The Fish Of A Lifetime

 

At first I should say, it will absolutely require so much to describe the last trip with all senses as I met the fish of my lifetime so far and no doubt I will fail doing that… But even halfway is going to be enough to admire and worth coming back for reading after years…

On April 19th, Adil and I were on a mission to search for pikes exploring new fields in a classic Friday. In a village that we found an ATM and bought some bagels for the breakfast, the locals(a fishing store owner and a fisher) told us pikes were about to run in the creek nearby nowadays. We succeeded to keep our calm and have breakfast in a tea house beforehand. Enjoying the moment and giving none to rush…

 

 

Breakfast for all…

 

We reached the waterline by crawling on our knees in disguise because the super shallow water were showing through some big shadows. They were apparently not pike but most probably chubs or some relatives in the Cyprinidae family. Not identifying them quite exactly, we started to cast gently which initialized a madness of a kind never seen before for me…

 

 

Shimano Soare BB Ajing S704ls & Shimano Cardiff CI4+ C2000HGS on heavy duty

 

It was a giant one of a size as quickly measured 65 cm, from the species which is called ”akbalık” in native language… Breaths were completely taken away! A plain muscular beauty in my hands! Adil got one right after me as well that was cool to have both of us tasted the excitement their power created. All were released harmless back into the water…

 

 

A fisherman from the village, who had told us ”No way you can catch with artificial lures here!” early in the morning, came nearby after seeing us releasing the fish and thanked for our nature-friendly attitude and informed us about the fish itself. According to him, it is a rare endemic species that only exists in there and Iznik therefore it should be preserved carefully, especially in spawning season. He went on complaining about the ones who trap the fish with illegal nets and electrifying water; then recommended ”You guys from Istanbul shall write and distribute the words about this upsetting situation.” These sentences hereby shall be attributed to him in particular…

 

 

 

 

 

Right when I arrived home and cooled down after the marvelous day, I dived into a research for the exact answer about the taxonomical uncertainty. Turning some pages of fishbase.se and asking a few trustable friends, I was inclined to believe it is Rutilus Frisii(”levkit” in Turkish)… I had not been sure about it particularly because of the differentiated mouth form of those seen in Iznik but I learned it has evolved as such in the local water. By the way, its maximum measured length is said to be 70 cm which is just 5 cm above the one I caught, meaning that mine was a mature of her last pace in her lifespan, which is 12 years according to the reference.

I am so delighted to have shared a few seconds with such beauty of the nature. This log will be remembered as lovely memoirs of my age…

 

 

 

 

 

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