TrendingJuly 7, 2015

Jordan Spieth just told one of the most epic big fish tales you'll ever hear

If this golf thing doesn't work out for Jordan Spieth, it looks like he might have a second career as a fisherman.

At his Tuesday press conference ahead of the John Deere Classic, Spieth was asked a lot about his decision to play the week before the Open Championship after winning the year's first two major championships. But his answer about a recent adventure on a boat in the Bahamas got most of the attention.

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Here's Spieth regaling the media with a tale about a much different type of haul. Let's call it "The Young Man and the Sea." Take it away, Jordan:

"It wasn't even a fishing boat, there was no chair or anything, but they had the belt," Spieth said. "We hooked on a tuna, and I was hooked on a tuna for about 45 minutes to an hour. It was a big tuna, and then these little sharks were coming in trying to get a piece of it, and the captain was scaring them off banging on the boat and on the water, and all of a sudden it just rips back down again.

"I almost got pulled in."


"[The line] was so much heavier, and I was just like, 'Wait, these fish must have seen the sharks and just tried to avoid them,'" he said. "I found some extra strength or whatever, so we worked on it again. So in total, it was two and a half hours. I had to take a break.

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"My arm couldn't move anymore. It was, like, shaking when I held it up. So the captain had to come in for about five minutes while I took a bathroom break, and I came back, took it back from him. So in total, it was two and a half hours."

"What surfaced was a 12-foot long, 300-pound black-tip shark that had eaten this tuna and then had hooked itself," Spieth said. "So I guess I caught both in one, because I got that shark. But there was no room for the fish on the back of the boat so we couldn't pull it on, so the captain technically grabbed the line where it's considered 'landing the fish,' let go of it quickly, and then we let some string and it whipped the hook out."

"We were just going to cut it anyways," Spieth said. "It was a cool experience. I've never had something like that."

Two and a half hours? That's the time it takes to play a quick nine holes at Chambers Bay. And yet, Spieth didn't want to let go until he'd finished the job.

"A couple of my friends were like, 'I'll take over,' " Spieth said, laughing. "I'm like, 'You bet your ass you're not taking over. This is my fish. There's no way you're stepping on this. You're going to lose it.'

"I let the captain do it, because he's used to fishing. No, the competitive side of me, I didn't want to give up until I actually couldn't move my arm anymore. I just needed about five minutes of shaking it, and it came back, and it was sore for a couple days, but I'm good now."

Glad to hear, Jordan. Reeling in a 300-pound shark sounds like quite the ordeal. And here we all are giving Rory McIlroy a hard time for kicking a soccer ball around with friends.

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(h/t Golf Blot)

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