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Man hooks couple’s lacking cellphone, photograph in Waccamaw River


HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Jason Robinson, an avid fisherman, woke up early last Sunday morning and decided to steal some time fishing the Waccamaw River while his family was still asleep.

He stopped at Bob’s Landing and went down to Lee’s Landing. With his rooster tail, Robinson was lucky enough to catch Brim and a few perch.

Then he felt a good bite. With tension on his line, Robinson began to curl, only to find something else on his hook.

“It was a fucking iPhone,” said Robinson.

iPhone addicted to bait(Jason Robinson)

He took a picture of it and sent it to his wife to tell her about his catch. Nothing to throw away, and since phones are not great for catching and releasing, Robinson kept it in his boat until the end of his excursion.

While cleaning the dirt off the phone, he noticed a photo of a young woman carrying a young man in her arms while standing on a boardwalk.

Robinson decided to take a risk and see if social media could help track down the couple.

“I’ve always been told to do the right thing, no matter what it is, no matter what happens in life, so at the end of the day you know that you’ve done everything to make life better for someone else,” said Robinson.

Within five minutes of posting it on Facebook, he found the woman in the photo, Riley Johnson.

“It made the girl as happy as possible,” he said.

Johnson said her husband lost his cell phone while fishing with some friends and family last Thanksgiving.

The phone – and the photo – had been gone eight months.

Johnson’s husband, Trinidy, often works from home and always has a photo in his wallet or on his cell phone.

This particular photo was taken in 2018, the year they met. It was taken at Myrtle Beach State Park during their first photo shoot together.

Original photo with water damage of Riley and Trinidy Johnson side by side.(Riley Johnson)

The Johnsons got married last April. She said her husband’s birthday was the day before Robinson found her photo.

Robinson caught up with Johnson this week to return the phone and photo, which now looks a little different.

“The picture looks a little dated, we’ll probably frame it,” said Johnson.

And while her husband hasn’t met Jason yet, she says he might just have found a new fishing buddy, too.

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