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Who fishes barbless?

Only in certain cases
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Who fishes barbless?

Post by gonetroppo » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:09 pm

Picked up a fishing tips and techniques book the other day by Rob Pax, where he was advocating the use of barbless hooks for fishing. It got me wondering how many of us are doing this?
I always try to when kayak fishing for ease of extraction from the fish, and myself, but often wonder about the drawbacks, what are your thoughts?
For those that do, whats your method for removing the barb?

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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by bertros » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:55 pm

Only in certain cases... there's a local river with bass in it where barbless hooks are a requirement.
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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by unsinkable2 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:12 pm

Have crushed the hooks on a few of my stickbaits for next mackerel season- will be aiming to release a few so it makes sense to me. Otherwise nah.
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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by Squidley » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:37 pm

I've crushed barbs on circles a few times because I figured that style is less likely to fall out on a slack line

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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by Zilch » Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:22 pm

bertros wrote:
Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:55 pm
Only in certain cases...
^ this

The club I'm a member of has access to around 25 private impoundments which are stocked and it's a requirement that you must either use barbless hooks or crush the barbs on all hooks (bait hooks and lure trebles), as all the natives are catch and release only.

0n barbless/crushed barb hooks I've caught Murray Cod, Golden and Silver Perch, Catfish, Redfin, Brown and Rainbow trout, Mulloway, Snook, Bluefin Tuna, Snapper, Salmon trout etc. In saying that, if I'm fishing outside of our club waters and I'm fishing seriously then I don't crush the barbs. IMHO the biggest mistake people make when using a lure with either barbless or crushed barbs is to lift the fishes head out the water e.g. lure is now out the water and when the fish shakes it head the lure often comes out. If you leave the fishes head and lure under the water the resistance of the water makes it less likely the fish can throw the lure e.g. trout and salmon etc. are often lost when the fish jumps from the water and shakes its head, even with barbed hooks.

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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by Anselmo » Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:34 am

Only fish barbless

Just crush them with a pair of flat nosed pliers
started about 25 years ago when I was bass fishing
and have since tried both barbed and barbless, no difference in keeping fish on with barbless, and if anything more hookups stick with barbless
plus barbless are easier to get out of yourself (don't ask)

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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by robwho » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:11 am

I fish barbless when targetting bass. One time i forgot to crush the barbs was the time a new lure flicked back like a bullet from being snagged on the bank and hooked my calf.
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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by Dodge » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:10 am

For all fishing always use hooks with crushed barbs, whether bait or lure.

Personally think barbs have no bearing on holding a fish, if drag or palm pressure, is set OK.
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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by BBY » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:23 am

I try to squash the barbs on all my lures but sometimes forget. Main reason is for ease of extracting hooks from either fish, nets or human body parts. Happy to risk losing the odd fish but don't really notice any drop in rate of successful captures.

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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by redwood » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:20 pm

Nice topic. I think I might start fishing barbless. Thanks.

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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by Bungy » Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:07 pm

I sometimes fish with Barb and she fishes topless.....................................

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Re: Who fishes barbless?

Post by Ritz » Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:26 pm

Buengy wrote:
Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:07 pm
I sometimes fish with Barb and she fishes topless.....................................
I prefer barbless for some reason.

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