How to remove a fishhook

Fishermen have a simple trick for removing a hook caught in the skin. It is not a job for anyone with shaky hands or a faint heart; get a doctor to do it if possible. But if medical help is unavailable, here’s what to do.

Instead of “backing” the barb out, an action that may tear the flesh and skin, push the barb the rest of the way through the skin, forward and up, in the direction of the curve. Then clip off the barb with wire cutters (which you should have in your tackle box) and gently withdraw the shaft.

Wash a fishhook wound carefully to forestall infection. Call a doctor if the “hooked” person has not had a tetanus booster in the last 5 years.