Longtime BoatU.S. member Ed Hale recently shared a fish story we hadn’t heard before. Hale and his buddies live in Pensacola, Florida, and fish the Gulf of Mexico almost weekly.
“We were out 30 miles in the Gulf, in an area we frequently
fish, in about 170 feet of water,” Hale explained. “My buddy, John,
had put live bait on and threw his line out, laid his rod down,
and reached to remove a rod from a rod holder to put his freshly
baited rod in. At that moment, his bait got hit and the rod flew
out of the boat. We just said goodbye to it and continued to fish.”
Stuff like that happens on the water, and they chalked up
the loss to their lifestyle. That’s where fate, or luck, or whatever, intervened.
“Three weeks later we were back in the same general area
fishing when another buddy, Jay, was pulling up a vermilion
snapper and said he had hooked a line with his weight,” Hale
said. “We started pulling up the line and the first thing we
discovered was the lure that John had attached to his bait three
weeks ago, and then up comes the rod. It was amazing.” Three
weeks later, 30 miles out, in 170 feet of water. Now that’s a catch
to remember! — R.A.
Catch of the day!
Silver carp thrive
in the Illinois/
the invasive species’
the Great Lakes.
A group of Florida
hauled in a big
surprise in the Gulf
of Mexico – their
own long-lost rod.
Invasive carp breaches Great Lakes barriers
An adult Asian carp caught by an angler in the Little Calumet River, 9 miles
from Lake Michigan, has Great Lakes boaters, anglers, and officials very
anxious. They want to know how the fish avoided a series of three electric
barriers placed in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal 37 miles from Lake
Michigan specifically to keep such invasive species out of the Great Lakes.
According to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee, a coalition