Re: Barbed hooks?
Posted by Dan Blanton on 2014-02-16 11:19:18
in reply to Re: Barbed hooks? posted by James on 2014-02-16 09:39:58
You might reconsider when you drop a 30-pound plus fish... But it's all personal unless barbless is required by law.
There are some people who frown on even holding a fish up for a photo; and then there's the Boga Grip controversy.
I've always felt that if you don't want to hurt a fish - don't fish. That said, I always do my best to not inflict any more stress on a fish than is required to land them. That means for me, to use the heaviest tippet I can get aways with so I can fight them harder, land them quicker. I revive them before lifting them for a photo, have the camera ready, shoot quick and get them back in the water.
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