Here is a good tutorial on one man's method of unhooking a pike with a deeply seated hook in its throat.
We love fishing for anything that swims. For those of us who've spent a lifetime fishing for the venerable northern pike, unhooking one properly can be the difference between a fish that survives and a full set of fingers when it's all over.
Here's one method for unhooking a northern that really swallowed the hooks you maybe haven't seen before. When it's all over, both man and pike can go their separate ways, unscathed.
Here's the video:
I grew up fishing for these ferocious fish with my father, my grandfather and one uncle that used this same two-treble live bait rig. And, that's really the only thing I don't like about this scenario.
Other than that, it looks like a successful method. The only reason he had it out of the water for over two minutes because he was doing a tutorial.
Having some kind of plastic or tarp helps to keep the fish from losing any more of its slime. And, in the upside-down position, it kept it still enough to get the hook removal done in short order.
There was a surprisingly small amount blood for a set of hooks so deep in the throat, and that certainly helped. What do you think? Is this a good way to unhook a big pike, or is there a better way?