LEICESTER’S Fred Wagstaffe committed suicide at the weekend after a long fight with depression.

Fred will be best remembered for his Footloose With Fred series in Angling Times in the 1960’s, when readers followed his travels down rivers like the Thames and Delph in the Angling Times boat.

He was a pioneer of carp fishing on the River Nene’s Electricity cut near Peterborough, and also had a radio slot with Bill Keal, whom he teamed up with to target Ferox trout in Scotland.

Fred still holds the record for an eight-fish catch at Rutland Water of over 50lb, and he was also a pioneer of floating plug fishing on the Norfolk Broads.
Tributes to Fred Wagstaffe and Fred ‘The Bread’ Bailey, who also recently died, will be in the next issue of Midland Angler.