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Man Stabbed with Swordfish in Fight
Reuters ^ | 2-22-2002

Posted on 02/22/2002 8:46:35 AM PST by Cagey

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida fisherman was recovering on Friday after being stabbed with the bill of a swordfish during a fight with another man, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Police arrested Frank Ashmus, 46, and Garth Spacek, 42, on Thursday after the two fishermen allegedly started fighting near a dock in Madeira Beach, a small city on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Police said that after Spacek hit Ashmus in the head with a beer bottle and left, Ashmus went to Spacek's apartment and stabbed him in the abdomen with a sharp detached bill of a swordfish.

"We don't see this kind of thing very often," said Pinellas County Sheriff spokeswoman Marianna Pasha.

Both men were drunk, according to police.

Ashmus and Spacek were held without bond on charges of aggravated battery. Spacek was in fair condition, Pasha said.


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Never bring a beer bottle to a Sword Fight.
1 posted on 02/22/2002 8:46:35 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey
Darwin material for sure.
2 posted on 02/22/2002 8:48:36 AM PST by bloodmeridian
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To: Cagey
Both men were drunk

We guessed that from the headline!
3 posted on 02/22/2002 8:51:05 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Cagey
But did he do it just for the halibut ?
4 posted on 02/22/2002 8:55:15 AM PST by Centurion2000
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To: bloodmeridian
Nah they have to be killed by their own stupidity not killed by someone else in an amusing way.
5 posted on 02/22/2002 8:55:31 AM PST by weikel
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To: Cagey
"We don't see this kind of thing very often,"

Of course not, swordfish stocks have been decimated by the longliners!

6 posted on 02/22/2002 8:57:32 AM PST by StriperSniper
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To: Centurion2000
How can you be so glib about this situation?

Have you no sole??

-fb

7 posted on 02/22/2002 8:59:16 AM PST by freedombird
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To: Cagey
We don't see this kind of thing very often...

... normally, they use a flounder. This guy was some sort of fish-weapon genius!

8 posted on 02/22/2002 8:59:43 AM PST by Snuffington
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To: freedombird
Hope he saw a sturgeon...
9 posted on 02/22/2002 9:01:17 AM PST by The Chid
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To: Cagey; dighton; aculeus
Hawaiin Fish Saying:

A la`a kô kû i ke a`u.
So, you got stabbed by a swordfish.
You got into trouble.

Some more...
swordfish stabbings...
to ponder.

10 posted on 02/22/2002 9:03:17 AM PST by Orual
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To: The Chid
Well, it sounds to me like he got his bass kicked.

I didnt catch the names of the involved.......one was probably Marlin..........

11 posted on 02/22/2002 9:03:48 AM PST by GoredInMich
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To: Cagey
Police said that after Spacek hit Ashmus in the head with a beer bottle and left, Ashmus went to Spacek's apartment and stabbed him in the abdomen with a sharp detached bill of a swordfish.

I'm not sure, but I think it might have been fun to be able to listen in on Mr. Ashmus's thoughts....

"Knife? Nah. Messy."

"Yeah! A fire poker! Wait ... I got no fireplace -- I'm in Florida."

"Frozen leg of lamb? Hmmmmm. No -- somebody done that in a detective story."

"My pet piranha? Naw -- take too long to skeletonize him with only one...."

Hey, I know....!

12 posted on 02/22/2002 9:04:21 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Cagey
"Half fish," he said. "Fish that you were. I am sorry that I went too far out. I ruined us both. But we have killed many sharks, you and I, and ruined many others. How many did you ever kill, old fish? You do not have that spear on your head for nothing." --Ernest Hemingway
13 posted on 02/22/2002 9:06:01 AM PST by HockeyPop
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To: Cagey
Sounds like the jerk with the beer bottle baited him.
14 posted on 02/22/2002 9:08:50 AM PST by pubmom
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To: TomGuy; Orual; aculeus
We guessed [they were drunk] from the headline!

Stewed to the gills.

15 posted on 02/22/2002 9:09:14 AM PST by dighton
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To: Cagey
We must have federal licensing of all Sworodfish. It's for the children you know.
16 posted on 02/22/2002 9:09:19 AM PST by Lost Highway
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To: HockeyPop
Great post!
17 posted on 02/22/2002 9:11:58 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

Fed up with all the senseless and unnecessary violence, the Pinellas County Sherrif's department institutes the Swordfish Buy Back Program.
18 posted on 02/22/2002 9:12:47 AM PST by riley1992
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To: pubmom
Yeah, and he fell for it...............

Hook, Line and Sinker

19 posted on 02/22/2002 9:12:54 AM PST by GoredInMich
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To: The Chid
Nice one.
20 posted on 02/22/2002 9:14:31 AM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Cagey,harpseal
Good to see the old traditions kept alive.
21 posted on 02/22/2002 9:14:33 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: riley1992
Fed up with all the senseless and unnecessary violence, the Pinellas County Sherrif's department institutes the Swordfish Buy Back Program.

LOL!

22 posted on 02/22/2002 9:14:47 AM PST by Lazamataz
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To: riley1992
ROFL!!!
23 posted on 02/22/2002 9:14:52 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey
Oh, you of rapier wit!
24 posted on 02/22/2002 9:16:16 AM PST by Old Professer
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To: Old Professer
Did he do it on porpoise?
25 posted on 02/22/2002 9:18:41 AM PST by Doctor Stochastic
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To: pubmom
Sounds like the jerk with the beer bottle baited him.

And gave him a Haddock!

