A lot of japanese lures has AYU color. What is AYU?
Ayu, Sweetfish, Plecoglossus altivelis.
It`s a omnivora. The size of adult fish is from 10cm till 30cm.
Ayu is born in fresh water, river or lake. Later go to sea and grow up in salt water area near estuary.
When it grows up more or less 10cm in end of spring, they start swimming upstream to river.
And inhabit in headwaters or midstream area where the water is clean and fresh. While the swim to upstream, AYU pass the area where inhabit bass, or often coincide the habitat area.
So AYU is typical prey of bass.
When it`s small the body is silver and make school of fish.
But when AYU grow up in river or lake, they start make territory. And when another fish into their territory hurls at invader aggressively.
When they start forming territory the color of body change to yellow-green and comes out strong yellow spot near gill. That is a symbol of AYU. You can see this yellow spot in AYU color lures.
This is the color of AYU in lure.
Crankbait of Ayu color.
Shad of Ayu color
Bass and another predatory fish`s favorite prey, AYU.
Ayu inhabit in almost all part of japanese fresh water where has clean water, in river, canals, lake.
But also they can adapt muddy water or little bit dirty water.
It`s typical prey of predatory fish.
So lot of lures has color or shape which imitate AYU. Jointed Claw of GANKRAFT or AYUROiD of IMAKATSU is good example.
Ayu fishing.The traditional summer fishing in Japan. AYU NO TOMO ZURI
In Japan, AYU fishing is very popular. It`s called AYU NO TOMOZURI.
This style of fishing has more than 400 years of history.
Samurais were enjoying AYU fishing.
Using habit of Ayu which hurls at invader for protect their territory.
Angler use the alive ayu which equipped hook as lure and guide to territory of another Ayu for provoke attacks. When another Ayu attack this alive lure, hooked-up. This is AYU NO TOMOZURI.
Use the special long rod almost 10m of length.
You can see the beautiful landscape of anglers of Ayu fishing with their long rod in the clear river between mountains. It`s typical japanese scenery of summer in countryside.