When I get hung up underwater, I reel the line in until the lure touches the tip top on the rod and then use the rod to push the lure "backwards" to free it. They only times I have ever had this not work were when the rod was not long enough or when the lure was not hooked but wrapped around a snag. A paddle-based release would not work in these cases either.
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