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September 21, 2012 Last updated: November 8, 2018

How to Remove a Fish Hook from Your Finger: An Illustrated Guide

String Yank Technique Frame 1: Tie off a loop with some fishing line. Place the loop over the hook's shank and lightly pull it against the bend of the hook. Frame 2: With your other hand, press down and back on the hook's eye. Frame 3: Continue pressing down on the hook's eye. Quickly and firmly jerk the fishing line backward, ensuring that the line is parallel to the shank. Don't worry: only a tiny bit of flesh is behind the barb. It won't hurt too much. Clean and bandage. Advance & Cut Technique Frame 1: Using pliers, advance the point of the hook (including the barb) out of the skin. Follow the natural curve of the hook. Frame 2: Use your pliers to cut the hook below the barb. Frame 3: Remove the hook by backing it out through the wound. Clean and bandage.

Note: The String Yank Technique can’t be performed on parts of the body that aren’t attached (e.g., earlobe, nostril). If the hook is stuck in your eye, don’t even try to remove it yourself! Go to the emergency room immediately.

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Illustration by Ted Slampyak