The story goes that out on Lake Conroe (50 miles north of Houston ) a local man spotted an orange ball bouncing around the surface in a very odd manner- so he went out to investigate.
Turns out it's a big ole flathead catfish that had apparently tried to swallow an entire basketball- which became stuck in its mouth, poor thing!
The fish was totally exhausted from repeatedly attempting to dive, but only managing to bob up and down due to the air of the ball buoying him to the surface whenever he tried.
The guy tried numerous times to get the ball out, but it was really jammed in there.. He eventually had to ask his wife to cut ball to deflate it and then released the very hungry catfish. One of those ones you just got to see to believe...
Mighty kind of him... after-all, we all bite off
more than we can chew sometimes!