Tributes pour in for legendary angler Jan Porter

Tributes have been pouring in after one of the sport’s most popular figures, Jan Porter, finally lost his battle with cancer.

For many slightly older anglers, they’ll always remember Jan as the ‘Man in Red’ from his match fishing days, where he was highly successful and renowned for the red clothing that he always wore. During that time he became captain of the Trentman team in 1986, and the following year they notched up a historic double, winning the Division One National plus the Angling Times Winter League.

In more recent times he went to the opposite extreme when he was heavily involved in making camouflage clothing as popular as it is today, via the Realtree brand, and at one point even had his whole van wrapped in camo!

His fishing also headed more in the direction of specimen angling, where he pretty much went after any species, including carp both on lakes and his local Warwickshire Avon where he landed fish to nearly 30lb, and was known for some of his great catches of big tench from the Linear Fisheries complex. During the season he could often be found targeting barbel on the rivers.

He was also heavily into his lure fishing in the latter years, and could often be found targeting species such as perch on the big reservoirs, plus pretty much anywhere he could cast a lure!

Jan worked in the fishing industry for many years, first with his own tackle shop, Jan’s Tackle in Hucknall, and then having joined Shimano in 1995, where he put his engineering background to good use. He also worked on a number of TV shows, plus DVDs and videos, as well as having written articles as far back as the mid 80s. He was also an ambassador for the Angling Trust.

Korda’s Ali Hamidi had the pleasure of working alongside Jan in the past and commented: “I want to pay tribute to this wonderful human being, who I had the pleasure of working alongside for some years during my consultancy time with Shimano.

“My admiration of him extended to long before those days, back to when I first started fishing and read about his match fishing antics.

“I was lucky enough to see Jan at the fishing exhibitions this year and also wrote him a nice message in my book, knowing that there was a high chance that I wouldn’t see him again.

“He was a true gentle giant, a loving guy with an easy come, easy go attitude, and we had some laughs together and shared massive mutual respect. From the bottom of my heart you will be sorely missed and are a credit to angling. A very sad day indeed.”