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Tidal Assault (Part 2) Continuing from where we left off, we devoted the morning and early afternoon fishing two irrigation channels on the south bank, notably the 3ft deep shallow water bank cover and culverts.

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“Yeongsan River Tidal Assault (Part 2)” Continuing from where we left off, we devoted the morning and early afternoon fishing two irrigation channels on the south bank, notably the 3ft deep shallow water bank cover and culverts. – Fishingboy

The results were pretty encouragin­g from the get-go. The majority of bites occurred tight to shoreline cover. The biggest fish we caught in the irrigation channel was 47cm in length. A fun fact to share, I actually caught the fish while we were reversing out of the channel.

Outside the channel, however, it was a different story. Despite numerous attempts, we could not get dialled-in on areas where schools of carp were staging and getting ready to spawn. Even more bizarrely, the frog bites were totally absent on any of the matted vegetation.

For that reason, we wasted no time and left the area to head for another waypoint about twenty minutes away where I was able to pattern similar areas with positive results. I was fishing a finesse punch rig on what looked to me like sparse matted vegetation and caught a 46cm bass. We did not catch any giants but had fun catching decent size fish from the shoreline cover.

Bass fishing in tidal waters

Deep-water cranking

Following that, we headed upriver on another long run, which took about thirty minutes to an area primarily consisting of bluff stone banks. Compared to areas downstream, especially the Geumgang-Ri areas, the water quality upstream was, in my opinion, a lot better. In some of the images, you will notice the change in water conditions, from muddy to a greenish tint.

Unlike areas downstream where we were fishing in predominan­tly shallow muddy water, the areas around the bluff banks were deeper and the water was clear and the fishing was totally different. Instead of beating the bank vegetation, we would be fishing deep crankbaits.

When it comes to deep crankbaits, the first thing that comes to my mind is B.A.S.S Elite Series pro, Kevin VanDam. He is the all-time highest prize money winner on the pro-circuit and one of the best in the business when it comes to crankbaits, especially deep crankbaits such as his signature series Strike King KVD 10XD. If you had never seen this bait before, go check it out. In my opinion, the 10XD is the king daddy of deep crankbaits.

I rarely fish crankbaits, let alone deep crankbaits and I have to agree that the 10XD in the capable hands of Mr. Kang was truly an eye-opening experience for me. The 10XD dives 25’ plus deep on light line and it is the bait for bass in deep-water that will not react to other baits.

Mr. Kang caught a load of fish in the 2 to 3lb range on his 10XD that day. I ended up fishing badly and had problems getting adjusted to fishing deep-water. In a positive way, I was basically a spectator at the back of the boat during those couple of hours while Kang was pulling in fish after fish on his awesome 10XD that he bought in Japan.

Tackle tips

Before I talk about the tackle tips that I wish to share, I want to highlight that the bass fishing on the Yeongsan River is all about patterning. When I was there during the summer of 2016, the fishing in the southern tributarie­s was predominan­tly about flipping and punching in bank vegetation. On the north tributarie­s, however, the fishing is more diverse. In addition to cover fishing along the banks, there were deep ledges that fished really well on deep crankbaits.

For most of the day, I was fishing a tried and true Texas-rigged 8” Zoom Magnum Lizard. I rigged the bait on a Matzuo 3/0 offset worm hook with a tungsten 3/8oz

punching sinker. The bank vegetation was not remarkably dense and I was able to punch through cover with a 3/8oz sinker with ease. I was using 15lb-test Sunline Siglon 100% Fluorocarb­on on my Daiwa Tatula 702MHFB worm/jig rod and high-speed Steez 100SH 7.1:1 baitcastin­g reel.

My host, Mr. Kang, however, caught most of his fish on deep crankbaits upriver in deep ledges. His preferred setup for deep crankbaits such as the Strike King KVD 10XD starts with a Bixod B315c (CB611M) crankbait series rod, by JS Company Rods of South Korea, that is paired with a Shimano Metanium 6.2:1 baitcastin­g reel. He uses 14lbtest Sunline Shooter FC Sniper BMS that contains color visual bite indication.

River fishing challenges

All in all, our day on the Yeongsan River was remarkably positive. We caught a load of keeper size (38cm) bass, 2lb’ers and even 3lb’ers in various fishing conditions. I learned a load of new stuff on what was actually my first real experience on a tidal river bass fishery. All in all, it was the numbers game as we could not locate or catch any big bass above 2kg.

Tidal fisheries are always tough, but they are also outstandin­g in many ways. I adapted well to most of the cover fishing situations, but fell short when it comes to crankbait fishing in deep-water in areas upstream. No doubt, I will be looking forward future opportunit­ies where I could put those valuable lessons learned to good use, hopefully soon.

Stay tuned for more exciting stories from South Korea in next month’s SA Bass. Thank you for reading. Fish hard, fish well and god bless.

Acknowledg­ements

A big thank you to all my sponsors for their support and contributi­on:TCE Sports Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia) Nice Fish! Distributi­on (UK) Bitez (Singapore) SportyFish (Singapore)

 ??  ?? The Texas-rigged 8” Zoom Magnum Lizard was the deal of the day for me
The Texas-rigged 8” Zoom Magnum Lizard was the deal of the day for me
 ??  ?? The Yeongsan River delta is a tough but extremely awesome place to fish
The Yeongsan River delta is a tough but extremely awesome place to fish
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 ??  ?? Quality improves with each cast on the 10XD for Mr. Kang
Quality improves with each cast on the 10XD for Mr. Kang
 ??  ?? Mr. Kang caught most of his big bass on a deep ledge upriver
Mr. Kang caught most of his big bass on a deep ledge upriver
 ??  ?? Mr. Kang fishes the shaded part of the ledge where the water is about 8m deep
Mr. Kang fishes the shaded part of the ledge where the water is about 8m deep

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