Whether or not we want to admit it, most of us have had a run-in with a fishing hook or two when out and enjoying the fresh air and the fresh breeze. Maybe it’s due to carelessness, or maybe it’s just a simple mistake. At any rate, learning how to protect yourself from it, as well as its dangers should be a priority before you hit the water again.

Common “hooking” scenarios

Most people have a problem with getting hooked due to getting over excited when casting out for the first time. Whether they manage to hook themselves, or their fishing companion, it’s unfortunately a common occurrence.  Boats where the space is limited is typically where more occurrences may happen. This is where you’ll find the hook will catch in the arm or the face, even. Ouch!

Another common hooking moment is when a fish is flopping around on the deck or the grass, or wherever you happen to be. You’re dancing around trying to get a grip and the hook will catch in your foot or your hand.

Sometimes, if you’re distracted, you can even impale yourself by simply putting the lure or bait into place.

The point is, being hooked has happened to most of us in even a minor way, and it’s important to know what to do about it to make sure it becomes something to laugh about later on. Hopefully!

What to do when you get hooked

First, let us preface this by saying, we are NOT doctors so feel free to contact one immediately should this happen.

Then, should you get hooked, take a second and breathe. The first instinct is to simply yank it out and swear like a sailor, but it can be dangerous to do it this way due to the barb (if present). When the hook is in a tender area like the eye or neck or anywhere else, this is especially important to remember, plus getting help, preferably from a doctor so you don’t damage anything vital.

When you see what you’re dealing with (where the barb is, how deep the hook is, the angle it entered), you might then be able to determine how best to remove the hook. It’s important to draw it out smoothly but slowly. All this with the hooked person staying as still as possible. From there, you’ll be able to assess the damage in bleeding or torn skin or other injury.

Possible complications

Infection is common with being hooked, so you’ll need to thoroughly wash the area out. When it’s near the eye or on the neck, there are also risks to veins or eye injury as well. If it’s bleeding profusely, it’s obviously important to seek medical attention. If there’s numbness or loss of function or color, medical attention is also a good idea.  Again, we are not doctors, this is recommended as general advice only.

How to avoid getting hooked

The best way to protect yourself is to not get hooked in the first place, duh right?!  Wear protective gear such as wide brimmed hats, sunglasses and steel-toed boots. You should be aware of where your hook is in relation to yourself and the people around you. This keeps safety priority one to enable a safe fishing adventure each time.

Again, we can’t help you not get hooked, but we would love to take you out on the water for a great fishing charter experience and of course we will share with you some fishing safety to help these events from not occurring. Book your trip today!