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Old 12-15-2012, 09:31 PM
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Default Re: Barbed hooks? What's your opinion?

Hi Larry,

What that makes me think of is being reckless / careless when casting. Barb-less or not I have never came close to something like that and I don't intend to. I use a quote from Harry Callahan often here and here we go again.

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Barbless - if i dont plan on keeping the fish
Barbed - if im fishing to keep, or when i fish for Pike with lures, etc.
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Default Re: Barbed hooks? What's your opinion?

Hooks barbless always. There is rationale behind this of course. Releasing a fish becomes simpler and it is about the health of the fish, if you release it the odds of survival should be in the fish's favour. The only people who I have heard with a very negative view are Guides who claim the barbless hooks can come out and re-hook a number of times, I have been fishing barbless for many years and have yet to see anything like this or at least anything like this that left the fish in poorer shape and it is about the fish. This should not be a personal choice, we focus on the well being of the fish we chase, not our own image as a fish catcher/keeper. As well I have removed fish hooks pre-barbless era and post barbless era, believe me removal of a barbless hook is almost reason enough to make it law, As for nets, I use them if I need to land it to remove the hook safely but most times I can let the fish stay in the water and pop the barbless hook out of its' mouth with almost no handling.
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My opinion is that a careless fisherman who does not know how to properly release a fish will do more damage than a barb on a hook. Also for me it depends on what my plan is with the fish if I want to harvest the fish barbed (stocked fish such as Steelhead in PA). If I want to release the fish non barbed (native fish species that I'm trying to preserve).
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