Big river match legend Ted Stokes dies after long illness.
The match angling world is in mourning today following news of the passing of a much loved figure.
Legendary river angler Ted Stokes, one of the most respected matchmen of the post war era, died last night (May 2) following a long illness.
Best known for his time as captain of the famous Notts Fed match team, in his day Ted was a force to be reckoned with on big rivers such as the Trent and Severn, the former of which he also helped dominate with the might Trentmen match team.
“Ted was a brilliant match angler and one of the nicest blokes you could hope to meet” match ace Wayne Swinscoe, who fished with Ted for Notts Fed, told Match Fishing.
“He was absolutely brilliant on the Trent and Severn, and was superb on the waggler and feeder. Back in the days when I was fishing with him it was all roach on the rivers and Ted could put together some huge bags. And under Ted, who was a very good captain for many years, Notts Feds held a number of match records on the Trent.
“It’s a sad loss to angling and he’ll be missed,” added Wayne.
One man who knew Ted for a number of decades and fished against him on the Trent is chairman of DHP and owner of Match Fishing magazine, David Hall.
“There are a lot of words I could use to describe Ted, but it only needs two ‘a gentleman' for he was precisely that in every way - the way he looked, the way he dressed and the way he behaved,” said David.
“I first met him at Burton Joyce back in the 1980s. I didn't really know the river that well, but I could always ask him about the peg I'd drawn and he always had time to tell me how to fish it.
“Ted was for many years a member of that elite squad of Trentmen that dominated the Trent through the glory years of the river and he was right up there as an angler with the likes of Wayne Swinscoe, Pete Palmer, Frank Barlow and John Dean.
“In the 30 plus years that I knew Ted I can honestly say he was one of the very few men that everybody liked, I never once heard a bad word said about him.
“I have often said the measure of a man can be judged by the number of people who attend his funeral. There will be standing room only when Ted goes to meet his maker. He will be sorely missed.”