There are three good ways to remove a fish hook in your hand. What you need to do is access the situation, figure out if you want to visit the ER and then make the decision and stick to it. There is not doubt about it, hooks stuck in your body hurts. Removing them hurts even worse.
I have been fishing for over 50 years now and in the last 4 fishing trips I have had two hookups in my hands. Thank goodness it was not on my face or in my back. Even better is the fact that it did not empale through my cloths first. To remove fish hook you have three options (at least in my mind) and each one has it’s benefits.
Top 3 Fish Hook Removal Methods
In a minute I will tell you how this happened to me but first I want you to see the top 3 methods of removing a fish hook.
- Push the hook all the way through the skin, then cut the hook in half and finally push it all the way out.
- Using pliers pull the hook back out the way it went in, realizing the barb will bite you on the way out.
- Using the same method as above use a string instead of pliers to increase speed of hook removal.
The method I chose for fishing hook removal was the plier method because it’s all we had. If you look closely at the picture you will see the fishing line still attached to the hook. I had to cut the line because I was about 30 minutes away from help. This happened by myself and instead of trying to do this myself, I sucked it up and drove back to town.
To be honest this accident happened when I was unloading the boat. I had already taken out most of the fishing supplies in the boat and the last thing to remove was my rods. This particular rod that nailed me was a drop shot setup. In this setup you have the weight on the bottom of your line and about 12-16 inches up the line you have a hook tied directly into the main line. I had the lead weight anchored on the rod and the hook was loose. I always grab the top third of the rod and set it as close to the ground as possible (about 4 inches shy of the ground) and then drop it. Well when I dropped the rod it never hit the ground because the hook nailed my hand. After I figured out the hook was stuck in my hand I had to pull the rod back up into the boat and tried to remove the hook but figured out quickly that the hook was buried and the barb was not present.
I fumbled around for a bit and finally found a knife and cut the fishing line. I could live with the pain and decided to get everything put away before I drove home. Fortunately I had fish in the cooler and had to get the cooler into the car because it was around 95 degrees outside. Once ready I drove to work because I knew there was someone around who would help me remove the hook. I would have placed ice on the hand if someone else was with me, but during the week I usually fish alone because everyone else is at work. he,he
What I Learned From This Fishing Accident
If there is anything to learn from this accident it is the fact that you need to be careful with rods, however it would take two hands to figure out how many close calls I have had with getting nailed by a fish hook. Bass fisherman are notorious hookers because they start casting into the water without realizing their partner is right behind them. My bass pro buddy has a Skeeter boat and I believe it is 19 or 20 ft. Even though our seats are a great distance away from each other, he will start casting before I can get back to my seat. I’ve seen quite a few crankbaits right in front of my face and thank goodness those treble hooks stayed away.
Having one hook stuck in your body is bad enough can you imagine having two of those treble hooks stuck in you? OK, enough of the gore, just be thankful if it never happens to you. However, if you find yourself with hooks stuck in your body, don’t panic and try to remember what I have written above. Knowing how to remove fish hook from your hand will help you deal with the pain and panic you will face.