Ray Johnstone, 75 was left without a fishing mate when his longstanding friend tragically died
Ray Johnstone, 75, from Lewiston, Adelaide, South Australia, was left without a fishing mate when his longstanding friend tragically died.
Having also lost his wife, the pensioner embarked on a quest for companionship during his fishing outings and posted the tear-inducing ad online.
Now his Gumtree listing has gone viral, clocking up more than 30,000 views since it went live a week ago [19th Jan, 2017] and Ray has been inundated with offers of friendship.
He said “My name is Ray Johnstone. I'm Australian. I'm a widowed pensioner who is looking for a fishing mate. My previous mate is now deceased.
“I am a land-based fisherman. I have all the gear for all types of fish that is required for land-based fishing.
“What I want is a fishing mate in a similar position to myself who also wants someone to go fishing with.
Ray and his wife Raelene, who died in 2001
“I am willing to share all costs, e.g. petrol, bait, and should you happen to own a boat [am] willing to pay all ramp fees, but happy if you are also a land-based fisherman.“
Mr Johnstone has been on the hunt for a new mate since December last year, but appears to have struggled to find anyone keen to join him on the water.
Ray Johnstone's advert he posted looking for a fishing mate
He posted on the Glenelg Fishing Charters & Diving Charters Facebook page at the start of January, explaining the difficulties he'd been facing.
He said: “How much do you charge for a days fishing? I have had a advertisement on my Facebook page since early December looking for a Fishing Mate as the last mate I had is now deceased.
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“I have put an ad in Sprint Auto Parts Window at Two Wells but I have no replies from that or my Facebook page. Thanking you, Ray Johnstone.”
The quest to find Ray's new fishing mate has now gathered momentum, with a hashtag #FindRayAFishingMate now trending.