Angler Profile – Expert Fisherman on a Mission to Conquer the Waters
Name: Baekelandt Stef
I started fishing around the age of 8 years. First with the pole later with a rod and reel. In the beginning it was mostly small ponds and park lakes but when I started fishing on the canal all changed. From there I started making my own rigs and got to know the value of pre-baiting.
I’m always looking for an extra edge in my fishing. The period at the canal it was finding all the spots with even the smallest difference by using a prodding stick. Later on, I started playing with rig mechanics that became a passion in a passion.
Whether it’s fishing in the edge, spodding or putting the lines out on by boat, I find joy in every fishing environment.
Favourite Fishing Spots:
I love fishing in France, from big to small lakes.
In my spare time I’m always searching for the next venue on google earth
One of my proudest achievements include a 5-page magazine issue in MONKEY Climber (NR4 summer 2013 Presenting a new angle(r)) about myself and the story regarding fine-tuning rigs and inventing my own blowback rig the BBSB-rig.
1. Catching the biggest fish of my local canal 2 times in a short period after a long campaign
2. Massive fish haul whit more than 70 fish all alone in 1 weeks fishing on a 100 ha venue
3. Catching my first 20 kg and 30 kg fish
I’m a firm believer that challenging yourself from time to time makes you a better angler. One moment you’re fishing for numbers the next it’s trying to sort out the bigger fish. Or it’s casting accurate as possible on a small clear spot between the challenging weedbeds when you can’t use a bait boat. At another session it’s fishing for the most wary carp with the most critically balanced rigs.
I do love some minimum luxury on the bank: Having a Wolf compact porta Loo and a descend powerbank like the PS60+ is a real treat.
Take your time when you arrive on a new spot when you’re on a long session.
Putting the effort in will give you better results.
I am an active member of the angling community, both online and offline. I participate in forums, contribute to fishing blogs, and engage with other anglers through social media platforms. Sharing stories, learning from others, and being a part of this vibrant community fuels my passion for fishing. https://www.instagram.com/stef_baekelandt/
“No matter what the conditions are, you won’t catch them at home”