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I entered a few posts last year, but this is the first of 2011. I follow the site daily and appreciate all the chatter and information. I'm dedicated to fishing Winni with a few trips to the salt, but am growing more and more concerned with the damage to the fish, especially the two year olds, caused by treble hooks. I cut most of mine down to two, but not all. I noticed in the pics of the 11lb.Salmon from the LCI that all lures shown had large single hooks. anybody doing this? And has there been any discussion of this being implemented for our Salmon fishery? Just curious. Thanks!
This is just my two cents and I'm not trying to start a bunch of crap but in my experience a single hook on a just stocked salmon is a death sentence it usually goes through the eye or brain. A two year old should be able to take it if handled properly after the catch (IMHO).
I agree. I switched to singles and now I'm switching back to the smaller trebles. If you slacken the line while fish are in the net, most of the time they throw the hook and can be released right out of the net. I've seen too many smaller fish get hooked right through the eye with the larger single hooks.
I agree with Salty regarding smaller treble hooks, but will add that we pinch the barbs down. As long as you keep tension on the fish, I do not believe you will lose any fish. Also in a rubber net the fish will shake the hook out, and they can be released immediately. Just my two cents. We are all concerned with the servival of the just stocked and two year old salmon
I too want to perserve the fishery as well, and I think the F&G do as well. My Question is If the single hook is mor of a danger to the salmon then why did the F&G start making us use just a single hook when fishing with live bait?
Using a treble hook for bait is a no no because usually the fish eats the hook and bait, swollowing it. Single hooks like a circle hook are better for a lip catch. While trolling having multiple hooks causes more chance for hook wounds, where a single hook is either a lip hook or a miss.