Hook Retention and Survival of Bonefish

Every angler has at some point left a hook in a fish’s mouth. They will rust out within a few days, we’re told, and it seems a better option than damaging the fish’s mouth; however, you never truly know the whens and ifs.

In the recent issue of Fisheries Research, a study group looked at the issue of hook retention and survival of bonefish, specifically. Their findings confirm that hooks are expelled quickly and do not interfere with feeding; barbless hooks especially aid with expulsion, and the researchers strongly urge their use among anglers practicing catch and release.

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  • Rolling Harbour

    Thanks for passing this around. It’s good to have solid evidence to support the theory! All the best from Rolling Harbour