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Updated: 08/07/2014 08:00:01AM

Hook, line and sinker

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A hook in the finger caused by a flopping bass is one of the many mishaps fishermen should be prepared to deal with far away from emergency help. (Ray Sasser/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

Dr. Mark Asperilla

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Fishing can be fun, rewarding and great exercise, but common sense goes a long way in preventing injuries. As we all know, injuries happen while fishing. They just do. Catastrophic injuries in fishing may be related to equipment, fish, alcohol or the environment. Equipment issues generally involve penetrative injuries from the use of hooks, but may also be caused by the fishing rod, lure, sinker or bait.

A hook to the eye accounts for about 38 percent of fishing-related eye injuries. A sinker or the body of a lure striking an eye cause 44 percent of the injuries. Although it may seem that a hook in the eye is the worst possible injury, a sinker or lure striking the eye can cause the eyeball to rupture, causing permanent blindness in approximately half of the cases. A fishhook in the eye is a medical emergency. You should seek immediate medical care.

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