Meet Britain’s most amazing angler
The moving story of Afghanistan veteran Dave Watson – nothing has stopped him from getting back on the bank!
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.