Hook It

GuthookKicking off my summer vacation right, I took my 6-year-old daughter fishing this past Saturday where we caught a nice mix of bluegills, bass and catfish. While I tossed mine back, she was eager to cook up a few of her prize catches, so once home, it became my task in the rising heat to clean the fish on her stringer.

I got to work with a Gerber knife that I keep in my tackle box, but soon had a problem—I was thirsty. I grabbed a cold one from the fridge in my father-in-law's guest room and quickly realized that I now had another problem, nothing to open it with. It wasn't a twist off.

All I can say, is thank goodness for a gut hook. Glancing around the garage where I was doing the cleaning, I noted how the gut hook on the knife was shaped a lot like a bottle opener. With a quick tug at the cap, I was soon being refreshed and back on task. It made opening the bottle much easier than using a seat belt.

Just thought I'd share that quick tip with you in case you ever find yourself in need of a make-shift bottle opener. Remember though, just make sure your opening that cold one up "after" the hunt if that is the case or after you are done powering the boat around the lake.