The Hagane Spirit is demonstrated through everything the angler experiences (good and bad) over the course of a lifetime of fishing.
“How many fish have I lost? Then again, how many fish have I caught?”
To truly understand the Hagane Spirit, you have to believe.
When we believe, we are opened up to a new world of opportunities that those who do not believe can not even imagine.
"I've always believed that the best things in life don't come easy."
Concerns and Worries Are Unavoidable.
To Overcome Them, You Need Confidence Backed by Experience.
In the past, Hideyuki Matsuoka would walk many, many miles along the shore, carrying only one lure, and occasionally stopping to cast.
Losing the lure meant the end of the day’s fishing for blackfin sea bass.
He carefully chose casting points, reading the wind, watching the waves, observing white bubbles, and locating underwater rocks.
Analyzing various tangling hazards, he repeated his cast, with all his senses fully awake.
“I walked and walked, thought and thought, and made casts using all my senses and focusing all my concentration.”
“It’s fun to fish, but you’ll feel concerned. To overcome your worries, you need confidence; confidence underpinned by your experience.”
Even now, when Hideyuki arrives at a casting point, he stays there motionless, to observe the site carefully.
His attitude towards fishing has never changed since the early days of his career.
Commuting to the Same Shore for Three Years
To Catch Signs of Change More Accurately
The flow of the tide changes constantly; it never remains the same, even for a single moment.
Combined with changes in the seasons, the waves, winds and tides continue to create immeasurable variations of surf conditions.
When Takuya Hirawa became absorbed in rock fishing, he kept visiting the same offshore spot for three years.
The spot was known as “Sankaku” to local people.
“If you change fishing spots, it becomes difficult to learn the varying conditions.”
With this attitude, he continued his fixed-point observation for three years.
He learned how the seasons and varying weather conditions impacted fish behavior—something he deeply inscribed on his mind, body, and heart.
After a few years, he gained a keen sense for detecting minor changes.
“Could I apply my experiences at Sankaku to fishing in other spots, too?”
Asking himself this question, he now takes on the challenges of various rock-fishing spots nationwide.
I Want Strength in My Fishing Tackle for the Sake of My Fishing, Not for the Fish!
Tetsuya Takahashi ignores fishing theories and the “common sense” held by anglers.
He believes that only his own experience, observation, and consideration can help him find effective solutions.
“I don’t have a vision of what an ideal fishing experience might be, since something even more amazing happens to me.”
Suddenly, you feel something great is biting, conveying its great power of life to the angler.
On such occasions, Tetsuya relies not on his tackle, but on himself.
He sticks to his own fishing style—to enjoy fishing freely, so that he can shout “It’s so thrilling” from his heart.
Fishing tackle is required to embody the ultimate potential power.
Tetsuya accepts only fishing gear that meets his demanding requirements.