Bongam Lake

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This spot became a quick personal favorite because it is just swarming with sea-life. Also in Yangju, Bongam is a small freshwater lake that is chock full of carp. You may stop by the tackle shop on the right hand side driving in where it also looks like the owners live. We were greeted by a nice lady who gave us free coffe and charge 50,000 won for both of us to fish for the day. This place didn’t seem to have any floating bungalows, but I did notice little spaces up on a hill a little bit away for those who wish to stay overnight. One good thing is there are hiking trails adjacent to the fishing area that I haven’t explored yet, but look promising. The fishing area as most, has overhead coverage and multiple spots you can set up your stands.

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We continuously caught these little baby carps throughout the day to the point where we began putting them in our nets out of fear it was the same fish biting over and over! It was an extremely active day, bites left and right as soon as your bait hit the water. Unfortunately a lot of these bites were from tiny fish who would steal the bait so we did a lot of recasting. But eventually we got a pretty good catch!

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Dan snagged a big leather carp that fought it’s ass off, but we eventually dragged out of the water and were pretty happy about it. I kept trying, but kept just coming up with tiny fish, including some real little fellas.

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 Every time I seemed to think I had snagged a big one, it turned out my hooks were just snagged on some thick vegetation which exists at the bottom of some of the spots. Definitely something to look out for because I almost lost my stone numerous times due to snag. Then next thing we knew, Dan caught another worthwhile fish!

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This one was even bigger, and so was Dan’s smile. The rest of the day was spent picking tiny fish off our hooks. This place did not clean nor cook the fish for you, so lucky for us we had brought a cooler to fill with water. We took the fish home, and for the first time (using youtube videos.. jeez) we each cleaned one of the carp. Using a similar recipe as the Meontang Soup, we cooked it up into a spicy soup dish and used the other one to make “jeon,” a Korean egg-bath fish side.

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Overall it was a successful trip. We caught a total of 22 fish, and two big ones big enough to make into delicious dishes. And of course catching cleaning and cooking our own for the first time was an exciting and eye opening experience! My only complain were the toilets at this place (squatty potties) were absolutely disgusting. Shit piled up very, very high.

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