Set out on a captivating journey into the heart of the commercial fishing industry with the 7-hour Fishing and Bottom Trawl Tour. This immersive experience offers a rare glimpse into the life of a fisherman, from the thrilling two-hour bottom trawling session to the delectable local seafood lunch and the opportunity to try your hand at traditional Sabiki fishing. But the adventure doesn’t end there – observe the fast-paced fish auction, where the logistics of the seafood industry come to life. Prepare to be captivated by this comprehensive exploration of the world of commercial fishing.

Key Points

Fishing on a Fishing Boat & Bottom Trawl Tour - Key Points

• The 7-hour fishing and bottom trawl tour allows participants to experience the life of a fisherman in a small group setting.
• The tour includes a 2-hour bottom trawling observation to witness the commercial fishing process up close.
• Participants will enjoy a delicious lunch featuring local seafood specialties at the Asahitei restaurant.
• The tour provides a hands-on Sabiki fishing experience, where participants learn the traditional Japanese fishing technique.
• Participants will observe the fast-paced bidding and negotiation process at the Fuke fishing port auction.

Activity Overview

Fishing on a Fishing Boat & Bottom Trawl Tour - Activity Overview

This 7-hour fishing and bottom trawl tour provides participants with an up-close look at the fishing industry, allowing them to experience the life of a fisherman firsthand in a small group setting with a live guide offering commentary in both English and Japanese.

The day begins with a 10:00 AM departure from Fuke Fishing Port, followed by a 2-hour bottom trawling tour on a specialized fishing boat.

After a lunch break at Asahitei, guests will have the opportunity to try their hand at Sabiki fishing from the port’s wharf.

The experience concludes with an observation of the bustling auction at the Fuke fishing port, offering a comprehensive glimpse into the fascinating world of commercial fishing.


Fishing on a Fishing Boat & Bottom Trawl Tour - Itinerary

The tour begins with a 9:30 AM meeting at Fuke-cho Station, after which participants depart from Fuke Fishing Port at 10:00 AM to embark on a 2-hour bottom trawling tour aboard a specialized fishing vessel.

During this hands-on experience, you will observe the commercial bottom trawling process up close, learning about the techniques and equipment used.

After the trawling tour, the group enjoys a 45-minute lunch at the nearby Asahitei restaurant.

Following lunch, the itinerary includes an hour of Sabiki fishing from the Fuke Port wharf, where participants can try their hand at catching small shrimp and octopus.

The tour concludes with an observation of the lively fish auction at the Fuke fishing port from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.

Bottom Trawling Tour

Fishing on a Fishing Boat & Bottom Trawl Tour - Bottom Trawling Tour

During the 2-hour bottom trawling tour, participants observe the commercial fishing technique firsthand as the vessel drags a large, funnel-shaped net along the seafloor to catch a variety of bottom-dwelling species.

The net is carefully lowered into the water, and as the boat moves forward, the net scoops up fish, shrimp, crabs, and other marine life from the ocean floor.

Participants can watch the net being pulled back onto the boat, where the catch is sorted, weighed, and stored.

This hands-on experience provides a unique opportunity to witness the challenges and realities of commercial fishing while gaining a deeper appreciation for the industry’s role in food production.

Lunch at Asahitei

Fishing on a Fishing Boat & Bottom Trawl Tour - Lunch at Asahitei

After the bottom trawling tour, participants enjoy a delicious lunch at the nearby Asahitei restaurant, where they can savor fresh seafood dishes and relax before the next portion of the activity.

The menu offers a variety of local specialties, including:

  1. Grilled squid with a tangy citrus sauce
  2. Steamed clams in a savory broth
  3. A salad made with locally-sourced greens and shredded crab
  4. A selection of sushi and sashimi, showcasing the day’s catch

The cozy, traditional setting of Asahitei provides the perfect atmosphere for participants to recharge and share their experiences from the morning’s fishing expedition. With attentive service and a focus on quality ingredients, the lunch at Asahitei is a highlight of the overall tour.

