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peg101

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  1. As some of you may know i fish some big lakes in Japan. Until now i`ve been casting from the bank but my fishing friend recently bought an inflatable dingy, electric motor and sonar/GPS unit to step things up a bit. We kitted ourselves out with some safety gear like life jackets (my friend went for a pull cord gas cylinder type that isn`t restrictive, i went for a restrictive foam type as i figured this would be safer if i went in unconscious), whistles and flashing head lights and we`ve been on 2 sessions with the boat. I thought i would share my initial experiences as it wasn`t all plain sailing! lol Good points: 1. You can obviously place baits where it would be very difficult or impossible to cast to. 2. You can put (a lot of) bulk feed/bait onto spots where it would otherwise be very difficult or impossible to cast to. 3. You can put more than 1 rod onto the same spot accurately at range. 4. You can use much thicker/heavier lines than you can when casting. 5. You can free snagged fish by getting over the top of them. I freed 2 big fish in this way. Bad points: 1. The boat is another thing to carry and put up / take down / clean. 2. Battery life (for the motor) is a problem and deep cycle marine batteries don`t charge quickly. 3. Other boat users such as bass anglers and water skiers can wipe you out whilst your line is settling (if you are really unlucky) or whilst you are fishing. This can cost you a lot of line and leave a baited rig out. 4. Lines can cross or wrap together when put out parallel due to human error, with the wind/tow or when a fish runs. This becomes a real problem to sort out. 5. The line can catch/wrap around the motor propeller and you won`t find out until you are back into shore. 6. You don`t understand what the bottom is like as you can with a lead/marker float. I tried `donking` a la Kevin Ellis but it didn`t do much for me. Dragging a marker float mainly ended up dragging the boat. 7. Winding in is hard work, even with the largest reels. 8. The slightest wind makes things much more difficult in terms of placing the baits on the right spot and keep a straight line to the bank. Lessons learnt: 1. If there are 2 of you, towing the rigs out is best as you can get great line lay. The main line / leader should be wrapped around something on the boat……you need to remember which line is which rod so that you don`t cross the lines over! 2. If you are on your own or if there is no wind, towing the rods back is best or the line gets all over the place (i understand The Tackle Box sells something to solve that which i need to investigate). Real precision wasn`t required for me on one occasion and so i would get to about 20m short of the point and then cast from the boat to make sure there was good separation between the baits/lines. Obviously, you need to make sure you have enough line on your reel to get back to the bank!! This can be difficult to judge once your perfectly filled spool has been ravaged by a bass man in a speed boat! 3. I actually found the motor quite stressful. It is easier to maneuver with oars, you don`t have the battery concern with oars and there is no chance of wrapping the line around the prop when rowing. The motor is great once you are off the drop spot and on the way back though. 4. Rowing is difficult to get used to and it is hard to go straight or to compensate for the wind. In a chop, sometimes one oar doesn`t go all the way into the water, making that side/stroke weaker, taking you off course. 5. Walkie-talkies are essential for communicating with the guy on the bank about when to take up the slack or which way to go when you are rowing with your back to the direction of travel. 6. The GPS function of the fish finder (i guess you could use a mobile as well?) is essential for getting back to spots. This was more valuable than the other functions such as depth and temp! Even bright orange markers can be difficult to see in a chop in the day time when you are right over them, never mind at night! 7. Dropping a small back lead half way out (or in) helps get the line down quickly out of the way of other boaters. 8. Using big (6oz) leads gives you confidence in using really tight lines to bring in bows/slack line. Even with the lead clip tail rubber pushed right on these were ejected on the take/run. 9. Keeping the rod tips high (to avoid margin weed / rocks and to move the line entry point further out) and using really heavy swingers helped to bring in bows/slack line. 10. The rigs and any bags / stringers / foam should be clipped on and placed in a bucket with the lead so that when you are out over the water all you have to do is drop the lot over the side. Even clipping on a rig takes a little time and in that time the wind can take you off your spot. 11. Setting GPS markers between the bank and your spot helps guide you in and out. Having a light on the bank helps guide you in at night. I`ll definitely be buying my own boating set up and doing this again. Please feel free to share your boating experiences and tips!
