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Hawaii angler pulled overboard by ‘huge fish’

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Crazy, time to invent a quick release for offshore harnesses, But man Leonardo DiCaprio really let himself go

 

 

 

Mark Knittle, 63, was fishing with a friend about four miles beyond the Honaunau Boat Ramp when the pre-dawn incident occurred, according to Hawaii News Now.

Knittle, from the community of Captain Cook, had just hooked the tuna and told his friend, “The fish is huge,” moments before going over the rail.

It was not clear whether Knittle was harnessed to his rod and reel and fishing with a super-tight drag, which could explain how he could be pulled overboard.

 

The friend tried to grab the line and also jumped overboard to try to reach Knittle before he vanished underwater.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Hawaii Island police have opened a missing person case involving Knittle, who is 5 feet 10, weighs 185 pounds, and has curly brown hair and a white mustache and beard.

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Sheety way to go.

My survival instincts prevent me from ever strapping myself to a big fish.

Theres gotta be a safer way.

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3 mins ago, valentine said:

Sheety way to go.

My survival instincts prevent me from ever strapping myself to a big fish.

Theres gotta be a safer way.

Yeah, eff that lol. 

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Posted (edited)

That story is nuts, and apparently true.

 

Foul play?

 

An angler soooooooooooooooooo inexperienced (or panicked?) that they didn't have the presence of mind to just hit the drag lever?

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2 mins ago, valentine said:

Sheety way to go.

My survival instincts prevent me from ever strapping myself to a big fish.

Theres gotta be a safer way.

only used a back harness once on a Blue marlin and if that drag locked up no doubt I would go over

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Just now, FishermanTim said:

Yeah, it's always a good idea to attach yourself to the fishing equipment and not to the chair.

 

Chair holds rods, we never used the chair, ever

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3 mins ago, JoeyZac said:

That story is nuts, and apparently true.

 

Foul play?

 

An angler soooooooooooooooooo inexperienced (or panicked?) that they didn't have the presence of mind to just hit the drag lever?

Maybe he hit it on board and backlashed it.  

 

But to your point, no presence of mind to hit the clips on the belt?

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Just now, Tom T said:

Maybe he hit it on board and backlashed it.  

 

But to your point, no presence of mind to hit the clips on the belt?

Older harnesses have clips like a keychain for a belt loop, as his feet go skyward i'd imagine your mind just says Ohhh ****....

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Probably didn't sit into it, went straight legged and over the stern into the drink 

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Perhaps.  But then in the 2 minutes I would guess of being in the water maybe a normal person would figure a way to get the clips off.

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Just now, Tom T said:

Perhaps.  But then in the 2 minutes I would guess of being in the water maybe a normal person would figure a way to get the clips off.

Perhaps, would never want to find out

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