Sunday, July 9, 2017

JACKALL GANTAREL

Besides fishing, one of my other hobbies is collecting fishing lures.  Having a "tackle store" in my basement, I have thousands of lures for multiple species.  While fishing for Yellowcheek on my recent trip to China, despite my low catch rate, I predominately used the Jackall Gantarel and Gantarel Jr. lures.  These are jointed body lures representing bluegills.  With a steady retrieve they swim slow and natural, or give it a twitch and the lure turns 180 degrees sometimes triggering a strike.  The body has a wire through harness with rotating hook and natural looking pectoral fins. On a steady retrieve the lure dives about 3 feet.   They come with feathered hooks, but I replaced them as I deemed them not very strong.  Am anxious to see if these lures can hold up to the fierce golden dorado of La Zona.

Friday, July 7, 2017

La Zona News

With water levels coming back to normal, fishing for golden dorado in the zone has been fantastic according to La Zona Lodge owner, Hector Bradanini.  Numerous dorado exceeding 40 pounds were landed the first weekend in July.  After a conversation with Hector regarding other options from La Zona Lodge,
it was decided that an option to fish for huge surubi catfish can be added to your trip.  A possible schedule would be to fish golden dorado inside La Zona for 4 days then fish for the surubi outside the zone for 2 or 3 days.
 This would take place during the good season for surubi which is July and August.  For more information contact Giulianabradanini@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

FISHING ARGENTINA

Now is the time to start planning your dream fishing trip to Argentina.  Monster golden dorado which are mean as hell are available on the Uruguay and Parana Rivers.  La Zona Lodge which is located in the town of Concordia offers the largest dorado on earth during the months of January through May then good fishing again mid September through December.  During the months of July and August, La Zona Lodge can set you up at a chance of a monster surubi catfish of your dreams.  I have fished here numerous times and dorado over 40 pounds are caught daily and perhaps a 50 pound will be caught during your stay.  I have fished La Zona each year since it opened to sportfishing and it is as good now as the first year I went.  This past January I landed two monster dorado exceeding 50 pounds!  There definately are dorado swimming around exceeding 60 lbs!!!The bookings go fast so act now before it is too late.
The most famous dorado outfitter on the Parana is Matias Pavoni.  I have known Matias and his wife Fany for many years.  Matias was a wonderful guide years ago at La Zona and definately can put you on big dorado.  He has since established his own guiding service and lodging out of the town of Corrientes.
In Southern Argentina in the famous Patagonia Region the best rainbow trout fishing on earth is available.  Jurassic Lake Lodge sits on Lago Strobel where thousands of double digit rainbow trout swim.  You have a decent chance at a rainbow exceeding 20 pounds during your stay.  The season beings in the Argentina Springtime and last until their winter months.  I have fished here numerous times and the fishing has been fantastic.
Argentina has rapidly become my favorite destination worldwide.  The people are very friendly, the beef is world class, and the fishing is beyond belief!  Make sure to spend a few days in Buenos Aires during your visit.
Write me if you need any information on any of the destinations mentioned above and I can put you in touch with the owners of the operations!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

