The conversations of life

What do you do when you’re lonely and in need of a new friend?


Ray Johnstone, 75, from Lewiston in South Australia, was looking for a new fishing partner – after his previous friend had died. So he posted an ad on Gumtree:

“I am a Land Based Fisherman I have all the gear for all types of fish that is required for Land Based Fishing [sic]what I want is a fishing mate in a similar position to myself who also wants someone to go fishing with,” it read.

A great catch

It sounds like a strange request, but it worked – the ad went viral, netting over 60,000 views, and the widowed pensioner has been flooded with offers for new fishing mates.

He’s even received an all-expenses paid charter at Stradbroke Island in Queensland.

Sounds like the catch of the day to us.

You can watch a news report about Ray’s story here.

Lauren is a journalist for, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

Leave A Reply