I will never for­get that first fish

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GET REEL - Rocco Rollo

MY best fish ever was the first one I caught.

I was about seven years old and I went fish­ing with my grand­fa­ther. It was sort of a fam­ily tra­di­tion.

I grew up in Parma, near Milan, and we were fish­ing in one of the rivers that runs into the River Po.

The fish come from the sea up into this fresh­wa­ter river.

We were on the bank of this small river, in the north­ern sum­mer, in May. It was a Sun­day. It was fish breed­ing time in that river and they were feed­ing a lot.

The fish I caught was an Alosa fal­lax – we call it chep­pia – and about 30 cm. It was the big­gest fish I had ever seen. I caught it with a lit­tle sil­ver lure, spin­ning. It was easy.

When I have time I al­ways go fish­ing in the rivers and lakes back in Italy. I’m busy with study and sport but if I have a cou­ple of hours I go fish­ing.

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