Not surprisingly, Foster concluded anglers should do everything possible to carefully remove hooks before releasing their fish. Obviously, that would be the best solution. As I mentioned, I have found many jigs and hooks in the bottom of my livewell at the end of fishing days. Still, when keeping fish, I sometimes have to be careful filleting, as there is a hook in there from time to time. I don't think I own a stainless steel hook, but I don't know the composition of the Gamakatsu hooks. The other 11 myths include: - The oldest fish are the biggest fish of any species, the older fish are usually the biggest. Using absolutes usually gets people in trouble with fact/fiction debates The biggest walleyes (species wise) are the females. In a body of water, if the females are taken prematurely, this may not hold true. Absolutes again I'm not sure anyone on this board made that statement. I recall stating that old walleyes don't produce as well as the prime spawners (55-85cm). Never heard that one, would not have believed it. I thought the swim bladder thing was well known...I don't even fish them. What I recall reading is that if you bring a fish up onto the ice when it is very cold, its eyes can freeze, possibly rendering the fish blind. I think that might hinder the fish's ability to eat. Man, there are guys on the SWT who swear by this. Thinking about all the carcasses at Rowan's each fall makes me suspicious. I thought males made and guarded the nests If most lakes is 50% + 1, then I'm likey going to believe that one As someone else already suggested, adding a "usually" fixes that one I almost fell out of the boat when a northern guide told me that one. Its their go-to excuse for poor pike fishing in July.