Starting this week, guest writer and world traveler Takatoshi Murase shares his unique perspective on bass fishing. In this multi-part article, his enthusiasm and passion for the sport transcends language, showing us that a love of fishing connects every culture on the planet.
Takatoshi Murase Unites the world, one fish at a time.
I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. I started ocean fishing when I was 9, then got into bass fishing at age 10. Nothing serious, I just loved how exciting fishing could be. By age 19 in 2003, I moved out to Southern California to train at a tennis academy in Ojai, playing in on a college team thereafter.
This is the only period where I didn’t spend time on the water. While I was at the academy, my English tutor told me about a nearby bassin’ lake called Lake Casitas and that’s when I realized California is one of the best places for bassin’ on the planet. With this famous lake’s proximity, I knew that I would have to start bringing my tackle over from Japan.
Hooking up with those cool local sticks I met while I was in SoCal, I learned a lot of the skills, tips, and knowledge that would push me to fish harder than I ever fished in my entire life. I returned back home in Tokyo in 2010 after my long-term SoCal experience. These last 2 years, I have been focusing on traveling around the world. I have made it to Hungary, Eastern France, Switzerland (Geneva-Montreux), Malaysia, and Florida. My experience abroad in SoCal really opened up new doors and possibilities to the things I’m most passionate about.
Now, a new chapter begins.
Bass fishing is obviously what I’m most passionate since I really started fishing.. But it’s not my ONLY interest in fishing. I have been interacting with fellow anglers around the world through Facebook, sharing experiences, pictures, thoughts, etc. and that really blew my mind, taking me to a completely different level.
I’m very impressed and surprised that they are comfortable talking to me and sharing their passion for fishing; one we share in common even though I mainly fish for bass. It showed me that what we fish for just doesn’t matter. For instance, my fellow anglers in Malaysia would love to exchange tips and thoughts with me knowing that we fish for a different target, but some how the conversations still increase our shared knowledge.
Some of the skills and strategies I use for bass would suitably fit their techniques for catching snakeheads, and their skill can translate for catching bass. So that simple fishing connection creates an intimate atmosphere between us, which really shows fishing is universal.
At some point, this everyday global interaction with fellow anglers out there through the social network led me to a mentality that why not go visit them, fish together, share passion and get experienced in completely different cultures.