Thursday, March 30, 2006

Down By the River

That's where Rob and I are heading today. We're both off from work today. We're taking the small boat out for the first time this year. The weather report calls for 2mph winds today, and 15mph+ for the weekend, so might as well take advantage of the nice weather on the river. Fishing in the wind literally blows. I'll probably skip fishing this weekend all together.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Gearing Up for Spring

My wife is going to kill me when she finds out I've spent over $750 at Bass Pro Shops this year. What the hell, you only live once right? Fishing is my passion, and everything is so expensive to buy locally - just look at all the money I saved! Yeah, right... She'll never see it that way.

I finally broke down and bought a quality bait cast reel. I blogged last year about the first one I bought from the Osan guy and ended up throwing it in the middle of the lake. The second one I bought at E-mart was made by Banax and it held up pretty good, for the inexpensive (cheap) reel that it is.

Here's the reel I bought. I hope it works as good as it looks. I've heard from Quantum users and they swear by them. I plan to mate it with a Saint Croix 6.6' Medium-action trigger rod. It's got 7 ball bearings, infinity drag control with 9 weights blah blah blah... A reel that catches fishermen.

I also bought enough spinner-baits, jigs, swim and crank baits to last me well into next season, and of course a new soft-box to hold everything. Woo-Hoo! Christmas in April!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Fish Report, 25 March 2006

Went out to Idong (Seongjeong) lake near Yongin late Saturday morning. We heard reports they were biting on senkos around the river area. Sure enough they were... The wind was blowing extremely hard making finesse fishing difficult at best, and the dust kicking up from the parking lot left a bad taste in my mouth. I tried the back corner of the lake by the channel, the dam, the spillway, but the only place we got bites and caught fish was alongside the creek that flows under rte 82. I really don't like Idong that much, and won't waste much time there this year.

I drove by 4 new lakes last week when coming back up from Taegu. All off route 70 near Eumseong. I'm going to have to go back on a weekend and hit some of them when it warms up. A couple of them I could see bass fry swimming around, and another had carp for sure as there were floaters on the bank. One of the lakes was tucked away in a mountain pass and looked a lot like the Sierra Nevadas to me - pristine and beautifully clear, surrounded by pine trees.

I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to fish this weekend because we found a house with a yard and will be moving soon. This weekend we'll probably have to hang curtains and stuff. At least I have room for all my stuff now, and can keep my boat inflated and ready to go.

Monday, March 20, 2006

First Bass of the Year

Met with some friends Sunday morning and we headed East of Pyeongtaek to check out a couple of new (to me) lakes that looked promising. The weather was clear, but windy and cool. The first lake had a lot of drowned bushes and stick ups, and though we didn't catch any, we could tell it would be productive when it gets a little warmer. Particularly by boat... The second lake was more of the same. We could tell it was a bass lake by all the lures dangling off the power lines... Brush hogs, rubber worms, jigs etc. I finally managed to hook my only fish of the day on a spinner bait. I was drop-shotting for most of the morning, but never had a single bite. I liked the second lake the best of the two as it had a beautiful area where the mountain came right up to the waters edge, and you could tell it was quite deep there. The water was very clean at both lakes. This one reminded me of Nomad's cove on the backside of Seongjeon lake as we did a little mountain climbing to get to the dam area. The only way to fish the mountain wall would be by boat, as it's steep and heavy with cover. That's exactly what I plan to do the next time I go back. It was a good day all in all. I was just happy to avoid the skunk smell on the first time out.

"I see dead people..."