‘Cursed’ wedding ring travels between anglers, brings dismay to all involved

Fishing is undoubtedly one of the most tranquil and reflective activities that one can experience.  The deliberate choices, the patience, and the brief moments of unadulterated excitement make for a wonderful rush of dopamine in the brain.

Heck, even if the fish aren’t biting, the optimism of the next cast amid your peaceful surroundings can provide a sublime and subtly zen-like experience.

But imagine that, in the midst of a day on the lake or stream, you find yourself bewildered.  That’s exactly the sort of incident that sent ripples through one angler’s proverbial pond this weekend.

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One competitor in a fishing tournament on Lake Michigan Friday reeled in a steelhead with a wedding ring mysteriously attached to its tail by a zip tie, prompting all kinds of speculation about how the ring got there.

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The mystery was soon resolved, as the former owner of the ring broke his silence to explain the bizarre catch. The reason for the Steelhead sendoff was poetic, to say the least.

Capt. Jason Rose told the Chicago Sun Times that his decade-long marriage ended four years ago and he finally decided on a poetic way to discard of the symbol of their ill-fated union. “I am a fishing guide; she was always against me following my dreams and hated how much I fished,” he told the newspaper.

Rose attached his silver wedding ring, which has a single diamond and the inscription “SDH Steel” to the tail of a steelhead fish and released it across the lake near the port of Whitehall, Mich., on May 4.

Now, the fisherman who believed that he made the catch of a lifetime is lamenting his luck after coming into contact with the cursed piece of jewelry.

The unlucky fish remerged seven weeks later when Joe Penar caught the steelhead on friend Jim Nelligan’s boat “Grey Lion II” during the Pass the Passion tournament by Salmon Unlimited of Illinois, USA Today reported.

“That ring is cursed. Ever since it came on my boat, I’ve had problems with my Glendinning engine controls, the switch to raise the helm floor to get at the engines broke and the hose at my dock burst,” Nelligan said.

Nelligan later joked that he would return the ring to Rose via the US Postal Service…with no return address.


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