A man finally plucked up the courage to propose to his girlfriend after she discovered a engagement ring in a fish he caught.
Christopher Eggington, 50, said he had wanted to propose to now-fiancée Sandra Bidgood, 48, for some time.
But he only finally popped the question when she found the random ring in a fish they caught on a trip to Chapel St Leonards in Lincolshire earlier this year.
Christopher, from Wragby, told Lincolnshire Live : "We had a beautiful catch. We had been working our casts and our new rods were doing the job.
"We released most of our fish but kept two back for dinner.
"When we got back to the house, Sandra was in charge of preparing the meal.
"I have never been that good at gutting the fish so I always pass it onto Sandra to do the gutting as she doesn't mind.
"That’s when I heard a squeal and turned around to see Sandra, beaming with glee, holding a ring."
While Christopher had wanted to propose to Sandra for a while, he hadn't yet plucked up the courage to pop the question.
Nor had he himself put the ring in the fish's mouth.
But when Sandra made the discovery, he decided that it was the right time to ask her to marry him.
"I didn't put the ring in the fish," he said, "so I can only assume the fish had swallowed it sometime before I caught it.
"Long story short, Sandra and I are now engaged.
"I had wanted to propose for a while but it turns out I needed a little nudge from a gilled friend to get the courage."
Christopher had intended to go out and buy a ring when Sandra was next at work but, after the fishing trip, they have instead used the one found in the fish's mouth as an engagement ring (after giving it a really, really good scrub).
The happy couple intend to go wedding ring shopping soon, before tying the knot after five years together.
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