Go Fishing in Japan: First Lesson (and the First Attempt of 2015)


Hi guys. It’s Mr. Wada on duty. After mentioning what to get first for fishing in my previous post, we are ready to go out to the sea. This is also our first attempt of fishing this year. So much excited!
Go Fishing in Japan : Starter Guide – The Wadas On Duty

When? (Time)

Early morning would be good because fish are more active than during the day. And the tide is also important. When the tide is high, fish come closer to the shore. So ideally when the tide is high in the morning like 6-7AM would be great.

Check the tide schedule here.
Reference <TIDES 4 FISHING 2015>


This really depends. Many anglers like boat fishing. But I get sea-sick easily and prefer easy fishing on the shore or anywhere nearby the land. I rather chill out while waiting for fish to bite. Hehe. If you aren’t sure, go to the nearest seaside and check if any anglers are around. Blogs might help as well.


Good morning!

How To Set up?

OK, we are gonna set the stuff up. Excuse me that I suck on explaining. Hope you will get the point at least.

Grab your fishing rod, attach the fishing reel to it.

Lock it tight

Unlock the reel and put the fishing line through the guides.


Attach the hook. As I mentioned in the previous post, I just use the ready-to-use hooks.

Like this.

And there it goes, hook the worms.


I’d never get used to it…

Let’s Get started!

You are going to throw the hook to the sea. Focus where you aim at.


Maybe over there…..

Hold the fishing line like below, pull up the lever of the fishing reel to unlock the fishing line (still hold the fishing line).


hrow the hook by swinging the fishing rod towards the water (hold on to that fishing rod!)


As you swing it, let go of the fishing line that you are holding.



Got the hook to where you aimed at? (Perhaps you might need some practice.) Now start rolling the reel slowly.


Think how fish are doing down there. Maybe they are wondering what this (hook) is. Tease them and let them bite it!


Mrs. Wada got a bite first! (hmp!) But very little.


And another (hmp hmp!). This is what we call Haze(a goby fish).


And tada! I got one!…But as you see, it’s very small. I better release him.




Grow up and come back to me.


What a nice day!

Time’s up.


Our cool box remained empty. In Japanese we call it BOZU. It’s a term for fishing which means you got none. Some people say this term originated from the word bozu (meaning BALD). So no hair…nothing. Our first attempt turned our as a failure. Yes, we’ve got to revenge another time.


You’ll feel like it when it’s over. No bites, no sign. OK, time to leave. BTW, DO NOT forget to take your garbage home. It’s a basic manner. Once you are there, you are an ANGLER! (Welcome aboard.)

See you around!

Go Fishing in Japan : Starter Guide


Hello people. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty! How are you doing? I suppose we’ve had some fun this rainy season though it’s about to end and summer is just around the corner!
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Speaking of summer plans, it’s been a year since our camping in Miyajima.

Affordable Camping in Miyajima

Perhaps you also want something easier you can do during a regular weekend.  OK, here it comes.

Go Fishing in Japan!

I often go fishing in summer (winter’s OK too but the thing is I can’t get up early while it’s dark and so cold!). Grab the fishing tools and hang out! I will share what you need for a start-up. Check the following:


Licence required?

No. In some countries it requires licence for fishing but it isn’t necessary here in Japan (except some places).


(Photo credit:Jason Eppink)

Get Fishing Tools

There are fishing stores anywhere but naturally more stores stand near seaside.


(From wikipedia)

Fishing Rod & Reel

There is stuff for beginners. This one (fishing rod and reel) was about 1,500 yen. Yes, very cheap.


An ordinary beginner’s kit.

Well, there are cheap ones and pricey ones. I can’t really say what’s right. However I’ve found cheap ones crappy. I suggest to get higher class stuff at least 2,000 yen.


See it can’t fold the tip properly anymore!

Hooks and Extras

Most of the times I just use ready-to-use hooks. My usual target is one called Haze (goby in English), so I’d get the one in the photo below. You should search what kind of fish is around in your area and take a look OR ask the staff at the store. They are willing to help you.


100 yen with three hooks!

Some hooks come with weights but mine doesn’t, so I normally keep some of it in my bag.


There are different sizes. For easy fishing, just get little ones like this.

Scissors are also necessary.


It’s like 500 yen at the fishing store but you can buy it at 100 yen stores as well. Not so serious.


There are Gokai, Aomushi worms, Ami (shrimps) or you could use a lure if you don’t like those. It also depends on your target. Most likely I get Aomushi worms which are reasonable and my target like them apparently. At my regular store I just drop by and tell a cashier I want Aomushi for 500 yen for instance.



Note: Bait should be fresh. I suggest you get it on the day you go fishing (or a night before).

The Cool Box

The cool box is an option though, this would help to keep fish fresh.


This one was about 2,000 yen.


Now you are ready for fishing! We will hang out to the sea in the next post. See you around!