I saw this posted on a Korean guys blog. Don’t know too many details, except it was caught today and it was over 50cm!!
This is from a few weeks ago, some guys from a local forum I check out going for striper at the Gallatin Steam Plant in Nashville:
There is a new Pro Bass Tournament League in Korea starting this year, making the total of 4. The new one is called LFA.
Three of these leagues (KSA, KBFA & LFA) are all fishing at Andong this year. This means that most weekends have a tournament at Andong. That’s going to put a lot of pressure on the fish
Here’s the Andong schedule…..
Ok, so it was a white bass…but a bass it was
As some of you may know, we have had some brutally cold, record-breaking temperatures here which have brought local water temperatures down into the 30s and lower 40s but Friday’s forecast was for a balmy 54 degrees so my friend and I headed down to the marina lagoon to see if the white bass were still in there and biting.
The fishing was tough. When we got there at 9, another boat was just packing up and they told us they had been fishing since around 5 and hadn’t caught a single fish and that the white bass had left the building. We cruised all over that lagoon, watching the electronics and whenever we saw what looked like fish, we threw various lures. We finally figured out that the white bass were still there, but with the low water temps (40 degrees), they were lethargic and not in a chasing mood. The only thing they would hit was a blade bait, fished super slow and I think we had to pretty much bring the lure right past their nose before they would hit it. Unfortunately, just as we thought we had a pattern down, my buddy developed some boat issues which cut our day short and we only ended up with 3 fish caught.
Today was my day off so with this beautiful weather, I headed out in search of white bass…and found them. I was cruising back and forth when I saw what looked like a school of fish near the bottom on my fish finder so I drifted a ways past that point and then started casting past the school and reeling back in. I was using a silver Blue Fox inline spinner and they were nailing it…but, I had to cast past them, let the lure sink to the bottom and then reel it in very slow, just fast enough to spin the blade. If I used a faster retrieve, they wouldn’t touch it. I also tried a Little George and a redeye shad and they wouldn’t hit either of those lures. I’m guessing I caught around 30 or so and then it started getting too crowded for me so I headed home. Water temps were around 48, and the water in the marina lagoon was slightly stained but not as bad as the main river. What a beautiful day to be outside on the water!
And here are a few scenery pics…
I was given the opportunity to fish on my buddy’s boat yesterday (my boat is still in the shop). Since the family and I are flying to Thailand on Thursday, this was definitely my last trip on the water this year.
I took just one rod with me and a box of jigs and trailer worms. I wanted to get some confidence in jig fishing and it worked out perfect. My buddy was fishing his dropshot and Texas rigs and he managed to catch 3 bass. With my jigs I caught 6 decent sized bass
The water temps were low, between 38~40 degrees and I was fishing the jigs slooooowly.
This bass below was the biggest of the day, at 40cm / 16 inch.
And this bass was about 15 inches, and my last bass of 2013.
Merry Christmas everyone, and all the best for the New Year. See you on the water…..tightlines!!
Here are some pics from my last 2 outings…I went out last Monday and the weather was just great but, all I caught was dinks the first hour or so and then I switched to my ultralight with a crappie magnet and caught even more dinks. That spotted bass sure gave me a heck of a fight on my 2 pound test line though.
I went out again today…"A high of 60" they said. "No rain till late afternoon" they said. You’d think I’d know better by now. But, the crappier the weather, the better the fishing and so it was today. Below are all the pics I was able to take because once the rain started (which is when the fish really started biting), I put my new camera away. And the reason I had to get a new camera was because I got my other one wet a while ago and water/dirt got under the lens and that’s (hopefully) not going to happen to this one. I caught 2 more bass about the size of the one in the below pic and a bunch that were smaller and all were caught on a green/chartreuse tube fished against the rock walls. The fishing was a bit slow until the rain started and then it was like someone turned on a switch…but I couldn’t stay out too long though because I started coming down with something yesterday and didn’t think staying out in that cold rain would be too good of an idea…
Last weekend was the last KSA tournament of the year, the 2 day Master Classic. After doing so poorly in the points this year, I was eager to have a good Master Classic. So I took Friday off of work to be able to travel to Andong early in the day and get everything ready for the early Saturday start.
