"Harry always says: Becoming a fisherman is not difficult, but being a fisherman is," says Dennis Freitag with a laugh. This is Harry Lüdtke, an icon of the fishing port, who grew up in the old fishing village on the Trave and experienced times when over 70 large cutters set out from Travemünde to fish. The settlement no longer exists today, together with Harry Lüdtke, four professional fishermen will be pursuing their job in Travemünde. The 65-year-old is Dennis Freitag's mentor, a kind of foster father who has passed on to him the passion for this profession. Dennis Freitag has already experienced the bustling and yet always level-headed, northern German down-to-earth activity at the harbour as a very old Travemünde native. His father often took him here and soon he helped Harry with his first jobs. At the age of ten Harry took him to the Wik, a quiet fishing area in the direction of Lübeck’s Old Town, for the first time to catch eel. "At that time, the Trave was still the main fishing area for eel," reports Dennis, and sounds melancholic like an old captain. “The fish we earn a living with are cod and herring. But for two years now, we see more and more pollacks coming to our bay area. It sounds a bit strange when the 21-year-old uses the term "back then", but the daily work and the contact with the experienced fishermen as well as his love of the profession have long since made him a true old salt, who is expected to take over his own business next year.