Saturday, November 20, 2010

My bass fishing season is over

I wanted to go out for bass fishing a couple of more times, but I'm still having an eye trouble inside my left eye, so it seems my bass fishing is over this year. I'd like to clean my tackle, build up some rods, change and sharpen hooks of my lures, and so on, when I can spare time.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


My left eye has got bloodshot since the end of last month, and I often go to see a doctor these days. Yesterday, I went to see another opthalomologist to take a detailed- and blood-test, and have to go there again on Monday afternoon. I am spending so many stressful days, because I can't go fishing, and run long, either.

This is a Heddon Dying Quiver in KYG/G color (a Smith's Japan Market color), which eyes are also bloodshot like mine.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ABU 5000C, 1984 model

This is a scan of a 1984-85 ABU catalog distributed by Ebisu Fishing in Japan. According to it, ABU once stopped making Ambassadeur 5000C in 1978, but they started making again in 1984. The 1984 model is so called 'replica' but its parts were mixed through the production ages.
The rims are grooved (-1973), but the spool cap is without a skirt (1976-). The logos on the left plate are those of new ones (1974-).The handle nut is without 'Oil' mark engraved, and the drag star wheel is with angular ends (1972 or 1974-??). The EF decal and an additional engraved mark on the foot show it was imported and sold by a Japanese distributor, Ebisu Fishing. The foot is numbered as 840400.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

ABU 5000C, another earliest

This is another very early ABU 5000C. The grid (checker) on the left spool cap is a little deeply engraved, which is different from those of later ones. Unfortunately, the flame of this reel is without a foot number (maybe the former owner replaced it as soon as he/she bought it), but judging from the parts it must be one of the earliest 5000Cs.

ABU black Ambassadeur, engraved as 5000

Who can recognize the earliest ABU Ambassadeur 5000C, if it is not marked as 5000C? This reel is very precious to me.