Hello everyone! Today I’m going to introduce Filefish/ leatherjacket fishing techniques. It’s almost winter and now is the season for filefish/ leatherjacket as its liver is most fatty and they are larger in size.
I was graciously invited by Sanpomaru, the largest fishing boat charter company in Wakayama. It leaves from Kada port and the best thing is that there’s an afternoon charter which leaves at 12pm and returns at 5pm (Just in time for dinner!)
This time, I bought the hooks, sinker and bait from the shop while I used my own rod and reel. The setup is listed in the pictures above and are from Hayabusa. Please have a look.
The boat provides a large basket of live ragworms but I also bought boiled surf clams as it’s one of the most effective baits for catching filefish.The technique to catch filefish in Japan is rather technical but I’m going to explain two of the methods I used this time.
The first technique is called Tataki – flipping the tip of the rod up and down without lifting the whole rod itself. This technique causes the hooks to bounce in the current and attracts the fish to the bait. Usually the fish will strike while you’re at it, so be prepared to set the hook but without too much strength as they have small mouths. Be sure to keep the sinker on the sea bed all the time in order not to lose your bait without catching the fish!
The second technique is Lift and Fall – lifting the whole rod slowly upwards, and returning slowly while letting the sinker hit the sea floor to increase the appeal of the bait. Usually after falling, the fish will go for it and if it doesn’t, repeat or switch between this and the Tataki method.
Today I was fortunate to catch a palm-sized one and I could enjoy it as sashimi with the fatty liver on the side! Thanks Sanpomaru for the opportunity!
Here’s the video where you can see the techniques mentioned above as well as the fish.
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