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Message Subject: Fishing solo and barb pinching.
Jeremy
Posted 5/25/2018 2:22 PM (#907314)
Subject: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Posts: 1042


Location: Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
I've searched and read one topic regarding barb pinching pro/cons so I'm curious for those who fish alone a lot of the time, if you prefer to pinch your barbs down on your trebles?

I do and doubt it's cost me fish just from that point alone but what made me decide, (besides watching out for my hands) is that oftentimes a fish will take a bait deep, especially a bucktail.

It's a bit rough handling a fish and going in thru the gill cover to unhook her if you're fishing solo, more so if the hooks are barbed. I'm concerned enough to pinch 'em. I also tend to worry too much...but I've had some tough experiences even w/a boat partner so trying to help myself as much as possible here...

This came up b/c I'm switching up all my bucktails and started to pinch 'em all...

Thanks.
Brian Hoffies
Posted 5/25/2018 5:36 PM (#907319 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barbn pinching.





Posts: 260


Worse case you lose a fish you were going to release anyway. A few choice words and on you go again. I'm more a Pike guy then Muskie but the release principals are the same. Anything thats good for the fish and keeps me from burying a barb in my finger has to be a good thing.
Whopper Stopper
Posted 5/25/2018 7:02 PM (#907327 - in reply to #907319)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barbn pinching.




Posts: 36


Location: Forest Lake, Mn
I pinch most of mine basically because of fishing solo.

I can't say it's cost me any fish.

WS
esoxaddict
Posted 5/25/2018 7:06 PM (#907328 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barbn pinching.





Posts: 7318


I gotta admit, the worst days of my life since... Well, the 60's... Have been those days where it occurs to me that "****. I gotta go to the god #*^@ hospital!"

Even if you lose half your fish to going barbless, from where I sit it's worth it.
Musky Brian
Posted 5/25/2018 7:52 PM (#907331 - in reply to #907328)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barbn pinching.





Posts: 1645


Location: Lake Country, Wisconsin
Nope. Have never pinched one, and think it’s entirely unnecessary. Have good tools, and be careful...shouldn’t be any issues
tkuntz
Posted 5/25/2018 7:59 PM (#907332 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barbn pinching.




Posts: 762


Location: Waukee, IA
No, never seemed worth it to risk losing fish. Proper tools are all you need

Edited by tkuntz 5/25/2018 8:01 PM
djwilliams
Posted 5/25/2018 8:27 PM (#907335 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barbn pinching.




Posts: 685


Location: Ames, Iowa
Pair of Knipex, long necked pliers- maybe a pair of linesman pliers- and a holding pen net is all you probably need.
NPike
Posted 5/26/2018 2:01 PM (#907355 - in reply to #907335)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barbn pinching.




Posts: 368


I've been pinching them down for years, no problem. A sharp point is much more important than a barb. Also when they get it deep it really saves some fish.
ToddM
Posted 5/26/2018 3:33 PM (#907358 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





Posts: 15698


Location: oswego, il
Worst case would be fishing alone and you become hooked to a fish. Make sure everything you need is in very close proximity that can be reached by either hand.

Edited by ToddM 5/26/2018 3:34 PM
esoxaddict
Posted 5/26/2018 3:46 PM (#907360 - in reply to #907358)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





Posts: 7318


Used to keep my knipex in my back pocket where I could easily reach them with my right hand. Smart, right? Try reaching them there with your left hand when you've got your head in the net...
Ciscokid82
Posted 5/26/2018 9:34 PM (#907369 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Posts: 161


Location: SE Wisc
I haven’t started pinching although I think it would make the job a lot easier and safer. I had a hell of a time pushing a barbed 6/0 through my hand to be able to cut and remove. It’s happened twice, both with Suicks.
Jeremy
Posted 5/26/2018 10:50 PM (#907372 - in reply to #907369)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Posts: 1042


Location: Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
Ciscokid82 - 5/26/2018 9:34 PM

I haven’t started pinching although I think it would make the job a lot easier and safer. I had a hell of a time pushing a barbed 6/0 through my hand to be able to cut and remove. It’s happened twice, both with Suicks.


You be one tough lil' hombre'...

Thanks for all the replies ladies.
North of 8
Posted 5/27/2018 7:57 AM (#907377 - in reply to #907372)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




I need to think about this, really had not considered. As a retired guy who fishes alone most of the time, I probably should do this. Last summer I brought a small muskie to the boat, thought the crank bait just had one hook in side of mouth. Reached down with a long needle nose and snapped it out. Unfortunately, there was also a hook on the other side, bottom of jaw. Fish flipped and a hook buried itself in the back of my thumb near the base. I was lucky in that the point stuck in the bone and the barb was not under the skin. I had a lump on my thumb for over a month but would have been much worse if that barb had gone under the skin.
supertrollr
Posted 5/27/2018 12:27 PM (#907385 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





when i was fishing barbless it was a real pleasure for me and the fish.but as soon as you lost one you you start to blame the barbless treble was it a fact or not we can never know.since im using almost exclusively owner st-36 i feel no need to pinch them because they are just the right size to make sure the fish will stay pinned,they are a lot more smaller than the others and unhook really easy. and smaller barbs make better hookset
muskie-don58
Posted 5/27/2018 12:57 PM (#907386 - in reply to #907319)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barbn pinching.




