When Bob Howard from Iowa, USA, went fishing, he probably never imagined that an aggressive snake would swim away with his catch. But that's exactly what happened on July 4 when he went fishing at Lake Rathbun in Iowa.Pictures captured by Mr Howard show the exact moment the huge snake latched onto the fish he had caught.
Howard was fishing on Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County. He said the snake had come up from the water a few times before its surprise attack.
It was breakfast time.
"It came up and I hit it on the top of the head with my pole to get it go away," Howard said. "He went under the water then he came up close to me.
"He just kept annoying me."
What the snake was doing though, Howard said, was following his fishing bobber. The snake got close enough to where Howard's stringer was located near a little rock pile he had set up.
Then a fish went for Howard's bait and his bobber sank into the water. He reeled in his catch, but ...
"The snake just came out of nowhere and snatched it," Howard said.
Howard said he thought the snake was at least 6 feet long, noting that it "was as long as me."
The battle for the fish, however, was far from over for the persistent snake.
In the end, the snake did manage to get the fish.
The pictures of the snake, uploaded by Mr Howard on Facebook, have been shared over a hundred times already and have garnered astonished comments from Facebook users.