A fish story with an edge
Gil DiCesare has heard his share of fish stories, but he now has one to pass along — and the evidence to prove it.
During a routine fishing charter off the west coast of the Island near Ucluelet, DiCesare, the owner of Comox Valley-based G&M Charters, was cleaning a fish for his client when something inside the 14-pound salmon cut his finger.
“I felt something sharp when I put my knife through my glove to my finger. I looked at the stomach and could see the outline of something with notches. It was bizarre,” he explained.
Inside, DiCesare found a fillet knife — similar to the one he was using — inside.
“I couldn’t believe it. I actually took a video and some pictures or else no one would believe me,” he added. DiCesare, who has been guiding for more than 25 years, believes it most likely fell off the boat of someone fishing in the area.
“I’ve seen halibut with half a beer can or Styrofoam, and the commercial guys have seen a lot, but nothing like this.”
The knife was fully intact when DiCesare removed it from the belly, and the fish was otherwise healthy.
DiCesare’s client kept the fish, and he kept the knife.
He said during that particular fishing trip in late July, the odds were definitely in his favour.
“First, what are the odds of a salmon eating the knife and surviving? And then out of the millions of fish there, what are the odds of actually catching it?”
DiCesare added if anyone is looking for a missing knife, to give him a call.