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Irrigation Dam

Irrigation/Pressure Dam aka “The Secret Spot”

This has been an incredible and strange spot to fish. Not sure if it’s even allowed but there are no “no-fishing” signs and nobody has complained. But to be safe I won’t be sharing this location. 

I have seen lots similar dams along all the big rivers in Korea and I presume they just siphon water from the river and then let it flow into irrigation channels which the local farmers use for their crops. 

Son (my Korean friend) and I drove past one day on the way to Hapcheon. He said he had always wanted to try this place so suggested that we stop and try. We had already tried a random river along the way where he caught a crucian carp on his first cast, so his luck was in. 

It wasn’t long till he hooked a fish here and it turned out to be a 40cm plus bass. Needless to say, we spent quite a bit of time here after that. The day wasn’t so great for me as I hooked and lost a few fish in the thick weeds, I was fishing with mono and it just wasn’t up to the task. 

Later Son lent me his spare rod with braid and things looked up! I hooked a decent size bass which we lost trying to pull it up the wall!! I did land a few though and most were top water strikes which are just super exciting. 

We even caught fish in a narrow channel that was about 1,5m wide and water about 0,5m deep, covered in weeds.

By this stage our lunches had also evolved from cup noodles to barbecues in the shade with a few beers to wash it down. These really improved the mood as the days were getting hotter and more humid as summer took hold.

We have since been back there a few times and I have caught my two record bass in Korea there as well as a number of other bass. 

I have since introduced a good friend here in Korea to bass fishing. He has also picked up some fish here on a trying and hot day in summer.
Later that same day we also tried another river spot and caught a few carnivorous carp and a few bass. The carnivorous carp are not much fun to catch as they put up no fight. They just go limp on the line as soon as you’ve hooked them. The biggest challenge is getting something small enough out there for them to actually get hooked on.

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