Fishermen make dead pal’s ashes into bait – and then catch 180lb monster

PAY-Pictured-in-2015-l-to-r-Ron-Hopper-Paul-Fairbrass-and-Cliff-DaleTwo anglers have honoured their late fisherman friend by turning his ashes into a bait that snared a monster 180lbs catch. Ron Hopper, 64, died from cancer before he could go on a much-anticipated fishing holiday to Thailand with friends Paul Fairbrass and Cliff Dale. While Ron was on his deathbed the trio agreed Paul and Cliff, both aged 65, should take his ashes to the Far East with them and infuse them with a special bait mix to make ‘boilies’. The two fishermen named the special bait ‘Purple Ronnie’ and cast off with it on the end of their lines throughout the nine day trip. And their dedication to their late friend paid off as a whopping a 12stone Siamese carp – one of the biggest carp fish in the world – took a liking to his ashes. Read the rest here 17:53

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