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Don't know in the young gentleman that was to my left at SLP today, silver pickup with two boxer pups, is a TTMB'er or if anyone knows him, but that was the worst embedded hook I've ever seen in someone. He hailed me over and it didn't take long to see what the problem was.

He had a nice slot Red on the sand in front of him, but he was attached to the fish and rig by a LARGE embedded hook that entered thru the top of the middle finger, down and under the nail........the barb was well buried. Looked to be in the bone or cartilage.

I undid the snap swivel to separate him from the fish and rig. We then looked at the situation.....nope, that sucker wasn't coming out without novocaine and a doc. He tried to back it out with pliers and I thought he was going to pass out in the sand - he eventually quit trying. However, after packing him up, he headed out under his own power looking for a medic.


Anyway, here's the fishing report..... http://www.2coolfishing.net/ttmbforum/showthread.php?p=57844#post57844 Reds, Reds, Reds :)
 

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Ouch!!! I'm thinking that's what insurance is for. If it were me, I'd be headed for the hospital for them to numb that puppy up! If you're out there hope you're all right. Of course he may be typing a reply right now but won't be done till some time around midnight!
 

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Wasn't me ... but I did the exact same thing ... in the exact same location.

Last July 4th took the family down to SLP. It was close to dark and we had most of the beach to ourselves. My wife, son and daughter were collecting shells about 75 yards down the beach. My surf rod was in a piece of PVC pipe. I was stripping sea-weed from the line ... and I was in a hurry. I was pulling the leader down and bending the rod. Wham ... the sea weed ripped free and the rod jumped up - embedding a shark sized J-hook in my thumb. Right to the bone. Worse part was my hand was held high in the air and I was standing on my tip toes. I was afraid to hit the drag cause I had a 12 oz weight on the leader. I figured if I released line it would drop the weight and the hook to the ground, causing further pain. The pain was already excrutiating. I thought I was going to pass out.

I started waving my good arm to get my wifes attention. (It's always hard to hear over the crashing surf, but I was calling her name.) The family was waving back.
I guess they figured good ol' Dad was just waving with them with one hand and standing on tip toes holding a hook with the other.

Eventually, they came running. My wife got my knife and I cut my line. The pain was incredible. With one good hand my wife and I packed the car. I walked over to another gentleman who was fishing and asked for some help. He was great. He helped pull my lines in for me. Can't say enough about the need for us to watch over eachother. (In fishing and all avenues of life.)

I found out at Galveston General Hospital that the hook was lodged in the bone, and had pierced a nerve - thus all the pain. July 4th at Galveston General was a mere 8 hour wait to finally get the hook out.

It was funny because they say they take hooks out all the time. In my case they needed to call a specialist, cause it was a big hook and it was on a nerve, close to a vein and deep in the bone.

This poor doctor was rousted out of bed at 2:00AM, made me sign an additional waiver and proceeded to get a pair of bolt cutters from the janitors closet! I asked if he was goint to use any sanitizer - he laughed and said you have a hook with fishguts in your finger and you are worried about a pair of bolt cutters?

The doctor was great - the risk was I could have lost all the feeling in my thumb. He said it was the 2nd biggest hook he has ever removed. The week before a spear fisherman had shot his diving buddy with the spear and he had to cut the barb off and reverse it out of the guy's back. (Imagine that!)

Kudo's to you JD for lending a hand!
 

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Argo said:
OMG speared in the back, that is a lucky S O B
how is he lucky.....?

he just got shot in the back, with a spear, from his supposed buddy? That isn't the kind of luck I'd want.....lol
 

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same finger for me a few years back

i was fishing at our ranch pond using a gold and black broken back. caught and landed a 4-5 lb bass. lipped it and rasised it high to show to some buddies and the ****** flipped out of my hand. on the way down the rear trebble embedded in the upper tip of my middle finger with the bass still flipping and flopping about a ft off the water. got it on to the dock and had to find some plyers to get the hook out of the bass. didn't mess with it too long and many hours later at the er, doctor numbed and cut it out.

i still remember it every time i hook a fish on a topwater. much more careful. amazing how much pain a #4 trebble can cause.
 
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