I'll try to keep this as short as I can but if you know men then well lets move on.
I have just got back into fishing. Been out a few times in the last few weeks but have not caught anything till today. I like to lure fish and the fish around here seem to like the gold Cleo. Today I found a good spot and I started watching fish follow the lure and nip at it. Then I hooked one real nice clean lip hook it was a small trout. Took it out the water just long enough to de-hook it and turn it loose.
Then like 3 cast later I got a hit right when the lure hit the water. I reeled it in another small trout. But this time one of the treble hooks looped up and came out the fishes eye.
I suddenly realized part of why I lost interest in fishing. I set the fish free but it kind of stayed at the top of the water was swimming in circles for a little while then went under and did not resurface.
So I quit for the day and came home to see if I could google how to become a better catch and release fisherman and anything available that will help to return the fish back to the water as healthy as possible. Found lots of info some things I have already been doing and some I will now do.
My question is something I did not find a clear answer on. What things can I do with lure fishing to make it safer for the fish?
I read about switching to single hooks instead of treble hooks and de-barbing hooks.
I thought about circle hooks but will they work for lure fishing? Can I bend hooks in a way to still work with lures but help with lip hooking?
Any tips will be appreciated!
(and yes I know the safest thing is just not to fish)