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Cray
08-13-2017, 11:15 AM
Last week I had the occasion to help out a elderly gentleman ( 82 ) that had a treble hook from a crank bait through his thumb and the other in a 2+ lb drum. Needless to say it was a mess. Schrounged around in my boat and found 3 pair of needle nose with side cutters 2 of which would not cut the hook. The pair that would were almost to big to get where I needed to go and made it very painful for the gentleman I was working on. Finally got 2 barbs cut off and out of the way then I could get to the last one and got it out. Luckily I keep a first aid kit in my boat and was able to disinfect and put antibiotic ointment on his wound.
My whole point behind this story is to say, I have been telling myself to put a good pair of side cutters in my boat and had neglected to. If had it would have been much easier and more comfortable on this man. Also for those of you keep first aid kits and own a vacume sealer. Check your kit, if it's fresh and in order seal it up. I had sealed mine up over 4 years ago and when I opened it up everything was as new. I can't tell you the number of kits I have ruined over the years with them laying in the boat and getting wet. I also got 3 different cutters and vacume sealed them just for emergencies like this.

Cray
08-13-2017, 11:18 AM
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Mike1234
08-13-2017, 11:23 AM
Good ideal


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Snubby
08-13-2017, 11:50 AM
Great idea as well as a good reminder, I don't keep a first aid kit in the boat or my truck for that matter. This will not be the case next time I'm out, like the notion of vacuum sealing the kit and side cutters also! We keep first aid kits in our work trucks and your right most that stuff goes bad or gets used up and not replaced, those kits are cheap enough everyone should have at least two!

Boatbottom
08-13-2017, 12:27 PM
Good info there.

Ttexastom
08-13-2017, 04:33 PM
Some great info there, all fisherman including myself should heed.!!

prefers shiners
08-13-2017, 04:43 PM
I need to do that....thanks for the push....

sinkermaker
08-13-2017, 05:24 PM
Good info thanks

"D"
08-13-2017, 07:12 PM
Great advice Cray.

scrat
08-13-2017, 07:53 PM
Great advice.:ThumbsUp Those treble hooks:yikes on the crank baits don't play.

healthnspector
08-13-2017, 08:28 PM
ok Cray great reminders...adding to my list.

Billbob
08-14-2017, 11:43 AM
you the man

ozarks ranger
08-14-2017, 07:10 PM
You dont need a vaccum use zip lock bags close them most of the way and suck out most of the air close the rest of the way. They are reuseable that way be sure to keep them out of the sunlight or they will get brittle. my crappie bag has a holder on each end one holds needle nose and the other has side cutters. when you get a treble in you, you dont want to fight bags or packages to get out the items. ps you may want to include a set of split ring plyers. I fished a whole day with a cut off hook in my thumb. another way is to tahe a piece of 20lb test hold shank of the hook to where the hook is located slip the line between the hook and shank count to three and on 2 jerk both ends of the line hook will follow the angle back out. if you count all the way to 3 you will follow the jerk and have to start over Don't Ask Me how I know.

kycreek
08-14-2017, 08:42 PM
Wise words...

Marky
08-15-2017, 04:31 AM
Appreciate it Cray. Daughter gave me a nice pair of titanium pliers that will cut most hooks with one hand but I will have a sealed up first aid kit in my boat from now on..

Cray
08-15-2017, 08:07 AM
Appreciate it Cray. Daughter gave me a nice pair of titanium pliers that will cut most hooks with one hand but I will have a sealed up first aid kit in my boat from now on..
Marky, do yourself a favor. Get a potato and bury a treble hook in it and see if you can get yor pliers in there to cut it out. That was the problem I had with cutting out the one in that gentelmans thumb. Couldn't get between thumb and hook bend to cut it off. Had to trim off the other barbs to get down to one holding him. Now if you got those salt style pliers with cutter on outside those are the way to go.

jordanjones
08-15-2017, 08:09 AM
good idea.. im in the medical field so I have lidocaine and a small scalpel in the boat for such instances. Much cheaper than a trip to the ER!

armyman
08-15-2017, 08:44 AM
Jordan, you'd be a good man to have around!

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Marky
08-15-2017, 09:23 AM
Marky, do yourself a favor. Get a potato and bury a treble hook in it and see if you can get yor pliers in there to cut it out. That was the problem I had with cutting out the one in that gentelmans thumb. Couldn't get between thumb and hook bend to cut it off. Had to trim off the other barbs to get down to one holding him. Now if you got those salt style pliers with cutter on outside those are the way to go.
Thanks buddy.. Just ordered a pair of Knipex diagonal cutters(excellent reviews) for 30 bucks. Should last forever.
Marky

wicklundrh
08-15-2017, 09:56 AM
Unfortunately, I've never had a treble in a finger or other part of my body where I was able to cut the barb off. I've always had to do the "Grit and pull" method.

Redge
08-15-2017, 04:57 PM
Cray, sense you've been there and done that. What design cutters would you recommend?


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skeetbum
08-15-2017, 06:26 PM
Good point Charlie. I don't have one in mine, overlooked for whatever reason. Got the cutters though.

Dutch552
08-16-2017, 08:54 AM
I keep a pair of these Kobalts in my boat and a second pair in my main tackle bag. They're some of the most useful tools I own.

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I order Knipex cutting pliers for the ER to cut hooks and certain body jewelry. We use them dozens of times a year and they hold up well. For average panfishing hooks and most crank trebles their oblique cutters are the bee's knees but they run about $40/pair. They can slip into tighter gaps than traditional side cutters.

Cray
08-16-2017, 07:26 PM
Cray, sense you've been there and done that. What design cutters would you recommend?


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Those Kobolts Dutch posted are good all around cutters. I also added a set of minis in that style and the blunt nosed model. I sure could have used the mini's in my situation on that day.

Cray
08-16-2017, 07:48 PM
I'm going to make another recommendation here. If you haven't purchased a set take a couple of good hooks with you. Make sure they will cut a hook. Some of those cheaper side cutters won't cut a hook unless you get it way back in the jaws. And that can be hard to do at times. Find a set that are good enough and strung enough to cut the hook at the least the mid point of the jaws. If you already have a pair do the same thing. I have 3 pair of needle nose with side cutters in my boat. Only one pair was good enough to cut that hook.

Hanr3
08-18-2017, 01:55 PM
Great reminder and story. :help

I have a first-aid kit in my boat, backpack, and one in the house.

kayacker
08-18-2017, 03:31 PM
Great idea to vacuum seal the side cutters and kit. Thanks for the story and reminder. I keep some SS sidecutters on board, but I'm going to add another one. I keep a kit on my yak, but until I read your story, just for myself. I'm always sticking my finger with a hook or cutting my finger on my fishing line. I'm old with thin skin. What can I say? :dono

Special K
08-20-2017, 04:04 PM
Very good advise. I have had occasion to use wire cutting pliers and the first aid kit on at least three different occasions... twice on other people and once on myself... all because of mishaps with hooks. It's far better to have a well stocked first aid kit and not need it... than it is to need it and not have it. I learned this from experience.

ozarks ranger
08-21-2017, 03:22 PM
Another reminder, due to the germs and other in the water, might want a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide for the hook wound or other cuts from line especially braid cuts etc. Or a good antibiotic cream. if not included in the first aid kit:twocents