To Encounter a Single Bass
A 10-Day Drive along 6,000 km of Freeways
Ken Iyobe starts his journey to the next tournament site for his pretournament practice.
He expects to encounter a bass he’s looking for 6,000 km away.
The distance equivalent to that between Tokyo and Honolulu.
A long drive on numerous freeways across the vast expanse of the United States.
Wild fields, unknown towns, roadside diners.
Ken drives alone, towing the boat as his companion-in-arms.
“I feel exhausted physically, but in high spirits all the time.”
He is driven by a simple, but absolute aspiration: I want to catch a bass.
Since his youth, he has been embracing this aspiration—the aspiration that has driven him to enter tournaments throughout the United States.
His dream, however, is not to win a big title.
“My dream is just to continue bass fishing long into old age.” Saying this, Ken smiled, his eyes bright with his aspiration to encounter a bass.
For Kenzaburo Fukui, Only GT Is a Fish Worth Catching.
Many anglers enjoy a variety of fishing styles to catch various species.
Some, however, target only one species, paying no attention to any other.
These single-minded anglers represent the deepest devotion to fishing.
For Kenzaburo Fukui, “fishing” means catching GT, nothing else.
He definitely denies any experience of fishing for other species, and when he says so he isn’t joking.
Since the early days of GT fishing in Japan, he has been developing his own style.
He has never accepted instructions, or listened to advice from others.
He believes in himself, and no one else.
“When I have no catches, I simply continue casting, believing in my own potential power.”
Apparently, he doesn’t know what “give up” means.
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.