Ja­panese fish­ing icon casts a line at Ca­nia for big bass

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

JA­PANESE fish­ing icon Takuma Hata is a leg­end in Ja­pan and in the USA for be­ing one of the all-time best fish­er­men.

With limited English, Hata said the con­di­tions were al­right and Ca­nia Dam was beau­ti­ful.

“We have been able to catch plenty of fish over the past days and I am very happy with our re­sults,” Mr Hata said.

The fish­ing was not easy though and tricky con­di­tions had an­glers scratch­ing their heads.

Richard Somer­ton came from Mel­bourne for the Aus­tralian Fish­ing Cham­pi­onships in pur­suit of a big Aus­tralian bass but said the wa­ter colour made fish­ing dif­fi­cult.

“We started fish­ing on Thurs­day last week and the wa­ter was very dirty but the fish were still very much on the bite,” he said.

“As the days went by, the wa­ter cleared up a bit and the fish­ing im­proved.

“My team mate Jonathon Chen from Can­berra and I still fished way up river, where we be­lieve most of the bass have schooled up.”

No re­sults from the fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion will be re­leased un­til the tele­vi­sion pro­gram goes to air world­wide in Oc­to­ber.

In this event, lure and fly cast­ing only was per­mit­ted, trolling and berley was not per­mit­ted, an­glers could fish any­where within Ca­nia Dam.

All pairs of an­glers were to stay with each other at all times and an­glers were not per­mit­ted to fish from out­side their fish­ing ves­sels at any time dur­ing ses­sions, in­clud­ing fight­ing and land­ing fish.

The min­i­mum size limit for fish caught is 30cm mea­sured to the fork.

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