Posts: 194


Location: FIB land
Great thread.. very good food for thought. Thanks
ToddM
Posted 5/27/2018 4:51 PM (#907394 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





Posts: 15698


Location: oswego, il
If you do decide to pinch a Barb, make sure she isn't into mma. You might catch an elbow, flying knee but if you are lucky, rear naked choke.
supertrollr
Posted 5/27/2018 5:10 PM (#907398 - in reply to #907394)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





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supertrollr
Posted 5/27/2018 9:12 PM (#907412 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





edit not mendez ,nunes
tkuntz
Posted 5/29/2018 11:40 AM (#908514 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Posts: 762


Location: Waukee, IA
That dude is HUGE!
bigbite
Posted 5/30/2018 10:30 AM (#908623 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: RE: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Posts: 1312


Location: Pewaukee, WI
Pinched barbs will penetrate a Musky's tough mouth more easily then a barbed hook! Try passing the point of a barbed hook through a a piece of corrugated cardboard. Then do the same thing with a pinched barb hook. You'll see how much easier it is to pass the barbless hook into and through the material. The secret to keeping the fish hooked is to simply keep tension on the line.
ESOX Maniac
Posted 6/3/2018 6:24 AM (#908954 - in reply to #908623)
Subject: RE: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





Posts: 2740


Location: Mauston, Wisconsin
Barbless (pinched) is definitely better for both fish & fisherman. The hook is not coming out unless you give her slack. Rod tip action and how you fight the fish is everything. Get the net! + 30 years. Crap happens, lost my biggest fish on a weedless spoon w/ a barb (only lure I don't pinch), rod had to stiff of tip action...xxx Heavy 9' St. Croix. Great rod, my fault! I wasn't ready when she went airborne, I gave her the slack she needed.

I have had to cut hooks, even with pinched barbs, one fish had all three hook shanks pinning her mouth completely shut!

Have fun!

Al
supertrollr
Posted 6/4/2018 9:37 AM (#909037 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





bigbite 100% true.i was talking about vs the other brand with barbs like the 3551. plasma point by mi also have a lil barb that is offering lil resistance
ESOX Maniac
Posted 6/4/2018 9:43 AM (#909038 - in reply to #909037)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





Posts: 2740


Location: Mauston, Wisconsin
I think pinched is similar to the little barbs, e.g., the pinched "bump" helps hold it in.

Everyone has their own preferences. If I changed all my hooks out it would be very time consuming and costly. Too me, it's not worth it.

Have fun!
Al
NPike
Posted 6/4/2018 9:56 AM (#909040 - in reply to #909038)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Posts: 368


ESOX Maniac - 6/4/2018 10:43 AM

I think pinched is similar to the little barbs, e.g., the pinched "bump" helps hold it in.

Everyone has their own preferences. If I changed all my hooks out it would be very time consuming and costly. Too me, it's not worth it.

Have fun!
Al


Actually after I'm done pinching it down "w lineman's pliers" the barb often just break off. I don't have to switch hooks out. All it takes is seconds/treble.
I balance and switch out hooks on some baits. That's a bit of a pain i.e.: Owner for Eagle.
I started pinching down bards years ago. It was a combination of reason's: trying to be more green w released fish and getting a few 3/0's in the hand.


Edited by NPike 6/4/2018 9:58 AM
Jeremy
Posted 6/4/2018 11:39 AM (#909060 - in reply to #909040)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Posts: 1042


Location: Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
I also changed over to mostly 8/0 and 10/0 trebles of late except on my Suicks where the heavier hooks may muck up the action, not sure there.

But another reason why I remain barbless!
ESOX Maniac
Posted 6/4/2018 12:28 PM (#909072 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





Posts: 2740


Location: Mauston, Wisconsin
NPike. Agree-same here, some break, then you have a similar situation as mini barb. Basically, I don't see loss of a fish as a disaster, versus fast release and no worries fishing alone. Fortunately, I haven't been hooked up to a fish since I started pinching the barbs. That's why I started doing it back in mid-80's, e.g., hooked up to a large smallie on a Canadian Fly-in. When you have a green fish and hooks buried into your hand to the bone, its pretty painful. I pulled the hook out by brute force, after my partner got the fish off, my fishing partner was a whiter shade of pale and wouldn't pull it for me. He held my hand down on a Canadian rock & I pulled it out, I still have the scar 30 years latter. LOL! A couple of wraps of electrical tape & I was back after the smallies. Today I have all kinds of release tools & first-aid kit readily available +Loctite super glue.

Everyone has opinions, I like easy release of both the fish and myself.

Have fun!
Al
Booch
Posted 6/4/2018 1:05 PM (#909079 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Posts: 260


Only ones I've pinched are on those baits with fixed hooks and treble hooks (bulldawgs, some glides, etc.). I pinch the hooks that aren't on split rings. Gets messy when you end up hooking the top and bottom jaws with no give, and barbs on both. Baker T hookouts have saved me lots of trouble and time.
Jacyro
Posted 6/26/2018 3:33 AM (#910800 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Posts: 1


I vote for gami big river hooks.
I'm also a fan of buying barbed hooks and pinching them. The gami barbs snap off and leave a little burr. Not a barb... a burr.
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Edited by Jacyro 6/26/2018 3:35 AM
tolle141
Posted 6/26/2018 10:08 PM (#910859 - in reply to #907314)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.





Posts: 891


Had a high-30's run a 7/0 through the back of my hand a few years ago. Pinched all my barbs. Lost a big fish shortly after and got back on the barb train.

Now if a fish looks dangerous I just start cutting hooks. 7/0 mustads are a heck of a lot cheaper than a trip to the ER, and a heck of a lot less heartbreaking than asking yourself "what if" for the next 10 years.
Jerry Newman
Posted 6/27/2018 2:06 PM (#910898 - in reply to #910859)
Subject: Re: Fishing solo and barb pinching.




Location: 31
Whether you pinch barbs or not,still highly recommend wearing on a welders type glove that also helps to protect your wrist while unhooking even a skimpy pike. I cringe whenever I watch a video of somebody reaching into the net with bare hand - for any reason. If you release enough of them in that manner it's not a matter of if - it's when.
 

 

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