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Max Nollert – the big interview!
Max Nollert in conversation with Achim Seiter – with 134 pictures!
In 1986 Max Nollert made his first boilies by hand! As owner and manager of the company Imperial Fishing (Imperial Baits), established in 2004, we thank him for answering our questions.
Making Boilies for fishing in Luxemburg 1992
AS.: Hello Max. Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?
M.N.: First of all I would like to thank Carp Mirror and its team for their interest in this interview. I was born in Germany, more precisely in Traben-Trarbach which is 10m close the river Moselle. I have studied oenology for five years in Geisenheim which is near the river Rhine, where I sometimes fished 150 nights per year. I made my first boilies out of a dutch mix with a friend in a cellar in 1986. We made 500 Gramm mix on one day and cooked it until the boilies came to the surface. Then they should be good, it said somewhere. Then we fed with approximately 50 boilies in the harbour of Traben-Trarbach every day. One day at 5.30 pm I went by bike with all my equipment to the spot. On my way I collected some worms which laid on the wet street. In fact in that time I was not persuaded of the modern baits at all and brought both rods out with worms instead of the boilies. On this morning I lost two strong fishes in the buoys and I waited two more years for fishing my first carp with boilies. This happened 1988 in Luxembourg with the help of ready made boilies with strawberry flavour. After this experience I was totally enthusiastic for carp fishing. I continued to improve the method. On the Moselle I have tested the hair method with maize and other food for some years and could land some nice carp.
First the 15 kg range was not achievable. In 1994 I moved to the Rheingau and met Andreas Scherf as well as René Rex on a fish trip in France on Foret D’orient. A new time started and hence I had for the first time some carp fishers around me with whom I could bring my hobby forward. The storm and stress period has wedding…!
1988 My very fist carp on Boilie 16 pound!
For me it was a beautiful common carp!
1992 fishing in Luxemburg – minus 14 degrees
1992 – Strong conditions – 14 degrees – River Neckar KKW Neckarwestheim
By this trip i met Markus Lamprecht first time!
1994 – I was working 7 month in France without break and was fishing all nights – 10 pounds from the Cher
One night later – 9 Pound!
1995 – 10 days lac de la foret d’orient with my french girl friend Alexandra
lac de la foret d’orient – a wonderful session for us!
The only carp at 3 weeks carp fishing in france 6,5 kg
1997 – I came back to another lake in this area with my friend Rene Rex
Rene Rex caught this carp after 24 hours on a rig which was very far in the lake
AS: Could you please explain us your way of fishing before establishing your company?
MN: In 1995 I was sponsored by the company „Mosella“ and I have worked there for two years from 1999. As adjutant of the management my score tasks were product management, purchase and sale to France.
In 2002 I engaged in the establishment of a company with two other business partners. This worked well from the beginning but our ideas about several details were different and we split after 1.5 years. Then Bill Cottam (Nutrabaits) contacted me and I fished one season with his baits which brought me excellent results. In the meantime I had established “Carp-GPS” and with that I made GPS appliances for carp fishing presentable.
The beginning of Carp-GPS
Pati did join me very often at the fishing
The Lowrance iFinder series (today H2O) are still excellent products for saving spots with high precision and to find them again. Through the navigation help there are some more advantages which should be known meanwhile. In addition to my website www.carp-gps.com I made some advertising and “my” GPS appliances were sold very well, even in France, CZ etc. A bit later through different researches I had great contacts to experts who produced special and highly interesting meal. I always focused on water-soluble attractors. Finally in 2004 I decided to establish “Imperial Baits”. At that time I could easily persuade several good friends who supported the project with their different capabilities. Some of these friends had therefore finished their current sponsoring at another company. I think that they don’t regret this and have a very good feeling.
1992 – Gondrexange – 16 pound with air mat taken out and landed with the hand
What a wonderful moment for me!
1995 – 3 carp in a night at the River Rhine
1995 – my personal best from the River with 19,6 kg
1995 – River Rhine 12 kg
AS: What was you first incentive to start such an adventure like “Imperial Fishing”?
