Sunday, June 10, 2018

Thank you, and good by

Two weeks have passed since our loveliest dog passed away. We really miss him, and how can we fill this void??

Friday, May 18, 2018

Good day off

I could take a compensatory day off today, and went fishing in farm ponds a little far south from here.

In the first pond, which is very famous among local anglers and so many of them often fish, I got a few small bites and caught a small bluegill with a Chugger Spook. I gave up fishing there and headed to the next pond. The weather was cloudy, so I was thinking I would have some more chances to catch bass.

After about 15 or 20-minute drive, I got there and re-started fishing. I tied a Pico Pop (black shore color) and cast it near-shore spots one by one. When I cast it into a small spot under overhung trees, which you can easily see a prime point, my line slightly got caught on leaves of the trees. I twitched my rod a few time, and then immediately my bait sank underwater without any splashes and sounds. I suggested it as a bite and set a hook hard. Yes, it was a nice bass hitting my bait! I enjoyed fighting with it and finally caught it.

After I caught this bass, I also got some more bites with a Lucky13, Wounded Spook, and a few others. Some bass were spooky and didn't bite hard, some male bass were protecting their juvenile bass, and some attacked my baits with a big blowup. One that I caught with a Wounded Spook was also a good fighter and I enjoyed a lot.

This time, I tried editing my videos using a GoPro application. I can't fully master it, but here is one that I made for today's fishing.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000 De Luxe, Phillipson #705, Daiwa Sight Surf #4 (yellow), Heddon Big Bud, Chugger Spook, Zara Spook, Lucky 13, Wounded Spook, Pico Pop,  etc.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Nice bass with an XRW Zara Spook

I went fishing last weekend and got skunked. Yesterday, I went fishing carrying a new toy, GoPro Hero 5 Session (action-sports camera), and got skunked in a row. I'd like to report this nice camera later, as I haven't checked all the functions of it, yet, and can't fully handle it.

Anyway, weather reports said our area would have warm rainfalls today, so I decided to go short-time fishing again early this morning before the rain. I went went much less lures than usual. I started with a Crazy Crawler, but had no bites. Then I switched to a white-shore Zara Spook (older one) and carefully checked small spots one by one.

At one shallow spot set back from open area, I long-cast my Zara Spook. Fortunately, I could send it to a most-remote part of the spot, but unfortunately the presentation was with a little over-speed and I was afraid the noise of splashdown may have surprised fish. Then, I paused it much longer than I first expected until all the water ripples calmed, and gave it dog-walking actions slowly but steadily. Just as soon as it walked two times, it suddenly got under the water surface with a small blowup. It was time I had to set a hook hard and reel my line! I soon noticed it a nice bass because the fight was so hard. It really hold out until I landed it. It was a 4 1/2lb female bass, a late spawner for this area. I couldn't be happier to be able to catch it.


Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000CDL (high speed), Fenwick SP634 (Custom), Daiwa Sight Surf #4 (yellow), Heddon Zara Spook, Crazy Crawler, Magnum Torpedo, etc.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Magnum Torpedo

I went fishing again this morning. In the first pond, I got no bites at all and skunked. I gave up fishing, but changed my idea and headed to another pond. I saw water level of the pond got extremely low during the last winter, and I was anxious if fish would be still inhabited. However, when I started fishing there, I saw a big carp swimming near shore area, so I believed bass would be still there.

I kept casting my baits, though I changed and tried many types of lures, and fished almost 3/4 of the pond. I almost gave up catching a bass, but when I cast a Heddon Magnum Torpedo to a small shore spot, I noticed something start to chase it. I paused for a few seconds, and gave it a subtle action to rotate the tail prop several times. Bang! I got a big blow-up and set a hook hard. I felt a good response and the fish I hooked fought hard. I took time to try to catch it, but finally could land it. It was smaller than my first bass of this year, but was a nice bass. I felt happy not to get skunked today.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000, Fenwick Lunkerstik 2053, Daiwa Sight Surf #4 (orange), Heddon Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, Lucky 13, Basser, Magnum Torpedo, etc.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Just restarted this weblog

I'd been too busy working in this past winter, and I couldn't spend much time thinking about and keeping this weblog. I'm still busy, but I'd like to restart it as 2018 fishing season has just started.

I went fishing early this morning. To tell the truth, I went short-time fishing twice in March and got skunked in a row. It was too cold for topwater fishing then and I felt frozen. It's got a little warmer this week, and I decided to go again.

I started fishing at about 05:00 am in a farm pond, and in an hour I fished almost all the near-shore spots except for one small inlet. I almost gave up catching a bass, but I tried a long-cast into a spot surrounded with submerged branches of a tree. The bait I tied was a Heddon Lucky 13 in green scale dace color (D), one of my go-to baits. I waited until all the ripples disappeared, and then twitched the dace a few times. BLOW-UP, and I saw a big bass lean forward to grab my bait! I set a hook hard, and felt a telling heavy response. The bait I used is with 3-treble hooks, and I believed it'd be hard for the fish to escape from the hooks. Finally, I could catch it, and I felt awfully glad with the first bass of this season.

Today's tackle: ABU Record 5000 (BLK), Phillipson #705, Stren 14lb (Clear/Blue Fluorescent), Heddon Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, Lucky 13, Pico Pop, Cotton Cordell Boy Howdy (w/ props), etc.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Baby bass

I tried Excalibur lures I recently tuned. They're productive, but it seems smaller baby bass hit before big ones try. I caught a total of four, but all were tiny bass.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bought a bunch

When I happened to drive in an area in my city yesterday, I saw a notice of "bargain" on an outer wall of an old fishing tackle shop. I decided to go into it, and picked up a bunch of lures and two rods. I couldn't believe the prices of Excalibur Spit'n Image lures (JPY 330 each) and Scum's frog buzz (JPY 110). I seldom cast spinnerbaits, but Bosh's ones were my favorite in the 1980-1990's, so I bought them as well for my sense of nostalgia. 

After I got back, I cut the straight handle of one of the rods (Fenwick Iron Hawk rod), which I don't like, and replaced with what I have in my collection.