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Rebel Yell
09-17-2009, 09:04 AM
A R-eel Fish Story
Two weeks ago a group of four men, Steve Hoyland Jr. with friends Bruce, Ken and Erik, set off on an overnight
offshore fishing trip. They left at noon on a Tuesday and went about 120 miles out into the Gulf.
They were having a great
night of fishing, catching
big snapper, grouper, ling
and kings. About 3 am,
two of them went down
below to catch some sleep.
The two remaining on
deck were catching fish
and drinking beer, enjoying
the warm tropical
night air.
All at once, Bruce got a
big run on his line. This
thing went all around the
boat and took more than
twenty minutes to bring up
to the surface. When they
got it up to the surface,
they could not tell what it
was. It looked prehistoric.
Steve Jr. put a gaff in it
and the two men dragged
it aboard the 33 foot boat.
As soon the big creature
hit the deck, it went crazy,
attacking them. It was an
eel over 6 feet long,
weighing close to 100
pounds. It had a mouth
full of sharp teeth and was
extremely pissed off.
The eel was later estimated
to be sixty years
old. Bruce said it came at
him and Steve, Jr. like an
anaconda, rearing it’s
head up and striking at them like a rattlesnake. It was highly agitated and quite energetic.
In the midst of thrashing around, the creature fell down below onto the floor between the two sleeping men, Erik
and Ken. When they heard the thud and turned on the light, the eel raised it’s head right above Ken’s face. Erik
rolled over and grabbed his 9 mm pistol. Steve Jr. started yelling. “Don’t shoot the gun in the boat! We’re 120
miles from land!” Next thing you know, all four fishermen were on the deck and the gigantic eel had sole possession
of the bottom of the boat.
The four needed to work up a plan of action, so they drank beer while considering a strategy. It was determined
that Steve Jr. would distract the eel because he had drank the most alcohol and believed he was bulletproof. He
opened up the sliding door down below to see what the “monster” was doing. As the door opened, the eel came up
the two steps biting at anything along the way. The four brave men then ran to the wheel house like women and
slammed the door shut. They never did identify which one of them screamed like a girl.
Inside the wheelhouse, they started calming down and decided they would drink a couple more beers. Then they
hatched a new battle plan. Steve Jr. went out on the deck to get the beast’s attention. The eel attacked and Steve
Jr. climbed up on top of the captain’s chair. Ken threw a blanket on top of the giant eel while Erik and Bruce beat
the hell out of it with a steel gaff and a large ice chest lid. After the creature was finally subdued, they put it into a
large ice chest, and closed the lid on it.
The four brave sailors all got themselves a beer and were laughing at the situation when the lid of the ice chest was
suddenly knocked off and the eel sprang out onto the deck and resumed his attack.. Bruce stated that the eel was
clearly out for vengeance. The four men each picked up something and the fight was on. After beating the creature
with gaffs, ice chest lids and fire extinguishers again, they once more subdued the massive carnivore and put it
back into the ice chest. This time, they tied the lid down and put another ice chest on top of that one.
Eighteen hours later they returned to the dock and started unloading the boat. None of them was anxious to open
the lid to the ice chest, in fact, they did “rock, paper, scissors” to determine who would pop the lid!
Above is a picture of Bruce Gordy with the eel that he caught and bravely fought in that epic and desperate battle
for control on the high seas. (Steve Hoyland, Sr.)

Picture at the link.....http://seabreezenews.com/issue/Page_01c.pdf

patriot45
09-17-2009, 09:25 AM
Good one! I liked the beer parts, best way to solve serious problems!

I once had about a 3 foot cobia brought on the boat when I thought he was done in, boy was I wrong! It went ballistic, Lotta fun trying to get out of each others way and a thrahing mad fish on an 18' boat!