Friday, August 04, 2006

It Bleeds; We Can Kill It

This from the Daily Mail:
Angler speared by a giant fish

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.
The 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.

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.


Anonymous said...

The Marlin was just doing "Catch and Release".

Anonymous said...

I guess the marlin would call that sport "Speer manning" or to be politically correct "Speer personing"...whatever
is there the rest of the story? Did the guy recover? I can see you and Tequila in you body armor sweating like Hell..Please remember to drink plenty of FLUIDS........Rick Bane

Anonymous said...

Fishign in Bulet Proof vests! If you do that make sure you film it for yoru show. That's too funny.Would that be considered "combat fishing"? And if so could we expect to see that evolve into "practical fishing" as the term "combat" become too politically incorrect?

Anonymous said...

Body Armor!!! Hemingway would never have worn body armor. In fact Hemingway would probably have not worn a shirt.

IT's all about facing the beast with courage, not like a wimp. Staring death in the eye and see who blinks.

Would you run with the bulls on an ATV?

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that these giant fish are virtually unregulated. I hope the federal government can do something about this growing epidemic.