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in the last picture that poor girl looked traumatized standin next to that cuda.
She had some nasty wounds there.
Can't imagine somethin like that it's such a rare and probably hopefully an once in a lifetimes experience
Yeah, I think just about anyone short of Rambo would have been traumatized.
Yeah, she definitely doesn't look thrilled posing for that last shot. Poppa might've been pushing it on that one. Poor kid - that's gonna leave some nasty scars.
Oh wow, poor kid!!
Scars both on her mind and in her head... Honestly, though, as a parent - are you really thinking "Hey let's get a picture!" when your kid got attacked by a 'cuda? I mean, judging by the pictures her arm had stopped bleeding and all, but she's still a kid for cryin' out loud...
The deck space shrinks real quick when they start thrashing around with that mouth open. And sitting on the rail or anywhere in a small boat when people are fishing is like sitting on the foul line at a baseball game. If you're not paying attention things can go south in a hurry.
It's a result of the BP oil spill. The fish are striking back!
Agree with jakenbake 100% - if it was my kid I would have set speed record for getting back to land and on to a hospital. To hell with the fish!
Just want to clarify a few things....I know that photo looks horrible...I was there that day...By the time we got to shore..she was joking ,calm and no bleeding..she didn't even cry...on the other hand I was the basket case...she was telling me to calm down..a photo can say a 1000 words...I know that believe me...she laughs about the photo herself and framed it...her stitches are out.. she's fine..it healed nice..It will be a day we will never forget...She loves the ocean and she's right back to her old self....On my end...I scream at every fish that swims by ..
By the way..We flew to shore as fast as possible... it was one snapshot..and the rest was taken by others on the dock..My Husband stayed behind ... She was already at the hospital!!!!!
Kudos to Dad and Wira for keeping their heads on straight. Wira got out of harms way and Dad killed the fish then cut the anchor rope (instead of pulling up the anchor) and headed for shore and medical help. Mom and the friend were a big help jumping up on seats and screaming (screaming always helps to calm an injured person) Yeah again KUDOS to Dad.
I think this story is amazing! I believe the parents reaction was great.... I just can't believe the fish are biting back! Glad to hear the little girl is doing great! Brave girl and brave parents. YAY!
Tim Bedore is right. There is an animal conspiracy!
Thet guy is a True Fisherman.
Doing a Grip N Grin before going to the Emergency Room!
She order've slugged him.
Don Corleone sends a message to the other barracuda. Mess with us and you sleep with the humans.
a new method of take for cuda...
freakin nuts man! i'd be screaming like baby! I accidently hooked myself last weekend and I was more upset than that kid. . .
I would of had to get a picture with the fish too. hehe Good pics. Strong girl! Had to hurt.
ouch! she's a tough girl
what a mess, just happy that she is going to be O.K.
Ok so I have a few boring scars I have to make up cool war stories. This girl has that covered. "Hey how did you get that scar?" "Well, you see I was attacked by a fish....." As for the pictures, c'mon as some have said it is a once in a lifetime event and she was not in a life threatening situation. If you had been there and seen her calmness and cool head, 30 seconds to take a dock picture is not unreasonable. Besides when people don't believe her "fishing" story she has the proof. So until you have been ravaged by a barracuda leave her and her parents decision alone.
That is awesome to say the least. I am glad she took it well and is in good spirits. I hope it doesn't stop her from enjoying the waters. I bet it hurt and am pleased to hear she is doing well.
The last picture is classic.
I once had a 12 inch cuda flopping around the bottom of my brother-in-law's boat and I was wearing flip flops at the time. I can not even imagine a 42 incher. *shudder* You GO, Girl! That's one hell of a fish story for the future with the scars to match!
See noodleing is a good fishing tactic. Lol joking I hope she is alright and I i were the father i would have the fish mounted.
I love the "Proud Papa" look in the last pic! A true fisherman would've hauled the anchor, not cut the line. Relax folks, hysteria just makes a bad situation worse.
Once the heavy bleeding stops, sit down, stay hydrated, and you have up to 12 hours or so to get the wound sutured. Heck if Mom wasn't having a cow, Dad could have caught a few more fish! I'm kidding!! Besides kids are tougher than you give them credit for. I know this firsthand:
About a month after my sixth birthday, my neighbors shepherd/husky mix tore my cheek nearly off my face. If I hadn't been wearing my glasses, I probably would have lost my left eye. As we had been walking in the woods, the neighbor (an elderly man) had to hustle the dog home leaving me to walk the rest of the way home alone.
