New Wilson book to be launched.

Angling Times will launch a new John Wilson book next month as a tribute to our greatest-ever angler.

Created with the blessing of John’s widow, Jo, the strictly limited-edition 132-page book is packed with classic stories from Wilson’s lifetime in fishing, and will help to create a memorial to John on his favourite River Wensum.


In his own words he explains how he started in the sport and recounts stories behind his ‘Go Fishing’ years and his move to Thailand. 

It also features some of his most popular magazine articles, amazing catches, classic interviews and behind-the-scenes stories from his career.

A special section called ‘Wilson & Me’ gives readers an insight into fishing trips he shared with famous anglers worldwide, including a full re-run of the Wilson V Dick Clegg series of matches and his US carp trip with Chris Tarrant.

Wilson’s relative, Angling Times columnist Martin Bowler, also recalls several trips with John and how the pair inspired each other over four decades of fishing.

The book will launch at this year’s The Big One Show in Farnborough on March 23 & 24, where organisers are already planning a special tribute to John – the creation of a new John Wilson MBE Legends Theatre.

The theatre will feature talks and demos from the biggest names in fishing including Jeremy Wade, Terry Hearn, Dean Macey, Ali Hamidi and Steve Ringer – all big fans of Wilson.

Angling Times Editor-in-Chief, Steve Fitzpatrick, has helped put the new book together. He said: “This is a true celebration of the life of John who many people, myself included, believe to be our greatest-ever angler.

“He inspired me to pick up a rod and ‘go fishing’ and this book goes a small way to thank him for all those incredible journeys he set us on as anglers, and the memories we created along the way.”

The book will also help readers improve their own fishing, with a chapter containing some of John’s best tips from nearly 70 years on the bank.

Additionally, a huge Where to Fish section will allow readers to follow in John’s footsteps with guides to his favourite rivers and lakes, including many that featured in his hit TV series.