Sea Perch Day Game – Yokohama Bay, Kanagawa

2011/9/25 Sea Perch Day Game – Yokohama Bay, Kanagawa

Mike, the latest member of the club, was looking for his first opportunity to try out saltwater fly fishing. His gun is 10wt bit selective for its match, so we booked Pallas FGS for Japanese sea perch game.

In other occasion, I would take Mike to night game first which is relatively easier comparing to day game when fish can’t sense your boat and are less likely to be spooked. But I respected Mike’s 4th season in fly fishing with 10wt tackle to debut to saltwater needs strong fish of match. Gotta be day game when fish fight hard.

Despite the tough condition in which water temperature dropped in few days after big typhoon and kept most of fish in deeper water column, Captain managed to deliver us to strike zone.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z_TYlEa8Io]

Mike picked up the game quickly and his solid cast put the fly tightly parallel to structure to lure perches into bites. Despite the unfamiliarity of the specimen and to the wind, Mike managed to pull out half dozen strikes, and 2 are actually inside fish’s mouth. Then what happened was what every first time saltwater player does. Mike who started from trout fishing, kept making Trout Set.

Perches’ feeding style is to open its mouth wide and suck the bait along with surrounding water. It does not turn after it takes the bait like trout does, so hook needs to be pulled several times to be set.

It was also hard day for me who spent seasons for this game. I had to cast incredibly tight to lure the fish I used to take for ease. It seemed that fish are not motivated to come out more than a foot. I only managed to catch one small one on floating minnow.

Then Captain took me to calm area where we could see perches hiding right underneath cruiser. I always wanted to try one thing on them, so I watched carefully and took my sinking tackle with surf candy on.


(Photography by Pallas)

Finally an agreeable catch by sight. As soon as my surf candy sank to the same depth, this perch chased  it slowly moving away and took it without hesitation. Rare occasion to make us able to fish sea perches on sight fishing.

Unfortunately, Mike couldn’t hook fish on this trip. He has wonderful skill to make this game. He will get the strip set by next time, and I have no doubt he will catch good size fish.

The most important thing we caught wasn’t fish at all that day, but moment to forget about our work and feel free in open wide space.Mike, the latest member of the club, was looking for his first opportunity to try out saltwater fly fishing. His gun is 10wt bit selective for its match, so we booked Pallas FGS for Japanese sea perch game.

In other occasion, I would take Mike to night game first which is relatively easier comparing to day game when fish can’t sense your boat and are less likely to be spooked. But I respected Mike’s 4th season in fly fishing with 10wt tackle to debut to saltwater needs strong fish of match. Gotta be day game when fish fight hard.

Despite the tough condition in which water temperature dropped in few days after big typhoon and kept most of fish in deeper water column, Captain managed to deliver us to strike zone.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z_TYlEa8Io]

Mike picked up the game quickly and his solid cast put the fly tightly parallel to structure to lure perches into bites. Despite the unfamiliarity of the specimen and to the wind, Mike managed to pull out half dozen strikes, and 2 are actually inside fish’s mouth. Then what happened was what every first time saltwater player does. Mike who started from trout fishing, kept making Trout Set.

Perches’ feeding style is to open its mouth wide and suck the bait along with surrounding water. It does not turn after it takes the bait like trout does, so hook needs to be pulled several times to be set.

It was also hard day for me who spent seasons for this game. I had to cast incredibly tight to lure the fish I used to take for ease. It seemed that fish are not motivated to come out more than a foot. I only managed to catch one small one on floating minnow.

Then Captain took me to calm area where we could see perches hiding right underneath cruiser. I always wanted to try one thing on them, so I watched carefully and took my sinking tackle with surf candy on.


(Photography by Pallas)

Finally an agreeable catch by sight. As soon as my surf candy sank to the same depth, this perch chased  it slowly moving away and took it without hesitation. Rare occasion to make us able to fish sea perches on sight fishing.

Unfortunately, Mike couldn’t hook fish on this trip. He has wonderful skill to make this game. He will get the strip set by next time, and I have no doubt he will catch good size fish.

The most important thing we caught wasn’t fish at all that day, but moment to forget about our work and feel free in open wide space.

6 Comments
  • Mike
    Posted at 00:02h, 28 September

    Great post Hideto. Great day. Great instruction. Great guide. Great friends. Great last words…summed up why, I think, we all fly fish!

  • neversink
    Posted at 08:53h, 28 September

    Hi Mike,

    It was great outing.
    Let’s go for another round of something when you get back!

  • Steve Whittingham
    Posted at 18:37h, 09 February

    Hi, my name is Steve and I travel to Tokyo every month for business. I would like to stay for a weekend and try to catch some sea perch on fly. Who can I contact to book a boat captain, and what are the costs for a day or half-day? What is the best time of year? Any information would be useful.

    Thanks

    Steve

    • neversink
      Posted at 22:43h, 13 February

      Hi Steve,

      Great thing about sea perch is open for all year and you can try all sorts of games.
      You could get out of your work and go for night game, or wait for the weekend for
      early morning game or day game.

      http://tokyoflyfishing.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/japanese-sea-perch-suzuki/

      I can contact a booking, but you probably have good chance to go with someone who speaks to captain.
      How is your Japanese level?

      • Steve Whittingham
        Posted at 21:32h, 15 February

        Hi there

        Sadly I have no Japanese! Except for “hello” and “thank you”!

        What would you suggest? Are there many captains who understand fly fishing? Having someone who knows flyfishing always helps.

        Is there any land-based fly fishing for sea perch?

        I would like to try for perch in spring – it will be a little warmer then!

        Cheers

        Steve

  • neversink
    Posted at 23:55h, 17 February

    Hi Steve,

    There are several guideboats who offer fly fishing.
    You could go for perch from bank, but it’s not as fun experience from boat for
    it will really limit where you could fish.

    If you want to know what it’s like, please use the search box on this blog and type
    “sea perch” or “seabass”.