Catch and release is one of the steps to a greener sport fishing however very few lure manufactures make and sell lures built for catch and release. Most lures are made with barbed treble hooks that can injure fish and although the fish is released it is permanently injured or fatly injured. You can’t always just buy your favorite lure made for catch and release and this Instructable will show you how to customize your lures to make sport fishing greener for pennies.
There are three reasons to customize your lures.
1. To adhere to fishing regulations.
2. To change the action of the lure.
3. To repair a lure.
This Instructable will also explain how to repair your lures and the cost savings as well as the environmental savings of repairing lures.
Step 1: To Adhere to Fishing Regulations.
The first reason to customize your lures is to adhere to fishing regulations. In places where fishing is restricted to catch and release you may be required to use a single pronged barbless hook on an artificial bate.
My favorite lure is a silver number three Blue Fox spinner with a single prong hook with a Mister Twister curly tailed grub. I like this setup because of the change in the lures action making it more attractive to fish.
This can be done by filing down the barb or pinching down the barb to the shaft of the hook with pliers.
It looks like the lure is being chased by another fish. I can cast this lure in waters where other fishermen are using the same lure and I catch fish when they don’t.