I picked up the cat, who was understandably a little wild, and wrapped him in a towel so he wouldn't claw me or keep trying to paw at his face. After inspection I was relieved to see that he hadn't swallowed the hook, rather it was lodged in his tongue. Unfortunately the hook was deep in his tongue and the barb wasn't all the way through. With it firmly embedded we knew that the cat had to make an emergency trip to the vet. Two hundred dollars later and at two in the morning we returned home with a sedated and hook free cat. He has two stitches, but other than that is completely fine.
At least this catch was a keeper.