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When I go canoe/kayak fishing, I usually have a plan to start small and work my way to bigger fish. I couldn’t have planned it better myself because I catch Bluegill, a Crappie, a Channel Catfish, each being bigger than the last fish. And then end on a lunker of a Monster Bass. Happy Halloween everybody!

In this video, I feature my Largemouth Bass drawing. If you are interested to see more of my artwork, please check out My Shop.

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As you may know, I do enjoy fishing. But did you know I like to draw too? When I went canoeing, Largemouth Bass have been elusive to me at the lakes. I only caught a handful this year. So today, I wanted to do a sketch of a lunker of a Bass. I’ve done a bunch of drawings of bass before, but this one I am happiest with because it has a big open mouth in action, and a big fat belly! What do you think?

On a nice sunny day, take a trail hike with me to the creek. In the first half of my video, I experiment with a little ASMR-type relaxing hiking and fishing, with much talking. Then the action starts, I use Blue Fox Vibrax Spinner and a live worm on a circle hook to catch Smallmouth Bass. With daylight quickly disappearing, I try my best to catch one more fish, and it ends up to be a new species, my first Sucker Fish!

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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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Do you fish whenever you can, even if there is limited time? Well, I like to go fishing, sometimes after work, so I challenge myself to try to catch at least three fish before sunset. It is Fall time, meaning the day is even shorter and I only have about an hour to achieve my goal.

Will I catch at least three fish? Check out my video and find out :)

Plus, I see one of the last Monarch Butterflies of the year, gliding in the air, enjoying life.

While fishing for Bluegill and Panfish, I catch My First Carp by chance! I use a 6 1/2 foot long Fenwick Eagle 2-piece rod, 8 pound line and size 10 circle hook on a dropshot rig. I believe I am able to catch and reel in this awesome fish because I use a worm, the water is murky, and I handle it nice and slowly.

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As a bass fisherman, perhaps I caught lightening in a bottle? If you caught a fish in an unconventional way, let me know in the comments.

jigging for bluegill and catfish

On a warm Summer day, I just want to do basic Bluegill fishing at a small pond. Fish love to hide under piers, away from the hot bright sun, so I target Sunfish. In the meantime, I get a pleasant surprise of different species. I catch Channel Catfish too because they are attracted to the commotion of Bluegill around my jigging action. Most of the fish are small, some are even micro-sized, but it is big fun.

Plus, in this video, my cat, Hops, guest stars, showing how he is hungry just like a Bass, but more lovable and huggable.

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drifting worm in creek

Here is a lazy weekend video, simple fishing for Bluegill in a small creek. During this outing, I get some nice surprises. My first Green Sunfish which looks like a miniature version of a Largemouth Bass. It is a new species for me. And I get a nice-sized Smallmouth Bass, hiding among the school of bluegill.

Plus, I see an Egret bird with a fish catch of its own, a baby catfish. The catfish is a little too big to fit in the egret’s throat. Oops!

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Happy 4th of July, everybody!

sketch: bluegill

June 28, 2020

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As small as the Bluegill is, this sunfish has an amazing spectrum of colors. It’s like a jewel that is often overlooked and underappreciated from our rivers and lakes. Watch out when giving them a worm while fishing, they have an attitude of a shark!

This is my lazy Sunday sketch. Happy weekend all.

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The Florida Everglades is home to many unique fauna and flora. I created a 2-D diorama illustration, featuring nature that is native to the wetlands. The print size is 11×17 on 13×19 paper. It includes the Alligator, birds, turtles and fish. All thriving along the Mangroves.

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As a bonus, there is an accompanying animal identification chart on 8 x 10 size print, naming the Everglades flora and fauna. I was inspired by seeing museum dioramas of animal life in their environment. I match them up by shape and numbers. The print is available at my shop. Check it out :)

This is the last element in the Everglades outdoor and nature series. I hope you enjoyed my videos and artwork!

By the way, can you name any of the animals in the drawing?

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