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Old 10-18-2017, 07:34 PM
Bucksnort Bucksnort is offline
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Removing Hooks from your body

About 20 years ago, I had a #16 nymph hook lodged past the barb in the right side of my index finger next to the fingernail - ouch!. To make a long story short, a man in a store nearby used the procedure you see in the attachment to remove the hook. It was totaly painless. My fishing buddy that day is a medical doctor. He watched the procedure and made the comment that of all the years in medical school, they never taught the procedure.

A couple of months later, my fishing buddy's (the doctor) finance had a hook lodged in her finger. He asked me to remove the hook. I was a bit nervous because I had never done the procedure on another person but all went well with no pain to the patient.

Last week, I was in the White Mountains talking to a couple from Tucson at Bunch Reservoir. The husband lodged one of the hooks of a Kastmaster in the meaty part of his index finger. I told him about the procedure and asked if he wanted me to either amputate his finger or do the procedure; he wisely chose the procedure. I'm not looking for a pat on the back but after the hook was removed, I asked him about pain during removal. Again, there was no pain.

When pushing down on the bend of the hook, it positions the barb in the channel it created.

The man who removed the hook from my finger told me it works better the bigger the hook.

One winter after my hook was removed, I was watching a Saturday morning bass fishing show with Roland Martin. The fist scene I saw was of him with a large bass hook embedded in the meaty muscle below the thumb. I could see what looked like red disinfectant on the muscle so I think he had a doctor inject Novocain so they could insert the hook. He demonstrated the procedure.

Good luck. This procedure could save the day and get you back to fishing because, I always say, "when you're not fishing, you're not fishing".
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