MN: My experience at Mosella in addition to the variety of products which I learned through other activities gave me some of my ideas. I thought it would be possible to combine some of them with other special products which I carefully chose and which would be necessary for the carp baits to make the difference to the other boilies sold in the market. So I had the confirmation that the powder in combination with different flavours will partly dissolve and that is why you receive really excellent boilies. After some positive trials on that subject I recognized that I had created some extraordinary mixtures – with regard to the success in fishing. As I have also placed importance on hard baits from the beginning Lactalbumin and Eggalbumin for bond and robustness were always been used. The boilies could be excellently made but not only due to this…!
1995 – very strong fighting 8 kg carp from the River Rhine
1996 – 14 kg River Rhine on a double hair rig with boilies and corn
Same as above!
2001 – Amur doublette in the River Rhine 19 and 19,5 kg for me and Frank Rotrecht
1997 – River Rhine
Besides the creating and testing of new mixtures an important task of the team is to consult carp fishers and to present and inform about the right use of carptrack products. The first successful trial is very valuable for the future trust of a new client. I place importance to the communication with fishers who can give interesting comments themselves. Different results are surely supported by luck but we have put all into that project, day by day and week for week and have never given up!
January 2002 – 24,1 kg Moselle
2004 Lac du Der 4800 ha – After hail and strong storm the carp where very active
AS: How do you explain the long lasting success of your products in Germany as well in Europe? Some of them have become bestsellers. What are the reasons for that?
M.N.: Our products are used very effectively and successfully by our carptrack teams in Germany and abroad. These results at the water bring a sure motivation to the other fishers and finally that pushes the results of all other carp fishers who use them. Our today’s bestseller as Carptrack Monster-Liver, Monster`s Paradise, Elite Strawberry and Osmotic Spice as well as the special Cold Water and Activ Boilies (Cold Water in 28 mm) are extraordinary baits which currently could only offer few companies in the market. These baits have made it possible to fish an enormous quantity of carp. Amongst them an unbelievable number of carp above 25 and 30 kg, innumerable PB’s and even 2 world records. The number of carp above 30 kg during the different seasons caused a sensation in Europe in the past years. In our carptrack team there are several authors who report of their adventures and techniques in different international magazines which naturally helps to get to know the IB products. The advertising aspect is not unimportant. What is the advantage to know that we have “gold”, if nobody gets this information? That is why we advertise – and we do it sometimes loud – and we are right to do that!
The word of mouth is also very important and that is maybe the reason why we now reap the fruits of our labour.
During some periods many fishers became aware that our products fish the carp everywhere i.e. in every water and every country of the world. In the past some of them didn’t miss to send me some emails to get a message to the usage of the mixtures in their preferred area but also to inform me about their experiences: thus I exchanged about 175.000 emails in 8 years. The key for the present and future success of imperial baits is the estimation and the sum of all these experiences.
2009 – Etang du Stock with Bernard Hesse – the work is done and now the nice waiting starts
AS: Can you inform us about one or more news?
MN: When we worked on the catalogue of 2011 we had almost developed about one year 2 complete new ranges and did show with it that there is no standstill even after 6 years. The European Carptrack team used both mixtures in the past and often informed about it on the news of our “iBlog”. Some people seems to have expected the Monster`s Paradise range earlier. But hurry was not necessary! More unexpectedly was the second range – Explosiv Stickmix BOILIES, Dip and Co. I can well imagine that nobody expected that as only very few persons made boilies out of Stickmix. Due to a special manufacturing technique this is nevertheless possible and you receive hard boilies which can be used successfully in every season. The period until the boilies dissolve is between the normal Carptrack Boilies and Cold Water Boilies. That is why the Explosiv Stickmix Boilies which contain among others a large portion of GLM can withstand the night also in the summer. Now in the cold season the sweet boilies which are flavoured with honey are a special choice! The Monster’s Paradise boilies have led to some big fish and I claim that it is the strongest boilie of the world! Very hard, he can hold extremely long on the hair, contains an extremely strong garlic, paprika and chironimid larva aroma and is based on the monster Boilie which has been known for 6 years as bait with a very high pulling power on carp – big carp!!
