AN angler who nearly choked to death on a Dover sole he tried to kiss has admitted he would still pucker up for a fish in the future.
Sam Quilliam said he would consider continuing with the ritual in future even though it nearly killed him — and his girlfriend has banned him.
The 28-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest on Boscombe Pier in Bournemouth, Dorset last week when he accidentally choked on a six-inch sole.
The fish leapt into his mouth as he tried to give it a kiss before putting it back into the water.
"It wriggled in my hand, and that was enough for me to open my mouth and gasp", he said on ITV's This Morning.
"I stuck my hand as far down my mouth I could get it", he added, but the fish's slimy scales meant he couldn't get purchase and he passed out.
Paramedic Matt Harrison, who helped save Sam, has said: “I have never attended a more bizarre incident and don’t think I ever will."
But keen fisherman Sam, who is a member of Boscombe Pier Sea Anglers Club, insisted to Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that he would do it again.
Philip asked: "Would you kiss a fish?", to which Sam hesitantly replied, "Yea, maybe".
Earlier, Sam said that his girlfriend, Holly, has banned him puckering up to his catches ever again.
On his recovery, Sam added: "I've had my check ups and I'm healing well".
The tradition of kissing fish comes from legendary Aussie angler Rex Hunt, who Sam described has his "idol".
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