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Old 01-24-2019, 06:35 PM   #11
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I carry a set of handheld bolt cutters (Lowe"s), maybe 10 inches long, just so I can operate them one handed if needed. I tested the bolt cutters on the hooks I use, it goes right through them. As for treble hooks that are already on lures, I learned that a thrashing fish that you have to release is a danger to me and the fish. I cut 2 of the 3 points off on each hook so it"s basically 1 hook left per treble. Fortunately my "caught a human" events were only skin deep. Like others have stated, the infection will kill you before the hook will, so treat it immediately, and get immediate medical help if it even hints at reddening. I almost lost a finger from a poke that gave me a 103 fever the next day. My hand and arm felt like a burning iron inside for about a week, while on 3 antibiotics.

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Old 02-09-2019, 08:51 AM   #13
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Knipex 7101200 8 inch Lever Action Mini-Bolt Cutter

Item is approx $41 on Amazon and well worth the cost. I know from personal experience a few too many times.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:31 AM   #14
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Great video, Done it a couple times myself on myself once. Tie the line end to an object hold the hook eye end down and leave a little slack and snap the hand straight back.
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:38 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by slivkamj View Post
I've been thinking about remedies for a while, for the just in case hook-in-skin. I've heard bolt cutters (not sure I want to lug 3ft cutters onboard). Has anyone tried a cordless Dremel? If so, would the heat generated make it intolerable? Any other ideas? I've heard a story about pulling the hook back out with 80+ lb line, tied off to a cleat or something fixed but not sure I like that idea.

I think the vibration from the cordless Dremel would make it intolerable.

The last time I had a hook taken out, the dr. (after numbing it) used a large gauge needle to line up with the barb, and he backed it out.
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Old 02-17-2019, 05:05 PM   #16
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I have backed them out of friends using a loop of line and gentle pressure on the eye of the hook. No problem, and relatively painless. This past summer, I got a 2/0 treble hook on a one ounce spoon through my little finger on my left hand when it popped out of a fish and went flying into me. I could not pop it out backwards with only one hand, and the weight of the spoon was a problem. I twisted the point and barb out of the tip of the finger with a pair of needle nose, cut it off with a pair of side cutters, and backed it out. It bled well, so I let it bleed for about 30 seconds, wrapped it in a clean towel, applied mipodest pressure for a minute, and went back to fishing. I had to get a tetanus shot the next day, which was a PITA.. Having a good pair of needle nose, and a strong set of dikes, saved the day.
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Old 03-07-2019, 02:01 PM   #17
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I went with a set of bolt cutters from Lowes, stored in a dry bag. Tested out on regular (not light) Owner circle hooks up to 5/0. Works like a champ. If I feel like wasting money on chopping up bigger hooks, I'll let ya'll know the results.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:02 AM   #18
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I don't own a treble hook.
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