I received my first battle wound today when a catfish I was compassionately trying to release flipped around in my hand and let me know who was boss. I had just recently become brave enough to Rambo my way through releasing a fish without using gloves, and this fish speared the palm of my hand without hesitation. Philosophically, I guessed I deserved it since he did, after all, injest my hook through his mouth and out his eye. So I was patient with him, but I did put on my glove to finish setting him free. Who would ever guess a catfish wound could sting so bad and bleed so long? (I was actually glad it was bleeding copiously, though, reasoning that it would reduce the chance of infection) It's all better now. Like it never even happened. The fish is free and I am back to being a sissy who wears gloves. :roll_eyes: Caught 5 fish today!!