Fishing guide Gil DiCesare wasn’t expecting to get into a knife fight when he began gutting a 16-pound Chinook in July, but amazingly that’s what he got.
After a guest reeled the fish in off Meares Bluffs in Barkley Sound recently, DiCesare took it to the fish cleaning station on the back of his boat and began cutting it open. He said everyone on the boat was “totally flabbergasted” when the fish cut back.
“I put my knife back in there to cut and it was like metal on metal. I go, ‘What the hell is this? “I went to gut it, opened it up and put my hand in to take the entrails out and I got cut right through my gloves on my forefinger,” he said. “I opened up the stomach and sure enough there was a full size filet knife in it, razor sharp, as sharp as any knife I’ve got on my boat.”
Our tipster, Perry writes:
“This news report was in my home town’s local paper. The report refers to a video and photos, but unfortunately the online version has neither. I’ve heard of other similar things so I lean toward thinking this did happen, but unnamed skeptics are quoted as saying they don’t believe it.”
He doesn’t have access to the print version to see the pictures.
“Fillet knife blades average between 4 and 9 inches, but the report says it was a whole knife, not just the blade. Still, I can easily imagine the knife falling overboard and the shiny metal, just like some fishing lures, attracting the salmon who thought it was a prey fish.”
This is a large fish but swallowing a whole knife is tricky business. If anyone can follow up with pictures that might be somewhat helpful. But might not be definitive.