FISHING tackle inventor John Roberts has sadly passed away at the age of 77.

Fishing tackle inventor John Roberts’ original fishing tackle items included leger stops, run clips, reel fittings, pike disgorgers, butt grips, feeder booms, link leger beads, bait bands to name but a few.

His products appeared largely under his own John Roberts label and he was probably the most copied angling inventor ever.

He was also president of the Pike Anglers Club from 1991 to 1994 and he is pictured above with one of his fine pike catches. He was co-founder of the River Stour Conservation Group, an honorary member of the Red Spinners and wrote a series of tips for Angler’s Mail magazine from 1991 to 2000.

Born May 16, 1940, in Walthamstow, North East London, much-liked John lived out his retirement at Birchington-on-Sea, Kent.

Daughter Lucy Bedford said: “As a kid he was always interested in nature and wildlife but his love for fishing started when his dad took him newt fishing with a worm tied to a piece of cotton and a matchstick for a float.

“When he got his first rod aged eight he didn’t look back.

“After making his first product in 1966, he finally started his own business in 1982 and his previous jobs as a sales rep and a toolmaker stood him in good stead to get it up and running.

“He was a successful fishing tackle designer and manufacturer, resisting the urge to copy or improve the designs of others, for 30 years until he retired in 2011 due to ill health and sold the company to Hopkins & Holloway.

“His passion for freshwater fishing – stalking big fish in clear water, freeline fishing, fly fishing for trout, spey casting for salmon – and his love for new adventures took him all over the world, from Hampshire and Northumberland to Tierra del Fuego, Canada and Cuba,” added Lucy.

Personal bests for John Roberts included pike to 28 lb 10 oz, 11 lb 2 oz barbel, 34 lb carp, 5 lb 3oz chub, 1 lb dace, 2 lb 4 oz grayling, 2 lb 6 oz perch, 2 lb 5 oz roach, 200 lb white sturgeon, 26 lb Atlantic salmon, 15 lb sea trout, 14 lb rainbow trout and 11 lb 3 oz brown trout.

John is survived by his widow Jeanie, daughter Lucy, son Scott and three grandchildren and a stack of fishing diaries.

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