On an ideal day, you wake up early to gorgeous weather. You put on your Maven Fly pullover, grab your rod, flies and you’re out the door for a day of serious fly fishing. When you arrive at your favorite haunt, you’re alone, and the sun is just starting to come up. You’re on point today, and every cast is flawless. You hardly have to wait before you feel that tug on your line, and you easily get the fish to eat your fly. In no time, you’re pulling in something that feels … strange.
What could possibly be on the end of your line? Here we’ve listed some of the most bizarre catches in fishing history:
Having a bat day. Fly fisherman Mike Wilson reported catching a bat during a fishing trip in the Great Smokey Mountains. Bats sometimes fly around streams and lakes trying to catch the same insects trout eat. The bat must have mistaken the angler’s fly for the real thing, because it took hold. Wilson was able to release the bat without doing it any harm.
Crime fighting catch. This one goes way back, but in 1935 Australian anglers Albert and Charles Hobson caught a 14-foot tiger shark off the coast of Sydney. The brothers took the shark to the nearby Coogee Aquarium, but after a week in captivity, the shark turned up something even more outrageous. It vomited up a human arm right in front of a group of tourists visiting the aquarium! The arm had rope tied to its wrist as well as a rare tattoo that allowed it to be identified as the arm of Jimmy Smith, a former boxer. Smith had been working as a police informant and was killed by a group he was trying to blackmail.
Two for one. According to the World Fishing Network, there is a popular photo that has been circulating the Internet for a decade now. It features a two-headed fish, definitely one of the most interesting catches ever! While the photo is often used in marketing for campaigns against toxic water chemicals, WFN only has one question: If you catch a two-headed fish, does it count as one toward your limit or two?