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‘Greatest UK angler of all time’ John Wilson dies aged 75

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John Wilson, voted the UK’s greatest angler of all time, has died in Thailand at the age of 75.

The man voted as the greatest UK angler of all time has died at his home in Thailand at the age of 75.

John Wilson, who hosted the long-running Go Fishing programme in the UK in the 1990s and ran his own fishing tackle business in Norfolk, was also a prolific writer on the sport and a legend for inspiring people young and old to take up fishing.

He suffered a blood clot on the brain on Sunday and died on Tuesday after he went into cardiac arrest. He had recently announced his decision to return to Norfolk to be closer to his family. He leaves a wife, Jo, two children and six grandchildren.

Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press newspaper, his close friend and renowned angler, John Bailey, said the news came as a complete shock. “I have been very fortunate to have fished all over the world for 30 years, but I never found anybody as good as John. He was a superb all-rounder.

“He really brought angling into the public eye and inspired a lot of kids. He did a huge amount for fishing.”

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