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sooo I was fishing at a local lake the other day, just off shore standing on some big rocks. I had about 3 hits so far on my black leech with just an irregular slow retrieve and finally got one hooked. I began to bring in the line and noticed the fly was hooked on the side of the fish near the head. I couldnt see clearly so I just assumed it was badly hooked on the very corner of the fish's mouth. Well it turned out I had snagged the fish.. in the.. eye..

I was like, oh crap little buddy. It wasnt directly in the eye, but more in the socket behind the eye. think of the little bone on the outsides of your eyesockets where your eye lids are attached (lol at discription). I was scared for him, and I did not know if he was mortally wounded, but I just decided to have him for dinner anyways just incase. I didn't want to release him incase his eye was buggered up for good.

is there a reason why I would have snagged the fish like this? could he have been going for my leech but i pulled it away last second and it clipped his protruding part? I was doing a slow retrieve with a small, quick 3 inch jerk in between.
 

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Actually this can happen regularally with trout and even salmon, that is why it is considered "legal" as long as it is hooked above the gill plates. The fish will chase something down and sometimes "smack" it with the side of their head to kill it or something. Now if you are fast you can sometimes hook the fish when it does this therefore hooking it in the eye, gill, etc. I have done it a few times.. not too good a feeling, especially when they are small and you dont want to keep them :wallbash:
 

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The answer to that is "who knows"! It could have gone to strike the leech, missed, and took one in the eye. I have never hooked a trout in the eye, but I have foul hooked many. If I foul hook one and I am sure it is going to die, I eat it. As for your method of retrieve, I doubt there is anything you could have done to prevent the foul hook up.


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I foul hooked a 2 lb rainbow this past summer in the side while fishing a chironomid under an indicator. That was a real shocker. Trout routinely hit large caddis flies with their bodies to drown them and then come round a second time to eat them. They can often be foul hooked then as well.
 

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I have also hooked one in the side chronie fishing :confused: I have also hooked them in the side of the face, top of the head and even one in the tail. all while fishing chronies :wallbash: I understand the tail one as i know fish try to "stun" certain bugs then double back to eat them just like Prof. mentioned they smack to drown bugs on the surface.
 
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