In a first for this blog and something new which I hope you will find interesting, I have managed to secure an interview with Bait Tech supremo, Pete Clapperton. I have to say a massive thank you to Hayley for setting this up and hopefully I’ll have some more interviews in the near future with some top anglers, people in the tackle trade and fishery owners to name but a few. Exciting times? I think so.
|Bait Tech boss, Pete Clapperton|
Against Men and Fish – Hi Pete, I realise you are an extremely busy man, so thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, let’s start with some easy ones;
Being so busy do you still find time to go fishing? And if so, do you fish competitively?
One that gets me the most bites!
I really don’t have a favourite venue as they are all different and interesting and every venue is different on every day. Generally, however I would choose a natural venue over a commercial one.
Izzac Walton this guy who wrote about groundbait in the 17th century!!
30lb common in the UK
No, I really can’t, not in that format. Things change all the time and the Essex team were all very good anglers and it all came together at the right place at the right time. It was a brilliant time, I have many fond memories and I am glad and proud to say that most of them are using and are confident in Bait-Tech products.
Good question and if only I knew the answer to that! It will probably be a mixture of both with one trending over the other as trends come and go.
It’s about having ideas, being innovative, taking risks and believing in what you are doing – we don’t get everything right so are always learning.
Yes, without question I personally get involved with every product. I have always been creative and filled with ideas, partner this with my fascination of how fish feed and my years spent learning, testing and experimenting has given me experience and knowledge and it all comes together.
Our sponsored anglers come up with ideas that go in the ThinkTank and we have members of the public sharing their bait experiments with us, which is humbling, but also ideas can come from anywhere – you just need to be looking.
I am very proud of the products I have put on the market and delighted that people like using them.
It’s a far bigger process than people can imagine and there is real investment of time and money to get a product on the shelves of the tackle shop.
Our Big Carp Method Mix Sweet Coconut took 19 different recipes before the team was happy.
Then once it’s bagged and packed…..you have to think about the marketing and distribution – that’s a whole other interview!
Probably not in it’s current format as there just isn’t enough money in the UK for the sport – only for the ones that get TV programmes will make their money.
I am very proud of my achievements within the fishing industry, not only being a top angler in my day but my involvement with VDE and the Essex County Team, the European SuperCup, Suffolk Water Park, getting Bait-Tech to it’s current position…Bait-Tech has been the fastest growing bait company ever – since the launch in October 2006 at Tackle & Guns we are now one of the biggest in the country – in that amount of time, it is phenomenal.
I’ve always been involved with many businesses and I still have 100s of ideas I wish to pursue – I have too many ambitions to mention.
What’s your favourite drink?
Do you support a football team?
What music do you listen to?
Lunch at the Ritz with a blonde while a plane waits for me to take me to the South of France. I go sailing in the fabulous schooner Elena for the afternoon and then spend my evening at my friend’s Chateau in Provence with good friends and family..….and the blonde, or maybe a different one.
Many thanks again Pete, from Against Men and Fish
So there you have it, Against Men and Fish’s first interview, I hope you enjoyed it and in the coming weeks I’ll be interviewing some top anglers so if you have any questions you would like me to ask, send them to me via the contact form and I’ll ask the best ones.