How long was this bird down there?
If you aren't familiar with Josh Jorgensen by this point, you're probably living under a rock, or perhaps some ice. He's become the face of saltwater fishing across all social media platforms and for good reason, as he certainly knows his stuff.
Usually on BlacktipH episodes, though, we see Jorgensen shark fishing or wrangling a Goliath grouper from a boat in Florida. In this particular video, he was ice fishing up north when he found himself in a bit of a predicament.
Instead of pulling up a monster fish, he ended up hooking into a diving duck, specifically a common goldeneye, which surprisingly put up a bit of a fight!
Watch the video below:
I didn’t think this was ever possible! We somehow caught a bird while ice fishing! This is a diving duck and it was swimming under the ice and managed to get caught in our line. The ice was over 10 inches thick. The bird was quickly released unharmed. Filmed with Eric Haataja - Professional Angler
Posted by BlacktipH on Saturday, February 23, 2019
This wasn't a full-length episode from the BlacktipH YouTube channel, so we don't get a whole lot of information here. It's hard to say where exactly this happened, but we do know the ice was over 10 inches thick.
That said, you have to wonder how long that bird was under the ice, right? These ducks will dive below the ice for food, but that line was probably sitting in the water for a while before anything touched it.
I've heard of people accidentally casting into birds. I've even heard of birds getting caught in a line beneath them. However, I've never seen or heard of someone hooking a bird through ice.
Fortunately, they were able to easily remove the hook from the duck's foot, as the video description says it was quickly released and unharmed.
They were lucky that thing didn't freak out as soon as it came out of the water, otherwise they'd probably have a much bigger mess on their hands!