Hundreds Respond To Widower’s Ad in Search of A Fishing Buddy

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When a 75-year old widower from Australia grew tired of fishing alone, he posted an ad online in search of a fishing buddy. The response was overwhelming, to say the least.

Ray Johnstone is a widower and grandfather of 12. He’s had a passion for fishing most of his life and often does so on the beaches of the country’s southern coast. “I mainly do it to keep myself active,” he says. “I don’t want to be like some of the others who don’t move around.”

But fishing can be lonely, and his life in general has been rather lonely since his wife passed away a few years ago. So, on the suggestion of his care nurse, he posted an ad on the site, looking for a friend to go fishing with him.

“My name is Ray Johnstone. Australian. I’m a widowed pensioner who is looking for a fishing mate. My previous mate is now deceased,” he wrote, adding that he’d like someone who also fishes alone but would prefer to go with a partner. On the part of the page that asks for his condition, he listed himself as “used.”

In less than two weeks since Johnstone posted the ad, the page has been viewed nearly 80,000 times and he has received hundreds of responses.

“My phone has been going non-stop,” says Johnstone. “When I started getting a few phone calls I though it was because of my age, but they it kept going, and going and going.”

Even though Johnstone lives in the southern part of Australia, he says inquiries have come in from all parts of the country. So many people were touched by his story that even people who don’t fish responded, offering to go fishing with Johnstone.

Of the hundreds who responded, Johnstone appears to have found a new fishing buddy. The pair are reportedly set to meet up later this week. Here’s hoping that Johnstone has found a fishing buddy for a long time to come.