Saturday, July 15, 2017

After hard work

I was too busy working during this past weekdays, but it's Saturday today. I got up before 03:00 am and of course went fishing.

I got some bites, but this is the only one I could hook up. Though not so big, but this bass showed a super nice blow-up on my Pico Pop. The color name of this lure is "Gold Bass", by which I could catch a nice gold bass. Perfect!

On the way back home, I fished another pond just for fun. There, a small green bass bit my gold bass bait. I could have a nice fishing Saturday today.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C, Phillipson #705, Stren Clear-blue 14lb, Heddon Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, Lucky 13, Pico Pop, Harrison Frog, etc. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The mountain in labor

I climbed a hill area on foot carrying my float tube to find a clear pond, but this is only bass I caught.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C, Phillipson #705, Stren Clear-blue 14lb, Heddon Chugger Spook, Zara Spook, Lucky 13, etc. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Muddy water after heavy rain

We had heavy rain yesterday, and I was afraid ponds and lakes around my place got muddier than usual. Not surprisingly, water conditions I visited were too bad. In the first pond, I got no bites just before I finished fishing there. I was using chartreuse and hot tiger lures to match the muddy condition, but it didn't work at all, so I changed to a black one, Heddon Wounded Spook in XBW color, to enhance contrast. Then, I could finally got a hit and could catch a small bass in the last spot I cast. 

In the second pond, fishing was slow, too, though only bluegill were active. They pecked my frog a lot of time, and I was confused to see which one was that of bass. When I set ha hook hard, a small bluegill was hooked with a single hook of my frog. This was the first time in my fishing life to catch a bluegill with a single-hooker weedless frog.

By the way, I recently bought a new fishing tool. It is a portable case for wasted lines. I always put wasted (cut) lines in my tackle box, and had to clean it after I get home. This tool is nice to keep both your box and field clean!


Today's tackle: ABU Amassadeur 5000C, Fenwick Boron-X XC-554, Stren Clear Blue (14lb), Jointed Jitterbug, Heddon Zara Spook, Zara II, Lucky 13, Wounded Spook, Harrison Super Frog, etc. 


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crazy Crawler

It's in the middle of rainy season here, and I like fishing under calm rain condition. It was about to rain this morning, and I couldn't but go fishing before going to work. All I could spare for fishing was only one hour, so I started with a fast-moving bait, Heddon Crazy Crawler. Just about 10 minutes after I begun, a big blow-up occurred and this nice bass hit my bait. It was a good fighter, and I had a hard time to catch it. It took much longer than usual but finally I could catch it. Nice fat bass, isn't it?  

Today's tackle: Shakespeare Sigma, Jackson BB Now BN-160ML w/ STTS grip, Daiwa Sight Surf #4 (yellow), Heddon Crazy Crawler, Southbend Bass Oreno, etc. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Super Frog

I started fishing in a muddy pond. I got two bites there and one of them was a very big blow-up that volleyed my Zara Spook one foot above the water. Anyway, I got skunked there and in another nearby pond as well.

Then, I visited a clearer pond for a change. Immediately I could catch a small bass and a bluegill with a Chugger Spook in an open area. 

I made my floating-tube way to a weedy area, and I changed lures to a weedless frog (an old Harrison's Super Frog). I cast it and let it pause until all  the water ripples disappeared. In the meantime, I saw a big bullfrog start to chase my frog. When I gave a few small actions to my frog, the bullfrog came nearer and near, but I felt it gave up jumping into my frog after careful consideration. Before I knew the reason, a big bass hit my frog and pulled it into water. I set a hook and fought with it for a while, and finally caught it. Now, I believe the bullfrog saw the bass underwater and hesitated to turn a prey over the bass. Otherwise, the bass made haste to eat my frog before the bullfrog hit it. Anyway, it was a lot of fun to fish with a plastic frog on weedy area during this season of the year.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C, Phillipson #705, Stren Clear-blue 14lb, Heddon Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, Harrison Super Frog, etc.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Three bass in a day

It's Sunday today, and I started fishing very early in the morning (04:15 am). I was in a mood to use Zara Spooks, as I believe they work fine when bass are in recovery phase from spawning.

It's out of common for me, but I used only three lures today (all were Zara Spooks). I could get seven bites, and caught three bass in about two hours. Enough to realize how enjoyable topwater bass fishing is! 

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C, Fenwick Boron-X 953M, Stren Clear-blue 14lb, Heddon Zara Spook (RH), Zara Spook (NBL) and Zara Spook (BF).

Friday, June 9, 2017

Daytime bass

I took a day off today. I was thinking to go to a big lake or down south to enjoy fishing a whole day, but I had to give it up due to a morning chore.

I visited two ponds very early in the morning, but got no bites at all. Then, I got back to finish the chore, took breakfast, and then went fishing in a different place. It was shiny, and the sun was already above my head. Under these conditions, it's difficult to catch bass in open areas, so I tried to cast my baits into small shadow spots overhung with trees ore vegetation. 

The first bite was on my Wounded Spook in bull frog color. I got a small blow-up, set a hook, and caught the fish without any difficulties.  

As I was afraid, I got no reactions at all in open areas in the pond, so I changed lures to a Crazy Crawler. I drove it into smaller shadow spots and kept giving it subtle throbbing actions. Suddenly, I got a nice bite and set a hook immediately to let the fish be apart from the fallen trees. The fish was bigger than I expected, and was a good fighter.

After I finished fishing all the areas in this pond, I visited two more ponds but got skunked there. I got tired to go around many places, it was a good fishing day. 

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000 De Luxe, Fenwick 2054, Daiwa Sight Surf #5 (yellow), Heddon Wounded Spook, Crazy Crawler, Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, etc.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Another nice bass

I received a beautiful lure from a good friend of mine several days ago, and I couldn't wait to cast it. Fortunately, it started to rain calmly early this morning, so I decided to go fishing in a pond near my house before going to work. 

I could spare only one hour, though I started before the sun rose. I first checked the pond widely using a Heddon Wounded Spook, but got no hits at all. Then, I changed lures to this lure (named Jutting Joe). I cast it between submerged branches of a fallen tree, let it pause a few seconds, and then gave it a few darting actions. How nicely it worked! I got a bite with a lot of blowing-up splash, and a nice bass strongly pulled my line to fight with me. It was not so long, but a fat muscular bass. I pleased myself to catch it, and headed home as soon as I released it.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000, Jackson BB Now BN-160ML w/ STTS grip, Daiwa Sight Surf #4 (orange), Heddon Wounded Spook and Retrom Jutting Joe. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Nice 5 lb. bass

Today, I visited an area a little far from my house. We had short-time but heavy rainfalls on Wednesday and Thursday, so water there got too muddy. Under such conditions, I believe chartreuse or black color works best. I tied a chartreuse Zara Spook and started fishing.

My hunch proved right!  My bait disappeared from my sight as soon as I saw a big explosion with heavy vacuuming sound on the water surface. I immediately found it a big bass. It was a very hard fighter, but I finally caught it. I guess the fish tried to bite my bait from the head part, and the line-tie eye reached throat of the fish. This fish (about 5lb in weight) is my seasonal biggest one, and I headed home on a high note.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C (1975, beveled rims), Phillipson #705, Stren clear-blue 12lb, Heddon 2nd Zara Spook, Wounded Spook, Bass Oreno, etc. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

It's almost June

It's almost June. I went fishing several times in May, but couldn't catch so many nice bass. I'd like to just leave some photos for my record.