July 12, 2008

Getting the Hang of This

So along with being a big time fan of spinning tackle - I've listed how much I appreciate great lures like those from Wyld Edge Outfitters, Fish Creek Spinners, Joe's Flies, Mepps, & Panther Martin - I started bending (or is it twisting) my own inline spinners as well toward the end of 2007. Not really to replace the lures from the folks above, but to complement them, especially when I can't run to the store the night before I go out fishing. Previously most of the twisting was done by hand with round nose pliers, but a few months back I picked up a Boggs Tacklemaker, and I have to say it is a great tool.

Once you get the hang of it, you can make almost any type of spinner (given you have the components handy), and the finish on the turns is much better than when I was doing it by hand. Here's a pic of my Boggs, "where the magic happens," that's so MTV Cribs but I couldn't help it!!!

Also some pics of some basic spinners I've made, and incidentally fished with success so far. I've especially had good fortune using the type with the red bead in the middle. Took a handful of those out a couple times to Skippack Creek and pulled in some holdover Rainbows, as well as a few small, smallmouth bass.

Update to my Acadia Rod Testing

Well my rod testing (referenced in another post) is now over as the rod finally gave way. Oh, well...it was only a prototype and I'm sure the feedback from all of the other anglers that did the testing will help them create a top rate production model. I must say, the Acadia products (I purchased a ES-200 reel as well, are all first class. The reel is great and I would highly recommend to the value conscious angler. I've never used one of their rods other than the prototype, but from what I've heard from other folks that I trust, they are great too. And buy one get one free is an offer that can't be matched!

Full details from my Acadia Sports rod testing (along with test results from other anglers) can be found on Where I Fish.com.

Back to Boca

K.C., Lilly, & I made a brief stop in Boca again at the end of June for K.C.'s brother's wedding. While we were down there it rained almost every day, so didn't get to do too much outside. Took Lilly to the beach one day, and then went swimming in the pool a few others. K.C. & I did get to see that Indiana Jones movie with mixed reviews I'm sorry to say. Anyway, didn't spend much time fishing in the canal either - K.C. was killing the fish (with her patented "bit-o-bagel") that were hitting though. We didn't know what they were until we got home, but I found out they are Mayan Cichlids. We had caught some before on previous trips, but none were ever this big. Let me tell you these suckers put up a fight on light tackle! I thought a few were going to snap K.C.'s Zebco in half. Here's a few pics, as well as an link with a good explanation of what a Mayan Cichlid is.