Photography: Eel Fishing

I was taken eel fishing a few weeks ago along the Kiso River in central Japan. Eel fishing involves baiting a line with numerous hooks at dusk, wading out into the middle of the river and laying the line, and then returning around midnight to check the catch. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don’t.

It was difficult to shoot in the conditions and I want to try a reshoot someday but in the meantime I’m content with these frames.



Cycled since I was a kid, moved to Japan in 2001, bought my first 'serious' camera in 2005. Spent the later half of the 1990s travelling in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Japan, and the Philippines and wish I'd photographed a lot more back then.

4 thoughts on “Photography: Eel Fishing

  1. A unusual and rare experience to be sure. Living in Gifu, almost every guy I know fishes. Never met someone who does eel fishing though.

    Now, I want to know if you ate “unagidomburi” afterward. Love that “tare.”

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