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Went out yesterday with my buddy from MA. Started fishing at 0600, trolling stretch 25s from ft pickens to outside the pass. There were birds everywhere working schools of bait, and I figured today was the day. We trolled around the birds, through the birds. I also threw bucktail jigs. No hits for a about two hours. I rigged up a cigar minnow with a duster and put it on my downrigger at 20 ft. Trolling at 3mph in the middle of the pass. We got a king on. I pulled the stretch lures in and put them away. Then I went to reach for the gaff. Pulling my hand away from the lure I just hooked to the reel, the side of my finger caught the hook and I was hooked up. A double! :doh I tried to pull it out, but the barb was all the way in and it wasn't moving. Meanwhile, my buddy is fighting the fish and the boat is moving along with no one steering. I turned the drag off to get some slack and got my pliersand cut the leader to the lure. By this time my buddy has the king (first fish we have caught in four days of fishing) up behind the boat and is asking me to gaff it. I said, "well i've got a bit of an issue here". He looked back and saw my hand and starts trying to help. But I said no you catch the fish. Luckily the fish was hooked pretty well because he was able to put the rod back in the rod holder, grab the gaff from the deck and gaff it before it got off.

So now I'm trying to figure out how to get this hook out. I've read about the string method where you yank it out, but this hook was big and the barb was about half an inch in. It wasn't hurting too bad because my hands were kind of numb from the cold (it was 48 when we started fishing). I considered cutting it out, but figured that would not be a good option, so I grabbed a piece of ice from the cooler and numbed it up some more, then I started pushing it further to get the barb to come out. I was surprised how much force it took to get it through (it seemed like it went in easy enough). When the barb started showing, I used my thumb nail to help push the skin down because the skin was stretching pretty good. After that it was just a matter of getting enough of the barb out so I could cut it off. The pliers I had were needle nose, and just have that cutter at the base, so I had to push it through pretty far to have enough room. I did have a first aid kit on board, which came in handy, but I'm going to start carrying a better wire cutter, just in case.

We continued fishing with three dusters for about 6 hours. Two on downriggers and one flatline. Lost about 8 cigar minnows to what I assume were kings, but no more hookups. Switched back to stretch lures, but still nothing.

My buddy had a great time, and he and his wife loved the blackened king mackerel, but I wish I could have gotten him a bull red too. Anybody got any suggestions?
 

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Had that happen last year. Its not a pleasent feeling what so ever. Glad to hear you are ok and awesome job on the king.
 

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you are lucky my friend. Glad that you were able to extract the lure. I had that happen while loading my boat at the dock. Hooked right into the ass when I jumped aboard. Needless to say i never leave my rigs setup in the stern rod holders until im aboard.



You did get it out right?
 

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Yes thanks. It came out easily after I cut the barb. I'm watching it for infection, but it really seems fine today. Doesn't hurt much at all.
 

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Home Depot sells what looks like a mini bolt cutter. It is no bigger than a pair of pliers and can cut through a hook with no problem. I put one in my tackle box. Cost me about12 dollars if I recall correctly.
 

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We did change our speed in the range of 3-5 mph. We have decided to try the 3 mile bridge tomorrow. We will try for white trout using gulp shrimp and cut bait. If we catch any, we will freeline them for kings
 

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Opus! Been there, buddy! Went back out after hooking a big Mann Stretch in my left ring finger, and caught this Red by Miscogee Wharf. I was trying to put the lure on the dash board after it came unhooked from the rod. The hook went all the way through. Had to go to the dock to borrow some guys Klines to cut the big hook and pulled 'er thru, Ouch, But then went back out to the rough bay to catch this nice red.
 

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You called it Todd. Great day yesterday. 5 reds between the two of us. Mine was 40 inches. My biggest fish ever. My buddy says it made the vacation for him.
 
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