Friday, September 14, 2018

Rugby-ball bass

I took a day off today, and went fishing. In the first pond, floating weeds were growing so widely that I could cast in only a limited are and got skunked. Then, I headed to another pond. When I started fishing again there, it's getting windy and I thought poppers and prop baits would work fine. I tied a Pico Pop and checked shore areas with it. Soon, an adult bass bit it. It was a good fighter and I could successfully catch it.

It got windier and winder, so I switched to a Mugnum Torpedo. Another bass showed a big blow-up, and I also enjoyed catching it.

It got so windy that I decided to fish in a small inlet. There're a school of bluegill in the back side of the inlet, and I caught some of them. I suggested a big bass, which learned to eat those bluegill, may have been hiding out somewhere near the school, so I cast a Nip-I-Diddee under an overhung tree.

I paused the bait until water ripples dissapered, then jerked it, paused again, and repeated the same actions a few times. BLOW-UP! I saw a big rugby-ball bass attack my bait with my own eyes, and immediately set a hook hard. It fought much harder than I expected. In gerenal, I know summer bass fight hard, but it was the hardest one among the bass I caught in this fishing season. Fortunately, the tackle I used today was a little heavier than thouse I usually use, and I could finally catch it. It was a well-muscled 4lb bass, though the body length was shorter than I first thought.


On the way back from this pond, I visited another area to check another fishing tackle combo, but I got skunked there. Anyway, I was completely satisfied with the result of today's fishing.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C, Phillipson 3M (F562), Daiwa Sight Surf #5, ABU Ambassadeur FIVE, Lew's Fuji Super Speedstick S1L-156, Daiwa Sight Surf #4, Heddon Zara Spook, 210, Lucky 13, Magnum Torpedo, Pico Pop, Southbend Nip-I-Diddee, etc.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Good fishing

I caught  bass for the first time in these two and half months. The fishing was much better than I expected, and it was a lot of fun to catch such nice bass with my favorite topwater baits.



Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000CDL, Fenwick Boron-X X-953 M (customed), Stren Hi-Vis Gold 14lb, Heddon Chugger Spook, Lucky 13, Wounded Spook, Zara Spook, 210, Bass Oreno, Bass Frog, etc.

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??

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Day to go fishing

Considering the moon phase and weather, it's today to go fishing by all means.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur MAG II, Daiko Prestage PBC-56L, Daiwa Sight Surf #4 (yellow), Heddon Big Bud, Lucky 13, Chugger Spook, Zara Spook, etc.

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.