Monday, 22 November 2021
This afternoon my family and I made the three hour drive down to what I now consider my "spiritual home" of Indianola, Tx. For the past 4 years, we have mad it a tradition to spend the week of Thanksgiving somewhere on the coast. It now looks like Indianola will be host to this tradition for the foreseeable future.
Coming into Prime Time
Tuesday, 23 November 2021
The adults with babies season starts soon. In fact there are two times in the year when this happens most, although it’s possible to find them at all times of the year.
This past month and for the next 6 to 8 is the Wet Season. It can really pour. The lake rises 10 metres or more though this period. And as the water level starts to rise this sees a big spawning time for the snakehead. The eggs hatch after about 24 hours and both parents look after and rear their young.
For some reason it also happens again at the end of the Wet Season and mid March and for another 6 weeks is serous fishing for babies again.
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
I was planning a possible UK trip for Xmas but today, while renewing my visa and Malaysian work permit, I discovered that there are no blank pages left in my passport for a full page visa! Slight chaos, but nothing out of the ordinary. However if I can’t renew my long term visitor pass, then I can’t get back into Malaysia with the current travel entry restrictions. So this means I’ll be having another Xmas in Malaysia while I organise a new passport. Still the good news is that it will be another Snakehead Christmas and I’ll be around for hosting trips.
Thursday, 25 November 2021
I've been checking a few new-to-me shore locations around Tokyo bay over the last few weeks. Some of them are right in the city, like down by the Olympic village. Others are thankfully a bit out of the way. It's been fun, even if it has meant fewer fish than I might usually expect. This is the kind of situation where I don't mind blanking though. Each visit to a mark helps to build a picture of the area and what it's like at different tides. Of course fish are welcome, but I'm OK with some slow sessions if it means I can manage some more consistent success in future.
Pimp my landing net
Friday, 26 November 2021
You know what pimp my ride means, google translator knows also. Pimp my landing net is something what google translator don’t know, well it knows but meaning is not even close what I would like to have. Anyway that is headline. I have been looking landing net which would float from ring. It would be perfect to have fish there while getting camera, measure etc ready.
Learning to cast - getting better at it.
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Learning to cast is a necessity if you want to become a fly fisher - that’s obvious. How you choose to learn to cast is a personal choice. Some are fine getting on with it by themselves, some use YouTube, some use the internet, some read books (I think I know all 6 of them :-) and some choose to get instruction for a friend, a club or a qualified instructor (and some have friends that are qualified instructors). I clearly recommend the latter, because maybe the hardest part of learning and getting better, is seeing one’s own mistakes. A qualified instructor will expose the subtleties that cause problems quickly and will have methods to both practice them away and maybe even correct them in a few minutes.
Sunday, 21 November 2021
Tracy and I are just back from a couple of days fishing on the river Dee. Unlike a couple of weeks ago, the water level and clarity was perfect for both days, the fishing was still tough however. We decided to rent a cottage pretty much on the bank of the river as a birthday treat for Tracy, plus we wanted to try a restaurant in the area without having to drive home and back to get ready after the fishing (the meal was excellent).