For Jack Wiseman, the one that got away was a mighty tarpon that happened to escape with with the angler’s prosthetic hand. Remarkably, another angler later reeled in the same tarpon with the limb still attached.
This incredible fishing tale was spawned during a Memorial Day holiday tarpon tournament off Boca Grande, Florida. Wiseman was one of eight Wounded Warriors invited to compete as amateurs in the prestigious Professional Tarpon Tournament Series event.
Things happened quickly after Wiseman had hooked the ferocious tarpon. “All of a sudden the hand snapped off the prosthetic device, still hooked to the rod, and the rod and the reel and the hand went down into the water,” Wiseman told Wink News Now, a CBS affiliate.
Even though hundreds were entered in the competition, the chances of anyone hooking the same tarpon were extremely low.
But that’s what happened, and when the fish was reeled up, the fishing rod and Wiseman’s hand were still attached.
“Somebody else hooked that same fish, and our rod — with my hand — was still attached, and they brought it back to us,” Wiseman said. “So that’s my fishing story.”