Fishing is fun for all ages. There’s nothing like catching a fish and then throwing it back, or better yet, bringing it home for dinner. Fishing takes patience and skill, but anyone can do it. Those who enjoy it go back time and time again for more.
For the most part, fishing – particularly from the shore – is one of the safest sports there is. The potential dangers are few, but one that almost every fisherman or fisherwoman experiences in his or her lifetime is an injury with a hook.
Most fishing hook accidents are minor and are soon forgotten, but sometimes, they can be serious. Getting a hook caught in one’s skin can be painful, and it’s crucial that the removal of it is performed in a calm manner.
Read on to learn how to deal with fishing hook injuries and learn how to remove a fishhook as painlessly as possible. You’ll be glad you know what to do if this ever happens to you or any of your fishing buddies.
When to Call 911 or Seek Medical Care
Sometimes removing a fishing hook can be done on your own, but the first thing you need to consider is whether or not emergency medical services should be involved.
If the hook is in or near the injured person’s eye, never try to remove it yourself. In doing so, you could cause far more damage.
When the hook is lodged in a joint, bone, or deep in a muscle, you should not try to remove it either. If you can see that it’s stuck right near a blood vessel, you should leave it to the professionals as well.
In all of the above cases, you should either call 911 or travel to a doctor for assistance. Discourage the injured party from touching the hook. If it’s in or near the eye, cover both eyes to reduce eye movement.
Hook Removal in Other Cases
Many fishing hook accidents are minor, and you can remove the hook yourself without much pain or difficulty.
First, cut any fishing line from the hook, and remove any bait if possible. Then, use ice or cold water to numb the area.
If the sharp barb on the hook has not entered the skin, you should be able to pull the hook back out with relative ease.
However, if the barb has entered the skin, try the string-pull method. Tie a piece of string to the hook near where it enters the skin. Hold the hook gently above the string and press down lightly to loosen the barb. Then, while pressing the hook down, lightly jerk the string so the barb is loosened and removed.
After the hook is removed, be sure to clean and dress the wound to prevent an infection. If the above methods are unsuccessful, seek medical assistance for removal.
Avoid Fishing Hook Accidents
The best way to avoid having to remove a hook is to avoid fishing hook accidents altogether, to begin with. Remember, hooks are sharp, and getting one stuck in your skin is no fun at all.
Be careful around hooks, and take special care when baiting and casting. You and your friends will have a much better time fishing without a visit to urgent care.
If you do find that you need urgent medical care in the Gonzales area, please stop by and see us. Whether you’ve been fishing in Lake Ponchatrain, in the Mississippi River, or in any of our beautiful area waterways, we are here to help with fishing hook accidents. You can walk-in seven days a week from 8 am to 9 pm.