Luckily, the best pediatric plastic surgeon in the state was at the hospital, he stitched me up, just local anesthetic, it was too risky to put me under. Remember they were still learning about traumatic shock back then. two re-constructive operations, and 42 years later, and I still have the scars
Unfortunately, we were not so in touch with our feelings back in the 60's and 70's when I was in grade school, nor were we so politically correct. There were no therapy sessions, no coping strategies, and sadly, no sensitivity training for my classmates. Believe me, those scars run the deepest.
For those of you who think I'm whining, I'm not. Although I could and rightfully so. To you I say: If you have, or plan to have children, beware, and be prepared to be caught off guard. Accidents like mine happen in the blink of an eye.
I was a good kid, I did as I was told. My folks had told me many times: " Whatever you do, don't go near the neighbors dog (Midge) unless... Unless the owners are there, and say it's okay. If only they had left out the "Unless clause". Well the old man was walking Midge on a leash that day. I had already accompanied them on several previous occasions. This one just went very bad.
At some point, as I leaned in to pet her, she stopped to sniff the ground, she tensed, but even if I had understood her body language, it was too late to abort. My fingers barely touched her fur, and she "went off". She snapped four times before either I or the old man could react. My face was ravaged, and my life was inexorably changed in a single moment
It was reputed that a pack of feral dogs ran those woods. Perhaps we had crossed their path, or even happened on a scent mark. Whatever it was that she smelled, it put her on edge in an instant. I just pulled the trigger so to speak.
In case you are wondering: No, The dog was not euthanized. These people had already had two other dogs put down for biting. One victim was their own son. It just wouldn't have done any good. They would have just gotten another puppy, chained it to the same doghouse with the same 5 ft. chain and choker collar. No grass, no shade, and maybe once a month, a walk in the woods on the leash.
So when the judge asked me what I felt should happen to the animal, I said let them keep her, otherwise they'll just get another one. To be fair, it was 1968, and times were very different.
We lived in an old farmhouse on a corner lot with a dead-end side street. They lived on the other corner directly across the side street. There were no other neighbors nearby. Behind our house was a yard with a small barn and an apple tree. Behind that was stand of mature trees maybe 20-40 yards deep. Behind that were acres of farm fields probably 10-20 years fallow. The side street was originally the driveway to the farm, and led to these fields, which were now overgrown with scrub oak, black pines, and wild huckleberry. They were laced with trails, and seemed to go on forever.
With a feral pack roaming these trails, it is understandable, that an elderly couple would feel safer with a large dog in the yard. It is also understandable that without children to interact with, the dog would not be well socialized.
I turned out alright, although I owe the majority of my healing to the puppy we had gotten for Christmas just two months before my injury. My sisters were mortified when Mom and dad told them: "We don't know how your brother will come out of this. We might have to get rid of the puppy."
It was as if she knew that her existence in the family depended on me. She slept at the foot of my bed, and greeted me whenever I awoke. Mom said that she hardly left my side for the first month of my recouperation. It's kind of a blur to me, there was a lot of bandages, pain, pills, and sleeping. Sadly, She died in my arms 14+ years later. There have been two others, both well loved, and both passed on due to extreme old age. I miss them all, and I still greatly prefer dogs to people.
I apologize if I have been wordy. Once started, the story just sort of tumbled out. I left out the extraneous details, but it would have been grossly unfair to the other parties involved, both human and canine to tell only one side of the story... Karl
That is one lucky and brave young lady! Thank God it did not get her in the neck.
In addition, I feel for her dad who was thrown into an awful situation.
Hope they continue to fish together soon.
wow. karl, thet there's a good storie. i read the whole thing.
as for the poor girl, i glad she healed well, she's a good girl.
All I have to say here is that's one hell of a different way of noodling but hey it worked I wonder if there's a IGFA record for noodling?
Awww, she's so cute.
Dad.......put down the fish and take her to the hospital.....NOW!!!!!! Pictures later, please?
I guess the barracuda prefers jail-bait.
Crazy. Things can happen so fast. Brave kid, looks a tad scared in the last picture. Goes to show how things turn in the blink of an eye, even to kids.
i still think she is lucky, but what a good sport.
this type of thing could have happened to anyone. Someone else may have never gone back to the ocean the rest of thier life.
great story though.
wow this is terrible i could never something like this ever happening to me or someone i knew thank God she's ok.
The last picture is definitely the best with the combonation of the father and daughter. I've never seen two people have such different expressions in the same photo. Hilarious.
Thank God that poor Girl is okay! Forget the fish guy! That is your daughter!
i think that kids tougher than me! HOLY COW!
Every parent worst nightmare to see your child get hurt and you could not do anything about it.We all know it's all part of the outdoor sports.It's a chance we take when we take are kids along. I'm glad she's alright, and not scared of getting back into the sport. God bless.
When the fish dropped off her arm, Wira said the angled bites made her skin look like raw hamburger meat from the middle of her bicep to below her elbow. She was more scared than in pain, she said.
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