Boston-area Fisherman Reels in Gun After Casting Near Pier

Police investigate whether pistol was real

Crooks ditch firearms in all kinds of remote places, but one Massachusetts angler, who reeled in a barnacle-encrusted pistol this weekend, never thought he’d hook more than dinner while fishing off the local pier.

"Yesterday I caught a 27-inch bluefish. Today? A gun," the shaken angler, Alberto Pina, told in a story published Monday. The man even had his 3-year-old son with him for a day outdoors. Pina was fishing from a pier near Carson Beach in South Boston.

Pina called 911 and Boston police recovered the pistol. The website says police don’t yet know if the firearm was real.