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Mouchard’s morning motivation

Mouchard's morning motivation

One of the cool things about Monkey Climber is that we've got to know so many talented people from all over Europe and even further away. One of them is our French friend Christopher Mouchard, who sends us mega series of pics on a regular basis. Here's his latest set, one we like to call Misty Morning Motivation. Enjoy!

Northern Angling Show sightseeing

Northern Angling Show sightseeing 

On Friday Feb 22nd Monkey Climber went on route again. After the Zwolle show and an open day in Austria it was now time to hit the third country in as many weeks: the UK! Needless to say we were stoked. The plan was to leave on Friday as early as possible, take the Eurotunnel in Calais and start driving up North to Manchester with a quick stop at Matrix Innovations/Johnsson Ross tackle. Than plan would leave us plenty of time to arrive late afternoon at the Northern Angling Show, set some bits up with the Wofte boys and then go fishing with the iPhone Carpers. Guess nothing goes to plan when having to drive through the UK...

All went smoothly though until noon, when we met up with our friend Anthony from Johnsson Ross Tackle and Matrix Innovations. Had to pick up an order of our most popular collab hangers and monkey climbers we do, as well as have a sniff around in the shop. Our friend Phil bought himself some carpy mugs (which he broke later on the way anyway, anyone knows who designed these?), Ward some light in the dark plastic and I myself fell in love with some OG John Baker flavours. We had a quick meal at the local zero star restaurant and followed our way up North soon.

This is where all went a bit wrong. We know some major works were going on around Birmingham, with huge traffic jams. Despite Anthony's advice of driving up to Leeds and then going back, and despite my iPhone saying that too, we followed our personal satnav Phil aka P.B. This man being a true anglophile, doing a handful trips each years for the past twenty years or more, was totally prepared. Two pages full of written notes which we should follow strictly should lead us through the UK without any hassle...

To make a long story short it took us twelve hours since we left in the morning until arriving at the Northern Angling Show half an hour before closure time on the Friday night. Our dearest Phil sent us on a little sightseeing trip, through the Peak District and all. All in all very beautiful, with some legendary quotes and oneliners during that lengthy drive. At some point Ward said, totally out of the blue: "I could be sheep here.", followed only moments later by Phil: "Hold on, move a little to your side so I can put it in!" ๐Ÿ™‚

Needless to say we arrived totally shattered, with no desire of fishing any more. Just wanted to have some food and sleep, so we went to the ASDA next door and put our bivvies up next to the show building ๐Ÿ™‚

In the morning we met up with the Wofte boys and had the most pleasant day we could imagine. Met up with so many faces we knew from Facebook but never seen before, loads of people who fished our Eurobanx 1 spot too ๐Ÿ™‚

Thx for your support and thanks for having us! Hopefully until next year!


Pic captions (from top to bottom):

1. Classic tackle shop pose at Johnson Ross.

2. "Morning peasant!" Classic Blackadder 1 quote Phil and myself always use.

3. Traffic sign's right!

4. Peak District...

5. ... never follow sheep a wise man once told me!

6. Ward aka President Tramp.

7. Midnight sticker pack making for the show! #dedication

8. 6.45am first people already queuing up and giving us strange looks.

9. Hotel NAS.

10. The Boys. Like crew, like glue.


Quick overnighter for virgin carp with Alan Blair and Oli Davies

Quick overnighter for virgin carp with Alan Blair and Oli Davies

Last Wednesday we received a message from the legendary Alan Blair asking if we could do a quick overnighter the following day. Short notice you might think, but we were happy there was more than 24h this time to arrange something. Usually Alan messages just hours before coming round, as is the case in the last Eurobanx 6 ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, with few options available we agreed going to the Monkey Climber syndicate but then my friend Jeroen Verhoye from Kingbaits came up with an amazing invitation. "How would boys feel fishing a private estate lake that's never been fished before?" Jeroen had all our attention, not knowing what was in the place. If any at all...

