AN ANGLING legend celebrated his 90th birthday with a huge party attended by scores of fishing dignitaries.

Dave Steuart was the lead features writer when Angler’s Mail magazine started back in the mid 1960s.

He also ran and finally owned Edgar Thurston’s tackle shop at Twickenham, South West London.

Around 130 attended his special 90th birthday celebration.

They included Angler’s Mail contributors Bill and Virginia Rushmer, author Peter Wheat, film-maker Hugh Miles, historian Chris Ball, fly master Bob Church, barbel ace Pete Reading, roach expert Dave Howes, all-rounder Dave Gawthorne and big fish ace Len Arbery.

Dave Steuart – an inspirational angler

Len said: “Dave Steuart is a true living legend and inspiration. His birthday bash was held in the grounds of Dave’s home, right on the bank of the River Test, in Romsey, Hampshire.

“Dave is the oldest and longest serving member of the Red Spinner Angling Society, and last October was official guest speaker at their 150th Anniversary Dinner, held at the Houses of Parliament.

“Furthermore, in March of this year, Dave was elected a vice-president of the Red Spinners, an honour of which he is very proud.

“I’ve known Dave for 70 years. He served in Edgar Thurston’s, my local tackle shop, when I first went there when about ten-years-old.

“Dave is also a successful author, and a superb raconteur, and the president of the Barbel Society. I am honoured to be counted among his legion of friends,” concluded Len, 80, who has had eels to 6 lb this year.

Carp historian Chris Ball added: “Dave is a master angler, author and all-round good guy.

“There was plenty of fun and laughter with Dave in fine spirits and quick witted as ever. Without doubt he is a total star and a credit to angling.”

Dave doesn’t fish as much as he used to but still has an enviable list of PBs. They include barbel to 12 lb 3 oz, pike 28 lb, roach 2 lb 12 oz, dace 1 lb 2 oz, salmon 39 lb (51 lb from Alaska), brown trout 10 lb 12 oz, rainbow 11 lb, perch 4 lb 4 oz and chub 5 lb 13 oz.

Dave joked: “I lead such a pure life, I don’t smoke and I don’t drink – it must be the women that keeps me young.”

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