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Spring is one of best times to catch (and release) fish because of the spawn run. Fish swim up the rivers in May and April. While some target trout and salmon, I try to target Shad and Bass. Check out my short outdoor video and see how I do. Also included, is my first sightings of turtles, out from hibernation, basking in the sun. Enjoy!

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The following gear I used in this video:
Fenwick Eagle Spinning 2-piece rod
https://amzn.to/2N7D9R2
St. Croix Triumph Spinning Rod 6′ 6″ (TRS66MF2)
https://amzn.to/2NCxXHE
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
https://amzn.to/2tCZgX7
Boga Grip
https://amzn.to/2GdlGUA
Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 8lb Low Vis Green
https://amzn.to/2Kdd8BM
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
https://amzn.to/2LqiUwv
Aqua Bound Sting Ray Hybrid 2-Piece Kayak Paddle
https://amzn.to/2q7sWK3
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
https://amzn.to/2PNJTUW
GoPro Hero 6
https://amzn.to/2LtDADG

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drawing: sit-in kayak

April 6, 2019

sit_in_kayak_by_al_lau

Are you thinking of getting a kayak? Sit-in Kayaks come in different lengths and widths. Shorter kayaks that are about 6 feet long and 32 inches wide may be lighter and stable, but wont have good efficiency. Longer kayaks, as long as 16 feet and 28 inches wide, are not as stable, but will cut straight through the water with great efficiency.

Sit-in Kayaks are popular due to their generally lighter weight build, compared to Sit-on-top Kayaks. However, this type of personal watercraft may not be for everybody because some may feel claustrophobic. Sit-in Kayaks can constrict the legs to a straight position. I recommend you test out which vessel best suits your comfort level by renting it first before you buy.

My drawing shows a Sit-in Kayak which is somewhere in between a short and long boat. To me, it is just right for the casual paddler.

If you enjoy paddling, like me, let me know which watercraft suits your taste. I hope you get outdoors soon, as the weather is getting warmer and trees are blooming. Happy paddling all :)

 

 

kayak_sit on top_pedal_by_al_lau

The first time I tried a Sit-on-top Kayak, it felt tippy. As a canoe paddler myself, it took some getting used to. A different boating experience, but fun all the same. The double-hulled design has it advantages, especially when paddling on wavy water. I tried it out as seen in my Sea Kayak Fishing video, taken in California. If swells pour into the boat, a Sit-on-top self bails through scupper holes in the bottom, essentially keeping you getting too wet.

My drawing is of a Sit-on-top Kayak with pedals. One can propel the kayak forward by the use of his/her feet just like a bicycle! And at the same time, have arms free to do some fishing and catch the Big One!

Spring is here! Hooray :) What are your plans for Spring?

 

While canoeing in the Upstate New York, I made a short video about my search of the elusive Loon bird. During the trip, I also visit an Outdoor Store, go Camping, and do some Fishing. Plus, I catch a new fish, my first Chub. Check it out and Enjoy!

Have you ever heard a Loon call?

The following gear I used in this video:
Fenwick Eagle Spinning 2-piece rod
https://amzn.to/2N7D9R2
St. Croix Triumph Spinning Rod 6′ 6″ (TRS66MF2)
https://amzn.to/2NCxXHE
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
https://amzn.to/2tCZgX7
Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 8lb Low Vis Green
https://amzn.to/2Kdd8BM
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
https://amzn.to/2LqiUwv
Aqua Bound Sting Ray Hybrid 2-Piece Kayak Paddle
https://amzn.to/2q7sWK3
Crocs black
https://amzn.to/2D3tZBL
Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
https://amzn.to/2PNJTUW
GoPro Hero 6
https://amzn.to/2LtDADG

drawing: paddle board

February 24, 2019

stand_up_paddle_board_by_al_lau

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding is an outdoor activity that became popular in only the last 5 years, although, the sport existed in Hawaii for decades. Paddle boarding sprouted from surfing. However, paddle boarding is more versatile as a sport because waves are not required to propel yourself across the water. In fact, calm waters are preferable. You can simply move on the water, using a special shaped vertical paddle.

Paddle boards come in different sizes and shapes. The smaller ones can double as surfboard. The larger ones are for casual exercise, and can even be used as a platform for yoga. Mostly, paddle boards are so awkwardly big that a handle opening is cut out in the middle of the board so that it can be carried easily, with one arm, from your car to the water. Boards are made of a foam interior which allows for lightweight and portability.

My drawing is of a traditional paddle board and an accompanying paddle. This was fun to draw because it was a new subject for me. Have you tried paddle boarding? If not, put it on your list of things to do as way to relax and enjoy the body of water near you :)

snapping turtle B
snapping turtle A

Oh Snap! I saw this Snapping Turtle while I was canoeing. Who knew that Snappers can float? She was giant too. I am glad she wasn’t hungry enough to eat my boat :)

By the way, do you have an aquarium with a pet turtle or fish? Do you ever wonder how to feed your pets while you go away on vacation? Well, you don’t have to hire a costly pet sitter. In my video, I show you a device that dispenses pellet food on a timer and my experience with it. Enjoy!

The following gear are used in my video:
Eheim Turtle Feeder
https://amzn.to/2TQSg4f
Zoo Med Natural Aquatic Turtle Food
https://amzn.to/2UUJ52G
Eheim Jager Aquarium Thermostat Heater 100 watts
https://amzn.to/2X64Aj5
Fluval Underwater Filter
https://amzn.to/2DGPvvr
Sony RX100
https://amzn.to/2X5mxhK
Panasonic Hc-V800 HD Camcorder
https://amzn.to/2JveFxU
GoPro Hero 6
https://amzn.to/2LtDADG

illustration: tandem canoe

February 3, 2019

tandem_canoe_by_al_lau

I am having cabin fever, so I wanted to draw something outdoorsy like this tandem canoe.

The weather will be above 50 degrees in the coming week, in the Northeast. I hope to get out on the water and do some paddling because the outside is my gym. Being active is good for the body and soul.

When possible, I like to paddle with a friend or family member like in this video with my Uncle. (He is the one who inspired me to do Winter skiing and Summer paddling).

What are you going to do when it warms up? Maybe go walk, hike or cycle? I would love to know :)

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