I was bass fishing the other night at a local lake right before sunset. A kid about 10-years old was fishing down the shoreline from where I was. I was doing my best not to crowd him and was keeping my distance. Suddenly, he called out to me, “Hey Mister, I need help!” I could see his rod was bent over and he didn’t seem to be in panic or in any dire danger so I walked over instead of running. From the looks of it I thought maybe he had hooked a fish and it was tangled in the lake weed. When I arrived I asked what was wrong and he said he had hooked a snake. Sure enough he had banded water snake (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) about 3-feet long at the end of his line. He thought it was a water moccasin but I could see by the shape,of the head that it was not venomous. The kid wanted his lure back and offered me his pliers to free it from the the snakes lower jaw. I held the snakes head down with a sturdy stick and easily worked his lure out of the the snakes mouth. The snake swam away little worse for the wear. Still it was a little freaky given the snakes length and girth and it writhing around as I pulled it on shore and worked the lure out of its mouth. I gave the kid a Rod&Barrel decal afterwards.