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    Default Best way to get circle hook out of halibut?

    What is the best way to get a circle hook out of a halibut mouth? When I have gone guided I watched the deck hand pop them right out with the gaff. I have not figured out the technique and have been wrestling them out with pliers for years. Any good tips?

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    I use the gaff in the bend of the hook too, but if the hook hangs a little I grab the leader, pull down on that and to the side toward the hook point so the hook "spins" out a little further. With the leader pulled down and to the side, if it's still hung up a good snap up on the gaff usually pops it out the rest of the way. If the halibut has had its head beaten, I'll just reach down with my other thumb and press the hook eye toward the hook point while putting the gaff in the bend of the hook and giving a quick jerk.
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    Thanks. That sound like what I have watched, but have so far not managed to execute vey well.

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    Hold the gaff through the hook up with one hand, and pull down on the leader with the other hand to help turn the hook. Then give it a bounce.


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    Edit: Pretty much what Brownbear said. Guess I should have read his post first!


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    I put the eye up, so the hook is vertical and hit it with the palm of my hand. Usually pops out.

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    Yep. Hit or push with ur thumb. Against the eye. Just push in reverse.


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    I found it was best to practice with longline strings covered in dogfish


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    Turn the hook eye down and pop it along the shank with your Palm pushing the hook backwards.
    My friends used to longline and taught me this method. Works great and is real easy and quick.
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    If I'm releasing a fish I will catch the circle hook with the gaff, remove the leader from the weight (I use corkscrew swivels), and pull the leader through the fish's mouth. Quick and easy and keeps my hands clear of an unpredictable fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by healerf18 View Post
    If I'm releasing a fish I will catch the circle hook with the gaff, remove the leader from the weight (I use corkscrew swivels), and pull the leader through the fish's mouth. Quick and easy and keeps my hands clear of an unpredictable fish.
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