Typically when you’re out ice fishing you have a pretty good idea of what you’re going to pull out of the ice. Depending on the lake and region there’s a handful of species you might be targeting, and it’s likely that you’ll catch only those species. However, these bros got a bite and reeled in a pissed off duck from underneath the ice, and that’s not something you’re going to see very often.
Thankfully for the duck the fish hook was only wrapped around its body and snagged onto the fishing line. Therefore all they had to do in order to release the duck back into the wild was untangle the hook from the line. No harm, no foul.
Now this has me thinking about what’s the weirdest thing you bros have caught when fishing? I’ve reeled in a horseshoe crab and stingrays down in Florida, a 5-foot moray eel in Costa Rica, but never anything like a duck before. But what about you bros, what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever caught? Answers down below in the comments.
Here’s a little more on this rare and strange catch from Pennsylvania, USA Today reports:
A group of friends were ice fishing in Pennsylvania when they made a surprise catch this week. Instead of finding a fish on the other end of the line, a man pulled a bird out of the ice.
Nicholas Colangelo filmed the clip of his friend, Fred Christensen, pulling in the bird and untangling it from the fishing line, according to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.
“My jaw hit the floor when it came out of the ice hole,” Colangelo told KDKA-TV.
Red-breasted merganser ducks like the one Colangelo caught are common in Pennsylvania and stay under water while looking for food, reports KDKA-TV.