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Maruto Semi-Barbless Hooks

December 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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For months now Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), and Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have been having a hard time deciding whether or not they should prohibit barbed hooks on Columbia River. WDFW banned them initially, but just changed their mind the other week. ODFW is still talking about it.

I’ve always liked the way trebles hooked and held fish, but, naturally, they tend to do a bit more damage. This is even more troublesome when you’re trying to work quickly to remove a native spring chinook from your line for release. Now there is an answer…

Enter the Maruto Semi-Barbless Hook. I saw this at ICAST this year and was pretty excited about it. The unfortunate part for me at the time was that they’re only making these semi-barbless hooks in treble forms. I was thinking about octopus hooks for my salmon trolling and sturgeon baits. I had totally forgotten about my Kwikfish plugs that I enjoy using, and these hooks are a natural solution for me.

Maruto’s Semi-Barbless technology will likely be recognizable. It’s this type of knotched barb that mankind originally created. With the lack of a protruding barb, hooksets will be more solid. The micro-barbs of the Maruto hook will also hold on just as well as your regular barbed hooks. Much like a barbless hook, this hook will easily slip out of places its not supposed to be stuck too – upholstery, nets, hands, etc.

The hook point offers a razor profile and the Maruto Semi-Barbless treble hook is currently offered in sizes 8, 6, 4, 2, 1, 1/0 and 2/0. I’ll likely be working to replace the trebles on my bass lures with the Marutos. Now I’m just waiting for octopus hooks in 2-6/0.

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  • 1 Jess // Dec 11, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Cool.

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