Members of the Christchurch Angling Club occasionally use a remote hut on the bank of the River Avon in Dorset to shelter from bad weather. There’s a log book in the hut and members sometimes record good catches in the book, too. The stretch of river is known for being a tough place to catch, but one mystery angler has gone on a quest to do just that. And he has!
He’s caught 19 huge fish, including 3-pound roaches, a 16-pound barbell and a 7-pound chub. After his excellent catches, he sticks an A4-sized photo of his catch on the hut’s wall. He includes the species and weight of each catch on the picture, too. The club has about 900 members, so it’s anyone’s guess who the mystery angler is!
The club’s press officer, Andy Walker, posted the images above on the club’s FB page, igniting rumours and debates about who this slippery angler:
“All I know is he clearly loves fishing and knows that stretch of the river, all the pictures have definitely been posted by the same person.”
“A lot of anglers use very sophisticated tackle to turn fishing into an almost kind of science and there is no sign of that in these photos.”
“My hunch is he is a traditional fisherman who uses techniques and baits that have worked for decades.”
“He definitely has a very high level of skill as a big river roach is the hardest of all fish to catch and a 2lb one is the stuff of dreams for most anglers.”
“To catch so many, including 3lb specimens, is simply phenomenal.”
Steve Jenner, club secretary, added: ‘You might catch one specimen fish in a season but to catch 19 of that size and of three different species is just unheard of.
‘You could say this guy is a fishing genius.
The club’s secretary, Steve Jenner, adds:
“You might catch one specimen fish in a season but to catch 19 of that size and of three different species is just unheard of.”
“You could say this guy is a fishing genius.”
“Most anglers can be quite secretive about the area they are fishing but they are quite happy to let everyone know when they get a big catch.”
“I’m not going to launch a hunt to find out who this person is as it is against the spirit of what he is doing – we are quite happy to respect his privacy but I would love to know where he has been catching those fish.”
“Whoever it is I hope they carry on fishing.”
Mark Weiczerak, a 68-year-old who has been a member of the club for more than 12 years, thinks there could be something fishy about the photos:
“I’d love to believe it, but I just need to see it in the flesh. Those pictures don’t have a specific date on them and I’d just like to know more about the methods he used and where he caught them.”
“There is no doubting this guy’s ability, I’ve been fishing down here for 12 years and I’ve never caught anything like that.”
“It’s easier to catch a hen’s teeth down there than some of those fish, I know every angler exaggerates and this could be no different.”