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Barbed hook use while ice fishing

2/20/21 @ 12:44 PM
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uwmad_research
USER SINCE 2/20/21

Hi all, I'm working on a project at UW-Madison that is trying to estimate release mortality of bluegill during ice fishing. Because of COVID restrictions, we can't approach ice fishers to ask in person, so I'm hoping to test the waters here. Is it at all common for ice fishers to crimp the barbs on their hooks while fishing for bluegill? 

Thanks!

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2/21/21 @ 5:28 PM
Leechster
Leechster
USER SINCE 1/22/21

No. You can talk to fishermen at a distance? Why won’t you talk to fishermen? 

2/21/21 @ 1:39 PM
1crappie
USER SINCE 4/5/04

when fishing with plastics I prefer to pinch the barb. Not only does it make it easier to release the fish, it doesn't tear up the plastic allowing it to last for more than one bite.  I have used the same plastic to catch 15-20 fish without replacing.  Unless you give a fish slack line, the hook will not drop out even without a barb.

2/20/21 @ 7:18 PM
jimbo55will
USER SINCE 1/17/07

We used to use Purist jigs without a barb back in the 80's on Mississippi backwaters (Unalaska, Red Sails, Third Lake) without any bait attached. These were all shallow water areas and you could actually flip the gills onto the ice without ever touching them if you were good at it. I use them now but only in very shallow water and usually at late ice conditions.

Jim

2/20/21 @ 7:01 PM
StorminNormin1957
USER SINCE 2/6/17

Me neither. Hope you get some good data though.

2/20/21 @ 4:12 PM
Rick14hunt
USER SINCE 2/20/21

Nope.


2/20/21 @ 1:32 PM
Higgs
USER SINCE 1/14/13

No. not me.

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