To make a long story short. Alan and Oli arrived late on Thursday night at masterchef Jeroen's restaurant/hotel, after which we went to the lake. Even though it was dark AF we were all in awe with the place. Alan and Oli started lamping the place in search of carp, whilst Jeroen helped me setting up two rods. A quick lead around learned there was no depth, max 2ft. And the place was full of dead lilly pads. We all chucked out some pop up rigs with PVA bags in the hope the carp would find them. Oli was clearly on the carp and had already his first by 1pm. In quick succession four more followed. Had a take myself too in between and by the time Oli had his last bite, Alan awoke around 3.30am. After helping Oli a hand, Alan started fishing actively but couldn't buy a bite... Well, that was until he used his never failing slow sinking maggot approach! 

Biggest Oli had must have been an upper 20, making us wonder what's more in this unfished, heavily controlled place. Thanks for the mega night J., a once in a lifetime chance! X

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

The Carp รrt Project: or the cool Austrians that own more MC beanies than us ๐Ÿ™‚

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 รrt 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 รrt:

"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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A 48h roadtrip to an Austria shop open day

A 48h roadtrip to an Austria shop open day 

Y'all pretty much know that the Carp Zwolle show was a banger again this year. Couple of weeks to prepare the whole thing, building a new stand, next loading everything into the hired van (and some more stuff into three Transporters because of overweight), two days of building up, three show days, a busy Sunday night breaking it all down, unloading everything at home, sorting out all the stock again, or what's left over of it ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, somewhere in between all that show chaos our good friend Mario from Dreambaits came to our stand. "Hi G, you fancy tagging along with me to Austria next week? I got an empty van and a promising shop open weekend at Carp Elite over there, you can come with me, it will be fun!" And oh yes, big fun it was!

Going to the show in Pinkafeld, a small and charming town not too far from the Hungarian border, meant nearly 1500 kilometres for me and man, I hate long drives! Now you must know Mario is not the silent type and before we knew we drove up just past midnight on Thursday night. It was freezing cold outside but were warmly greeted by Andy and his GF Sandra, his lovely parents and some friends who were still there at this ungodly hour. We got to talk and before we knew it was 2am, not the one after the exhausting Zwolle days and long road. Bedchairs out the van and sleep over in the tackle shop, first time for me!

Thank God there's Red Bull and thank God even more we are in the home country of it! After a few hours of kip Andy and his gang were present at 7am to prepare everything for the first show day. In Austria shops cannot sell on Sundays by law, so that's why Andy chose to do a Friday and Saturday. The shop opened at 9am and there were rows of people straight away. Cars were driving up and down the parking, right next to the shop doors. We soon knew why... Andy had made a clever move by ordering no less than 9 tonnes of tigers and hemp and sell them at 20 euros per 20 kilos! Better than any advertising he reckoned, people would be fighting over it. And he was right, by Friday night 6 tonnes were already gone! The first show day was good for us too and after lots of talking we were sat in the restaurant that night. Quick call to my mum to see if she was okay, as she needed to have unexpected surgery that day, but she wouldn't answer the phone. In the end I got my dad on the line to hear him saying the doctors assured him this was the best scenario they could have dreamt of. 

Whilst having our meals Andy's dad asked me if we would like a shower at his place the next morning. Him being a police officer, we immediately joked we wanted to have one in the station and the rest is, as they say, history... First thing in the morning we went down to prison to have a wash haha. I warned Mario about the soap lol. Now being fresh again Andy's dad shows us around in the station, we meet up with his colleagues, even with his superior wearing a Trakker jacket, we see loads of investigation files from the last 30 years, guns, ammunition, etc. Nothing ever happens in Pinkafeld, Andy's dad tells us, but the night before two cars got stolen haha. The first ones in 6 or 7 years he immediately adds to the news. 

