Originally Posted by jms5180
what did you get it out with?
Yea it was clean and sanitized, I actually think I have a better chance of introducing infections fishing it out then leaving it in there
Then I'd definitely leave it be. But to answer your question, I've used narrow SS tongs, and sanitized bare, thick gauge copper wire. For something like a baster shaft I'd probably try to bend the wire in a shape where you could wedge it down into the shaft, then pin it against the interior wall of the carboy and slide it up til it's close enough to the opening you can get a finger in it and pull it out.
Better yet, a pair of needle nose pliers to bend the very tip of the wire into a hook that's narrow enough to get all the way through the baster and hook the other end, then just pull it out. "Getter" magnets for stirbars and copper wire can work well together too. The getter magnet on the outside of the carboy, the wire on the inside.
The hooked wire idea is your best option...
Again though, if you think you'd INCREASE the chance of infection, may as well just leave it.