Introduction: How to Remove a Fishing Hook Using Fishing Line

meWell I got a Fishing Hook in My Finger And this is How I pulled it out Using some fishing line I've done this many times but usually on someone else, It really is Quite painless


zume (author)2010-07-11

what no video ?

beameron (author)2009-12-30

Aah damn. This happend to me like an hour ago. With allot of PAIN i ripped it out. My whole finger was bleading. And still hurts a little.

Lokisgodhi (author)2009-11-18

This is why you squeeze down the barbs on hooks along with that when you're doing catch and release it makes it  easier and increases the survival rate of the fish. 

cf33092 (author)2008-02-28

what are you supposed to do about hooks that get caught in your forehead?

J@50n (author)cf330922009-11-08

 scream and say OWWWWW a lot lol.

back-cast (author)cf330922008-02-28

Don't laugh this has happend to me And it works exactly the same way, You hold the Eye of the hook Down against the skin just like in the video then put the line around the shank of the hook and pull really hard the hook comes out just as easilly but it depends where the hook is of course if you can use this method but generally the heead has less nerves so it is far less painfull than in your finger or hand Your ears are very sesative and they can hurt a bit but yep the forehead is not to bad, i always have my glasses on in the boat while fishing they have saved my eyes many times thank's for your comment ..... Jason

stickmop (author)back-cast2009-09-08

Happened to me too, only in the back of the head. My fishing buddy had read about this technique in Field & Stream years before, but had never tried it. Worked like a charm and better, I think, in this case than trying to push the barb through. It's been 20 years now - I think I was using a small Mepps, casting for grayling or trout.

rockstar7600 (author)2009-09-08

isnt the intention of the hook so you cant get it out. like arrows, once it goes in, it stays in, but since there is a sort of spike on the hook, it grabs to the muscle of your finger and so once you take the hook out, it rips the muscle as well.

minipancho94 (author)2009-09-03

depending on the situation like if you have neosporin or some antibiotic or something and how deep it is I would just rip it out quickly cause there is a small amount of shock and adrenaline which would decrease the pain or numb it in some cases not most and also depends how clean the entry is if you where in a survival situation though I would do the boyscout method yes I was a boyscout to like most people on this sight probably but if it was me in a survival situation I would propel make a pressure bandage cause of my blood condition which I am still lucky to be here but the way you treat the wound is up to you and your situation and think quickly otherwise the brief shock will propel wear off

Javin007 (author)2009-07-28

Wow... Holy... Ouch... That video makes me hurt.

As for the raging debate on the "proper" way to remove a hook, the "proper" method is to slice a parallel incision next to the hook, remove, flush and debride, disinfect, and cover.

Not particularly feasible when you're out fishing...

I too was in boy scouts, then eagle scouts, then a 91B (combat medic) and 91T (animal care specialist) in the U.S. Army. I'll add my two cents.

Often with a fish hook, due to it's shape and the direction it's generally moving during impact, you'll get a double puncture where the hook will both enter and exit the skin. The most painless method of removal for this type of wound is the boyscout method...

Now let's consider the boyscout handbook for a moment...

This was originally based on Robert Baden-Powell's work, a Lieutenant (Leftenant) General in the British Army around the late 1800's early 1900's. He wrote numerous military training books, and eventually due to their popularity among boys, eventually wrote Scouting for Boys in 1908 (the original handbook). In his "Boat Cruising and Watermanship" section, he mentions the "most painless way to remove a hook." Needless to say, his focus wasn't exactly on infection. Even then, the concept of germs and viruses was fairly new.

Punctures are quite dangerous in that they "plant" any germs or viruses that are on the device doing the puncturing into the wound. By pushing a hook "through" the skin, you're not only causing additional trauma, but you're also burying any additional germs into the wound that are still on the part of the hook that isn't yet embedded into the flesh.

In the case of how the guy in the video had the hook (deeply) embedded, the "boyscout method" would have been the absolute worst way to go. His method was fast, though I'll debate whether it was as painless as he made it out to be. I've been hooked like that before... I'm still in therapy... The trauma caused by the barb would have actually been less than if he had pushed it through additional meat to get an exit wound. Finally, his method introduced no new bacteria to the wound (any more than it already had).

So to put a long winded, and scotch driven comment into a summary: The Boyscout Handbook is significantly outdated. It should show three methods of hook removal, based on the situation. In this particular situation, this video shows precisely the best way to remove a hook. I only wish I'd thought of it before grabbing the pliers.

Back to the scotch...

n8man (author)2008-05-17

I'm a boyscout. You're suppose to push it through until the barbed part comes back out then cut off the barbed part, and remove it by pulling it back through.
That is the right way


XkidXhavocX (author)n8man2009-05-13


n8man (author)XkidXhavocX2009-05-13

Ask the person who made the video, hit the add comment button above.

back-cast (author)n8man2008-09-07

You can by all means go ahead and cause your own pain and suffering, but me I'll continue to remove hook's by this proven Nearly painless method, thanks for your painfull guidence regards ..... Jason

142400 (author)back-cast2009-05-08

what if when you pull it out of someone it sticks into you

back-cast (author)1424002009-05-13

That would be a "bonus" I would be able to make another video

n8man (author)back-cast2008-11-13

I just think the main reason why this is the one that is shown in the book is because your way, though it works, looks like it might have a chance of riping off a piece of flesh when the hook is yanked off. The one that is shown it th book just causes 2 puncture wounds and because in boy scouts there is a high likelihood that you are going to be in a remote area and you want the least amount of of surface area of the wound. So both ideas work very well.

