After fishing in Chilbongsan a handful of times, we decided it was time to branch out. So we set off to Kumjoo Lake. We had heard that you can catch huge carp and eels in this lake, so off we went to Pocheon. Wow, was this location beautiful. We pulled up and checked in at the tackle shop since we had rented a bungalow for the night as well as additional fishing equipment because we decided to invite a bunch of friends on this trip. This place was a bit more expensive than the last, ending up to be around ~40k per person. At this point, Dan and I had already gotten our own stuff (it’s worth it, if you’ll be doing a lot of it). There were roads to drive down to get around to the otherside of the lake and we were greeted by our little place of stay.
This one was a bit bigger than the last, and could fit up to five people fairly comfortably. No beds or anything, just blankets, a TV and a minifridge. The toilet was decent. Only complain about it was there were spiders EVERYWHERE. I have never seen more huge spiders in my life. Had me on edge a bit. We got all our gear set up, and patiently waited… and waited.. and waited….
The bait we used this time was not the live worm bait we had used to catch catfish in Yangju. Instead, it was a mix of feed that you added water to and balled up around the hooks. We had a little trouble at first; the bait kept flying off and we weren’t exactly sure how big or small it was supposed to be. But regardless, the location was excellent and our floating bungalow allowed us to fish up until 1:00 AM, and wake up bright an early at 5:00 AM to continue. Additionally, if you called the number posted, they would deliver food and soju right to you so we took advantage of that and had some fried chicken. Eventually, it started absolutely downpouring, though.
But, I always say, being soaked alone is miserable… but being soaked with your best friends is an adventure. After 7 hours of hardly a nibble (it wasn’t just us, no one around us was getting anything either), we knocked out for the night. Well, my sister knocked out a lot earlier than that….
In the morning, we woke up, went at it again until basically we just decided to clean up and leave. Skunked the whole day, but it was at least a good time with friends and an absolutely beautiful place. I think one or two people caught come morning, but we weren’t so lucky. A couple days later when we visited the fishing shop near where we live in Dongducheon, the owner told us this place is particular was a tougher place to catch with a lot of fussy carp. We also ended up realizing we still had our catfish hooks and setup, so once we fixed that, got a two small hook set up and measured it with bobber and stone to perfect balance, we figured we would have to come back and conquer this place again.