Friday, June 23, 2006

Update to: Expect some pics here by Sunday

Jeonju was awesome. T-Bone won the six-pack as Ron showed up on time for a change. We caught a cubic buttload as predicted... you can read all about it and see the pics here.

I'm finally going down to fish Jeonju. Bill, Ruben and TK are going too. Ron says he is, but I'll believe it when I see him. I bet T-Bone a six-pack of beer that Ron won't show up at 4AM. Free beer is good beer.

I expect for us to catch a cubic buttload and you can check the pics here on Sunday or maybe even Saturday night. I made a wood floor for the boat. It came out pretty good if I do say so myself. I even had time to throw two coats of enamel on it before heading off for work in Taegu. The color is perfect... baby-shit brown with a tinge of orange. Same color as the Korean mud I'm always stepping in when I go fishing.

Time to go pack the truck for the morning... 4AM... yikes!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Very Respectable Catch - Update

Update: My hat is off to Walt and John who had a nice showing representing the Americans down there at Andong for the Fenwick Pro-Am on Sunday. They had a limit of fish over 13 lbs total and placed in the middle of the field. I believe this may have been Walt's first time out as a professional. Congratulations guys!

Personally I had a great time camping out and barbequing with everyone and look forward to doing it again, though I may just stay up at Halmoni's or sleep in the truck next time... I feel like I'm getting too old for this camping stuff, and the weather can be suddenly-hostile down there.



Speaking of Barbeque, this shrimp is off the hook! Here's the rough recipe if you'd like to try it: 1lb of large, uncooked shrimp, 1 cup of butter, 1/2 cup crushed garlic, 1/4 cup of Oyster sauce, 1 handful of fresh parsley sprigs, a glob of Japanese green horseradish pepper, an ample "bam" of Emiril Lagasse's Bayou Blast seasoning. Cook covered with foil for about 15 minutes or until done. Shake or turn over the foil container a couple of times while cooking.

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Walt sent me this pic he took of John "The Original" with a Sogari he caught on a deep-diving Shad:

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Here's one of the many bass John caught on Saturday:

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And here's one Alan took of me holding two fish that weighed 7lbs collectively that I caught:

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Here's a couple of pics of Mr. So and Ruben from Andong on Saturday. I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Nice fish guys!



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Oh, I almost forgot... Ron caught a little one.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Congrats J.D. and MiJin on some nice slabs

I found these pics over at Anglerstown. J.D. and his wife are always catching some nice bass. This was last weekend out at Andong. They caught 8 bass total over 5lbs, the biggest went 6.5
I need to hook up with them one day and do some fishing...

Congrats Alan on a Nice Fish!


Alan, 5.4 lbs, Andong, 28 May 2006

Bell Sends... Is Korea even listening anymore?

I wasn't going to post on political events here anymore, but since this little gem seemed to have escaped the blogosphere I though it worthy of a second look.

Read this and you can feel the real strain in the alliance. I've never heard a Korean CINC speak like this publicly. Granted, it may be the General's style, I really don't know, but his tone and message are indisputably clear...

Here's a blurb:

“It is fair to say that we loved this land and its people enough to die for it,” Bell said. “To state now that we have been irresponsible stewards of Korean land, while standing side by side with you, is a charge that hurts my heart.”

Please read the rest here if you missed it.

All I can say is "Pinatubo"

Sunday, June 04, 2006

My Version of "Wilson" from Castaway


This picture cracks me up. It's only my beard trimmer, but I swear its got an attitude...

"Hey mane, I'll cutch-you. I swear I catch-you wid a nudder trim, mane..."

What should I call him? Remington?

PBC...



The Pyeongtaek Bass Club

Something different happened today, and it was a good thing. A local Korean man named Mr. So decided it was high time to start a Pyeongtaek Bass Club. He was also gratious enough to envision it not be limited to Koreans-only, but should include all the avid anglers in and around the area, regardless of nationality. No dues, membership fees, etc. Just a bunch of good people getting together who share the same passion for fishing. There were professionals and amateurs there alike today, and many brought boats. No boat? No problem. Those "with" made sure those "without" got a chance to do some fishing on the water if they wanted to. Folks brought their wives and kids. There was plenty of good old home cooking, and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. I know my wife and I did. The plan is to get together once or twice a month and everyone brings a little something to the table, that way it doesn't cost any one person an inappropriate share. I think it's a good plan, a good start, and I will certainly support it. Here's a few pics.





