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Alex from GA wrote: »
I've caught many bass with hooks in their gullet so yes they can survive. I have a pair of long hemostats that I'll go through the gills, turn the hook and push it out. I also use barbless hooks so it's easier.
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Thanks for taking the time to answer the question. I caught my biggest bass the other day, an 8 pounder, and was hoping that he would make it with the hook in the gullet. I didn't have hemostats handy. Your barbless hook suggestion is a good one, any make and model of barbless hook that you like?