Thursday, 2 August 2007

Ayu Fishing

In one of my previous posts I mentioned that I saw some Ayu fishermen in the Araya river . Ayu fishing is a popular pastime in rural Japan as I often see people fishing for Ayu in the local rivers. The Ayu is a small territorial fish and the lure used represents the Ayu with some hooks attached. Fishermen then use a 9 - 10 mtr rod to try and hook them from below. As the Ayu is very territorial they will fight with another fish invading their patch of the river and when this happens they get hooked. Fishermen also use the fish they have recently caught as bait to attract fish as well. Pictured above is some Ayu Fishermen in the Araya river in the hills above Mikawa

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