Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Juan, Yuki, & Me Yesterday

Juan and I met Yuki at the usual North Shore spot at Lake Camanche yesterday about 9:45. We fished 6 rods between us with a plethora (I love that word) of bait and lures to no avail.

Then disaster struck. I was throwing the Magic bullet lure when there was a loud snap and the Magic Bullet lure landed about 100 feet out in the lake. I immediately noticed that it was no longer attached to my little Okuma (#2). OK, I can get past that, but when I started to restring the rod, I barely (barely) touched the tip and that sucker broke right off. My beloved little Okuma was tipless and therefore useless for casting lures or anything else. 

At Noon we decided to try the Trout Pond since they stocked (see the last post) last Friday.

Between the time we got there and when we left around 2:30 Juan got one hit and I had one on a pink Kastmaster, but that was it. 

So, replacement of my little Okuma was in order. I made the mistake of telling my wife that I broke the tip and would need to get another rod. I was quickly informed that that wasn't going to happen because I already had too many fishing rods. What fisherman has too many fishing rods?

So being the good husband I am the first thing I did this morning was drive to Big 5 Sporting Good (where I got the little Okuma a couple years ago) and see if I could find another one. Those guys have banking hours. I got there at a little after 9:00 and the should have been open, but don't open until 10:00 on Wednesdays. Crap. Over to Walmart to see what they had.  Going to Walmart, be afraid, very afraid. Why? Have you not seen any of those pictures from Walmart. They are enough to scare anyone. 

As I wandered around the sporting goods section looking at $9, $10, $12 rods, well you get the idea, it dawned on me that I have a brand new Shimano Convergence ($69.99 at Cabela's) sitting in the closet. Same reel, Shimano Convergence, a new spool of 4# (You never know what you'll find in the line drawer of your tying bench), and I'm back in business. Total cost of the new "little Okuma" zilch. I know I paid for it some time, but all it was doing was collecting dust.

It's raining again in Northern California. Fishing soon. 


  1. It's always something. Good solution, though.

  2. Mark
    A shame the Okuma bit the dust----don't let your wife see this link

  3. Mark
    Glad you worked it out.
    My ultra lite Okuma snapped on a cast this past summer and I'm really going to miss it.

  4. I like remember that I have gear stashed away. Saves me some dough....well I get to spend it on other stuff then haha.