TV’s Mr Angling John Wilson has died following a stroke at his home in Thailand.
Famous for bringing fishing to mainstream TV in the 80’s with his popular Go Fishing series that went on to run for over a decade, Londoner John was no mean angler either with a string of massive fish both at home and abroad to his credit with roach remaining his favourite species.
Often controversial with views on water abstraction and predation in the UK, John moved to Thailand in 2013 and passed away surrounded by his family and friends. He was 75.
Tributes have been pouring in from all over the angling world about the passing of angling legend John Wilson.
Angling Times Columnist Keith Arthur had this to say on Facebook:
Big Fish off Star Ali Hamidi also commented on the influence that John Wilson had on getting fishing on mainstream TV and the influence that he had on future shows.
Dean Macey also made his own touching video tribute to John Wilson:
Matt Hayes has also paid tribute, he had this to say: “So sad to hear about the passing of John Wilson.
I met John and worked with him at angling shows over many years and came to like and respect him.
He is undoubtedly one of angling's greats and his influence will live on. Rest in Peace, John, and thanks for the memories.”
BBC One Show reporter Joe Crowley said on twitter: “So sorry to hear this. Growing up in Norfolk, John Wilson was a childhood hero and inspired my love of fishing through his TV series.
Anyone could watch and enjoy Go Fishing because he had such a lovely, warm chuckle - you’ve never seen a man laugh more - it was infectious. A sad day.”
Top match man and Angling Times columnist Steve Ringer had this to say:
“Without doubt the most influential angler of our time. I remember as a kid sitting transfixed to the Tele when 'Go Fishing' was on. His catch phrases were also legendary with my personal favourite being 'what a clonker’.
“Rip John you'll be sadly missed”
Guru dedicated this 14lb 14oz barbel to John Wilson after a day of filming today.
Fox International said this on Facebook:
“There cannot be many anglers in the UK who were not inspired by John and his angling exploits on TV. Our best wishes go to John’s family at this extremely sad time.”