The Hook

The highlight of the day had to be when someone, who shall remain unnamed, put a hook into the palm of his hand. This was one of two treble hooks on the lure he was handling. Now the last time this happened to this person, who shall remain unnamed, he spent twelve [12] hours in the hospital emergency room waiting to be seen by a doc; once he finally got to see the doc, it took a grand total of six [6] minutes to remove the hook. So, needless to say, this person, who shall remain unnamed, was not enthralled about the idea of going back to the ER.

As it happens, I recalled reading years ago about a technique for removing fishhooks from skin. Probably read it in an issue of Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, or Sports Afield—magazines that contained all the information a twelve-year-old could possibly want on fishing and hunting.

I told the person, who shall remain unnamed, that I could try this technique if this person, who shall remain unnamed, wanted to give it a go [although I said I highly recommended he go to the ER [thereby hoping to remove the threat of a lawsuit in case I happened by mistake also to remove his appendix along with the hook]].

The person, WSRU, said to try the technique.

First we removed the offending treble hook from the lure. Then we used wire cutters to remove the exposed two hooks, leaving attached to the hook shank only the single hook that was engaged with the flesh of his palm. Note that this hook had a barb on it that had not been flattened down.

Next we took a three-foot length of twenty-pound test monofilament line and knotted it into a loop and placed that loop around the curved part of the hook shank. Then I depressed the hook into the flesh of his hand by pressing on the eye portion of the hook. The person, WSRU, stuffed a towel in his mouth and I told him once he said “go” I would remove the hook on the count of three.

He said “guff,” which I presumed was how “go” sounds when spoken through a towel.

“One…two….”

I lied.

On “two” I snapped the mono loop back and the hook flew out of his hand and across the room, landing under the couch.
The person, etc., said he felt nothing at all. There was hardly any blood. No twelve hours in the ER. He’d had a recent tetanus shot, so no problem there.

Good ol’ Field & Stream [it was probably in “Tapply’s Tips” that I read about this].

I would not recommend removing a hook in this manner if the hook were in the face or near blood vessels or other important body elements. But if it’s in someone’s butt, for example, the technique is a sure winner.

If you rummage around on the Internet you can probably find a better description of how this is done…probably with diagrams or even YouTube videos.