Sabiki Fishing

Following the bottom trawling tour and hearty lunch, participants head to the Fuke Port wharf to try their hand at sabiki fishing, a traditional Japanese angling technique that allows them to catch a variety of small fish.

Under the guidance of the live tour guide, they’ll learn how to properly rig and cast the multi-hook sabiki rigs. As the lines hit the water, the participants eagerly wait for the telltale tugs, signaling a bite.

With swift movements, they skillfully reel in their catch, which may include tiny shrimp, sardines, and other delectable morsels from the sea. This hands-on experience gives them a newfound appreciation for the art of Japanese recreational fishing.

Auction Observation

As the fishing adventure nears its end, participants head to the Fuke fishing port to observe the lively auction proceedings.

They’ll witness first-hand the fast-paced bidding and negotiation process that determines the prices for the day’s fresh catch, gaining insight into the commercial side of the fishing industry.

The auction is a hub of activity, with fishermen, buyers, and brokers engaging in a rhythmic dance of shouting and gesturing.

Participants can observe:

  1. The diverse array of seafood up for auction, from vibrant tuna to glistening shrimp.
  2. The skilled auctioneers who orchestrate the bids with lightning speed and precision.
  3. The intense competition among buyers, each trying to secure the best deals.
  4. The intricate logistics of transportation and distribution that follow the auction.

Tour Highlights

Fishing on a Fishing Boat & Bottom Trawl Tour - Tour Highlights

Immersing participants in the heart of the fishing industry, the tour highlights a range of engaging experiences that bring the art of seafaring to life.

Observing the intricate bottom trawling process up close, guests witness the meticulous techniques employed by seasoned fishermen as they extract a diverse array of marine life from the depths.

Savoring the fresh catch directly on the boat, participants indulge in the delectable flavors of small shrimp and succulent octopus, evoking the true essence of life on the open waters.

This hands-on encounter with the fishing lifestyle allows guests to genuinely feel like fishermen themselves, fostering a deeper appreciation for the skills and challenges that define this age-old profession.

Pricing and Booking

The tour’s pricing starts from Kč 2,911 per person, offering an accessible and budget-friendly option for those eager to explore the fishing industry up close.

Participants can reserve their spot now and pay nothing today, thanks to the tour’s flexible booking policy that allows for free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance.

The tour’s booking process is straightforward and convenient:

  1. Reserve your spot online or over the phone to secure your place.
  2. Enjoy the flexibility of paying later, as no upfront payment is required.
  3. Cancel your reservation free of charge up to 24 hours before the tour.
  4. Relax and look forward to your exciting fishing and trawling adventure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Minimum Age Requirement for the Tour?

The tour does not have a specific minimum age requirement. However, it is recommended for children over the age of 12 as the activities may not be suitable for younger participants. Parental supervision is advised for all minors on the tour.

Can I Bring My Own Fishing Gear and Equipment?

Yes, participants can bring their own fishing gear and equipment for the tour. However, the tour operator provides all necessary fishing gear and equipment, so it’s not required for participants to bring their own.

Is There an Option to Extend the Tour Duration?

According to the tour details, there doesn’t appear to be an option to extend the duration beyond the specified 7 hours. The itinerary has a fixed schedule that covers various fishing-related activities over the course of the day.

Are There Any Special Dietary Requirements Accommodated?

The tour accommodates special dietary requirements, such as vegetarian, vegan, or halal options. Guests can notify the tour operator of any dietary needs when booking, ensuring their lunch at Asahitei meets their preferences.

What Safety Precautions Are in Place During the Bottom Trawling Activity?

The tour operator ensures participants’ safety during the bottom trawling activity. They provide life jackets, enforce safety protocols, and have experienced captains navigate the vessel. Participants receive a safety briefing before the activity.

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The 7-hour fishing and bottom trawl tour offers an immersive experience for participants to explore the life of a fisherman.

From observing the commercial fishing process firsthand to trying their hand at traditional fishing, the tour provides a comprehensive glimpse into the world of the seafood industry.

With a delicious local seafood lunch and an observation of the fast-paced fish auction, this tour is a unique and memorable way to learn about the intricacies of commercial fishing.

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