• Short Summary

    THE FISHING SEASON OPENED IN JAPAN EARLIER THIS MONTH, (APRIL 5), AND IT PROVED TO BE THE "STANDING ROOM ONLY" AS HUNDREDS OF ANGLERS CROWDED INTO THE HAKONE MOUNTAIN AREA TO CAST THEIR FIRST FLIES FOR THE YEAR.

  • Description

    THE FISHING SEASON OPENED IN JAPAN EARLIER THIS MONTH, (APRIL 5), AND IT PROVED TO BE THE "STANDING ROOM ONLY" AS HUNDREDS OF ANGLERS CROWDED INTO THE HAKONE MOUNTAIN AREA TO CAST THEIR FIRST FLIES FOR THE YEAR. ANGLING HAS BECOME A POPULAR SPORT IN JAPAN, AND ACCORDING TO LOCAL EXPERTS THE FISHERMEN OUTNUMBER THE FISH.

    EACH FISHERMAN HAS TO PAY ABOUT 8000 YEN (ABOUT 15 SHILLINGS STERLING) FOR HIS ANNUAL LICENCE, BUT IT IS A SMALL EXPENDITURE THE JAPANESE ANGLER DOESN'T MIND. TO MARK OPENING, GOVERNMENT FISHERIES EXPERTS RELEASED 22 THOUSAND TROUT INTO THE HAYAKAWA RIVER -- ABOUT TEN FISH FOR EACH ANGLER.

    THE RELEASE OF FISH IS CONTROLLED, BUT THE EXPERTS SAY THE ODDS ARE IN FAVOUR OF THE ANGLERS. AT TIMES THEY WERE SO DENSELY PACKED ALONG THE BANKS, IT SEEMED PROBABLE THAT THE TROUT WERE HARD PRESSED TO ESCAPE THE FOREST OF LINES AND HOOKS.

    THE WOMEN OF JAPAN HAVE TAKEN TO THE SPORT WITH A RARE ENTHUSIASM, AND WERE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER WITH THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS ON THE BANKS WADING IN THE RIVER. EVEN IF THE CHILDREN ARE BROUGHT ALONG, THEY PRESENT NO PROBLEM AND IT IS SAID TO BE QUITE EASY TO FISH WITH A CHILD STRAPPED SNUGLY ON ONE'S BACK.

    A LOCAL ANGLING CLUB STAGED A COMPETITION FOR THE LARGEST FISH CAUGHT ON THE OPENING DAY. THERE IS PLENTY OF COMPETITION, BUT THE LUCKY WINNER CERTAINLY DESERVED HIS CUP AND PENNANT -- HIS CATCH PROVED TO BE QUITE SUPERIOR WITH A LENGTH OF NEARLY 20 INCHES, (48 CMS).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4I7OS03H5LUY02TJIO23OAD50
    Media URN:
    VLVA4I7OS03H5LUY02TJIO23OAD50
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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