THE angling community has been in shock after the death of fishing legend Jan Porter.

Jan Porter had battled cancer for the previous few years but it was still a huge shock the ‘man in red’ passed away.

The 60-year-old became famous for his red attire in the 1970s and 80s while fishing matches, especially on his local River Trent in Nottingham. Jan also represented Norway in the World Championships and rebuilt the Shakespeare Superteam.

In the 1990s Jan turned into the ‘man in camo’ as a specimen hunter and became Shimano chief consultant and showed what a versatile angler he was. His enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for fishing came through his media and TV work.

He had a passion for music as well and everyone who dealt with Jan had the utmost respect for him.

Jan Porter was a face for many years at Shimano, helping product development, promoting kit and inspiring others.

Jan Porter’s brave battle

Wife Mel said: “It is with much sadness to say that my gorgeous, wonderful, loving husband and father to Sam and Danielle, Jan, passed away.

“After battling cancer for the past 3.5 years he managed to hang on for two years longer than expected through sheer determination and passion for life.

“Jan died at the Myton Hospice. The service and attention he received were exceptional and we are so very grateful that he ended his life in such a dignified way and in no pain whatsoever.

“Jan’s wish is to have a very private quiet funeral and in his words ‘if Bowie can do it, so can I’ please respect this.

“Much love and may he be up there fishing with his dad, Terry now xxx.”

Good pal, big carp ace and bait company boss Shaun Harrison said: “I’m totally lost for words and sitting here in a void.

“They say the best are taken early, they certainly found the best again. Strap that guitar back on and go looking for water wherever you are.”

Matchman or specialist angler? Jan Porter was not an angler who could be pigeon-holed into any category.

Tributes to Jan Porter

Mail contributor Greg Meenehan said: “The Man in Red brought a breath of fresh air to match fishing and later specimen hunting in his camo-coloured car with his original thinking.

“He was great company on the bank and always looking for new challenges, pole fishing on the Trent when everyone else fished a feeder or a stick float, headphones on as he pulled out one roach after another to banging music because it helped his catching rhythm, and pioneering drop shotting before it really took off.

“He never took himself or his fishing too seriously. He’ll be sadly missed.”

Jan Porter back in the days of red everything.

Mail contributor Ian Chapman said: “’Legend’ is a word too easily bandied about in jest these days. To really have legendary status you have to actually achieved a lot and had a big influence.

“Jan ticks those two boxes, no question about that, and he was one of my angling heroes when I first started fishing.

“In a year when we have lost so many well know faces of one kind or another, it’s with great sadness that we have to say goodbye, too soon, to one of the true legends of our own angling world.”

Jan Porter in his last perch photograph.

Mail blogger Colin Mitchell said: “I first met Jan when he ran his tackle shop in Nottingham many years ago when he was a match fishing star.

“Little did I know that we would later become friends. He was an important regular in the Mail’s sister magazine, Coarse Angling, and an inspiration to countless thousands of anglers wherever he went.

“Typically, one of the last times I saw him he told my son to keep me safe! Legend is an often over-used word… but not in Jan’s case.”

Watch Jan Porter in this video

Jan Porter appeared in many videos and TV shows. Below is a video made in 2013 on one of his favourite venues, the River Trent, alongside Mick Brown.

Full of tips, in true Jan style, the video showcases what became his all-round angling approach, part matchman and part specialist angler.

Check it out…

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