So next to no crime, apart from a tiny bit in big cities like Vienna and Graz, better wages (never seen as many green 100 euro notes as on the Pinkafeld show, nobody really cares about smaller notes it seems), good fuel prices, nice people, etc. make Austria like a paradise to us already. If only my head did not hurt that bad and my fever would go away everything would be just perfect over here. 

Saturday was incredibly busy and especially for Mario and myself. Seen so many people turning up with MC stuff, vans with MC stickers in the carp park, met so many customers that already ordered quite a few times online but to whom we never had the chance to talk in person...  Also got a few ideas for new pieces in the mag. Just mega!

By 5pm it was time to hit the long road again. We said our goodbyes to everyone, Andy confirmed he would order our stuff soon for his shop so if you're living in Austria check him out! 11.30pm saw Mario very tired and hand the wheel over to me but I only lasted another two hours. We needed to do three more hours to Mario's home, add another two to mine, so we decided to stop at some motorway parking, take the bedchairs out and crash a couple of hours in open air. Mario was sleeping in no time but I was coughing so badly I thought I was going to die. I think I must have slept maybe one hour when some voices woke me. Looking up from under my shroud I saw at least 50 drunken football fans pissing around us. Mario couldn't believe when I told him in the morning ๐Ÿ™‚

Thx for having us Austria!


Pic captions (from top to bottom):

1. Leaving my son Loki early in the morning

2. Full van

3. Mario's gems, a gift by big Danny Moeskops after Mario's tackle got stolen years ago

4. On the road

5. Cold, midnight arrival at the Pinkafeld Carp Elite shop

6. Tackle shop sleepover

7. Full car park, loads of MC stickers to be seen

8. Busy days for Andy and his family

9. Nash Tackle's Patricio getting it on with his sexy Fujifilm cam

10. Our Okay sticker is quite funny to see in a country full of paylakes and ultra expensive syndicates ๐Ÿ™‚

11. Police boots

12. Hey Mario, don't drop your soap

13. Luckily there was a wall in between

14. Not all Cops are Bs ๐Ÿ™‚

15. Grand Theft Police Auto

16. Gotta love this country

17. Red Bull saved the day

18. Crappy iPhone pic of the Frankfurt motorway parking were we crashed on our way back


Inner city vibes with Mathieu Denoyers

Inner city vibes with Mathieu Denoyers 

From time to time our eyes fall on special, undiscovered talent in this scene. One of our recent discoveries deffo is our French bud Mathieu Denoyers, a very skilled angler and photographer. 

We asked him for a special series for our Blog, to keep the vibe alive now most lakes are frozen over. So Mat sent us this great inner city series, watching and waiting on the big river, never knowing what is about to come...

#expectnothing

Alan Blair, Oli Davies and Jelle Vandaele on a Belgium Blitzkrieg

Alan Blair, Oli Davies and Jelle vandaele on a belgium blitzkrieg 

For over half a year Alan Blair, Oli Davies, Jelle and myself had planned a weekend of fishing together, but when the end of October finally came I was seriously out with hand, foot and mouth disease. Something I had never heard of, a painful present from my boy Loki and his nursery... It left me over ten days with high fever and pain, unable to speak, eat, etc. I was totally gutted I couldn't make it, but so in pain I couldn't care less to be honest.

Anyway, the boys had a fabulous time. Fishing a river, a wild pit, a park lake and an inner city canal, all in just 48 hours with even an open day at Hengelsport Depoorter in between! They even caught a few too! 

We asked Oli for some of his mega pics for our blog and finally managed to upload them now. Enjoy!

Gio 

Behind the Stocking scene(s)

 

At Monkey Climber we love emotion. We love the story behind things. Not the sheer facts. Someone might take the best pics ever, but they can have no emotion. This is something my GF taught me. Her pics always have that little extra, and we were glad to receive a Willem Barnas email in March with a series of gems too. Five pics telling the story behind a recent stocking of carp, with showing the stocking itself. More of that Mr Barnas, pretty please!