Captain Jason Rose was married for “the better part of a decade,” until four years ago when he and his wife got a divorce.
Although years had gone by since they split up, Rose held on to his wedding ring. In those four years, Rose, a fishing guide, was led to believe that it was cursed.
“Four years went by since our divorce. I felt I needed to get rid of that ring, but I didn’t want to just toss it to the bottom, pawn it or any of that kind of thing,” Rose said, according to Fox News. “So I released it the best way I know how. I am convinced that ring is cursed. My life has been nothing less than great since I released it.”
The best way he knew how – apparently – was to zip-tie it to a steelhead fish and release it into Lake Michigan. That was on May 4 in Michigan.
Seven weeks later, on June 21 in the north suburbs of Chicago, that same fish was caught by a group of fishermen on Jim Nelligan’s boat. A man named Joe Penar caught the fish, John Messard netted it, and Bob Nichols was also in the boat.
They were actually fishing for trout, but got this crazy story instead!
The Chicago Sun-Times tweeted out photos of the fish, revealing it was a mystery how the ring got there.
A local fisherman's catch came with an incredible surprise: A wedding ring, strapped to the fish's tail.
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) June 23, 2019
One day later, Rose came forward with the story.
UPDATE: Here's the backstory on the wedding ring that was tied to a fish in Lake Michigan. https://t.co/rig3naWsoN
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) June 24, 2019
“I am a fishing guide, she was always against me following my dreams and hated how much I fished,” he said. “I am convinced that ring is cursed. My life has been nothing less than great since I released it.”
Some might say he’s just a happier man without the burden of his ring, but Nelligan also believes the ring is cursed.
“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.
He joked to Fox News that he wants to mail it back to Rose with no return address!
Watch Fox News’ Dave Hall talk about it during his “What The Hall!?!” segment below.