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In Spring, it is great time to fish for spawning species such as White Perch and Largemouth Bass. I go canoe fishing in hopes to catch the big ones by using hard baits, including the Rapala Rippin Rap, Johnson Beetle Spin and Yozuri Jerkbait. Plus, I see a cute young raccoon that is exploring the river’s edge, and then the rainstorm comes. Check out my latest video!

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The following gear I used in this video:
Rapala Ultra Light Rippin’ Rap 04 Glow Yellow Perch Lure
Johnson Beetle Spin Nickel Blade
Yozuri 3DB Jerkbait
Lews Custom Pro Reel (TLC3000)
Rapala Fish High Contrast Digital Scale
St. Croix 2-piece Rod 6 1/2″
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 300 yard, 8lb
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Boga Grip, 15 lb scale
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
Werner Skagit Paddle
Stanley Fat Max 1/2″ X 6′ Fatmax Keychain Tape Measure
Panasonic HC-V800 HD Camcorder
GoPro Hero 8

It is Spring, finally, and that means fish are spawning up the rivers. I am pleasantly surprised by the arrival of Shad while I am pan fishing. so I cast my Rapala Rippin’ Rap in hopes to catch one of these powerful Gizzard Shads! Plus, I take my pet turtle for a walk in the park to get natural sun, and to see the many blossoming flowers. Check out my video!

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The following gear I used in this video:
Rapala Fish High Contrast Digital Scale
St. Croix 2-piece Rod 6 1/2″
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 300 yard, 8lb

Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook, 10 Per Pack (size 8)
Reaction Tackle Drop Shot lead weights, 1/4 oz

Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Boga Grip, 15 lb scale
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
Werner Skagit Paddle
Stanley Fat Max 1/2″ X 6′ Fatmax Keychain Tape Measure
Panasonic HC-V800 HD Camcorder
GoPro Hero 8

As soon as a warm day arrives after a frigid winter, I take the opportunity to canoe kayak with a friend. It is early Spring, but is the water too cold to catch any fish? Check out my latest video! Plus, there are Robins exploring the grass, looking for yummy treats. The early bird catches the worm, right?

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The following gear I used in this video:
Rapala Fish High Contrast Digital Scale
St. Croix 2-piece Rod 6 1/2″
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Berkley Trilene XL Monofilament 300 yard, 8lb
Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook, 10 Per Pack (size 8)
Reaction Tackle Drop Shot lead weights, 1/4 oz
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Boga Grip, 15 lb scale
Frabill Power Stow Net 20×24 Hoop 36in Sliding Handle
Werner Skagit Paddle
Stanley Fat Max 1/2″ X 6′ Fatmax Keychain Tape Measure
Panasonic HC-V800 HD Camcorder
GoPro Hero 8

I got a new rod for the new season, the St. Croix travel rod, and I test it out to see if it can handle a big Carp. Let’s see if is strong enough. Plus, wildlife, life a muskrat and turtles, come out from hibernation! I see a beautiful eagle too!

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The following gear I used or appear in this video:
St. Croix 2-piece Rod 6 1/2″
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook, 10 Per Pack (size 8)
Reaction Tackle Drop Shot lead weights, 1/4 oz
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Boga Grip, 15 lb scale
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

There is a small window in Springtime to find the peak of The Shad Run, and they are here! It is tricky to get the interest of Shad while they are spawning, so I try out different lures to get their attention and hopefully get bites. It’s not only the grand appearance of the Shad, but also the peak of Cherry Blossoms in full bloom. A double whammy of nature goodness!

Check out the shad and cherry blossom action in my video, and enjoy!

This is officially the longest video I created. Probably because there was so many fish and I couldn’t stop fishing. LOL.

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sketch: tennis ready

March 14, 2021

Spring is around the corner and there is more daylight, now that we spring forward our clocks! To me, that means, I can play tennis again (not to mention paddling and fishing too). Yay! The great outdoors is my gym, so I can finally get in shape again. In celebration, I do a drawing of a player that is ready to do a serve. If you’d like to see more of my drawings, please check out my store :)

What activities are you looking forward to do as the weather warms up? Let me know!

Happy Spring Everybody!

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: sparrow

March 10, 2018

sparrow_by_al_lau

I look forward to seeing the variety of songbirds, like Sparrows, on my bird feeders. It is a calming routine to look out the window. I make sure the feeder is full of seeds because birds are so important to our daily life. Birds keep the population of nuisant insects in check, contribute to the pollination of plants and flowers, and simply make us happy when they sing. My indoor cats enjoy watching them too.

Don’t forget this coming Sunday to set your clocks forward one hour :)

cartoon: spring cleaning

March 20, 2015

messy desk

I did a sketch for the office to encourage employees to organize, recycle and tidy up their space. In other words, it’s spring cleaning time!

tennis nadal

In a competitive game, it is best to move forward and be offensive, but if your opponent pushes you back, then you are forced to become defensive. In my action drawing, with Nadal as my example, he is literally pushed back on his heels. There are still several moves to choose from, such as a defensive lob to stay in play or as Nadal likes to do, go for broke by hitting the ball down the line.

Indians Wells, in the desert of southern California, just began. It runs from March 12 to 22. Some call it the 5th Major and rightfully so with all the big names it draws.

Just last weekend, I was ice fishing and cross country skiing. Then, this week brought upper 40 degree temps, melting away the ice and snow. I can feel spring is around the corner. I’m ready warmers days (and tennis)! Are you? What activities are you looking forward to do?

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