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haydenfox!#$haydenfox!#$ Posts: 2,408 Captain
Seen it before on YouTube, etc, but got an up close view at the ramp Saturday of a lure buried in someone's face. I always tell myself I'm going to start crushing the barbs on my hooks and never do. How many of you have made the switch? What has it done to your hook up ratio? Live bait?

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  • snookaffinitysnookaffinity Naples, FLPosts: 1,227 Officer
    I have done it for years. I do not know if it really changed the hook up ratio. I think I lose more fish boat side but plan to release anyway. I rarely keep fish but I don't think I have lost a fish that I intended to keep due to this. Live bait is a totally different but I fish artificial only. When casting I hooked a friend in the ear. I was glad I was fishing barbless and the two times my wife removed hooks from my hand. I do not fish unless I bend the barbs down.
    "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain
  • YakNPompYakNPomp Posts: 227 Deckhand
    Same as me - artificial get crushed, live bait hooks do not
  • haydenfox!#$haydenfox!#$ Posts: 2,408 Captain
    How to you "crush" them? Pliers?
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,246 AG
    Yes....

    and yes....pliers

    I handle a lot of fish...and if you do..it is inevitable that something will go sideways. You will thank the Lord above when you can just pop it right back out.

    It will increase penetration...but you may lose a fish or two with fish that jump or like trout who put their head out of the water and shake it.
    I am almost all C&R so...no harm no foul.
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • EngguyEngguy Posts: 195 Deckhand
    Always crush treble hooks after my wife got one in her hand. Doctor in the ER was from the Keys and recommend that I do it. that was 20 years ago. Don't worry about losing fish just keep the line tight.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,325 Captain
    I've been to the ER on two occasions over the years to have hooks removed (the biggest was a 7/0 on a tube lure that my wife was tossing - it got me in the back of the head, right through my hat....). Yes, I flatten the barbs on my hooks -unless they have to be in place to keep a live bait on the hook.... I think you actually hook fish better without the barbs.... since all you're doing is driving a hook past the barbs when you set up....

    We use #10 and #12 hair hooks all the time on pinfish rigs when catching bait -can't count the times when a pin or two has caused one of the hooks in the chain to slip under a fingernail - thank heavens for hooks with no barbs...
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  • VeroDDVeroDD Posts: 324 Deckhand
    duckmanJR wrote: »
    Yes....

    and yes....pliers

    I handle a lot of fish...and if you do..it is inevitable that something will go sideways. You will thank the Lord above when you can just pop it right back out.

    It will increase penetration...but you may lose a fish or two with fish that jump or like trout who put their head out of the water and shake it.
    I am almost all C&R so...no harm no foul.
    :Agree
  • dcrdcr Posts: 365 Deckhand
    I use pliers to squash 'em down and grind 'em down on the big hooks.
    I don't believe it has seriously affected my hook up rate, but I have noticed that the hook gets thrown about 10% of the time, but that could be to not having my line tight.
  • RollinRollin Posts: 1,549 Captain
    Yes I mash them down with the pliers. I don't use many treble hooks now but when I did I would cut off the ends of the hooks. Like on a spook I would end up with two of the rear hooks still working. One of all-time favorite lures was the Mirro lure that just a single hook. When you'd mash the barb down on that baby you could just shake them off at the edge of the boat.
  • p914p914 Posts: 503 Officer
    Washington state made barbless a requirement for salmon fishing a few years ago. A mixed bag of gripes and care less from all the fishermen
    up there. Reason was to help preserve the runs of native fish.
  • haydenfox!#$haydenfox!#$ Posts: 2,408 Captain
    p914 wrote: »
    Washington state made barbless a requirement for salmon fishing a few years ago. A mixed bag of gripes and care less from all the fishermen
    up there. Reason was to help preserve the runs of native fish.

    Was there a study validating their reasoning?
  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 9,028 Admiral
    I don't crush anything down.
    Me and a Pard were doing Topwater Snook on the Oyster Bars when he put a Bomber Long A into his leg.
    He cried, I told him , that's why their called a Jerk Bait...:rotflmao
    Fished half a day and caught an nice 15 pound Snook with a gold spoon hanging from my chin , just kinda dangling there.
    I considered it Bling..:cool:
    I did just tell another fishin Pard I was Not going to take his 12 year old out to Topwater cast the back bays all day.
    Wing..There go's another 3 Treble hook lure by my head...:hairraiser
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • Split ShotSplit Shot Posts: 6,193 Admiral
    Really? The ER? I would not stand the thought of having a hook in me that long. It's coming out on the spot if it's limb or torso. Not sure though if it's close to the eyes. :hairraiser

    I do highly recommend keeping a good pair of side cutters handy! It's not fun when there's still a fish attached to it!
  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,247 Admiral
    I've never even considered crushing the barbs. I don't feel like I have trouble unhooking fish nor have I had issues with getting hooked myself.
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  • Turner River TerrorTurner River Terror Posts: 9,028 Admiral
    It's usually real easy to put the hook back out
    Whiskey
    Short piece of fishing line
    Courage
    I've had it done to me a couple times , takes longer to get drunk first.
    Killin and Grillin :grin
  • haydenfox!#$haydenfox!#$ Posts: 2,408 Captain
    It's usually real easy to put the hook back out
    Whiskey
    Short piece of fishing line
    Courage
    I've had it done to me a couple times , takes longer to get drunk first.

    I fish by myself, mostly, and am not that coordinated...
  • tilemantileman Posts: 1,141 Officer
    I crush my barbs on every hook that hits the water no matter what I fish for. Easier to take out of the fish as well as your flesh
    Here's ta swimn' with bowllegged women!
  • DarcyDarcy Posts: 1,711 Captain
    I keep telling myself to crush them but i never get around to doing it. The lady fish who got me a couple years ago should have been the last straw. Guess I'm stubborn. lol
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  • p914p914 Posts: 503 Officer
    Was there a study validating their reasoning?

    It's been a while but I believe they did. They're pretty finicky with their laws up there about fishing for salmon. The runs are finally making their comeback. The reasoning for the barbless was to make it is less stressful to the fish as possible because it makes it easier to pull the hook and release of fish. Some areas you can only keep hatchery fish and have to release wild fish.
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