It took me ages, but I finally sorted all 600+ photos I took during last years trip to Japan and this picture-heavy post feels like a perfect round-up. I spent the remaining three days of my stay in Urayasu, visiting a good friend and his family. I even found the time for a last fishing trip to Bōsō peninsula with Muneaki Hayashi of Slowtaper, Mackey (Topbokan) and Masafumi Yagi of GaullaCraft.

It was the first time I met Mr. Yagi in person and I really enjoyed our conversations and getting the chance to have a closer look at some of his lure designs. Hayashi-san picked me up early and we took the curvy roads to a fine reservoir while listening to Jack Johnson and talking about term… fishing. We arrived in time for sunrise after a one-hour ride to team up with Mackey and Mr. Yagi who where eagerly waiting our arrival.

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Masafumi Yagi of GaullaCraft
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Muneaki Hayashi of Slowtaper

Conditions looked promising and Hayashi-san and I started out in high spirits to explore some fantastic spots and places. I remember my casting was off all day, but can’t say if it was from excitement or fatigue after what has been a fantastic, yet exhausting trip so far. I’m a deep admirer of his casting skills and I have to admit that it can be slightly intimidating watching Hayashi-san casting into cover and overhanging structure with ease and pint-point accuracy.

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Quiet and green place in beautiful scenery
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Peaceful and quiet…

After a few hours on the water we teamed up with our companions for a short break. I missed out on most of the jokes made because of my almost non-existing Japanese skills, but enjoyed the company of old and new friends nonetheless.

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Enjoying a break from fishing…
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Mackey of Topbokan

We continued fishing some beautifully green and quiet places until midday when the sun suddenly disappeared behind clouds and light rain set in. We decided to have a proper instant-ramen-fueled lunch break and even had a little nap while hiding from the increasing rain under a canopy near the water.

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Hayashi-san playing a frog…
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Fantastic spot!

When we went out for a final round of fishing early noon the rain became stronger and even my proper rain wear couldn’t keep up with the intensity of gusts and showers. Since early morning we recorded only one soft bite, but fortunately Mackey and Mr. Yagi saved us blushes with two nice fish caught in the afternoon. We continued fishing until dawn, not allowing the tormenting rain to wash away our tenacity or excitement. Again I wasn’t able to take pictures during the last few hours of the trip, but that’s how it goes when you travel Japan during rain season…

As a perfect round-up for this last trip we went to a nearby restaurant – enjoying delicious food and hot tea to warm up our chilly bodies and limbs. Thanks again for taking me out to this stunning place and for being patient with the German back-hand-cast specialist. :)

5 thoughts on “Boso Peninsula

  1. Micah wrote on :

    Lovely photos!

    I remember being in awe of the 2 guys that first took me Australian Bass fishing. They were casting with amazing accuracy and hooking up great fish all trip.

    My accuracy has improved with practice but ironically that has only increased my admiration for those who combine daring with skill and hit the perfect spot almost every cast.

    Of course, now that I have discovered lure making, I am double envious that you got to shoot the breeze with some inspirational lure builders!

  2. Christian wrote on :

    Thanks Micah, glad you like them!

    For me it’s simply a lack of practice I think, because fishing trips are few and far between. Places like the reservoir you’ve seen above can be quite difficult to fish at high water levels. There are only inches of space between overhanging vegetation and water surface and bass are hiding close to the banks.

    When traveling Japan I’m facing highly different conditions on every trip to the water – ranging from banks covered with sharp rocks, thick cover and overhanging trees or endless reed belts – each of them unique with their own challenges.
    When building your own lures, it’s a great starting point to think about the targeted field and conditions first, before deciding for a lure type or size and weight. Same goes for coloring or hook type (double/treble).

    Sometimes lure building feels like a problem solving exercise, but that’s where the fun begins. You can build solutions for a particular need or goal.

    Hope this makes sense to you…

  3. Micah wrote on :

    I agree that the particular fishing conditions are a key consideration for the type, weight, size and even shape of the lure.

    I often fish from the bank on very skinny freshwater creek systems near my home. I have to use a very short rod but still need to cast maximum distance with great accuracy. It is very snaggy so topwater is the most practical (and fun!) option. Weight is somewhere in the 16-20gr range.

    Big trebles at the rear seem to be the most effective for the bass I chase. They almost never strike at the mid trebles.

    As I’ve alluded to in other comments, lure components that match the ideas that are stuck in my head is the biggest problem that I am trying to solve at the moment…

  4. Christian wrote on :

    I would prefer double hooks in situations like the one you described above. They are much more convenient in “snaggy” fields and still efficient.

    You could contact the kind people at TackleTackle, a fine topwater and outdoor shop in Shibuya, Tokyo. They speak english and are selling the same lure lure parts (among others) that I’m using for my prototypes. You can mention my name.

    Here’s a direct link to their lure parts section.

    Good luck!

  5. Micah wrote on :

    Thank you!

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