Saturday, July 31, 2010


I heard Mr. Hirosuke Nori, the founder of Balsa 50 and Saurus, passed away today. I have ready many books he published since I was 10 years old, and thanks to him, I could learn how wonderful bass fishing is. I'd like to extend my deepest condolences on his sudden death.

On Nov. 26, 1988, I went to one of the biggest lure fishing tackle shop in Osaka, FSS at Shinsai-bashi, and I happened to meet him there. Then, he kindly wrote his signature and the date on these lures that I purchased. I remember his warm massive hands I shook with. May his soul rest in peace, just like a calm water surface of clear lakes he liked.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Got skunked

I went fishing for about 2 hours early in the morning today, but got skunked. I got two bites, one with Heddon Wounded Spook and one with Heddon Zig-Wag, but both were not hooked. It's been extremely hot days since last weekend, and I felt it like a warm bath when I went into the water in my floating tube. Maybe water temperature was higher than 30 degrees C (86-87 degrees F)?? This year, we take our dog to obedience-training every other week, and I went home moping back with my tail between legs after my poor fishing result.

Today's tackle:
ABU Record 5000 (I changed the power handle), Phillipson Regal Lancer (too long to cast from a floating tube), Stren 14lb (Clear Blue), Heddon Wounded Spook, Zig-Wag, Chugger Spook, Southbend Bass Oreno, Sam Griffin(?) Bass Baffler, etc.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lake Biwa

Today, I took a day off and went fishing in Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. I left home at 00:30 and go to a shore around 03:00. Then, I made ready to fish from my canoe and headed for weedy areas. The water level was very high because of continuous rainfalls these days. According to the weather forecast, today was expected to be the last day of the rainy season and I hoped calm rain with no or gentle wind, but it got shiny during the daytime. Anyway, some bass and two another species (its name is Hasu or Hass, not Bass, in Japanese) were very kind to play with me and I enjoyed a lot.
Today's tackle:
ABU 5500C (1979 black), Fenwick HMG GTC 724J (w/ Fuji grip), Cotton Cordell Boy Howdy, Red Fin, Heddon Chugger Spook, Zara Spook, etc.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Yellow frog

I went fishing again early this morning and caught a small bass (34cm in TL) with a Harrison Super Frog in yellow color. Nice jump, isn't it?

Today's tackle:
ABU 5500C (1979 black), Fenwick GFC-60, Stren 14lb (Green), Harrison Super Frog, Heddon Lucky 13, Chugger Spook, Wounded Spook, and so on...

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I like fishing in the rain

I have good rain wear and hat, and I rather like fishing in the rain. The fishing of today was not so good as I expected, but it was not bad. I caught one nice bass with a Crazy Crawler in GRA color.

The lens seemed to mist over while I was taking this movie.

After I released this fish, it started to rain very hard and I could hardly see the water surface well.

Some drowning insects reached out for help on my floating tube. Here is a scan of a pretty baby mantis on my finger.
Today's tackle:
ABU Royal, Fenwick Boron-X 953 (rebuilt), Stren 12lb (Hi-Vis Gold), Heddon Crazy Crawler, Chugger Spook, Wounded Spook, Cotton Cordell Red Fin, etc.