That sounds familiar.
I like to cast standing up in my canoe and that's what I was doing one day when some hikers stopped to watch. Probably waiting for the inevitable.
I was concentrating on my cast, trying not to look foolish when I hooked into a nice smallmouth.,
I was so surprised that I fell right over backwards. Not into the water fortunately, but down into the canoe, breaking the seat.
When I got my act together, my audience was gone, but I still had the fish.
From only last month, this picture has a similar story .
I had just done a header into the river and after recovering what was left of my dignity, this little land locked salmon was on my line