"I didn't know steelhead get married," a fisherman quipped Friday after a fish was pulled from Lake Michigan with a wedding band fixed to its tail with a zip-tie. The Chicago Sun-Times unravels the mystery: Four years after his divorce, fishing guide Jason Rose felt his wedding ring was cursed, but didn't want to simply toss it in the lake. "So I released it the best way I know how." He caught a steelhead on May 4, attached the ring to its tail, and let it go near the port of Whitehall, Mich., in what seemed like a proper goodbye. After all, Rose says his former wife of almost 10 years always "hated how much I fished." But it wasn't really goodbye.
Joe Penar caught the same steelhead, showing signs of irritation from the zip-tie, on the other side of Lake Michigan, near Chicago, during a tournament on Friday. A fisherman who witnessed the catch tells USA Today that the plan is to mail the silver and diamond ring back to Rose with "no return address." "That ring is cursed," says Jim Nelligan. "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." Rose will surely be considering other disposal options. "I am convinced that ring is cursed," he tells the Sun-Times. "My life has been nothing less than great since I released it." (Read more strange stuff stories.)