Bruce Huntley has a good excuse for the one that got away.

The Ferndale resident was fishing on Lake Padden a few weeks ago when he felt the wind on his head and heard the ruffle of feathers above him.

Before he knew it, a bald eagle was trying to snatch up the fish on his line just 10 feet in front of his boat.”

He came out of the tree and scared the holy bejesus out of me,” he said, admitting that having a 6-foot bird of prey so close to his head and his inflatable boat was pretty terrifying. Huntley was out doing some catch-and-release fishing with his buddy Rick Warren when the eagle swooped in and stole his fish. Though he’s seen eagles relatively close fishing on rivers, it was nothing like this.

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