSavers proved very easy to use out of the water we
were eager to see just how well they could handle tough underwater snags, and
strikes from big fish.
The LureSaver released the lure
every time without ever breaking the line
Field Tests: To test the Ultimate LureSaver we embarked on fishing for
largemouth in some serious structure, and Striper fishing to test for fierce
for Ultimate LureSaver (Green=10lb) Tests
Kistler Helium LTA 6'9"
Shimano Chronarch SF
10 lb. Trilene Big Game Supreme
Our first tests pitted the Ultimate LureSaver against some submerged trees.
While casting deep diving cranks much deeper into the structure then we would
ever normally be inclined to do, I soon found my favorite Norman DLN snagged
about 5 feet down. By positioning the boat above the lure I proceeded to tug
away on the rod to see if the lure would pop out. Sure enough, the rod alone
could not free the lure, and probably drove the treble hook only deeper
into the branch below. At this point I reeled in all the slack I could and
pointed the rod straight down so there was no pressure exerted at the line from
the rod at all. With my thumb on the spool I pulled straight away from the snag,
one, two, and I felt the line go loose. I reeled back and my sure enough my
lure, minus one treble hook, had been salvaged.
subject the deep diving Norman to some serious structure
During the rest of our tests we snagged up
multiple times on purpose and 9 out of 10 times the LureSaver
rescued my lure. The only exception was against some rocky structure in which my
line came in direct contact with some sharp rocks, so that when I tugged
unfortunately my damaged line snapped before the LureSaver could open. Never
once during Striper or Largemouth bass fishing did I lose a fish as a result of
the LureSaver unintentionally opening up. Because the fish are not anchored
objects and your rod is flexible there simply isn't enough pressure generated to
open the LureSaver during typical fishing situations.
The Ultimate Luresaver never once
released the hook on any fish during our tests
Benefits: The Ultimate LureSaver is no gimmick, it works! During the tests
it saved a number of my prized lures with little difficulty. The only downside
is that you will lose one hook each time the system is employed, but a
hook is a small price to pay to save your lures from a watery grave. The
real benefit of the system is that it is flexible to adapt to multiple types of
lures, and actually will help you catch more fish. Here are the top 5 reasons
why the LureSaver is superior to many other Lure Retrieval systems today:
1) Fish More: With less fear to cast into heavy
cover you will find yourself presenting lures into areas with more confidence.
We all know that fish like cover, and where there are more snags there are
typically more fish.
2) Flexibility: The Ultimate LureSaver is the only
lure retrieval system that is built onto your lures and can be adapted to work
on multiple baits and tools.
here for some interesting uses
3) Any Depth: Most Lure retrieval systems require
a pole or rope to retrieve your lure, the problem with that is you are actually
quite limited to the effective depth of the system. With the Ultimate LureSaver
you could actually use the lure 100 feet down on a rock cod jig!
4) Quick Change: LureSavers make changing hooks
quick and easy due to their flexibility, no more split ring pliers are required.
5) Reusable: The Ultimate LureSaver is designed to
stay with your lure as long as possible, and can be used to save your lure again
LureSaver Ratings (?/10)
Constructed to use the flexible properties of high quality Titanium
Retrieves the lure back almost 100% of time when coupled with the right rod
and line test. The only exception we saw was when there was damage to the
line. The only downside is that you have to leave one hook behind.
bit more expensive than all the other competitors out there, but is
reusable. If you save 2-3 lures you will have made your money back
very clever design that brings Lure retrieval to the lure itself. You can
use this system on lure from tiny Kastmasters to massive rock cod jigs.
Color on the rings helps you identify which Luresaver is right for your
application. The containers come with directions and are small enough to fit
into any tackle box. The Titanium makes it easy to change out hooks without
split ring pliers.
true advantage of this system is that it works at any depth, in any type of
water from streams, lakes, and the deep blue seas.
Pluses and Minuses:
Quickest retrieval system
Works at any depth
You have to donate your hook|
Flexibility in lures
Make sure to look away while pulling, for
Fish with more confidence
Easy to use
Conclusion: The ultimate LureSaver is truly an innovative
product that has proven to be effective in both our lab and field tests. This is
one system that makes retrieving your lures quick and easy, regardless of the
type of lure, snag, or depth. This patented technology not only saved us a lot
of headaches, but also allowed us to fish longer and with more confidence since we
wouldn't lose our favorite lures, ultimately resulting in the single most
important outcome...more hooked fish. While the entire system may seem like a
lot of investment at around $1.32 per LureSaver, it is a small price to pay to
keep your favorite lures in your arsenal, and increase your fishing
effectiveness. One thing we would love to see is branded lure manufacturers partnering up with
Ultimate NiTi to release more lures sporting this added value option,
but until that time the Ultimate LureSaver is definitely worth looking into to
protect your cream of the crop lures.