Saturday, May 13, 2017

Saltwater fishing

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Expected calm rain

I expected calm rain in the morning, which often works good (of course I mean good for my fishing!) during this season of the year. I got up before 03:30 am and went fishing.

It was very cloudy and the sky was low, but was not rainy. Aquatic vegetation in this pond grew thicker and thicker, but I had no bites around weeds at all. When I got to an open area with a fallen tree, I tied an Original Zara Spook (GRA, hot tiger color), and slowly but accurately cast it to the back area. When the water ripple disappeared and I gave it a few dog-walking twitches, BANG, a nice bass jumped aside to my bait with blowups. I thought my hooking was a little early, but I could set a hook. Then I did it again just to be safe, because my rod is light. I enjoyed fighting with fish, and finally could catch it.

After catching this bass, I visited another pond but could not any bites at all. Much worse, I swamped my reel by mistake. The water there was very clear, but I wanted to clean up and overhaul my reel as soon as possible, so I finished fishing before 07:30 am.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000C (1975, beveled rims), Phillipson Pacemaker PC-56 (refinished, black thread), Daiwa Sight Surf #4, Heddon Original Zara Spook, Chugger Spook, Lucky 13, Magnum Torpedo, Wounded Spook, Dying Flutter, etc. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Took a day off and went...

I took a day off today and went fishing to a little far area from my place. In the morning, I had a very hard time to find a good pond. I visited a total of six, got some bites, but was skunked. In the afternoon, I decided I would never go home without catching a bass, and kept casting small shadow spots under trees. Finally, a nice bass hit my Chugger Spook(GRA) at 12:30 pm. I felt relieved to be able to catch it.

Before going to home, I visited another pond. The water was muddy and I saw a lot of carp mating in shallow areas. There, I could catch two more bass with a Dying Flutter and Pico Slasher. It reminds me, I got two nice reactions in the morning when I was using a Heddon Magnum Torpedo. It was too late for me to notice prop baits worked fine today.


Today's tackle: ABU Record 5000 (black), Phillipson Pacemaker PC-56 (refinished, olive thread), Stren 14lb (Clear/blue fluorescent), Heddon Chugger Spook,Zara Spook, Lucky 13, Zara II, Dying Flutter, Pico Slasher, Bass Oreno, etc. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Newly re-finished rod

I wanted to test a newly re-finished rod (Phillipson Pacemaker), and went fishing with it. It was nice but I felt a little short (5'6"). The blank is for lures through 3/8 oz, but I think it is also good for 3/4 oz lures such as 2nd Zara Spooks. I also changed the combination of guides to make the rod action a little more parabolic. 
Now, please don't ask me about my result of fishing, I totally got skunked today.

Today's tackle: ABU Record 5000 (black), Phillipson Pacemaker PC-56 (refinished, black thread), Stren 14lb (Clear/blue fluorescent), Heddon Chugger Spook,Zara Spook, Lucky 13, Zara II, etc.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Small bass

I visited a very small pond in a mountain near my place. I caught two small bass, which were much smaller than I expected. Anyway, being able to go out for fishing is much better than staying at home, needless to say far better than working.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000 De Luxe, Fenwick 2053 (refinished), Daiwa Sight Surf #4, Heddon Chugger Spook, Baby Lucky 13, Pico Pop, etc. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017


I went fishing again this morning. This time I visited a small pond in a mountainous area. When I got there, I noticed it was much colder and windier than I expected. After I started fishing, I also felt the water color much muddier than I imagined. 

Needless to say, I got skunked today. All I could enjoy was taking some pictures of my fishing tackle just for my record.

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000 De Luxe, Phillipson #705, Daiwa Sight Surf #5, Heddon Basser, Original Zara Spook, 2nd Zara Spook, Wounded Spook, Chugger Spook, Pico Slasher, etc. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One-hour fishing

I could spare a littler longer hours this morning, and, yes, I went fishing. I was thinking water color would be muddier than before due to heavy rain during this week, and I started fishing with fluorescent-colored lures.

I cast my Zara Spook (CHT color) accurately to a small spot a few inches away from the shore, waited until water ripples disappeared, and then gave it a dog-walk action. Bang! The water blew up as I expected. It was a hard fighter bass, and I felt the hardest among the bass I've caught this season (just please do not say you've not caught so many so far).

I kept fishing for about one hour, but I got no more bites. I finished fishing before 06:00 am and left the pond. 

Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000 De Luxe, Jackson BB Now BN-160ML, Daiwa Sight Surf #5, Heddon 2nd Zara Spook, Bass Oreno, etc. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Made another try

I had some chores to do today, but went fishing to make another try just early in the morning. I visited a different place from  yesterday for change. Of course I started with the same Chugger Spook as yesterday, though I replaced the hooks.

Just after I started fishing (in about 10 minutes), a nice fat bass hit my bait and it disappeared from the water surface. I set a hook hard, and cautiously fought with the fish. I didn't want to make the same mistake as yesterday, and it was lucky for me to catch it today.


Today's tackle: ABU Ambassadeur 5000 De Luxe, Phillipson #705, Daiwa Sight Surf #5, Heddon Chugger Spook, Luck 13, 2nd Zara Spook, Pico Pop, etc. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Re-finishing old rods

I've been working to re-finish two of my old rods. I don't like straight-type grips at all, and like off-set bent grips much better. I decided to remove original aluminum handles from these two old Phillipson rods, and did it a couple of weeks ago.  

Today I attached guides on the blanks, wrapped threads, and just finished the first vanish on them. One is wrapped with olive thread with white spiral trims, and the other is with black thread with gold tapes. These two rods are exchangeable with each other, and I'm looking forward to using them for fishing soon.