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Got to go fishing yesterday for the first time in about a month. Drove an hour to get to the lake. Fished about 45 minutes and caught my second bass of the day. Caught both fish on a brand new 6th Sense crankbait. I thought I had a good hold on the fish where I would be okay. Wrong. Fish flopped and stuck two of the treble hooks in my hand right behind my thumb. I get the needle nose out and get me and the fish separated. I have taken these out before but the way one of them was in I was worried about removing it myself. So I put everything up, go back to the ramp, load up and go home. Get the boat put in the garage and go spend over three hours in the ER to get the hooks removed. All seems to be okay now and hoping things go better the next time.

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Been there and done that.  I've since learned the string-yank technique...hard to do alone, but probably someone at the ramp that can assist.  I had to perform it on a jerkbait I managed to sink into my wife's hand...works like a champ - she never felt a thing

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Whenever I am using treble hook baits like that, I always use a fish grip of some sort so I never have to get my hands anywhere near their treble-hook-infested mouth. :) Works well for small northern/pickerel too!

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I did that about a month ago. Little voice in my head said to pick the bass up with the grips. I didn’t listen. 

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Somehow I have never done it really bad and I have caught some really big pickerel in my yak without a net, no grips, while using a 3 treble jerk bait.  My day is coming 

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I've been caught a couple of times on smaller hooks. After unhooking a few recently that were hooked crosswise I'm seriously rethinking going barbless. Got a good deal on some KVD Elite triple grips. Shape of the hook should keep the fish pinned and give me some peace of mind. In my experience the worst offenders are dinks, not good sized fish. 

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6 hours ago, Log Catcher said:

Fish flopped and stuck two of the treble hooks in my hand right behind my thumb. I get the needle nose out and get me and the fish separated.

Reason #1 why I use barbless, even if it means losing a few fish. Glad things are better now. And you didn't get skunked :cheer:

 

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7 hours ago, Choporoz said:

Been there and done that.  I've since learned the string-yank technique...hard to do alone, but probably someone at the ramp that can assist.  I had to perform it on a jerkbait I managed to sink into my wife's hand...works like a champ - she never felt a thing

I thought about cutting some braid off of my spinning rod to try pulling them out. I was by myself and wasn't sure if I could handle pulling two hooks out at once. I got my wire cutters and cut them off the treble and had two separate hooks. There was nobody at the ramp when I put in or when I left.

1 hour ago, The Bassman said:

I've been caught a couple of times on smaller hooks. After unhooking a few recently that were hooked crosswise I'm seriously rethinking going barbless. Got a good deal on some KVD Elite triple grips. Shape of the hook should keep the fish pinned and give me some peace of mind. In my experience the worst offenders are dinks, not good sized fish. 

This one was around 15" or 16". The other one I caught was around 14". I was surprised to catch them on a shallow running square bill with water temps of 86 degrees. I was throwing a brand new bait just to try it out.

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I,ve been fishing since the 60's and never hooked myself then I've done it each of the last three years .  Now I use grippers with treble hook baits .

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Was the bait ok?

Just sayin....it was a brand new crankbait

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Just now, Smokinal said:

Was the bait ok?

Yes  the bait is just fine. I will have to get some treble hooks to replace the one I cut off. I don't have any the right size.

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23 minutes ago, Log Catcher said:

Yes  the bait is just fine. I will have to get some treble hooks to replace the one I cut off. I don't have any the right size.

Glad to hear!!

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I got it once.

Also got near the wife on $0.25 wing night. 

I’d rather have the treble hooks.

 

Boat flip

Pliers 

In that order.

Now if I think it’s over 8, we’re going in regardless.

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Every day on the water is Gods gift, enjoy it just be careful.

Tom

 

 

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Join the club.

 

Had that happen to me two times and both times had to cut hook and head to 1) my doctor's office for surgical removal and 2) Patient First for the removal.

 

I learn fast and so far have not had any problems with treble hooks as I respect treble hooks highly.

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16 hours ago, Sam said:

Join the club.

 

Had that happen to me two times and both times had to cut hook and head to 1) my doctor's office for surgical removal and 2) Patient First for the removal.

 

I learn fast and so far have not had any problems with treble hooks as I respect treble hooks highly.

I was lucky since they were able to push them on through to remove them. The way one of them was positioned I was worried about damaging a tendon or ligament in my thumb.

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Awful to hear that.

 

i have seen lures shot out so far on some bigger fish that have scared me into wearing sun glasses at all times when fishing, as well as the fish grips, for pike and dangerously hooked fish.

 

thank god it wasn’t anywhere on your face , or even worse eye or privates haha.

 

if my buddy didn’t almost take my eye out once on a spit lure, I’d probably not be so cautious lol, but hopefully I learned my lesson without having to “pay the piper” haha. That being said I’m probably gonna end up hooking both hands together next time I’m out 😂

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The first time I got hooked deep was on my 13th birthday party with a buzzbait. My mom called a doctor friend from church who was also an avid fisherman (at midnight). Luckily he answered (landline days) and said bring him over. He takes an ice cube out of the freezer and starts rubbing it around the hook and asking me about what we were fishing for. Next thing I know he is holding the hook in his hand, no pliers or anything. He said “it can always come out the same way it went in.” Since then I have been hooked and hooked others a few times and have just pulled it back out everytime, no special tricks required. In most cases, if you can pull it out of a fish, you can pull it out of a person. The exceptions are usually when people are alone and the bait is in their dominant hand. Another exception I have seen was a friend of a friend had a hook buried in the dead center bullseye of his eyeball. I’ll spare you guys the photo of that one. 

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I always use my boga grip & pliers when fishing with treble hooked baits. 

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