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Old 01-22-18, 04:44 PM   #11
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I'd add that Rapalas produce basically no catch mortality, so I wouldn't overreact.
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Old 01-22-18, 04:49 PM   #12
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I'd add that Rapalas produce basically no catch mortality, so I wouldn't overreact.
Correct sir. https://www.flycasters.org/community...l-does-it-work
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Old 01-22-18, 04:59 PM   #13
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I wonder if the original PhD research is still available and if there have been meaningful follow up research?



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Old 01-22-18, 05:07 PM   #14
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I still want to go there on April Fool's Day and throw a thoroughly de-barbed bass lure like a spinnerbait just for the heck of it. Preferably after an epic day with fly gear.
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I'd be interested to know as well.

I think it would be disingenuous to suggest that barbed hooks do less/same trauma to a fish. I know a barbed hook hurts my hand a hell of alot more on the way out.

By the same token I think purposely fishing for 25 inch fish with 7x is unethical. Akin to taking an 85 yard shot with a bow. Sure I could hit it, but is it the right thing to do?
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I still want to go there on April Fool's Day and throw a thoroughly de-barbed bass lure like a spinnerbait just for the heck of it. Preferably after an epic day with fly gear.
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Here's a study on the relationship between lure type and angling mortality conducted on Michigan coaster brook trout. The key piece of information is the complete lack of catch mortality associated with Rapala type lures.

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc...=rep1&type=pdf
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Also useful, this summary of the research findings of several different studies. They eye opener here is the Schill and Scarpella study showing angler mortality rates at 4.5% for barbed hooks and 4.2% for barbless, suggesting that the gains from using barbless hooks are fairly minimal.

https://henrysfork.org/files/Rob%20B...y%20review.pdf
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Also useful, this summary of the research findings of several different studies. They eye opener here is the Schill and Scarpella study showing angler mortality rates at 4.5% for barbed hooks and 4.2% for barbless, suggesting that the gains from using barbless hooks are fairly minimal.

https://henrysfork.org/files/Rob%20B...y%20review.pdf
I will say that in fishing barbless vs barbed it is much easier to release fish without even gripping them. I fish barbless exclusively now (spin fishing and fly fishing) and all it takes is to grab the bend with the forceps and turn em upside down and the splash back in just like from the stocking truck throw. Most times I just remove the hook and dump them from my net.

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I will say that in fishing barbless vs barbed it is much easier to release fish without even gripping them. I fish barbless exclusively now (spin fishing and fly fishing) and all it takes is to grab the bend with the forceps and turn em upside down and the splash back in just like from the stocking truck throw. Most times I just remove the hook and dump them from my net.


How are you supposed to fill your creel if you keep dropping them in the water?


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