NAPLES, Fla.- "Between the 3 P's of pier fishing: the pelicans, the porpoises, and the people, it's extremely difficult to catch fish anymore."
But fish were not a target at the Naples Pier on Wednesday. According to a police report obtained by WINK News, the victim's husband said a young man in a white tank top ran down the pier, cast his line, and "one of the three treble hooks punctured his wife's stomach and hooked the skin." A witness on the boat tells WINK News it was bizarre. And fishermen say the whole thing has them concerned because it may be a case of retaliation.
"I've seen some boats hit on the bow before but I've never seen anyone actually intentionally aim for somebody," said William Merritt.
David Resendes has fished on the pier for nearly a decade. He said sometimes when boats get too close, they can destroy a fisherman's line.
"So if one of those kids come out here and intentionally go after one of those boats, it's probably because something like that has happened to them already," said Resendes.
But it's a first for Naples Police and the Harbormaster. At this point, they don't know if this was a random attack. But fishermen said more needs to be done to keep boaters from getting too close to the pier. Right now there are only these two signs.
"Larger signs, more visible signs, maybe some on the front of the pier," said Brad Harvey.
"The way they are, they seem to be pretty much ignored on occassion," said Merritt.
WINK News reached out to the victim. We've learned she's back home in Kansas and will be okay. If you know who that young man is, call Naples Police.