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Hook removal


After reading Doug's post I thought this article would be a good thing to post by itself
it does work very well

http://www.bishfish.co.nz/articles/general/hookout.htm

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Re: Hook removal


 Removing a Hook From
a Human Painlessly and Safely
Using this hook removal method, there is one common factor - the almost complete, and surprising, lack of any pain.
One day it happens to all anglers. A hook does it job and hooks up, but not into a fish. It hooks up in you or one of your fishing partners.

Removing a hook embedded over the barb, but not back out through the skin, is relatively easy:

FirstHook removal diagram

Make a loop about 10cm (6") long, in strong line, 10kg (20lb) plus, and pass it over the eye of the hook, and then up to the top of the bend of the hook.

Then

Push firmly down on the eye of the hook so the eye of the hook touches the skin.

Finally

With a sudden, strong yank on the line loop, pull up and away from the hook-eye. The hook should come out the way it went in, and because it will curve out the same way it went in the barb should not catch.
Very Important

It is very important to follow 'Step 1' to the letter if pain and discomfort is to be avoided. Most importantly the loop of line must be at the top of the hook bend, and the pull must be up and away.
Way too many articles on this method advise having the line at the back of the bend, and pulling straight back - this will only result in the barb catching and causing pain.
Remove a hook from yourself using this method

You can make this hook removal a one-person operation where the hook is in your arm or hand, or anywhere you cannot use your two hands. Make the loop larger and hook the loop around something immovable, like a tree branch, then press down on the eye of the hook as above, and jerk your hand away in the direction shown above. I used this method once when I stuck a hook in the back of my hand, and I hooked the loop around the tow bar ball of my car - worked a treat - felt nothing!
Acting quickly is a key to pain free removal

The sooner you do it after the hook goes in the less time there is for shock to set in around the wound and make removal with anaesthetic the only viable proposition. If you have some ice handy, pack it around the hook for a minute or two before pulling it out – I actually don’t think it does nothing to reduce pain, because there usually is none, but it sure seems to make the ‘patient’ feel better before you do the deed.

In general it is a pretty painless business; the thought is more painful than the extraction itself. In fact of the many hooks I have removed from myself or others, there is one common factor - the almost complete, and surprising, lack of any pain.
Pliers or Forceps Removal
hook removal with pliers

If you are using small hooks, smaller than 4/0, (hook sizes) you can use a pair of long-nose pliers, or forceps. Grab the hook at the top of the bend, and then quickly and firmly rotate your wrist, and the pliers, towards the eye of the hook. This method can be used if you are alone, by using the thumb of your forceps hand to push down on the eye of the hook.

If the hook has gone in and then out through skin, and you have the necessary tools, you can cut off, or crush down the barb, and pull the hook back out the way it went in. Any delay will only make the operation more painful than it needs to be. But this is somewhat painful, and really only an option for small hooks.
Bad Hook Removal Advice!

Some have recommended pushing a deeply embedded hook right through and out of the skin again, then cutting off the hook barb. In general this is very bad advice. The further pain will make the area go into shock, you run the risk of puncturing blood vessels or nerves, it is extremely painful, and it is an all-round silly thing to do. Big hooks, deeply embedded, require trained medical care.

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