Still looking for the one that got away...

Stuffed pike caught by the late Cecil James
Stuffed pike caught by the late Cecil James

A Helmdon man has put out a fresh plea in the hope of finding the fish that got away.

The stuffed pike, pictured right, was caught at Wotton Lakes on December 6 1937 by the late Cecil James.

It has since been lost, and Cecil’s grandson, Paul, is hoping to trace the fish, which holds memories of the grandfather who taught him to fish.

The Advertiser put out an appeal to find the fish in 2013, but at the time there was no picture of it available.Now Paul has found a photo, and he’s hoping it might jog someone’s memory.

Paul said: “My grandfather was well known in the Buckingham and District Angling Association and at one point won outright quite a few of the local annual clubs trophies, which he returned to the club for others to enjoy in the future..

“The stuffed pike used to hang on the hallway wall of his house in its elegant bow-fronted case and I used to stare at it in awe every time I visited.

“It was sold at some stage but, due to the excellent quality of the taxidermy, is unlikely to have been thrown away.

“I would dearly love to get the fish back, as a memento of all the time spent with my grandfather.”

Born in 1909, Cecil James lived in the Gawcott area all his life. He owned a bicycle shop and a taxi business and also ran a garage.

To contact Paul, email ducatiman@btconnect.com or call 07798 525482.