Something similar happened to me this summer. I hadn't been having much luck and I hit surprise LM on my way back to the Walnut Road ramp. I was really excited because it was my first fish from the kayak. Unfortunately the bass swallowed the hook and I couldn't get it out. He swam away but I'm sure he didn't make it. Really ruined my day. Since then, I always bend down the barbs.I hit a nice bass at Hoover this week on a spinner bait. Had my thumb in the usual position when I saw blood on his gills. Popped my bait out and looked down his mouth. Just a big old worm hook all the way. I tried but it just would not come out. Felt so bad for that bass, he just would not take in water to breathe. It was belly up. I am going to get rid of my barbs also. It is not the first time I thought about it. Thanks for the post.