Professor of Chemistry and
Faculty Advisor to the JJC Anglers Club
Joliet Junior College; Technical Consultant
Patti, Hewitt & Arezina
LLC; and inventor of the
Age: 30 something
Wife, young son and daughter. Mom and brother live in England
Best Tournament win:
2005 US Open Bank Fishing Champion.
20.14 carp, Chicago Lakefront
pounds of carp, Lily Cache Greenway, Bolingbrook, IL
Favorite Fishing Gadget:
Humminbird wireless fish finder
Barth Pond, Downers Grove, IL and Illinois River, Starved Rock
State Park, Utica, IL
Favorite Fish Species:
Grass Carp, Common Carp or anything 'exotic'.
Science, Education & teaching, Web site design, 80's music and Juggling
Welcome to Pat's Patch
'Patch' is "an angling web site devoted to the free exchange of
bank fishing & match angling strategies and ideas".
The resources at this site are primarily
aimed at the American angler interested in increasing
his or her catch rate through learning more about bank
and match fishing methods and tactics.
feel free to explore the topics discussed below, ask or respond to
questions at the
Forum, or even sign up
for a seminar, fish-in or match at the Bankfisher.com
Tackle box A guide to the essential, 'cool' and just
plain whacky items of equipment that fellow bank fishers and I either use or
have used during our time bank fishing in the Midwest. A great place to
pick up hints and tips with regard to selecting tackle suitable for bank
One of the major keys to successful bank angling
is to attract as many fish as possible into the area an angler is
fishing. This goal is best achieved through the introduction of
groundbait (chum), which, in turn, helps to both attract and then
establish a competitive feeding environment among the angler's
intended quarry. Simply, the the objective is to introduce enough
groundbait to keep the fish interested, while also being careful not to
over feed the fish present. The groundbait section provides information
outlining how this task can be achieved. Download a beginners 'how to'
groundbait guide here.
Baits and Bait making
section of the 'Patch' is a place where interested anglers may either
learn more about specific
bank fishing baits, or help to educate others within our sport by forwarding
their own recipes and/or bait tips. Specifically, sections are devoted
general tips, as
well as the preparation and use of
natural live baits,
paste (stink) baits.
Articles Check out articles written for various major angling publications,
including The Outdoor Notebook (regular columnist) and Midwest Outdoors. Topics covered include: Catching more
bluegills from your local pond: general tips for bobber fishing and
Hot Tips for Cold Weather and many more. Links to bankfishing
presentations (PowerPoint format), as well as the our Bank Fishing
101 book, are also included.
The Great Bobber Challenge!
The Great Bobber Challenge is a series of
three bank fishing competitions in which up to two entrants can each win
up to $100 prize money - click on the bobber to find out more!