A carp angler has urged fellow fishermen to carry anti-bacterial solution after a winter session turned into a horror story.
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES BELOW
Jack Dwyer worked hard to catch a 13lb common during his overnighter and returned home happy – only for a slight cut on his finger to turn septic within days.
The wound was so bad it required three operations and a skin graft.
The Brighton angler told Carpfeed: “I had a very small, grain-of-rice-sized, cut on the inside of my finger prior to fishing.
“My alarm roared off around 11pm and I had the fish out for a photo, which took a little longer than normal as it was still full of energy.
“This is where I believe the infection came from. The fish emptied its bowels and with the prolonged time out of the water and the wriggling around I think this is when the bacteria got in.”
Having caught the fish on a Tuesday, the 32-year-old began feeling ill that Friday.
He said: “During this time I'd noticed the most insignificant cut on my finger was a little swollen – but nothing we haven’t all had or seen.
“I awoke late Friday night with a raging temperature, in an out of consciousness, shaking uncontrollably. I went to A&E and was admitted almost instantly with suspected septicaemia.
“As you can see from the pictures this went from very innocent to very serious in under 100 hours.”
Jack added: “The lesson here is always carry an anti-bac bottle and don't let fish crap in open wounds!”
The dressing and stitches are due to be removed tomorrow [22/3] and Jack is keen to get back on the bank.
He said: “Hopefully I can get back on with fishing – I’m missing it terribly!”
Still able to smile about it, he added: “If there's one thing positive about all this, in catching and photographing the fish I proved to my wife that I was indeed spending cold work nights on the bank and not out having an affair!”