What to do if you get hooked

It happens to the best of us I have been told, but knowing how to take yourself off the fish hook, may save

If a hook like this catches you instead of the fish, do you know what to do?

With the weather turning springlike I see more and more fishing boats being pulled to the 14th street ramp for a day on the water. It also brings back my memories of a time that I took the boat out for a day of fishing with friends in St.Thomas in the Virgin Islands and one friend used cut up hot dogs as bait. In an unguarded moment when he had to go to the head, he laid his rod on the deck not realizing that my live aboard cocker spaniel would sniff out his bait, which led to one of the more horrifying moments in my boat  life. The poor dog got hooked and I had to take him back to shore for an emergency meeting with the vet. If I had known then the content of the following tips, my doggie and I would probably have had a much less trying day.

If you’ve ever been fishing you know the sharpness of hooks, especially the ones used for King fishing.  These guys are super sharp and normally a treble hook (3 hooks in 1) designed to do just one thing hook fish.  The unfortunate part is the hooks don’t know what there hooking and should you get too close they’ll go right through your skin.

Odds are if you fish a lot sooner or later this is bound to happen to you but if you know the correct methods of field removal you can get the hook out and go right back to fishing.  Should this ever happen to you or someone you’re with start with cutting the line that is tied to the hook.  Carefully double loop some line around the shank of the hook (also known as the curve) and make it tight.  Now comes the intense part, have the person who is hooked push down of the eye of the hook till it meets the skin as this will help in keeping the barb clear for removal.

The “friend” or “helper” now has the task of giving the line a firm yank and the hook will pop out, it’s that simple.  This is such an easy assignment that many people will go about their normal day as it nothing ever happened.  Another scenario is if the hook enters and exits the skin.  Although this type of injury is a little more painful it’s still easy to remove without the aid of an emergency room.  Simple cut the hook behind the barb and push the hook back through.  Anytime you get cuts, scrapes or injuries from fish hooks make sure you clean the wound out well with peroxide and antibacterial soap, the last thing you want is a nasty infection.

After the cut is cleaned and dried, coat it well with Neosporin and watch it closely for several days paying close attention for redness or excessive soreness, which usually means infection and may require a trip to the doctor.

2 Comments

  1. Hal_Burns

    I too have seen this bring a great fishing day to an abrupt end, and a trip to the hospital. I've also seen some nasty infections from getting hooked. Good advice and who knows, it may keep you fishig for the rest of the day, I do think a trip to the doctor and a round of medication to ward off any infection.

  2. Hal_Burns

    I too have seen this bring a great fishing day to an abrupt end, and a trip to the hospital. I've also seen some nasty infections from getting hooked. Good advice and who knows, it may keep you fishig for the rest of the day, I do think a trip to the doctor and a round of medication to ward off any infection.

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