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Embarrassing question to ask: How to properly unhook a fish?

I love to go fishing, and I've been fishing for quite a few months now, but the one thing I can't seem to get right is unhooking a fish. I tend to always fish with a friend, so they help me when I get a catch. Every now and then I get brave enough to unhook it myself, but sometimes I just can't get the hook off quick enough, and I feel like I'm hurting the fish even more. Once the spring season starts to pick up, I want to go fishing more by myself, but I'd like to know how to do so without any assistance.
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Try filing off the barb or bending it down the barb or buying barbless hooks. You might lose more fish before they get to the net but the fish will be a lot easier to get the hook out.

Are you fishing with bait? Treble hooks. Maybe go to a circle hook instead and pinched down the barb or buy barbless if you can find those.

If you really are upset about the fish getting hurt try sticking a big old treble hook into you past the barb. You’ll forget about the fish’s troubles pretty quickly and be focused on your own. It’s even harder to get the hook out of human flesh and skin than a fish’s mouth. Gingerly handling a hooked fish is a recipe for getting a hook into you.
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