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Bonavista, Newfoundland Cod Fishing

October 9, 2013 by  

Bonavista, Newfoundland Cod Fishing, He may not have needed a bigger boat, but Fred Humber has a tall tale to tell about a weekend encounter on the water.

Unlike many fish stories, however, this one is true – and Humber has the video to prove it.

It was, Humber says, a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” – one that was “totally unexpected.”

The Spaniard’s Bay, N.L., man was out jigging for cod just off Fortune Harbour with his nephew Troy Humber and his nephew’s friend, Kirk Smith.

The Newfoundland recreational fishery opened over the weekend, and the fishing was “absolutely fantastic.”

It didn’t take them long to approach their quota, and the cod were big. “Not the wimpy little ones,” Humber said.

Definitely not wimpy, as he would soon find out.

“I dropped the line down again,” Humber recalled. “It hit bottom, and I pulled it up maybe a couple of feet. I gave it a yank, and said, ‘Gee, I’ve got bottom there, I’ve got a log or something.'”

But it wasn’t a log.

“It was a strange thing, because suddenly, this log started to move . I haven’t felt anything like that on my jigger in my life. All of a sudden, it really got bizarre.”

His first thought was that he had hooked a huge cod.

As he struggled, his nephew Troy started to poke fun, saying he was doing an awful lot of grunting and groaning, and asking if he needed help.

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