Kaitlyn Crabbe, 11, was fishing for sunfish and catfish last week at Brooks Pond on New York City’s Staten Island when she hooked into something ferocious.
“It was so heavy, I thought it was a turtle, but it was swimming really fast,” she said. After a fight that left her sore, she landed the fish on the shore, where her grandfather, Robert Crabbe, was standing by.
“She thought she had a giant sunfish on the line,” he recalled on Wednesday. “I said, ‘Don’t touch it, honey.’ I got the pliers out and got the hook out. The kid’s finger could have been taken off.”