Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bobs 10lb'er on a Patchinko

So as the title says, my mate Bob had his first double figure bass on a surface lure last week. Now Bob has had his fill of double figure bass in his life, and being the humble chap that he is, not many people know that the one he had last week was probably about his 40th double. I think I am right in saying his biggest is well over 14lb.

The day was going well even before the big fish, we both had a few on the surface, I found the Z-Claw was nailing them, but Bob jumped between the Z-Claw and Patchinko. The wind was picking up, then dropping off, making it awkward when setting the boat up for the drift, as we knew where the fish were but the wind seemed to be on the bass's side. Still we continued, and picked a fish out on every drift, which is great.

A nice 5 minutes gave me two bass in two casts.

4lb 3oz

And then one of 4lb 5oz next cast

We had about 9 bass in a frew hours, a nice mornings fishing, or should I say "bumbling".

Then this happened!!! In all the excitement I didnt take any photos, I cant believe I didnt take any, its really bugging me that I didnt and I feel really bad for it. We were so shocked, Bob and I had shaking knees for ten minutes after the bass was returned. We got it on video though, well most of it, the first initial run was about 60ft of high speed Van Staal clutch running like he had hooked a passing waterskier!! So enjoy the video.

Design a UK Plugging rod??

So, after a couple of years of selling Tenryu lure rods my very good friends at Ultimate-Fishing want me to design a rod or rods for the UK market!! They actually asked me a year ago, but I though at that time the range of red rods available was more than enough to cover what we need in this country.

But as time goes by is get guys asking me for a longer version of this, a shorter version of that and higher and lower casting ranges etc. So I think there maybe a rod or three needed for certain situations in the UK. Now I realise that without many people having held the full range of Tenryu rods it is hard for guys to comment on what is missing, but if there is anyone out there that seriously has a rod or length or action that they would like to see in production please get in touch with me.

Oh, and then we need to name it!!!