Bait Chart of Tokyo – Saltwater & Estuary

Characteristics

Pattern Size Motion Depth
Mysid shrimp   5mm – 10mm Slow retrieve Top – bottom
Rag worm   3cm – 15cm Dead slow retrieve, drift Top – bottom
Common squid   3cm – 10cm Dead slow, slow retrieve, drift, stop&go, lift&fall, curve fall Top – mid range
Ayu – run up    5cm Medium retrieve, twitch (daytime). Slow, drift, swing (night) Top – mid range
Ayu – run down after spawning    10cm – 30cm Dead slow, drift, swing Top – mid range
Anchovy    5cm – 15cm Medium retrieve, twitch, jerk (daytime). Slow (night) Top – mid range
Mullet    5cm – 20cm Medium retrieve, twitch, jerk (daytime). Slow (night) Top – mid range
Goby    10cm – 20cm Slow retrieve, lift&fall, twitch Bottom
Halfbeak   10cm – 30cm Slow retrieve, twitch, dart Top
Gizzard shad 10cm – 30cm Medium retrieve, twitch, jerk (daytime). Slow (night) Top – bottom

 

Season

Pattern JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Mysid shrimp X X X X X X
Rag worm X X X X X
Common squid X X X X
Ayu – run up  X X X X X X X
Ayu – run down X X X
Anchovy  X  X  X  X  X X X X
Mullet X X X X
Goby X X X X
Halfbeak X X X X X
Gizzard shud X X X X X X

Habitats

Pattern Time Spot River Estuary Baywater Surf Reef
Mysid shrimp Night Light, jetty, wall X X
Rag worm Night, high tide, spring tide Sand or silt bottom X X
Common squid Night Light X
Ayu – run up Day/night Light, slow current X X X X
Ayu – run down Night Rapid, fall, slow current X X
Anchovy Day/night Where they cruise in school  X X  X
Mullet Day/night Shallow, structure, light X X X X
Goby Night Sand bottom X X X
Halfbeak Night Where they cruise in school X X X X
Gizzard shad Day/night Where they cruise in school X X X X X