Cermele: Japanese Rock Fishing=Perplexing

Here’s the score. While perusing YouTube last night, I stumbled upon the video embedded here entitled “Extreme Rock Fishing: Made … Continued

Here’s the score. While perusing YouTube last night, I stumbled upon the video embedded here entitled “Extreme Rock Fishing: Made in Japan.” This is absolutely one of the most bizarre fishing videos I have ever watched. From what I gather, these Japanese anglers get dropped off on a rock by boat and spend the night catching fish with a 20-foot pole that is disconnected from the reel, which, by the way, looks to weigh about 150-pounds and actually gets bolted to the rock.

I have viewed this footage many times and conclude that I have no idea how this method works. I’m totally baffled, but the terminal tackle involved is pretty serious. Is the pole more like a gaff? Are they hand-lining or reeling? I just don’t know. So take a look and maybe we can put our collective blogosphere heads together and figure it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o81wF2z0Ymw

If the fishing isn’t bizarre enough, there’s some random samurai action going on and this whole menagerie is played out to Metallica’s “Unforgiven,” which, if you watch it a few times will become as hysterical to you as it has to me.

But one thing is for sure: Whether I figure out the method or not, this is an F&S feature waiting to happen. I want to party all night with the dudes in this video. So I plan to start a “Send Joe Cermele Extreme Rock Fishing in Japan” fund shortly. All I need is a plane ticket and a case of Miller to take out on the rock and I’ll produce the greatest fishing story ever told. Something whacked out happening is beyond inevitable.

JC