A hot day out on the water today…but click through for the record fish!
Made the trip to Teganuma today to chase some new-born tanago. Unfortunately my newly finished tanago rods were too short to use at this particular fishing point but using a bamboo rod I bought in 2008 I was lucky enough to catch some specimens of the Holy Grail of tanago angling…the near-mythical 1-yen fish! Many thanks as always to Mr. Redfeather, Mr. A. and all the regular anglers at Teganuma Lake, Chiba Prefecture, without whose patient tuition, special ground hooks, advice and above all kindness I would never have been able to land such legendary fish.
The proof in the pudding…the captured beast laid out with a 1-yen coin:
A local witness (the angler next to me) measured this fish as 16mm, well inside the 20mm of a 1-yen coin. I also have a small acrylic case to photograph the fish but unfortunately the photo didn’t quite come out as well as I had hoped, the beast being so small and darting about the place…
In the end I took five 1-yen fish, a catch I could only have dreamt about until today:
After fishing, the local anglers invited me to sit and drink a cup of tea with them by the river and I learnt more in an hour than I would from a year of self-experimentation. In particular, they gave me a great deal of advice regarding grinding of hooks and even cast a critical eye over some of the sad attempts I had made with hooks of my own (all the 1-yen fish I caught were on a hook given to me by one of the veteran anglers). I am most grateful for all their kindness and look forward to having another go soon!
PS In hindsight, it is not all weird that I had a good day of fishing today, seeing as I met Fishing Cat on my way to the train station in the morning.