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Toadie Tues at Lady Bird Lake...for a little while. Got the yak on the water 'bout 5pm. First 5+ pounder of the year...yippee! 4 more nice bass... actually caught 3 on a crankbait for a change. Brought a lively two pounder to hand...then he shook his head good and drove a treble hook barb-deep into the top of my left index finger. Cut the line to take the rodnreel out of the equation, paddled one-handed to the bank and jumped to shore. The bass and my finger were both impaled on the same treble hook, and he seemed to take joy in twisting it. Can't blame him. There's always folks on the hike-n-bike trail, so I hailed a couple of onlookers to help get the hook out of the bass...now there's just one sucker left on the hook! That thing was NOT coming out without experienced help. Freed the bass back to the water. Thanked the onlookers/medics, then paddled back to the boat ramp with the crankbait swinging and hooking on everything it came near...jacket, paddle shaft. Loaded up kayak and gear one-handed as my phone battery died and I realized my tank was empty. Gassed up one-handed and headed home. I'm all out of cuss words for at least a week. Had wifey help cut the sharp ends of the other five hooks off of the crankbait then drive me to a neighbor I know who's a bad-ass, experienced fisher of men. Ya'll know him too. Jeremy snipped the rest of the bait from the finger-hook, then looped a length of braided fishing line in the crook, pressed it still with one finger and yanked it out with one quick tug. It was the least pain I'd felt throughout the whole ordeal. I felt like the lion who had the thorn pulled from his paw...grateful! I'd seen Jeremy post about this method before, so I'll post an instructional vid here in case any of ya have the same bad luck. Jeremy likely saved me 300 bucks at a clinic...he'll be receiving a nice bag o fishin' goodies when I see him next. Hello tetnus... and dammit I was catchin too! Now where can we fish tomorrow?