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• The Fisherman, 2/2. 'ocean home' series. Île de Groix, Morbihan, october 2o18.
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Every morning he goes fishing, it is the same routine: settle the fishnet before dawn, check the catching cages for shrimps. Before going back where the fishnet was located, on that day, a try for octopuses seemed to be a good idea. The sun was just rising the lign of the horizon when Michel took off the netfish from the water (and I was not bad luck, he warmly laughted): makerels and red mullets were precious captures, indeed.
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On the ocean, time flies like a tide goes and Michel drived the boat back to the porth while the sun was defenetly rising. There he scaled, gutted and cut the head of the fishes. Nothing is lost and he added all of it in a brine he keeps and uses as a fishing lure.
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We went for a coffee. He stopped on his way to give some of the fishes he just caught to a friend, shaking other hands, talking about the windy weather announced for the next day. From our little talks the day before and that morning on the boat and at the cafe, I remember how he could have lost one of his arm broken in three pieces because of an accident on a boat and how it took him two days to come back to the porth because of a tempestuous weather; the emotion in his voice when he told me about his boat le 'Marie des îles' ('The Mary of islands'); his trips in Africa among others where he visited sailors villages, spending time with them sharing their expertises; so much more... They are other things you can't say because they are about the way people are, the way such a man, a Fisherman like he is, can be...
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