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Florida Man in Hospital After Freak Fish Attack; King Mackerel 'Knocked Me Over and Bit My Leg'

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MELBOURNE, Florida -- A freak fish attack sent a man to the hospital in Brevard County. Josh Landin says a 57-pound fish -- measuring nearly five feet long -- jumped into his boat and bit him. Josh and his friends say it happened as they leaned over the side of the boat to reel in a smaller fish.

"We were staring at that little fish ...and like someone waved a magic wand that went whoosh and it was suddenly a 5 foot long 60 pound fish!" said Rob Platner, victim's friend.

"[It] jumped right out of the water, hit me in the chest, knocked me over and bit my leg," said Josh Landin.

The fish was a king mackerel, which tore into Josh's hand and leg in two places. Josh had to get more than a hundred stitches at the hospital.

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Holy Mackerel!!!!!
   comment# 1   - Steve B · Los Angeles · Apr 8, 2007 @ 7:48pm

Revennnge! :D
   comment# 2   - Angel · Earth · Apr 9, 2007 @ 3:23pm

Where is that mackerel now?
   comment# 3   - Ardil · Mumbai, India · Apr 11, 2007 @ 2:59am

LOL...wholly mackerel is right. I wonder if the fish stayed in the boat and they got to keep it. Would have been nice to see a photo of it....
   comment# 4   - Sean Sav. · Atlantic City, USA · Apr 12, 2007 @ 12:03pm

They have a pic here:
   comment# 5   - T · J · Apr 16, 2007 @ 12:38pm

King mackerel.... I kinda doubt that.... could be thought my guess it was a cuda displaying darker colors and he was wearing a necklace or something shiny arround his neck and fish went for it.. mackerals are shy fish and when i see them diving they skirt away but cudas the'll come say hello!!!!!
   comment# 6   - KingFisher · pam beach · Aug 1, 2007 @ 10:19am

kingfisher , you must be "narc'd" kings shy ! B.S.!!! I used to run a charter boat , I've seen em at the boat like that plenty of times taking fish from ya. yea, kudas will too, but king's ain't scared of anything but a line with a hook !!
   comment# 7   - dc · ocean springs · Aug 24, 2007 @ 1:23pm
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