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'Million-to-one coincidence' as red kite drops trout at Rutland Water Golf Club




When Paul Friend promised to catch a Rutland Water trout for his golfing pal Tony Wright, he hadn’t bet on the remarkable turn of events that followed.

The keen fisherman said he would try to hook a decent-sized fish as a treat for Tony and girlfriend, Sharon, who was coming up from London for dinner the next evening.

But when Paul looked at the forecast, he found that the weather was a touch too warm for the trout to ‘bite’ and thought he was going to have to let Tony down.

Paul Friend and Tony Wright at Rutland Water Golf Club
Paul Friend and Tony Wright at Rutland Water Golf Club

The next day, Paul and Tony decided to play a few holes at Rutland Water Golf Club.

As they headed up the 14th fairway, a huge red kite swooped down in front of them.

“It landed about 100 yards ahead of us and plonked down a 2lb trout. It was unbelievable,” said Tony. “A million-to-one coincidence. I thought it was a miracle!”

Paul Friend and Tony Wright who were shocked by a trout being dropped in front of them at Rutland County Golf Club
Paul Friend and Tony Wright who were shocked by a trout being dropped in front of them at Rutland County Golf Club

Paul cleaned up and gutted the trout at the golf club before giving it to Tony to cook for his dinner with Sharon.

“It tasted delicious!” said Tony, 70, who is the ex-Seniors Champion and current Super-Seniors Champion at Rutland Water Golf Club.

Paul, 73, is no stranger to a spot of luck on the golf course having had six hole-in-ones in his lifetime.

He said: “I’ve fished for years and even used to work in fisheries at Rutland Water, but I’ve never seen anything like this before.

Tony and Sharon's Friday night dinner
Tony and Sharon's Friday night dinner

“It’s usually osprey which do the fishing, so I imagine the red kite had stolen the fish off a bank, and perhaps off another fisherman!”

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The trout complete with claw marks from the red kite
The trout complete with claw marks from the red kite

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