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I use 5/0 octopus hooks. There was actually a study done using different hook sizes for fluke. The study was designed to explore which hooks caught well and helped to minimize the catch of undersized fluke. 5/0 was found to be that size. When you fish with smaller hooks you get more gut hooked fish and more undersized fish. When you get up to 7/0 you start reducing your catch of keeper size fish.

I used to use 4/0 Kahle hooks. They are thought to cause less gut hooking then traditional hooks. I have gotten away from using them because if we do deep hook a fluke, they are harder to safely remove from the fish. With a 5/0 octopus hook I can slip a finger in the gill arch and quickly dislodge the hook without causing undo damage to the fish.
 

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Squidder......good question..For sure crushing the barbs would make it easier to remove the hooks. The reasons I don't are that the barbs help to hold the bait on. Also the barbs help to keep the fish on if guys don't keep constant tension on the fish. But for easier release, your concept is a good one.
 
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