“My best catch”: in Paris, this student catches a 2m10 catfish at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

“My best catch”: in Paris, this student catches a 2m10 catfish at the foot of the Eiffel Tower
“My best catch”: in Paris, this student catches a 2m10 catfish at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

A record catch under the Olympic rings. Sharks ? No. But catfish, yes. Very close to the Bir-Hakeim bridge, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris, Léopold, 21, made an exceptional catch in the Seine. Armed with his fishing rod, this communications master’s student extracted a 2m10 catfish from the Parisian river, a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower.

“I had missed a big one, a few days before, near the Île de la Cité (4th arrondissement),” said this Tuesday morning, the young resident of the 15th arrondissement, originally from Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin). This time, it’s a victory after half an hour of “epic combat” between the barges for the one who has the habit of “trying to fish the big ones from the Seine”.

“There are some big specimens”

Since he was 4 years old, Léopold has had a passion: fishing. The young man learned alone in his corner, using videos on the YouTube platform. Today, he enjoys teasing the species that live in the river that runs through the capital. Before putting them back in the water, as was the case this weekend with the imposing catfish weighing around sixty kg.

Paris (15th century), June 2024. Léopold, 21 years old, caught a fish measuring 2m10 and weighing around sixty kg a few meters from the Eiffel Tower. DR

“I fish mainly in Paris itself and near Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine),” tells us the man who moved to the City of Lights last September. In Paris, he fishes for “catfish (Editor’s note, the “monster of the Seine”), white fish, mainly carnivores, specifies the young expert. There are large specimens, one meter long on average. »

Harmless fish

As soon as the sun comes out, Leopold takes out his lines. “As soon as I have time to disconnect, it’s relaxing to be at the water’s edge,” continues this nature lover. My previous record was a 1m10 fish. »

An image that could disturb the athletes of future Olympic events in the Seine? “They are impressive but harmless fish,” remarks Léopold. They can have reactions during the breeding season, to defend their nest. For swimmers, it can play in the head, that’s all! »

Nothing as frightening as a shark in the Seine, star of a recent French horror fiction entitled “Sous la Seine” published on the Netflix platform… In which the predator comes to disrupt a triathlon event organized in the Parisian river.

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