Fisherman loses arm, found later still hooked to fish

7:46 AM, May 28, 2012   |    comments
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BOCA GRANDE, Fla. (WINK) - Every fisherman has a story about the one that got away. But Jack Wiseman's tops them all.

"It went quick and the captain tried to throw in another hook to cross the line," said Wiseman, who was taking part in the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series at Boca Grande Pass this weekend.

But Wiseman isn't a professional fisherman. Instead he's an amateur. One of eight Wounded Warriors invited to fish with the professional teams during the Memorial Day Weekend Tournament. And this story isn't about a fish.

"We watched it happen," said Rudy Salas, one of Wiseman's friends, "and we said 'did you see that, his arm's gone.'"

Wiseman has a prosthetic arm and Saturday morning he was reeling in a tarpon when the fish proved too much.

"All of a sudden 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," said Wiseman.

But unlike most fishing stories, this one has a happy ending.

"Somebody else hooked that same fish and our rod, with my hand, was still attached and they brought it back to us. So that's my fishing story."

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