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.


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Natural color?

We have a lot of rainy days and rainfall this month, and the water color has got muddy in this pond. I could catch a bass with one of the lures I re-drew by myself.