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Deep hooked bass on poppers

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I went out tonite and got lots of bass on blockhead poppers. I will post some pics later. They really were hitting hard, almost all sucked it way down in their gills.

I use a gamakatsu B10S stinger 1/0 hook with no barb.

The hooks come out really easy with no tearing, but some did bleed. Does anyone else have this problem with bass bugs?

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I've been slow to go barbless with bass flies, but I'm beginning to think it's an important thing to do. I'm amazed at how deeply a bass can take a popper and a barbless hook is infinitely easier on the fish - and on the angler if one has the misfortune of making a bad cast and burying a fly in his person.

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When bass hit a surface lure (or live prey) they actually "suck" it in. They will quite often take a popper deeply. Barbless hooks make it SO MUCH easier to release them. A little blood should not be fatal, unless you've ripped hell out of the gills.Personally, I have not used a hook with a barb for the past thirty years.....on bass plugs, trout flies, bass bugs, tarpon flies...you name it. And I HAVE been snagged a couple times by unruly fish. No big deal....I reach over and lift the hook out.

For what its worth. grin.gif

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