A fishhook is a curved, sharp instrument placed on a lure or line to catch fish. Fishhooks can easily cause injury if they penetrate the skin.

Fishhooks may have a barb near the tip which prevents the hook from backing out. This forces the hook to penetrate further into a fish as it pulls and tugs against the line. Using a barbless fishhook decreases the chance of injury.

Last Updated: July 1, 2009

Author: Jan Nissl, RN, BS

Medical Review: Steven L. Schneider, MD - Family Medicine & William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine

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