this afternoon around 5:00pm I pulled a 14/0 hook out of my foot!!!, The story starts this afternooin at Norm Zeigler's fly shop in Sanibel Island, it's my first time fishing in Sanibel, so I thought it appropiate to first stop at the local fly shop to get a feel of the current conditions. Low slack tide was prognosticated for 7:00pm so I get there and I start browsing the store, and was noticing at the size of the flies used in the area...they run smaller than anywhere else you think snook. anyways, I ourchased some 50buck worth of flies and material, and as I'm paying I ask him about where to go, then I ask him if I would be good fishing with my Tevas sandals or if i better wear wading boots...he tells me that I better wear my boots...he got stung by a ray a while ago when he was too lazy to put on his boots, I tell him that I only have neoprene wading boots, and he says....they wont stop a barb from going in...he shows me some nice SIMS wading boots for $99us that he had been wearing for the past 3 years...I think to my self..."some day I'll wear them"...so he sends me on my way...as I make my way on to the beach I see that the low tide is really happening, and on top of it.. the water is murky as hell, forget sight fishing...so I cross the first through onto the sandbar...and I start blind casting...an excercise in futility...so..a good 10 minutes go by, when I feel something like a thick line trying to taangle on my foot...as I take the next step...I see a faint silver flash in the water, and then I feel it...a sting..which didn't feel that painfull...."oh my God" I said and thoughts of Old dirty Caster with his nasty sting ray encounter came to my mind...it had happened to me!!!, but it wasn't. I tried to take anothere step, and I couldn't...I was stucked...as I look down (water was foot an half deep) I saw a 14/0 J hook impaled on my neoprene boot....and thru my skin all the way past the barb...the hook was attached to a stainless steel cable that ran straight into the sand...I tried pulling on the cable and I couldn't get it free from the sand...I didn't have any kind of grip on the slippery wet wire, I tried to wrap my hand around the wire but it also moved the hook that was deep inside my flesh...thank God I had a nice pair of needle nose pliers and I cut the wire next to the hoo...then proceeded to grab the wire with the pliers and pull!!! until it came loose...and what it was?...a huge sinker buried deep into the sand!...with only the wire and hook slinging free on the water...I slowly made my way back to the beach and asked for help to a nice couple that were enjoying the beach, they came to me shocked in desbelief for what they where seing...we cut open the bootie and saw for the first time we could see how deep that big rusty hook was imbeded...you could actually feel the huge barb pushing agains my skin...they told me to call an ambulance, call for help, get to an ER room...and all I was thinking was the 500 bucks it would cost me..I said, "nah we're pulling this *****!"...they were telling me to push the hook out and cut the point..but I tried putting a dent on that thick hook with my pliers..and of course..it was to thick. So I tell them..it's now or never, we do this while the adrenalin is high!, I grab 8 feet of 40lb test line...do a blood knot on it. make a hughe fifure eight fold and fold it on itself...then I wraped it twice aroun my wrist...tell the guy to press down on the hook eye and at the count of three I gave it a strong hard pull...the hook came out clean and was lost...blood starting pumping out of the puncture hole,,and I just put pressure on it. then I took my buff scarf and gave it to the couple on the beach and told them to cut it so it would be a long cloth..I dressed the wound and went back home...40 minutes later I took the bandage and all there was to see was just a black spot..it had healed and was no longer bleeding...I'm still in shock...can't believe I was positively anchored to the bottom of the ocean by a terminal shark leader....i just wanted to share this with you guys...attached are a couple of pics....se if you can find the hook in one of the pictures...