How to Grab a Hook When Fishing

How to Grab a Hook When Fishing
Grabbing a fish hook might be the furthest thing on the mind of many people when fishing. However, sometimes it might be necessary to grab and hold a fish hook during the course of a fishing trip. When these times arise, grabbing a fish hook should be done so that the possibility of injury from having a fish hook stuck in your finger, arm or other body part is minimized.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod with reel and line
Step 1
Release the tension on your fishing line before grabbing a hook. Press the spool release button or open the bail of your spinning reel to allow additional line to spool from the reel. Pull extra line from the tip of the rod to create slack in the line between the hook and rod tip so that slight movements by the rod will not pull on the hook.
Step 2
Place the rod and reel on the ground before grabbing the hook. Position the rod and reel flat on the ground so that the movement of the rod and reel (and the possibility of the hook being forcefully pulled) are minimized.
Step 3
Hold a hooked fish securely before attempting to grab a hook and remove it from its lip or mouth. Hold, net or gaff a fish so that its movement is greatly reduced and it cannot accidentally force the point and barb of the hook into a body part, such as a finger or arm.
Step 4
Grasp the hook by the shank or just below the eye to remove it from the mouth or lip of a hooked fish. Back the hook out the fish as quickly and carefully as possible to avoid injury to the fish. Use a firm grip on the hook and control it rather than reacting to the hook.
Step 5
Grab a hook by the shank when inserting it into baits, such as soft plastic baits. Keep the point of the hook away from your hand and fingers when possible. Know exactly where the point of the hook will exit when inserting it through soft plastics and other baits to avoid embedding the point and barb in a body part.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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