Where fish sings

“Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can feed himself for life”

Chinese Proverb


At the end of my vacation time, I was searching for an end with high notes. Rio was weeks from then and fades into the past… I needed something else, something new.

It was that way, when I was at the pool at the club talking to a friend, when he started talking that he would have to go fishing in a couple of days.  I always wanted to experience it! That could have to be my opportunity. Then we made some arrangements and booked the date and place.

“Do I need something to take with me?” I asked and he said: “Nothing! Just the will to fish! ”

When the day came I was really excited.  We arrived to the place, a very humble port, and we started unpacking the fishing equipment we needed.  Hooks, fishing lines and the most important stuff, a cast net; which is a circular fishing net with small weights distributed around the entire circumference of the mesh.

The bay was really quiet, calm and peaceful.  The sun spread its light throughout the surface of the river making the water looked like a big mirror.   In contrast to the bright sun on the river we saw the port employees unloading bags of vegetables. They were working really hard.  Small boats and canoes were painted in bright colors.  They were lined up in the bay waiting for their crew for a new adventure.


Once the fishing equipment was organized, we had to add some important stuff like water, sunscreen protection, our hats, our photo camera and a cutting plier to clean the fish […if we were lucky!]

Before we board the canoe, we agreed to leave our cell phones, problems and concerns at the bay.   We wanted to find the connection between man and nature.


Then we board the canoe one by one taking care of equitably distribute weight.  We were five in that small canoe ready to go and catch at least a big fish.   Experienced took control: one of us rowing and another one to the fishing net. The rest had to remain as spectators; watch and learn,  at least for the first time.


Edgar, the experienced fisherman commanded the canoe.  He was “at the front” watching and searching for clues where to throw the fishing net.  The first minutes were very relaxed. We stayed quiet watching the water surface… Suddenly Edgar saw some movement a few meters in front of us.   Then he threw the net, waited to feel movements on the rope and then proceeded to pick up the network again.


“Watch out boys!” – Edgar said and we started seeing something great:  ¡The net caught three big fish! They were two bogas and a doradillo… they made a strange sound like a short snore. We started laughing… “They are singing in the net”, someone said.  The emotion was great.   Next, Edgar had to take the fish carefully from the net not to entangle it.   Then he analyzed the fish sizes.  One of them didn’t fit the regulations and had to be returned to the water… We had to respect the regulations not to cause damage to nature.


Then we had to move to another place down the river searching for more fish.  Once again we had to see the surface of water trying to see fish movement or a signal of them.   Then Edgar threw the net again.  This time, unluckily, without catching any fish.


But the third try was great! We could hear again what we call “the fish sing” […] this time were four big fish in the net.  One of them was a Piranha who got entangled in the net.  Edgar had to use the cutting pliers to release the Piranha and avoid damaging the net.


We repeated the process for about 2 hours […] sometimes with luck, sometimes without it.  In that period of time we caught four big Bogas, three Doradillos, one Palometa, two Blanquillos and a big Piranha.


After that we had a gap period […] we couldn’t caught any fish.   Edgar said the winds caused the fish goes deep into the river.  The wind changed its directions three times in six hours.


When we decided to turn back we did our last attempt, just in case […] and the surprise was huge; Edgar pulled on the rope to raise the net.  He opened his mouth and eyes at the same time and we started wondering what had happened, then he said: “It’s something big…”

Edgar had to pull hard on the rope while the rest of us tried to balance the canoe.  When he finally managed to balance the canoe he dragged out of the water the net taking with it a big big fish!   It was a 95 centimeters long Sorubim!  We had to held the creature from its tail to avoid get injured by the spines in its fins.  Meanwhile one of us had to take the cutting pliers to take off the fins.

At the end we had to come back to the bay.  The fish was too big and it could have jumped out of the canoe.

We were really happy then.  It was an awesome experience.  We shared experiences, knowledge and we could learn from each other and from nature.  After that we had to learn how to clean the fish and learn how to cook it… but that was another story.


