Friday, September 30, 2011

Dynamic Views

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Drop Flex

I could finally collect these ABU spinners. I was thinking the name of these lures was 'Droppen', but after I checked my old ABU (EBISU) catalog, I found the correct name 'Drop Flex'. I've wised up a little about ABU lures!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Got skunked in a muddy pond

I started fishing before it was light, and I could see countless numbers of stars in the sky. Because of radiative cooling, it was the coolest morning in this fall season, and I put on a light fleece jacket. Anyway, it was a mistake to start early. When I knew it, I was in very muddy water, maybe because of the typhoon last week. I cast and cast to good spots, but got skunked.

Today's tackle:
ABU Ambassadeur black 5500C(1982) & Fenwick HFC-555, Ambassadeur 5500ST & Fenwick HFC-555, Stren 12lb., Heddon 210, Chugger Spook, Wounded Spook, Dalton Twist, Meadow Mouse, Mepps Aglia #5, etc. 
 I used Fenwick 5-power rods for the first time in these years, and rediscovered they're not bad when I take only one rod with me.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fur (flocked mouse) lures

I like fur finished mouse lures very much and collect Heddon Meadow Mouse and similar lures. I recently know that a German fishing tackle company, D.A.M., also made mouse lures long before, and at last I got one in my collection. It's a very cute lure and I'm very happy with it.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dog Walk

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Heavy rain

Now, two typhoons are approaching here and an autumn rain front is staying over the Japanese archipelago. I never forgot to put my gore-tex rain jacket and waders in the car, and went fishing from early in the morning. As forecast, it rained, sometimes very heavily, but fish were not as active as I expected. I caught only one small bass (about 25-30cm) with a Heddon Zara Spook (CHT). I was believing that small bass would never hit this lure because of its size, and when the water surface was exploded, I hoped a big one. However, the bass was small enough to be easily retrieved to me. I released it without taking a picture, because I felt it was a pain to take my camera from the bag. 

Today's tackle:
ABU Ambassadeur black 5500C (1981), Fenwick Boron-X 953 (rebuilt), Daiwa line, Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, Wounded Spook, Dalton Twist, etc.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wounded Spook XRW

Today, I went fishing with a good friend of mine. We left my house at 04:15 and headed for a pond. Thanks to the heavy rain last week, the water level was recovered, but the water has become very muddy. Anyway, we started fishing.


I'm trying to work at double-prop lures as often as possible this fishing season (I'm not so good at them). At the dawn (05:30), I cast a Heddon Wounded Spook (XRW) to a flooded cement outlet, and when it got to the water, it disappeared into the water. I immediately set a hook and dragged the fish from there. It was very powerful and I first thought it may be a catfish, but I soon found it was a fat bass (48cm, about 1.7kg- 3-3/4lb). I'm very happy to catch with a prop lure, but on second thought, I may have caught her (yes, the fish was female) even if it was not a prop lure. I caught a couple of more bass, but they all were very small. It was a nice sunny fall day, and we enjoyed a lot.

Today's tackle:
ABU Ambassadeur Record (1984, Japan Special), Garcia Conolon (5-1/2 ft), Stren 12lb (Hi-Vis Gold), Wounded Spook, Chugger Spook, Zara Spook, Lucky 13, Bassassin, etc.

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Now, a major typhoon (#12, Talas) is passing through our area, and I can't go out fishing this weekend. I have to stay home, and I decided to clean my room. 

I found an ABU spinner (Sonnet) in my old tackle box. I remember it was one of the lures I bought for the first time in my life (to be precise, my parents bought for me, more than 33 years ago).
Last night, a good friend of mine in Europe (Germany) sent to me a bunch of old ABU spinners and spoons. I like these small ABU metal lures very much. Not only they're good for nostalgic days reminding me of old-day's fishing, but also very productive even now for trout fishing in Japan.