Stopped by a favorite honey-hole (the location of which will remain nameless for now
) for a couple of hours, and nothing big was hitting, so I started throwing out a small 1/4 oz. spinnerbait on the ultralight. The bass started hitting it immediately. The trouble was, they were all 13-14 inches which I do not keep.
After about the fourth one, I took out a pair of pliers and crushed the barb down onto the shank of the hook so I would do less injury to the fish. No problem, I never lost a fish after that, just keeping tension on the line was enough to keep the fish on the hook.
All in all, I landed 17 bass, one 16" trout, and one crappie, all released.
Now I am thinking about doing this to all my lures. But I would like to hear a second opinion first.
Are there any fish that you would never
fish barbless for? If so, what?
Regards, W. E.