UK’s oldest fisherman doesn’t like seafood and can’t swim
Bill Hocking is Britain’s oldest commercial fisherman. He is now celebrating 70 years at sea and has experienced the highs and lows of the often turbulent fishing industry. But the 80-year-old great-grandad from Cornwall admits that he can’t swim, and he will not eat his catch because he doesn’t care that much for the taste of fish.
“I’m not a fish eater as such,” Hocking said. “I’m not keen on shellfish and I don’t really like any fish to be quite honest… farmers like fish, I like beef.”
Hocking began fishing in May 1940 as an 11-year-old apprentice and he has no plans to hang up his galoshes just yet. Yes, he has now retired from strenuous 36-hour trawling trips, but he still goes out to sea in a boat by himself each day to haul in lobster and crab.
He said: “I am not as young as I was and now sometimes I struggle a bit, but it’s a way of life. I just enjoy being out there; as long as I can physically do it, I have no intention of giving up.”