Friday afternoon I get the boat in the water and try and fire it up and…….NOTHING!
Saturday morning, I got the local marine guy to look at it and he found the problem, the compressor had snapped off completely.
Luckily for me, the KSA Pros are really awesome and they organized a spare boat for me to use. I was 2 hours late starting, so I had some catching up to do. Luckily, the bass were biting all day.
In true Nomad style, here’s some scenery shots of the leaf color changes.
I had a decent starting number (#12), but it didn’t make a difference due to my motor issues. Here’s some random shots.
Sunday, day 2.
First photo below is the full KSA squad on Sunday morning before the tournament start. Second photo is me in my rental boat (which was a FAST boat indeed, reached 70mph easily).
One of my bass spat out this half eaten bait fish out in the livewell, probably cost me a few grams, lol.
Overall, over the 2 days, I weighed in 10 bass for over 6,300 grams that was good enough for 23rd place overall.
Oh well, there’s always next year, lol.
A couple of us headed down to Dadaepo near Pusan for some once a year amberjack fishing. We had a great time and some beautiful weather to go along with it. In all we caught about 50 amberjacks and lost probably about the same amount at the boat, thanks to the boat captain refusing to use a net to bring them in. We also had a surprise and caught four mahi mahi, which I had no idea existed in Korea. This is a two month time frame when the amberjacks come to Korea and then magically disapear. The last photo is us celebrating our victorious and great day. Happy veteran day to all our military.
Today, my goal was to fish for bass for about an hour, and then switch to fishing the Crappie Magnet for panfish. We had a cold front come through which dropped the temperature by about 20 degrees, plus two days of rain so with bluebird skies today and high pressure, I figured it would be easy to stop fishing for bass after an hour since they wouldn’t be biting anyway. Well, as usual, I was wrong because I must have caught around 15 bass just in the first hour but only one was of decent size; the rest were all smaller. I followed the plan though, and broke out the ultralight, with a 3/16 oz. Crappie Magnet jighead and fished that for the rest of the day. And what a beautiful day it was, again. Fall is definitely here.
And below, a bass, a catfish and one of the bluegill. The bass was caught on a Senko, the catfish and bluegill on the Crappie Magnet. I caught a ton of bluegill; the one in the pic was the average size I was catching so I still haven’t figured out where the slabs are hiding but they sure were slamming that Crappie Magnet…I was fishing it under a bobber and slowly twitching it; most people don’t use a bobber and slowly drag it across the bottom but where I was fishing, there were too many rocks and I kept getting snagged and losing my lure so a bobber it was.
I love this time of year when the steam is rising off the water in the morning, the humidity is gone and the air is crisp. The weather was so nice today, I wouldn’t have minded getting skunked – which I almost did, by the way because I wanted to break the spinnerbait curse and spent the first hour throwing nothing but a spinnerbait with nothing to show for it. So the curse is still intact. By the time I put the spinnerbait down, the sun was starting to hit the water and the bites were far and few between. We also had a cold front roll through earlier in the week which lowered the temperature by 20 degrees.
Was today a nice day or what? Maybe if I spent more time fishing and less time gawking at the scenery I’d catch a few more
And here are the only pic-worthy bass of the day; I was back at the ramp before 10 because I have some errands to run today but still, a very nice morning indeed.
Here’s some photos of my Maggiolina AirTop roof tent. This is what I use for my fishing weekends at Andong or any other place.
Link to the main website – http://www.autohomeus.com/rooftop/maggiolinaAir.php
These first three photos are the day I fitted it on my car.
This what it looks like when it’s packed away and for travelling.
And here’s me testing it out at a camping ground.
It’s big enough to sleep two adults comfortably and at 6 foot 1 inch I can lay out straight with a little bit of room to spare. It comes with a comfortably mattress and two pillows. I just added a new goose down quilt for the cooler months. It takes about 30 seconds to set up and about 1 minute to put away.