Saturday, August 27, 2016

Before Typhoon Lionrock comes

Make hay before Typhoo Lionrock hits here.

I started fishing at 04:40 AM, and I could barely see where I cast my lure. I long-cast my favorite Zara Spook (CHT), which is very visible even under low light condition, gave it a long pause, and let it dog-walk. A big blow-up occurred just as I imagined, and I set a hook hard. I saw so many timbers and branches around the point I fished that I tried to reel at a rush, but the fish tried to dive into a small area among branches. I forced to pull it closer using my rod, and could finally catch it. It had already dawned, but I had to use light and flash to take pictures.

Then, I fished around floating vegetation, and caught one more bass with a Chugger Spook. This fish closed in on my lure from a distance, and bit it without thinking twice.

Today, I wanted to catch a bass on a Hula Popper, but it didn't work fine. I just enjoyed taking pictures if it.

When I finished fishing almost all the spots in the pond and was about to go home, another nice bass hit my Lucky 13. This fish dived straight down at it just near me, so I got a little upset, but set a hook without a thought. It was today's biggest one, and another hard fighter.


Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C, Fenwick Lunkerstik 2054, Stren Clear Blue 12lb, Jointed Jitterbug, Zara Spook, Wounded Spook, Chugger Spook, Moss Boss, Lucky 13, Pico Pop, Hula Popper, etc. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nothing to complain

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C, Phillipson 3M B7L1 custom, Stren Clear Blue 12lb, Jointed Jitterbug, Thunder Mac, Pico Pop, Original Zara Spook, Zig Wag, Chugger Spook, Crazy Crawler, Devil's Horse, etc. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

For the first time in two weeks

I went fishing for the first time in two weeks.

In the first pond, a few active fish played with my baits. My Thunder Mac (it's a big lure!) got brushed aside and completely popped from the water, but I couldn't hook it. I wanted a second chance, but in vain. Then, I headed the innermost part of the pond, and cast a Zara Spook. A nice bass furiously tried to bite it three times, and I could set a hook in the third time. It was a good fighter, full of energies.

I got some more hits, but caught no more bass. I could spare time this morning, and decided to visit another pond. The pond is located in a mountain area and has clearer water. Two years ago, most of the water in it had gone, so I was wondering if fish were still there.

It seems I worried unnecessarily. I got many bites, and caught a lot of bass. I like the greenish body color of the bass in this pond very much, which is very different from those around my place. I spent more time than I expected, and had a lot of fun in this pond.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C, Smith Super Striker GO-103 w/ STTS grip, Stren Clear Blue 12lb, Jointed Jitterbug, Thunder Mac, Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, Crazy Crawler, SOS, Pico Pop, etc. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Reinforced-rig Zara Spook

I often use old Zara Spook lures these days. Among them, I like to cast ones with reinforced-rigs, which are so called "Second version Zara Spook" in Japan. Of course I like their dog-walk actions combined with brisk diving, but the reason I chose them in summer is...their snag-less shape and weight. Branches and leaves of overhung trees are so thick and dense during this season, but these baits are very hard to be caught by them. If you use lighter lures, they're easy to be snagged. These Second version Zara Spooks are the heaviest among similar Zara Spook lures (except for larger Super Spooks), and most snag-less, I believe. I'm now wondering which ones to put into my box next.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Weedy spot

We have had little rain these days, but it rained for some ten minutes last night. I hoped the rain would stimulate appetite of bass and decided to go fishing.

I got no reactions in near-shore spots at all, so I supposed bass could migrate around floating vegetation. I tried to cast my bait to small area between weed and weed, and retrieved slowly and steadily. A nice bass suddenly rushed to my Pico Pop just like the one I caught last week. It dived into weeds, but I finally landed it.

I also got a bite with my frog lure, but I couldn't hook it up. Then, I found another weedy area and cast my Zara Spook to a small open spot. I waited until the water surface became calm, and two dog-walk actions with twitching/diving. This action was a bingo! Another nice bass grabbed it away, and headed to weedy areas. I set a hook hard and reeled hard to make the fish turn this way. The fish showed a good fight, but I could catch it. Pencil baits and chugging baits (poppers) are my favorite, and I've been lucky to be able to catch bass with these lures in this summer season.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C (I chose this log-geared reel to save retrieving speed), Phillipson 3M B7L1 custom, Stren Clear Blue 12lb, Heddon Big Bud, Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, 210, Magnum Torpedo, Pico Pop, Mann's Popper, etc.