Gil, a cook and an amateur fisherman, caught a pole of around 45 cm and 1.2 kg in Lake Geneva. This extraordinary outlet has aroused the admiration of many passersby.
Andy Warhol predicted: “In the future, everyone will be entitled to 15 minutes of celebrity” in their lives. For Gil, this special moment occurred last Friday. This day, as often, this Vaudois cook got up at dawn to go fishing with his friends. But this fishing trip, in Pully (VD), took an unexpected turn around 10am. “Suddenly, he felt that he was holding a particularly heavy fish. When he fired, his cane even folded like a C and we had to use a landing net to get it out of the water without risking damage to his equipment, “explains Ronald, a relative.
What was not his surprise, discovering that he had caught a pole of about 45 cm and weighing 1.2 kg. “In four years of fishing, I had never seen that! I had already caught some big ones, but never this size, ”says Gil, who is of Portuguese origin. And his friend Ronald added: “All the other fishermen and passers-by rushed to take a picture with him and his catch.” The cook was quick to cut the fillets, weighing nearly 400 g each. “At this level, we are closer to the beef steak than the perch fillet,” laughs Ronald.
“It is indeed a rare catch”
As for the Directorate-General for the Environment, it is estimated that: “it is indeed a fairly rare catch, but not necessarily exceptional. The average size of Lake Geneva poles is between 17 and 25 cm. Poles of this size demonstrate that the species finds the conditions for its development, in terms of food, in this lake. These are elderly individuals who have managed to escape from their predators (birds, fish) and who have also managed to escape from the lines and nets of fishermen, ”comments Denis Rychner, communications manager.
As for Gil and his friend Ronald, they hope that this take will only be the beginning of a long series: “We are more motivated than ever. We set ourselves the goal of fishing for a 50 cm trout, ”they smile.