It’s gratifying for anglers when fish are cooperative, but for three Florida fishermen a 40-pound great barracuda was a bit too accommodating, having launched itself through the air and onto their small boat. Chaos ensued, understandably, as the hooked fish soared over angler Kevin Faver’s right shoulder and began to flop wildly on the deck.
Faver, Brad Deckard and Bill Pollackov were fishing off St. Augustine for a cable television program titled, “Tails From the Outdoors Show.”
In a longer version of the video, there’s much more banter. Faver can be heard exclaiming, “He went over my head dude, and it was like, ‘Oh my God.’ “
To which came Deckhard’s response, “I’m only laughing because we’re all still alive and we don’t have to go to the hospital.” Pollackov was the cameraman.
To be sure, the situation could have turned ugly had the errant fish struck any of the anglers. Great barracuda are slender and incredibly speedy, and perhaps most known for their frightening appearance, made so by a projecting lower jaw lined with razor sharp teeth.
The fishermen also were fortunate that the “cuda” wasn’t a larger specimen. They’re known to reach lengths of five-plus feet and can weigh 100-plus pounds.