Barbless vs Microbarbed Hooks.

In light of the majority of responded members in favour of allowing the use of microbarbed as well as barbless hooks on Society waters. The Committee, by a majority decision, have agreed to allow members to use either barbless hooks or microbarbed hooks on all society waters with immediate effect.

Please note that barbed hooks are banned on all Society waters.

A selection of comments from those who were in favour of allowing microbarbed hooks:

  • Being such a major issue what is better for the fish? Looking at various fisheries and the damage to the fish mouths, I think using microbarbed hooks might be worth trying and keep it under review.
  • Having read several articles on the subject I have decided to go with use of both as there seems to be good reasons to give microbarded a chance.
  • Better for fish safety.
  • I don’t believe that microbarbed hooks damage fish any more than barbless.
  • I have been told micro barbs hold better and do less harm to a fishes mouth. Barbless hooks can pull out then hold again therefore causing more punctures to the mouth than necessary.
  • I have used both barbless and micro barbed hooks in France and my local club waters and after five decades of carp fishing my preference is the micro barbed as I have found that barbless can slip and take hold in another part of the mouth causing slightly more damage.
  • I think that using microbarded hooks will reduce the damage to fish mouths, there will be less hook pulls.
  • In my experience, I have found due to the freedom of movement of the barbless hook in the fishes lip/mouth areas there appears to be more damage caused than when using microbarbed.
  • Our fish care is the most important factor if hook choice is based on fish loss during playing then I’d stay barbles. If the concern is mouth damage then microbarbed would be preferable.
  • Would love to see microbarbed hooks introduced.


A selection of comments from those who were against the allowing of microbarbed hooks: 

  • Barbless hooks are just as good as barbed and do not harm the fish.
  • Barbless hooks are used for the protection of the fish in our lakes!! If the line becomes tangled or snaps the fish can shed the hook! If anglers cannot land a fish with out the use of a barbed hook they should try a different hobby.
  • Being an angling coach and working with adults and children, I think that using good barbless hooks is the way forward. The problem of any barbed hook is trying to unhook, whether in a fish or a child and what a lot of people forget, any discarded hooks lengths sometimes lost in foliage with a barbed hook is a wildlife trap in the same instance using a barbless hook the wildlife can easily eject the hook.
  • Better for the fish, so what if you lose the odd one, that’s what angling is about. Let’s give the fish less damage.
  • For the health and safety of the fish I feel only barbless hooks should be used.
  • I consider fishing a sport and as a consequence believe we should do everything we can to protect fish and ensure they come to no harm. Barbless hooks go someway in helping in this.
  • I feel very strongly on not to use micro barbed hooks because they do damage like normal barbed hooks. I have been a member over ten years and I know people are still using barbed hooks due to the fish I catch with very bad lips. So please keep to barbless hooks. It madness to go backwards.
  • I have tried to research this subject online, and having done so I would prefer that TWAPS stays with a barbless hook only policy. Whatever the result of the ballot, I will continue to use barbless hooks only.
  • I have used barbless hooks for some time now and feel that this is the best approach both for the ease of unhooking the fish but also for the wellbeing of the fish.
  • I have used barbless hooks for twenty years and have not lost fish or seen any damage from my hooks on those fish. I would need to be convinced that micro barbs are better at present.
Hook Types Results

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