This is an article that I wrote for the second issue of the Belgian Monkey Climber magazine. Although this specimen angling magazine is published in Dutch language it probably receives the greatest hype of an angling magazine Europe-wide. The fresh-faced magazine includes articles of a lot of European angling experts, great writers or talented photographers. Solely in the second issue anglers such as Tony Davies-Patrick, Alijn Danau, Nick Helleur, Gunther Poelmans, Steve Ricketts, Mark Dörner, Kurt Van Cauwenbergh and Martin Bowler are included. I am proud to be among them.
The editor, Giovanni Vanhooren, is still waiting for more subscriptions so please don’t hesitate when you are interested. Be part 0f it ;).
This is an article published in the first issue of the Monkey Climber magazine (December 2011). It deals about the differentiation between summer and winter behaviour of northern pike (Esox lucius) in a small, natural lake in Brandenburg, Germany. It also describes consistent between-individual differences in pike behaviour within this population. It was intriguing to see which different characters pike can exhibit. Similar to humans, every fish is of its own kind. And we were surprised how different pike can be! Cheers, Alexander Over gedragsverschillen gesproken_MC1
This is an article that includes parts of my Diploma thesis about pike movement and habitat use in a small natural lake north of Berlin. One focus of the thesis was on between-individual differences in pike behaviour that seemed to be constant but influenced by seasonally declining abundance of prey fishes. Pike were categorized into „reed selectors“, „submerged macrophyte selectors“ and „habitat opportunists“. It were the opportunists that strongly increased open water use when prey abundance dropped. The other two behavioural types did not change and showed a similar behaviour (movement and habitat use) throughout a three month study period in summer. It is written in German but will be available soon in Dutch in the „Monkey climber“ magazine of Giovanni Vanhooren.
More information on my thesis (in German as well) can be found on the „Science“ page.
The article was published in „Fisch & Fang“ 6 in 2010.
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This is a guest book chapter that I wrote for Thomas Talaga’s and Bastian Reetz’s book „Watercraft Passion Karpfenangeln“. It is written in German and deals about a „failed“ trip of a friend Ruppi and I to mighty Lac du Salagou. Our expectations were high to catch several 15 kg+ carp but very rainy conditions with three days non-stop rain, rising and falling water levels destroyed our dream and we had to deal with the very slow fishing during cold conditions in February. The wind was extremely strong, sometimes making sounds like a screaming jet, and the water level rose so fast and high that we awoke one night with lake water standing 10cm high in the tent. It was a nightmare. But this nightmare finally taught me never to give up and lose the hope.
We knew that with the extremely fast sinking water level after the flood our chances to catch carp would be very low. It was hopeless. But the search for new fishing spots and the regular rowing out of the rods on promising spots paid off with an unexpected surprise: a huge female pike in best condition tangled herself in the braided line that ran due to the use of a large subfloat only two meters under the surface. She became entangled with her gigantic jaws that were covered with hundreds of knife sharp teeth. Luckily for me, she was so unfortunate to also tangle the line around her pectoral fin so that my line was taut from jaws to fin without the possibility to be cut.
When I got the run, I was busy to change the battery of this particular bite indicator and the pike took line with the rod more or less in my hands. I was very surprised which even increased when shortly after the run a huge fish exploded at the water surface; at the middle of the distance to my bait. Because I already had a similar situation at Lac de St. Cassien some years before, I knew what that meant. I was afraid to loose the fish because of a line cut of sharp pike teeth as happened at Cassien. But also the lead with the rig and hook was pulled on the Salagou ground 100 m behind the pike. A successful catch seemed almost impossible. Further, the wind was so strong, there was no way of going out with the boat. The only thing I could do was hoping and gently pulling the fish closer to shore. In total, I needed to gain around 120 m line. After endless ten minutes I finally could see her! What an awesome creature. She made some calm turns in front of me but finally glided into the net. Once more, the Century 2 lbs Armalite showed its qualities. Unbelievable! I was so happy I almost started to cry. And her measurements were the exact same of which I always dreamt. 124 cm and 15 kg. I caught my dream pike although I did not intentionally fish for it.
The power of mind can cause magic surprises!
Also this article is written in German.
It is about a large (1000 ha), natural lake in northern Italy: Lago di Annone. Shortly before and during Eastern 2007 my friend Jan and I visited this beautiful lake. We had only very little information but some pictures in memory we saw during a fantastic dia-show of a Belgian couple. So we decided to give it a try. And it was worth it! During one week we caught several 15 kg+ common carp and had a very warm and sunny time over there.
Interestingly, we had most bites WITHIN the reed belt. The carp were very close to the shore and I decided to put also a rod within some reed-free paths within the enormous reed labyrinths of this natural lake. With this method we caught much more than other anglers there but still missed a bait the play of the fish: After some bleeps, the carp was stuck in the old, dead reed blades. We had to pull the boat by using the reed blades through the reed to the carp and landed the fish with pushing it with the hand into the net. It then exploded and the actual play of the fish took place in the net…Although this may sound like we lost a lot of the fish, in reality we landed almost every carp. A Mono snag leader and a 30 cm long Mono rig with a lot of stretch were surely one of the main reasons.
The article was published in Carp in Focus 10 in 2008.
I am sorry but the very most of my fishing articles that are printed are not written in English.
This article is about the comparison of 14 mm fishmeal boilies and small tigernuts that are fished randomly at each rod with ten anglers during an entire fishing season. In short: Tigernuts caught as many carp as boilies. There was, however, a tendency that more common carp were caught on tigernuts. It further seemed that the bigger individuals preferred boilies over nuts as five out of in total six 20kg+ carp were caught on fishmeal boilies.
This article was presented during the carp meeting in Witten, Germany in February 2008 and published in Carp Connect 36 (2009, similar to the presented PDF „Boilie versus Tigernuss“) and on carp.de in December 2010.
Boilie versus Tigernuss