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    I am going on a self-guided trip in august to Icy Straights/Excursion Inlet. Can anybody tell me if barbless or circle hooks are required in saltwater for salmon?

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    nope they aren't required
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    If your goal is to bonk every fish that comes to the boat then quit when the limit is reached, barbed hooks make a lot of sense.

    If, however, your goal is to get out there and catch a lot of fish with the idea that you will be releasing a significant portion of the catch ( i.e. above and beyond the legal bag limit) I would highly recommend going barbless. I would also suggest carrying a simple de-hooker stick to make releasing the unwanted catch a breeze.

    If you know how to keep a deep heavy bend in the rod, going barbless will make no difference in your hookup-to-landed ratio. It will definitely make the release a whole lot easier on the fish, though.
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    Thanks for the insights! Our group will have a mix of first-timers and old salts so barbed may help to keep some of those fast silvers buttoned on until everybody hits their groove.

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