Sunday, August 24, 2014

Long trail

Today, I got up very early in the morning, took the first train, and ran/wandered a long trail of Kobe. I got going from Moto-machi, ran through Shin-Kobe, and went into one of the Rokko trails. Just near a famous fall (Nunobiki-fall), I found a big wild boar (wild pig?) fell down on the ground. They say wild boars often harm you seriously, so I was careful and a little scared, but it was already dead. I ran through the fall, and headed to the top of Takao Mountain.

The route was much steeper than I expected, and I regretted my shoes. I wore well-used pair of jogging shoes, not trail-running ones, and I have to carefully stepped on the way. Anyway, I reached the top, and then made my way to Tanigami station. 

I grabbed my second breakfast of today at McDonald's in Tanigami station, and re-started running toward north. There is a good bicycle path along a reservoir (Lake Tsukuhara), and I have run there many times. However, the path were partly covered by soils and/or stones, which were driven by torrential rains of Typhoon No.11.

I managed to go through the path and got to a rural area of west Kobe. The two mountains in the picture are Mt. Mekko and Mt Okko, which I have traversed many times.

In an industrial zone of west Kobe, I found a famous athletic-goods company. Yes, Asics. I ran around to the main gate and took another picture. 

I finally got to another station, but didn't take a train. I ran for another hour and got to my house. The total time I ran today was more than 7 hours, and I'm very exhausted now.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where are your mommas?

Very faint, but autumn flavor is just around the corner. 
I visited a certain pond for the first time in these two months. Thanks to the recent heavy rainfalls, water level of this pond was totally recovered, but it got muddier than usual. I expected to catch a few big bass, but only kids were full of vigor. I'm wondering where your mommas are??

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassdeur 5500CA, Ebisu Mr. Don MW59N (costumed), Stren 14lb (Low-Vis Green), Heddon Wounded Spook, Zara Spook, Hedd Hunter Minnow (w/ prop), Baby Lucky 13, Pico Pop, Pico Slasher, Jim Pfeffer Banana, etc. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Family trip

I took a two-day family trip in west Japan this week.
I could spare time to go fishing early in the morning of the second day. I got out from our hotel before the sun rose, and enjoyed fishing for a very short hours before breakfast.

When I got to a pond, it was still so dark that I started casting a Big Bud from the shore. I could catch a small bass with it, and I felt very happy not to get skunked. It was the first time in these years since I caught a bass from the shore last time.

As soon as it got light enough to cast lures, I re-start fishing from my floating tube. I found tremendous amount of wood chips on the water surface due to the heavy rain caused by the last typhoon, but fish were very active. I could catch a lot of bass with many kinds of lures.

I guess this fish was the largest among all I caught. I caught it just before I was about to stop fishing. Not so big, but it was a good fighter. I used a lighter rod than usual, so it was very enjoyable to catch it.

Tackle I used: ABU Ambassdeur 5500CA, Daiko Prestige PBC-56L, Stren 14lb (Low-Vis Green), Heddon Big Bud, Wounded Spook, Chugger Spook, Zara Spook, Hula Popper, Pico Pop, Pico Slasher, etc. 


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Long skirt?

In the morning, I jogged 12km to remove fatigue in my legs. I ran a total of 96km this week, and it is rigorously enough. 

Now, I'm planning to go fishing in an area a bid farther out from our place, where I once fished more than 15 years ago. I may have to fish from shore, and I'm now choosing my tackle. When I do out lures in my tackle boxes, interesting lures often come in the way. 

This looks a usual Heddon Tiny Chugger Spook, but....

it is marked 'HEDDON SKIRTED CHUGGER' on the belly.

Yes, it wears a long gorgeous skirt.

Recently, I got a bunch of lures, I pulled them together, too. Now, my coach-dog colored Big Hedd collection is nearly finished. However, I'm afraid it is very difficult to find the last one, YCD (Yellow Coach Dog), as I've so far seen them not so many times.

Long distance run

We have heavy rain almost every weekend in our area.
I gave up going fishing yesterday, and decided to take a long-distance run in the rain.
Immediately after finishing lunch, I left my house with some changes in my pockets a water bottle on the waist belt. I took a roundabout route to the nearest sea, went west along the seashore, and headed for my town. I ran very comfortably and felt good in the first 30km, but had a very hard time in 30-45km. After 45km, I got over the wall, and could speed up.

It took too many hours, but I finished a 50km running. According to my GPS watch (Garmin 910XT), I burnt 3052kcal. I have to gobble to recover the calories.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Typhoon No.11

Powerful Typhoon No.11 (named Halong) is about to hit western Japan, and now we have an awesome weather. I was thinking to go fishing and then try 7-hour running during this weekend, but I gave up both of them.

I have nothing special to do, and my dog also looks too bored (he doesn't like to go for a walk in the rain very much). Watching the weather forecast reports from the Japan Meteorological Agency, I'm now making a toy of my vintage fishing tackle in my room. 

Some are venerable, some are overwhelming.

These two are totally different.

I believe this is much more difficult to find than black Record 5000.