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I had a buddy who caught a fish that completely swallowed the hook to where I could barely see the eye of the hook. I told him I know a trick to get the hook out it was so far down I could even turn the hook to pop it up through the gills. Has anyone had this happen? Was there anyway I could of saved that ish? So I made him keep it and he ate it for dinner.

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On 10/5/2017 at 1:13 AM, Salamander12 said:

I had a buddy who caught a fish that completely swallowed the hook to where I could barely see the eye of the hook. I told him I know a trick to get the hook out it was so far down I could even turn the hook to pop it up through the gills. Has anyone had this happen? Was there anyway I could of saved that ish? So I made him keep it and he ate it for dinner.

the through the gill sometimes works.  i'm sure some people are better than others, but i have big fingers and unless it's a big fish, i just don't have enough wiggle room with my fingers to pull it out many times.

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On 9/29/2005 at 7:00 PM, Yankee_Bassman said:

I now use a rubber net under several circumstances:

The lake I fish almost exclusively has extremely thick weeds on the bottom. I was losing big fish at the boat because I couldn't find their lips under the sod farm they were tangled in.

I use a net when I am fishing with finger-attacking lures like Devil Horses and large jerk baits. One trip to the hospital, and one experience extracting a treble with needlenose myself, after getting impaled while lipping were enough, thank you.

I also use it when I can see that the fish is poorly hooked.

They're also a great help when a pickerel has grabbed your favorite lure, and you want it back with a minimum of pickerel slime on your hands, which invariably wind up being wiped on my pants.

I assume the same would hold true for Pike, and in any event, you don't wanna be lipping those suckers, or your friends are gonna call you "Stumpy".

As far as damaging fish goes, if you watch trout fishermen, who seem to be positively anal about how they handle fish to be released, they all use nets, and try not to remove the fish from the water. I've gotta believe that these guys have spent entire winters reading research into whether nets are harmful, and have concluded they aren't.

As to a recommendation, get a rubber net. I haven't had trebles tangle yet, and that is not the case with regular nylon or other braided type netting. My net has a long handle, and I added an elastic loop for my wrist, with one of those bungie ties that has a plastic ball on it. I get the fish in the net one-handed,  lever the net out of the water on the gunwale, put the rod down, and lift in the fish with both hands. Sounds harder than it is.

I also find it helpful when kayak fishing. I’ve been kayak fishing for 3 1/2 years and I net a lot of my fish. I am a huge pike fisherman and I have had plenty of times when you are catching bass and pike alike and when you go to unhook a pike and it shakes it’s head and next thing you know is that your hand is bleeding and staining the water. Conservation nets are help full because while you’re getting your camera ready, the fish is still in the water and not getting hurt.

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What if it's a catfish and they swallow the hook to the eyelet? Would this still work? I have bad luck hooking catfish that way, they tend to just kind of suck it in and swallow it. Not sure I would want to stick my fingers inside a catfish's mouth though. They clamp down and don't hardly let go lol. Lost some skin on some fingers that way once.

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I am confused on this one,  topic say how to remove a hook but the question is in regards to a net.  For the net I say its very important.  you can pick up one just about anywhere but I prefer a plastic collapsible to save on space and if you have a net be sure to have it out and ready when fishing.  It sucks to try to find it after you catch a big one.  

as for hook removal once swallowed I can tell you this.  If you try to remove it you may kill it.  its best if your not sure to cut the line.  in time it will come out on its own. I have caught many small fish to put in my tank and gut hooked them.  in about 3 days I find the hook on the bottom of the tank.  so if your unsure on weather you can get it out safely then don't do it.

however a lot of the time you can cut the line and reverse the direction it is facing through the gills  and pull it strait through its mouth to get it out.  If your trying to save the fish just cut the line and let it go.

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11 minutes ago, Chris Brunk said:

its best if your not sure to cut the line.  in time it will come out on its own.

Read the entire thread.  Studies prove that both statements are wrong.  Remove the hook.

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I apologize.  I am going off of personal experiences only, however, if someone is new and trying to learn this wont they be more likely to kill it just from being out of the water to long or failure in technique?  I am just not sure I agree with that I believe someone with practice would have no problem with this and even then it still may die, not trying to discredit just trying to understand. Do you know where I can find these studies?  I don't see anything regarding this.  Maybe I am scanning to fast.

p.s.

I love the illustration 

 

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Ok, so I did find a few other resources that state the same thing you said and go into explaining why you need to get the hook out. (hooks can rust and poison the fish,  they can heal around the hook causing scare tissue that prevents the hook from being removed and most starve because the hook is there)

however I kid you not.  I have had many fish I have released into my tanks to find the hooks later, so far with no fatalities, and safely released the fish once they are ready or to big.

I still cant find the actual case study though.  Me personally I always cut the line and wait tell after weigh-in to remove.  I feel its the safest for me, so I don't get penalized for a dead fish lol.  I will look further into this to find the case study and share if you like?  unless you have it.

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On the whole illustration thing. So when the hook is almost out, then you get your pliers out and pull the hook. I did that exactly. The only problem was that the fish would swallow it deeper every time I would be able to get the hook closer to being out. I went to grab some pliers that were two feet from me, I looked and its already back where I started. He had it in his mind that he was just gonna swallow it and everything would be fine.

 

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EGO S1 Genesis Nets for me. They last a really long time and don't damage the fish.

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If I read this post before today, would of helped me so much.... 2nd fish today he ate the worm and got em right in the gut poor guy.

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On 3/2/2018 at 3:57 PM, Chris Brunk said:

if someone is new and trying to learn this wont they be more likely to kill it just from being out of the water to long or failure in technique?

Just hold the fish in the water for 15 sec once every minute to let it recover, then take it out and resume hook removal. If the line is cut just make sure to lip it firmly so it doesn't get away with the hook still in. Or hold a net under it just in case. I use barbless hooks which makes it much easier to back the hook out in this situation (also makes it easier for fish to shake the hook off when landing, but I prefer losing a few landings to leaving a hook in on release).

 

 

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All of my fishing partners give me their fish for hook removal, if they're gut hooked, and here's how.  I have a strong pair of hemostats with me and go through the gills, turn the hook and pop it out then reach down through the mouth and remove.  I usually pinch the barbs down.

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