At Lake Mikata in Wakasa Town, Fukui Prefecture, the traditional "tataki net fishing" began on the 3rd, in which fish are driven into nets by hitting the surface of the lake with bamboo poles.
Fishing with a net is a traditional fishing method that is said to have been handed down from the Edo period to Lake Mikata in Wakasa Town, one of the five lakes of Mikata in Fukui Prefecture, and the ban is lifted at this time of year when the water temperature drops and the movement of fish slows down.
On the 3rd, the first day of the ban, local fishermen divided into five small boats and headed offshore, where they lined up at equal intervals to set up gill nets in the lake.
When the boat was moved and in place, the bamboo poles were bent in unison and tapped on the surface of the lake, making a "paan" sound all around the area, startling the fish in the water and driving them into the net.
There were a lot of big fat crucian carp hanging in the net that was pulled up.
According to the local Torihama Fishery Cooperative, the fish has become fattier because of the abundance of shrimp and other foods that can be used as bait.
Kannobu Kumagai, director of the Torihama Fisheries Cooperative, said, "I think we can eat more delicious fish than ever before, so I hope that many people will try it."
Sline fishing will continue until March next year.