I use barbless for all species. After an hour of casting a Green Weenie at some likely pocket water, I caught a nice LMB at 5pm today. It's mouth was
pretty well chewed up from people using barbed (and over-sized) hooks in this
mostly C&R section. I felt kind of bad for the bass, and thought of all the
trebles hooks this thing must have had stick in it's lips....
I was using a #12 Green Weenie, and had zero problems landing that bass.
This guy was caught last April 7 on a #10 Wooly Bugger, pinched barb, and
no problems at all:
This channel cat was caught on a #12 pinched barb Green Weenie, and
while he made several runs, zero problems. You can see the Green Weenie
in the cat's upper lip: