Scouting Estuary of Naka River – Oarai, Ibaraki

02 May Scouting Estuary of Naka River – Oarai, Ibaraki

I was travelling to Iaraki for family vacation for 2 days, and I spared few hours early in the morning to scout the estuary of Naka River, Japan’s renowned seabass fishing spot. I shouldn’t be doing this for I’m having pains in my left arm to shoulder which turns me away from lots of lefthand motion: fly fishing. Anyway, I brougt a lure tackle instead.

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I got to the bridge point around 3:30am just befoe tide hit its peak, and I saw very tiny rise around where light was creating shade. I casted Range Vibe to the downstream side of the bridge base where turburance was created.  I got 2 hits and 1 small seabass hooked. Then I realized something funny going on with my spinning reel which had no drag whatsoever. As I was having trouble trying to somehow reel in the line, tension broke and fish escaped.

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Then around 4:00am, wind turned cold and rise stopped while I managed to fix my reel’s drag. I changed the lure to Texas rig with 2″ plastic worm which attained another hit, but no hook up. This place looks really prominent when condition is right.

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We left Mito back towards Tokyo and stopped by the town of Tsukuba, science central of Japan. My intention was to let my boys enjoy touching the essence of science, but I came across interesting panel…

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Rugworm glows in the dark!? I didn’t know that. I should reflect this fact next season.