Tributes have been pouring in following the news that Jan Porter, one of angling’s best-known personalities, has passed away following a long battle with cancer.
Not only was Jan a top-flight match angler back in the 1980s – when he was known as ‘the man in red‘ for his colourful fishing attire – but he also chalked up many years as a tackle shop owner, specimen angler and consultant, most notably for Shimano.
When he first came to prominence it was as a member and then captain of the legendary Trentman AC team, which became the first team to win the Division 1 National and the Angling Times Winter League in the same season – seen as an historic double.
He also represented both England and Norway (his mother is Norwegian) in international match fishing competitions before changing tack in 1992 and swapping his red clothing for green and, ultimately, camouflage as he helped Shimano launch its Tribal range of clothing and tackle while targeting specimen fish.
He began fishing with his late father, Terry, who was a keen angler and would often take young Jan to venues like the Trent at weekends and during holidays. It was the beginning of a lifelong angling adventure.
Having started his work career as an engineer at Rolls Royce for 10 years, he then owned a tackle shop – Jan’s Tackle in Hucknall – which, with help from his family and staff, allowed him to develop his match fishing career.
The self-proclaimed ‘failed rock star, born-again angler’ was a hit thanks to his red clothing, his long hair and his penchant for rock music and it wasn’t long before magazines such as Match Fishing and numerous coarse fishing titles were using him as a columnist, contributor and angler.
This, inevitably, led to many TV angling appearances, DVDs, videos and more, all aimed at encouraging newcomers to get involved in fishing, a passion he had throughout his angling career.
To this end, Jan was also an Angling Trust Ambassador and trust chief executive Mark Lloyd was among the first to pay tribute.
He said: “This is very sad news for everyone who knew Jan, who was a very kind and thoughtful character and very highly thought of by everyone in the angling community. He will be sorely missed and our thoughts are with his family and close friends at this time.
“As an Angling Trust ambassador, Jan was a great advocate for a united voice for all anglers and we are very grateful to him for all the support he has given to our organisation over the past seven years, and to many other angling organisations over the decades he has been involved with fishing.”