Fishing is a hobby that men and women like to partake in. From the calming, soothing splashes of the waves to the adventurous tugs of a fishing line, heading out to the lake can be both relaxing and rewarding. However, a fisherman from Fair Grove, Missouri was shocked at what he reeled in.
Little did he know that he would find a mole with his fish.
Read more to find out.
Monroe Mackinney is from Fair Grove Missouri in the United States of America. He was casually fishing on his parents’ 8-acre pond when he encountered something a little unique.
The 22-year-old reeled in a two-for-one catch after three hours of fishing on his parents’ property. He was about to head home after a day of fishing but decided to ‘send out a few more casts.’
He was so shocked at what he found that he nearly threw his catch back into the water. Upon closer inspection, he realized there was a mole inside of the fish’s mouth!
In an interview, he said: ‘I went to lip him so I could remove my hook and that’s when I saw something in its mouth. I didn’t know what it was and I almost dropped the fish back in the water.’
He continued on by saying: ‘I had no idea how the bass got a hold of a mole. I was speechless. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.’
‘I knew I had a once-in-a-lifetime catch and I couldn’t pass up the chance to get a few pictures of it.’
Monroe has stated that the mole had died but he later released the fish (after snapping the pictures of course.) Although moles generally live underground they do tend to surface after floods.
Moles are strong swimmers and will feed on small fish and mollusks. A bass will eat a mole depending on its size. The viral photos, however, show the mole had desperately attempted to flee.