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.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

More re-drawn lures

I made more...

Sunday, October 1, 2017


I bought some One-knocker and Rattlin' Zara Spooks about 6-7 yeas ago, but have not caught any fish with them. I decided to tune them last night, and finished one of them. I was feeling their natural frog color was too simple, so I re-finished it by copying after an old one. I didn't like their decal eyes, either, and I hand-drew the eyes. I hear many tournament fishers like these new Zara Spooks and have caught a lot of huge bass. I'd like to try one, too.



September has gone

I went fishing a couple of more times during September, but couldn't catch any big ones. I just wanted to keep some pictures for records.