Fishing charters in Mosquito Lagoon explain this important yet often over-looked safety issue that frequently occurs to anglers of all levels


Most articles you encounter about fishing usually center around current conditions, bait and so on. While safety is an important consideration, it isn’t the first thing that jumps out to you on the various fishing websites out there.

However, staying safe while fishing in Mosquito Lagoon and elsewhere is a top-priority for reputable charters.

While every vessel is required to have certain safety gear such as life jackets, distress flares and more, there are certain things every angler needs to keep in mind to ensure the safety of everyone on board.

Getting stuck with an errant fishing hook is one of these safety issues that are often overlooked but important nonetheless. Although the effects are relatively minor most of the time (i.e. pain, swelling, bleeding), getting stuck by a fishing hook can turn a good day fishing into a bad one really quickly.

Continue reading for some brief information on preventing an accident in the first place, but also some tips on what to do if you’re stuck by a fishing hook while aboard charters around Mosquito Lagoon.

An ounce of prevention is way better than a pound of cure…

The best solution to addressing this safety issue is to take precautions ahead of time.

The easiest, and really the only precaution to preventing this type of accident, is to allow adequate distance when casting. Pay attention to your surroundings before drawing the rod back to cast. Many hooking accidents have occurred when the angler wasn’t aware that someone was behind them. Therefore, you should always peek over your shoulder before drawing your rod back to cast.

Another preventative measure you can take is to use circle hooks or barbless hooks, which you may be doing anyway if you’re practicing catch & release.

Also, when the rods are not in use, be sure they are stowed away and any hooks are not exposed.

If you do get a hook in you or someone else, there are methods for removing it if it isn’t too embedded or in a sensitive area

They call them accidents for a reason – they sometimes do happen despite your best efforts.

If someone aboard the vessel does get a hook in them, the first thing to do is to NOT panic. Stay calm and ascertain where the hook is embedded and whether it’s safe to pull out. If a hook is in your eye for example, you should drop everything and get to an emergency room immediately. Trying to remove the hook from a sensitive place like this could cause bigger problems.

If the barb has NOT penetrated the skin, you’re in luck – simply pull the hook out in the opposite direction of how it went into your skin.

However, if the barb is embedded in the skin, there are a couple of methods you can employ out on the water to try and get the hook out, including:

  1. Fish line method – This method involves looping a piece of fishing line around the bend in your hook. Next, you will apply downward pressure on the eye of the hook to disengage the barb. As you hold this downward pressure with one hand, quickly pull or jerk the line with your opposite hand and the hook should come out.
Image courtesy of Bass Pro Shops

Image courtesy of Bass Pro Shops

  1. Wire cutting method – If it’s possible to push the hook on through, you could try the wire cutting method. You will need to gently apply pressure to the curve of the hook and then push the tip of the hook through the skin. You will need to be able to push the barb through. If you’re able to do this, you will then need to cut the hook just behind the barbs and then remove the rest of the hook by pulling it back the opposite way.

Again, if the hook has embedded into your eye, an artery, a joint or a tendon, or if it is embedded very deep, you should not try and remove it yourself. Instead, get to the nearest emergency room as quickly as you can. Any ER, especially one close to popular fishing areas like Mosquito Lagoon, will have the tools and expertise needed to safely get the hook out. One BIG advantage to going to a doctor is that they will be able give you local anesthesia before removing the hook.

If you’re aboard one of many fishing charters around Mosquito Lagoon, your captain should have a basic understanding of this issue and be able to remove hooks that are not embedded too deep or in a sensitive area. Capt. Mark Wright of Florida East Coast Adventures has seen his fair share of accidental hookings over the years.  Safety and prevention is the best way to avoid one of these painful accidents.

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