D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Shane Pescay, of Mandeville, La. won big at the Mississippi Madness Redfish Tournament hosted in D'Iberville over the weekend.
But, the victory didn't come without difficulty. Rainy and cloudy skies made it hard for Pescay to see.
After moving quickly to reel in a catch, the edge of his shoe got caught. Pescay landed on the backrest of his seat.
"As soon as I hit it, I knew I had damaged myself," said the fisherman. "My pole went flying out of my hand. It was real hard to breathe, I think all of my ribs on the left side had shifted up."
After taking some ibuprofen and lying on the deck for a few minutes, Pescay was determined to get back to fishing. When he got back up, he was surprised the fish was still hooked to his reel.
Pescay's choice to continue despite the pain earned him a brand new Skeeter boat, motor, and trailer package valued at $65,000. He also received $5,500 cash, and bragging rights as the new "Yamaha Outbrands Eastern Division Champion" and "Angler of the Year."
Although the fisherman says strange things have happened to him before, that particular day on the Louisiana waters was by far the strangest.
"It was a crazy day, but in the end it all worked out," says Pescay.
His rib remains cracked, but he says says he's eager to try a special remedy.
"One of my buddies told me that if you take the new title to the new boat and rub it on your side, it'll make it feel better," said Pescay.