Here’s photos of a very nice bass that Ron caught on Friday at Andong. I’ll let him tell the story.
Nice fish Ron!!
1. Tournament name: 2013 International Bass Open Tournament
2. Organizer: Korea Sport-fishing Association (K.S.A)
3. Place: Andong Dam (Ju-Jin Bridge service area)
4. When: June 9th, 2013
Practice: June 8th, 4:30am ~ 6:00pm
5. Schedule plan:
5:00am – Reception and opening ceremony
6:00am – Tournament start
2:00pm – Weigh-in starts
2:30pm – Weigh-in and tournament ends
3:00pm – Closing ceremony
6. Tournament fee: 100,000won (foreigners/co-anglers)
(Pro anglers score 100 points for participating)
a) Foreigners/co-anglers are to submit their name, social security number, date of birth and ID card copy.
See below section 9 for more details.
b) Deadline for registration is Tuesday May 25th. This is so that insurance can be organized.
8. Prizes (total amount for prizes will be announced ASAP)
1st place: plaque and prizes (TBA)
2nd place: plaque and prizes (TBA)
3rd place: plaque and prizes (TBA)
4th place: plaque and prizes (TBA)
5th place: plaque and prizes (TBA)
9. Other information:
a) Non-KSA Pro foreign anglers are welcome to participate in this Open Tournament in their own boats.
b) All foreigners must register through KSA angler Steve Bell by May 25th.
Please contact Steve Bell by email at, email@example.com for payment method details, etc.
c) This year, the entry fee MUST be paid upfront before May 25th (for insurance payment reasons).
d) We are looking for 20 ~ 25 foreigner co-anglers to participate in this year’s event. The foreigners will each fish
with a Korean Pro angler on a draw method basis. Non-Pro foreigners and their co-anglers fishing from their
own boats are not included in the above.
e) Foreigners that have participated in the past International Tournaments will have priority in the registration.
f) After the registration closing date of May 25th, KSA will join all foreigners/co-anglers as a bulk insurance group.
A copy of each foreigner’s ID card is required for insurance reasons. (The insurance fee is included in the entry
10. Accommodation reservations:
Andong hotel (formerly California hotel) 054-8540-6223
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Went to Andong with Tony Rodriguez, Troy Davis, and all the kids for two days of fun. We did pretty well considering the time we were able to fish as a result of the hurricane winds out there. I got there late on 25 April and fished for about an hour in the hurricane winds before it got dark and was able to catch two that went about 1 1/2 pounds. The next day we tried to take the Bass Tub out and again the winds were so strong that it was just to dangerous. We fished from the banks and caught about 15 bass with the best going 3 1/2 pounds. That’s the one I caught and am posing with that appeared to be in spawn mode. My son Joshua seen posing in most of the pictures had never really been bass fishing with lures only and did quite well, when he listened to me and slowed down his presentation. I tried spinner baits and jigs but had no luck. Most of the fish were caught on a wacky rigged Korean made robo worm with an inserted worm weight to make the rig get down quicker. The last day I fished with TK in his boat for several hours, again in the very frustrating winds and caught three good ones on a drop shot rig with the same robo worm as they just would not hit anything else. Again thanks to TK and Jerry for their generosity. We all had a great night of eating and drinking and just plain Ole Fishing Camaraderie. I was able to meet Hector the last day just as I was getting ready to go out with TK and he also seemed like a really nice guy. I heard he caught one that went over 4 pounds on a Texas Rigged Purple Brush Hog. Looking forward to the next trip to Andong. Up next is Deep Sea Fishing in Amyeongdo this Saturday for black rock bass. I’ll let you all know how we all did on the ocean when we get back.
I went fishing on the river 8 days ago, and here’s some photos from that trip, better late than never. I caught a total of 33 bass, with most over 14 inches and a few over 16 inches.
Here’s 2 shots of the biggest bass of the day, about 3 lbs
Here’s my engine stats at full speed on my HDS-12 display..
