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    Fishhook Injuries - Prevention

    The following tips will help you reduce your chance of a fishhook injury:

    • Fish with single hooks rather than multiple hooks.
    • Consider using a barbless hook. It is safer for you and is better for the fish if you plan on releasing it.
    • Wear shoes, a hat, and other protective clothing, such as eyeglasses or goggles, when fishing and when walking in areas where people fish.
    • Look around before casting to make sure no one is behind you.
    • When you fish, carry a commercial fishhook remover, a large Kelly clamp, or sharp, side-cutting pliers.

    When you go fishing, be prepared for a fishhook injury. If you are prepared, you may be able to remove a fishhook, which may prevent a serious injury and decrease your risk of infection.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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