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Old 05-30-2012, 09:03 AM   #1
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I am headed back down to paradise in a few weeks and have always just removed all hooks by grabbing the fish and taking out the hook like every redneck does with no toothy critters. Well the 3,465th catfish I caught last year buryed his barb in the meat of my thumb and after that, I thought a little bit more. Do any of you use a glove, a "grabber" type device, a "lip grabber, or what? I thought the best medicine for that one was a bat, but my thumb was on fire and I thought I was going to die since all year hear is how poisonous they are and not being from there and knowing you can survive but it will suck very bad for a few hours. Anyway, any good gadgets out there to pick up before heading that way this year to help save my thumb? Not jsut for catfish, but others that may accidently get caught inbetween catfish as well.

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Old 05-30-2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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I usually use "catfish prozac" -- a piece of wood applied to the head region calms them right down. Otherwise a tough glove goes a long way toward preventing jabs, bites and sticks. Unless you want to bust out the big bucks for a boga grip.
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Every time I get stuck I say I won't grab another one. Things haven't changed, I still grab em.
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you can grab them going along the stomach up. kinda like a T grab where the barbs cannot hit you.

then take the hook out.

however my best style is taking pliers and grabbing the hook and getting it out that way. or worst case just cut the line and let the hook rust off
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:46 AM   #5
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I always throw a towel on them to get them to quit moving then take some needle nose pliars and grab the lower lip. Let them hang down, then stick my thumb in their mouth and hold them with my fingers. Mouth is rough and you can get a good grip, not rough enough to cut you though. Then take the pliars and remove the hook, toss them back
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:20 AM   #6
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As I've preached before; get yourself a 'flipper'. That way; your hands never get near them. You just 'flip' them off the hook! JMHO C2
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hand still hurts and swollen from a stick last thursday night. dont forget, extremely hot water as hot as you can stand it will neutrilize their toxin.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:09 AM   #8
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You go to almost any tackle shop and pick up a dehooker that works great for catfish and other fish to. There are diff kinds but you can check youtube how to use them; another way to be pretty sure not to get finned is using ur glove put a thick towel on them and hold them down that way
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I use the flipper also...just be careful when catfish comes off and lands on the top of your foot.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:40 PM   #10
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Pliers and a towel all the way. Put the washcloth on him, use it to hold the barb down and pick him up by the body that way. Use the pliers to take the hook out.
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