Tom was off today so I asked him to come fishing; he said he had to be back at the dock by noon because he had some stuff to take care of. I figured that if the fish were biting good, I could drop him off then head back out and if the fish weren’t biting, I’d just head on home as well. The river is still screaming along so we started out in the Marina lagoon and fished the big steps I fished earlier in the week, then we drifted for a while, looking for current breaks and eddies. Finally, we went up into the Red River and fished a shallow lagoon (about 6’ at the deepest) which used to be an old marina or something.
But first, here’s a Cardinal for you.
And how a bout a big old alligator gar?
Above, the pic-worthy fish we caught. The one in the first pic is a spotted bass, which I caught on a black 4” senko right at the big steps. Spots like current a lot more than LM bass and I was able to catch a few more smaller ones as we were drifting downstream. We caught all our other fish in the second lagoon and all fish were caught on either black or watermelon/red flake 4” senkos. The fish were holding extremely tight to cover, and depth didn’t matter. Some of the fish we caught were laying beside logs or in vegetation in about a foot of water and they wanted a slow presentation and were not overly aggressive. I do think that Tom now believes in the power of the senko because until he tied one on, he didn’t even have a bite but once he started fishing them, he caught several fish, with the one in the last pic being the biggest bass of the day.
At 11:45 the rain we weren’t supposed to get started coming down pretty good which made up my mind about whether to stay out there or not. I didn’t have my rain suit with me and it was a cold rain so we headed back to the ramp and packed up. All in all, a good ending to a good week. I got to do a bit of exploring in areas I hadn’t been to yet, got to try some new methods of fishing, and discovered that our marina lagoon has various species of fish in it. I still haven’t caught a crappie, hybrid or striper but they’ll come eventually.
As of last night, the forecast was for 12mph winds so I decided to leave the boat at home today and fish for crappie from shore. Of course, the marina lagoon was like glass almost the entire time I was out there LOL. I even went and bought some live minnows and was hoping to shake that crappie skunk. Not to be. Either that cold front we had shut them down or I was fishing the wrong depths/locations.
I also caught my first ever fish on a trout magnet. Once again, I was catching plenty of bream, mainly on live minnows and I also got a bonus skipjack. I only took pics of these fish because the same 2 guys who were catching a mess of crappie 2 days ago were there again today (they didn’t catch any either) and they were giving me the quizzical eye when I took a pic of a bream and I really didn’t want to get into long explanations about blogs and besides, all the bream I caught were about the size of the ones above so you get the idea. If I ever want to have a fish fry or take some young kids fishing for fun, I know just the place to go now.
I saw on the weather that we were supposed to have 16mph winds today so I headed out at the crack of dawn in the hope of getting a few hours of nice fishing weather before the wind kicked up. I already knew I was going to stay in the marina lagoon because for some reason, the TVA has the dams along the Cumberland river wide open and the river is more fit for white water rafting right now than it is for fishing.
This is what the ramp looks like at 6 in the morning on a weekday
Ha! You haven’t seen one of these in a while from me, have you. Nothing spectacular, but it is a sunrise pic and as you can see, the wind hadn’t picked up…yet.
Homes of the rich and famous.
You just knew there would be some kind of wildlife pics
I started out at the big concrete steps you see in one of the above pics, that is where the river current creates eddies and there are usually baitfish around too. And if you’re lucky, baitfish means predators as well. These white bass sure are a blast to catch if you can find them; they are aggressive and put up a heck of a fight.
