Huge’ snake steals, eats fish caught by fisherman

DES MOINES An Iowa fisherman thought his fishing outing Monday would be pretty typical: Catch some fish, keep them or throw them back in the water. But Bob Howard, 54, was so startled when a “huge” water snake latched on to his line that he almost dropped his fishing pole. “I thought, ‘Uh oh. This is bigger than I thought,’ ” Howard said Thursday. Howard, of Boone, Iowa, was fishing on Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County, Iowa, in the southern part of the state. He said the snake had come up from the water a few times before its surprise attack. It was breakfast time. “It came up and I hit it on the top of the head with my pole to get it to go away,” Howard said. “He went under the water then