26 posted on 02/22/2002 9:21:30 AM PST by The Chid
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To: riley1992
No no no. That's a swordfish show, where bad guys take advantage of the swordfish show loophole to get around pre-swordfish-purchase background checks.
27 posted on 02/22/2002 9:24:14 AM PST by Freemyland
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To: Doctor Stochastic
Did he do it on porpoise?

Well whether he did or didn't, its a whale of a tale!

28 posted on 02/22/2002 9:24:20 AM PST by Lumberjack
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To: Cagey
Both men were drunk

No way!!!!

29 posted on 02/22/2002 9:24:25 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: Orual ; dighton ; Cagey
A fluke occurrence.
30 posted on 02/22/2002 9:25:28 AM PST by aculeus
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To: The Chid
There goes his date tonight...

Salmon enchanted evening...

31 posted on 02/22/2002 9:27:02 AM PST by bootless
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To: Lumberjack
Good thing he lived. That would be a crappie way to die.
32 posted on 02/22/2002 9:27:03 AM PST by Freemyland
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To: The Chid
Arrrrrggghhh!
33 posted on 02/22/2002 9:27:29 AM PST by Zack Nguyen
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Regarding that mermaid, I lobster and never flounder, she was the bass I ever had, now my life has no porpoise. I'ved kelp her picture in my walleye, I wonder if she still has mine in her perch? Guess I should quite cryin' and whalin', but oh my cod I love her, yes I do. Shellfishly wanting her for myself, she fell for a little shrimp, a piano tuna. He wrapped his line around her and drove off in his carp. I octopus his face in, he'll only break her heart. Maybe she was tired of my seahorsing around and wanted to trout something new. I swordfish she'd come back to me, I'm still in a state of shark. But for her to come back will probably take a mackarel. Our last words were:

"Not tonight dear, I got a haddock."

"Frankly scallop, I don't give a clam."

(Somewhere I owe someone a big apology)

34 posted on 02/22/2002 9:28:02 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: riley1992
When swordfish are outlawed, only outlaws and angry, homicidal fishermen will have swordfish!!!

If they want my swordfish, they'll have to pry it out of my cold, wet ice tub.....

35 posted on 02/22/2002 9:28:06 AM PST by tracer
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To: MotleyGirl70

Way!

36 posted on 02/22/2002 9:29:32 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey
Spacek should have remembered that the pen is mightier than the swordfish.....
37 posted on 02/22/2002 9:29:39 AM PST by tracer
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To: Doctor Stochastic
I have lox more fish puns. However, it would be shellfish of me to use them. No one wins a pun war.
38 posted on 02/22/2002 9:30:22 AM PST by The Chid
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To: riley1992
the Pinellas County Sherrif's department institutes the Swordfish Buy Back Program.

Hah! Everybody knows that the crooks and violent criminal will only sell-back their old, broken and worthless swordfish.
What a waste of hard-earned tax dollars. :^)

39 posted on 02/22/2002 9:31:35 AM PST by been_lurking
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To: Freemyland
Especially with the officiating clergyman and everyone else giggling, sputtering, and cracking up during his funeral and at graveside. And gravediggers can be so cruel....
40 posted on 02/22/2002 9:32:02 AM PST by tracer
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To: Doctor Stochastic
This is a whale of a tale. Wonder if this is the first time Spacek has ever been fileted by a fish?
41 posted on 02/22/2002 9:32:26 AM PST by doctor noe
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To: Centurion2000
No mention if the "victim" floundered around on the floor while awaiting medical attention... :-\
42 posted on 02/22/2002 9:32:38 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: Cagey
"Allegedly" fighting? Uh...does that mean it could have been an accident? (I hate it when that happens...)
43 posted on 02/22/2002 9:33:11 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Cagey
For my friends on the sea and weekend warriors, here's more:

"The sea, perhaps because of its saltiness, roughens the outside but keeps sweet the kernal of its servant's soul. The old sea; the sea of many years ago, whose servants were devoted slaves and went from youth to age or to a sudden grave without needing to open the book of life, because they could look at eternity reflected on the element that gave the life and dealt the death. Like a beautiful and unscrupulous woman, the sea of the past was glorious in its smiles, irresistible in its anger, capricious, enticing, illogical, irresponsible; a thing to love, a thing to fear. It cast a spell, it gave joy, it lulled gently into boundless faith; then with quick and causeless anger it killed.. But its cruelty was redeemed by the charm of its inscrutible mystery, by the immensity of its promise, by the supreme witchery of its possible favour. Strong men with childlike hearts were faithful to it, were content to live by its grace - to die by its will" --Joseph Conrad, "An Outcast Of the Islands", pg 20 (1896)

44 posted on 02/22/2002 9:33:21 AM PST by HockeyPop
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To: StriperSniper

"We leaned a neat little trick to keep the fish from wiggling. Pour a little rum down their throat and they stop moving immediately. It's makes it easier to take the hook out."

45 posted on 02/22/2002 9:34:04 AM PST by Cagey
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Quit yer carping and being so bullheaded....
46 posted on 02/22/2002 9:34:57 AM PST by tracer
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To: tracer
Spacek should have remembered that the penis mightier than the swordfish.....

The penis mightier?

47 posted on 02/22/2002 9:35:20 AM PST by doctor noe
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To: doctor noe
what is the possession limit on a swordfish anyway?
48 posted on 02/22/2002 9:36:03 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: Cagey
What happened to good traditional sawfish and hammerhead fights?
49 posted on 02/22/2002 9:36:10 AM PST by grasshopper
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To: Cagey
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50 posted on 02/22/2002 9:37:03 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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