Fantastic Night Fishing

The hunt for elusive shirasu eel

By Yoshifumi Hara    - 1 min read

Shirasu(immature eel/ "whitebait") hatch in the distant sea and travel to Japan. Then from winter until spring they return to the fresh waterways of the Japanese mainland. This type of shirasu are caught at night. Around this time is when the shirasu can be seen near the entrance to rivers throughout Tokushima Prefecture.

As the daylight fades, fishing boats assemble at the fishing grounds. To find the juvenile marine creatures, the river is illuminated in dazzling lights. Tokushima's largest river, the Yoshino River, had up to 100 fishing vessels traverse its waters during its heydays.

Viewing shirasu fishing is a majestic scene. On this day I found shirasu fishing in downtown Tokushima along the Shinmachi River. The lights of the fishing boats and lights of the city melt together to produce a beautiful scene along the Yoshino River.

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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin's over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai.   Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.

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