Difficult Fishing, Year-Round
Kota Kiriyama, a Japanese bass pro who has achieved rock-star status in his homeland and is currently living in Birmingham, Ala., can detail the differences between American and Japanese conditions. By comparison, we have it easy. "Bass in Japanese lakes receive tremendous fishing pressure," he says. "The Japan Sportfishing Associa-tion estimates there are nearly 3 million bass anglers there, and since most bass lakes are very small, they get extremely crowded. Also, many lakes have super-clear water, some with visibility exceeding 30 feet. In these extreme fishing conditions, it becomes very difficult to get bass to bite."