I took Jade out fishing at the end of March. I took her fishing before when she was younger, but she was too young to hold a rod so this was her first time actually fishing.
Nikon D60, Sigma 30mm f/1.4, 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100 -- EXIF
This isn't the first fish Jade caught, but it's the kind I caught the whole time we were there. I brought two kinds of fishing rods; one bait rod and one lure rod. I brought the bait rod for Jade and we used small shrimp(krill), called okiami. I baited her hooks for her and while she fished, I used my short lure rod with a heavy spinner for longer casts because we had just a bit of wind that day. I didn't have any luck besides trash fish like the one in the above photo.
Some Snack While We Fish
For the first hour, Jade didn't get any hits. We had a few snacks and drank some root beer while we fished. After having some snacks, I adjusted the settings on her line and a few seconds after getting the line back into the water she got a hit. I was excited when we saw the float go under, Jade just panicked. She was trying to reel backwards and kept telling me the reel was stuck. After she calmed down and figured out what she needed to be doing, she was able to fight the fish to the top of the water.
Jades First Fish
What a beauty! They call this fish ojisan (old man), because it has some long whisker type things under its chin. I'm not sure how common this fish is in Japan, but in Amami, it's a very common fish to pull up. It took Jade some time to get the fish out of the water and the fish was pretty tired by the time she did and didn't flop around at all.
After taking a few shots of her, I put some more bait on her line and she continued fishing. It was probably just a few minutes and she got another hit. This time she knew what she needed to do and it wasn't long until she had the fish out of the water. I told her to hold it up again like last time but this time as she was holding it, it started to flop around and it scared her so bad she dropped the fish. I just sat there and laughed and she started to cry. I shouldn't have laughed but it was too funny. This next photo is just as the fish flopped and she was in mid-switch of expressions from smiling nice and big to complete terror.
Fish Number Two
After calming myself down and apologizing to her for laughing so hard, I put some more bait back on and we continued fishing.
She's a Natural
Just like that, she had another fish on the line. She pulled it up and it was a whooper! Well, not really, but it was her third fish. It was getting late and she said she was getting cold so we got our gear together and headed home.
Bringing Home Dinner
So that was Jades first experience fishing. Although she said she had a good time, I think she'll be apprehensive about going out with me again. I didn't mean to laugh so hard when she was struck with terror at the flopping fish at the end of her line and make her cry, but man, it was funny. I'll have to try and be a bit nicer next time.