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Old 12-16-2009, 05:16 PM
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How many of you use barbless hooks? If I can't find barbless hooks, I usually take a pair of needle nose pliers and flatten the barb.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:35 PM
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Not a bad idea if you want to catch and release. Makes it easier to release the hook from the fish and causes less damage. On the other hand, it can make it a bit more challenging to keep the fish on the hook.
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:26 AM
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Yes, I mostly use barbless hooks to catch and release. Using a barbless hook, sometimes you can even release the fish without removing it from water, avoiding it from dry hands and dry surfaces.
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:51 AM
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Using a barbless hook, sometimes you can even release the fish without removing it from water, avoiding it from dry hands and dry surfaces.
That's a very good point. The less trauma you can cause to the fish, the more likely it'll survive after it's released.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:35 PM
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I don't catch and release generally, unless the fish is to small to keep. I have to be honest that I just started to use barbless hooks and I love them. I sometimes had a hard time getting the fish off the hook prior (barbed hooks) and now I don't.
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Old 01-01-2010, 04:53 PM
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I don't catch and release generally, unless the fish is to small to keep. I have to be honest that I just started to use barbless hooks and I love them. I sometimes had a hard time getting the fish off the hook prior (barbed hooks) and now I don't.
Have you experienced any more fish getting off of the hook while you're fishing? I would be hesitant about using them if it meant we were going to lose some catches. I've been putting up with getting them off the hook once on land for this long, I can deal with it if it means keeping the fish when I want to!
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:54 PM
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Have you experienced any more fish getting off of the hook while you're fishing? I would be hesitant about using them if it meant we were going to lose some catches. I've been putting up with getting them off the hook once on land for this long, I can deal with it if it means keeping the fish when I want to!
When you use a barbless hook, you just have to remember to keep the rod tip up when reeling in the fish to ensure the hook is set properly. Other than that, I haven't noticed a difference in the amount of fish I lose or keep.
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:02 PM
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Has anyone considered the safety feature of barbless hooks for us humans? Anyone who has accidentally snagged themselves knows how much it hurts to remove a hook. With a barbless hook, it would be easier and less painful to remove the hook from yourself.
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:29 PM
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You know I never thought about how much safer they are for us. Then I think about it, why wouldn't the hook go in farther with nothing to stop it (the barb)?

I haven't noticed a huge difference of not getting the fish.
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Old 01-04-2010, 03:11 PM
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Then I think about it, why wouldn't the hook go in farther with nothing to stop it (the barb)?
I think the point (no pun intended) is that it's less painful to pull out a barbless hook when you compare it against pulling out a hook with a barb.
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