barbed vs barbless: the safety issue
Last year I joined a friend of mine in his boat to fish for muskies on the Ottawa river. Attached to the 10wt Sage RPLX there was this foot long contraption tied on a single 5/0 salwater jig hook. When I saw it had been de-barbed I said to Eugene... you must lose a fair number of hooked muskies... to which he responded... yeah, but how would you like that barbed hook buried in some part of your anatomy.
After doing about 300 casts with that rig and getting real sloppy with the casting, I realized how easy it would be for a trip like that to end up in disaster.
Oh yeah, I LDRed a small muskie!