Saturday, October 31, 2009

Transitional painting design

You may find these Crazy Crawlers very often, but they're a little different. The eyes are painted in yellow and they have a black crossing mark around the line-tie eye.

Moreover, they have a round mouth and black abdominal muscles on the belly. These painting designs show they're a transitional model made during 1970-1971. Smith, a Japanese distributor of Heddon lures, once specially ordered a similar color in the early 1980s for the Japan market, but such lures have white eyes, not yellow ones.

Recently, I have got the smaller one, Tiny Crazy Crawler, in my collection (Thanks, Jim!). Very cute.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Finished a trail-running race

I finished a 32km mountain running race named 'Ikoma-Challenge', and my record was 3 hours and 42 minutes. It was a lot of fun to run while seeing beautiful forest scenery and sometimes overlooking the hole Osaka Prefecture. They say the course was almost equivalent to full-marathon with a flat city course, so I am satisfied with my record. Now, I'm feeling exhausted, especially on my legs.

The starting point was near Kisaichi, Hirakata City.
On the way, my daughters encouraged me.I passed through some small parks.
The goal was on the top of Takayasu-yama mountain, Yao City.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bad day on the water

It's getting late in the year, and my bass fishing seems to be almost over. This morning, I went fishing in a few small ponds around my place, but got skunked. I felt the water was rather warm, but fish were too slow. I hope to have a couple of more chances to go out, if possible.....

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pack and hydration

I'll have a trail-running race next week around Ikoma-Shigi mountains. I was thinking to go with a 500mL water bottle with me, but was wondering if it is a good idea in case of unexpected weather. Yesterday, I bought a light-weight pack and hydration water reservoir for another option. The pack is Gregory's Stimulus and the reservoir is Hydrapak's 1.5L. Both are great and I'd like to try them during this weekend before the race.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New In Package

I went fishing early in the morning, but totally got skunked. Maybe the heavy rain during Friday-Saturday worked negatively. Today, I got a new addition to my Bass Oreno collection from the US. A NIP (new in package) leopard frog color. So beautifully painted. The package is marked as Luher-Jensen, but the body and coloring are just the same as the bait of Evans era.