A Brazilian friend of ours loves to fish.
We each have friends back home, both in the US and in Scotland, who go fishing as often as they can. Both Brian and I grew up with fishing family members who taught us how to bait a hook and clean a fish. When we think of fishing we think of rods and reels, rubber boots, mountain streams and fish hooks.
When we first came here to our little beach town in Brazil we were both fascinated as we watched the fishermen so gracefully throwing their nets over the waves on the beach. This was a new kind of fishing we’d never seen up close before and we wanted to know more.
Brian mentioned it to a friend and before we knew it we were invited along one early Sunday morning to learn a bit about the craft.
The first thing we learned? Those nets are heavy! They look so light and airy, and he made it look effortless as he tossed it so perfectly over the water. It wasn’t until after his first few throws that he let us hold the net as he extracted his fish that we realized how much strength it would take just to get it airborne. I had a whole new respect for the grace and accuracy he showed with every single throw.
Time after time, perfectly thrown.
He kept it up for two hours. Sometimes he brought in good fish, including a few silvery ones who were up to twelve inches long. There were also crabs, tiny flounder, old shoes, a sea robin, or flying gunard fish only a few inches long, but the most common fish he caught were the little puffer fish.
The puffer fish were adorable, although poisonous. They were all tiny and defensively puffed up as they came in and they bobbed like ping pong balls on the water as we threw them back in. We attracted a number of the local children who shouted, “Tio, tio!” (Uncle, uncle!) and begged to get a closer look at each fish he brought in.
Next time we get to try it ourselves. I think I need to start a weight lifting regiment a few months before I try it or I’m afraid I won’t be able to toss the net more than a few inches.
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