Fish porn edition a day late here.
Season is on us and you need to know how to remove a hook.
I haven't had one cut out with a scalpel. I have seen it done. Sometimes it needs to be done.
I personally have had a shank cut off and the barb pushed through as a removal technique.
Not something I want to do again. That's "the wrong" way. Saying that, I'm not still wearing the hook. I tried to do it to a guy too when I was young and stupid. He ended up grabbing the thing with forceps and yanking it out himself. Tough old bastard.
The skin in your hand is surprisingly tough. Pushing a barb through is a bear. Better to try to back it out BEFORE you start messing with it.
Not that qualifier.
If you aren't sure - then wait. Use a little tape and just pin the thing in place. Yes, the barb will work deeper if you move the part you impaled. Remember I said wait when you didn't know what to do.
Well, you'll have a clue now.
SO - enough soapbox. This one shows an alternate method. I've pulled two of these off myself and one off a buddy. Works.