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'SMELLS FISHY'

Many fishing hooks have barbs that make them difficult to remove if they embed in an eye. If you or a buddy do catch a hook in the eye, do not try to remove it yourself, as you may cause more damage. Tape the lure to your brow to keep its weight from tugging on your eyeball and get to the nearest hospital immediately. (Courtesy photo)

Many fishing hooks have barbs that make them difficult to remove if they embed in an eye. If you or a buddy do catch a hook in the eye, do not try to remove it yourself, as you may cause more damage. Tape the lure to your brow to keep its weight from tugging on your eyeball and get to the nearest hospital immediately. (Courtesy photo)

Via-email -- Something smells fishy. Was that a real shot of a fishhook in someone's eye or was that Photoshopped ("Catch of the Day," Summer 2014 Torch, page 7)? Either way it's really gross ... but eye-catching (pun intended...LOL!). I thought I had it bad when I got my right ear involuntarily pierced with a fishhook courtesy of my older brother's errant cast when we were both teens. But if that picture is real, someone has a worse story than my fish tale. Anyway, good job on the story. Fishing always seems so serene, so not many people think about the dangers lurking. But I can tell you firsthand ... they exist!

Eric Fuchs
Former Air National Guardsman


Unfortunately for the victim, that photo is very real. And there are many more like it -- or even worse -- in medical journals across the internet. Thank you for sharing your story and for your interest in Torch.