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#11731619 - 07/19/16 08:53 PM fish swallowing the hook
goodman1389 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/14
Posts: 123
Loc: Mansfield,TX
Seems like a lot of the fish i've been catching on plastics lately have been swallowing the hook. I just use offset worm hooks. Any tips for getting the hook out safely without killing the fish?

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#11731637 - 07/19/16 09:00 PM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
David Burton Online   confused
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1584
Loc: McKinney, TX
Go through the gill, will twist out from the shank, no problem 95% of the time. Good tactic to have in your bag. Also, might want to change your line so you 'feel' the bite better & set the hook sooner!
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#11731640 - 07/19/16 09:01 PM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
Bigron119 Offline
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Registered: 06/28/07
Posts: 4154
Loc: Lufkin, TX
Carefully take your needle longnose pliers and go in from the lower gills. Be gentle. grab the top of the hook near the eye and pull down and it will rotate the hook eye down. Then go back in from the mouth and grasp the hook bend and the barb should release more easily. All you are doing is rotating the hook so only the barb is holding the "meat". And then just POP it out.

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#11731645 - 07/19/16 09:02 PM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
dmr183 Offline
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Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 626
Loc: San Antonio
Set the hook sooner, sounds like you are not feeling them bite. Maybe upgrade your rod to something that is more sensitive, although sometimes, it's inevitable. There are videos online about safely removing deep hooks, cut the line leaving a long tag end, Then run the line through the gillsplate and pull taught, basically turning the hook upside down, then grab the round part of hook with pliers and pull out. Basically not allowing the barb to do the damage. I'm sure someone will post a video showing it better than I am explaining it..

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#11731740 - 07/19/16 09:32 PM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
PondAngler Offline
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Registered: 06/11/16
Posts: 4
Loc: Collin County
Try pressing down the barb of the hook with pliers before rigging the plastic.

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#11731866 - 07/19/16 10:13 PM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
Curtbass Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/17/15
Posts: 638
Loc: Grand Prairie, Tx
Keep Coca Cola or Mountain Dew on board for bleeders. Hold em over the side & pour it down their throat. Citric acid stops most bleeders. You tube videos on that also

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#11731893 - 07/19/16 10:22 PM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
Curtbass Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/17/15
Posts: 638
Loc: Grand Prairie, Tx
Ditto PondAngler... Mash barb down a little with needle nose. Pleasure fishing it doesn't REALLY matter to me if I lose some fish because of it. I'd rather see survival in my catch & release.

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#11731948 - 07/19/16 10:41 PM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
David Burton Online   confused
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Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1584
Loc: McKinney, TX
Here's the video from TPWD on the technique:



Edited by David Burton (07/19/16 10:42 PM)
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#11732291 - 07/20/16 08:44 AM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
robertd2119 Offline
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Registered: 02/03/05
Posts: 1620
Loc: Corpus Christi
Good tactic to have in your bag. Also, might want to change your line so you 'feel' the bite better & set the hook sooner!
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#11733184 - 07/20/16 05:04 PM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
El Skeeter Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/22/12
Posts: 429
Loc: Kissimmee,FL
Here s the same info in 1:00, this tactic really works!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCSx4PuLEnQ

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#11733794 - 07/20/16 10:42 PM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
goodman1389 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/01/14
Posts: 123
Loc: Mansfield,TX
Thanks for all the info

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#11733950 - 07/21/16 07:09 AM Re: fish swallowing the hook [Re: goodman1389]
reeltexan Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/03/06
Posts: 2070
Loc: Ovilla, TEXAS
Here's the best one made, bar none:




It will easily remove the deepest hooks with no harm to the fish.
I never go fishing without it.
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