Meet Bri­tain’s most amaz­ing an­gler

The moving story of Afghanistan vet­eran Dave Wat­son – noth­ing has stopped him from get­ting back on the bank!

Angling Times (UK) - - FRONT PAGE -

Y THE time Dave Wat­son re­turned to Eng­land in 2007, hav­ing lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, he’d been brought back from the brink of death twice and as­sumed his life was ‘over’.

He’d stepped on an IED (im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice) but against all odds the 29-year-old an­gler fought back, and af­ter three am­pu­ta­tions and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion even found him­self able to fish again.

Life-chang­ing surgery last year al­lowed him to wear pros­thetic legs to walk prop­erly, and he’s also just signed a spon­sor­ship deal with tackle gi­ant Maver.

An am­bas­sador for the char­ity Hooked For He­roes, we catch up with his in­spi­ra­tional story…

Where do you go fish­ing? I travel all over. I’ve just come back from a Blesma (Bri­tish Lim­b­less Ex-Ser­vice­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion) match at Lake­view in Le­ices­ter­shire and the Hooked For He­roes at Lind­holme. One of my favourite venues is Lar­ford Lakes, where I’ve been tak­ing part in a few opens, and I’m booked on the Au­gust festival there. I’ve fished for as long as I can re­mem­ber.

It wasn’t un­til a few years af­ter I’d re­cov­ered from the ex­plo­sion that I started to fish matches. I love the at­mos­phere, meet­ing new peo­ple and hav­ing a laugh! How much of the day you stepped on the ex­plo­sive do you re­mem­ber? Ev­ery­thing. I was three-and-a-half

Dave was de­ter­mined to get back fish­ing.

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