Hooked?

What to do if you get "caught" up in all the fun

Health officials recommend anglers have an electrician’s pliers with a wire-cutting blade and disinfecting solution in their tackle boxes. Submitted photo

Health officials recommend anglers have an electrician’s pliers with a wire-cutting blade and disinfecting solution in their tackle boxes. Submitted photo

The lakes draw many to live and vacation in this beautiful area.

However, a common injury for those who fish or just hang out near docks and boats is becoming "hooked" when the intended catch was a fish.

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The medical team at Essentia Health recommends removing the fish hook from your finger using the String Yank Technique:

1. Remove hook from lure by cutting at attachment ring.

2. Tape any additional free hooks to prevent the hooks from also getting embedded.

3. First, wash your hands with soap and water, or disinfecting solution, and then wash the area surrounding the hook.

4. Tie off a loop with some fishing line. Place the loop over the hook's shank and lightly pull it against the bend of the hook.

5. With your other hand, press down and back on the hook's eye.

6. Continue pressing down on the hook's eye. Quickly and firmly jerk the fishing line backward, ensuring that the line is parallel to the shank. Don't worry; only a tiny bit of skin is behind the barb.

7. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and apply a bandage.

8. Watch the area for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, pain, or drainage. 

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