AN Angler’s Mail reader has reported the first instance of an otter picking up fishing bait when one of the mammals twice grabbed his float fished sardine (pictured).

Midlands all-rounder Stewart Bloor exclusively told the Mail how he was fishing for pike on the middle reaches of the River Severn in Staffordshire.

The otter was totally unharmed at it did NOT get hooked.

The Sedgley Staffordshire-based church minister, and popular online blogger, tells his full story in this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine (issue dated November 29, 2011).

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