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The Rudderpost 

jesJes Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman magazine and NationalFisherman.com.

 

Florida longliner Solomon Rodney thought he had a pretty cool find on one of his grouper hooks late last month: an 8-foot missile.

He fixed the missile to his boat, the Bold Venture, where it proudly rode the waves for the remaining 10 days of his trip.

The problem, as the bomb squad at MacDill Air Force Base sees it, is this missile wasn't just cool; it was hot.

Apparently, Rodney assessed his catch as dead, because it had a hole that made it appear as if it had already detonated. You might ask what could possibly make a longliner an expert in live missiles.

According to the story in the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Rodney has a lot of experience with the missiles tested in the range between Panama City and Pensacola. In fact, it was the second missile he came across on this trip.

The first, "had lights, a gauge and a camera that appeared active." Too bold, even for the Bold Venture.

After the bomb squad cleared the area and deactivated the missile, Rodney got some sage advice from the folks at MacDill: "They told me if you find another one, just let it go."

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Maine elver quota cut by 2,000 pounds
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