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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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