KONAKOVO, Russia (AP) _ One Russian fisherman has a story about the big one that he wished had gotten away.

According to an ITAR-Tass news agency report Thursday, the man and some pals were ice-fishing on the Ivankovo reservoir about 60 miles northwest of Moscow when he caught a 28-inch pike.

Showing off for his buddies, he raised the fish high and kissed it on the mouth. The pike clamped down hard on the fisherman's nose.

The pike's jaws remained tightly locked on the fisherman's nose even after his companions beheaded it.

Doctors at a local hospital finally set the man free. ITAR-Tass did not say when the incident happened.