A day of Firsts (Lesson in depth)
Today was my first-day with my new Airstage 340. Today was my first-day using Mummy Worms. Today was also my first-day ultra light (pseudo) worm fishing. **Quick note on the air stage. The air stage 340 is an amazing do it all seiyru rod and on sale for $130, I think it is the best rod for the money on the site right now.**
To say the least, today was a day of many firsts. So randomly I choose to get some exercise in, I decided to ride my bike to the dead lake to try out the new Air Stage and the Mummy Worms, after an hour of not even a nibble I almost gave up. I was using about 10 feet of 3.5 level line, three feet of tippet and one of the extra hooks that come in the owner keiryu rig kits. Normally I just fish plain keiryu or tenkara, but honestly, the fish I go for are so picky even great flies have a low success rate.
Moderately bummed because I thought the Mummy Worms would be an answered prayer (keep reading) I decided to hit the nearby creek for a few, prior to my departure. Again no success... my worms would slowly descend and not even a nibble with either the green or orange worms. Not wanting to give up I decided that maybe the problem was not in the bait I was using, but in the way it was being fished. I decided to give it a twitch every so often but had no success. Finally, I said, you know what, I am gonna get that bait to the bottom of the creek with a split shot. Instant fish.... lesson for the day.... You can have the right rod, bait, location, conditions, but if your depth is not where the fish are, you could come out with nothing. So I was still using a pseudo ultra light rig and the fish began to came and a none day was turned into a many.
You may be surprised to read this, but I have pretty much exclusively caught brim and other small panfish with my tenkara rods, whether I was using flies or red wigglers. Well, today that changed, as my first fish on my 340 was my first ever tenkara large mouth bass. Additionally, somehow I hooked a freshwater catfish (also a first) on its back. Fighting a small catfish on a seiryu rod was exciting, to say the least. Both green and orange Mummy Worms provided hits quality. Not only should you buy the Mummy Worms, but you should buy an air stage 340 while they are still available.
Walk softly and carry a long stick. - Teddy Roosevelt (almost)
Tenkara has no strict rules. Enjoy tenkara in your own way.
- Eiji Yamakawa
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin