So how did the man famous for his adventures at Redmire Pool, Ashlea, Savay, Yateley and his pioneering trip to Cassien disappear almost overnight?
How could someone catch the biggest living carp in the UK and tour the country with a legendary slide show, only to vanish without trace?
Now Ritchie is stepping back into the limelight to answer these questions and more, with a new tell-all book and slide-show presentation that will put the record straight. Twenty-five years on from the publication of Ritchie on Carp, his highly regarded first book, comes Ritchie on Carp – The Whole Story.
In it he describes his entire fishing career, from his first reluctant trip, to the present day, and his turbulent time away from the bank that came close to claiming his life.
Ritchie will be signing copies of his new book at the Lands End pub, near Twyford, in Berkshire (RG10 0UE) on Saturday, March 22nd from 12noon to 5pm, and then at 6pm he will take to the stage to entertain the crowd with a presentation of slides delivered in his own inimitable style.
Free inside every copy of the book will be a DVD showing Ritchie in action on the bank with the famous Yateley North Lake fish at 45lb 12oz, later named Bazil, and an audio recording of one of his raucous, stand-up slide shows from the still-talked-about Cassien tour.
Copies of this book and DVD package will cost £25, and the first 100 will be numbered and signed as First Edition copies.
Don’t miss this milestone in carp fishing history!