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   Undertoad  Wednesday Mar 30 04:52 PM

3/30/2005: Catfish eats basketball



Axlrosen sent this along, and I think it's making the rounds now even though it's apparently almost a year old. But it's Snopes-verified:

Quote:
From Panama to the Great Lakes, Bill Driver's done pretty well fishing over the past 50 years.

Now he's wondering if he'd have done even better with a different kind of bait. "I never considered using a kid's basketball," Driver said. "Maybe I should have."

Friday afternoon, Driver was standing on the deck of his house near 119th Street West and Central when he saw an eight-inch ball floating in Sandalwood Lake.

Noticing the ball wasn't floating normally, Driver wandered to his dock for a closer look. A catfish had its mouth stuck around the ball.

Driver hollered for his wife, Pam, to get a camera while he unrigged the sail from his nine-foot boat, wading into the lake and corralling the fish toward shore with the sail as a seine.

Several times, the flathead tried to dive, only to have the ball buoy it back to the surface.

The fish appeared to be exhausted and offered little resistance once in the shallows.

Things may have gone easier had the fish the strength to struggle.

"I just couldn't pull that ball out of its mouth," Driver said. "I was lifting up out of the water as best I could by the ball. I finally sent my wife to the house to get a knife."

Driver carefully deflated the ball. Estimated at 50 pounds, the fish swam toward the deepest part of the lake.









Happy Monkey  Wednesday Mar 30 04:59 PM

It forgot rule #1: Never eat anything bigger than your head.



dar512  Wednesday Mar 30 05:04 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
It forgot rule #1: Never eat anything bigger than your head.
Oh, I don't know. The La Bamba chain of mexican restaurants does pretty well selling "Burritos as big as your head".


lookout123  Wednesday Mar 30 05:28 PM

i'm not normally a warm and fuzzy "save the (fill in the blank)" guy, but i think it is pretty cool that this guy used his knife to deflate the ball rather than snag a really nice trophy to show the guys and brag about.



Trilby  Wednesday Mar 30 05:56 PM

I still think that guy should be getting some wishes. It's clearly a magickal catfish!!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Mar 30 07:08 PM

The inside of that Cat's maw is rough as sandpaper so food doesn't squirt out.
Worked against him (her?) this time, though.
I'm with Brianna, the guy deserves a wish of two.



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Mar 30 07:22 PM

The fish got away on a technicality. It couldn't offer the wishes, since its mouth was full. Once its mouth was available, it was free, so it got off scott free!



BigV  Wednesday Mar 30 07:42 PM

deja vu



Undertoad  Wednesday Mar 30 07:49 PM

D'oh! Sorry 404, I missed your post!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Mar 30 08:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
The fish got away on a technicality. It couldn't offer the wishes, since its mouth was full. Once its mouth was available, it was free, so it got off scott free!
No, no, no, just because the dude chose to release the fish in that manner doesn't make it an escape.
The guy had the fish dead to rights and chose to set it free, BUT he did not relinquish his right to fish for the old boy (girl?) tomorrow.

So kay UT, bigger coverage.


Undertoad  Wednesday Mar 30 08:40 PM



There, I've made up for stealing 404's idea.

Fish are stupid, and deserve to be laughed at.



BigV  Wednesday Mar 30 08:46 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad


There, I've made up for stealing 404's idea.

Fish are stupid, and deserve to be laughed at.
Nice one... the picscene pushmepushyou... cool.


capnhowdy  Wednesday Mar 30 09:30 PM

OMAGOLL......... it's a fish eat fish world.
I reckon we'll call the latter images, .........well ,..34 1/2.......
Let me preappologize. Always the sexual angle.
Fish ARE stupid. Too stupid to have sex.
......I think the whale people are coming...........



capnhowdy  Wednesday Mar 30 09:31 PM

maybe if both fish hurled..........



404Error  Wednesday Mar 30 10:01 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
D'oh! Sorry 404, I missed your post!
Quite alright, UT. The fish eating fish pic more than made up for it!


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