How to remove treble hooks from hard lures?

SpokaneDude

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I just purchased some single hook barbless hard lures from Rebel Lures; I like them but I think they might be too small. They have larger hard baits that have treble hooks, which I don't like and want to remove them. Has anybody got any experience/ideas on how to remove the treble hooks (2 of them) from the hard baits and replace them with a single barbless hook?
 

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SpokaneDude

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I thought of that, but how do I get a same-size barbless hook back on? I don't think I could remove the treble's without damaging the ring... and where would you recommend placing the barbless hook? Bellie or tail of the hard bait?
 
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Hmmm.. will have to get a pair.. looking at the pliers on Amazon, I'm positive that will do the job... thanks to both of you for the suggestions.

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You'll need in-line replacement hooks so the single hooks line up with the body of the lure. Just do a search for in-line hooks.
 
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lougio: are you referring to the hook eye or the hook point lining up with the body? I was looking at Gamakatsu and Mustad... hook different on both of them...
 
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    Hmmm.. will have to get a pair.. looking at the pliers on Amazon, I'm positive that will do the job... thanks to both of you for the suggestions.

    SD

    Save yourself some frustration and get a quality pair that will open the rings enough to get the hook off easily. Split ring pliers are not all equal.
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Looks like a freshwater jig, could probably split the ring with his finger nails.
    True! Those rings look to be easy to open up. You just open it enough to get it over the hanger on the lure then turn it until it's off. Repeat to change hooks then put it back on. Opening a split ring doesn't (shouldn't) harm it.

    I store some of my saltwater poppers, stickbaits, jigs without hooks and rig them when I'm ready to use them.
     
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    Arvin

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    I thought of that, but how do I get a same-size barbless hook back on? I don't think I could remove the treble's without damaging the ring... and where would you recommend placing the barbless hook? Bellie or tail of the hard bait?
    I would go with the tail. The fish will have more leverage on the lure if its on the belly and it'll make it easier for the fish to spit the hook.
     
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    It’s possible to forgo the rings and close the eye of the hook on the lure with channel locks. Siwash hooks were popular for trolling lures a couple or ten years ago. Stainless steel hooks are easier to bend but still occasionally break while being bent.


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    Carbon steel hooks can be heated with a propane torch in order to open the eye. The aforementioned split ring pliers are helpful when used to start prying the eye of the hook open. Sometimes hooks do break and otherwise get destroyed so it’s a good idea to have a couple extras on hand.

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