"I love adventures! I prefer fishing in remote regions that are still wild and free. Fishing ponds, for example, are a sheer horror for me. Fishing
should be all about nature and adventure. I’m currently living in France and the region is still new to me, so catching fish there is quite difficult. But experience grows over time, and I find that very appealing. It doesn't always have to be the whole world. In Europe we have the best fishing grounds on the planet! Nowhere else are there so many species of fish in such a small area."
What kind of fish do you like to angle and why?
Babs Kijewski: "For me, fishing for perch with fine tackle is the most fun! Probably also because the first fish I caught in my life was a perch."
Do you have any tips on where to fish for perch?
Babs Kijewski: "Perch can be found almost everywhere. The best way to search the water is with spintails (= metal lures that create vibrations). As soon as you get a bite, you can change your fishing technique and try slow lures. Perch are usually found in groups, with the biggest fish one tier deeper. The trick is to pluck out the fat one. And that’s not so easy, because perch are very clever fish."
You’re always looking for special fishing experiences. What makes a fishing experience special for you?
Babs Kijewski: "I can only ever say that after a trip ends. Sometimes it's a particular species of fish, sometimes it's the experience or the journey to the fish. I still have a few fish on my bucket list. For example, I’d love to catch a peacock bass one day. That's a type of perch that lives in the Amazon and is very colourful."
You travel the world with your fishing rod. Where will you go next and what projects are you planning?
Babs Kijewski: "One particular destination is French Polynesia, which I plan to visit in early 2023. Until then, I'm exploring my new home in France. Other projects include live streaming from the water, which I’ve been doing more often lately, as a way to take my fans with me."