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Great Tip on Unhooking Gut-Hooked Bass

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:46 am
by the_doctor
Well, it is that time of year again: SENKO TIME. Unfortunately this usually means a few gut hooked bass, even from the most careful anglers who watch their lines closely.
After gut-hooking one yesterday I decided there must be a better way than just cutting the line or ripping it out. I found this great tip and I just had to share it because I think it will save many bass' lives this year if word gets around! Really wish I knew this before. Try it out!!! I am starting to crush the barb when fishing CPR for bass, too.

Video demo:
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Re: Great Tip on Unhooking Gut-Hooked Bass

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:07 pm
by Reelax
Good stuff Doc... Thanks for the post!

Re: Great Tip on Unhooking Gut-Hooked Bass

Posted: Mon Apr 12, 2021 8:35 pm
by Detritus
I've been using this method when the need arises after discovering it online myself a while back. Might even be the same picture I saw.

Part of my job is taking care of a camp on Providence Island, and last summer the 21 year old summer help kid brought a fishing pole when we went out there to work on something. I was up on shore doing something, and he yelled up asking if I had a knife to cut his line, since he gut hooked a smallmouth.

I said "Gimmie that thing." Lipped it, stuck my finger through the gill side like this shows, and just pushed up on the tip of the shank where the knot was tied, hook popped out, put the fish in the water, and said "Now lets go get something done."

He looked at me like I was David Blaine. It definately works.