Whether you are a new or more experienced fishing enthusiast, chances are you have or will experience a gut hook encounter. Each year thousands of fishing experts take to the waterways in hopes of finding that one great catch. However, during their search, most people end up hooking the fish through the stomach instead of the mouth. Not only does this ruin any chance of a fight, but it also prevents you from throwing the fish back in the water. Today we will help you avoid the gut hook fish dilemma.


Fishing like any hobby, is as much about practice and patience as it is about being able to find the right catch. For the most part, when you catch a fish, your hook will attach to the fishes mouth. However, during the days or months leading up to becoming more comfortable as fishermen, chances are you will hook a fish in the stomach or along their gills.


When you hook a fish in the stomach or gills, the term most angler’s use is called gut hooked. Hooking a fish in its stomach can be a traumatizing experience for anyone. As a result, you may panic and attempt to rip the hook out of the fish’s gut before tossing it back in the water. If you do this, chances are the fish will die right away.


But how do you release a fish back into the water if you hooked its gut? Well, given that most fish can detach themselves from fishing hooks really easy, the process to removing the hook from the gut is a simple one. Essentially what you want to do is cut the hook from the line of your fishing rod. By doing this, you leave the hook in the fish’s gut. At first glance, you may think this is silly, however, studies have shown that because fish can detach from the hooks themselves it is best to just leave the hook in the fish and throw it back in the water, as it will fix itself.