Talk about one that got away.
Roger Proulx lives in Bayou Vista in one of those houses with a boat slip out back. And yes, he loves fishing, goes out on the water maybe once every week.
Proulx went fishing on Saturday morning and got the biggest bite he had ever felt from a seven-foot black tip shark that he figured weighed about 200 pounds. His big catch became the fight of his life with a fish that dragged his kayak miles into the Gulf.
“Well, I didn’t know it was a shark at the time,” Proulx said. “My line just bent right in half. And I was enjoying it. I was so happy, I was like, ‘Oh yes, this is great.’”
He enjoyed it until he glanced back to shore and noticed the buildings looked tiny on the horizon.
“The thing is, it started setting the drag a little tighter and all of a sudden my kayak starts going deeper and deeper, like into the middle of the ocean,” Proulx recalled. “So then I started going, ‘Holy smokes. This is unbelievable. This is crazy.”