I am often asked if I crimp my barbs and/or use barbless hooks when fishing for tropical speedsters like barramundi and it’s certainly a topic worth discussing.
For me, the object of course is to land big fish for my clients, and in many instances they’re not an accomplished angler and find it hard to stay tight to a fish.
For this reason, I like to use barbed hooks as it increases my hook up rate and gets more fish to the boat.
However, when fishing in remote areas, it may be worth considering your own safety and crimping the barbs, especially on trebles.
We go through the pros and cons of crimping barbs (thus barbless hooks) in this short video and a demo of how to crimp the barbs yourself if you choose to do so.
And while we are on the topic of safety, here are a couple of previous posts that may be of interest.
Coast guard Safe Tracks App
Avoidable Boating Safety Offences
Safe and Accurate Lure Casting
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