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DJ Foane, kick it!

DJ Foane, kick it!

Onze makker Ivan De Ridder, bij ons in West-Vlaanderen ook wel gekend als Foane, had ondanks een hels drukke periode vol opendeurdagen en beurzen die hij als CC Moore Benelux vertegenwoordiger doet een wel heel spectaculaire kick off van het seizoen 2019! Ivan schreef er volgend relaas over, enjoy!

"Net zoals vorige jaren ontbreekt het me in het voorjaar meestal aan de nodig vrije vistijd door een drukke CC Moore agenda gevuld met beurzen en opendeurdagen bij hengelsportwinkeliers. Toch was ik supergemotiveerd om het seizoen nog eens te starten op een syndicaatwatertje waar ik al jarenlang lid van de club ben. De laatste jaren had ik daar slechts sporadisch enkele, meestal korte; nachtjes gevist, maar dit jaar moest het anders worden, daar ik mijn zinnen had gezet op ‘De Grote Spiegel’ nadat ik deze op een kille decemberdag eind vorig jaar in volle glorie op de mat zag liggen bij Steven, een van de lokale vissers. In 2019 moest het maar eens gaan gebeuren!

Zo trok ik begin maart bescheiden mijn seizoen op gang met een eerste korte instant nachtje, die me meteen de eerste vis van een diepe stek opleverde. Een mooie dertigerschub was het haasje. Tevreden met dit eerste resultaat keerde ik huiswaarts, terwijl ik een volgend kort nachtje inplande voor de daaropvolgende week. 

Een week later zit ik opnieuw aan de plas. Dezelfde stek is vrij, en net als vorige week lijk ik de enige visser te zijn. Dit vermoedde ik toch, want het was pikdonker toen ik de brolly aan de grond vastpinde.  Dat stevig vastzetten was geen overbodige luxe, want het waaide nog steeds hard, nadat we het gisteren hard te verduren kregen met windstoten tot wel 120km/u. Het nieuws bereikte me dat een visser tijdens het uitoefenen van zijn hobby aan het water was omgekomen. Een ontwortelde boom was op de onfortuinlijke man gevallen. Het doet een mens weer stilstaan bij het feit dat we niet onsterfelijk zijn. Alleen treft het lot sommige mensen veel te vroeg...

De wind temperde gaandeweg, en wanneer ik mijn blik op een van de beoogde stekken richt, valt me meteen op dat het silhouet van een boom waarop ik me vorige week nog had gericht, ontbreekt. Het verdwenen markeerpunt maakt me niet echt uit, echter wel de vraag waar die boom precies gevallen is houd me bezig. Ik besluit de zone rond de te bevissen spot in het donker te verkennen met behulp van de dieptemeter op mijn voerboot. Ik kan mijn rig vergezeld van een handje voer droppen op de gewenste stek, want de nieuwe omgevallen boom is net naast een veel eerder gevallen exemplaar neergeploft. Dat maakt dat er nu in dit gebied een drietal flinke populieren als ongewenste obstakels fungeren. Verantwoord obstakelvissen is hier een absolute must, de molenslip gaat dicht en de rechterhengel wordt stevig in de rodgrips gedrukt. De rig voorzien van zeer attractieve Krill Hookbaits en een bijhorend stickje ligt in positie op net geen 5 meter diepte, zowat het diepste punt op dit water. Voor mijn linkse hengel opteer ik voor het kleine plateau. Bovenop heb je zo’n 3m diepte, terwijl het er rondom al vlug oploopt tot 4,5m. Voor deze rig kies ik een bewezen aasje met een hoge instant respons. Een snowman presentatie met een combi van een 15mm Live System boilie en een bijgesneden 12mm NS1 Orange pop up, samen met een PVA-stick met bag mix en een klein handje hele en halve boilies moet hier de klus klaren. De slaapzak werd korte tijd later opgezocht, want het was inmiddels bijna middernacht geworden. Even later word ik wakker met een hoepelronde rechterhengel in de handen, net daarvoor hadden enkele nerveuze piepjes en een waker strak tegen de hengel mijn attentie gewekt. Er werd geen duimbreed ruimte gegeven, want de vis mocht de naar de bodem gezonken bomen niet bereiken. Ook nu verliep alles naar wens, want even later ging ik op de foto met een 16,2kg spiegel. Wederom een dertiger! Een tweetal uurtjes later volgt een herhaling van dit ritueel. Ditmaal heb ik een jonge, hoge spiegelkarper van 9,3kg in het net. Een vis van een uitzetting vorig jaar. Het stemt me blij om te zien dat de nieuwe vissen goed gedijen! Bij het eerste ochtendlicht laat de linkerhengel voor het eerst van zich horen. Eindelijk dan toch ook op de wat ondiepere stek actie! Een tiental minuten later ga ik op de foto met een beresterke schub, waarna de hengel vlug opnieuw in stelling wordt gebracht, ook al heb ik maar een uurtje vistijd meer. 

