thank you California!

time to say goodbye…

after over 10 months in beautiful California I had to say definitely goodbye this monday. A really strange feeling for me to leave what I called my home for almost a whole year and where I felt happy every single day just for being there.

Monday early in the morning I flew from San Diego to Philadelphia where the plan was to change the plane and continue directly to Zurich, Switzerland. But US Airways, my plane company for this trip, delayed the flight to times for about an hour before they cancelled the flight completely. After I made my way through a group of upset and confused swiss travelers the guys at the information finally rebooked my flight over London to Zurich. So I waited again over two hours for the plane to London but after waiting another hour IN the plane everybody had to go out again because the staff was not able to close one of the plane’s doors. This costed another two hours waiting in front of the gate till they reloaded the new plane. Because it was already after 11pm no more shops were open to buy any food or drinks but US Airways didn’t help us with this in any way. We all waited for such a long time without any offers from US Airways such as a bottle of water or some snacks. Great service! Somewhen after midnight the flight to London finally took off and after a short and hectic stay at Heathrow I was already flying to Zurich. There I landed Tuesday evening instead in the morning as planned. Thanks again US Airways.

I was shocked by the cold weather here in switzerland after almost 11 months sunshine. I really miss the sun and the warmth and the whole californian feeling soo bad. It is kind of hard for me to come back to the normal life but I will try my best to do something good. I want to work to make some money and then travel again to visit the friends I made all over the world.

I can say I had the time of my life and that I learned a lot, not just english but a lot of lessons for life. I met beautiful (on the inside and/or outside) people which who I spent awesome moments for which I am more than thankful!

A gigantic Thank You to all these people and to California itself for being such a nice and beautiful place!

The following pictures reflect some moments from the past months…

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first time at the beach

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visit the Grand Canyon, first and only time I saw snow

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my first californian BASS!

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Barret Reservoir Opening

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first time in Mexico

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first time at Venice Beach <3 one love <3

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one week roadtrip with good people! thank you guys!

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introducing friends to fishing

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Wiz Khalifa Concert

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finally a bigger BASS!

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from time to time I had to say goodbye to nice people :(

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3 weeks in Hawaii

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my new friend :)

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Halloween

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just in time! double digit bass and new PB!

…and then was already time to say goodbye :(

Thanks again to everybody that was with me on this trip! Memories for life…

A big thanks also to all my readers of this blog here! I will do my best to keep this blog alive till my next bigger adventure. I will try to present some swiss fish, which I have to catch first :P, and other stories about my life here!

Thanks for reading&stay tuned for more!

mr. bassthumb

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thank you Hawaii!

Since last saturday I am back in San Diego for my last three weeks of this stay in he USA. I moved back earlier than planned but to me Honolulu was too boring and too touristic. The beautiful, natural places are far away and without car hard to reach. I am really happy to be back in California, when I arrived at the airport in San Diego I had kind of a homecoming feeling. Now I hope to catch some big bass before I have to return to switzerland.

Before I would like to share a beautiful experience I had during my last day in Hawaii.

I booked again a trip to North Shore with my school on friday. First we stopped at a Shrimp Corner to have lunch, continued to a nice beach for swimming and relaxing and ended up at Turtle Beach. The last time I was there I was kinda disappointed due the lack of turtles. But this friday our group was luckier and there was one of theses beautiful animals chilling at the beach. I was really happy to see this, the perfect end of my three weeks in Hawaii.

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Thank you Hawaii, Hello California!

thanks for reading&stay tuned for more!

the beauty of O’ahu

After my first few days here in Honolulu I was disappointed, the city is full of tourists and like other big cities. Not really the peaceful natural place I excepted. Today I went with EF Honolulu, my school, to the north shore. I was impressed by the beauty of the nature there and for the first time happy about my change! We visited several beaches and view points, just amazing! Here some impressions of todays trip…

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Unfortunately I can’t rent a car here on Hawaii because of the age limit of 21 years. So it isn’t that easy for me to get back at these places. I also discovered several good fishing spots so I really need to go back there. I will try my best!

thanks for reading&stay tuned for more!

Peace!

landed in Hawaii

Yesterday noon I arrived in Hawaii where I will spend my last 6 weeks of my language-learning trip before flying back to San Diego and from there to Switzerland.

I live in the Student Resident in Honolulu and go to EF Honolulu which is right over the street from my room.

I’m sure I will have a good and relaxing time and hope to get on the water to catch some Peacock and other Bass!

Today I took a walk along Waikiki Beach to discover my new environment. Here some impressions…

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view from my balcony

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already found some fish in the sea

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Tomorrow is my first day of school here. Wish me luck :D

thanks for reading&stay tuned for more action from hawaii!

Peace!

vacation camping: lake jennings

this is a continuation from my last post: https://projectbassthumb.com/2013/09/09/vacation-camping-lake-morena/

Day 4 – After a one hour drive from Lake Morena to Lake Jennings I checked in on the almost empty campground.

It was so hot that I just could sit in the shadow drinking water, sweating it out and again and again… Later in the afternoon the friendly lady from the campground suggested me to fish Jennings from the shore. So I went down to the lake a started throwing cranksbaits and topwaters as suggested by the newest fishing report. No fish for me from Jennings, same like my last visit a month before. I was impressed by the nature which was looking even better in the sunlight of the evening sun.

