Fishing Lore of Tobi. Peter W. Black 1968, 2017
Hachetiho has big waves, logs floating in it, whirlpools.
Arms can be from 20 feet to 120 feet wide. The arms are usually smaller and rougher near Seriyout. The arms are rough and either side of them smooth.
The whole system moves around the island from day to day. There is no way to predict it.
If Seriyout is far from island, you get rough, confused currents.
The Hachetiho is usually far from island. You can't see the island from it.
Once Patricio and some other guys were fishing Taturamar (Day Fishing Method 29). Fishing under a log outside the arm, they forgot to watch where they were going and the arm got too rough to cross. So they went up to Hachetiho and crossed there and drifted back to the island.
If you are lost, go back inside arm and let yourself drift toward island.
If Seriyout is in the northwest, the currents are swift and it is dangerous to go fishing.
In the Fall, a system of big waves comes over the Northern reef and down along the sides of the island on top of the reef. It starts in October and finishes in February. It is these waves that smashed the Japanese pier. They last about two weeks and there are usually three of them a year. They have nothing to do with the currents.
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Updated: January 18, 2017