This is a very important suggestion I should of made earlier in the year when I lost a few lures and fish.
Just this past week my girlfriend lost two lures due to the snap swivel not being snapped in tight enough, what happens is the clip isn’t tight enough around the metal loop. So what I suggest doing is taking some needle nose pliers and tightening the clip part.
Then during the middle of the summer I lost two bass due to the hook being bent on my jig. I’ve noticed that some of these fishing companies are starting to make some of their lures a lot cheaper nowadays, I never had this problem when I was a young kid jig fishing. Your hook can get bent by a big fish or getting stuck on some structure, the problem can be solved by bending your hook back with some needle nose pliers. But, the best thing to do is make sure you buy a jig head with a strong hook. Certain jigs are a lot stronger than others, I suggest going with the hooks that have a thicker metal. Because every time you keep bending the hook back to it’s normal position, the metal will get weaker.
Then there’s our fishing line and knot, can’t stress enough how important it is to check your line and knot every once and awhile. Fishing line can fray due to a fish’s mouth and teeth, even if it is a bass. You wouldn’t think so since bass’s teeth are very tiny, but if you catch enough of them they can fray your line pretty fast. And if you do a lot of fishing near rocks and structure, your line can get nicked by the rocks. You can check your line buy just looking at it, but what I like to do is use my finger tips and run them very lightly over the line. You’ll be able to feel if your line has been nicked or fraid.