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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

10/2/16 Saltwater Report

     Got to make a quick trip back to the beach this weekend.  Fished the surf on Saturday without much success.  Used fresh shrimp to catch a crap load of pinfish, 1 decent little blue and a short whiting.  Used the blue for cut bait and had a couple of runs which one broke off and the other didn't hook up.  Also had something break off on the shrimp.  The surf was rougher than expected and I didn't really have the gear for heavy surf fishing.  Went to one of the saltwater lakes Sunday morning before heading back to the mountains.  Had better success there and caught some nice croaker, flounder and redfish.

Here's a clip of a nice little drum that I thought was cool with the 2 spots on one side and 3 on the other.

 Another clip of a very loud croaker.  I love it when the fish in the croaker family earn the name.  The first really big croaker I ever caught was at "The Rail" in Virginia Beach and I could hear it croaking way before it came out of the water.

Thanks for checking out the new post and please leave comments or questions. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2 Nice Saltwater Pond Redfish 9-5-16

Great morning catching a couple of nice redfish.  There was a bunch of small bait fish schooled up along the banks and I would walk the edge watching for them being chased or scattered.  Caught a couple nice flounder and a few rat reds, but these 2 reds were the best of the day.  Haven't had a lot of chances to catch many reds and can really see why they are so loved.  Looking for that bull in the surf now.

This was also the first time using my new fish grips and loved them.  Made it a lot easier landing the fish:

Other tackle used:

Berkley Gulp! 4 inch Minnows             
Zebco ZCAST Telescopic Spinning Rod
Pflueger Trion Spinning Reel TRI25X    
KastKing SuperPower Braid 12lb test    

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Fishing Saltwater Ponds Morning after Hermine

Hit a saltwater lake early morning after Tropical Storm Hermine went through the Southeast.  It was a beautiful day after a miserable one the day before. Didn't catch anything huge, but it was nice to wake up to a clear sky and a mixed bag of fish. 

Everything was caught on:

Z-Man Scented Paddlerz              
Berkley Gulp! 4 inch Minnows     
Pflueger Trion Spinning Reel TRI25X
Zebco ZCAST Telescopic Spin Rod

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fishing in Tropical Storm Hermine 9/2/16

 Already had a trip planned to go to Pawleys Island for Labor Day weekend to do a little fishing.  Almost decided not to go, but saw that the next 3 days were good after the storm so went on down.  Didn't plan on fishing Friday during them storm, but there was a brief lull before the hardest part hit us.  I was pleasantly surprised that the fish were feeding during the storm and was able to catch red and black drum, croaker, and some other small fish.  The cool thing was the fish were feeding in the flow coming from the marsh.  All were caught using shrimp and of course using my tried and true Zebco Z-Cast rod and Pflueger Trion reel.

Got to go back out right before dark and caught 2 nice flounder and a bigger black drum.  The flounder were caught on a Z-Man Scented PaddlerZ in Electric Chicken.  I really love Z-Man products because they are so tough and can catch a lot of fish before getting torn up.  First time trying the PaddlerZ and the action looked really good for twitching and slow retrievals.

Pflueger Trion Spinning Reel TRI25X
Zebco Z-cast Telescopic Spinning Rod

Friday, September 2, 2016

8-28-16 Report Jigging for Redbreasts

We don't always appreciate fish like a redbreast sunfish, but you do when they are the only fish willing to bite.  I went to try out a new section of a river I'd been recently scoping out hoping for some good smallmouth.  The section looked great, but the smallies weren't biting for some reason.  The redbreasts, on the other hand, were all about eating some crayfish.

The preferred lures were definitely the Yum F2 Craw Papi and the Strike King Bitsy Tubes

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

8/21/2016 Report

Got to spend about an hour Sunday afternoon at a lake close to the house looking for some fish.  Was hoping to see some perch or crappie action, but it still must be to warm for them to be close to the bank.  I had a black body, gold blade Roostertail on one rod and a Berkley minnow on a 1/16th ounce jig head on the other rod.  This time last year, they were killing the jigs, but I only had one strike on this trip.  They  wouldn't leave the Roostertail alone though.  Caught about a dozen bream and 6-8 small bass.  Seemed like the slower the retrieve the better, just enough to keep the blade spinning.

I love these bream!

This was a true monster and almost ripped the rod out of my hands.  But seriously, can you catch one much smaller?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

8/20/2016 Report

     I stopped by a local flow this afternoon to see if I could catch a few quick smallies.  I wasn't disappointed.  Caught 5 from the bank in about 30 minutes.  None of them were very big, but they bit and were fish.  Definitely better than mowing than the yard.  The one surprise fish was a redear sunfish. I love the spunk all bream have, but I think this is one of the prettiest freshwater fish to catch.

