but i was hoping someone could help me with this... It's random and rather off-topic and doesn't pertain to aquarium fish at all. This is an experience I had several years back, might have been 14 or so.
I was fishing with my parents, second time that I can remember this location, the first time I got stung by a bumble bee when I was like 5 or something. Anyway. This was potentially out in Arkansas or otherwise near the Missouri state line closer to the bootheel side of things. The place we were it had long sandbanks and really fits into my nightmares, but that doesn't really describe it. It had a low water level compared to the height of the sandbanks. Now, onto the fish or whatever it was...
I did not get a good look at it because it caught me off guard and scared the bejeezus outta me. I had just crossed the tree that served as bridge to the area we were fishing (I was exploring or something) and was coming back up on the sand. There was this random, big splash and when I went to look, the sand was heavily disturbed, but from what I remember of it, I think I saw something long and heavy (again, nightmare fuel, I'm probably imaging it 20 pounds heavier than it actually was, especially as this memory is a good 7+ years old). I do know for about 90% positivity that it wasn't a turtle and highly doubt it was a snake.
To my question, has anyone ever seen a long fish in northeast Arkansas/southeast Missouri do this? Or has my memory of it just been warped starting from when I was startled? This bugs me from time to time just like a movie I can't remember the name of.