Fishing Oddities

This week we bring you some unusual catches reported by anglers,
and a tale about one bad boy that didn’t get away.

Reel Catches: Bodies to Bobcats

While tracking weird and wild stories about the outdoors, I
occasionally unearth reports about anglers who reel in noteworthy
catches of the non-fish variety.

At a fishing gear show held in Alabama, nearly 2,500 attendees
responded to a survey called Hook, Line & Sinker conducted by
Houston-based Pennzoil Marine. As part of the questionnaire,
anglers were asked to detail some of their more unusual

Answers ranged from the bizarre to the macabre.

For example, four anglers reported hooking human corpses.

Other catches included false teeth, drums, lawn chairs, shopping
carts, a refrigerator door and a ladder.

Apart from inanimate objects, responding fishermen also reported
their share of critters other than fish. Survey answers ranged from
water-dwellers like frogs, snakes, turtles, eels and alligators to
a bobcat, beaver, a peacock, pelican and owls.

“We have always heard that anglers can tell the best fish tales,”
Peter Bukaty, Pennzoil brand manager, told the Houston Chronicle.
“What really caught me off guard was the variety of things people
are catching.”

The Jig Was Up

A North Carolina angler gave a whole new meaning to the term
“fighting rod” when he used his fishing gear to subdue a would-be
robber who threatened him with a knife.

The Gaston Police Department blotter reports that an unnamed man
and his young son were fishing at a city pond when the
perpetrator–described as a male with neat hair and wearing
blue–brandished a knife and demanded the twosome “give me what you

When the father requested the n’er-do-well be a little more
specific in his request (as he slowly reeled in his fishing line),
the bad guy demanded money and valuables, according to the Roanoke
Daily Herald.

While understanding the age-old concept characterizing the basic
ineffectiveness of a knife in a gunfight, the wise father equally
grasped the basic geometric disparity between a four-inch blade and
a six-foot fishing rod.

So, dad simply proceeded to beat the dickens out of the bad guy
using the business end of his fishing rod, including the lure,
which hooked deeply into the unfortunate thug’s hide.

Gaston police said a man fitting the description of the alleged
assailant was seen fleeing the scene, with a bright orange jig
still embedded in his arm.


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