Bomb, arm included in funny tales of anglers
And you thought hooking a big northern pike was a blast.
We’re always looking for fishing stories that ring a bit different, and this week the Outdoor Hub Newswire brought to light a couple of stories that even we couldn’t make up.
The first tale was of an angler who tossed in a lure and pulled out a home-made bomb.
The angler, who wasn’t identified in the report, told police he snagged something while fishing the Bright Water reservoir in Saskatchewan, Canada.
The angler told police that when the snagged object came to the surface, the angler had a hunch it “looked like a bomb.”
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police agreed the device was a bomb, and a homemade one at that.
After a bomb disposal team neutralized the bomb, everyone went back to fishing.
While a spokesman for the RCMP said no one can figure out how the bomb got in the water, the really important question wasn’t asked: What lure was the angler using?
The second tale involves Jack Wiseman, a disabled veteran competing in a tarpon tournament at Boca Grande Pass, Fla., when a tarpon that Wiseman was fighting broke off and got away.
A lost fish is nothing new. But this fish also got away with Wiseman’s prosthetic hand and arm.
“I’ve got this special prosthetic arm with different devices attached to it,” Wiseman told the Outdoor Hub video crew.
He was participating in the tournament as part of a Wounded Warriors Project outing.
He said the tarpon was fighting hard “when all of sudden (the arm) broke off, and the rod and the reel and the hand went down in the water.”
According to the Outdoor Hub story, the captain of Wiseman’s boat threw in another line in an attempt to snag Wiseman’s rod or line but missed.
As you might expect, Wiseman received his share of ribbing about the incident.
In a video clip on Outdoor Hub, fellow Wounded Warrior Rudy Salas said, “For us, it was funny, and that was the biggest thing. We said, ‘You’re gonna be a legend, you’re the only guy that lost an arm out here yesterday.’ “
But the strange story has an equally remarkable ending.
The Boca Grande tournament attracts several hundred of the best tarpon anglers in the world, and it’s not surprising that later in the day another angler hooked and landed Wiseman’s tarpon.
The fish still was attached to Wiseman’s lure, line and arm.
“They brought it back to us,” Wiseman said. “And that’s my fishing story.”