Great advice joetrain and ffishman
Thanks for the kind sentiments. It was really kind of a freak thing and kind of unique to tubing as I was hooked in the hand that I had around the line to guide the fish in and try to control the fish so I could grab it with my other hand. The fish jumped up right at the hand guiding the line as I was reaching for it with the other hand and caught me on the way down. It all happened in an instant and in that case it wouldn't have mattered if I was reaching to grab the fish with my hands or a Lucid grips or similar device. But certainly there is always a risk when grabbing a fish with your hand, while the fish has with a lure full of trebles, that would make it much, much, safer with a pair of Lucid Grips and they will purchased in the near future. A net is really a bit impractical to carry around tubing but a Lucid grip or similar type device certainly isn't.
joetrain and ffishman really pointed out the right solution which is barbless hooks. I had actually thought about pinching down the barbs on the lure when I started using the prop bait with three sets of trebles on a more regular basis. It doesn't really matter how you handle a fish, any time you get your hands close to struggling fish with a mouth full of trebles, there is a chance the fish will jump, flip, twist, or move in such a matter that you can end up with a hook in you. As bad as it was, I was still fortunate that I was hooked in a place where I could still subdue and get control of the fish. Really could have been much worse. Barbless hooks ARE the answer! My procrastination to pinch down the barbs cost me a painful lesson. One that I know will be repeated by others but hopefully not by readers of this thread.
I have used them (barbless hooks) before and my experience is the same as others who have used them - YOU RARELY LOOSE A FISH BECAUSE THE HOOK IS BARBLESS. Why I and many others of us continue to use barbed trebles when it is so simple to replace them or just pinch the barbs down, especially for recreational fishing where there is no big money on the line, is a mystery and just plain not smart. As ffishman has pointed out (and probably others in the past) barbed trebles are bad for the fish. They are really an outdated concept and outdated marketing strategy by the tackle manufactures. I wouldn't and don't expect the tackle manufacturers to change anytime soon but it is an easy personal fix.
So just considered this a reminder to pinch those barbs down on those multiple hook lures.
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