Crimping barbed hooks for safety

Crimping barbed hooks

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.

Crimping barbed hooks

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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Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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