Should stainless steel hooks be banned?

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asked Jun 28, 2018 in Ocean Conservation by Scubachuck (1,093 points)

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answered Jun 30, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
stainless steel hooks do not rust away and can do severe damage to fish that escape a broken line. Steel hooks rust away within days and allow the fish to heal quickly from a lodged hook. Stainless hooks are illegal in most salt water applications nowadays and they are virtually unnecessary in fresh water. I never use them anymore. If a 20 cent hook does rust over time, I replace it but that has really never been a problem for me. I do wash my tackle after salt water fishing and I don't allow water in my tackle boxes so I really never have a problem with steel hooks.
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