Aki-san taught me to take these reels apart and re-arrange them to be what they should not be. For this I blame him for everything. However, this fisho never knew that I would actually appreciate the once long forgotten game of early 50's and 60's topwater bass game.
For this, I introduce the Abu Ambassadeur 5500DA model. This is the direct drive reel with a drag plate. Many Japanese anglers love this technique. Mamoru san of Matagi (Osaka, Jp) is a big fan and collector of these reels. We both agree on one thing: Ambassadeur + Fenwick + Featherweight Champion Handle !
Enter 1980's child Abu (garcia) Ambassadeur 5500DA:
Elusive to me are the Canadian pike. To me they are picky, arrogant, skinny fish that will pick a fisho apart with the need for the right presentation on topwater. Seems like a spinner bait can catch them without hesitation but as you know, my topwater (lackthereof) skills leave me with an unheralded strategy to target them.
Anyhow, Preliminary lures for the monsters I thought would work were:
Heddon Super Spook, Some useless tail prop lure from BassPro shops, and the Daiwa Dead of Alive swimbait.
Throwback to fish I haven't caught since last fall - Just remember these scenario(s):
Either 1: If you have no luck on a fishy looking spot send your next cast to the most futile distance.
Either 2: If you're fisho buddy is dancing and quoting: "I still got it" (0:47), and you wish to knot him up...
Either 3: ....*enter text here*
Extra Scenario: If you are a futile fisherman and can't catch fish unless you cast in a futile manner, don't bother...
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stradic ci4 4000
tidal tails bucktail 5/8oz
fenwick techna av Sic model