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05-09-09, 01:25 PM
Fish Tales Marina: Water lovers have whale of time at season opening

5/8/2009 By Lance Cpl. Kristin E. Cote , Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan — With warming temperatures, green foliage, blossoming flowers and an abundance of mosquitoes, it’s no surprise that summer is right around the corner. Signs of summer are everywhere.

A barbecue, bounce house, Jet Ski rides and boating excursions were the perfect combination to kick off the season opening of Fish Tales Marina here April 25 — another sign that summer is almost in full bloom.

Fish Tales Marina is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. every weekend and holiday until Oct. 25.

Everyone can use the marina, including Japanese employees and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.

Jet Skis, ocean kayaks, sailboards and a pontoon boat are available for rent at the marina after completing a brief training class.

“It only takes 10 to 20 minutes to take a class,” said Masa Hiromoto, the Fish Tales Marina boat facility manager. “They can take it before they rent the equipment. After they complete a class, they get a license, and it’s good for the whole season.”

Sailboats are also available for rent after a more extensive 4-day training class.

Upon completion, students will receive a license by the U.S. Naval Sailing Association, which is recognized by all U.S. military and civilian marinas. The first class will be held June 4-7.

Anyone planning on using the marina should plan ahead whereas some activities are more popular than others and there may be a wait.

“Jet Skis are definitely the most popular at the marina,” said Clinton Hurda, the Outdoor Recreation manager here. “Riders should ensure their own safety and safety of others at all times, riding within their ability and following all rules.”

For those who do not want to get wet, fishing is authorized at the marina with a valid fishing license issued by the station game warden.

No personal fishing gear? No problem. Gear Issue at IronWorks Gym has fishing gear and other outdoor recreational gear available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

“My main advice is just to use the marina,” said Hurda.

“It’s underutilized. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and the fishing is really good.”

Transportation to the marina is provided from the Hornet’s Nest, Marine Lounge and IronWorks Gym.
For additional information, call Fish Tales Marina at 253-4617 or Outdoor Recreation at 253-3842.