Ever get a hook sunk in yourself past the barb? doh Not a fun experience. -no- I've had it happen. Had to push the hook around and through so I could cut off the barb and back the hook out. I'll tell you, anything but a small hook is nearly impossible to cut with diagonal wire cutters with only one hand. What if the hook is in one of your hands and you're fishing alone and can't get two hands on the cutters? shrug Answer: compound cutters! They look like mini bolt cutters and apply a LOT more power to the cutting stroke. You can easily cut a 6/0 circle hook with one hand. I bought my compound cutters at Lowe's for about $15 and keep them handy on board my boat. Pour on some hydrogen peroxide, a couple bandaids, and get back to fishing!