Hi. My name is Ian Petch and I like to fish for a variety of species through the seasons, rather than focusing on just one. I used to fish exclusively for carp and have caught them in the UK to well over 30lb. But nowadays I tend to mix it up and fish for pike and barbel in the autumn and winter, perch in the spring and catfish and eels throughout the summer months.
I tend to aim more for predators and I find that this gives variety to my angling as I don’t stay still long enough on one species.I developed a pike unhooking mat for Cotswold Aquarius which is known as the Petch Trough and which I am pleased about. It’s a good feeling to have given something to the sport which I love so much and at the same time have a hope that I have improved pike welfare.