Hunter Keane caught a bluegill near Waynesville in the N.C. mountains this month, but the 14-year-old from Mooresville had mere seconds to appreciate it.
His brother, Sean, 12, suddenly pointed to the water at a largemouth bass as it emerged with mouth agape.
Seconds later, Hunter’s 5- or 6-inch catch was gone.
The boys’ grandmother, Donna Keane of Mooresville, caught it all on camera, as Hunter, Sean, and cousins Will and Amelia Lewis, 11, and 9, of Charleston, S.C., tried to digest what they’d just seen.
The episode occurred in a private pond outside the family’s vacation cabin.
“The kids couldn’t believe it,” Donna Keane’s husband, Ron, told the Observer on Thursday. “It took the line, snapped the pole. The kids screamed in amazement and disbelief.”
Hunter’s bluegill may be gone, but it left the family with one good fish story, and pictures to prove it.