Without wishing to detract from the more serious purpose of
the below, I make the following quick comment, which was at the front of my mind
while visualising the difficulty of the fish-hook extraction.
I did a quite a bit of tropical fish-catching at one
stage, and always carried a pair of wire-cutters able to sever the shank of a
hook. I still do so in the box in my car and the tool is a remarkably
useful one for various purposes. When the point and barb of the hook have
passed through something, the shank can easily be pulled through after the eye
has been snipped off.
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