Fisherman reels in trout with 'cursed' wedding ring

Fisherman reels in trout with 'cursed' wedding ring
Source: UPI
Date: 28-06-2019 Time: 03:06:39:am

An Illinois man fishing in Lake Michigan found something unusual about the steelhead trout he reeled in -- it was wearing a "cursed" wedding ring.

Jim Nelligan said he was fishing with friends north of Waukegan on Friday morning when he reeled in a trout that had a wedding ring zip-tied around its tail.

"Immediately we thought who would do that?" Nelligan told WMAQ-TV. "I thought either a divorcee or someone died, and it was their last wish or something like that."

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News of Nelligan's catch reached Newaygo, Mich., resident Jason Rose, who revealed he was the one who attached the ring to the fish and set it free May 4.

Rose, a charter boat captain, said he became convinced the ring was bad luck after his divorce.

"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. So I released it the best way I know how," Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times.

"I am convinced that ring is cursed," Rose said. "My life has been nothing less than great since I released it."

Rose said he does not want the ring back and Nelligan said he is also eager to get rid of it -- his boat has been having problems ever since he brought it aboard.