When the siluro did non exist
Gentile concessione dell'ANTICA TRATTORIA
SAN ROCCO "DA CHICCO"
di Ardola (ZIBELLO)
di Polesine Parmense
Gentile concessione della
Polesine Parmense. There are a few towns named that way but there
is only one that is situated on the Po riverside which is equidistant
from Parma, Cremona and Piacenza. You are almost in the city in
other words. You can take advantage of metropolitan benefits but
escape chaos, smog and parking problems savouring instead clean
air, green, peace. Isn’t it fantastic? Yes. Surely that “being almost
in the city” can be a nuisance for those people who do not have
a license but…we are not here to talk about mobility problems, are
Let’s talk about fishing. Let’s talk about a sport or an income
activity pursued by the majority of the habitants of Polesine up
to a few years ago. Let’s talk about the deep knowledge of this
ichthyic discipline of my fellow villagers, or of the love and respect
that they have for their river and … why not? Let’s talk about the
ancestors of our friend silurus with a considerable size.
Before the silurus glanis took up residence and procreated in Italian
rivers and ponds there was in fact another giant of choice meats
that would happily roam in our water streams. A coveted prey: the
There are many agreeable anecdotes, episodes increased in difficulty
of venture and size of prey each time they where told. Luckily there
are a few photographic evidences which I have collected from relatives,
friends and restaurant walls that I am going to show you here.
From old fisherman’s stories it looks like the sturgeon has really
been a giant in the big river.
The biggest one caught during the past century was on the verge
of two quintals.
The pictures show specimens captured around Polesine P.se and go
over 100 kgs.