If you find yourself hooked, the first thing to do is to take a few deep breaths and regain your composure.
Next, assess the hook, how deep it's gone, whether it is sunk into your skin past the barb and whether it is near anything vital – like a blood vein or artery.
After that, if it is not near anything vital, these methods, while difficult to contemplate, really work.
Again…. This video is GRAPHIC and not for the faint of heart, so consider yourself warned.
Having fished for over 40 years, all over the country, both fresh and saltwater and averaging about 140 days a year fishing somewhere, I have had my fair share of experience with being hooked.
I followed the second method in the video as when it happened to me, I was nowhere near a hospital. Later that day when I arrived home, I went to the doctor for a tetanus shot. You should do this too if your last one was ten years or more ago.
Special thanks to the brave soul who volunteered to hook himself in the video – remember his example is for our learning benefit. Please DO NOT try this at home.