Micro Fishing New Zealand

by Tony Stevens

Have you heard the word.  The word is “MICRO”: fishing that is, the western world asked what the heck is this? Micro fishing for most was a technique of spin fishing with ultra light gear however true micro fishing is Asian in origin and is epitomised in the annals of historical Japanese angling. As one would expect from such as Bonsai, the miniaturisation of trees and shrubs and many other organic species is a highly specialised product of Japanese culture. Some species of Japan’s fish are the very, very small fish called in the west Bitterling, in Japanese Tenago. Highly specialised tackle has been developed over the years to catch such tiny fish, now a cult has arisen which demands the catching of a fish of 25mm or  less using rod, line and hook. In Japan dedicated bass anglers have abandoned their bait casting or spinning gear and adopted very traditional bamboo rods to follow their traditions catching small fish.

Tenago fishing is really urban fishing in a densely populated country where the chances for angling are very limited and usually in much modified waters. Rods are from 2 ft to monsters of 15ft but all use micro fine line of 2lb or less floats the size of a single peanut and hooks less than size 18, (for me in what some call declining years an 18# or 20# hook is just about invisible) to go out and catch fish and enjoy this back to nature experience.

Kowai river below Red Peak

A new Zealand alpine stream, home to fast water micro species

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Micro Fishing Southern Missouri

Written by Ben Cantrell

In the first week of September last year, I had the chance to drive through southern Missouri on my way to and from Oklahoma. This was a new area for me, so I didn’t make any concrete goals, but I put together a list of fish to look for. Shadow bass, Ozark bass, northern studfish, blackspotted topminnow, Ozark sculpin, banded sculpin and bleeding shiner were a few that I was hoping to come across.  I wasn’t successful with the bass, but for a microfishing trip it was quite productive!

I’ve experience rain on fishing trips before, but this was the first time experiencing a hurricane, or at least what was left of it.  Isaac had hit the gulf coast a few days earlier, and unfortunately the storm passed through southern Missouri at exactly the same time I was driving through.

Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac

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Micro Fishing Indiana

Portland Arches Park near Covington, Indiana micro fishing

Portland Arches Park near Covington, Indiana

Written by Miciah McNelius

Indiana is similar to many other central plain states of the Midwest that feed into the Mississippi River basin; most of the state is flat corn and soy farmland but also has upland habitat in the southern half of the state, similar to Kentucky. Species diversity is extremely high in Indiana because its water drainages are split between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins. Continue reading

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Micro Fishing Georgia and Alabama

by Bryce Hallock

During mid August 2012, my friend, Miciah and I took a long weekend to micro fish northern and central Georgia in the Chattahoochee and Mobile river basins.  The goal of this trip was to photograph new species micro fish using a photo-tank we had recently constructed.

photographing micro fish using a tank

Micro fishing photography using a tank

The photo-tank we built used a “V” shaped chamber with supportive side panels.  We found that angling the glass helped to reduce reflections from the photographer or other bright objects outside the tank.  A circular polarized lens filter can also prevent reflection but is not necessary.   Most of the following photographs are not polarized. Continue reading

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Micro Fish of the Ozarks

written by Todd M. (Doc Flathead)

Last year in early August, my friend Alex and I decided to go on an all out micro round-up down in southern Illinois and south central Missouri, mainly to target  Ozark area streams.  Illinois, the starting point of the trip, proved to be a challenge.  Most water in this region was stained and murky, or looked like the local dumping grounds.  Not good sight fishing, which is very helpful when chasing the micros.  We did catch some cool stuff including some nicely colored Orangespotted Sunfish, Western Mosquitofish, and a new lifer for Alex, the Gizzard Shad, caught on a size 26 hook and a wad of scum that was growing on the rocks.


Orangespotted Sunfish (Lepomis humilis)

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