Finding Nemo in Jeju. I’m Not Gonna Eat Him Though!

I Can’t Believe This is Korea!
July 27, 2010
Island Guesthouse, in the real Jeju.
August 1, 2010

Finding Nemo in Jeju. I’m Not Gonna Eat Him Though!

Spontaneous itinerary. That’s a beauty of travel. It happened in Jeju, as usual.

I didn’t have any particular plan for my short summer break. Just one, ‘I want to go Jeju.’ that’s it. So my second day,  after the most perfect day of my life at GeumNeung beach, I was thinking maybe go to small islands around Jeju..

Then the manager of other guest house, Sangsik called, and told us he’s going to set a fishing trip with his guests. So just like that me and 5 of other guests in my hostel are going to fish.

We are going to rent a boat to the middle of the sea, like middle of no where. How cool! Of course we can’t be the one who behind the wheel. Cantain is comming, thank god. The place we are going to go is around Cha Gui do. (Cha Gui island, 차귀도)

What a beautiful day!

Weather was perfect, again! And the fishing boats and all the dock make wonderful shot. I went to boat fishing one time in last year but that was not really good because I didn’t catch any fish! haha and that was not really blue ocean. So I’m really looking forward to get some fish! 🙂

The fishing with rent a fishing boat, hire the captain, sushi, it all take 20,000 won per person. It’s not super cheap I would say, but not bad for one experience. Especially this great weather? Oh yeah I’m in! Sangsik kindly bought motion sickness medicines for all of us.

Now, welcome aboard-!

There are several little islands around Jeju. So when you are sailing around you get to see these islands. Since all of these happen with volcano, they look really, really wild. Totally different than what we see in mainland.  Rock is black, obviously, and the plants are different. Almost can see old earth, when earth were born. With this clear, deep blue ocean, they look more mysterious.


This is a fishing boat for squid originally, therefore these light bulbs. Squids are react to bright lights. Apparently Jeju is good for Squid fishing.

It’s the very first time I use the real fishing pole. Last time I used something called ‘string fishing pole’. Since this is a real one with all the hooks and all, we need a proper instruction. Captain, the one who navigates this boat, gives us a bunch of shrimp for bait and kindly show us how to do it. Feel sorry for them but good that our bait is shrimp and nothing else, like a worm…

It was not hard. Basically we just hook them on two hooks at the end of the pole and through it in the sea. Then pull the string all the way until it hits the bottom and wait. How do I know when it’s time? Apparently, we get to feel the little tapping when the fish bites the bait. If we wait too long, they just eat and ran. Which what happened to all of us at first.

Sorry dudes, but please be happy for us! 🙂

It was quiet, calm, and peaceful. Even though I didn’t catch that many fish, but I can see why people are into fishing for hobby. It gives you a chance to concentrate, to think, have your own moment. And the thrill!!

Thrill. After several tries I finally got one! yoohoo! Frankly I didn’t feel the tapping but I just wind up the pole after few seconds of waiting and I feel the weighty feeling from the string! That’s when I know I finally got one. Yay! It was small Jeju fish called “U-rang-i”. You can see only in Jeju.

Now people are starting to get the feel of fishing. Everyone is getting their own sushi to be!! We know we are going to eat all of this, so quite under a lot of pressure. Because we were extremely hungry!!! We didn’t know we are going to starve in the middle on no where. However, I don’t want to eat with empty hand, do I? So everyone is doing their part. Good system! Many hands make plentiful lunch. We all caught more than 2 bucket. Amazing how people are good at using poles!

Highlight of today was made by Laura,  a fascinated traveler from United States, currently lives in Chung Ju, Korea. She didn’t get any luck but at the end of the trip she got two at the same time! Even better, two of the biggest ones!! Wow it was amazing! Small fishing pole, two huge fish wiggling around at the end of it!

In the mean time, the captain already starts to make sushi out of our fish. He does look like doing this for a long time. We set the table, well, just a Soju-which is different than what we drink in Seoul, chopsticks and room for everyone. It looked so good. Couldn’t be any fresher!

Now, all of us gather around sharing fresh sushi with a glass-paper glass- of Soju. This Jeju soju is stronger than Seoul soju. Funny, the name of this Soju is after the highest mountain in the country, happen to be in Jeju, Mt.Hanra. Since the highest alcohol? maybe.

