JOHN WILSON is the reason why I love fishing – watching his programmes when I was young inspired me to take up the sport.
His love for fishing was evident in everything he did, and even up until recently he was still fighting causes for anglers, such as the damage otters are doing to fisheries.
John has left a lasting legacy, because like me there must be thousands of people who took up fishing purely through watching his enjoyment.
So gifted & dedicated Master of everything
JOHN WILSON was the absolute man on waggler, stick, slider, spinners, cage feeder, deadbait, bite alarms, quivertip, centrepin, fixed-spool, multipliers, sea, river, pond, lake, gravel pit, estate lake and weir pools.
He’s done it all and he showed us all. He also showed us all to respect and keep our riverbanks tidy. “Steady, Wilson.” RIP. Bendogswales
Bond to my dad
I’M ABSOLUTELY gutted. I’d watch Go Fishing with my dad, and that created a brilliant bond between us both I’ll never forget.
My dad died almost six years ago, and I’ve been re-watching Go Fishing on YouTube, to help reconnect and bring back memories. Thank you, John. Matthew Russell
I HAD the privilege of meeting John once, supplying him with some worms after he had unfortunately been let down. He gave me a Signature Avon rod for my troubles which was sadly stolen. Such a nice, friendly, generous man.
I LOVED hanging out in his tackle shop as a lad, and he sold me plenty of gear. I had the privilege of selling him some of those deerstalker hats, as I
I’M gutted about John Wilson. It’s a shame that all these new celeb anglers just try to push their sponsors’ bait and tackle at you. They have no class like JW had.
Avon rod lives on
NEXT time I’m out on the bank, I'm going to use my original John Wilson Avon twin-tip rod in his memory.