As always, equipment used:

Rod -  Zebco Z-cast Telescopic Spinning Rod  
Reel -  Pflueger Trion Spinning Reel
Line - KastKing SuperPower Braid 12lb High Viz Yellow

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thoughts on Braid-Part 1

     Let's talk about braided fishing line.  I love braid and have been using it exclusively for the last 15 years.  Growing up in Western NC, I always heard that I need to use the smallest, clearest line available to not spook the fish in our crystal clear streams.  Because of this, I always used monofilament fishing line and hardly ever used anything much more than 6lb test.  This usually worked fine until I hooked a large fish.
     I never really liked the original braided fishing lines when they came out because they seemed so foreign to me.  Nothing about it looked like it would trick a fish unless it was being used for catfish or sharks.  So when I had a chance to do some shark fishing, I bought my first spool of braid...500yds of 40lb test of PowerPro.  40lb test is only about 12lb diameter in mono so the whole 500 yards went on the spool which was my first surprise.  And then I fished with it.
     It is unbelievable how well braid casts because there is no line memory.  I was getting an extra 30+ yards on my casts.  It was so smooth being such a small diameter and nothing like stiff 40lb mono.  The strength everybody knows about.  The stuff really can feel like spider web with the strength of steel.  All that power comes through on the hook set, especially of the hard mouth, toothy critters.  But my favorite part is the feel of braid.  It is so sensitive that you can feel everything about the lure action and contact.  But more importantly, you can feel that bite.  It feels like a laser going between rod tip and the end of the line.  I was sold.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Product Review - Zebco Z-cast Spinning Rod

My favorite new fishing toy this year has definitely been my new Zebco Z-Cast Spinning Rod. This is a 5'6" telescopic spinning rod at full length, but collapses to 16.5 inches.  I've been wanting to try out a telescopic/pack rod for awhile now, but it seemed like the prices were to high or I was not impressed by the rod quality.  I just happened to find one of these rods on the clearance aisle at a Gander Mountain for under $15.  At that price, I figured it was worth a shot.

Rod collapsed to 16.5"

Sturdy metal rod eyes

Upon opening, I was immediately impressed by the quality of the rod. The rod has great action with sturdy metal rod eyes.  I also like the twist lock for a secure reel connection.  The rod has a strong backbone, but good action on the tip for working lures.  It has not felt under-powered while fighting the larger fish.  You will forget that this is a telescopic rod and there is nothing flimsy feeling about it. The main things about telescopic rods are of course how easy they are to store and travel with and the convenience of always having them.  There is always 2 of them in my truck and 1 in the family vehicle.  A great man once told me to never go anywhere without a spoon in case someone offers you a bite.  I have changed that to never go anywhere without a fishing rod in case the water calls my name.

I'm going to continue to add pictures of fish to this section to show the species caught with my new favorite rod, so please enjoy.  Let me know if you have any questions about the Z-cast and the next rod that I will talk about is my new 7' KastKing Blackhawk telescopic spinning rod.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Big Bass Jumping

I had watched this bass all morning without getting it to bite until I switched over to a Zoom UltraVibe Speed Craw - Watermelon Red

This was the first time using my new Hapurs GoPro Shoulder Mount for bass fishing and it worked great! Very please with the angle.
       Hapurs GoPro Shoulder Mount

Rod: Zebco Z-Cast Spinning Rod
Reel: Pflueger Trion Spinning Reel TRI25X
Line: KastKing SuperPower 12lb Braid

Friday, July 29, 2016

Product Review - Hapurs Single Shoulder GoPro Mount

So I've been looking at new mounts and harnesses for my GoPro camera for capturing fishing videos. I had been using a homemade baseball cap mount, but it has several problems. The biggest issue is that it was just uncomfortable to wear for long periods because of the weight pulling down on the front of my head. It would wear my neck out and give me a headache after wearing it for awhile. It was also hot and difficult to make sure the camera was right. Because of this, I was leaving my GoPro at home and missing out on a lot of good fishing videos.

I went to GoPro's homepage when I first started looking into my options and got really worried. First, GoPro does not have accessories designed especially for fisherman. Second, the prices were HIGH! $19.99 to $69.99+ is out of my budget. Especially when I didn't know what I was really needing/wanting.

So after a little research, I found the Hapurs Single Shoulder GoPro Mount on Amazon. I really liked the way it looked and the reviews are decent with 4.2/5 stars for a 147 reviews. And the price cannot be beat at $8.99! It's very comfortable to wear and I totally forgot that I was wearing it after a few minutes. I'm 6'8" and a healthy weight and had no issues getting the straps right and learned how to put it on quickly. The one issue is that most people's shoulder is not level so the camera sits at an angle. I fixed this by pulling the mount down and keeping the camera on the front of my shoulder. I preferred this angle for getting a better angle for fishing.

So at that price,  I recommend this for people looking for alternative mounts for fishing, hunting and other outdoor sports.  Please leave a comment if you have any questions.