Every fisherman has that story about the one that got away. But Jack Wiseman’s tops them all.
Jack Wiseman, fisherman: “It went quick and the rod went down, the captain tried to throw in another hook into the water and cross over the line.”
But it disappeared to the bottom of the Gulf.
Among the hundreds of the world’s best tarpon fisherman at Boca Grande Pass, Wiseman this weekend stands out in his bright green shirt. Did you notice what it says on the back? He’s a Wounded Warrior.
Rudy Salas, Wounded Warrior Project: “We watched it happen and we said, ‘Did you see that? His arm’s gone.’”
Wiseman: “I have a special prosthetic that’s got difference devices I can hook onto it…And 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.”
Salas: “For us it was funny, and that was the biggest thing. We said. ‘You’re gonna be a legend, you’re the only guy that lost an arm out here yesterday.’”