Fishing Debut on Izu Oshima Island

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Izu Oshima, where the entire island is surrounded by waters that glisten a dazzling blue.
Thanks to the effect of the Kuroshio current, the variety of fish found here are of the type that any fisherman will envy, such as the red Pacific sea bream and striped beakfish, striped jackfish, grunt, blackfish and rockfish.
This fact is what attracts those in the know to Izu Oshima. Even beginners and whole families can enjoy fishing here. Peer into the ocean to see all the fish swimming freely. Cast a lure and you are guaranteed to catch something. A first time experience fishing here in such bountiful grounds is sure to leave you with great memories.
Start by picking up some bait and latest information at a tackle shop. You can travel here empty handed!

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the entire coastline is fishing ground.
From rocky shores and sandy beaches to embankments, each location has its own variety of inhabitants, as well as fish that migrate.
Our recommendation however, is to go to a local tackle shop to get the latest news on where to fish.
You will find tackle shops close to the ports (Motomachi port and Okata port). Pick up some lures and baits at these stores, and ask for some tips. They will kindly advise you where and how to catch fish, depending on the season and what type of fish you are after. Some tackle shops even carry fishing rods, which means you can fish even if you have no fishing equipment at all.
To start, rent some equipment and give embankment fishing, the safest option for beginners, a try!

List of tackle shops
Maruichi Tsuri Gyogu (Maruichi Tackle Shop)
Good for: equipment, bait, information
Hours: 7:00 ~ 18:00
Closed: Mondays (open on public holidays, in which case the following day will be closed)
Address: 2-18-11 Motomachi, Oshima-cho, Tokyo *7, 8 min. from Motomachi Port
Tel: 04992-2-1343

Good for: equipment, bait
Hours: 7:30 ~ 19:00
Closed: Open year round
Address: 2-7-4 Motomachi, Oshima-cho, Tokyo *7, 8 min. from Motomachi Port
Tel: 04992-2-1388
Comments: rental available (¥800/day for rod+bait)

Good for: rental
Hours: 8:00 ~ sunset
Closed: Open year round
Address: 1-17-9 Motomachi, Oshima-cho, Tokyo *close to Motomachi Port
Tel: 04992-2-1127
Comments: rental available (¥1000/day for rod and reel)
Ohnuma Shoten
Good for: equipment, bait, information
Hours: 8:30 ~ 19:00
Closed: Open year round (closed on some occasions)
Address: 3 Okata, Oshima-cho, Tokyo *1 min. from Okata Port
Tel: 04992-2-8117

Good for: information, rental
Hours: 8:30 ~ sunset
Closed: Open year round
Address: 5 Okata, Oshima-cho, Tokyo *close to Okata Port
Tel: 04992-2-8545
Comments: rental available (¥1200/5hr for rod and sabiki tackle)

Off we go to the field! It’s up to you what style of fishing you choose.
If you’ve decided on debuting with embankment fishing, here are some tips to get you started.
There are many ways you can enjoy embankment fishing, from the sabiki technique to casting. Here, we will teach you how the techniques as well as what fish you can catch with each style in the list below.
[Characteristics of embankment fishing]

You can go after a variety of fish from migratory fish to rockfish. This is especially true when you go out to the open sea where there are better passage for the currents.

[Exemplary Method for Embankment Fishing]
・Sabiki fishing: Using real fish skin lures, this is a form of fishing where you set up multiple lures on a single rig. This is an effective form of fishing for catching small migratory fish at embankments.
【Knifefish (Apr-Oct), Japanese horse mackerel (May-Dec), Mackerel (June-Oct), small Blackfish (year round) etc.】

・Float fishing: A simple way of fishing using floats. A method that allows you to go after fish ranging from the surface of the water to seabeds.
【Japanese horse mackerel (May-Dec), Blackfish (year round), grunt (year round), Striped jackfish (Apr-Nov) etc.】

・Cast fishing: This is a style where you put weights on a fishing rod called ‘tenbin’, and lightly cast it forward to catch fish. The benefit of this form of fishing is that it allows for a wide range of exploration and designed to target fish that inhabit deep waters.
【Blue emperor (year round), Beach conger (Apr-Dec) etc.】

・Doutsuki-shikake fishing: A method in which you attach a weight at the end of your line, and fix a string called ‘edasu’ and needle on top of it.
【Scorpion fish (year round), Black rockfish (year round), Fox Jacopever (Apr-Nov) etc.】

・Lure fishing: Method where you throw a lure (bait), and attract fish by pretending to move your bait like a weakened small fish.
【Bonito, Amberjack, Yellowtail amberjack, Bluejack varieties such as striped jackfish (Apr-Nov) etc.】

Know Your Poisonous Fish!
There are some fish that carry poison on their dorsal and pectoral fins.
If you happen to catch one of these fish, be careful not to touch it.

[Dangerous fish that can be caught at embankments]

・Mottled spinefoot
Sharp poisonous thorns on its back and tail fins.

・Striped eel catfish
Carries poison on its back and pectoral fins, and when stung you experience a sharp pain

・Haokoze (a species of waspfish)
Carries deadly poison on the 15 thorns on its back.

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