Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Hate mail after he claimed he'd caught a 40

A visiting angler who claims he landed a 42lbs Broads pike on the last night of the season has received hate mail and abuse, it was reported today.

Craig Humphries brought his rods when he stopped off in Norfolk on a job-hunting visit from Germany.

He hit the headlines when he revealed he had caught the 42lbs 8oz lump from a hired houseboat on Hicking.

But in today's Eastern Daily Press, angling correspondent Roy Webster reports he has had nothing but ear-ache ever since.

“Since it was reported in the angling media I have received hate mail, verbal abuse and mockery,” Webster quotes Mr Humphries as saying, in comments which themselves appear to be copied from other media.

“What is wrong with these people? This does not appear to be jealousy, just down right hatred, yet I go fishing for enjoyment and nothing more. I'm getting fed up with the whole episode now.”

Doubts were cast over the fish when the picture appeared online. According to Webster, Mr Humphries said: “I took the photograph on the balcony of the houseboat and returned the fish that was heavy in spawn to the water immediately.

“I guess the negative comments about the fish being a fake are normal (for some anglers) yet all I have done to the image is rotate it, crop it and clean it up."

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