Occupation: Government officer
Personal best: Benelux: 30.5kg | France: 36.6kg
Favorite rig: I prefer a standard line aligner rig
Favorite fishing spot: Lac de Saint-Cassien
How did you develop an interest for carp fishing?
I got hooked on carp fishing about fifteen years ago. Year by year this hobby of mine got more time consuming and it didn’t take long before I realized carp fishing is a true passion. My parents can’t agree more with me on this, as I used to ask them for rides to lakes, ponds, canals every single weekend (thanks mom, dad!). I played for a local soccer team until I turned 19, then carp fishing took over completely. As soon as I got my driver’s license I was cruising the country in search of carp. This quest quickly expanded to Belgium’s neighboring countries where I befriended some elderly carp fishers. Those anglers brought me even more inspiration by sharing their exciting stories. The same goes for the amazing adventures of anglers published in carp magazines.
Elaborate on your type of angling, your angling style.
The last couple of years my angling trips have gotten more and more restricted to France. I’m always on the lookout for vast public open waters where I can develop specific project fishing theories. I’ll fish a certain lake for a few years and get used to the natural settings and behavior of the carp. Based on these experiences I try to find the most successful way to go about it. Goal is to plan seven to ten week trips on a yearly basis. During these angling sessions I hope to condition and habituate the fish to my frequent same spot feeding. Along the line, this feeding tactic guarantees me bagging the real big carp.
What is the most memorable angling moment this far?
From 2009 to 2013 I concentrated my project fishing theories on Lac de St. Cassien in France. It took me 3 years of experiencing, setbacks and learning before getting the results I set out for. The last two years were very successful. The fish responded to the preset feeding schemes, they were to be found when and where I wanted them to be. From then on I could deliver a catch on command. I would not have come this far without the vision, help and advice of others, for which I’m very grateful. I look at this achievement with great satisfaction as I have been able to master this very difficult circuit water lake of Saint Cassien.
Since 2014 the St. Cassien fishing rules have been changed, meaning my fishing strategy can no longer be used on these waters.
A couple of years ago I befriended Niels Ciezkowski, co-founder of NTEC. I got somewhat involved in the startup of their venture. Nick Nossin as well as Niels seek an innovative end-tackle range using their carp fishing experience and their skills as engineers. They have surrounded themselves with a very knowledgeable and capable team of international field testers in order to secure a bright future for the brand. It’s an interesting challenge to contribute to this project, I’m glad to be part of NTEC!
Do you engage in other activities regarding carp angling?
I write articles for specialized media on a regular basis and I give lectures and presentations on angling. These activities are time consuming but very rewarding.
Which quote suits you best?
“The sky is the limit”
I’m very ambitious! An outstanding angling performance leaves me with a short lived euphoria soon to be replaced by the urge to do more and better. This positive drive is the reason for achieving the desired results.