Msg 1 Posted: 04:42 PM 02/04/08 (CST)
I thought this was pretty funny.|
Angler discovers that fishing is for the birds
By DOUG SMITH, Star Tribune
February 2, 2008
Guy Collier went fishing for northerns last weekend -- and nearly snagged himself an eagle.
Collier caught a 2-pound northern on Island Lake, near Moose Lake in northern Minnesota, then left it on the ice while he retrieved pliers from his truck to unhook the fish.
"The eagle swooped down, picked it up and took off," said Collier, 57, of Kettle River.
The eagle quickly peeled off the line, then dragged it and the wooden tip-up across the lake. The thief landed occasionally to munch on the fish. Collier chased after it on foot -- to no avail.
"Every time I got close, he'd take off," Collier said with a chuckle. "The third time, I decided to go back and get my truck."
Collier was fishing with friend Denny Lindorff of Moose Lake, who witnessed the escapade. He said he didn't care about losing the small northern or his tip-up.
"I was more concerned that the eagle would hook himself," he said.
But even with his truck, Collier couldn't get close to the eagle, so he swung around and came at it from the opposite direction.
"I kind of headed it off," he said. "He finally let go of it and flew up in a tree."
Collier unhooked his fish, which had peck marks, and drove back to his fishing spot. "And that eagle came back," Collier said.
He decided the persistent eagle wanted the fish more than he did.
"I threw the fish out for him. It took a little bit, but he finally got brave enough and swooped down and took it.
"It was pretty cool."