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Old 10-04-2012, 10:41 AM
mhoskinsxv mhoskinsxv is offline
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Default catch and releasers- fish that are eye-hooked

whats the best bet for getting out of this situation with a bass that lives as long as it normally would?

Caught a really nice bass this morning and the tail end of my plug caught some of the eye lining. The middle of they eye wasnt hooked directly but some of the lens and such was, and the cartilage around the eye was a little loose.

Any tips, tricks, etc to prevent this or at the least minimize the dmg?
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:09 PM
jjcjrdc jjcjrdc is offline
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Default Re: catch and releasers- fish that are eye-hooked

I've heard of guys replacing the back treble with a single hook. That shouldn't upset the balance of the plug too much and MAY minimize the chance of that happening. Good luck.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:05 PM
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Default Re: catch and releasers- fish that are eye-hooked

Bass will adapt to eye-injuries and will likely survive initially, but I have yet to catch one that wasn't very skinny for their weight. Use single hooks, not trebles, and minimize damage while strictly C&R fishing.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:30 AM
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Default Re: catch and releasers- fish that are eye-hooked

Bass are animals just like any other living creature on this earth and we must all do our best for them. It's nice to see people like you care.

A lot of my bass lures don't have a back treble. I try to remove them. Back trebles usually just tear up the fish like you said. It can also gut hook the fish. All of which can cause an infection and make the animal miserable and perhaps cause death. Bass usually hit the front of the lure. So removing the back hooks is a good idea. They are really not needed. If the back hooks are needed for counter weight balance in order for the lure to swim right, then at least crush the barbs. A crushed barb does a lot less damage to fish.
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