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Catching up with fish
What can we learn from this fish finder screen?
On this day the currents and wind were moving in opposite directions, the wind acting as a break and the currents gently moving the boat at a speed of about 0.3 knots. On the fish finder screen we can see echoes in 50 kHz on the left side and 200 kHz on the right side.
The screenshot above was captured just seconds before catching a 60cm red seabream. It shows the jig being reeled in as well as red seabream swimming up from the seabed following the jig. A red seabream was caught using a special Japanese rubber jig called tairaba.
Red seabream prefers to habit areas with reefs, especially areas with a variation between reefs and sandy seabed. By using the Bottom Discrimination feature on your FURUNO fish finder, you can identify and search for areas like this. The red seabream that was caught during this trip was caught close to a reef. The screenshot from the fish finder shows how the bottom composition changes from sandy to rocky, and echoes of red seabream following the bait.
When using a rubber jig to fish for red seabream, you should start reeling in the jig as soon as it touches the seabed. The reason for this is that red seabream are said to start following the jig as it falls down in the water. The jig attempts to mimic a living bait, so if it remains unmoved as it touches the seabed the red seabream might quickly lose interest. When fishing with tairaba you should always follow the same routine without interruption: let the jig fall down, as it reaches the seabed immediately start reeling it in.
Right below the boat the water depth is 52.2m, roughly 8m shallower compared with the sandy seabed previously passed. When you spot a fish on your fish finder swimming right below, first confirm the depth, and then drop the jig and control the fall with your thumb on your reel. By controlling the fall you will attract the interest of the red seabream as well as help you avoid getting the jig snagged into objects.
DAIWA field tester, Writer at Boat Club, a monthly Japanese boating publication
Nobuaki is a hobby angler who travels around Japan together with his beloved car-top boat Tomoe-maru. With a keen interest in fishing as well as scuba diving, he has gained a substantial amount of knowledge in how to utilize fish finders to the fullest. Nobuaki regularly holds well-attended training courses in the use of fish finders, as well as being a proponent for proper sea manners and safety at sea. Sharing his knowledge is a passion for Nobuaki, and he manages his own homepage as well as being a sought after writer in Japanese boating publications.