More PBC...






Thursday, June 01, 2006

I Finally Bought a New Digital Camera...

I've been wanting a decent digital camera for quite awhile now, and the wife finally gave me the green light to buy one, which was perfect, since the one I wanted was on sale. I ended up buying the Canon EOS Rebel XT, and so far I'm duly impressed. I can't wait to take it out fishing with me... My old camera would take about 10 pics and I'd have to change the batteries. This almost always happened when someone had a nice fish to shoot. Ruben caught one of the biggest trout I've ever seen last winter, and wouldn't you know it, the battery died just as I was taking the pic.

The camera came with a basic lens, 18 - 55mm AF zoom and will focus down to 0.9'

I love it.

Here's some pics I took while out and about yesterday:
Nosey Dog:

Gastronimical proportions:



Bee-u-tiful:

It's designed for the advanced amateur to pro photographer, niether of which I am... but it's so easy to use.

I hope I don't drop it in the water.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Blogging and Bassin' - Memorial Day Weekend

I'm going to try and not neglect this site any more than I already have, but since the Lost Nomad has invited me to join him as a guest blogger on his site it may be difficult. Let's face it folks, he has thousands of readers and gets over 2000 hits a day. I have a few faithful readers... Rob, Bill, Basspastor...

That said, the basshole has always been there for me, and I won't let it die. Here's a few pics of some bass I caught during a Memorial day outing to Idong this afternoon.


The bite started slow as shit, but picked up nicely late in the afternoon. In fact, about the time we left was when it was at it's best all day. Hell, I wasn't driving, and I sure didn't want to get stuck on the wrong side of the mountain again in the dark, so I obliged and reeled up when everyone else did.

I caught one bass tha might have went 4lbs. If it wasn't close to 4 than I truly am an amateur. Again, I need to get a freaking scale. I guess I'll just go buy one from Yeom this week and quit talking about it.

Anyway, congrats out to Alan who landed a nice 5.4 lb lunker out at Andong over the weekend. he is now the proud (and temporary) keeper of the "5lb+ Trophy Bass Hat'" a club that Rob made up, or at least he will be once I give it over to him. Don't be getting my hat dirty Alan... Just note the weight, date, and your name somewhere on the hat, and then put it somewhere safe until I come looking for it again. :)

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Fishing vs. Catching, Saturday, May 20th, 2006

A group of us went out to the lake Bill and I found recently and we cleaned up. We brought 3 electric trolling motors with us and we wanted to take the boats with the transoms already built-in. Adjoshi had other plans and made us take the crappiest boats. Luckily we planned for this and had brought some home made transoms with us.



We paired off in three groups of two and with three boats. One boat reported catching 12 bass; another reported catching 30+, and the last one reported catching 45 - 50. John even caught another big catfish on a spinner bait, while Bill snagged a nice Bream on a spinner bait.
No lunkers caught today,
though I did see one pass close by the boat that might have went 6 or 7 lbs. The lake is chock full of bluegill and crystal clear in some places. You could see the strike 20 yards out, and also watch the little bass chase the lures all the way to the boat.

Everyone had a blast. For a while there it was almost a fish for every cast. I turned Bill on to the power of the chartreuse spinner bait and he started nailing them one after another. When I put a trailer hook on it was all over but the crying. If I landed every fish that hit my bait I would easily have caught over a 100 bass, truth is I was catching so many I quit counting them.
Most of the fish Bill and I caught were about a pound and a half, though we had more than a few that were 2 lbs and up.
What a great day. The weather was good, though it was foggy-as-all-get-out when we first got there. We left Pyeongtaek around 0530, not too far off of schedule... Most of us (not all) were up at 0330 getting ready. Bill and John came through as usual right on time and Bill even brought Dunkin Donuts. I like fishing with these guys. They make a plan and actually stick to it. John is hard-core and would probably have stayed out there until the cows came home, but we were getting pretty fried and my battery was dying so we called it quits around 3pm. Bill is starting to scare me - I can tell he's a die hard like me.

Though it started out a little bumpy, as it always seems to when you're trying to get 6 or more people together at the same time and place, it was such a nice day it would have been almost impossible to ruin it.