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#11851224 - 09/26/16 09:46 PM Swallowed Hook
PowerLizard Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1806
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
It doesn't happen often, but what do you do when a bass swallows your plastic worm hook? I have been cutting the line at the hook eye and wishing the fish the best of luck. Would it be any better to cut off part of the exposed hook leaving the bend and barb buried? Just looking for suggestions or affirmation.

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#11851233 - 09/26/16 09:50 PM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
Kyhokie Offline
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Registered: 01/07/16
Posts: 176
Loc: McKinney
It sucks, but sometimes it happens. I have a nice pair of Milwaukee wire cutters that will cut through anything but the heaviest flipping hook. There is also a way to remove the hook by flipping it over into the bass gills, but I have yet to master it.
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#11851265 - 09/26/16 10:04 PM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
CoyAintNoGoldFish Offline
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Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 223
Loc: The Colony, TX
Reach in with your pliers through the gills, grab the shank of the hook near the bend and twist. It works nearly every time. It's borderline magical.
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#11851283 - 09/26/16 10:13 PM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Offline
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Registered: 10/31/10
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Originally Posted By: CoyAintNoGoldFish
Reach in with your pliers through the gills, grab the shank of the hook near the bend and twist. It works nearly every time. It's borderline magical.

This is what I do. Ill tell you one thing ain't no fish worth my hook hahaha I'm getting it back every time!

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#11851317 - 09/26/16 10:31 PM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
lipjerk Offline
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Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 1835
Loc: Lantana,Tx
Originally Posted By: CoyAintNoGoldFish
Reach in with your pliers through the gills, grab the shank of the hook near the bend and twist. It works nearly every time. It's borderline magical.

+1

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#11851325 - 09/26/16 10:40 PM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
northdallasfisherman Offline
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Registered: 02/18/04
Posts: 1206
Loc: north texas
Go in through gills with pliers eye of hook pointing towards gills then push up. Almost fail proof. Lots of you tube videos on it. Research is your friend
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#11851327 - 09/26/16 10:41 PM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
PowerLizard Offline
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Registered: 03/08/03
Posts: 1806
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I will have to give the through the gills hook flip a try. Now that I have a better plan, it probably won't happen again this year. Thanks for the comments.

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#11851357 - 09/26/16 11:11 PM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
David Burton Offline
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Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1625
Loc: McKinney, TX
I walked someone through this technique over the weekend. I have only had one where it took borderline too long to get in there to get the leverage. Even he did swim off... It is a little more difficult on small fish, but anything near a pound or so, you're good to go!


Oh, yeah... almost forgot the smartaxx comment... Set the hook sooner!
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#11851507 - 09/27/16 07:51 AM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
Transplant Offline
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Registered: 07/23/07
Posts: 937
Loc: Cedar City, Utah
I boated a HEALTHY 3 pounder the other day, he had the eye and about 1/2" inch of hook coming out his annus. I gently removed the hook barb intact. It appeared to be a wide gap 3/0 hook. Released him and swam off !! Mother Nature does some incredible things!!!
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#11851562 - 09/27/16 08:22 AM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: Transplant]
aggieangler03 Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 401
Loc: Mineral Wells, Texas
Originally Posted By: Transplant
I boated a HEALTHY 3 pounder the other day, he had the eye and about 1/2" inch of hook coming out his annus. I gently removed the hook barb intact. It appeared to be a wide gap 3/0 hook. Released him and swam off !! Mother Nature does some incredible things!!!


You waited WAY too long to set the hook. kidding

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#11851650 - 09/27/16 09:14 AM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
basshunter2000 Offline
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Registered: 07/05/16
Posts: 74
Loc: Fort Worth
YouTube it, Flukemaster has a good video showing how to remove a gut hook

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#11851689 - 09/27/16 09:40 AM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
Dan90210 Offline
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Registered: 11/18/09
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Loc: Denton County
I have on three occasions caught fish that had hooks in their stomachs or mouths.

In various stages of rusting. SO they will live.

The gill trick works well. Even better if you cramp down the barb just a little which I will do with new fisherman who are not used to hook setting.... My brother is a real novice and gut hooks half the fish he catches on worms.

I have A LOT of practice with the gill trick. It works.
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#11852672 - 09/27/16 07:25 PM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
tejasbass Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 12/20/05
Posts: 702
Loc: Lewisville, TX
Try the through the gill trick when you are practicing. It's amazing how easy it is after a couple of tries. Works like a charm.

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#11852706 - 09/27/16 07:47 PM Re: Swallowed Hook [Re: PowerLizard]
Mike_Soriano™ Offline
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Registered: 06/08/08
Posts: 5428
Loc: FORK
Gill trick is the way to go. I haven't lost a gut hooked fish in years.
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