Tense battle between fisherman and huge water snake over fish (photos)

Tense battle between fisherman and huge water snake over fish (photos)

- Fisherman had a nasty fight with water snake over fish

- He was on a fishing expedition when he met hungry Mr Snake

- He says he wasn’t in mood for a fight, but the snake kept pushing him

- The reptile was stealing and eating his catch. That upset him

Let’s face it! Man and snake can hardly be friends. One almost always sees the other as an enemy that should be kept off at all cost. But still, encounters between these two creatures happen often.

Bob Howard, a 54-year-old fisherman from Boone, met hungry Mr Snake while on fishing expedition on Rathbun Lake, Appanoose County. It wasn’t one of the peaceful encounters.

“The snake came from nowhere and latched on my fishing line. Initially, I thought it was some very big fish, but it showed itself. I ignored it and continued fishing,” recalls Howard.

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Tense battle between fisherman and huge water snake over fish (photos)

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The snake came up again and moved close to Howard. He says he hit its head using the fishing pole to make it go away. It went under water then came back yet again, this time much closer to the fisherman.

“It was following my fishing bobber. Then I made a catch. But as I tried to get hold of it, the snake beat me to it,” says Howard, adding that at this point he got angry.

All along, the aggressive snake was busy stealing and eating Howard’s fish. So after he found out what was going on, he tried to wrestle the catch with snake, leading to a deadly tug of war between the two. The snake won.

The nuisance water reptile, according to the fisherman, was roughly 1.8 meters. It was almost as tall as he was.

“Part of its body remained in water so I didn’t quite see the whole body,” says Howard.

Tense battle between fisherman and huge water snake over fish (photos)

Photo: Bob Howard/Special to the Register.

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The incident caught the attention of Karen Kinkead from the Department of Natural Resources who commented that the snake in question is non-venomous northern water snake.

Karen says this particular snake doesn't fear people and can equally deliver a bite despite being non-venomous.

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