As we pursue the sport we love, we often place ourselves in hazardous situations. The Santa Cruz Fly Fishermen Board supports an informative corner to sharpen our be smart and safe behaviors.

By Sam Bishop

The picture is not a snake bite, it is the result of a large treble barbed hook thrown from a Ling Cod into my leg while he thrashed the deck repeatedly, driving it further in, since he was still attached to another hook. If you watched me get it out you would be astounded that it is not something bigger.
Why am I sending this? Certainly not to evoke horror or pity, but rather to give you an alternative to the hook removal remedies you read about. (They mostly take too long.) In this case the pain was gone in less than 30 seconds after I got the hook out.
This is my experience: When you get hooked, it is really important to get that hook out right away, like within 30 seconds to a minute. If you do that, the pain will go away quickly and there will be little or no after effect. Get a pair of pliers and rip the damned thing out (backwards from the way it went in of course) I mean RIP it out, don't baby it or play namby pamby. Don't fool around with finding something to cut it off and force it all the way through. You are wasting very valuable time while the muscles in your body are starting to tense up and grip the intruder tightly. You will likely have to get it out yourself, because your friend will not want to hurt you by ripping it out quickly, even though you tell him/her to do it. It needs to be out before your muscles can tighten up on it.
Trust me, this works. The wound in the picture was two hooks of a treble hook through my pants, so I couldn't even see exactly which way to extract them I couldn't raise my pants leg because it was pinned to my leg. Took three times and the hook even broke I ripped so hard. But once the bleeding stopped (compress, one minute), I didn't even remember which leg was wounded. It has never even swollen. BTW, a temporarily bleeding puncture wound is good. It flushes out the poisons (you hope).
That's my two cents of first aid advice. Grit your teeth, curse, whatever, but get it done quickly. You will be surprised at the good result and your fishing day will not be ruined. But of course I hope you never need the advice.

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