First aid

Updated 10 February 2015

Fishhook

If a fishhook gets caught in your skin, it’s best if a doctor removes it. But if help is far away, our instructions will save the day.

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If a fishhook gets caught in your skin, it’s best if a doctor removes it. But if help is far away, our instructions will save the day.

If the hook hasn’t penetrated the skin too deeply
Carefully pull the hook from the skin while gently pressing down on the base of the hook.



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Wind a piece of line or string around the hook and pull it out while gently pressing down on the base of the hook. Don’t use this method if the hook is embedded in a section of the skin which may move about when you pull on the line, such as an earlobe.

Red flag! Never try to remove a hook from the eye or face, or if you can feel a pulse close to the area. Get a doctor.

When the fishhook is deeply embedded in the skin, has almost entirely penetrated the skin or is stuck close to the surface of the skin:

Step 1: Use ice or cold water to reduce the pain in the area.
Step 2: Push the hook forward (in the direction of its curve) until the barb reappears through the skin.
Step 3: Use a pair of pliers to cut off the barb, then pull the shank of the hook back through the hole where it entered. Wash the wound with soap and clean, running water and loosely apply a sterile bandage. Make sure there are no remaining bits of bait in the wound as this may cause infection.

 

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