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Monday, February 20, 2017

DEEP DROP PITCHING!

Tackle Source heads way offshore to pitch some jigs to some deepwater ooglies, looking to hook up some potentially new species with our slow pitch jigs...

At sunrise the boat is launched and the long haul offshore begins...

On board we have the full range of Major Craft Slow Draw and Evergreen Poseidon rods at our disposal...

Looks to be a beautiful day on the water...

Not a deep water species, but a welcomed catch none the less. First stop at a shallower spot and this Mackeral takes a falling jig...

Its the Xesta Slippy jig with the first kill...

Then we headed out for the drop off and found some Ruby Snapper immediately...

This one fell for the Kanji Free Flip slow jig...

Rubies hang out in schools but unfortunately this Xesta Slippy jig victim was a smaller specimen...

One of the more ferocious looking predators of the deep is the Barracouta. They account for lost jigs and cut lines but sure look impressive with their nasty fangs...

The Xesta Slippy does the job on this fish...

First oogly from the deep is a Gurnard-like species with brilliant yellow eyes on the Xesta Slippy jig...

High pitching with the Evergreen Poseidon High Pitch Jerker rod in over 200m of water and we get a solid hook-up...

Turns out to be a nice double digit Amberjack of the High Fin variety...

It falls victim to the successful Sea Floor Control Cranky jig...

Another new species hits the deck. It is later identified as the Black Gnomefish or what the Japanese refer to as Kuromutsu. This one fell for an SFC Cranky...

Working the FEED Lures FALL jig deep with the Major Craft Slow Draw rod results in a beautiful little Flametail Snapper...

Seems like we found a school as another one hits the deck courtesy of the Major Craft Slow Draw and SFC Cranky jig...

Flametails are amazing table fish and a welcome catch. This third one falls for the Jackall Anchovy Metal jig...

Next drift the FEED FALL jig turns out an unidentified little predator with an amazing sheen...

Then its back to the Flametail Snapper. Another Jackall Anchovy Metal victim is held up for the camera...

With the weather turning around and deep drops becoming harder to achieve, a switch to the SFC Arc jig helps and the result is a Black Gnomefish...

Next drop with another SFC Arc jig and it turns up another unidentified little critter. This one definitely belongs to the same family as the toothy Barracouta...

The Black Gnomefish turns out to be available in numbers as this SFC Abyss finds another...

The beauty of these deep drops is the sheer number of species it can turn up. Here's a Banded Grouper on the SFC Cranky jig...

Then its back to the Kuromutsu on the SFC Arc jig. The deep water work is helped by ultra-sensitive rods like the Major Craft Slow Draw which ensures ultimate feel even in 300m drops...

More Black Gnomefish, but they turn out to be super delectable. The SFC Rector jig works on them too...

The weather makes a quick turn for the worse, so its one last Kuromutsu on the SFC Abyss jig before we make a quick run for shore...

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NIGHT STALKING!

Spent a couple of hours throwing vibes around structures in an urban waterway for night stalkers...

First blood is a beautifully marked Peacock Bass on the faithful Jackall TN50 vibe. The Major Craft MS-X ultralight spin rod is the weapon of choice...

Zebra Cichlids are another frequent quarry in our waterways. The Jackall TN50 finds this one...

Last fish for this short session is this nice Marbled Goby, am ambush expert which hangs close to structure for an easy feed...

The Jackall TN50 is the one which does all the damage on this night...

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

BASS FRAME OF MIND!

Short session in  the tropical jungle with Bass in mind. Yes, Peacock Bass. Here's what we turned out...

First blood on the trusty Jackall Tranpo spin rod...

Its the good ol' DUO Realis Jerkbait 110SP that does the trick...

As the fish hang deep the best way to get to them is to cast far and wide...

The FEED Lures FLIP15 jig is the perfect tool for covering water in search...

Didn't take too long to find another willing taker on the little FEED FLIP15...

Its pretty amazing what types of predators have fallen to the FLIP15 micro jig, and this nice one adds to the tally...

Beautifully marked. This nice mature fish was relieved of the stinging FEED FLIP15 jig and released to taunt us another day...

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

URBAN STALKING!

Still on our Southern Japan foray, we continue to scour the urban waterways in search of our quarry. The mixed bag of fresh and brackish water species in the same environ comes as a pleasant surprise...

Tsurusaki San is the man behind FCL Labo and many Evergreen creations, here he has a nice Chinese Seabass on a prototype lure...

One of the 3 Seabass species that can be encountered commonly in Japan, this Chinese variety is identified by the spots on its back...

This one fell for the IMA Rock'n Vibe slow rolled...

The little river was tidal and as the water receded shallow pockets started to appear. Seabass are classic ambush predators and identifying good hide outs was the key to getting the next hit...

It was a matter of getting the DUO Tide Minnow Sprint to the spot for a hit...

We were surprised to find Snakehead getting a feed in this tidal area but were happy to add to the list...

The DUO Tide Minnow Sprint casts well and stays stable even in turbulent waters like the ones we were fishing...

The icing on the cake was this very healthy specimen which reacted to the topwater popper in super shallow water...

The FEED Lure BULB8 was the weapon of choice. Can't go wrong with handmade wooden poppers for that amazing action...

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

ONE GOOD FISH!

To cap off our amazing day with the FCL Labo Keshal 63, as seen in our previous post, we continue with this amazing one lure. But to add to the trophy Snakehead for the day, we were blessed with another incredulous capture that would be etched deep for a long time...

Like before we were fishing the urban drains and canals in Southern Japan. And in these waterways we were surprised to find Largemouth Bass. Like Raigyo these Bass got pretty excited over the FCL Labo Keshal 63 as well...

The variance in species encountered in a day's fishing was incredible for a visiting angler like us. The Largemouth Bass added to the species list and made the pilgrimage worth while...


The day was wet and our expectations were as gloomy as the weather. But a short flick into an angled-corner of a dirty drain with the Keshal 63 changed all that. It was a Bass...

We thought nothing of the decent fish. But our Japanese hosts were emphatic and whipped out the measuring tape to reveal that this Largemouth broke the 50cm mark. To them this was a proper trophy-sized Bass which many hard-core Bass anglers would fail to see even in a full year's worth of fishing. It was beautifully proportioned unlike the dam-caught fatties, and we were told it would've been pretty old. From the little drain we were fishing, it was surreal...
And it topped off an amazing day's fishing in the least typical of locations...

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