An 11-year-old from South Carolina narrowly missed serious eye damage, but still endured a hook in his eyelid and cheek.
If you hooked yourself in the face while fishing, do you think you'd be able to ride your bike home?
That's what Manning Ruff did, despite a potentially serious injury we're all-too leery of as fishermen and women. After attempting to set the hook on a bass, Ruff's artificial bait swung out of the water and straight for his head.
The aftermath of the Chapin, South Carolina boy's experience was shared on Facebook by Manning's dad, Daniel Ruff, and the visuals are enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
Instead of panicking, Manning immediately left the pond he was fishing and biked home. Once there, he got his dad to take him to the emergency room.
"He calmly said, 'Dad I've got a hook stuck in my eye,'" Daniel told Fox News.
"When we arrived at the ER they said, 'We are going to give you pain medicine,' and he said, 'No thanks, just get it out,'" Daniel continued. "As they were working on him he just grit his teeth and let them work."
I know several grown men who would be crying like little babies, and here's Manning, tough as nails, refusing medication! The culprit looks like a swimbait, and two of the three sharp ends of the treble hook appeared to have pierced the skin.
His eyeball suffered no damage, but the cuts to his cheek and eyelid were substantial.
Despite the new war wounds, Manning was back battling the bass the very next day, albeit with a pair of sunglasses on.
It's wise to get help from professionals with any of these types of situations, but when that's not an option, we have a couple ideas for fishing hook removal.