As always we have for both ranges boilies in size 16mm, 20 mm, 24 mm (new) and 28 mm as well as DIP, GEL, Pop Ups und Half`n Half`s. For 2012 we will do a complete new thing the first time in our presence of company. Since October 2011 we do crowd sourcing for a new Boilie called “Worm Up”. We do not nee pressure to bring it out have enough time until at least summer 2012. May be you will have a look at www.my-boilie.com too.
August 2009 – Come on catfish from the River Rhine
I was fishing with Markus Paparozzi – the catfish in the River Rhine have been very hot
June 2009 – the result after some minutes fishing
Nov 2009 – The redemption after 10 days fishing in the last second!
AS: Imperial Fishing offers – apart from the well known baits – some nice products in the tackle sector. Could you please inform us about the future of these products?
MN: Finally we offer a small but a selected number of products. The products which proved to be good for my team and myself and diverse products which couldn’t be perfectly bought on the market are on my list! For products which we could not produce ourselves we look for the product which has the best use with regard to the price as for example the Echosounder Eagle 350 c. Price/performance and use for the ambitioned carp fisher are unbeatable! I would never have the idea to offer 10 or 20 different Echosounders even if we were able to do that. I understand myself as someone who gives the direction. The products we have in our catalogue can be used for carp fishing and that is what it should be about. In this context I like to remind about the Combi-Carpo which is produced by Amiaud Exklusiv according to my ideas. Even French carp fishers often buy it at our shop as the procurement of individual parts of Mini Carpo and Carpo is more expensive in France, in Germany of course as well!
In the past 1.5 years we have worked out some excellent new products which have been available from December 2011 on – the were just ready for Christmas and the fairs. The small 160m iBoat should be sufficiently well-known. A fantastic product which is in the meantime used according to the kind of fishing by many carp fishers! But the big ones did arrive to and plant their style on the spirit of the market! Finally there are available iBoats in sizes of 260 and 320 which have been made suitable for carp fishing.
Until End of 2011 the Allroundmarin Joker inflatable boats were number one on the market. The word Allround expresses it very good – they are not made especially for us, for carp fishing. Without explaining this closer I would like to shortly describe the advantages of the iBoats – inflatable boats for carpfishing. More inner space than comparable 260 or 320 boats, no unnecessary hooks (line captures) and lumps (Captures for landing nets) movable banks (multi position, for drilling back, for paddling forward), high-pressure air 0,6 bar ground for fast assembling and dismantling and last but not least strongest high tech PVC material Dezitex 1100 honours these iBoats. The bigger inner space is achievable by shorter spigot, a little bit more width and above all according to the pattern as long as possible straight tubes which close the bug at the last moment. Hence we nearly have the same inner space from a present respected 320, even at 260!
The iBoat 400 which was produced primary for the stationary boat fishing has a multiplex button. This one is lighter than aluminium and above all quieter. The boat has a width of 190 cm and a sparse inner space of about 3 x 1 m. From now on it is possible to have an inflatable boat in the luggage space on a fishing trip that will help to fish for carp. No trailer or parking space is necessary. The boat is also well affordable! And together with the Ehmanns “Hot Spot Boat Bivies” you can stay days and nights outside while almost all weather conditions.
2010 – That is going well…
… and carp where everywhere at this trip!
2012 – Back at the big Lake
AS: You have a team as many other companies. Can you please inform us about the principles of your team?
Is your team absolutely essential for you?
MN: Yes, the team is also the secret of success, of course! As I mentioned above the team gives his opinion to a number of products and activities. Sometimes the tests and the further developments last about one year and that means that you cannot always pick out the best from the products – It is about testing and informing about the test results. That is what some people who don’t look behind the scenes easily forget. The fairs are a main subject of course. Without a good working team it would be hard, very hard. Nevertheless the winter stays the hardest time of the year for me. Against it 12-15 hours daily in the office are like holiday as you could at least sleep at night! About 15 fairs per year (in 3 months) to which we have to drive on average 300 to 700 km, assembling, fair day, dismantling, drive home. Not to forget the preparation and rework of the fairs. Under these circumstances it is essential to have a good team. At this point I want to thank my team – guys you are great!
