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In this Bite-Sized Fishing episode, I cast for various panfish, using a 3-inch Grub by Yum. The fish are modest in size, but all-in-all it is a perfect day to paddle and do some leaf peeping because there is no wind and the water is so calm. I slow things down and enjoy nature, creating a sort of ASMR video to share with you. Check out my outdoor video and let me know what you think.

In addition to the beauty of autumn colors, I see a Piper bird, a Blue Heron and maybe the last Turtle of the year?

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If you like Fishing in the Fall, check out my other videos:
In Fall, Fish Habits Change & So Should Your Fishing Approach
Berkley Vs Real Nightcrawler For Fishing Test
Can I Catch A Northern Pike From Canoe? (Halloween Episode)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend all!

On this warmish Autumn day, I do canoe/kayak fishing for panfish. I test which bait performs better, a short Powerbait Floating Trout Worm (1.5 inches) or a long Reins Shaker worm (2.5 inches). The trick is to find out what the fish want, from day to day. Watch what happens in my video as I try both worms out.

Plus, I see several happy Painted Turtles enjoying this Indian Summer Day in the Fall time.

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The following gear I used in this video:
Reins Shaker 2 1/2 inch
Powerbait Floating Trout Worm
Fenwick Eagle Spinning 2-piece rod
Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook-10 Per Pack (size 8)
Reaction Tackle Lead Drop Shot, 1/4 oz
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Boga Grip
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
Aqua Bound Sting Ray Hybrid 2-Piece Kayak Paddle
Stanley Fat Max 1/2″ X 6′ Fatmax Keychain Tape Measure

Canon Vixia HF R800
GoPro Hero 8

drawing: my cat mochi

September 30, 2021

It’s a lazy day at the cabin. The autumn leaves are starting to change here in the Upstate New York mountains. A bit too chilly to go paddling because of a cold front. So I am bonding with my cat, Mochi, and doing a little drawing of her. I have to say that it is nice to get back to my artwork.

If you would like to see my drawings, please feel free to check out my shop at www.designosaurus.etsy.com

Have a nice early fall day!

In this episode of my Bite-sized Fishing series, I only have a limited time to go canoe/kayak fishing before sunset. I try using real and fake worms to catch whatever will bite this late Fall, in this quick personal challenge. Which bait will catch the biggest fish? Watch my video and find out!

Plus, my backyard is over-populated by a horde of migrating Starling birds! There are so many that they start attacking my bird feeder.

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Check out my other video series, Tiny River Monster, where I catch aggressive White Perch!

The following gear I used in this video:
Berkley Gulp! Alive! Nightcrawler, Natural, 6″
Gamakatsu 02405 Octopus, size 10 (10-Pack)
St. Croix Triumph Spinning Rod 6′ 6″ (TRS66MF2)
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Stren Monofilament 8 lb test
Boga Grip
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
Aqua Bound Sting Ray Hybrid 2-Piece Kayak Paddle
Panasonic HC-V800 HD Camcorder
GoPro Hero8 Black

Fall time is tricky because fishing patterns are different due to the big drop in water temperature. If you find fish movement is different, then so should your plan of attack too. Keep changing your approach and location until you find out what the fish want and where they are.

I have a slow start to my canoe/kayak fishing outing, but eventually break from my own comfort zone. In the end, I am happy to get a nice Chain Pickerel and some Bass, small and big.

Also, in this video, I meet some carp fishermen and help them get their gear back. And just in time for Halloween, I find a strange-looking Praying Mantis!

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As the Summer ends and Fall begins, the water temperature cools, affecting the normal habits of Bass. Bass disperse, perhaps going deep or relocating elsewhere. In this video, I explore the water as a personal challenge, in my canoe/kayak, to see if fish can still be found.

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Illustration: fall leaves

September 30, 2017

SONY DSC

Here, in the Northeast, the leaves are starting to change. Hear the subtle crunching as you walk outside. Gracefully, they float down from the heavens like orange and yellow snowflakes. Although the air is crisp, the colors will soon illuminate the vista with brilliant warmth.

Do you look at the different shapes and try to identify what tree they are from? What tree is common in your area?

I made four watercolors, and then turned them into postcards. Feel free to check them out at my store.

illustration: white oak

November 12, 2016

white_oak_tree_leaf_by_al_lau

White Oak hardwood trees grow throughout the central and east part of North America, ranging from Texas up to Maine, also reaching up to Canada. They are described as white oak due to their bark being white-ish, in comparison to their oak cousins. Its acorn nuts provide an important food source for deer, squirrels, blue jays and turkey. A distinct identifier of the white oak is its leaf shape which has seven to nine rounded lobes.

drawing: the oak tree

October 22, 2016

oak_tree_600yr_by_al_lau

Long before Henry the VIII was the King of England and long before Leonardo da Vinci painted his famous painting Mona Lisa, an oak tree began its life, 600-years ago. Generations of American Indians enjoyed the shade underneath its long branches. Even George Washington was here, during the revolutionary war.

Sadly, now, the old oak tree is dying. It is showing its age. There are steel props and support wires applied by caring people, desperately holding up its heavy branches.

The New Jersey town is understandably distraught. It is like a family member is going away and so is piece of history.

I visit the gentle giant to witness its grandeur which still stands next to a church in Basking Ridge, NJ. I am so glad I did. In own my way, I honor the amazing tree by doing a little sketch.

painting: sycamore

November 6, 2015

sycamore

While biking through a park, I come across a pile of giant leaves. I believe it is called a Sycamore. It is big enough to cover my head from the sun. My watercolour of the Sycamore leaf shows it in all of its Autumn spikiness.

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