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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.