Like a duck to water
Now let’s go to the lake! We put on our wetsuits and put our float tubes into the water. Gildas helps us to get into them and shows us how to use our fins. Swing your feet, a kick to the right, a kick to the left. Got it! I manage to move forward and turn. It’s perfectly stable. Very soon we’re in the middle of the lake. We’re surrounded by nothing but water, trees and sky. I spend a few moments enjoying the peace and quiet, and then I try casting my line for the first time. With my rod held behind me, above my head, I get ready and then cast it forward sharply. The line flies off through the air! I never expected to do so well with my first cast.
Fun and daydreams on the water
Then you have to play with the hook and lure to attract the fish. Let it run out, bring it back bit by bit, let it run out again… Gildas encourages me: “If there’s anything to catch, you’ll catch it.” I drift off into a little daydream, as ducks fly over the lake. We move to a different spot, and change our hooks. Rozenn, Uriel’s mum, lets out a cry. She’s felt something. She reels her line in quickly: the hook has gone. “A pike must have bitten right through the line,” Gildas explains.
The first catch !
A few minutes later, Laëtitia feels her rod shaking. She picks it up but it bends towards the water. She pulls and reels. It’s a long battle, it must be a big fish. Below the surface we can make out a struggling, whiteish shape. The fish is pulling so hard that the end of the rod dips down into the water. Laëtitia flexes her tired arms, stands up straight and starts pulling again. The fish comes out of the water: it’s a handsome perch, and Gildas arrives just in time to grab it. Before releasing it, Laëtitia poses for the camera. She’s sure to remember this triumph for a long time.