Bob, 76, started fishing during the war years, when he moved in with his aunty, who lived near the upper River Nene. He commented: “My interests never changed from that point forward- I was into fishing and football, and love the sport now just as much as ever.
I am lucky enough to have made a good living from fishing, through my business Bob Church Fishing Co, that manufactured and distributed tackle to the trade. It has always been my own love of fishing that has driven me though- and I have some great memories. Winning a gold medal in the Fly Fishing World Championship in 1987 and 1988 was amazing, I was the first person ever to win a gold, silver and a bronze medal.
I have banked brown trout to 13lb 12oz, Ferox to 17lb 3 oz, and rainbow trout to 27lb 3oz. I also love my carp fishing, and have taken a 44lb mirror carp and a 37lb common carp over the course of my life- and still enjoy regular trips in pursuit of a monster!
I am not as agile as I once was, due to suffering with Parkinsons Disease, but I don’t let it stop me fishing! It effects my balance, so have to be careful when around water, but it certainly doesn’t stop me getting out on the bank.”
Bob received rapturous applause as he collected his award, and in his acceptance speech proved that he hadn’t lost his trademark sense of humour. As he took the award from David Hall he said “about bleeding time!”