I have been fishing all my life and never had a hook go past the barb. That was until I started captaining my son and his friend in High School Fishing. The first incident occurred when my boy let a Whopper Plopper fly dead center off the bow, however he did not take into account his back cast and caught me in the back of the noggin. Not realizing he had foul hooked dear old dad, he proceeded with the other half of his cast. Therefore burying the treble hook deep to the bend. Like you Mike, I had trouble finding someone willing to do the line trick so I ended up in Urgent Care. Two months later, his friend hooked a piece of indoor outdoor carpet on the lake bottom with a crankbait. To speed up the process, I told him to remove it and tie on another and I would unsnag it. As i am holding the cranbait in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other, I think to myself, this is not going to go as planned. Before I changed my mind, the carpet let go of the one treble and the free one found itself in my hand. In this case, two hooks of the front treble were in my finger, one on each side of a joint. I didnt have the nerve and the boys were not going to be the ones, so we headed to the launch where the tournament director admitted he had never done this on a treble that was double buried, but why not. So with one quick snap, he freed it and I felt far less that I did with the Urgent Care method.