TenkaraBum Challenge - Creek Chub
by Alan Luecke
(Kansas City, MO)
Well I was in chub town but they were out on break. I was using a plain size 14 Killer Bugger and getting very little action. I caught a few small green sunfish and eventually a Longear and a small chub. I went a bit further upstream to check out one last hole and found two channel catfish cruising the bottom. I cast the big Killer Bugger to them for a half hour with absolutely no response. I switched to a size 12 beadhead with the same result. Very frustrating since I caught a catfish out of that hole last year (maybe one of those).
As I headed back down stream I kept casting the beadhead size 12 and everything lit up.
I caught a couple more Longear Sunfish and Creek Chubs left and right including this big one. Notice the short bony horns on his head. Who knows if the beadhead made any difference or if it was just time to go back to work.
It's been a great day. I was hoping for any bass of any size and this big guy was a real treat. I accomplished my goals but the usual suspects have just about been rounded up.
Things are not going to come so fast from here on out.
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
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.