Fishing for Octopus in Japan
Enjoying octopus fishing and cuisine
Many types of in-shore fishing can be enjoyed on Lake Hamana, but one famous target is the octopus, and many anglers gather at the beginning of summer (late May-early July) to catch octopus, from both the shore and aboard boats.
This year the octopuses were abundant, and the lake attracted many visitors daily.
Traditional fishing of octopus uses hooks baited with crab, but in recent years the use of a squid fishing lure with weights added called an egi has become popular. Since the currents at Lake Hamana are very strong, before or after high and low tides are the best times for fishing. Since the octopus is a bottom dweller, the weights are used to sink the lure and comb large areas of the bottom.
While there is none of the energetic fight that is associated with catching fish, people who try octopus fishing are simply drawn to it as it is an interesting kind of fishing. In Japan, raw octopus is a prized foodstuff, and there are many great ways to enjoy it-as sashimi, deep fried, as takoyaki (grill-baked dumplings with octopus bits) or "octopus rice" (rice cooked together with octopus). So, you can be sure Japanese people will always appreciate a gift of octopus.
Octopus can be found in various places, so please give octopus fishing a try!