Fishing information from Japan.


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TANAGO fishing field
N.B. TANAGO is the Japanese bitterling. >>  See "What is TANAGO?"

No natural field !

Cleak made by conclite

As to TANAGO fishing, there is no natural fishing field in true sense in current Japan. Lakes and ponds are buried, edges of rivers and creeks are restructured with banks made of concrete. This photograph shows a straight flow of artificial creek constructed by concrete panels as wall, in the area of paddy field. The waterway of this kind of form produces the simple flow only and forms simple biota. These do, in the sense, basis making in order to make the life of our humans rich being very much to be important thing but the living thing of wildness other than the piece and the human is the case that it is chased and repeled the habitat. Telling the truth of the original origin, TANAGO was inhabited in the creek, which flows on this kind of even area. As for the TANAGO fishing, the ruderal without going to the unexplored region where it is far and dangerous, familiarly it is the fishing which touch large naturally in a small fish named TANAGO. The TANAGO fishing is the fishing which touch large naturally in a small fish without going to the unexplored region where it is far and dangerous. At least, The fact that is the TANAGO which can be verified with fishing inhabits, is the evidence where the nature remains.

Small creek in farm

TANAGO fishing fild in farm

This photograph shows an angler sitting near a creek in farm on paddy field. In current Japan, this kind of structure of the creek, in other words those which are not made with the concrete, as for the waterway it is very unusual. When you find this kind of creek, that can mean the discovery of habitat of the TANAGO, and can expect that you may meet and fish TANAGO.

Waterway in town

TANAGO fishing fild in town

Concerning the waterway where TANAGO inhabits, there are also those of this kind of appearance which flows in the urban district. Why and how TANAGO inhabits in such artificasl environment? The first reason for the above question is the fact that TANAGO continue to inhabit in the original creek from old time which creek was undeveloped by human yet. The second, the fact that shellfishes too now inhabit in this waterway. And the third, that the water itself is not so dirty as dirty as shellfishes to die. In the case of waterway which is made by concrete , it is important that the waterway have to become deep in portion of the waterway in order to make the part where the flow of the water is slow. When you find portion which sand and/or mud are accumulated in waterway, you may see shellfishes in it. This means also the matter of possibility of habitat of TANAGO in the waterway. Then, the possibility on your fishing of TANAGO may higher.

River flowing slowly

TANAGO fishing fild:river TANAGO fishing fild:river

These are the photographs of the rivers in the downstream limits where the kind of flow is slow and where the water surface has not billowed. When we play TANAGO fishing in the rivers, we must choose such area as shown in this photograph for the good point. For the TANAGO fishing, at the point where the reed and the indian rice have grown in the shore and the place where the water plant has grown in underwater is exellent. In addition, at the point where spill way is good at the place of the bending which has change on the bottom and also the applying rising of the shore is good. And also, the situation where the many big stone placed in the river. The long rod is unnecessary even if the river is large, under the reason that TANAGO lives in the relatively shallow place. In especially breeding season, TANAGO gets together to the shallow place in the depth of 1ft to 3ft where shellfishes live. And, it is many in the shallow place where as for the living thing which becomes the feed of TANAGO the sunlight hits well.



TANAGO fishing fild:pond-1 TANAGO fishing fild:pond-2

Both images show a small pond called in Japanese "Tamari" which is meant by English "the water accumulating in the large river area". Other than the natural pond as an independent water system, there is an artificial reservoir for irrigation, small pond adjoining to the big lake, and the water accumulating near(or in) the large river area. Among these ponds, the natural pond has decreased with influence of land development. As to small pond adjoining to the lake, the recently water quality becoming bad, it reaches and the imported fishes have become many and the environment where you can live the Japanese bitterling has become extent distant ones. When the imported fish has entered into also the accumulating which is the river area of the big river is many, is, but when rising, there is a feature that the living thing inserts largely and substitutes. Because of that, with several of water accumulating in the big river area, it is possible to look at the Japanese bitterling. As for the accumulating pond of population those which stop being utilized excessively with the change of agricultural environment of recent years, are many, is. But, because those ponds which even now are used in irrigation purpose are managed securely, there is a big posibility of the Japanese bitterling stays in this kind of ponds.

Lake & Dam-lake

TANAGO fishing fild:lake-1 TANAGO fishing fild:lake-2

Images show of lake-shore the "Lake BIWA" in Shiga-pref. in Japan. Because the lake and the dam lake are immense water system, in the case of the imported fishes are alive here, the Japanese bitterling exist and alive too. But, the defeat/miss [ke] it is in struggle for existence, recently the number of Japanese bitterlings of weak type has decreased. The japanese bitterling fishing in the pond and the lake, it is not about there to be several meters thing depths of water but the shallow place where the under of depth of water 1m is becomes an important point. The places of weed area and stone area in the lake are the better and best fishing points. These places are come to the place where the Japanese bitterling hides. In addition, in breeding season of Japanese bitterling, the place where shellfishes stay becomes an important fishing point. This fishing point is the place where the depth of water is shallow.
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