While most anglers head out to rural rivers and lakes, a new breed of fishing fan has found a retreat in the built-up waterways of the French capital.
Fred Miessner stands near a busy road in Paris, his mind miles away from the urban sprawl as he casts his fishing line into the Saint-Martin canal.
“Street fishing” enthusiasts carry minimal kit, such as a rod, a box of lures, and take up their position on bridges and pavements.
A few hours along the canal path produces a few small pike and perch. But, Miessner, a founder of French Touch Fishing, an association of street enthusiasts, says: “Street fishing is to fish in front of your house. You don’t have to only fish in the countryside.
The movement is also about being able to reclaim the city, the River Seine, the canals,”
All the fish are thrown back alive. The most that the anglers keep is a photo of their catch.
“Right now we’re in the heart of the city but when I street fish I’m in my own bubble,” Miessner tells Reuters.
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