Congratulations To John Wilson, MBE!

John Wilson was awarded an MBE in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.


Here at we’d like to congratulate John on the honour and recognition which he so richly deserves.


John Wison WiA Fine Grayling

John Wilson MBE With A Fine Grayling


Voted as ‘The Greatest Angler Of All Time’ by readers of the Angling Times in 2004, John has been making television programmes for more than 20 years. Famous the world over for his infectious laugh, author of countless books and DVDs, he’s travelled the world in search of large and exotic species. He’s certainly come a long way from his roots.


Born in Enfield (1943) John enjoyed a varied career spanning hardressing, printing and the Merchant Navy before opening of his own fishing tackle shop in Norwich (1971).


Today he lives at Great Witchingham, Norfolk by the side of his own lakes near the Wensum. Lucky bugger!


Here’s John in the company of Rex Hunt at the lakes:



And here’s a link to a review of a book he released recently.


Well done John!

3 thoughts on “Congratulations To John Wilson, MBE!

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  2. Hi Bob

    Last xmas i paid for my dad to have a days fishing with Bob Nudd he had a fantastic day and Bob was a top bloke. Do you know of any other anglers that offer a similar sort of Day?

    Kind regards JAson

  3. There are plenty of anglers who will take your dad out for a day.

    Matt Hayes does a limited number of guiding days each year (

    Chris Ponsford is always good for a laugh guiding on the Wye and Teme (

    Alternatively there are any number of PAA coaches around ( or (

    Martin James of Radio Lancashire does a bit of guiding (

    You could try Gary Howes at St Ives Lakes (

    And I’m sure there will be many, many more besides. Depends whether you want a high profile personality or just a plain old coach, I guess. Costs can vary dramatically from £75 a day to £450 but cheap doesn’t always mean good value for money.

    I’ll certainly be running a few coaching weekends on the Wye working out of the Caer Beris Manor hotel next year but no dates have been fixed as yet.

    No doubt a few site visitors will provide links to other coaches, too.

    Good luck JAson

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