It's with a great deal of sadness to announce the news that Jan Porter lost his long hard battle with cancer on April 27th.
Over the last 30-years Jan enjoyed one of the highest angling profiles in the UK, this stemming from his early success with competitive domestic and international match career as ‘The Man In Red’.
Unsurpassed ‘Where, How To & What With” column inch features in the Angling Times & Improve Your Coarse Fishing combined with massive instructional video sales elevated his media status and he became a household angling name. Then much to everyone surprise in 1992 he retired from the domestic match scene and concentrated all his efforts on carp angling as he envisioned this to be the way things were headed.
In 1994/5 after using Shimano reels by choice for several months he was headhunted and invited to join the Japanese tackle manufacturing giants. “It’s still is the best job in the world two decades on, I get to test, use and promote some of the finest angling equipment on the planet in partnership with Shimano”. Jan declared proudly.
For almost 20 year he enjoyed the role of UK senior consultant, which he considered both a huge privilege and great honour. A very approachable and likeable angler within the industry and at grass roots level Jan was instrumental in delivering the Shimano Tribal concept to the company, which he considered his greatest achievement and lasting legacy with the company.
One of the most genuine guys and a true innovator of the sport; inspiring thousands upon thousands of people during his time on the bank and as senior consultant of Shimano.
We will all miss a truly remarkable man. Rest in peace Jan, you will be missed!
Team Shimano UK