Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saltwater fishing

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Expected calm rain

I expected calm rain in the morning, which often works good (of course I mean good for my fishing!) during this season of the year. I got up before 03:30 am and went fishing.

It was very cloudy and the sky was low, but was not rainy. Aquatic vegetation in this pond grew thicker and thicker, but I had no bites around weeds at all. When I got to an open area with a fallen tree, I tied an Original Zara Spook (GRA, hot tiger color), and slowly but accurately cast it to the back area. When the water ripple disappeared and I gave it a few dog-walking twitches, BANG, a nice bass jumped aside to my bait with blowups. I thought my hooking was a little early, but I could set a hook. Then I did it again just to be safe, because my rod is light. I enjoyed fighting with fish, and finally could catch it.

After catching this bass, I visited another pond but could not any bites at all. Much worse, I swamped my reel by mistake. The water there was very clear, but I wanted to clean up and overhaul my reel as soon as possible, so I finished fishing before 07:30 am.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C (1975, beveled rims), Phillipson Pacemaker PC-56 (refinished, black thread), Daiwa Sight Surf #4, Heddon Original Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, Lucky 13, Magnum Torpedo, Wounded Spook, Dying Flutter, etc. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Took a day off and went...

I took a day off today and went fishing to a little far area from my place. In the morning, I had a very hard time to find a good pond. I visited a total of six, got some bites, but was skunked. In the afternoon, I decided I would never go home without catching a bass, and kept casting small shadow spots under trees. Finally, a nice bass hit my Chugger Spook(GRA) at 12:30 pm. I felt relieved to be able to catch it.

Before going to home, I visited another pond. The water was muddy and I saw a lot of carp mating in shallow areas. There, I could catch two more bass with a Dying Flutter and Pico Slasher. It reminds me, I got two nice reactions in the morning when I was using a Heddon Magnum Torpedo. It was too late for me to notice prop baits worked fine today.


Today's tackle: ABU Record 5000 (black), Phillipson Pacemaker PC-56 (refinished, olive thread), Stren 14lb (Clear/blue fluorescent), Heddon Chugger Spook,Zara Spook, Lucky 13, Zara II, Dying Flutter, Pico Slasher, Bass Oreno, etc. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Newly re-finished rod

I wanted to test a newly re-finished rod (Phillipson Pacemaker), and went fishing with it. It was nice but I felt a little short (5'6"). The blank is for lures through 3/8 oz, but I think it is also good for 3/4 oz lures such as 2nd Zara Spooks. I also changed the combination of guides to make the rod action a little more parabolic. 
Now, please don't ask me about my result of fishing, I totally got skunked today.

Today's tackle: ABU Record 5000 (black), Phillipson Pacemaker PC-56 (refinished, black thread), Stren 14lb (Clear/blue fluorescent), Heddon Chugger Spook,Zara Spook, Lucky 13, Zara II, etc.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Small bass

I visited a very small pond in a mountain near my place. I caught two small bass, which were much smaller than I expected. Anyway, being able to go out for fishing is much better than staying at home, needless to say far better than working.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000 De Luxe, Fenwick 2053 (refinished), Daiwa Sight Surf #4, Heddon Chugger Spook, Baby Lucky 13, Pico Pop, etc. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017


I went fishing again this morning. This time I visited a small pond in a mountainous area. When I got there, I noticed it was much colder and windier than I expected. After I started fishing, I also felt the water color much muddier than I imagined. 

Needless to say, I got skunked today. All I could enjoy was taking some pictures of my fishing tackle just for my record.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000 De Luxe, Phillipson #705, Daiwa Sight Surf #5, Heddon Basser, Original Zara Spook, 2nd Zara Spook, Wounded Spook, Chugger Spook, Pico Slasher, etc. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One-hour fishing

I could spare a littler longer hours this morning, and, yes, I went fishing. I was thinking water color would be muddier than before due to heavy rain during this week, and I started fishing with fluorescent-colored lures.

I cast my Zara Spook (CHT color) accurately to a small spot a few inches away from the shore, waited until water ripples disappeared, and then gave it a dog-walk action. Bang! The water blew up as I expected. It was a hard fighter bass, and I felt the hardest among the bass I've caught this season (just please do not say you've not caught so many so far).

I kept fishing for about one hour, but I got no more bites. I finished fishing before 06:00 am and left the pond. 

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000 De Luxe, Jackson BB Now BN-160ML, Daiwa Sight Surf #5, Heddon 2nd Zara Spook, Bass Oreno, etc.