The story to the press Secretary of the head of state about how Vladimir Putin two hours chasing pike in the lake has caused a new wave of jokes from Internet users. The President has already recalled caught four years ago, a pike weighing 21 kilos, which he also caught immediately. We asked the experts whether it is normal two hours to hunt one single fish, even large?
It turned out, two hours is a normal time for spearfishing, especially if it took not a professional.
– Of course, pike hard to catch. In General, any fish hard to hook, especially at sea. The lake is our President supposed to be easy, after all there is very clear water, – says Arkady Balushkin, head of the laboratory of ichthyology Zoological Institute Russian Academy of Sciences. But the problem is that the fish always turns tail and shoot it when it is sideways — and this moment is difficult to grasp, she’s smart. Professionals usually are not looking and waiting for the right moment, sitting on the stone or simply stopping short. Chase is meaningless, if only for the sake of entertainment. You need to be a predator waiting for his prey in ambush, and the size of the fish has absolutely nothing to do with it. Also, take a pike at the harpoon is not the most prudent decision, it is better to take a spoon or spinning.
– The President often goes fishing in Siberia. It certainly brought to a place where pike is full and they have no passport: how to determine the same it was a fish or past it already swam two dozen fish? He could chase at least a week. And another interesting point: as he swam for two hours? Spearfishing with scuba gear is forbidden, and if with a mask and snorkel, so not exactly deep down and most likely chasing pike in a circle, – says the expert.