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the eel story

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fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: September 21, 2009 12:25AM

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, enjoy- ing 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 esti- mated 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 posses-
sion 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 crea-
ture 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.
Onyma Report This Comment
Date: September 21, 2009 12:48AM

Cool story and I bet it put up one hell of a fight, but there's no way that thing weighs "close to 100 pounds" smiling
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: September 21, 2009 12:54AM

that's what i was thinking, he couldn't hold it out like that.
Onyma Report This Comment
Date: September 21, 2009 12:58AM

Maybe they beat 75 pounds off of it smiling
smiley I'm sure everything seems a little wilder too with a few brewskies in ya in the middle of the night smiling
smiley Either way I don't think I'd want to see one come up on my line.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/09/2009 12:59AM by Onyma.