Right on! Those are called laterals/sidearms if we're talking about the same thing. They look like branches coming off of the main vine at the leaf nodes. They grow outward and eventually put out burrs which will turn into the hops. Don't cut 'em.
I like to keep the first 3 ft or so of the bines clean. Makes it easier to weed.
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