I was filming for my TV show years ago in Miami, fishing the canals for peacock bass. Tossing a shallow crankbait, I had about a five pound peacock grab the lure. After a great fight, I went to lip the bass when it flipped. It was hooked on the front hook, but the rear hook buried deep into the meaty part of my thumb.
I didn't want to scream on camera, so I had the cameraman shut off the camera and unhook the bass. He put it in the livewell and I got my Gerber tool out. Gritting my teeth, I grabbed the shank of the hook and yanked it out! To say it smarted a bit was an understatement! We got the bleeding stopped, put a Band-Aid on the hole and continued the filming.
Formerly Steve @ G & S
The secret is to have someone hold the eyelet end of the shank down so you're pulling the hook straight out. I put a nice length of braided string in my little waterproof box that has bandaids and triple antibiotics that I keep in my tackle box after watching this.
A few years ago a partner caught a decent muskie and it was in the net. Even though he has unhooked numerous fish before it doesn't make a person immune to getting hooked. He reaches in to peel the net back, fish goes nuts and buries a treble in his hand at the knuckle on his index finger and came out by his ring finger knuckle. He yelps and says he's hooked. I grab a hook cutter and start cutting anything I can to free him. He's still determined he wants to get that fish free but I made him sit on a boat seat to calm down and handed him a bottle of whiskey and three aspirin and instruct him to start pounding that bottle. The hook never hit anything major like a tendon which was shocking and he fished the rest of the weekend.
Another buddy got hooked through his elbow joint. Back side of your elbow, in above the knobby part. Hook buried. The guy hardly winced and took a vise grips and simply yanked it out and kept going. That one still makes me cringe the most.