“They tried for an hour to remove it,” continued his Instagram post. “Turned into a real shit show at the hospital and yes there was much laughter to be had…ring cutter, snips, expensive shiny tools broken in seconds, a pair of bolt cutters might have worked on a giant and finally a regular size pair of bolt cutters. This was all just to cut the hook and get the lure off…it was lodged in at a really bad angle, plus the huge treble was close to a tendon so it’s a good thing I didn’t try to pull it out myself…then another host of tricks and techniques that did not prevail in removing the hook…it was super deep and couldn’t be pushed through or pulled out due to tendons so I had surgery at 6pm…and after 10 hours at the hospital, we were done.”
The Point Loma–based artist/fisherman told me about recovery. “Most of the pain I had in the first few days was from the bandage around my hand being so tight. My hand was swelling and I ended up with a pretty large bruise/wound on the other side of my hand. Hopefully I’ll be out again soon. Fishing has been really good this season. I was told I had to take a break for three to four weeks, but that is laughable — I will probably be out this weekend.”
As for the culprit? “Twenty-pound yellowtail, he has been eaten and shared with friends,” Hayward said.