This reminds me of a surfcaster's tale (which I believe to be true) that has circulated on striper Internet forums for years. A guy was tossing a plug on a rough night in Jersey. He gets a "strike" and can't budge the fish. Thinking he's into the bass of a lifetime, he plays it carefully. When a wave finally rolls his catch up on the sand, he turns on his flashlight and sees his lure hooked on a woman's body that had been severed at the torso. After soiling himself, he found out it was just half a manikin that was floating in the surf. Can you imagine?