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PostSat Jul 08, 2023 10:56 am 
Anyone have tips on how to fish from an inflatable boat without puncturing the inflatable with a lure's hook? I've got a vague memory of a plastic clamshell like device that folds over the hook. I'm also wondering about draping a swath of tough canvas over the side of the inflatable boat to facilitate unhooking a fish.

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PostSat Jul 08, 2023 11:24 am 
A few ....
  • Use a net - This helps you direct the fish and the hook away from the boat
  • Change your treble hooks out and use single si-wash hooks - Easier on the fish and less likely to snag the boat
  • Take care of the hook first and always - after the fish is in the boat, ignore what the fish is doing and focus on the hook. Get it out of the fish's mouth and clear of all obstacles before dealing with the fish
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PostSat Jul 08, 2023 11:56 am 
Thanks Slim, Very helpful. Yes, single hooks. "Si-wash hooks" is not a term I know.

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PostSat Jul 08, 2023 1:37 pm 
yeah.. lose the treble hooks and pinch barbs. be sure you have a patch kit IN the boat with you at all times.

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PostSat Jul 08, 2023 6:56 pm 
I haven't had an issue. I rarely use a net and don't typically bring the fish into the boat. Even if you did hook your raft, with a small hook it would not be a fast leak. For sure no treble hooks and barbless is better.

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PostSun Jul 09, 2023 7:56 am 
I never got a hole from hooks. Worry more about snagging on rocks and logs around the shoreline. Rumi

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PostSun Jul 09, 2023 1:11 pm 
I didn't poke any holes in the boat with hooks, but I had two little boys in the boat with me and wasn't taking any chances. I don't run treble hooks - they're outlawed any place that I would fish anyway. In practice, pinching the barbs makes catch-and-release an actual possibility. Fish lips don't take kindly to barbs. YMMV. <edit> now that you mention it... it was skimming over an oyster bed down in Willapa Bay that sliced open the bottom of the boat - those nasty barnacles are rather unforgiving. Avoid those oyster beds in those high lakes. up.gif

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PostSun Jul 09, 2023 3:34 pm 
Oyster beds in high lakes? Are those Rocky Mountain Oysters? smile.gif

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PostSun Jul 09, 2023 6:14 pm 
I'm thinking he was funning me

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PostSun Jul 09, 2023 8:10 pm 
A bigger worry is a hook in the eye, always were glasses of some sort when fishing. My son never wears sunglasses but after nearly getting a treble hook in his eyes while fishing on lake Bosworth, he now does.

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PostTue Jul 11, 2023 10:12 am 
>>A bigger worry is a hook in the eye, New fear unlocked! smile.gif

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PostTue Jul 11, 2023 11:40 am 
I was camping with the gnome once and walked behind him in order to get to a good fishing spot and even though I thought I was a long way behind him, his back cast nearly nailed me. My Son was bringing the fish into the boat when the hook suddenly came out, close call.

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PostFri Jul 21, 2023 3:56 pm 
Go for barbless hooks to reduce the risk of puncturin' that boat. You can also use a rubber net to land the catch gently, and keep those hooks covered when not in use.

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PostFri Jul 21, 2023 6:23 pm 
nomadthekidyoga wrote:
Go for barbless hooks to reduce the risk of puncturin' that boat.
Hang on, how do barbless hooks reduce the risk of puncturing a raft? They would certainly make it easier to remove the hook if it did puncture your raft, but I don't see any way pinching down your barbs could reduce the risk.

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PostSat Jul 22, 2023 9:04 am 
Don't set the beers down on the water. You will lose them!!!! Tendency is to start thinking the water is a table to put the beers on while you're riggin' up. Not uncommon to see guys putting 8-10 beers down on the surface of the lake. They'll float away!!!!! This is one of the MAIN mistakes being made these days!! These days this is one of the MAIN mistakes being made.

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