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!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

IGFA 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees/ Larry Dahlberg

The IGFA ( International Game Fishing Association) recently announced their inductees to the IGFA Hall Of Fame.  Included in these inductees is friend Larry Dahlberg.  Many know Larry from his television show "The Hunt For Big Fish".  This is one of the few shows where multiple species throughout the world are shown.  Not just the same old show after show of bass or walleye fishing!  Larry has fished in over 80 countries catching a wide variety of species. Larry along with friends from Shimano helped put La Zona on the map when he was guided years ago by Hector Bradanini. I still have numerous articles Larry wrote in "In-Fisherman" magazine years ago. To this day, the La Zona episode is my favorite
on his TV show.   He was inducted into the Freshwater Hall of Fame in 1996.  Joining Larry into the Hall of Fame this year is bass fisherman, Rick Clunn, Billfisherman Peter Fithian, Light tackle angler, Mike Levitt, and billfish biologist Dr. Eric Prince.  Over the past few years I have been able to meet, become friends,  and discuss fishing with Larry.  Congratulations to Larry and the other 2017 IGFA Hall of Fame inductees!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

TFD BIG FISH RODS

Recently I had the opportunity to test out the new TFD Big Fish spinning rods made by Temple Fork Outfitters.  These rods were designed by Larry Dahlberg who is known for his "Hunt For Big Fish" television show.  I was given the 8 ft 6 in 2 piece rods in power strengths of #2, #3, and #4.  The target species on this test was Giant Trevally out in the Indian Ocean out of the Islands of Maldives.
I teamed the rod up with a Daiwa Saltiga 6500H spinning reel spooled with 80 lbs Momoi Diamond Braid.  The rods were found to be extremely light which made casting comfortable in 100 deg temperatures.  The handles allow for both hands to be used to load up the rod to make extra long casts.  They are quite powerful and can handle about anything that swims in my opinion.  When I visited with Larry at the Chicago Sportshow, he held the tip to the floor and told me to pull up on the rod with all my strength in an attempt to break it.  The rod won!!  My favorite was the #3 which had no problem casting heavy stickbaits up to 6 oz.  The handles are made out of premium cork which again saves on weight.  As of today these rods are not yet available.  I believe a 9 ft rod in the same power strengths will be available soon.
The casting rods are available.  I did not try these out but have a 7 ft 6 in model Mag 3 ready to battle golden dorado on my next visit to La Zona and perhaps to battle Yellowcheek on my upcoming trip to China.  The casting rods are also 2 pieces.  They are available in lengths of 7ft 8in, 8ft, 8ft 6in, 9ft, and 9ft 6in.  Larry has a patented rubberized Comfort Trigger handle on them.  Both rods utilize Temple Fork's high modulus carbon fiber blank material.  These rods are again very light which will allow extra long casts throughout the day without get wore out!
I am sure that both the spinning model and casting models can handle the brutal punishment of a multitude of fresh and saltwater monsters!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

IGFA changes on line class records

Effective April 1, 2017, the IGFA (International Game Fish Association) has announced changes in their recognition of line class records.  The potential record catches will now be required to meet a minimum ratio between the weight of the fish and the line class category.  For line class records up to 10 kg, the weight of the catch must be at least 1/2 that of the line class.  For example a fish entered in the 10 kg line class must weigh at least 5 kg.  For line class records greater than 10 kg, the fish must be equal to, or greater than the line class  For example a fish entered in the 20 kg line class must weigh at least 20 kg.  Records previously announced prior to the rule change will remain intact with an asterisk next to the record catch.  For those of you who are record seekers, make sure to know the rules beforehand!