Fished the surf this past Saturday using clams. First striped bass was just a bit under the 28" length, which I hooked on a bait holder hook. The bass was released. Unfortunately I mistakenly grabbed the shank of the hook and the thrashing fish caused the shank part of the hook to slice my finger open. Bleeding like crazy, but did bandaged as best I could with the first aid kit in my truck. Usually I carry the fish plier, but did not expect to get hit hard after chucking the bait into the surf. Fished some more and managed to catch four more striped bass, before the finger started bleeding again. I don't think I am going to use those types of hook anymore after this.