Apparently there are some long needle pine trees somewhere on our property we've recently moved to. After vacuuming and removing the hose from the skimmer suction inlet I found a bunch of pine needles, three needles clumps, hanging out at the bottom bend. I tried to stick my fingers in to remove them. I very gingerly tried bbq tongs. I tried forceps. I've had no success. It is not totally clogged. There is still good suction. They need to come out though, preferably out the path they went in. Any creative ideas on how to remove these? They were sucked up by the vacuum. There were so very few, I thought the vacuum could handle this. I won't do that again, instead I will net them out. How have you removed them?