However, this is not a fairy tale. That man is Jason Fugate, of Baxter, and that fish is a bigmouth buffalo fish – weighs a hefty 32.8 pounds, 36 inches long and 26 inches in girth – and what can be the only known member of his gray-brown spotted species that shines with a royal brilliance, which melted gold.
Based on the expert analysis, this golden buffalo fish swam in local waters for at least a century, the eclipse of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, Elvis Presley, Mohammed Ali, Princess Diana, and billions of people without an awareness. Only more sophisticated tests will be able to handle a correct date on the age of the fish.
By the end of April, on a lake, he refused to identify, Jason jumped into his boat and set out to enjoy a favorite pastime ̵
"It's you and the water and about 15, 20 feet of light. No one around you. No one to disturb you," said Jason. "It's very calm and peaceful. You will see a lot of nightlife that you would not normally see during the day, isolated from distractions. "With the bell tipped towards 3am, Jason scraped water in the foam with inflated silt, illuminated by the ghostly glow of his lights. The night fish reveals a completely different world under the water surface," he said, an environment sometimes opaque and lacking in light , populated by species that do not venture out during the day and rarely occur in front of human eyes.
And then, where, in the depths, Jason's light illuminated a glowing mass, he said, an animal, moving smoothly and gradually confidence – the first clue in his mind, reminded Jason, that the fish had survived so much of its surroundings that it was in fact something of a living artifact.
"It had such a glow on it," Jason said. It had a distinct orange shine. When I sent a picture to it to my friend I realized that this fish was different. "
Jason thought he might have encountered an overgrown goldfish or other carp, but buffalo bigmouth's distinctive shape and prominent bone plates quickly gave it away.
In-depth hunting will make Jason's thoughts primal and hyper-focused -" Great buff! Great buff! "Shot through his mind, he said. As he swung up on the fish and began to pull back his bowstring, exhaustion – crushing exhaustion, sucking out fatigue; more than an early morning fishing trip can explain – could feel in every muscle and nerve of his body.
Going back to February 2018, the young father said to three that he began to suffer from fatigue – not just occasional hankering for an afternoon sleep, but tossing in bed every day after work and going out for hours at a time  It came to a point where his wife Kelli said he was difficult to awaken and did not respond to anything less than intense effort.
"He couldn't go up," Kelli said. "It would take a solid five minutes to get him up. You can call him and call him, but he wouldn't go up. He was always tired. He never had any energy and then his stomach started to appear and it was completely downhill from there. . "
At the same time, the food became so difficult to be awake all day. He has been diagnosed with, in Jason's words, "some form of malabsorption syndrome" that is about as vague as it sounds. Essentially, in addition to squeezing it into gastrointestinal problems, it means that doctors are almost as confused at Jason and Kelli. So far, there has been no medication and no viable options for cures.
First, Jason thought he had some form of stomach virus. He couldn't properly digest his meals. A typical dinner was developed into an agonizing trial. He suffered from debilitating convulsions that could cause him to kneel and he started to throw blood. Soon he found himself in the emergency room. He has visited seven or eight clinics. He has had his gall bladder and annex removed, but it only led to a temporary residence permit. He noted that he may be dizzy or drowsy while driving as well.
After about a year of consistent problems, Jason lost only shy of 90 pounds. Jason, a technician at Sound Connection Inc. in Baxter for 10 years, was physically unable to continue working. Meanwhile, Kelli has also seen a stormy employment situation juggling her husband's needs and three children with work.
"It sounds quite a guy unable all day," Jason said. "I don't have much answer to how long this is going to go on. Will it stop? Will this be how my life will be?"
Jason said the quality of his life has dropped.
"It has come from so many mental problems," added Jason, who noted that he spent time in acute mental health facilities. "The burden it puts on my wife alone – she says," It's like being a single mother of three. "I am here and I try to be as involved as I can and I love my children, but it is not the same when I cannot take them on a bike ride without having consequences. It makes it difficult to live a life and be a dad . "
Initially, the diagnosis was Crohn's disease. While physicians have moved on from this original assessment, a drug prescribed to Jason – Pentasa – has worked relatively well to alleviate the symptoms and make the situation acceptable.
But when healthcare professionals threw out Crohn's disease diagnosis, they started looking at other options and Jason's Pentasa recipe got axed.
"I got some positive results. My biopsies came back negative, so they took away the medicine and sent me out the door," Jason said. "It's been a fight. I just tried to get that medicine back. I knew how I felt. I told the doctors, I don't care what you are diagnosing with. I know how I feel. It's about living my life . "
" There is a lot to do, "Kelli added. "He's here, but he can't help much. Please, handle the kids. He manages himself. We're waiting for answers."
If you asked Jason, his answer came to him in the form of the golden fish.
Ignoring his worse body, he took the first shot – just to see the arrow disappear into the lake bottom but so much as nicking a scale. By Jason's own recording, bowfishing can be difficult. It is not like traditional bow hunting or staring down a set of iron sights, as much as it is an art form of muscle memory and intuition, combined with an exercise eye, like throwing a baseball on the diamond.
He pursued the animal. With a lack of speed and strength that believed his centenary, Jason said that the golden fish was trying to shake him. He took a second shot – just to look at that look and bounce off the animal's scales as a sheet metal armor.
When Jason corralled the fish in shallower water, it gave another kick with his tail, another burst in the silt – but it was growing tired, he said as if the mysterious fish was weighed down in the decades, just as he was weighed by a mysterious disease that taxed their body.
The third and final shot made it. The arrow went through the shiny metallic skin of the fish, and Jason drew what he called his "fish of hope" – a symbol in his mind, he said that things will change and become better.
"It's very much, very rare and unfinished to this point," said Jason about the fish, echoing judgments by Alec Lackmann, a researcher from North Dakota State University. He noted the extraordinary age of the fish – as the fish often have some luminance over time – or a genetic mutation may be due to its striking appearance.
In any case, the fish presents a variety of questions without specific behavior responses to this time.
"Why me? Why this time in my life? Why did I find it at that time, that place? How old is it? Why is it so orange?" Jason said. "In many ways, this fish is like me and my illness, there are so many unanswered questions that need to be resolved."
Jason and Kelli said they hope to get enough attention and get enough money so that Jason can visit a number of specialized experts – doctors in Chicago, in the Twin Cities or beyond – who may be able to shed some light on his condition. Friends have set up a GoFundMe page titled Jason Jason – Mystery Fish and Medical Diagnosis, created around the symbolic image of the golden buffalo bigmouth, with a goal of $ 20,000.
Whether it comes to fruition, it remains Seen, Jason said, or if it will really change his life for the better. That part of the story is currently in the realm of fiction. "" That was this sign of hope, "Jason said." All good and bad, mental health, the physical – you do not really know what will happen the next day. Just keep trying. If I hadn't put in time and effort, I don't know what had happened. So I have to continue to search, because I find the right doctor, the right diagnosis. And once it will go right. "
More pictures of the rare big mouth buffalo fish are here.