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small vs big crankbait fishing challenge

What lure fires up a Bass to bite? Today, I do a mini challenge to see what the fish are attracted to – a small or a big crankbait, both are by Bagley brand. Crankbaits emulate a scurrying fish when being retrieved in the water. I really like Bagley brand lures because they come in bright neon colors. They almost belong in a Mardi Gras parade! And it is a parade for me when I catch a fish :)

Plus, while I am on the river, I am pleasantly surprised by the presence of a rare endangered bird. It is a sighting of a Peregrine Falcon! You may not know it but I am an aspiring birdwatcher. (I have a bunch of bird feeders outside my window. And I like to see if I can name the birds that visit my deck.)

In my neck of the woods, Peregrine Falcons used to flourish before industrialization, living on the towering cliffs of the Hudson River and the Delaware Water Gap. Then, Peregrines were threatened due to heavy use of pesticides, like DDT, that seeped into the rivers, and drinking water, making their eggs so brittle that babies would not survive. Thankfully, DDT was banned in the 1970s and Peregrine Falcon populations are healthier and returning.

The falcon that I see is very big and fluffy, because it is a female, and females are much bigger than the males. In the distance, if you listen carefully, you can hear the babies. I am blessed to capture her on video perched, while drinking water from the river, and in flight.

Check out my short video, and let me know what you think.

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It’s the peak of summer and what a great time to get outdoors, albeit rather humid lately. I like to cool off by going on the water to do canoeing. Today, I use a strange moving lure called a Scatter Rap by Rapala. Instead of wiggling like a fish, this lure wobbles. If you stop and jerk the retrieve, it actually darts around and gives a different look to predatory fish. Check out my short video of a couple of big bass that I catch and release.

Plus, my cat, Mochi, makes a cameo in the video, where she has a staring contest with a deer, just outside our window, not once… but twice!

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The following gear I used in this video:
Rapala Lure Scatter Rap Crank Lure, Size 05
https://amzn.to/2RPUb92
Johnson Beetle Spin Nickel Blade
https://amzn.to/2VKbZCR
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
Panasonic HC-V800
https://amzn.to/2QomOsU
GoPro Hero 6
https://amzn.to/2LtDADG

eagle_sighting

While Canoeing recently, I experience two wonders. I catch and hold a giant 5 pound Bass (and release). And then, I am so glad I have my binoculars because I’m blessed with a sighting of majestic bald Eagles. The eagles had created an enormous nest as they are soon-to-be parents of baby eagles :)

Happy Memorial Weekend Everybody!

One a day I have trouble catching bass with various presentations, I decide to use a new lure by Rapala. It is a crank bait that emulates the look of a bait fish called a Shad. When retrieving the lure in the water, it has a vibrating swimming action that catches the attention of predatory fish. The coloration I am using is silver which reflects under the sun and has a red under belly as if it is injured. Is it successful in getting Bass? Check out my short video where I test out this new fishing product. Enjoy!

Plus, in the video, I meet a lonely goose and I make some fun references to Game of Thrones :)

The following gear I used in this video:
Rapala BXB-6 lure
https://amzn.to/2VIDjoS
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

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

fishing_hookset_by_al_lau

With the dog days of summer upon us, it is definitely a good time to get outdoors. My sketch today shows a bass pro angler in action, getting on a lunker of a fish.

Happy 4th of July everybody!

illustration: largemouth bass

September 3, 2015

largemouth_crayfish_by_al_lau

Largemouth Bass are a North American freshwater fish. Bass are popular as a game fish because of its predatory behavior. They are omnivorous. Meaning they will eat anything that moves, even if the prey may be too big to swallow. In addition to bait fish, bass will consume insects, snails, frogs and even small water birds. In my drawing, the Largemouth is chasing a fast moving crayfish which makes for a nice crispy treat. But who is the faster one here?

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