From promoting and protecting threatened species of fish, to enabling anglers to travel to new waters, forming alliances and even working with the War Committee, these all-time angling greats helped create the fishing landscape that we take for granted today.
All-time angling heroes
In this series we've profiled major historical figures in the angling world. These are real life heroes who have devoted time, energy and sometimes their entire lives to fisheries conservation and the development of angling.
In 1922 the legendary Miss Ballantine landed the biggest ever rod-caught British salmon.
Ken Ball, president of the NFA was an all-round great bloke, a tireless worker for angling and a great ambassador for our sport.
Dick Walker was arguably the most influential angler, not just of the past 100 years, but of all time.
Robert Bright Marston
To attempt to understand the importance of Robert Bright Marston we must step back to the late Victorian era.
Dick Clegg will go down in angling history as the brilliantly successful England team manager who brought world championship success on a massive scale.
Maurice Kausman worked tirelessly to further the sport of angling in the 20th century.
Brilliant match angler, specimen hunter, writer and angling administrator, Jim Bazley did much to raise the profile of our rapidly evolving sport.
Barrie Rickards, aka the ‘Pike Doctor,’ changed the landscape of pike fishing for thousands of anglers.
Last Edited: 14 January 2022
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