The reel cost of broken hearts

16:00, Jan 14 2012

Guys, beware a woman scorned.

It seems nothing is sacred when it comes to a spurned girlfriend's vengeance – even a bloke's secret fishing spots.

A Waikato teacher – wanting to be known only as Angela – is selling her ex-boyfriend's GPS fishing co-ordinates on Trade Me.

Angela hopes the co-ordinates will be bought by a "nice guy" who she believes deserves them more than her ex-boyfriend.

The GPS markings for the Bay of Plenty and many other areas of the North Island are being sold individually with a start price of $10 and no reserve.

"My ex-boyfriend is an avid and very successful fisherman who asked me to protect his collection of GPS fishing spot co-ordinates (with my life no less). Not a problem," Angela wrote on the auction.


Listed on Friday night, the auction closes on Thursday and has gained substantial interest.

"Absolutely incredible. I only listed it on Trade Me last night and by this morning I had 650 responses," she said.

Angela said she had been living with her fishing-mad boyfriend for six months before he spun her a line and left for Australia.

"We were living together and he got up one day and said 'I'm going to live in Australia' without any consultation. He gave me less than 12 hours' notice and up and left.

"Basically he left with just a bag, which happened to be my bag, and left me to sort everything out at this end."

Angela said she later got a text message saying her boyfriend was sending someone to pick up his fishing gear and tools.

"So they turned up, got his gear, and subsequent to that I was clearing out the garage and found a copy of his GPS co-ordinates.

"I thought 'I'm sick and tired of hearing that nice people finish last and I thought this time I am not finishing last'.

"I didn't list them to be vindictive. I listed them as a bit of a laugh.

"Personally I would rather have a nice genuine guy have the information so the nice guy can have a good day's fishing."

Angela said the auction has gathered mostly positive reaction but a few men have expressed dismay.

"Sorry lady, but selling a man's GPS spots is freaking disgusting," said one.

What Angela would like most is her bag, in which her boyfriend packed his gear to take to Australia.

"I had taken it around the world and it had a lot of memories. It still had all the tickets attached. I just want my suitcase back."

Sunday Star Times