A.C.E. (author)n8man2008-11-14

yea, there is a slight chance of tearing flesh, worse if its one of those 4 barb off shor hooks ad it goes into the muscle.. (shivers) but with these tiny hooks when you push the eye down against the skin it is supposed to make the hook slide out.

nsgrossman (author)n8man2009-05-07

I was a boyscout for quite some time as well.... I've learned far more on the trail than scouts ever taught me

n8man (author)nsgrossman2009-05-08

Please look at the date of the comments before you reply to them, that one is almost a YEAR OLD, and also look at the replies below, you will see how many people have been telling me that. The only reason I have not deleted the comment is because if you take away the arrogance, it has an alternative way of taking the hook out.

Father Christmas (author)n8man2008-11-14

might i ask if it is in an area such as the torso, where it is particularly "meaty" and it could not be pulled through? your method doesn't quite work there, does it?

n8man (author)Father Christmas2008-11-14

There are a lot of people who agree with me below, and some are trained medics. And yes, there are more ways to do it. Also by pusing it through I mean curving it back up throughthe skin in a loop, not a straight line.

Will963 (author)n8man2008-11-26

no no no your so wrong that would hurt like no other

n8man (author)Will9632008-11-26

Yes it would hurt but the adrenaline rush would block the pain, also the hook would not go deep enough to cause that much pain.

Father Christmas (author)n8man2008-11-26

this is of course, from your own personal experience? I have gotten a fishing hook in my hand. I can GUARANTEE that the adrenaline does NOT block the pain. You also seem to disregard the fact that a small needle, nth smaller than a hook, can cause pain while not even piercing the skin. The thing about pain is it is weird; it is different for everybody, and it even depends on environmental factors.

Father Christmas (author)n8man2008-11-15

also, what if it is not an option, in an area with major blood vessels or nervous tissue? im not saying that your method doesnt work, i jsut think that you should tell people without common sense that there are situations where you shouldnt' do it.

n8man (author)Father Christmas2008-11-15

If it is in an area like that, you're screwed and shouldn't take it out yourself.

Father Christmas (author)n8man2008-11-15


A.C.E. (author)n8man2008-11-14

yea it may be the right way, but its also the more painful way..

n8man (author)A.C.E.2008-11-14

Read comment by me below

Doveman (author)n8man2008-11-13

Hey i read that too What rank are you? Are you in the OA? If so what Lodge and #?

n8man (author)Doveman2008-11-13

I'm not in OA but I was a life scout before I was a fourth year and I still am one now.

Doveman (author)n8man2008-11-14

Im in the OA, Lodge #185 Atta Kulla Kulla and I am also currently a life scout.

derfman24 (author)n8man2008-11-13

your right

n8man (author)n8man2008-11-12

Ignore the arrogant tone of this comment and focus on the actual advice I give in it.

schmidtty (author)n8man2008-09-06

ya BSA your right your supposed to push it through.

jasontimmer (author)n8man2008-09-03

the RIGHT way? hey, it worked, didn't it? shouldn't a boyscout be a little more resourceful than doggedly adhereing to one method as the only RIGHT way?

n8man (author)jasontimmer2008-09-03

look down, I already said there were more ways of doing it

Pwag (author)n8man2008-09-02

I thought you were supposed to put the line on like he did, and then push down on the hook (so the barb goes away from the outside of the skin) and then pull on it with the line. I'm sure there's about 100 ways to skin this cat.

j626no (author)n8man2008-08-28

no an EAGLE scout and and sure, the book has many things that they say work and don't work, but you cant live off the book. thats the publishers opinion. real world and books sometimes coincide, but not everything you read is the right way.

n8man (author)j626no2008-08-28


back-cast (author)2009-05-14

Go for it

nsgrossman (author)2009-05-07

this looks like it could be either a really good solution, or a TERRIBLE one the first time someone tries it. Mad props for taking the time to film it though, I'd me more concerned with taking it out.... I appreciate your decication :D

ChefZombie (author)2009-04-22

If it has a barb won't it just rip out a piece of your finger with it?

cariboustudios (author)2009-01-21

I'm sorry but I actually thought this was going to be 'Instructable' ... not just grab it and yank ...

timwest95 (author)2009-01-18

Troop 51, Manomet, Mass. Tisquantum Lodge, #164, Life Scout. Alright, n8man. Firstly, stop trying to know everything and making up stuff about the surface area of wounds. Also, if the book's advice is to be believed 100% of the time, you can't use a shotgun until you're fourteen, and a piece of permeable cotton is an effective barrier against germs.

Dandie (author)2009-01-03

Hi All: My piece of advice is always bring a little drop bottle of local anaesthetic into a mini first aids portable kit. It will be very helpful in these or other emergencies. Regards.

W.A. (author)2008-12-14

I've actually had to do this three times for a friend of mine when we were float fishing. Each time it happened when he had a fish on, raised the rod while reaching for the fish, it (the fish) came off thereby launching the lure into his outstretched hand. We tried the push through and cut off the barb. Too painful. By pushing the eye of the hook down on the skin, it somewhat aligns the barb of the hook up with the entrance wound. In all instances, there was no swelling or infection the next day...the puncture wasn't ever sore. Can't promise that will happen with anyone else though. This is useful. I think I first read about it in "Outdoor Life" or "Field and Stream" back in the 70s. Wish I could I could recall which one. Regardless, if you are a fisherperson, pay attention to this one, it may well prove useful somewhere down the road when you least expect it.

potaderantor (author)2008-12-12

ow looks painful lucky im smart enough not to get it stuck in my finger

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