I used pliers, needle nose pliers, and, eventually, a hacksaw. I got down on my stomach and placed a flashlight at various angles to get a good look. I tried bending the barbs down. But the hooks were so tiny and deeply embedded that I couldn’t get at the most relevant ones. Plus they were tangled up in each other most ingeniously. Two trebles on each lure. Twelve tiny hooks. A Mann’s Plus-5 and a Rapala that fits on a standard razor blade. I tried cutting the hooks off, the better to deal with them individually. That didn’t quite work either. What it took was 45 minutes of both, along with a great deal of cursing.