Japanese fishing icon casts a line at Cania for big bass
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.