Goodbye, Old Chum

Fisherman never die, they just become the one that got away.

Pete Hodge knew that he wanted good things to happen from his passing.

To somehow keep fishing and to remain by his favorite fishing spot.

Becoming fish bait seemed the perfect solution.

After Mr Hodge from Somerset, died last month from terminal motor neurone disease, he was cremated in a coffin made from wicker resembling a fishing basket.

A friend then mixed Mr Hodge's ashes with maize, hemp and soya to create 30lb of ground bait which, when rolled into balls, can be catapulted into the River Huntspill in Somerset, where he had fished for more than 40 years.

His widow Caroline and daughter Sally were the first to propel the bait into the water.

Said Caroline: 'Pete always said that when he died he wanted the fish to gobble him up so he could swim up and down the river after his death. When he got ill a couple of years ago he put it in writing that this was what he wanted. Everything that he wished for was done right down to the last. It was only right for us to carry out his final wishes.'

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