October 2010 – The end of a big trip was accompanied by a strong storm of 80 km/h
October 2010 – River Rhone!
Any time the right dimension
Exceptional but not impossible
AS: In some forums there are a big number of young carp fishers who would like to fish in a team. Could you give them an advice?
MN: Yes, I have! Fishing, fishing and again fishing! First of all – before knocking on the door of one’s favourite producer – it is better to have found one’s one style of extreme carp fishing. There are a lot of carp fishers and there will be more. So you should have some necessary requirements before interesting for a company. You should have a lot of time to spend near the water; you should keep up to date what is happening around our hobby; good ideas are also required to help to develop innovations.
Fishing from time to time, big fishes and sending pictures is not sufficient at all! The companies need team fishers who also fit into the team on the human site, who can write and express credibly and interestingly their experiences. Not every person is blessed with that! Only to fish in one’s region is as well not sufficient as you will ask yourself about what you should write after finished the third article. By the way the question I have been asked very frequently is: What should I write about? Also the pictures will not vary much. So you should have the opportunity to go to different fishing spots: Finally it is about practicing carp fishing in Europe – of course with priorities. I often receive this question by email: Hello, I am XY, are you looking for a test fisher? Just like that, without sending the best photos round the hobby, without detailed text about what you do, etc. pp. It makes my hair stand on end as I always would like to answer questions completely. At this point I would like to give a tip to all people who want to fish in a team as test fisher: The best procedure to realize the plan to fish in a team is to take tests before contacting a company, to publish at least 2 to 3 (even better more than 3) good reports about adventure and technique as well as tactics. The results will follow by themselves. Only few team members became test fisher because of an inquiry to a company. The main part of them was directly contacted by mail or was asked. And this is what I wish all of them who would like to fish in a team. Present success will lead to the desired success!
May 2010 – the session did start very well – 11 runs first night!
May 2010 – In front of my door
Okt 2010 – Some days alone on the big lake
AS: To manage a company like Imperial Fishing surely requires an enormous time. Is there any time to go fishing and to do other things in life?
MN: Fishing is a part of my business and is luckily my dearest and most extreme hobby. But to plan trips is a substantial disaster. Sometimes I only recognize on Friday afternoon that it is going to be weekend. In this case it is of course inconvenient to quickly ask a friend to go fishing together. That is the reason why I fish alone on many weekends by often using a free day between a bank holiday and the weekend. My employees in Traben-Trarbach are well used to one another and the fact that Julian Jurkewitz has been engaged as graphic designer opens up some new possibilities and new motivation. This could lead to one or two additional day for me using for fishing. Stress will definitely minimize as I am able to hand over some issues. A day has only 24 hours and 6 hours sleep do always well. But now we are faced by the fairs – then we sometimes dream of a 6 hours sleep – this can hardly be avoided. However in summer month I like to play tennis and we often do wakeboarding – I’ll need a bit of variety!
I love big rivers!
Nov 2008 – My star from the river Po in Italy
2007 – The carp have been very active
CZ Carptrack teammember!
AS: Do you only fish carp or do you also fish other kinds of fish?
I also occasionally like to fish European catfish but mostly in connection with carp fishing. From time to time we go boating on the Rhine with Plomb Teasers. Three years ago I lost a dream European catfish in low water at sweltering heat at 2 pm. There we had only fished small European catfishes up to 30 kg from time to time. Last year it happened and we lifted lots of big European catfishes of 2 and more metres with a topfish of Markus with 217 cm at the same spot. An almost unique distance came to light. Together with Markus Paparozzi the only thing we did was fishing European catfishes in these two weeks of course. Otherwise it is always carp, carp, and carp!
AS: In which type of water do you like to fish most? Which is your favourite river respectively favourite lake? Could you tell us a little story which belongs to this?
