WFN's Top Catches: Grenade Fishing Goes Wrong, Naughty Bait Shop, Bad Bald Eagle
It’s been a while, but we’re back! Welcome to another collection of mind-blowing and unbelievable tales – that’s right, it’s WFN’s Top Catches!
The Thieving Eagle
The bald eagle is one of the most majestic and awe-inspiring birds in the world, but who would have thought that it could also be a conniving thief? Case in point: angler Bruce Huntley was recently fishing in Washington’s Lake Padden when he hooked onto a rainbow trout. As he began reeling the fish in, he was stunned and started when a bald eagle swooped in and tried to take the fish. Apparently, this particular eagle has made a habit of doing this, and it’s even picky about the size of the fish that it goes after. You have to think that this eagle’s actions have ruffled the feathers of several anglers.
Therein Lies the Rub
Let’s face it: sometimes, people get upset over small, miniscule things. However, in this story, about a small-town Virginia bait shop, it’s pretty clear as to why the residents of Orange are up in arms. After all, when the name of said bait shop is the “Orange County Master Bait Shop”….well, let’s be honest, nothing else really needs to be said. There are some who apparently think this is staged, and it very well could be, but it’s still a funny story. Let’s just hope that a compromise can eventually be reached, and that the town council doesn’t argue about it until they go blind.
Down With the Ship?
They say that a certain kind of bond exists between a skipper and his boat, and this story certainly seems to be evidence of this. Stan Bennett, a shrimp boat captain in St. John’s, Newfoundland, recently passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. The day that he was to be buried, his family got word that Bennett’s fishing boat, which was tied up at a wharf, was taking on water. Eventually, the boat sank, causing Bennett’s family to call the entire situation “spooky.” Since the reason behind the boat’s sinking has yet to be discovered, that seems like a pretty appropriate description.
They Blew It
Apparently, there is something out there called “grenade fishing,” and it’s exactly what it sounds like – you throw a grenade into the water, and when it explodes, you collect the stunned and/or dead fish that float to the surface. Clearly, this is an absurd, barbaric, and downright stupid practice. That being said, you may feel a small degree of satisfaction when you read this story and watch the above video. Two Russian men found out the hard way that grenade fishing is dangerous when the grenade that they dropped into the water exploded earlier than anticipated. Now, don’t worry – they weren’t killed, or even badly hurt. But you can bet that they were sore for a few days afterwards.