It was a peaceful time. We found a place where no one could bother us. We gotten a chance to think, a place to get away and just listen to the magical fish song. Yeah!

A trip to Rio

Arriving to December I felt a whole year pressure over my shoulder and I started counting the hours to unplug my brain and start a trip of adventure and fun. Destination: Rio de Janeiro!

Nothing can start better than having a wonderful trip with nonstop chat about anything,  laughing all time and hanging out with people from different places all over the world; Switzerland, Romania, Israel, Germany & Brazil in some kind of mixed soup of cultures.

Suddenly, some of them aware us about the wonderful views to take pictures… Cliffs are in a mix of scary views and wonder, amazing nature!

After about thirty minutes of Cliffs and an hour more of chat the tour crew had to take part. Meeting promises were made.

The first night at Rio was great.  The hills looked like they were decorated with candle lights and they mixed with the wonderful views of hotels, bridges, cruisers and all this while we were drive by in fast roads… real fast roads!

We had our Christmas celebration near to “Arvore da lagoa”.   We took pictures and we waited for midnight to kiss and hugs.   Then we had the fist approach to the beach.   Copacabana was great and wonderful at night.

After that, rain fell for almost a week wetting all the plans and dreams.  It was a long period of movies and typical food to try:  açaí, Jaca, castanha, zuco de castanha de caju among other typical fruits.  The sea Food was not absent… A Vivenda do Camarao was great [and cheap!]

When the rain stops for a while, it was time to continue with the tour.  The National Museum – Quinta da Boa Vista (Sao Cristovao) was great!  We could see the Botanical Gardens, a great Park, a museum and the Zoo.  A beautiful old mansion “Palacio de Sao Cristovao”and grounds were the ideal place to make a stop and take a turn around the gardens.

Then was time to dance at Nova Feira de Sao Cristovao.  The place was great!  …Full of things to see, buy and enjoy among typical food and musical shows.  We had to decide between two wonderful live shows… and we danced “Forró” all night [till our feet hurt!]

Then it was time to Reveillon 2012, the New Years Eve party at the beach.  For me it was one of the more unforgettable moments at Rio.  The party started at the Subway [we were one of the lucky guys who got the ticket about a week before].  There were about hour and half of dancing with people dressing in white from Belford Roxo to Copacabana.  When we arrived we took part in some kind of human tide, a white tide that went to the beach.

The avenues were closed to cars and they were crowded with people from all over the world.  We could talk with people from New Zeland, the US, Italy and France among other countries that were dancing, taking pictures and enjoying, as much as they could, of one of the biggest parties on earth.

When the time’s arrived everyone at the beach started the countdown to the New Year.   Then the party began.   Twenty minutes of the most beautiful fireworks painted the waves in colors.  After that the party continued till sunrise with 48 bands playing on 6 different stages.

After a day off we decided to continue the tour.  The next stop was “Cristo Redentor” at Corcovado.  Arriving there was very tiring.  After two hours in train/bus we arrived to bottom of Corcovado and we waited for more than an hour to access to a Van to take us to the middle. Then we had to wait another hour more to take [another] Van to the top of Corcovado.   When we arrived we forgot about the tiring and the stress… The view from that place was simply amazing! We could see the harbor of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by gorgeous granite monolith mountains that include the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, the hills of Tijuca and the surrounding landscape.

Then we had our last two days at the beach.  First we went to Barra da Tijuca.  It’s a great place with light blue waves and white sand.  Located in a residential area full of apartment buildings the beach was more relaxed because there were less people.   We really enjoyed the wild and big waves!

The next day [our final day at Rio] we went to Copacabana.  There we found lots of people lying in the sand… Beautiful ladies from everywhere!   The waves were ideal to go deep into the sea and enjoy of surfing or at least just jumping and enjoying.   Sitting on the beach feeling the sand between my toes just listening to the waves … it was perfect to forget about any problem! Sun, sea and sand… what a beautiful mix!

But I have to say that the best of all was Rio’s people.  They made this trip unforgettable.

Thank you Rio!


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