YELLOWCHEEK IN CHINA

On June 2 I took Air Canada out of Chicago via Toronto to Shanghai China to fish for Yellowcheek Carp.  3 other friends from Chicago met me at the Shanghai Airport along with a representative from the fishing lake where we would fish for 4 days.  We rode in a comfortable van about 2 hours to a 5 star hotel, www.tey.sh.cn.  After unpacking and getting a much needed rest we took a golf cart about 5 min from the hotel to Mingzhu Lake where the big Yellowcheek swim.  Mingzhu Lake is a very small, shallow body of water which was originally a tributary of the Yangtze River's esturary then embanked into a lake in the early 1970s.  We fished out of very comfortable bass boats powered by 60 hp Mercury outboards.  The 2 areas of concentration on the lake is where there are flows of water which is on the north and south side.  This flow attracts bighead carp which is the main diet of the Yellowcheek.  The lures of choice were approx.. 6 in swimbaits such as the Jackall Gantarel and Gantarel Jr.  Fishing was on the slow side, however
, I did land a Yellowcheek and a Stargazer.  One in the group had did very well with Yellowcheek est. around 100 and 70lbs.  I have no clue as to why they are called "carp" as they have large pointed mouths with large V shaped tails which give them tremendous speed.  The last day of our trip I had an extremely large Yellowcheek exploded on my Gantarel but however did not get hooked.  During the stay I found the Chinese people to be some of the friendliest folks I have encountered.  They are extremely hard working people. I did not see the military presence nor the poverty areas we often of American Television.  If I did not know better I would have thought I was fishing in NW WI due to the numerous Pine Trees surrounding the lake.  The weather was not extremely hot with temp probably in the mid 80s.  We did have some rain during the stay.
 We had no problems whatsoever going through customs in China.  Hopefully someday I get the opportunity to return to attempt to catch the one that got away.  Will definately practice with some chop sticks too!! Believe me that American Chinese Food is nothing like "Chinese Food"!!!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

GOLIATH TIGERFISH

I was recently introduced by friend, Etan Zimmet, about a book on Goliath tigerfish.  Author, Douglas Dann, wrote "The Largest Tigerfish in the World" The Goliath".  In the book, Dann discusses the history of the goliaths with top records, best lures, places and when to go after these beasts.  The best place Dann states is in the Congo which at this time is quite dangerous.  Since taking a trip to Tanzania for tigerfish, catching a goliath is a dream which hopefully will come true one day.  A missionary from my church currently preaches in the Congo.  Hopefully one day I get the chance to ask him about fishing for the goliaths.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

JURASSIC LAKE/ LAGO STROBEL REPORT FOR END OF APRIL

Friend, Terry McBrayer, had the opportunity to fish for monster rainbow trout out of Jurassic Lake Lodge, Argentina. during the last week of April.  Jurassic Lake a.k.a Lago Strobel is located in the Southern end of Argentina's Patagonia region.  Here, the largest rainbow trout on earth swim.  Terry reports the water was very low and did not fish in the Rio Barrancoso which flows into Jurassic located a short walk from Jurassic Lake Lodge. However the fishing was fantasic near the river mouth according to Terry.  McCloud River rainbow smolt were introduced into Jurassic back in 1989.  These wild rainbows had the perfect environment to grow to huge sizes, no predators and ice cold water full of an unlimited food supply.  Terry's 87 years old friend landed a huge rainbow pushing the scales at 22 lbs.  Terry says he did not hear of a rainbow under 10 lbs being landed at the mouth of the Barrancosco.  I can attest to the size of these rainbows having fished out of Jurassic Lake Lodge the past 2 years and already have booked for 2017.  For more information you can always contact me at doradokiller.hotmail.com or contact Jurassic Lake Lodge owner, friend Carlos at carlos@jurassiclakelodge.com

Saturday, April 29, 2017

VENICE REDFISH

With Spring finally here many are looking to book a trip for monster fish in a new environment.  Venice, LA offers some of the best redfish action on earth.  Numerous bull reds in excess of 40 lbs swim in these waters.  Venice is about a 2 hrs drive from New Orleans.  The top go to guy out of Venice is Capt. Keith Kennedy who operates Born To Fish Charters.  Capt. Keith has been guiding for big bull reds for many years and keeps on the action as to where the top producing areas are.  Many friends have fished with Capt. Keith and return each year for some of the best fishing action they have experienced worldwide.  Keith offers packages which include everything even  your fishing license.  The Capt. also is a great cook so expect to really enjoy some of the blackened redfish and other great seafood dishes.  Capt. Keith books fast but has a few prime openings still available.  Having had to opportunity to fish the earth, Capt, Keith offers one of the best deals available at a fraction of the cost as some of the International destinations.  You can contact me and I can hook you up with Keith if you need more info on how to get into the best bull redfish action on earth!