Het lot is me gunstig gezind, want net wanneer ik wou inpakken knalt de hanger opnieuw tegen de blank van de linkerstok! Wat volgt is een massieve weerstand. Duidelijk een betere vis denk ik in mezelf. Het hoofd erbij houden is de boodschap! Het is inmiddels opnieuw harder gaan waaien, en wanneer de vis zich de eerste maal aan het oppervlak laat zien, gaat m’n adrenalinepeil als een komeet de hoogte in, dit is waarvoor ik gekomen ben! De vis zit stevig geprikt, en even later bewonder ik zijn pracht in de veilige omgeving van mijn net. De vis klokt exact 24,9kg af, net geen vijftiger maar dat maakt me hoegenaamd niks uit. Ik zak de vis, en probeer snel iemand op te trommelen om wat plaatjes te komen schieten. Dit blijkt niet evident op deze doordeweekse ochtend, maar gelukkig kon John die vlakbij woont, langskomen. 

Hierna pak ik vliegensvlug (ahum 😉 ) in, en tijdens het ritje huiswaarts weerklinken daar plots de tonen van David Bowie’s hit “Hero, just for one day…” door de speakers van de auto. Het volume wordt stevig opgeschroefd, en in no time arriveer ik thuis, waar ik nog even verder op cloud nine bleef vertoeven…"

Ivan De Ridder

 

The Carp Art Project: or the cool Austrians that own more MC beanies than us :-)

The Carp Árt Project: or the cool Austrians that own more MC beanies than us 🙂

As a print editor in 2019 it's very hard to stumble across anything unique, unseen. That's why we were really enthusiastic when unearthing the boys from Carp Árt recently in Austria. Judging from their pics, these guys must have more MC stuff than I have personally and boy they do love a colour scheme! Fuck olive and black, give us yellow and ivory instead!

After having contact these boys sent us some more info about their little project, along with a series of pics. Honestly, a lot of them could be cover pics for our mag and we really hope we can get one from them that hasn't seen the social media light yet, would be an honour! We spoke to Philipp Haberl, one of the crew, who gave us a little explanation about Carp Árt:

"A crew of 4 people, who live the most diverse characters, but maintain a consistent style, will share their moments with you from now on. The passionate passion and the love for the camera never lets us forget the past. A new era begins in 2019, please accompany us on this journey and share the moments in the future. Art and photography are our companions!"

Clearly these boys know what they are talking about, shooting with Sony alpha 7ri / si and Nikon D6500 there's deffo more to come. We'll keep you posted!

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Wofte interviews our main man Gio #abouteric #metoo

 

Recently our good friends from Wofte interviewed our main man Gio, for Volume 2 of their highly acclaimed Between The Seams series. Pretty proud to be featured in it to be honest, a bit awkward hearing ourselves speaking English too though (lol). Hope you guys like it!

The piece with us starts at 55.01 and ends at 1:15.43. We would highly recommend to watch the full vid, mind blowing stuff really Lew and Tris are doing!  

 

Operation freedom 90lb+ Du Der common, a historic documentary

Only 48 hours after being able to expose the world’s biggest free living common carp swimming in a tiny paylake, a great bunch of international friends led by Samir Carplifer were able to bring it back to its original home, the mighty Lac du Der. Let freedom ring with a shotgun blast! Full article coming in the Summer issue of our mag, MC#14!

