He may have been born without limbs but that hasn’t stopped Clay Dyer fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional fisherman.
The 36-year-old has caught more than 7,000 fish and even refuses to use any available aids as he believes they give him an unfair advantage over other competitors.
‘There are modified rods and reels I could use but I’ve never looked into them,’ he said. ‘Other anglers don’t use anything special –
I want it to be an even playing field.’ Instead, he competed in the Bassmaster Open Series – a professional bass fishing tour across America – by holding the rod between his neck and shoulder before rotating his body to send the line out into the water.
He then uses his partial right arm to operate the rod’s reel, snapping the rod with his neck and shoulder in order to get the fish into his boat.
Mr Dyer, from Tennessee in the US, caught his first fish when he was eight. ‘My family was always fishing – I caught my first fish in my grandparents’ pond,’ he said.
‘I loved all kinds of fishing from catfishing to browns but bass fishing is a lot more lucrative so that’s why I chose it.
‘The competitive fishing circuit is like a great big family. We all compete but, at the end of the day, we all respect each other.’