Friday, October 25, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A new camera

I sold an old camera of mine and bought a new one. As for digital cameras, I believe newer is better, but most brand-new ones are too expensive for me. Fortunately, I got a great bargain last week. This new camera (Olympus E-PM2) is the highest-performing product I've ever got. I'm looking forward to going out with it.

Retouched using a PEN Art Filter

w/ VF-4 and Voigtländer 15mm F4.5

Monday, October 14, 2013

Offshore fishing

It was a holiday today, and we went on an offshore fishing trip. The weather was fine, and we could enjoy fishing using frozen shrimps from morning till dusk. I caught a lot of kinds of fishes as follows:

Red tilefish Branchiostegus japonicus
Red seabream Pagrus major 
Yellowback seabream Dentex tumifrons
Crimson seabream Evynnis japonica

Whitefin trevally Carangoides equula 
Yellowtail amberjack Seriola lalandi
Pacific bluefin tuna Thunnus orientalis 
Japanese jack mackerel Trachurus japonicus
I took all of these above home to eat.

I also caught
Lizardfish Saurida sp. 
Starspotted smooth-hound Mustelus manazo
but I didn't think these were good to eat so I released them to the sea.

I should have taken picture of them.... 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hedd Hunter Minnow

After I'm back, I checked my old tackle boxes and catalogs to find how many and which colors of Hedd Hunter Minnows I have in stock. Untransparent body colors including some luminescent ones are shown in both Japan (Olympic, Smith) and US catalogs, but those of clear body with fish flash foils are introduced in only Smith's catalogs. According to Smith's 1983 catalog, they specially ordered Heddon to make such fish-flash colors for Japan market that year.

I'm thinking I should have bought more of the fish-flash colors such as RH and green mackerel, though about 30 years have passed since then.

Hedd Hunter Minnow SP

It's Saturday today, and I went fishing early in the morning as usual. 

In the first pond, I got skunked. I got a good bite with a Heddon Wounded Spook, but maybe the fish was so small that I could not set a hook. Then, I drove to another pond.

There, I caught many bass. Maybe as many as I had caught in this fishing season. All of them were small, but they cheerfully attacked my lures, and it was a lot of fun to fish them with topwater lures. The most productive lure was Heddon Hedd Hunter Minnow with a prop on the tail. Original Hedd Hunter Minnow lures don't have a prop, but I like attaching one on the tail as my Bomber Speed Shad

After catching some fish, I tried to take a movie of my fishing. Enjoy the blow-up on it!

Today's tackle: I used my favorite reel and rod today.
ABU Record 5000 (BLK), Phillipson Challenger (9055 rebuilt), Stren 14lb (clear/blue fluorescent), Heddon Lucky 13 (wood), Chugger Spook, Wounded Spook, Hedd Hunter Minnow, etc.