Leading specialist angler, Ian Welch, has joined Fox International as an Angling Consultant following a hugely successful three years working with Korum.
His role will involve product development with carp and specialist products as well as his continued media work in the UK and throughout Europe. Ian will also be involved in a number of new projects planned for 2008, of which details will be released in the coming months.

Dr Ian Welch is an aquatic scientist by training and has put his expertise into practise by becoming one of the foremost all round big fish anglers in the UK with a PB list which includes: UK catfish to 55lb 10oz, pike to 35lb 12oz, carp to 34lb 6oz, barbel to 16lb 7oz, bream to 16lb 3oz, zander to 13lb, tench to 10lb 1oz, chub to 7lb 5oz, perch to 4lb 10oz, crucian carp to 4lb 8oz, roach to 3lb 6oz, silver bream to 2lb 1oz and dace to 1lb 4oz.

Ian is a former RMC Angling boss, a previous winner of the prestigious Fox Specimen Cup, a director of the Carp Society and chairman of the Professional Coarse Fisheries Association.

He has written in most national angling publications and currently has the weekly lead feature in Angler’s Mail magazine. Ian has also made numerous TV and radio appearances.

Steve Cole, Fox International media and publicity manager, said: “Ian is one of the best and most experienced specialist anglers around, with an amazing knowledge of all species of fish. His PB list is testament to how good an angler he is! He can only take the Fox International brand forward.

“Ian will be working closely with me on the media side in the UK and Europe, as well as helping test and develop innovative new products.”

Commenting on his appointment, Ian had this to say: “I’ve spent a very enjoyable and productive three years working with Korum but as an all round big fish angler I have always had aspirations to move to a company which produce the gear I really want to use for ALL of my angling – and that company is Fox.  To my mind – and in my independent reviews – I have consistently found that nobody does it better and I’m very excited about the prospect of  working with the most successful and progressive team in modern angling.”