March 3, 2023
I was supposed to meet my friend Cash to fish the eastern part of
Taiwan on February 9th but I got a text that morning saying not to
forget my waders and rain jacket. After a few texts it was concluded
that it would be best to postpone the trip until the weather improves.
wouldn't be able to get together until a month later and we fished
March 3rd. While conditions were slightly better it still was not ideal.
At least there was no rain but it was cloudy and cold. I took the Express bus
out of Taipei and met Cash in his hometown of Luodong. We would fish
for mahseer in the mountains and on the way back we'd head into the city
to try for tarpon.
Fishing was poor and Cash managed two mahseer
and while I got a couple rises I missed all my opportunities. We
tried dry flies the whole time but in retrospect conditions really called for
fishing subsurface. After a couple hours of surface fishing I decided that was the proper course of
action was to go deep, I dug through my backpack only to realize left my streamer box
in Cash's car. After fishing most of the day we left and returned back
to the city to attempt to land a Indo-Pacific Tarpon. We'd fish a river
located within the city for about an hour but my heart wasn't really
into it as I felt rushed as I got a phone call earlier that day stating I
needed to be home by 6pm for my father's doctor's appointment. While
we timed our fishing adventure to coincide with bus schedule to allow me
to make that appointment. It made me feel pressured and I simply
couldn't get in the zone. We left after about an hour and I was on the
bus home to make it on time.
To Be Continued...
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