  2. Here is part 9.....
  3. Here is part 8.....
  4. Here is part 7. I`m part way through editing Part 8 so that won`t be long now either.....
  5. Mouths were all good. A couple had torn dorsal fins but i don`t think they see the bank very often, if ever. Part 6 is up now. This has lots of fish including the fish from thumb nail picture at 20kg. It is a bit longer than the others as well as i got a lot of the carnage on the video glasses / camera. There are a couple of screaming takes in there as well. http://youtu.be/gNs-zs4Q26A
  6. Part 5 is up now with a couple of big fish in it......
  7. We used a long spoon in Chris` peg as there was nothing in his mix to bind it but chucking in mini-football sized balls was much faster for me. I think i`m going to Yogo next weekend, not sure if it will be the Friday night after work or on Saturday morning yet. Guess i`ll see you there.
  8. Part 4 is up now, there are some fish in this one! It will take me longer to get the next parts up as I was editting the first parts whilst i was fishing and the next parts are still raw footage.
  9. Carpy James, i used peanuts for the last 2 years but didn`t use them this year as they are another thing to prepare, are quite expensive to buy and don`t bind the mix like pellets can. Later in this session I was letting the pellets break down so that i could just ball up the mix. Whilst there are some sea bass, these lakes don`t have a bass bass / blue gill problem like other lakes do (yet!). And i`m not worried about getting cleaned out by those fish; the hera-buna are more of a problem to be honest but must be helping to keep the peg clean. I thought that bass were an invasive species in Japan and couldn`t be reared or stocked here?
  10. Thanks for the feedback. I`ve just uploaded part 3, this has a whole section on the pre-baiting.
  11. carp on the pole

    When I matched fished I would often target carp on the pole using boilies; it was very effective on venues like canals where you needed to drop in right next to trees or rushes. There are some very strong cheap poles available now and you can use very strong gear which is more than a match for double figure carp. That said, if there is open water, you will struggle with very big carp as they will bottom out your elastic and then something will let go; usually this will be the hook or line but I once pulled the bung that the elastic is attached to through the pole section! If they are close enough you are better of with a long telescopic rod called a bolognese rod (used for float fishing at range in Italy) with a pole float. I wonder whether a rod builder would make a specialist carp rod of 7 or 8m with a decent TC for fishing like this?
  12. .......not sure what happened to the end of that post. I'm going to guess that Apple's incompatibility with anything none Apple has thwarted me again (I'm finding I-movie painful if you can't guess). I'd welcome any constructive feedback on the films before I get too far into editting the remaining footage. I can't do much about the wind noise, car noise or footage itself but I can edit it differently .
  13. OK, here are the first 2 parts: I`d appreciate any feedback on these as, whilst there is
  14. I`ve just got back from a 10 day session which was the end of around 1 month`s activity on the Mikata 5 Lakes area in Japan. It was a fantastic campaign with a new weight PB (20kg), 2 x 40s and 10 x 30s caught. As the fishing deteriorated for the last few days I moved around the big lake and then finally to Lake Yogo for 1 night and managed 5 bites from there for another 3 x 30s! I`ve moved from a written style of blog to a The-Carp-Catcher/Jim Shelley/Kevin Ellis video format and I`m uploading the first 2 parts to You Tube now. These 2 parts are me basically fishing around the Mikata lakes whilst preparing a swim for my holiday. I think part 3 will be a bit of an instructional/info focused film on the pre-baiting and with footage from around the lakes. I need to edit the rest of the camera and video glasses footage together to make the remaining parts and I think that is going to take me quite some time! I`ll try and get 1 uploaded per week. My intention, as always, was to give an impression of carp fishing in Japan and whilst I`ve managed to do this to a certain extent, the fishing was unbelievable and nothing like carp fishing in Japan is normally!
  15. My wife bought me a Sony Cybershot digital camera for my birthday (can't remember the model number and it is the car but I think it is DSC-WX170). It is a fairly standard point and press camera and doesn't have a flip out screen that you can see when holding the fish. It does have good features, namely 'smile shutter' and wifi connectivity. Firstly the wifi......this is good as you can connect the camera to your smart phone or tablet and very quickly copy photos from your camera to your device. Also your device can become a camera remote where the result apprears on your phone so you can get yourself into the best position. Secondly, the smile shutter; there are 3 different levels of smile all of which basically work in good conditions. Occassionally I've had trouble setting it off and have ended up contorting my face to get it to take. The function seems to rely on eye shape more than smile. Sunglases are certainly impossible. The mirror carp (my first in Japan!) below was particularly difficult to get due to the darkness but I got there. In good conditions the function takes photos freely and so you get 'extra' photos as you are moving the fish and your face matches the smile profile. I would certainly recommend this kind of function. Here are a few examples of different conditions and difficulties:
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