Lure Fishing Along Rocky Shores
The exciting challenge to land your target fish
The target fish for lure fishing fall into two main groups: migratory ones and ones living permanently in the given shore waters. Both types are ferocious fish eaters and can grow to be very large. In Japan, some of the most popular targets are blackfin seabass, grouper and amberjack. What makes lure fishing on rocky shores interesting is the challenge of observing the tidal flow and the contours of the shore to find likely fishing points, and then the need to bring the catch in by yourself once it's hooked. You have to rely solely on your own ability to maneuver it and yourself through the craggy outcroppings and often unfavorable footing during the fight. Of course, there's always the possibility that your line will be cut on the rocks during the fight, so actually landing a catch on a rocky shore is difficult. But, that's also one of the things that makes it so exciting. If you're mainly interested in catching a big fish, it's surely easier to do it from a boat, but landing a trophy fish from the shore in a rocky area is a unique challenge and one of the most rewarding an angler can experience.
This type of fishing can be enjoyed from rocky shore areas attached to land, but if you're trying for a big one, it's often best to take a fishing ferry boat out to an offshore island or rock outcropping. As I mentioned in my earlier article, relying on these ferry boats is the way I recommend from a safety standpoint. I hope you'll find an opportunity to try shore lure fishing.