On the last day of the trip, my friend Tsuyoshi and his partner Yuji took me out to Ashino-ko – a lake located in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture. We got up around 2:30 am in the morning and getting awake and ready for the trip was quite a challenge. I used the one+ hour ride from Urayasu, Chiba to Hakone to watch the “Surface Trip” DVD I bought the day before. Just perfect to get in the right mood for an early-morning Topwater trip.
We arrived in time at first light, rented a boat and immediately went out to the lake which was beautifully covered with dense fog. The water of Ashino-ko is incredibly clear while the shallow banks where covered with rocks and overhanging bushes and trees.
I tested a few of my new lures and Genuine Record’s “Julieta” quickly became a new favorite. This small popper is not only beautiful to watch, but also produces a compelling and ultra-deep pop sound. Somehow Ashino-ko’s black bass where of different opinion and don’t even thought about striking my new wonder-lure.
The amazing scenery and surrounding landscape at the lake where just the right compensation for our no-bite Topwater session. It was first trip without a single bite since arriving in Japan, but we really enjoyed the peaceful and quiet atmosphere at this great lake.
After just a few hours the sun came out and we finally got a clear sight of Ashino-ko. Unfortunately Mount Fui was still covered with fog and the few photographs I took during the day cannot convey the experience of silence and the incredibly beautiful landscape.
This beautiful August morning and the time until midday where really a highlight of the trip to Japan. I know, I can count myself lucky to have friends who share the same passion for nature and topwater bass angling.
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