I was not that much, but we were quite happy about it. After hours of labor, so it makes the taste better I suppose. Middle of the ocean, no people around, just ocean, island and us. What could be better than this.

I didn’t know that but I got the most tan here on the boat. Cloud be happened around the land or hills, but out on the sea – there were no cloud or anything. That explains this burn mark on my back. Just this amazing view and reality make my mind blurry so I didn’t even know it hurts.

We are ready to go back! Appropriate amount of Soju, good weather, amazing view. Put all these behind and heading back to mainland.. oh wait. No! We are heading back to the main ‘island’. How nice.

Look how blue the ocean is. Oh and this day we were very fortunate because according to the experts said today ocean behave really good. Normally many people got motion sickness. Even though we had motion sickness medicine but we dodge the bullet. All things just lining up perfectly!

Because of all the companions this trip was more fun. Random group of people, flexible itinerary. The beauty of travel, right?

One last question. Are we full?

I proudly say, No! We caught lots of fish but it was not enough for all of us. They were small… Well, so we had to go other restaurant to fill the hunger. Remember, you don’t get to full on the fishing boat. We are not looking for the huge meal, right?

It was fun experience. With a real fishing pole, didn’t feel the tapping from fish but I got 4 fish, surprisingly. Mother earth knew I was coming so Ocean behaves real good today.

Thanks to all companions, and Jeju, for being so beautiful. What a posers!! Miss you all.


Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .


  1. Marnie Alvez says:

    The photos are really nice! But of course, it wont compare to the experience. I would love to go fishing too! Hoping for a chance in the future. Maybe in Jeju? =) Good job Juno!

    • Juno says:


      Thanks Marnie! 🙂 Jeju is soooo worth to visit, seriously! I can stay there for whole month. Wish I had chance to. 🙂 Fishing, it was fun but much more to offer!

  2. Dina says:

    Wow, this fishing trips sounds wonderful indeed. Gorgeous view, and sushi of the catch on the boat!

    • Juno says:


      mmmmm…. yes that sushi was awesome. Feel bad for them but what can I do? 😀 Fresh, and after hard working, it was fantastic. 🙂

  3. Laura says:

    Sounds like fun! Love the photos!

  4. Ted Nelson says:

    Although I enjoy all of your posts, I think this is my favorite. I love to fish, in fact I am going on a week long wilderness fishing trip in one week, so these gorgeous pictures are getting me pumped for my journey.

    • Juno says:


      You are the man of many talent! I really want to do some proper fishing after this. Just few hours of fishing doesn’t stick with me. I mean the skill. 🙂 I used to go fishing with my dad when I was little but I thought it was the most boring things in the world. 🙂 Maybe I grow up. haha!

  5. I am a big fan of fishing and also freshly cut sushi. The whole trip looks like it was a lot of fun! Nice pictures too!

    • Juno says:


      You are? 🙂 Awesome! I should’ve learn some fishing tricks when I was out with my dad yearssss ago. It’s so peaceful. Now I get it. 🙂

  6. Jade says:

    I want to do this!!! The water looks beautiful, what a fun experience! Loved the pictures!

  7. gorgeous.. LOVE the photo of the sashimi! LOL

  8. Gray says:

    This looks like great fun (though I would have starved to death, because I won’t eat raw fish, LOL)! Great photos, too.

    • Juno says:


      You don’t? Wow then you better bring some snack!! 🙂 Well, it’s not that long, you can survive. Drink some Soju maybe? 🙂

  9. Gray says:

    Oh, I’d definitely give the Soju a try. 🙂

    • Juno says:


      Oh you are the man lady! Hanrasan soju is even stronger than Seoul soju. haha!! 🙂 It’s awesome with Sprite. I’ll show you how to do it sometime. hahaha!!

  10. Great photos! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  11. Wow, so cool. Catch fish, make sushi, drink soju, be happy! 😛 I wanna be Korean, hehe. Well, except, I can’t take soju that well. So if the one in Jeju is stronger, I don’t know how I could take that. You didn’t mix Sprite in it, did you? 🙂

  12. LeslieTravel says:

    Once again, great photos! I love how the fishing voyage turned into a party boat when the soju came out. Looks like fun!

  13. LeslieTravel says:

    Wow, fresh sushi and paper cups full of booze. What a party!

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