The white bass stopped biting a bit after the sun came up all the way so I made a circle of the marina, to see if anything else was around. I kept having a lot of small hits on my senko but never connected. As I came around a bend by the boat slips, I saw 2 guys fishing from shore and they were cleaning up on nice-sized crappie so I broke out my ultralight and put on a small crankbait. I didn’t manage to catch any crappie but man oh man, did I ever get into the bluegill (I’m pretty sure that’s what was hitting my senko earlier). I had a fish on every 2nd or 3rd cast. Around 10 the wind really started kicking up bad so instead of getting aggravated trying to fight the wind, I called it a morning. I may head out again later this week with some crappie jigs to see if I can finally break that crappie skunk
The day didn’t start out very excellent, as there was a very heavy and thick fog which lasted till almost 9. I stayed in the marina lagoon and fished there but all I caught was a dink bass and a few small white bass. As soon as the fog started lifting, I headed upriver a few miles with the intention of slowly drifting back down with the current. That plan didn’t work out so well as the current was moving right along today, and once again, there were lots of logs floating in the water from the rains we got yesterday.
A couple of scenery pics. It turned into a beautiful spring day, with temperatures in the lower 70’s and best of all, no wind!
And of course, a post isn’t a post without some kind of wildlife pics, eh?
The current was so strong that I started thinking about a plan B; running back down river and finding a back bay or creek I could duck into to get out of the current because I wasn’t getting any bites along the laydowns and rocks bluffs I was fishing. It looked like the current wasn’t as strong on the other side of the river so I went across and started throwing a senko against the shore.
As I passed a downed tree, I threw my senko and something immediately grabbed it and took off, fighting like mad. I thought I had about a 3-pound largemouth on and I was very surprised to see that it was a decent white bass instead. I’ve never caught a white bass on a plastic worm before, they usually hit minnows, crankbaits and spinners. So I put on a blue/silver Little Cleo spoon and it was game on after that. On a stretch of shore of maybe 250 yards, I caught some of the biggest and fattest white bass I’ve ever seen. They were all between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 pounds and I caught close to 40 before they suddenly stopped biting. After that I caught a bonus skipjack herring. Around 3 boats started showing up as people got off work so I headed back to the marina and called it a day. Today was definitely one of the better days I’ve had fishing here. Those white bass are some hard fighters, and I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time, with the right lure .
Found a couple of pics of Ron up on stage after winning the recent tournament at Idong. Again, nice going Ron!!!
When you check the weather and they say “occasional showers,” that doesn’t sound too bad right? When I think of occasional showers, I think of intermittent rain. On and off. Well, Tom and I went out on Friday and it rained on us the first 6 1/2 hours we were out. And not just occasionally, either. I’m talking torrential downpours to where I had to run the bilge pump to get the water out of the boat. Fortunately, we both had on our BP rain suits so we did stay dry for the most part, but the bad news is that it was also very cold, and the bass were not in a biting mood. Tom caught one on a rattle trap, but it was raining too hard to even think about breaking out the camera at that time.
After the rain stopped and it was almost time to go home, I finally caught a pic-worthy one on a Senko. I also caught some white bass on a Little Cleo spoon but again, it was raining and I wasn’t about to break out the camera.
Someone is giving me the evil eye.
The weather report for Saturday said mild with sunny skies and a high of 65 so we went out again. It never got above 50 degrees and it was cloudy and windy all day and even started raining on us in the afternoon. And to make matters worse, we only had ONE bite all day, which came on a jerkbait. We talked to quite a few folks out on the water and everyone had the same story; the last few days, the fish just weren’t biting anywhere. Water temps are still around 49 degrees, not sure if that has anything to do with it.
I had a week off work this week, so decided that I would spend a full day on the Nakdong river near Busan. I started out about 7:30am on Thursday morning and finished about 4:00pm. I was catching bass steadily all throughout the day. The bass were mostly in the 12 ~ 14 inch sizes with a couple getting closer to 16 inches.
Here’s some photos.
I also captured a few screen shots on my HDS-12 Touch, some shots of the underwater structure, but mostly of my engine readings whilst running at full speed up and down the river.
And finally, I captured a bunch of video footage with my GoPro Hero 3 movie camera and threw together a short video from parts of the whole day. For some reason, I couldn’t get it to post here, but you can see it on my personal blog if you are interested ….. http://blog.naver.com/stevenbell69
Well, actually it’s a Striper: