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During a trip to see family, I carry the Fenwick Eagle 3-Piece Fishing Rod and use it for saltwater fishing. I try to catch a big fish for my father’s birthday but fail. However, I do catch a new species called Surf Perch, the smallest Fluke ever, and a nice Rock Cod. How does the travel rod handle and is it worth carrying around? Please feel free to check out my video!

Plus, I share a few quick family highlights because, well… this is a trip to see my father, my brother and nephew, after all :)

Check out my other Travel Rod test videos:
Is Fenwick Eagle 3-Piece Travel Rod Good for Bass Fishing? (test)
https://youtu.be/grPmYVonc0c
Telescoping Travel Rod (KastKing) For Bass Fishing
https://youtu.be/Q_aVIQnmM2I

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The following gear I used in this video:
Fenwick Eagle 3pc spinning rod
KastKing Blackhawk II Telescopic Fishing Rod, Spinning 7ft, Fast, MH Power
Lews Custom Pro Reel (TLC3000)
Daiwa BG 2000 spinning reel
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Panasonic HC-V800

GoPro Hero 8

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illustration: stone crab

December 7, 2019

stone crab_by_al_lau

The Stone Crab is commonly found in the marshes of South Carolina to Florida to Lousiana. Their claws are so large that they are considered a popular delicacy. After one or both of their claws are removed for harvesting, the crab is then returned to the sea where they can miraculously grow back their claws. Fully grown back, in 3 years time, that is.

The stone crab was a fun drawing to do because I got to the chance to experiment with texture on a fascinating creature. I wanted to apply spontaneous brushwork as if the crab was blending in with the rocks or sand. This watercolor painting of mine is remastered for 11 x 17 size print. My illustration is available at my store. Check it out :)

illustration: clams

January 13, 2017

clams_by_al_lau

The earliest clams first appeared 500 million years ago. Clams are a bi-valve mollusk. Unlike oysters and mussels which need to be anchored to rocks in order to survive, clams burrow themselves within the sandy bottom of the ocean floor.

Although clams may look uninspiring, they play an important part to healthy coastal waters because of their role in filter feeding.

I am experimenting with a new type of art pen which gives me a finer line. It reminds me of when I used Repidograph pens in school. Drawing clams formations is a good exercise for me to study contours and detail. So with my clam sketches, less is more.

cartoon: first contact

December 30, 2016

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This is my little cartoon about first contact with an alien.
Happy New Years, everybody!

Dungeness Crab Version 2

Along the west coast of America, up to the Pacific Northwest, lives the Dungeness Crab. It is one of the larger family of crabs. Their name is derived from Dungeness, a fish port town in Puget Sound, Washington state. Their lifespan is about 10 years. Commercially caught Dungeness Crabs are usually around 5 years old when their shells reach 6 to 7 inches wide. Crabs grow through a process called molting where it sheds its shell for a new, larger one. Each time this happens, the crab grows 15 to 25%. They can be found in muddy/sandy portions of estuaries with eelgrass, along rocky shores, or as deep as 2000 feet in the ocean where they forage for small fish and invertebrates, such as clams and mussels.

Here is some good news. In a world full of so many threatened species of sea life, Dungeness crabs are actually a very good choice as a sustainable food source.  Regulations is saving the species. For example, in Canada, Dungeness Crab fisheries have catch size limitations. This protects male crabs until they are sexually mature, giving them the chance to spawn before being harvested. Female crabs are also protected by having fishing season restrictions.

What is your favorite prepared way to eat crab?  Mine is Hong Kong-style which is stir-fried in a wok and tossed with soy sauce, green onions, and lots of scrambled egg. Yummy.

I have painted a Dungeness Crab before, however, my approach toward doing watercolor has changed over time, so this is version 2 of the beloved tasty subject.

sushi_shrimp_by_al_lau

This is my drawing of shrimp sushi.  Ebi Nigiri is another easy to make sushi.  All that is needed is headless Black Tiger shrimp, or any type of jumbo shrimp, and sticky short grain rice.  Remove the shell, but keep the tail on.  Use bamboo skewers to straighten the shrimp, then boil until they turn a bright orange.  Stop the cooking process by dipping the shrimp into a bowl of ice.  Add salt and a squeeze of lemon. Lastly, butterfly the shrimp on the bottom and lay onto the rice. Easy!

sushi_salmon_nigiri_by_al_lau

If you want to make sushi at home and impress your friends, Salmon Nigiri could be the easiest to do. No rolling required. Just have a sharp knife to slice salmon and lay it over sticky short grain rice, seasoned with vinegar, salt and sugar.  It’s important to freeze the salmon over night, approximately 16 hours, before thawing the next day, and preparing to eat. Freezing kills off impurities in the fish. Or simply ask your fish market that you want to make edible raw sushi, and he/she will give you “sushi-grade” salmon.

This is my little sushi drawing. Doesn’t it look delicious?

sushi_california_roll_by_al_lau

It is coincidental that this post has California in the title (like my previous post).  Nice segue huh?  But this time, I’m on a foodie kick, and hungry.

California rolls are a nice introductory sushi for newcomers to the delicacy because there is no raw fish in it. It has imitation crab sticks, which is actually the processed meat of whitefish, or Alaska Pollock, to resemble the look, feel and taste of crab leg meat. And yes, in the process, the whitefish is cooked. So go ahead and try it, if you haven’t already. Then, be more daring by trying one of the raw fish sushi’s, next time.

Which is your favorite sushi?

happy rosh hashanna

September 26, 2009

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I added Chinese noodles and Vietnamese hot sauce to the Matzah Ball Soup for more flava.

cartoon: tasty treats

July 27, 2009

tasty treats

My dog has a mind of her own.  In fact, the Shiba Inu breed is very cat-like.  I mean they can be independent.  So when I take her for a walk, she takes her time, sniffs every inch of the way.  I drew this cartoon in hopes to capture our routine.  I want to go one way, and she wants to go the other way.

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