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The long grind...

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The end result after a long grind... A monster perch on a 1/8 oz spinnerbait + swimbait trailer in seemingly hopeless conditions. I was fishing with Sunline Siglon 100% Fluorocarbon.

Conditions last Saturday were tough. I spent four long hours grinding it out at a local canal without having a single bite. All in all, I think I must have covered virtually the entire volume of water in the canal and left nothing untouched. But, when the going gets tough, and as they say, the tough gets going. The fishing was dead slow. And since the warming trend over the last weekend came to an abrupt stop, so did the bites. According to the forecast, there were actually multiple cold fronts and things didn’t look promising.

What are the odds? A big bite out in open water? Actually, I've caught two big perch at this spot over the past few seasons.

Despite the cold conditions, the canal seemed busy with boats cruising back and forth. If you’re fishing a canal that shallow, it’s the last think you’d wished for. Surprisingly, on practically the last few casts of the day, I had this one ‘big bite’ in seemingly open water. Something in the muddy water bit my spinnerbait and it felt big. I thought I must have hooked a decent size pike, but I was right damn wrong! That one big bite was actually a monster perch! By the looks of it, the fish was definitely over 40 cm. You can call that luck but I’d put it down to 90% luck and 10% skills. I just so happened to be at the right place at the right time. It was one hell of a perch!!!

The weather forecast for the past weekend. Fishing in multiple cold fronts anyone?

The bait that I was using consists of a 1/8 oz spinnerbait rigged with a swimbait trailer (with some modifications). I was fishing it with none other than Sunline (Siglon 100% Fluorocarbon, 10 lb test) which handles and casts like a dream, on my purple Daiwa Alphas 103 paired with a Palms Elua Molla ‘Searcher Fast Moving’ specific graphite baitcasting rod. But, unfortunately, I lost the bait the next day fishing near some snags. Over these years, I have learned not to get too attached to things, lures especially because if you not loosing lures in snags, you’re most probably not going to catch big.

No doubt one of my favorite, the Sunline Siglon 100% Fluorocarbon (courtesy of Nice Fish! Distribution UK)

The 'winning' bait of the day, now lost...

A long overdue service for my purple Alphas 103.

As for the purple Alphas, I had to strip it down for a service only to realize that it hasn’t had anything done to it since last spring. With some grease and lubrication here and there, the reel is as good as new now.

The end of the TV in the field, R.I.P...

And by the way, if you can still remember the TV which was left abandoned in a field nearby last week, it finally found a resting place, no thanks to some good soul cum parts scavenger.
[ 2013/03/11 20:38 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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