La plus grosse commune du monde retourné au Lac du Der après être volé par un privé. Une histoire des amis internationaux! Soutitré en Français par On s’en FISH.

Amazing footage: 30 years of Cassien

Only last week we were still sat on the same restaurant table as Steve and his lovely Joan having a nice meal in the days prior to the Zwolle show. The subject everyone was talking about was the 30 years of Cassien trailer which had just dropped. The full vid itself, containing live footage from the mid 90s up until now, was launched during the show days.

Needing to have surgery after the show myself, I could watch the new Nash vid from my sick-bed only today. Having known the place for so many years and from first hand stories Hutchy and local Ivan told me, I could once again kick myself in the nuts not having paid the legendary lake with a visit during its hayday…

“Hey OTBT, your typeface sucks! Give us some flames please…”

Being proper DIY ourselves we started focussing on some other cool Do It Yourself projects in angling. In MC#11 we had Fallon’s Angler magazine and KingFish, in our latest issue MC#12 we had the pleasure of getting some questions over to Stephen May, founder and creator at On The Beaten Track. Since our magazine is still in Flemish/Dutch only and the massive UK/European following we have, we thought it would be cool to give you guys the full piece behind OTBT on here. Here’s what Stephen had got to say to us:

“I came across some old files whilst sorting through my old Mac from when I first sat down with the intention of creating OTBT and I thought that some of you may be interested in hearing some of the back story behind the brand, why I created it, and my intentions for the future.

I work as a Graphic Designer, constantly working with big brands on a daily basis and quite often I find myself restricted by a set of strict guidelines – colour pallettes, typefaces; do’s and dont’s, and whilst this is something that I would normally advocate for any brand, with OTBT, it was different – this was personal. I never wanted to feel restricted with what I could do with my own brand. I wanted it to be something organic; something that could adapt to change and be something that I could experiment with and generally just have some fun.

My clients can be ever so demanding or having their own ideas which just don’t work. I can live when they say they don’t like this or that typeface, but when they ask to add some flames to the design…

Therefore, there was a need for a simple logo; something that was timeless and wasn’t too stylised and that wouldn’t become dated over time. Something that would sit with any style of photography, illustration or anything else that I applied it to. However, that’s not to say that just because it appears simple, that there wasn’t any thought gone into it…it’s much more complicated than that. Quite often, the things that appear the most simple, are those that have taken the most time and thought processes.

The first thing was the name “On The Beaten Track.” Like many of us, I’m not privy to an exclusive syndicate, where I rarely see another angler on the bank. I’m a day ticket angler, and such is the growing popularity of carp fishing, I’m quite literally walking a ‘beaten track’ that has been walked by thousands before me. But there were also countless other names before settling on that. I already had a pretty clear idea in my head of how I wanted the brand to look, but there were other elements to consider that would strengthen its’ meaning and that people could relate to. Carp fishing is a journey. Not only in the literal sense but one that takes us many miles up and down the country and across continents in search of new waters and new challenges, so the logo needed to have a strong reference to a journey or an adventure, hence its’ obvious nod to a compass. But thirdly, carp fishing is also something that has us tearing our hair out at times; constantly trying to outwit our quarry and quite often chasing them round in circles and ending up right back where we started, which is why you’ll notice that OTBT reads exactly the same which ever way you read it in the logo and hence the reason I settled on the name ‘On The Beaten Track.’ So as you can see, the simple things, aren’t always as simple as they may first appear.

I initially set up OTBT as an outlet for my photography and latterly, videography. I’ve always been into my photography I’d come back from every session with some nice shots that would just sit on my Mac and never see the light of day. It seemed a shame, and I wanted to share them with like-minded people. Secondly, being a graphic designer, I’ve always wanted my own brand…what for, I’d never been too sure, but it was a way that I could experiment with ideas. Very often, when pitching work to a client, there’s tonnes of nice work that just gets chucked away as a wasted byproduct of the design process, and this is a real shame, and every so often, you’ll do something that sparks a new idea and something that could be applied elsewhere into my own work.

