Give this guy an A++ for creativity! In what has to be one of the most elaborate engagement proposals ever staged, Blake Buck and co-conspirator Mike Metzger devised a plan in which Buck’s girlfriend, Kellie O’Leary, would reel in a fish – with an engagement ring attached – from the icy waters of Otter Tail Lake in Minnesota.
According to the Fergus Falls Journal, Buck and Metzger set up two ice houses on the lake. Buck took his girlfriend to fish in one, while Metzger, with scuba gear on, sat in the other.
Buck told O’Leary that he wanted to see if fish were biting for other anglers, but he really went into the other house to tell Metzger he was ready to pop the question. With O’Leary’s lure already in the water, the diver entered the lake, swam about 70 feet to O’Leary’s fishing hole, attached a rubber fish to Kellie’s lure and gave it a tug as if she had a bite.
“I tried to convince Blake to use a dime store ring,” Metzger told the Fergus Falls Journal. “But he wanted the real thing.”
As O’Leary was pulling the fish up, Buck was fearful she might hook his friend, so he told her to take it really slow. When she got her rubbery trophy to the surface, it was like nothing she’d seen before.
“It was a huge black and yellow fish,” O’Leary said. “It was kind of scary looking. But then I saw my ring on it.”
“He asked me to marry him and I said ‘yes’ three times, but I really just wanted to know how he did that,” she said. “I was really excited.”
The Fergus Falls Journal reported that O’Leary called her parents right away and told her mom, “I caught a fiancé.”
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