For all the fishing lovers in fresh water and in particular of eels fishing the Po Delta represents the perfect place to practice this sport.
Eels are elongated fish, ranging in length from 5 cm (2.0 in) in the one-jawed eel to 4 m (13 ft) in the slender giant moray. Adults range in weight from 30 g (1.1 oz) to well over 25 kg (55 lb). They possess no pelvic fins, and many species also lack pectoral fins. The dorsal and anal fins are fused with the caudal fin, forming a single ribbon running along much of the length of the animal. Eels swim by generating body waves which travel the length of their bodies. They can swim backwards by reversing the direction of the wave.
Its preference of limp river bottoms makes Po Delta its ideal habitat. The Legislative Decree n. 173 of 30 April 1998 has classified the eel in the traditional agri-food products. The territory interested in the production includes the valleys of Po Delta and the territories of Rolosina, Porto Viro, Porto Tolle, Ariano nel Polesine in the province of Rovigo.
The eel fishing should be practiced during the night or at dusk with fast-growing tides near the riverbanks where the eel goes looking for food or in isolated places, distant from transport routes. The favorite baits are without doubts the worms and the unwashed entrails of a chicken.
The eel is a delicious fish cooked on grill, this kind of cooking makes the eel meat fat-less and with a good smell.
The aquatic fauna of Po Delta is characterized of a large variety of animals and it can offer unforgettable moments for the lovers of fishing in fresh water.
The sheatfishing is remarkable with its tasty meat and its length that can pass the 2 meters and it represent an appeal to all the fishermen and fishing lovers.
The ultimate predator was the northern pike, nowadays replace by the sheatfish, center-European specie which has found in Po Delta a perfect place for growing.
Other species to fish are: catfish, carp, tench, chub, common rudd, common bleak, leucos aula, Italian nase, common barbell and the European perch.