I’m not the sort of person who can just do ‘nothing.’ My mind is constantly ticking over thinking about what I can do next and I always need some sort of personal project to work on. It’s probably why I’ve never been too good on long beach holidays, as I just get bored and start thinking that I could be spending the time doing something more productive. It is tiring at times, I must admit, but that’s just me.

I felt that I had something different to offer the world of angling. There’s some great companies out there producing some great products and I could never (and has never been my intention to) compete with them. I just felt that I could put my own spin on things and combine my love of angling, graphic design, photography and videography, to offer something different and perhaps, something that hasn’t been seen before.

OTBT does take up a lot of my time and a few of my close friends questioned why I was doing it at first, and in all honesty, in the beginning, I wasn’t even sure. It just began life as a personal project that kept me busy and I wanted to see where it took me. So far, it’s taken me on a journey which started out purely photography-based and more latterly developed into videography, clothing and all the associated design work that comes with it, and it’s an opportunity for me to do things my way, exactly how I want, without any outside interference – complete creative freedom, whichever direction it may lead me.

This leads me nicely onto where I decided to take the brand next – clothing, and other items where I thought I could apply my own style and offer something different. I’ve always loved sugar skulls and always wanted to create one myself and this is where the ‘Death Rig’ design was born – a skull constructed from various angling paraphernalia. Admittedly, the name is a bit ‘out there’ given it’s connotations and may be frowned upon by some, but that’s fine with me. I wanted to create something edgy and unseen in the angling world. I’m always looking to push boundaries and in doing so, you’re likely to piss a few people off along the way – break the rules and evolve. I did however consider for a long time whether it was too ‘out there’ and the design sat on my Mac for months, before I finally decided to produce a small run of T-shirts, followed shortly after by some matt black mugs featuring the matt gold Death Rig artwork. This literally took me completely by surprise how popular they have been and the demand has sky rocketed to a point that has far surpassed any of my expectations and what started out as a project that was intended to fill some downtime, has now turned into something that takes up most of my time. It really is quite amazing how what started life as a little idea whilst sat at my Mac in the back room of the house, has now evolved into something that I simply can’t keep up with and for which, I feel truly humbled.

So what lies in store for the future? Well, OTBT has never been about following trends or appeasing the masses. It’s purely about ideas and experimentation. If I feel like an idea is good enough to run with, then I’ll see it through, if not, then it gets dumped and I’ll move onto something else. It’s not about releasing ‘seasonal’ ranges or following the crowds, it’s about producing something that I can feel proud of and that’s the way it will always be. Alongside that, there’s also the constant need for me to produce beautiful imagery, which is where the idea for the ‘Mirror Mirrored’ series began. I always like to produce work that makes people stop and stare, notice things they hadn’t noticed first time round and question whether what they are looking at is entirely natural, despite looking so at first glance. With the rise in social media and the decline in peoples attention spans as a result, it’s increasingly difficult to make people stop as they scroll down through an Instagram feed, so it’s more important than ever to create something different and that’s what drives me forward to with OTBT – to surprise and create a stir and I can only hope that I have achieved this in some way through my work.”

Stephen just released a new OTBT vid, next level stuff again:

Urban Banx X Monkey Climber Mixtape – Alan Blair

Bouncing off the walls! As promised in the Alan Blair interview in our most recent mag MC#12, here’s a truly unique Urban Banx mixtape by the man himself. Play by clicking the image below:

Featuring:

Burial & Four Tet – Nova

Kano (Rmx ft KT) – Nobody Don’t Dance No More

High Contrast – If We Ever

Booka Shade – In White Rooms

Lana Del Rey (Camo & Krooked Remix) – West Coast

Roy Davis Jnr – Gabriel 

La Roux (Skream Mix) – In For The Kill

Counting Crows – Mr Jones

Dilated Peoples – Worst to Comes to Worst 

The Streets – Blinded By The Lights

Matti Blair – The Woods

Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl