More Weird Catches
Here at Offbeat Outdoors we can’t get enough of ‘em, and neither can our readers.
Fluke Angling, Indeed
Warwick, Rhode Island resident Tom Walason was jigging for fluke on Greenwich Bay when he landed a 10-carat gold ring, which was a fluke of its own.
According to The Warwick Beacon, the man’s class or school-type ring is engraved with the letters SMS, followed by RC, and the date 1919. Walason said he has searched on the Internet, but has yet to determine the background of his bauble.
As for his angling skill, Walason said it was not the first time he hooked something unusual.
“I usually catch weird stuff, not fish,” he said.
Chesapeake Anglers Land Buck
Chad Campbell and pal Bo Warren weren’t having much luck trolling for striped bass about a mile offshore on Chesapeake Bay one summer Saturday. But, despite poor fishing, they were successful catching and boating a good-sized button buck.
In an article appearing on The Bay Net Web site, Campbell wrote that when he and Warren investigated something in the water behind their boat, they were amazed to discover it was a paddling—and quite exhausted—whitetail deer.
“He was desperate and barely staying afloat,” Campbell wrote. “I’ve seen deer swim a river or bayou before. When you see that, the first thing you notice is that they are powerful swimmers. Their heads and shoulders are out of the water and they make surprisingly good headway.”
Such was not the case with this wayward buck. He was barely able to keep his nose out of the briny water.
Since the fish weren’t cooperating, the two decided to rope the floundering deer.
“It turns out Bo grew up around cows and was really handy with a bowline. He lassoed the deer on the first try,” Campbell wrote. “(Then) Bo grabbed his neck, I grabbed the flank, and we barreled over backwards into the boat. Before I knew it, Bo was on top of him and had him tied up just like a calf.”
The men hightailed it to shore, where they carefully unloaded the weary whitetail, untied its legs and placed it on the beach.
A Kansas angler reeled in a 20-pound catch that he’d really rather not have hooked—in fact, it kind of ruined his whole day.
Sean Un was fishing at Mary’s Lake in Olathe, Kansas, a popular fishing hole for local youngsters, when he landed a 16-inch, 20-pound pipe bomb packed with gunpowder.
“I was scared to death,” Un told the Lawrence Journal World newspaper. “It looked like someone was up to no good.”
Un was not carrying a cell phone, so he left the bomb on the ground, warned others who were fishing not to touch it, and walked to a phone to call police.
Authorities couldn’t tell how long the device had been submerged, but noted that the powder was still dry and it posed significant danger.
Capt. Ed Schons, Jr., commander of the Olathe, Kan., bomb squad, said it appeared someone may have ignited the fuse, then tossed it in the water. But the fuse stopped just short of igniting the powder.
“I don’t know if they were just building it to mess around or if it was a prank or what,” he said. “They could have just been experimenting with this thing to see what it would do. I don’t know.”
The bomb was dismantled and destroyed.