String yank hook removal technique. Get the hook out!
While visiting with my neighbor and fisherman Bob Ernst the other day, somehow we got on the subject of fishing hooks in human flesh. I think I was telling him how happy I was with the conversion of all my lures from treble to single hooks and how I thought it provided some improved safety aspects by having less chance of getting a hook in my hide. 😆
Bob asked me if I knew how to remove a hook if I got one in my hand. Yowsa! 😯 I told him I did not know what to do besides pushing the barb all the way through and/or cutting off the barb or shank and just pushing or pulling the hooked all the way through. So he proceeded to tell me about a technique he knew and showed me on an inanimate object what I found is known as the “string yank hook removal technique.”
Feeling enlightened but not sure if I would remember the string yank hook removal technique, I decide to search it on YouTube. I found a video that shows the string yank hook removal technique, pretty much what Bob showed me.
The video may not be for the queasy… but could be helpful if it ever happens to you or someone on your boat and you cant get to or dont want to get to a physician immediately.
You can see an animated illustration of the technique string pull hook removal technique here.
You can see this and many more hook removal techniques here.
The wound should be irrigated and cleaned. You may also want to go see a doctor to make sure it has been properly cleaned and so that you do not get an infection.
I hope I never have to use this and I hope you never have to as well. But if you do at least now you’ll have an option to get the hook out!
If you have ever used the string yank hook removal technique we’d like to hear from you. Please post your experience or comment below.
I hope your next fishing trip is a safe one and don’t get HOOKED!
Calm seas, light winds and good fishing to you, Capt. Mike Foate