Will be fea­tured in global cov­er­age of tour­na­ment

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

JA­PAN has a thirst for fish­ing and Hideyuki No­mura has tapped into it with Ja­pan’s largest fish­ing mag­a­zine – and Monto will be a part of its num­ber one fea­ture.

Mr No­mura said this event was the “real deal”, with mil­lions of peo­ple through­out the world tun­ing in to watch the ac­tion.

“There will be a lot of Ja­panese peo­ple want­ing to come and fish here in Ca­nia be­cause they have seen Takuma Hata fish­ing here,” he said.

“I am work­ing with the Ja­panese film crew and the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment to show Ja­pan what Hata is do­ing in Australia.”

Mr No­mura, who is the Edi­tor in Chief of Lure Mag­a­zine, said the fish­ing in­dus­try in Ja­pan was enor­mous, with most peo­ple hav­ing a rod and reel.

“Fresh wa­ter and salt

POPULAR AN­GLER: Takuma Hata, from Ja­pan, rep­re­sented Team BCF and is a one of Ja­pan’s most fa­mous an­glers, with his own fan club that fol­lows him around Ja­pan wear­ing pink T Shirts. wa­ter fish­ing is a great at­trac­tion when ev­ery­one loves to eat fish and we all live on an is­land,” he said.

“On the is­land of Hon­shu, we have a lake in the cen­tre, where the world record fresh wa­ter fish was caught and that was a big mouth bass.”

The Aus­tralian Fish­ing Cham­pi­onship Se­ries, now in its 12th year, has pi­o­neered the devel­op­ment of putting fish­ing on TV as sport and suc­cess­fully at­tracted global fish­ing, boat­ing and au­to­mo­tive com­pa­nies, en­abling the se­ries to be pro­duced to a world class stan­dard.

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