When fisherman Eddie Grant reeled in a fluke that took his bait in Raritan Bay, he got more – and a bit less – than he expected.
It's not your average fish story... the fish were biting the day when Eddie Grant of Middletown, NJ felt a tug on his line. Grant, who was fishing from his friend's boat in Raritan Bay just off Keyport, proceeded to reel in a fish like nothing he had hooked before: an 18.5-inch long fluke with a large, crescent-shaped bite in its belly the size of Grant's fist!
“We were all shocked and could not believe what he looked like,” explained the 45-year-old Grant to Carly Baldwin of the Woodbridge Patch. Fish bite other fish all the time, of course, but this was VERY different. “It was not a fresh bite,” stated Grant, “he was healthy and healed – just missing a large part of his body.”
Grant has seen a lot in a lifetime of fishing in Raritan Bay but this wily survivor takes the cake. “Mother Nature is incredible and he must be a tough fish,” said Grant, who figures the fluke was chomped by a large bluefish or a shark but managed to escape, though not unscathed.
Touched by the creature's indomitable perseverance, Grant unhooked the fluke and tossed it back into the bay though not before snapping a couple of pictures first... this was one fish story that required “pics or it didn't happen” evidence.