Wilderness First Aid Q&A

How to remove a fishhook

Angling is one of the most popular sports in all the world, and fishhook injuries rank right up there with the most commonly treated outdoor sporting accidents. Fishhooks pose a first-aid problem because they are designed to penetrate flesh and hold fast even while a fish fights on the line.

This series teaches you about the basic first aid of fishhooks and how to know when an injury requires more serious medical attention.  We also teach three specific techniques for removing fishhooks from the skin.  All in all, we hope this “schools” you in the art of fishhook injuries and “catches” you up on your fishhook first aid!

Comments about “How to remove a fishhook”

  1. cl3 says:

    fish guys right about that

  2. T41 Scout says:

    good advice

  3. fish guy says:

    most awesome video about fish hook injuries ever! Had to do the 2nd one once and it got the hook out real good.

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  • Dr. Andrew C. Krakowski is the host of the boonDOCS Wilderness & Travel Medicine show on Outdoor Channel. He is the founder of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's wilderness medicine program and currently works in the field of pediatric dermatology at the Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.

    Dr. K loves the outdoors and believes that knowledge, adaptability, and experience are essential for being prepared in the wilderness.