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View on Lake Jennings

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I was definitely at the right spot.

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During the night some rabbits scared the hell out of me with walking along my tent. Finally I found some sleep after a hard but good day!

Day 5 – Thursday I enjoyed the morning sun, cleaned up all my stuff and returned back to my friends! Most of them left this weekend so I wanted to spend some more time with them. What I did.

I really can say I’m proud on what I did these few days and I’m really happy about how everything came out!

I hope to get back to Lake Morena soon and to catch some more fatties before my departure in November!

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thanks for reading&stay tuned for more action! Peace!

vacation camping: lake morena

this is a continuation from my last post: https://projectbassthumb.com/2013/09/09/vacation-camping-lake-cuyamaca/

Day 2 – I woke up early around 7am due to the uncomfortable ground. So i packed my tent and continued my trip to lake morena.

My campground was  already booked and after a friendly check-in I drove directly to the lake.

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What a beauty!

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I caught quick two small ones on finesse worms.

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“this lake has potential!” i told myself, returned to the camping, built up my tent and went back to the lake. I decided to fish the rest of the afternoon on my float tube to discover the lake a little bit. In the first hour I brought in again some small ones.

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The sky got darker and i heard thunder and flashs coming closer and closer, I didn’t want to return yet so I decided to search protection under some rocks.

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I ave to add that the wheater here actually is really hot, looked like too hot for the forest.

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Directly after I brought all equipment in safety, heavy rain started, the thunderstorm arrived!

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After half an hour waiting under my half dry hideout, the rain settled down a little bit and I continued fishing in hope the fish got woken up.

I decided to fish bigger and give a chance to the Savagear 3d Trout 5” and BAMM! after a few casts I got a bite and finally a better fish.

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By the way my first bass on swimbait so far and many more to follow, I hope!

The last hours I spent throwing a Huddleston 68 (lost my 3D Trout a few casts later on a tree) and some topwater, without any more succes.

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The fishing ended peacefully with another sunset spectacle.

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Back to the tent the next problem, the storm blow away my tent and the things inside got wet.

But relax, it wasn’t that bad as the first impression and after 15 minutes everything was ok again. Even the shower was for free this time.

Unfortunately it started raining again in the night so I slept in the car, what is really uncomfortable in a small car like mine.

Day 3 – My day started at 6:30am with the lake opening. Arrived at the lake I just hoped out the car and throw my Tiemco Riding Pepper and caught again two small Bass!

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After this fast action I realized how beautiful this morning was, short after I was on the lake.

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I worked myself to the first spot I discovered the day before and threw a Roboworm 6”, a suggestion from a guy I met after the thunderstorm, into the woods. i was surrounded by jumping fishes, most of them carps but one moment I made out a bigger Bass in the air. On cast in his direction and after a few moves, something hit the worm and gave  a good fight.

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Thanks to a older guy on a boat which took me some pictures. I have to add here that I found out the first day that I forgot my GoPro and had just my iPhone camera during the tubing, damn!

After taking some pics and releasing my catch I moved back to the very same spot. Two casts later I got a strange bite and was not even sure if it is a  fish or not. I set the hook, something exploded on the other end and started immediately tearing line from my Daiwa Steez despite the completely closed brake. I felt how the fish swam to the surface and I was trying everything to hold him back. Not enough and as it jumped I saw for the first time how big this bass was. Trembling from excitemment I carefully brought the fish inch by inch to me till he was directly under me in the water.

I grabbed it with both hands and when I realized it’s finally done I just could scream from joy! What a beast!

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Fortunately my picture-buddy from before was still on his spot and took again some pictures for me. I couldn’t imagine to take good pictures of this fish alone just with an iPhone. Thank you!

My biggest fish so far here in California and maybe my biggest ever. I don’t have a scale since mine broke after weighting a small fish a few months ago. My photographer rated it as a 7-8lb fish what would beat my last PB from Lake Lugano in my country.

After this blast I returned again to the spot to bring the future mother back in her environment and make some more casts.

I couldn’t believe but a short time after another fish bite in the middle of some branches and it was not that easy to pull it through the cover.

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What a start in the day! These three fishes were all caught in maybe half an hour. Something I’ve never experienced before.

Because of heavy winds during noon and early afternoon I took a break from the burning sun.

Some time in the car later I went back on the water to fish new territory. A few spots later I got another pounder on a swim jig.

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The evening didn’t bring any big action as I was hoping but of course I was more than happy with my day. In total I got 7 Bass and missed several bites.

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Thanks to the better weather my tent was still on its place when I returned.

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The night was really peaceful and even the ground was a little bit softer at Morena.

Day 4 – Wednesday was planned to move to Lake Jennings Camping and to fish Loveland Reservoir. But after the result I had Tuesday i really had to fish again Morena. So I fished again from the lake opening till noon when I had to check out from the camping. Just from the shore because the seat of my float tube tore on one side and didn’t want to risk something. Topwater didn’t bring my any bites so I changed back to my Worms. Good decision!

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The only fish of the morning but again a better one!

While driving to Lake Jennings I survived a border patrol check-point and heavy rain on the freeway.

The Jennings story you find here:

These days at Lake Morena were something of the best that happened to me here so far. The staff and rangers are very friendly and helpful and the camping is perfect located, just next to the lake. I will definitely go back there soon and spend some more time on this beauty of a lake!