Grizzly Steals Salmon
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That Time a Grizzly Bear Stole a Salmon From Jeremy Wade

Here's further proof that grizzly bears can catch more fish than the best angler with the best rig.

We've all run into competition on the water. You find that calm, shaded channel where all the bass hang out, or that perfect eddy no catfish could resist, and then you see someone else with the same idea.

In the Alaskan wilderness, however, it isn't always someone you have to worry about, but often something. Jeremy Wade, the host of hit show "River Monsters," learned that the hard way when he found himself competing with grizzly bears for sockeye salmon.

In this video, we see Wade taking an unconventional approach to salmon fishing. Because sockeyes stop feeding when they move from saltwater to freshwater to spawn, you won't get a fish to strike a lure. So, using a fly rod, Wade is attempting to foulhook these fish with an improvised rig.

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Then he's interrupted...

"This is absolutely typical," Wade says. "You find a good spot and somebody else comes in and tries to elbow you out. But I think in this case, I'm going to make a graceful retreat."

After moving around a little bit, Wade begins to realize there's really nowhere to fish without an interruption from bears.

"Once they've moved off a bit, I can carry on trying catch my first salmon," he says. "But these grizzlies are putting me to shame."

Eventually he's fortunate enough to finally catch one, but in the excitement, he let his guard down. Suddenly he looks up to see a grizzly bear watching his every move.

It creeps in, and Wade and company wisely cut the line so the bear can take the fish. However, it only leaves temporarily, forcing the crew to fire off a warning shot from a revolver.

Could you ever stay that calm if you were Wade in this scenario?

Regardless of whether you're in American, Canadian, Australian or African wilderness, never let you're guard down in the outdoors when there could be predators nearby.