Benefits of barbless fishing hooks

On the vast majority of my fishing trips, I’m practicing catch-and-release. In fact, last year, I released 98.6 percent of the fish I caught.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m against keeping a few fish to eat. I’m just picky about which fish I keep and work hard to make sure I’m not taking more than I’ll be able to eat in a reasonable amount of time.

The reality is: the more fish you come into contact with, the more important the treatment of those fish becomes. As I’ve continued to learn more about best practices for the proper handling and release of fish, I’ve started experimenting with a new tool: barbless hooks.

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