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My take on the new Daiwa Alphas SV 105SH

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My new Daiwa Alphas SV 105SH.

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The hi-speed 105SH is THE finesse worm/jig that I've been looking for.

After nearly 10 years in active field service, most recently August 2015 in Malaysia, I've finally sold my beloved Daiwa Alphas 103. Its replacement is the current, new Alphas SV 105 launched Spring 2015 in Japan. I'm a big fan of the original Alphas and the new Alphas SV is in every way, a worthy replacement. It even features a hi-speed 105SH model. To me, this is THE finesse worm/jig reel that I've been looking for.

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The stock 80mm handle makes way for a slightly longer 85mm Avail ESD aluminum handle.

This reel features a clicking drag-star that is made of plastic. The swept handle is nice but in my opinion 80mm is maybe a little too short for a hi-speed reel. So, I had mine replaced with a 85mm Avail ESD aluminum handle. The palming profile is nearly identical to the 103. The gear-side sideplate is highly relieved and more sculpted to save weight. The SV spool feels totally different to the old Magforce-V spool. It casts further, but is not easy to tame, especially in the beginning of the cast. For those who're familiar with the old Magforce-V or Magforce-Z spools, you'll need some time to fully tame the SV spool.

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The new Alphas SV features a clicking drag-star and a whole lot of other features such as the new SV spool and hi-speed worm drive.

If you haven't noticed, the Alphas SV 105SH features a hi-speed worm drive which in my opinion may be similar in terms of design to the Zillion PE Special. That is no doubt a very useful feature that actually prevents the line burying.

To find out more, check out TackleTour for a complete review.
[ 2015/10/25 21:41 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)

The Big Bass Zone: Football Jigs for Urban Ponds (Part 2)

Check out my latest article on football jig for urban bass (Part 2) on the Big Bass Zone website at http://thebbz.com/

Football jigs are truly versatile. To me, they are one of the most exciting, effective jigs for bass all year round, in shallow or deep water, anywhere in the world.

In this installment, allow me to share with you my perspective and tips on football jig selection and presentation styles for shallow water urban ponds during the prespawn period in Hangzhou, eastern China.

Check out my latest article on Bill Siemantel's The Big Bass Zone.

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I have caught bass in strange places but never one as bizarre as this floating restaurant in Hangzhou, eastern China.

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1/4-oz football jigs are my staple baits for urban pond bass.

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My local contact, John Jiang of Kimple Boats, China, caught a 4lb’er beneath one of those air conditioning compressor units on a 1/2-oz football jig.
[ 2015/06/16 21:28 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)

The Big Bass Zone: Football Jigs for Urban Ponds (Part 1)

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Check out my latest article on football jig for urban bass on the Big Bass Zone website at http://thebbz.com/

Check out my latest article on football jigs for urban bass fishing on http://thebbz.com/

The football jig, in my opinion, is a truly versatile lure for bass in urban waters. It's the one lure that you can use in deep, shallow, clear or muddy water and catch fish all year round. I've fished on urban ponds in France and China and I can tell you that there's always a jig fishing situation in urban, man-made environments.

In this article, I'm going to cover some basic jig fishing tips such as jig size, profile and color selection. In the next instalment, Part 2, we'll talk about presentation and retrieve styles.

So, if you heading out to that local pond, make sure you don't leave home without some football jigs in your tacklebox.

Thanks for reading.
[ 2015/06/04 19:57 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)

Lure Vision Magazine (January and February 2015): Hamburg Special

Surprise, surprise... I came home and found these magazines in my mailbox. Big thanks to editor-in-chief of Lure Vision magazine, Mr. David Wang. My cover stories for the months of January and February 2015 on tidal perch fishing in Hamburg, Germany are physically here at last.

I've said it before and I'll say it again... I've had a blast catching quality perch in Hamburg and I'm looking forward to fishing there again with my friend Dustin because we'd really smoked those perch, from shallow to deep water, on spinnerbaits and finesse Texas-rigged worms. Our strategy worked and we read the tide perfectly. Though we didn't catch a load of fish, we made sure we caught the right ones. Tidal perch fishing is totally unlike what I've experienced before and I really learned a lot during those few days.

All in all, I had a great time fishing with really nice, sincere and friendly people. Thank you all for sharing your awesome fishery.

Check out these pictures from my articles. Thanks for reading.

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My cover stories on Lure Vision magazine (January and February 2015) in collaboration with my friend and Hamburg young gun, Dustin.

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That's the best perch-catching spinnerbait I've seen (period). Dustin was catching perch that I just couldn't catch with my spinnerbaits.

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I really enjoyed fishing with Dustin and Dawid. In fact, Dawid caught a monster perch on one of my spinnerbaits, a couple of days after I'd left. I wished I'd stayed on longer.

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I caught this decent size tidal perch on finesse Texas-rigged 3.5" craw on a riprap bank.
[ 2015/06/03 20:08 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)

The Big Bass Zone: Finesse Fishing Muddy Ponds

Check out my new article on the revamped Big Bass Zone website at http://thebbz.com/.

Check out the new Big Bass Zone website at http://thebbz.com/.

What do you do when you're fishing for bass in muddy urban ponds? How do you get adjusted? What to look out for? Read all about my perspective on muddy water fishing here.

With the right approach, mindset and techniques, muddy water doesn't always equate to tough fishing conditions, not when the water temperature is predominantly warm during the summer months or if you're fishing in the tropics. To me, muddy water is a 'condition' that you just got to get yourself tuned in. I grew up fishing muddy water ponds and lakes, some with visibility so poor, that your bait literally vanish the moment it submerges and I can tell you that I've had some of the best memories on muddy water.

A solid 3lb muddy pond bass on weightless, Texas-rigged 4” Yum Dinger.

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Besides live bait, the 4” Yum Dinger has bailed me out of numerous super-tough conditions.

Releasing a fish so that other anglers get to catch it someday.

I often say, as an angler, you got to have confidence wherever you fish. Though Toulouse, France was where I cut my teeth bass fishing, I find bass fishing relates pretty well to snakehead fishing because I felt right at home on waters where bass live, wherever that may be. Bass fishing was like second nature to me and not even cold fronts or muddy water could hold me back on that very special day featured in this article.

I don't claim to be an expert on muddy water bass fishing then or now, but if you think you could pattern snakehead in muddy water, I'm sure you could do the same in bass fishing.

[ 2015/05/25 21:04 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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