On Sunday, when 30-year-old Verdon Pierre went to empty his fish pots as he usually does twice a week, he got the shock of his life. A 4 foot, ten-inch green conga and a few others were among his catch.
“I accustomed to doing fish potting. I went out to haul in de pot and it was just there,” said the Kerwin’s Avenue, Bayville, St Michael man. “It was de first time I ever see one so big.”
In fact, Pierre said it seemed as of late that his fish pots, off the Harbour wall, were catching all kinds of surprises.
“Sunday it was de conger and de week before that it was a shark. I don’t know, but dem pots seem to be catching all kinds of weird things,” the small-time fisherman said.
“It was he [the four-foot conga] and about seven others off de harbour wall in about 60 feet of water, yeah. He weigh about
20 pounds. I catch some before but they was not so big,” said Pierre, who has been doing this kind of fishing for about three years now.
“I always liked fishing. I used to go in de market and watch de fishermen and me and a friend say, ya know we can do this. So we
start doing it. I would take some for myself, give some to family and sell some.
“People look at it and think it is easy work, but it hard. I does be brek up after,” he said, adding that the conga had already been cleaned and was on order to be collected.
The man who took the photo, Pedro Agard, told Barbados TODAY he always walks around with his camera and saw Pierre hauling his catch from the beach in a cart.
“We measured it and it was four feet, ten inches. He tell me he had the time of his life trying to kill it in the pot,” he said, adding that it was either after 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. last Sunday when he happened across the sight near the esplanade next to Carlisle Bay.