The String Trick
My group tried this method on a buried treble hook in one of us about 20 years ago at an outpost camp. One of us in camp was a medical doctor, another was a dentist, with all the medical expertise, we figured we had it covered. We couldn't get enough pressure on the hook to remove it using the line method. So, we just had the patient drink a lot of whisky, and pulled the hook out with a plier. Tore him up good, but what else do you do in an outpost camp?
Having said that, I have heard lots of people use this method successfully...
Got to try this myself tonight. I was putting loaded trolling rods in the boat when one slipped. Got the front treble of a #7 Ficker Shad in the base of my thumb just below the joint on the posterior side. I took a few seconds to evaluate the situation and decided an extended wait at the first care place was going to deprive me of too much of the Brewer game. I had two snorts of Kesslers while watching the "Monofilament Hook Removal" video on YouTube. The mono slipped on the first try but it popped right out on the second. I have no pain at all but have triple antibiotic on it to be safe. Just got the tetnis update last fall so all should be well.
I did this procedure myself but was lucky to have a good angle. This may require assistance if you get yourself in an ackward spot. My wife couldn't have handled it so I only showed her the exit wound when I was done. She didn't want to hear the details.
Wish I would have taken pics of the hook in hand but wasn't high on my list of priorities. Here's what little damage was left behind.
PS Walleye fishing was pretty fair today, caught one my first cast and my son got a 20"er his second cast.......