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‘UFO’ nearly 'takes heads off' stunned fishermen

David Strege,
The Win
The News Herald

An Unexpected Flying Object caught a trio of fishermen by surprise on July 4th while sitting in their boat looking for bait on calm waters 15 miles off Hilton Head, S.C.

A 3-foot-long king mackerel, a fish Jackson Tomaszewski had always wanted to catch, came flying out the water “like a torpedo” and smashed a boat seat, leaving the stunned fishermen in disbelief as to what they just witnessed.

Tomaszewski, fishing with friends Nathan and Garrison Stone, excitedly started videotaping the fish flopping around in the boat and documented the seat the fish had broken.

“We literally have no rods in the water,” Tomaszewski said in the Facebook video. “It landed in the seats. It came flying at us like a freaking torpedo. It’s busted the seat. Oh my gosh. I cannot believe this has happened. This is unbelievable.”

“It was a like a lake out there, and out of nowhere this thing just came flying at us,” Tomaszewski, 21, told The Island Packet.

Tomaszewski told For The Win Outdoors the king mackerel weighed about 35 pounds. He said he believed the fish was chasing Spanish mackerel because several small fish jumped out of the water before the king mackerel went airborne.

“It almost took our heads off,” Tomaszewski told The Island Packet. “I knew exactly what it was. I’ve been fishing my whole life, and I’ve never caught one. I was literally praying to catch one of these things.”

He finally did, but in a very much unconventional way.

He later barbecued the fish at his father’s Fourth of July cookout.