The fishing was a little on the slow side, but passable. Caught a few bass like this...
And a few bluegill like this...
Those chunky "copperhead" bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus mystacalis) are damn good fighters on light tackle.
In any event, thought this picture summed up the evening rather accurately...
I made the mistake of not shooting my ankles, arms, and neck with bug spray... and damn if those yellow flies and mosquitoes weren't out tonight. I will say, if that ever happens to you, that Itch Eraser in the photo above works well, and the relief comes quickly. I got it in a Cairn box once upon a time, and this is the first time I've used it.
I dusted off the Tenkara USA Ayu II too... or should I say "as well"... I haven't fished that rod in forever, but it's a sleeper in my tenkara rod collection. Since I'm in the process of streamlining some of my fishing tackle, I might sell it, or I might hold on to it due to some sort of warped sentimental value because it's not produced or sold anymore. Whatever...
Oh, and you might have noticed those little metal tabs on my rod. I finally got around to attaching the line holders that Jean Santos skillfully engraved for me around the New Year. He lives in France and is a true artisan. Knowing I live in Florida, he even etched a largemouth bass chasing a kebari on the one holder. They're gorgeous in person, these zoom shots below don't do them justice... (and I really need to attach them properly, not with gross o-rings).
If you want to see more of Jean Santos' work, you can check out Isaac Tait's article in Tenkara Angler, Adam Trahan's article on Tenkara-Fisher, or Jean Santos' YouTube. This embedded video is a great start:
Fishing Fitness Footnotes:
- Date: 5/26/2018
- Current weight: 208 lbs ( -8 since start)
- Current waist size: 38, but pants not quite as tight
- Today: Plan to ride bike in AM, walk Gourd Island trails after dinner.
- Yesterday: Walked after lunch... oh and fished for an hour!
Can't complain about the size of the Bass and Gill considering they come from a local pond.ReplyDelete
No complaining here! 3 minutes from my front door.Delete
Wish I had a local pond to wet a fly in when I get bored sitting around in the house. Are you guys getting rain from Albeto? Nice coppernose and bass, I'm sure put up quite a fight on the Tenkara. Thanks for sharing
It was ridiculously wet this year. Too much rain. Now it's just HOT.Delete
I prefer tenkara for trout, but it does make those pond fish fun. I'll use a tenkara rod or a 3-wt fiberglass rod most often.
Getting out to a local pond is better than sitting in front of the computer! Nice fish, beautiful line holders.ReplyDelete
No doubt Howard. Have been doing a lot less computer time this year (to the detriment of the blog).Delete
I need to catch a bass this summer. It's on the bucket list. Any size will do! How fun for you to have something that close!ReplyDelete
Just do it. I'm sure there's bass water near you, they're everywhere!Delete
Looks like a great rod. Love the custom line holder that were made for you. Looks like some great work. Really loving that you're posting your fitness progression on your posts. I've been trying to come up with a way to keep myself accountable for my fitness. I may follow your lead.ReplyDelete
Thanks Carf. It was very kind of Jean Santos to send those along.Delete
And believe it or not, the fitness tracker seems to be working - or at least keeping me honest.