In my experiences fishing both barbed and barbless hooks for multiple species in both fresh and salt water, I’ve found both have their place. To me, one is not overall better than the other. I use many hook sizes, many types, different gauges of wire, different metals, but regardless of these features these principles apply to my fishing. Here they are: All of my fresh water hooks are barbless. Be it bait fishing hooks (small to medium), in-line replacement hooks, or the treble hooks I have on larger lures for larger freshwater game (the only occasion I use treble hooks). All of my saltwater hooks are barbed. I have much less salt water tackle, and usually fish bait. Therefor my hooks consist of large bait hooks, any hooks on a plug, and some sabiki rigs for smaller species. I keep these barbed as the salt has much more challenges than fresh water. Large swells, lifting fish up piers, pulling fish from rocks. The barbed hooks just hold the fish better. Not to mention salt water fish are much heartier than freshwater fish. These are just my observations so let me know if you have any suggestions.
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