Why Use Barbless Hooks (And How To Make Your Hooks Barbless)


Are you considering using barbless hooks?

If you’ve ever hooked yourself, I bet you wished you were using a barbless hook.

But using a barbless hook isn’t just for your own safety, there are tons of other benefits of using barbless hooks, which I’ll explain in the video below.

You’ll also learn how to make the hooks you already have barbless, so you can save money and not go out and buy new ones.

Let’s dive in!

Barbless Hooks 101 [VIDEO]

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Why Use Barbless Hooks

Barbs obviously make it much harder for a hook to come out of a fish’s mouth, but when the hooks do come out, they can do more damage than barbless hooks, as demonstrated in the video above.

Because of that, some states, regions, and tournaments actually require barbless hooks in some scenarios.

Some other advantages of barbless hooks include:

  • They’re easier to pull out of your skin if you accidentally hook yourself
  • They’re safer for the fish
  • Since they have a narrower point, they may help with penetrating a fish’s jaw or lips

How To Make Your Hooks Barbless

You can buy barbless hooks from the store, but if you want to save money, you can make the hooks you already have barbless.

You can do that by getting a pair of pliers and pinching the barb down, rotating the pliers so that the barb is totally flat.

This will make your hook essentially barbless, and works very well as you saw in the demonstration in the video above.


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Barbless hooks are safer for the fish and for you, and may even be required in some states, regions or tournaments.

You can make the hooks you already have barbless by simply pinching the barb down with some pliers, which will help save you money by not having to get new hooks.

Have any questions about barbless hooks?

Let me know down in the comments.

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Ethan Yang
1 year ago

Barbless hooks are ethical for the fish and less cruel, I fish freshwater and it helps take care of the fish better

Robert Keeler
3 years ago

It’s always a good idea to use barbless hooks with young anglers. They come out the angler much easier.


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