Roy Halladay Went To The Amazon To Go Fishing; Came Home A Life Saver
December 30 / Tom Lorenzo / SportsGrid
The story goes: Roy Halladay went to the Amazon to go fishing, and all he came home with was a lousy saved-a-dude-from-an-anacaonda story. Talk about lame, right? Wrong! More like, are you kidding me?!
This story is pretty awesome. Especially when you consider we're hearing it first hand by Skeet Reese, the 2007 Bassmaster Angler of the Year and the 2009 Bassmaster Classic Champion. Something about Reese, who was present when the incident happened, telling this story makes it all the more enjoyable. Here are the details, as posted on his website.
We had plenty of wildlife encounters though. Along with the fishing, we decided to go hunting one night, and Carpenter and B.J. both shot a caiman; which is like an alligator. Me and Doc Halladay even came across a local, sitting bare naked on a tree by the river. What we were able to figure out is that he was fishing in the river for tropical fish to sell for aquariums when he got attacked by an anaconda.
The snake apparently bit him on the ass but he was able to free himself before the snake wrapped him up. Instead the snake wrapped around his motor on the back of his little 14 foot dugout canoe and tore it off the back of his boat. Doc and I helped him gather his gear and flip the boat back over and then towed him home. You could definitely see the bite mark on his ass, but he was able to fight it off; amazing.
Yes, ace Chris Carpenter and close B.J. Ryan might have shot a "caiman," but did they help save some dude's life? Point goes to Halladay on this one.