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GUMTREE / RAY JOHNSTONE

When 75-year-old Australian widower Ray Johnstone's friend passed away, he worried it might mean the end of his fishing days.

Instead of going out alone however, he posted an advert on Gumtree, searching for a friend to go fishing with.

He wrote in his advert:

My name is Ray Johnstone. Australian. I'm a widowed pensioner who is looking for a fishing mate. My previous mate is now deceased.

What I want is a fishing mate in a similar position to myself who also wants someone to go fishing with.

I am willing to share all costs e.g. petrol bait and should you happen to own a boat willing to pay all ramp fees but happy if you are also a land based fisherman.

Johnstone, from South Australia, got more than he bargained for when his story received more than a million views on Facebook, and he received around 100 replies. He told 7 News:

It gets a bit lonely just sitting around watching the TV a lot of the time. Going fishing by yourself is not much fun.

When I started getting a few phone calls this morning I thought it was just because of my age, but then it kept going, and going and going.

His story has obviously touched the Australian people, and Johnstone’s been receiving a bit of fame since:

It looks like Johnstone won't have any troubles finding a fishing buddy now.

Thank cod for that. (sorry)

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