While Mr Hopper was on his deathbed when the trio agreed Mr Fairbrass and Mr Dale, both aged 65, should take his ashes to the Far East with them and infuse them with a special bait mix to make “boilies”.
The two fishermen named the special bait “Purple Ronnie” and cast off with it on the end of their lines throughout the nine-day trip.
And their dedication to their late friend paid off as a whopping a 12st Siamese carp – one of the biggest carp fish in the world – took a liking to his ashes.
Mr Fairbrass and Mr Dale spent three hours reeling in the monster and afterwards, when the adrenaline had worn off and they had returned the fish alive and well to the lake, they thanked Ron for making the fishing gods look down on them.
Mr Fairbrass said: “We were gutted that Ron couldn’t come on the trip because he was really looking forward to …