On average two million tonnes of fish are caught each year in South Korea. With this in mind, a novice like me set off on a fishing holiday on Korea’s south coast island of Namhae to try my luck. Unfortunately, with so much competition from hardy, more well prepared Korean fisherman, my efforts were unrewarded.
Back in the bustling city of Ulsan, I had resigned myself to the fact that no fish would be caught this year. That is, until a friend of mine, Tom, told me about a new fishing cafe which had opened in the upscale shopping neighbourhood of Samsan. However, these fish were not for eating. But, being the inexperianced fisherman that I am, dipping my line in the underground fishing trough of a Korean café was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
To make things interesting we decided to have a competition of who could catch the most fish. Tom got off to a flying starting catching two in the first fifteen minutes.
I was getting nibbles but no fish, though I thought I must persist. Ten minutes later, Tom caught another fish. This time it was a big one, pushing him up on the leader board. Me? My line swirled impotently around in the turbulent waters of the fishing pen.
Moments later, Tom pulled a monster out of the water. We look at the board.. He was champion. Top of the leaderboard!
The clock kept ticking. Just as I rather resigned myself to despair, I looked across the room and realised, though my situation may be bad, it was not quite as bad as the fellow who managed to get his line caught in the roof.
Ten minutes to go, and with a last determined effort, finally I hit success. Initially I am so shocked I nearly lose the fish trying to snatch it off the rod with my the net. But, my persistence has paid off. Gleefully smiling, I make my way over to the scales. Although my fish has not quite made it on to the leaderboard, my pride is restored and I could now leave satisfied.
The buzzer sounds and, the hour is up. With a score of 5 to 1, I concede defeat. Tom came in second on the leaderboards, which won him a manhood confirming KakaoTalk stuffed animal.
Overall the fishing cafe provided a fun and novel experience. Finding it is quite easy also as its right int the middle of Samsan. Its a place to visit I would really recommend, However if you are a little squeamish it might not be for you – as you a struggle to pry the hook the mouths of slippery, wriggling fish. I’d also like to note that although the staff have a minimum amount of English, they will go out of your way to assist you. They were very helpful and accommodating to us. On the whole it is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon and would recommend it to anyone looking to try something a little different.
This late night cafe lets you play your favorite games with widescreen TV's and BYOB policy its definitely one to check out.
For a group of sport loving friends this is a must. Live out your dreams of playing the big league with a roaring crowd behind you at the Baseball experience zone.