Image: Gumtree

If you’ve ever gone to well known buy, swap and sell website Gumtree, you would have no doubt seen that it’s the go-to website for people who prefer it’s ‘homeliness’ compared to sites such as eBay.

Gumtree tends to feature items that have more of a ‘trash and treasure’ or ‘garage sale’ vibe to them, and thats why it’s proven so popular.

So you can imagine our surprise over the weekend when we this ad posted by a bloke by the name of Ray Johnstone.

Ray has advertised himself to go out fishing.

No, he’s not selling his boat, Ray is simply looking for a mate to go out on the water and drop a line.

Ray is apparently a widower and his best mate recently passed away, so he’s looking for someone to join 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.”

“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. 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.”

We hope that there is someone in Ray’s area (he lives in South Australia) who can take him up on his offer.

Good luck with the search Ray.

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