In Search of the Best Snapper of the High Season
Tail Lobster Game off Oshima Island, Fukuoka Prefecture
Tail-laba fishing is simple and ideal for an introduction to offshore fishing. The unexpectedness of not knowing what you will catch is part of its appeal, including not only the main target of red sea bream, but also yellowtail, sunfish, and other bluefish, as well as the high-end grouper fish. Mr. Yoshio Tanabe, a member of the Jackal pro staff, fished off Oshima Island in the Genkai Sea, which is known as a good tie-laba fishing spot. Let us introduce the appeal of tilefish as well as Mr. Tanabe's approach to catching the main target.
Using different heads and ties to get closer to the main target
Yoshio Tanabe, a Jackal Pro Staff member who usually enjoys using salt lures based in the Kansai area, boarded the Daian Maru No. 5, which departs from Kanesaki Fishing Port in Fukuoka Prefecture, to fish the fields off Oshima. Expectations were high, as the waters were rich in species of fish, not to mention red sea bream.
The first point of interest was a line at a depth of 60 meters. Mr. Tanabe chose the orange gold combination of “TG Bing Bing Bing Ball Slide Current Head NEO” and “Bing Bing Switch T + Necktie Master Curly,” and focused on fishing from the bottom to 10 meters.
I started getting bites like root fish right away, and the fish seemed to be very active. As he continued fishing, the bite seemed to be biting the head, and the leader was cut off. At this point, Mr. Tanabe changed the head of his tilefish bait to “TG Bing Bing Switch” and chose “Bing Bing Switch T + Necktie Dual Curly” for the necktie.
I had a bite on the head, so I decided to switch to the ‘Switch,’ which is easier to hook,” said Tanabe.
said Mr. Tanabe. After successfully catching a snapper with this combination, he repeated his approach in search of more targets.
Mr. Tanabe’s approach and the appeal of tilefish
How does Mr. Tanabe put together his game? And what does Mr. Tanabe think is the appeal of tilefish?
Mr. Tanabe said, “I think there are a lot of baits (since this fishing trip is in autumn). Unless it rained heavily the day before and the tide was low, the activity was not that low. It is better to catch fish that are willing to fish, so reeling speed should be fast. Sometimes, the size of the fish is better when you get them to bite by reaction. However, since fishing conditions can change drastically over the course of a day, it is important to check the reeling speed from slow to fast every time you reel to get a bite, no matter what time of the year it is. If you can discover the reeling speed, you will have a good fishing experience. Finding the speed and the item that produces bites is the fun and the best part of this type of fishing,” says Tanabe.
Tanabe said that although he was getting bites, the snapper seemed to be firmly attached to the bottom, and that a round-shaped tilefish would be better in such a situation. So, he switched to a combination of “TG Bin Bin Ball Slide Head NEO” 100g and “Bin Bin Switch T + Necktie Master Curly”. He soon hit a snapper, followed by a slightly larger snapper. The number of fish steadily increased.
Successfully increasing the size with “TG Bing Bing Switch Candy!
Mr. Tanabe made a series of modifications to his tie-lava configuration in search of more success, such as adding two pieces of “Bing Bing Switch T + Necktie Master Curly” to increase the appeal of the lure, or using “Finesse Curly” to reduce the volume of the lure to get a reaction. After catching a red sea bream and a red rock bream, he changed the weight of the tie-rabber to 80g, taking into account the current and other factors, and added a red sea bream. The anglers continued to get many bites but were unable to increase the size of their fish.
Under these circumstances, Mr. Tanabe realized that the fish were feeding on bottom bait, not sardines. Using the “TG Bing Bing Switch Candy,” he slowly and deliberately probed the bottom with a diagonal pull, catching fish after fish. Finally, the long-awaited moment arrived.
When he gave an angler an awase during the closing hours of the fishing season, his rod was squeezed hard! After careful handling, a magnificent cherry-red body of fish emerged from the sea. The captain put it in the net and the game was over. Mr. Tanabe got the good-sized fish he had been waiting for! While the number of fish was increasing but the size was not, he was able to adjust to the situation and pull out a valuable fish. It was a dramatic ending.
We expect to continue to catch red sea bream in the Genkai Sea in the future. This is a great introduction to offshore fishing, so why not give it a try?