Due to the Yeongsan River III-1 Zone General Development Project of December 1993,
fishing of Yeongsan River is only available on boats in open seas. However,
Yeongam Emparkment (2.2km) connecting Samho of Yeongam and Sani of Haenam is
Korea’s one-and-only hairtail fishing place where you can fish on the embarkment.
In particular, the excitement of hairtail fishing is the tingling movement
of the hands and seeing the nocturnal silvery hairtails floundering on the surface
below the fish-collecting light of the night seas. The fish way
of the embarkment gate (opened 3 times/day) is the passage where the migratory
fish, such as Coilia ectenes, mullets and striped saury, enter the seas. When
smelts and fry grown in Yeongsam Lake inside the embarkment throughout spring
and summer follow the fish way to the seas, hairtails gather to eat them from
every late August. The black eelpout caught in Yeongam and Mokpo
is far more superior to the silver hairtails from Jeju Island or yellow hairtails
=> Hairtail Fishing
Hairtail fishing starts around early Septemper
and lasts until late October. The optimum period functuate according to
the change of climates. The hairtails caught around early September
are about 50㎝-long and big ones are started to be caught from October for markets.
There are embarkment-fishing and boat-fishing.
case of boat-fishing, one-day boat rental is 15,000~20,000 won per person. The
baits for hairtail fishing can be smelts, sabiki or mudfish, but frozen smelts
(5,000won/bag) are said to be good.