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    I hold the line tight in my hand, then use my little finger to push the hook out. I use jig heads with a #2sickle hook. If I turn my finger nail toward the barb. I can slip my finger into the bend and push the hook free. Since my finger is filling the gap of the hook It will slide back out
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle

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    I did think about using a tooth brush, but we have more than 300 arrows in our archery room so i went that way. I hope to get out in the next week so I will know if the arrow nocks work. A #6 tru turn fit about right in the standard Gold Tip nock, a #7 fit good into the narrower blue ACC nock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertFL View Post
    Attachment 403605I have been having too many brim and shellcrackers swallowing the #6 truturn hooks deep. I was thinking I need something better than Hemostats. I just made these 3 hook degorgers from some old broken carbon arrows. I'm hoping they work...
    By golly, I think they will! You beat me to it, I was just thinking today I bet a fella could make a disgorger. It needs to be narrow. Like your arrow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeetbum View Post
    With the #8s I use it doesnít happen often but it does happen. Had one this past weekend that took it in the area where the gills come together. He came back to the surface a while later but didnít last long, osprey got him. Sickles also have smaller barbs which helps me get em out without damage. A disgorged can also be made from an old toothbrush.
    HEY, good idea, I got an old toothbrush! Maybe take a grinding wheel to it and form a "v" for the disgorger notch?

    Bream have such tiny mouths, it needs to be narrow. I dunno, maybe even narrower than a toothbrush but I am going to try your idea, cool!
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    Dirt cheap on Amazon:

    Amazon.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    Dirt cheap on Amazon:

    Amazon.com
    I am glad you posted that because seeing it, it reminds me that sometime in the past few years, I have bought one (or more) of these! I don't know where they are but I know I have bought it! Hmmm... where are they!
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    Using barbless hooks or hooks with the barb pinched shut with pliers helps a bunch.
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    Look for "cold snap hook remover". Works great on reaching in to a 'gill mouth and pushing the jig out. Or you can notch the fat end of your standard wooden chopstick from your takeout place, works pretty well too.
    Yes, I was talking to myself; sometimes even I have to ask for expert advice.

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    The arrow idea looks really super. A no cost option if you have old ones just gathering dust. Thanks for the tip!
    Bob

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    Update on the homemade hook degorgers I recently made..I used them on 36-40 Brim and shell crackers this morning. If you want to release a fish back to the water then this homemade tool is not going to work for you. If deeply hooked The pointed end can cause further damage to the throat.. I was meat fishing and my fish went directly into the ice. I see I need to make a couple of modifications. I did find the tool worked better than hemostats for deeply hooked Brim, I'm talking about hook recovery. I am considering buying one of the plastic ones off of amazon because I do want to release smaller fish as needed. The homemade tool worked very well on hooks between throat and front of mouth, very fast and easy hook removal. Name:  dehookerversion1.jpg
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