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Ouch! How to remove a fishhook without making it worse

It’s happened to almost every fisherman at some point. Those fishhooks are sharp, and when they get stuck in your skin, you’re going to feel it.

First, don’t panic. Let a doctor remove the hook, and it’ll be fine. If you’re on a remote outing and need to remove a hook for a buddy, put on gloves and follow these steps:

1. Push the hook farther in until the barb comes out through the skin.

2. Cut off the barb with pliers.

3. Ease the hook back out through the point of entry.

4. Wash and bandage the wound.

It’s important not to simply pull out an embedded hook without first removing the barb. A barb is designed to keep a hooked fish in one spot. It’s very good at its job.

But that same principle can make it very tricky to remove from your skin.

Hook Removal

9 Comments on Ouch! How to remove a fishhook without making it worse

  1. I have a bag full of first aid

  2. Icecream1969 // May 3, 2016 at 9:19 pm // Reply

    This is helpful next time I see someone get a hook stuck I will hep:)

  3. Sirscoutsalot // May 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm // Reply

    Huh. In the current edition of the BS handbook, it shows a different way to remove one. It shows how to disengage the barb the yank it out.

  4. wow! this could help my family alot. im a cub scout myself.

  5. This will be very usefull

  6. Appliancedude // April 17, 2016 at 11:21 am // Reply

    Was the old Boy Scout book assuming a barbless hook? If your using barbless hooks you can just pull it out. If it’s barbed then this is the correct way to remove it.

  7. Troop 254 🏆 // April 16, 2016 at 11:22 pm // Reply

    This is a good tip

  8. This is the correct way to do it and paramedics/doctors will say the same thing. So how come the last two editions of the Boy Scout handbook say to pull it straight out with out pushing it through first?

    It used to be correct in the editions before that.

  9. Juneau Troop 700 // April 13, 2016 at 7:33 pm // Reply

    Interesting that this is not the same method taught in the Boy Scout Handbook. In the 13th edition on page 134 it shows how to do it without pushing the point through any undamaged tissue.

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