This video will teach you how to safely remove hooks that get caught deep in a fish’s esophagus or stomach.
Fish will sometimes swallow soft plastic baits before you can feel their bite on your line. When that happens, your hook set can catch deep in the fish’s throat or gut.
Leaving the hook inside will significantly harm the fish. Most hooks do not decay and will remain inside fish forever. The hook will also prevent the fish from being able to swallow food and will cause its stomach juices to leak out.
The technique demonstrated in the video is an effective way to remove the hook and keep the fish alive. The method involves going through the fish’s first gill arch to remove the hook.
Do you have a different way to remove a gut hook? Share your method in the comments section.