It's peak time for big seabass and Chuck came down from Tochigi to try and get into his first bass. I got him set up with the ubiquitous rubber candy and we e started of at an inshore point and I got into a fish pretty quickly off of a dock light. I hooked and dropped another better fish immediately after while Chuck was getting eats but couldn't help but trout set on them. A couple of moves later and he got into the swing of things, spookily catching a blackfin seabass or Hirasuzuki for his first ever seabass. In my years of living in Japan I've only ever caught 2 of them. Later we went looking for bigger fish, and although we saw a spin fisherman in another boat catching an absolute tank of a fish we didn't turn anything up. Capt. Masuda radioed accross and it seems they were using big surface plugs and I suspect out flies were probably too quiet to stand out from the masses of bait that was around. We spent the last hour mooching around some anchored ships and turned up several more fish including a few nice fish over 60cm. This season is turning up a good average size for me, but so far nothing huge has turned up. There will be a couple more trips before they disappear to spawn though, so there's time for a Specimen or 2.
I'll be tying a couple of bigger/noiser surface flies and maybe something with a blade on the back to grab the attention a bit more. I'm really enjoying this new aspect of the seabass fishing, it's a pity that this big fly approach seems to switch off after the new year, but I'm wondering if there aren't a few spots where it would still be vaible.