A wounded veteran lost his rod and prosthetic hand during a tug-of-war with a fish at a Memorial Day weekend tournament honoring members of the armed services, but got it back when another fisherman caught the fish that pulled it off.
Jack Wiseman told ABC News Orlando affiliate WFTV about his ultimate fishing story.
“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,” he said.
The captain of Wiseman’s boat tried to stop the fish by throwing out another hook, he said, but his efforts were fruitless.
The amateur fisherman was one of eight wounded warriors who were given the opportunity to ride in competing boats at the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series in Boca Grande, Fla., on Sunday and the only one to lose (and regain) a hand.
Thankfully, a rival fisherman later reeled in the same fish and found Wiseman’s hand was still attached to the rod.
The tournament is one of the world’s largest live-release tarpon fishing tournaments, according to the World Fishing Network.