MN: It is difficult for me to make a choice between lake and river. I enjoy both – each on its different way.
In principle my motto is to fish relatively big fishes in as big waters as possible. I am not interested to get information about which fish was fished where. I like to decide about my place and spot on my own and therefore trust my instinct supported by my inflatable boat and sonar. If I am sitting in my boat I feel good. It can last hours until I decide where to stop and place a rig. If the equipment is on its place the only thing which you can do is wait and watch closely. I like the Lac du Der. In 1997 I started to fish it by boat for 5 days and nights in a row. Before I had often sat on the waterfront and looked abroad… I have lots of nice memories of this time up to 2002. There are lots of other lakes in France where we had been very successful in our storm and stress period. Among them the Lac de la Liez, the Etang de la Mouche but also the Crazy Lake which belongs to the lake complex which is very interesting for big fish hunters. In 2003 together with Klaus Schneiderhan I hit the bull’s eye on our trip to Villegusien and we could fish 135 carps in 10 days (in the end it has been only 8 successful days after changing the spot). The DVD « The story about crazy lake » which can be still bought is surely known of many readers. My favourite lake will remain la Moselle in Germany and France. The little story I would like to talk about is about a 4 days trip to Lac du Der. Fishing on boat with René Rex on early April 1997. We fixed us in the middle of the sea in front of an island and fished into the open water. 24 hours we had no bite! The sun was standing high and was powerful when I decided to go boating around the island In the reeds in approximately 1-1,2m water depth I discovered eating carp, big eating carp! The inspiration for spring – it was fantastic! Immediately we changed our strategy and fished into the reeds. In the next 3 days we fished lots of fish: among them a dream carp of 24 kg.
AS: What is your greatest memory?
MN: Even in this case it is difficult to choose a favorite. There are so many great things which happened in the past 22 years. I will never forget my biggest carp which I fished in dense fog as I was on a trip with my friend Rene Rex, but also the trip with Klaus Schneiderhan at Crazy Lake was a very special event. We only knew that the lake exist as it is near some lakes on which we had already fished. After we had changed our spot after 2 days the only border in a distance of about 65 m seemed to be the only hot spot. Curiously we did not catch one fish at this spot! At the end we had 135 carp and saved 35 different spots in our GPS which we almost could fish very successful according to the different conditions. But also current trips with Stefan Istas in East Germany, Dylane Porte, Thorsten Feil or Bernard Hesse in France will remain unforgettable. And it is not always the trip with the biggest carp which will be engraved in one’s mind. A good friend with whom you suffer and fight at the spot makes a unique thing out of my passion. The youngest great memory was my new PB which I cought at 8,5degrees in a 1100 ha lake on the 21.11.2011 when the 3 days unsuccessfull trip was almost finished and I was already packing my tackle…..
AS: We are just on the brink of printing the magazines. What will be your next session and why?
MN: I hope that the spot on which I am just writing these lines will be free as I would like to go back to this area. A good portion of feed is in the water and the further nights of frost are announced – the big feeding can start and the table has been set! I have already fished four different spots on this water complex which is about some kilometres. I could already get some fish but I would like to use different strategies and I think that a big one is in the air.
AS: To finish the interview with a smile I once read in a newspaper that you fished the Moselle in a strange way from your home! Could you please finalize this interview by telling us something about it?
MN: My parents’ house is near the Moselle. Only a pavement, a 5 metre wide lawn and a street are between the house – higher located – and the river. On some day in November I decided to put my rod pod in the garden which was three meters higher as the street and to fish across the street. I stretched the cord as high above the trees that a truck could drive trough. I made some boilies and made a test if the spark worked. Everything was right – and I went to bed. At 0:00 o’clock continuous tone! Car? Truck? Boat? I thought about all but not a carp. The rigs were shortly at the spot and I had never fished here for carp before. But in fact a carp of 23 pound was brought out. Sometimes fish are not far away and who knows who had passed my front door – without knocking of course!
AS: Thank you very much fort his interview. It was very amusing and for some of us very informative. I wish you all the best!
