How To Remove a Hook from your Finger

This handy little graphic will teach you how to remove a rogue fishing hook when your fishing buddy doesn’t pay enough attention where they cast. Although, in some situations, this may not be viable.

If the above image wasn’t enough, funny-talkin’ West Virginian, Captain Mike Richardson, gives a handy dandy demonstration to help you get out that stray hook!

2 Replies to “How To Remove a Hook from your Finger”

  1. As I have repeated many times, I will not pull my punches when it comes to foolish behaviour and inattentiveness. Accidents do not happen, they are caused.

    The “Fishing-Line-Pop” method is certainly adequate for superficially impaled hooks. Those that penetrate further into your soft fleshy parts requires far greater care.

    As we have seen demonstrated here in the accompanying video, many people feel ripping a deeply embedded barbed hook from your flesh is no big deal. Well it certainly is, even more so. Serious damage to the Epidermis, Dermis, Hypodermis and Subcutaneous fat layers will likely occur, including nerve and tendon damage. For these types of injuries it is best to consult a Physician. The lame excuse that you don’t want to interrupt your fishing trip won’t cut it with this old guy.

    As I stated in the “Fishing Hook In Deep” article, fish hook injuries are more serious when blood vessels, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints, or bones are injured. Injuries to these areas may cause numbness or tingling, pale, white, blue, or cold skin and/or a decreased ability to move the area.

    The puncture from a fish hook is often dirty from marine bacteria, which increases the chance of a skin infection. Immediate medical treatment should be undertaken. Complacency and a no big deal attitude are foolish. First aid treatment in this instance is not adequate.

    Remember the Florida fisherman who came down with a case of flesh eating disease ( Necrotizing Fasciitis) because he thought his superficial injury was no big deal? There are a number of serious infections and other skin maladies that can complicate matters for the nonchalant and wayward angler.

    Staph Infections often begin with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections

    Erysipelas is a bacterial infection that occurs in the top two layers of skin. It is also commonly referred to as St. Anthony’s Fire because it can be very painful and cause an intense, burning sensation.

    Cellulitis is a bacterial infection affecting the two deeper layers of the skin. It typically develops in areas where the skin has been broken.

    As I mentioned, simple first aid is just that, the first treatment process until further medical attention can be administered.

    Yeah I know, you are still convinced hook removal is “no big deal”. Ripping flesh seems to be the manly thing to do. That is a very foolish attitude and one, I myself, take a very dim view of in many ways. So ask yourself, is your fishing trip more important than your health?

    Complacency is very “infectious”!!

    1. Is actually takes a lot of courage to rip that hook out from under the skin. I have iced the area where a hook goes in under the skin for 15-20 minutes numbing the area, and then I easily pull the hook out with no pain. Gord

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