Angler speared by a giant fishThe last time my Sweetie went to the SHOT Show, she found a t-shirt that read: If it can't kill you, it's not sport.
When he saw a companion on his boat hook a giant fish during a sea angling contest, Ian Card was delighted.
Next second, the scene of triumph turned to horror - as the 14ft blue marlin leapt out of the water across the vessel and speared Mr Card through the chest with its spiked bill.
The impact of the 800lb fish knocked him overboard into the Atlantic off Bermuda.
I have this vision of that 14-foot marlin deep in the ocean, talking to a conclave of other marlin, sailfish, groupers with spears, etc., explaining how to skewer fishermen. Hey, all you gotta do is wound 'em and let Brother Shark finish 'em off!
Think about it...Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea, instead of short novel, could have been a short paragraph:
He was an old man, and he fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream until he was skewered by a inexplicably pissed-off giant marlin whose ivory spike took the old man just below his brittle breastbone and stopped his aged heart forever. "I wish I had taken the women," he was thinking as the great fish rose out of the deep. Then, "Holy crap!"Tequlia and I will be competing in The Outdoor Channel billfishing tournament down in the Keys after the 2007 SHOT Show. We'll both be wearing body armor, just in case.