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Synonyms for barb

Synonyms for barb

an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

the pointed part of barbed wire

a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove

one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather

provide with barbs

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Using a barbless hook helps to reduce unhooking and handling times, and thus fish survival.
Pike hooked on barbless single-hook lures usually are even easier to release and there often is even less hook damage.
We would hope that one day the fishermen in Bahrain could adopt a responsible attitude towards fishing by not only removing their discarded lines, but also using the humane barbless hooks and dissolving line which does not cause pain or injury to the fish that get away or any of the birds that catch hold of the bait.
Lake rules apply, so it's barbless hooks only and bloodworm and joker are not allowed.
On the hunt for a good sized carp, his set-up was a simple running ledger to a size 8 barbless hook, and bait was a crab flavour boilie.
Unable to sort his snarl, he lumbers from the stream, regretting the years of putting off my invitations to try his stalker's passion with the whip of a rod instead of the shotgun's sterner discipline: trout can be reprieved, the barbless hook leaving the merest hint of the end stung in the jaw.
This is a strictly barbless fishery and rod licences are not required.
Using barbless hooks to prevent injuries, we lost many others to speculate about.
However, to carp a little, one might question why barbless hooks are not recommended or why the need for keep nets is not questioned in the interests of fish protection.
I would recommend a barbless fine wire size 20 for maggot and caster, while a wide gape 16 or 18 is better for corn.
When I pointed out that fishing was perhaps a tad cruel she discounted this as the ravings of a Mother-Who-Knows-Nothing and assured me that she uses only barbless hooks.
Anglers can use only one rod and line and two single-point, single-shank barbless hooks when fishing north of Point Conception.
Still, what is one to make of passages (and there are lots of them) like this: "I picture Jesus as a fly fisherman-and more than that, a catch-and-release angler who uses barbless hooks: what he takes out of the water he puts back.
Dead maggots on the hook are not only easily sucked up, but don't wriggle off mandatory barbless hooks.