Fishing on Vandekerckhove Lake in Manitoba last summer, as a guest of Wolverine Lodge and the nearby town of Lynn Lake, I had a most unusual catch. I was reeling in a Little Cleo when it got snagged on what I figured was a pile of weeds. It turned out to be a bunch of discarded fishing line. I reached down to untangle my hook and started to pull in the rest of the broken line when I felt a tug on the other end.
“No way,” I thought to myself, “was that a headshake?” Sure enough, after a brief turn at handlining I hauled in a decent walleye. My guide, Brandon Bettschen, mentioned that another angler at the lodge had complained of being broken off in the same area the day before. I slipped the jig from the fish’s mouth and let it go to fight another day. I met the unlucky angler later that evening and told him that I finished the job for him then joked that I would mark him down for an assist.I guess it’s just more proof that you never know what you’re gonna get when you start casting.
There’s certainly no shortage of tales on the Web about strange things that anglers have reeled in. I recently went fishing for a few of them. Here’s a small sampling:
If you’ve got a strange catch story, let us know.