Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Land of the Rising Sun (and Fish) Part One: Yokohama Bay
Yokohama Bay. April 28. Night fishing for Suzuki.
There were a few goals I wanted to accomplish this trip: catch a suzuki (Japanese seabass) and as many species of Japanese trout as possible. The first night we would try for the seabass at Yokohama Bay. Initially I wanted to hire a boat but Koji said it wouldn't be necessary as the moon phase and tide charts were in our favor so the canals would be loaded with seaworms, the favored diet of these fish. After a little mix up on which station to meet we left for our proper destination. When we arrived at the water, only a few steps from the station, there was a gear fishermen already on fish. We could see suzuki feeding rising on seaworms while we rigged our fly rods. Koji gave me a few flies and we tried to get me my first fish from Japan but it was not in the cards this night. After a few hours Koji was able to catch a micro horse mackerel. Yokohama bay is quite beautiful at night and with a jazz musician playing his sax on the sidewalks it made for a relaxing atmosphere despite having to watch out for the pedestrian traffic. This night though was a bust for me so we said our goodbyes to meet up early at my family's residence the next morning.
Nodaiwa Yokohama's Takashimaya for unagi. We ordered the set menu with eels prepared only grilled with salt and topped with wasabi and the traditional sauced version.