What first made you interested in fishing?
I grew up surrounded by nature. The nature was pretty much my playground where I went fishing and bug catching. I liked living creatures in particular so naturally I got attracted to fishing.
Why did you decide to make your own fishing lures?
That was because when I started fishing as a child, I didn’t have enough money to buy one [laughs]. I thought since I didn’t have money to buy one, I could make one instead and that was how I began this lifelong journey of creating fishing lures.
I loved handicrafts—making miniatures and building plastic models. I thought making my own fishing lures was simply an extension of making handicrafts. The very first fishing lure I created was a crankbait. I believe I was 11 or 12 at that time, shaving and colouring the wooden block all by myself.
What led to the creation of Jointed Claw?
At that time, I was making a topwater lure, the type that floats on water. I ended up making one that could swim in s-style instead. I thought it was a failure when it did not turn out the way I had wanted. However, basses responded and bit at the failed lure. Back then, there were no fishing lures that could swim in s-style. I thought this might be effective in bass fishing so I made modifications and improvements which eventually led to the creation of Jointed Claw.
What is the one thing that you always have in mind when making fishing lures?
I’d say, it’s the enjoyment. I definitely enjoy the process of making fishing lures, but it is more fulfilling seeing others using my fishing lures and appreciating the designs. I think the most important thing is to enjoy it all. It’s a great joy knowing that people are enjoying fishing with the fishing lures I created.
Tell us about your plans for the future
Fishing lures used to come from overseas and there weren’t any Japanese-made fishing lures with new structures or moved differently. My dream now is to see anglers all over the world use the Japanese-made Jointed Claw one day. I hope that people around the world would be delighted with products made in Japan and would enjoy fishing.
I’ve always wanted to make a pair of sunglasses as it is essential for fishing and also an item that adds fun to fishing. In this collaboration, I focused on both design and comfort. I put extra attention on the details of the frame shape and texture and made sure it’s suitable for people who go fishing.
he key features include 925 silver parts, polarised lenses that reduce glare from water surfaces and s-shaped hinges to create an effortless fit.
BRAND: OWNDAYS P/No.: GC178
PRICE: ¥17,800+tax COLOUR: C2 Mat Black
Fishing Lure Artisan
Born in Tanabe city, Wakayama.
Executive director of Gan Craft Co., Ltd.
A fishing lure maker based in Wakayama; also an active national bass angler.
Launched the original s-shaped big bait lure Jointed Claw in 2004 which has continued to wow many bass anglers today.
Also active in the field of fashion design and making silver accessories and apparels.
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