When youâ€™re fighting a fish on rod and reel, itâ€™s easy to get distracted. Youâ€™re thinking about one thing and one thing only: Getting the fish in the boat. And sometimes thatâ€™s best accomplished by reaching down and lipping the fish with your bare hands.
There are times when you’ll want to think twice before doing that, however. The rivers, lakes and saltwater environs of the Western Hemisphere are home to many fish that have mouths studded with row after row of wicked teeth.
Lip one of these toothy swimmersÂ and you may find yourself getting stitched up in the emergency room. In fact, a bad encounter with one of these flesh eaters could leave you minus a finger or two…or even a hand.
Beware, these bad ass fish bite.
Writer Jim Spencer gave a vivid account of one bowfin encounter.â€śIt was possibly the most violent strike Iâ€™ll ever see in my life, regardless of the species,â€ť he said. â€śNo white marlin ever slashed a trolled skipjack any harder than when that grinnel hit my fast-moving spinner. The water around the lure erupted like a miniature volcano â€¦ I set the hook purely out of fright.â€ť Donâ€™t land one with a lip-lock. If you do, thereâ€™s a good probability youâ€™ll come away missing a digit.
About the Author
With a resumĂ© listing more than 3,800 magazine, newspaper and website articles about fishing, hunting, wildlife and conservation, Keith â€śCatfishâ€ť Sutton of Alexander, Ark., has established a reputation as one of the countryâ€™s best-known outdoor writers. In 2012, he was enshrined in the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Communicator. The 12 books heâ€™s written are available through hisÂ website.