1997 – My girl friend Patrycia did join me with pleasure
1999 – my fst bigger catfish from the river Ebro
1995-1999 – I caught more than 50 carp between 15 and 19,6 kg in the River Rhine
11.Sep. 2001 – Changing place while fishing for catfish at the river ebro – we didn`t get any info about the happenings in the USA at this time!
May 2002 – since several month I was successful fishing with GPS!
Jan 2002 – 22 kg in the river Moselle
April 2003 – 24 runs in 3 days in the river Moselle
Eastern 2002 – Boatfishing at the lake la Liez
March 2003 – I got him at one of our very fist boat trips on this lake – with 23,4 kg
There he is!
And here he will go back!
Autumn Okt 2003 – 25,3 kg – it was a very nice trip with Rene Rex
2007 – on the way back home from a lake session, I hold on some minutes and caught this 21 kg in the river Moselle
French Boat Carp
2007 – Silver!
2008 – we have had our monent with „Silver“ already some weeks ago – Big Berny did get him at maximum weight!
Berny and the Big One!
2007 – A weekend at the River Rhine – 18 kg
In Luxemburg there are also some carp – even big ones – unfortunately not for me! – not yet ;)!
Eastern 2007 – come on closer…
Eastern 2007 – Rene got`m
Eastern 2007 – me too;-)
Nov 2009 – Mathieu caught this 29,6 kg carp next to me in france – what a huge carp!
River Rhine 2010 – catfish attack
I discovered boatfishing for carp in 1997 – this trip was in 2010 at a big french lake
Jake is the best cooker and a very good carp angler
My frozen river and the light
This is where I live and indeed i already fished from my house into the river, the line had to pass over the street and cars 😉
22. Okt 2009 – More or less in front of my house – picture was taken with the self-timer!
David against Goliath
Common dynamic from a frensh lake
October 2010 – River boat big one of 25 kg
31.10.2010 – The big common from the river
Okt 2011 – I was happy that Tomas Blazek was coming to take some pictures of this one
21. Nov 2011 – 25,6 kg my new dream of a mirror became truth
04.07.2007 – St. Croix
1995 – My biggest on the river Rhine from the bank with 19,6 kg
1997 – 16 kg from the River Rhine
1998 – 16 kg from the german Moselle in Traben-Trarbach
1998 – 17,5 kg from the island in the River Rhine
1998 – 4800 ha lake – The storm was over and we started to fish! Otto Staab did join me at this amazing trip
Cold Moments at the DER
1998 – Lac du Der from the boat after the Monster Storm
1998 – Amazing nice situation at the biggest lake I ever fished. The next night Rene could catch a 24 kg mirror
Here he is!
1999 – Spring time at the island of the River Rhine
1999 – St. Cassien – a mythos for everybody
1999 – the port in Tr-Tr was productiv only a mythos for my self!
2001 – Amur from the river Rhine
2002 – Linear from the river Moselle
2005 – Rene Rex did join me at the river Saone
2005- Snapshot at the Saone
2007 – In total there have been 26 ballons – but even not one red one!
Fishing 3 km far away from my door at „my“ port
Winter 1999 – I always had a lot of work with my wooden boat
Improvisation – but it did work 😉
In the boat the rods can not be far away
Lac du Der 1997 – 23,6 kg
Lac du Der 1997
Oct 1997 – 17,5 kg
Oct 1997 – 22 kg Lac du Der
Oct 1997 – I was very happy
Oct 1997 – the carp where feeding a lot
The last one of the monster photo session. 3 days I caught, 3 x 18 kg, 18,5 kg, 2 x 19 kg, 19,5 kg , 21 kg, 21,5 kg and 23,6 kg
October 1999 – start the engine gentleman
1998 – One of 50 carp between 15 and 19,6 kg in 5 years from the river Rhine
Ready to go!
Saon 2004 – Carp and Catfish tour
Spawning time next to my house
That should be enough
The boat was a good base for us
The night comes
While carp fishing there is always explosion possible, when the hooks are wet…!
Catch and release them…
…and they will come back!
We love fish!
Enjoy your fishing!