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Eel Fishing

In order to attract eels, Japanese fishermen use an interesting technique. Check it out for yourself!


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Did you know that fishermen can really be quite crafty? Those who fish in the Yoshino River on Shikoku Island are the perfect example of the wit this activity requires. When the cold season comes and during the change of tide from low to high, local fishermen take advantage of the eels' love for light. Sometime around midnight or early morning the fishermen take their boats to the river and turn on the beam of strong light. Afterwards, they can just scoop up the eels without any effort. Not only this is a magical sight, but also a truly s​ly fishermen's tradition! The high season for this type of fishing falls on mid-winter. Sadly, though, with every year the amount of the eels decreases and soon this tradition might vanish as well.

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