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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
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St. Croix Triumph Spinning Rod 6′ 6″ (TRS66MF2)
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Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
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Boga Grip
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Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 8lb Low Vis Green
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Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
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Aqua Bound Sting Ray Hybrid 2-Piece Kayak Paddle
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Sony RX100 20.2 MP Digital Camera w/ 1-inch sensor
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GoPro Hero 6
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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 :)

 

 

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 :)

I made a short video, showing a new tackle box that is simple and can hold a lot of fishing lures. Plus, my cats choose a lure for me to use to catch Bluegill.

Enjoy. Thanks for watching!

diamondback terrapin

February 9, 2018

diamondback_terrapin_by_al_lau

Diamondbacks are some of the most beautifully decorated creatures in the Terrapin family. My illustration displays the brilliant orange crystalline-like scutes on the carapace of the shell, although the turtle appears in a wide variety of patterns and colors. They can be observed in the brackish marshes and rivers in the Chesapeake Bay. With their strong horned beak, they like to feed on mollusks and crustaceans.

For my pet turtles, which are Red-Eared Sliders, I made a video on How To Clean Your Turtle Tank. Please feel free to check it out and let me know what you think! https://youtu.be/z8J7UED_F9U

illustration: crappie

May 26, 2016

crappie_by_al_lau

Crappies are a popular North American game fish in the family of sunfish. They can be sought by recreational fishermen and women all year round, even in the winter time because crappies can be active in the cold, unlike bass which become lethargic. The meat of crappie is quite tasty and flaky for a freshwater fish.

The biggest one I caught this spring was 3 pounds at 17-inches in length which is a really good size, though they can be as heavy as 5 pounds. I did release it, so that it could grow that big, someday. I illustrated the species in celebration of my cute crappie.

The summer has begun. Happy Memorial Day all!

illustration: carp

October 24, 2015

carp_by_al_lau

When you are walking along a lake and you hear fish splashing, chances are that is the sound of Carp. In fact, Carp-type fish are more prevalent than you may realize. Did you know Koi fish are part of the Carp family, and so are pet goldfish?

Carp fish forage on the bottom of the lake for algae, insects and snails. They are easily spooked by people or predators passing by on the shoreline.

In my drawing of the carp, it encounters a piece of corn. I have no idea why carp love corn. Sweet tooth maybe?

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