Made by Meister
The lure of the company is painted on the 3rd floor of the Megabass headquarters factory in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The technique of printing (transfer printing) has been used for the real finish for a long time, but that of Megabass is painting.
Whether the material is wood or plastic, assembling, polishing and leveling the surface, and painting are all manual tasks. Therefore, if the precision of the paint is so high, there may be a "problem" in the manufacture of lures as mass products. This "Fine Art Finish", a new painting method for Megabass, cannot be painted by anyone. The problem is that it is not suitable for mass production. About this, Yuki Ito says as follows.
"The painting of the fine art finish is handled by a veteran painter who we call "Meister ". At Megabass, 2nd and 3rd generation painters are also growing and can be mass-produced at this level of painting. The system is in place. 33 years after the establishment of Megabass, I am deeply moved by the fact that such an era has arrived. "
Skilled "Meisters" are wielding their arms on the painted floor on the 3rd floor of the head office factory.
Oikawa ♂ with bright marital colors, slightly rusty sweetfish, and smelt with different characteristics according to the place of origin are all realistic enough to be published in a fish pictorial book. There is even a feeling of stepping into the area of weathering (dirt) in plastic model painting.
On the other hand, however, the fact that "depth as a lure" certainly exists in its realism is probably the result of sticking to paint rather than printing. Oikawa ♂ by transfer printing is Oikawa ♂ as it is, but in the case of paint, there are at least two options for expression. Whether to faithfully copy the model Oikawa ♂ or design by incorporating Oikawa ♂ into a lure color. The fine art finish is the latter. Taking Wanten as an example, the sharp ridgeline is used to switch the color and the degree of light transmission to emphasize the flushing and color tone change during use.
It is probably the greatest advantage of plastics in lure painting to be able to control the degree of light transmission from zero to 100 in this way. Wood and foamed resin are opaque choices, but with plastic, the range of expression can be expanded steplessly from solid coating with a base to clear. The reporter thinks that Megabass is the best lure maker in the world for its expressiveness.
The day when I learned the power of "real"
Mr. Ito's "day" dates back to the time when Megabass was founded about 30 years ago.
"It was when I caught a trout on Lake Ashi. I managed to use various techniques in the floating of Rapala, and I managed to get 5 or 6 fish. He says, "That angler caught 50 fish." That person was Mr. Tatsumi Endo, who would later make wood bait, and when he showed me the lure he was using, it was just mistaken for the real thing. It was a real wood carving smelt. It has a line eye on the head and a single hook on the tail eye, a lipless minnow, or an I-shaped one in a modern way.
However, the lure at that time was not made as a lipless minnow or I-shaped, so if you pull it, it will lie down and come to you. It's a long time ago, so I'd like to forgive you, but I'm sorry to say that it was just a real wood carving smelt. But that's why. I was reminded of the power of being real because the elements I could catch were "just like the real thing". That day when I lost the fishing by an order of magnitude in the floating of Rapala is one of my turning points. "
From bass research as a fishing fish
Mr. Ito has been studying buses from various angles for many years. We will summarize only the main points of the research results that have considered "bass as a fishing fish" while tie-ups with not only Level X and our own research facility (research pond at the site of the eel farm) but also the National Maritime Research Institute in Shizuoka Prefecture. ..
■ Bus eyesight is 0.17 to 0.2
■ Excellent focus adjustment function and discriminating power of objects
■ Excellent line vision
Regarding the last "line of sight" ...
"The ability to discern straight objects. This can also be an ability to be alert to taut fishing rods, while elongated baitfish such as smelt and smelt are swimming. Since the ley line (ray) emitted to the fish is also linear, the line of sight for the fish eater may be utilized as the ability to notice the existence of food from a distance. If you think about it, it will continue to fascinate the fish eater for a long time. Many of the lures that are used are based on rolling action, whether it is lapara or whatever. It is a lure that has a beautiful band of light drawn on the side of the body by passing the axis of action horizontally.
I suspect that every ley line appeals to the line of sight of the bass. There is a painting design that makes use of the sharp ridgeline of the lure, and a transparent / opaque boundary line that is painted separately. The fine art finish also incorporates knowledge of the fishing fish of Megabass and my bass. "
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