hen seventy-five-year-old South Australian retiree, Ray Johnstone's longtime fishing buddy passed away earlier this month, he worried he'd never cast a line again.
Then, the Internet came calling...
Ray loves fishing.
However, Ray recently lost both his wife and then his longtime fishing buddy, and has since found the sport to be quite lonely.
“Going fishing by yourself,” Ray told Yahoo! News, “is not much fun.”
Ray needed a new fishing mate.
So recently, Ray took to the web, posting an ad on Gumtree in search of a new fishing companion.
In his ad, Ray simply stated that, “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.”
And, guys, the Internet stepped UP.
Before long, his posting began racking up tens of thousands of views.
In no time at all, Ray's search went viral.
Suddenly, folks from all over Australia were contacting him, wanting to throw their hats into the ring.
“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.”
Videos of Ray have since been viewed by over 1,000,000 all over the world.
Grateful yet overwhelmed with folks' widespread generosity and intrigue, Ray is excited for his search to finally come to an end.
So far, he’s narrowed his picks down to four potential fishing buddy candidates.
Whoever he ends up choosing seems like they’ll have baited quite the catch.