In the upland hunting word, it's been said many times that a good bird dog is the best conservation tool, finding winged birds that otherwise would be fodder for ground-based predators. In the world of bass fishing, the same could be said for Bass Pro Shops' Squeeze Out Hook Remover, a simple yet effective device that will save many a deep-hooked bass.
Bass inhale many of today's scent and flavor enhanced soft baits, particularly Senko-style worms that are often fished without any added weight. By the time the angler realizes a bass has picked up the bait, the hook is in the gullet. With the Squeeze Out you can often free the hook without causing any apparent tissue damage.
How to Use It
Apply light tension on the line to expose the hook shank. Clamp the Squeeze Out onto the shank, and then slide the tip of the tool down the shank, getting as deep down the bend as possible. Once there, squeeze the tool, gripping the hook tight, and then twist your wrist the opposite direction of the hook point. The vast majority of the time the hook pops free without tearing up the fish.
The Squeeze Out isn't great just for deep hooked fish, though. It's ideal for simple unhooking jobs, keeping your hand a safe distance from multi-hooked hard baits. Also, the tool's length gives you the leverage needed to pop a hook free when it finds those tough spots around a bass' mouth.
I've used similar tools that worked okay. What's the big difference between those and the Squeeze Out? On the others the tip of the tool — the part that does the clamping — eventually bends. I've yet to have that happen on the Squeeze Out.