Alijn Danau is one of Europes top carpers. The editor of VBK magazine in Belgium and the author of many carp books. Alijn has been fishing for a very long time and has fished widely in his pursuit of carp, though he still loves his Belgian carping. Recently back from Rainbow in France Alijn gave us this interview…..
Me: What were your first memories of fishing?
AD: As a child my grand mother bought me a book, an atlas with a describtion of all the European fresh water fish: carp, perch, pike, eel, barbel, sturgeon, etc… they were all in there. I most have read that book a hundred times. And one day I lost it. I forgot it when we were on a weekend holiday with my parents in Paris. Even today I still think of that book and I would love to have it back….
Me: You have been fishing for many years, What was your first ever carp?
AD: I have been fishing for carp since 1981. The first one I caught was by accident while I was fishing for rudd.
Me: Whats the carp fishing like in Belgium?
AD: Very busy. A lot of hardcore anglers fishing for target fish. Especially on the public lakes. But even the syndicates are busy…
Me: You have traveled around Europe in pursuit of carp, what have been your favourite places?
AD: My first session on Lake Sarulesti will always have a special place in my heart. I have also very found memories of the years I spend on the river Seine in France. South Africa and Morocco were special as well. And off course in more recent years at Rainbow Lake. Although I also like the fishing in my own country.
Me: How did you decide to first fish in Morocco, and how was your first trip?
AD: A good friend of mine called Stefaan Bleyenberg came in contact with Mark Vergauwen, The guy who is running the fishing in Morocco. He was a real pioneer and drove at least 10 times to Morocco in search of carp. During one year he finally found what he was looking for at Bin el Ouidane.
He told about his findings to Stefaan and the rest is history.
Me: Can you tell us about the fishing in Bin El Ouidane?
AD: It’s a bit rough if you are used to small shallow and green surrounded lakes but it’s comparable to lake Cassien and Salagou in France. The sort of fishing is the same.
It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. When the sun rises from behind the mountains, the lake becomes active and fish start to jump…. A lovely place!
Me: You also fish in Rainbow lake in France, what do you like about Rainbow?
AD: Just about everything… First of all, it’s the most quiet place I know. The sound of silence realy… Then there is the typical Les Landes nature with pines and all kinds of animals.
The nature of the lake is also very special and is unique in the world. There is a very good and friendly atmosphere among the anglers. And off course, the water holds so many big and beautiful fish…
Me: You have wrote books about your carping, do you enjoy the writing side of things?
AD: I have written 4 so far, so yes I like it. It’s part of my job as I’m the editor a carp magazine.
Me: Where else in the World would you like to fish?
AD: I would love to fish in Japan for black carp one day!
Me: And finally Alijn, what are your plans for 2014?
AD: At the moment I’m fishing a syndicate Lake in the North East of the country in search of it’s beautiful commons. Half of the stock has a reputation for not coming out for years. This spring I had a 24 kg common that had not been out since 2005!
A very demanding lake but with some real jewels in it! I hope to catch a few more before the end of the season!
Me: Thanks a million Alijn for your time talk soon mate
AD: Anytime Paddy