Ogasawara Archipelago, Tokyo – Day 3

03 May Ogasawara Archipelago, Tokyo – Day 3

Soon after waking up in Oki Village, I wanted to confirm the aggressiveness of fish on the island by using grouper as benchmark. I have brought a experimental pattern tied on #2 size hook. Weather wasn’t stable, so I had to complete most of my initial research this day.

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1. Port Oki and Reef

Then I headed to the same location as a day before. A rocky reef with the WW II banker looking over.

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After few cast, I have confirmed that fish here can take large bait, because the very first fish was no lager than 20cm keeping new fly mouthful.

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Then went back to the jetty in the port for some cruising fish.

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I cast fail-safe Mikura Candy pattern tied on #4 which turned over series of bigeye scad.

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2. Higashi Harbour and Reef

I got plenty of excitement in the village already, so I hired a scooter and moved out to the northern part of Haha Island.

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Higashi Harbour has long jetty sticking out into the middle of bay which is intercepting variety of species throughout the season.

Not much movement was happening around the jetty, so I moved on to the nearby reef to benchmark if driving this far would make any difference.

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Then…

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Size of fish got much bigger here! Very fat star-spotted groupers attack fly the minute it swims over their habitats.

3. Kita Harbour

I wanted to check the northern part thoroughly, so I pushed on to another harbour near Higashi. This is where bonefish was caught on lure by kayak angler few years ago.

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Timing was perfect with rising tide, so I gave it a try for few hours. No sign of cruising fish, but random squid chasing my fly hard. So I did a bit of walk through jungle road to another beach nearby.

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About an half hour walk in jungle, I reached Osawa Beach. Great location, but no vital sign of fish chasing fly.

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This is where I gave up to the fatigue from long day… My arms and legs are all beat up from the full day driving, fishing, and wading in water cooler than expected. As I feared, water is still too cold to attract bonefish or even trevally near shore. I may have to change my strategy now.

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Result:

7 x honeycomb grouper
3 x bigeye scad
1 x bigfin reef squid

 

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