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Introduction: Why a Barbless Hook is a Must Have For All Anglers
A barbless hook for fishing is a must-have for any fishing enthusiast. When fishing, the hook is often the primary line of defense between an angler and a large fish. The hook can either hold on tight or be jerked out of the mouth by the fish.
There are many valuable reasons to start using barbless hooks instead of traditional ones. When you are baiting your hook with some bait, you will find that it is much easier to place bait on a barbless hook rather than having to thread it through all those points and barbs.
A barbless fishing hook makes for a much more pleasant experience when setting your line up with bait. You will also find that they are far more durable than traditional hooks which can also save you money in the long run.
How to Choose the Right Hook for You
The best thing is that you can find the best fishing hook for you just by looking at its shape, size, and weight.
If you are an ice fisherman, then consider a heavy-duty fishing hook because it will be able to get through the thick ice better than a lighter hook. For example, if you are using live bait or artificial bait, the heavy-duty fishing hooks will have a better chance of getting through the thick ice so that your line can get down to your bait faster. However, if you are trying to catch a lot of fish in a short amount of time then go with a lighter hook.
How to make hooks barbless
Barbed hooks are notorious for their ability to catch fish, but they’re also notorious for their ability to catch fingers (and injure the fish so catch and release it will be pointless because it’ll die).
That’s why many fish anglers have learned that the best way to make a hook barbless is to simply cut off the barb with a pair of pliers.
To make a barbed hook barbless, first cut off the barb at the eye of the hook. Then, use your thumb and finger to bend the remaining metal down towards the eye of the hook. The bent metal will be sticking out away from your finger so use pliers or another object to carefully push it down until it is flush with the eye of the hook.
Good luck! Hope to see you on the water 🙂