Thursday, June 26, 2014

As big as a bus, the bus-yak!


WOW, this is one big kayak and can comfortably seat eight people. It’s approximately 32 feet long and weighs about 950 lbs with a capacity of 1750 lbs. Great for group fishing trips or if you just want to party, this kayak will fit the bill. Heck, you could take the whole family including your friends. The Kayak is limited to only one color, yellow. With an appropriate name like Bus-yak who would forget it. Oh boy, just think what your friends would think when you paddle up in the Bus-yak? "This Bus-yak glows."

You may have a few concerns about the Bus-yak.  Like, is the Bus-yak difficult to turn around on narrow waterways? This is not a problem. The engineers at Bus-yak solve this issue with swivel seats. Each seat will swivel 180 degrees, which allows for paddling in the opposite direction. There is no need to turn the Bus-yak around; it’s always pointed in the right direction. There is a warning about all parties swiveling around at the same time causing a rollover. With a little group coordination this problem is solved. Also, you may think that transporting Bus-yak may require a large vehicle due to its sheer size. On paper this does appear to be a fact, however with a little creativity the Bus-yak could probably be spanned and strapped between two Yugo’s and off you go. Can you imagine fishing on the Bus-yak with your family? Think of what fun you will have. It’s better than a Banana Boat ride in the ocean.

Then I woke up and realized that the Bus-yak was a dream. Whaaaaaaaaaaat! Dang, what have I been drinking. Anyway, "Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream with a Bus-Yak." 

Also, check-out my decor maps of your favorite lake, river or bay. I paint river, lake, and bay decor maps and hide things in the waters. I don't hide snapping turtles, but I do hide a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com.


Sunday, June 22, 2014

People of filthy water.

What, "people of filthy water! What does that mean? More about that later. I just finished a map of beautiful Lake Winnebago which is located in Wisconsin. I decided to do something different and show the map in close up photos as if you are flying over. Actually, you can see some fish in the water, however they are a bit fuzzy.

The lake was named after the Indians that lived around the lake. Interestingly, the Algonquian Indians called them Winnebago, which means "people of filthy water" because the lake had a fishy smell in the summer months. 


Speaking of fish, Lake Winnebago is a top Walleye lake and many tournaments are held at the lake. 
hide a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

UNDER THE BOBBER, Worm Philosophy, Worm Rebait & more


A few more of my silly "Under the Bobber Cartoons". Enjoy!




I don't only create cartoons, I also paint lake, river and bay decor maps. I hid a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters and folks love to search for her. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com

Friday, June 13, 2014

Kayaking the Duck.

Not long ago, I took a short kayaking trip on the Duck River, which is located in Middle Tennessee. This river flows into the Tennessee River and is a good river for fishing.
All rigged and ready to go. Smooth Kayaking! The recent rains have the river up a bit and the water is slightly dingy, but we started catching a few small fish.
The fishing is cut short because I saw an interesting rock. I docked to investigate and hike over to the rock.
Check this fossil rock out. The round image is as large as a dinner plate. It appears to be 10" to 12" in diameter and is in sediment rock. I don't think I've ever seen any other fossil like this? 

This area was covered by a swallow ocean milllons of years ago. This petrified cirlce was probably a sea creature. It looks like a cross-section of a piece of coral. If this is correct, it would have been gaint coral and as large as trees. So, this is the rock that I saw.
Here is the rock I caught. Actually it is a Rock Bass also called a Redeye. A bit on the small side but very fun to catch. We caught 14-15 of these ranging in size under a pound.
It's no wonder they call these Redeye. They normally run under a pound, but can get a little larger.
I saw a lot of snakes on this trip, mostly Northern Water Snakes. I could not positively identify this beauty. In the last few years, this river has become loaded with Northern Water Snakes and I'm not sure why?
 
All good things must come to an end and so did this trip. Hey, Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream! Need a great gift for the lake lover? Check-out my decor maps of your favorite lake, river or bay.

I paint river, lake, and bay decor maps and hide things in the waters. I don't hide snapping turtles, but I do hide a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Under the Bobber Cartoons!

My latest under the bobber cartoons. I hope you enjoy!



Hey, Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream! Need a great gift for the lake lover? Check-out my decor maps of your favorite lake, river or bay.

I paint river, lake, and bay decor maps and hide things in the waters. I don't hide snapping turtles, but I do hide a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters of all my lake map paintings that folks love to search for. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com.

Friday, June 6, 2014

It's a real Butte!

Yep, it's a real butte. It's known as Elephant Butte and rises out of the waters of Elephant Butte Reservoir, which is located in New Mexico. Why is it called Elephant Butte? Because, at certain angles it actually looks like a huge elephant, no kidding. However, the picture below doesn't do it justice.
The reservoir surrounding Elephant Butte is really a neat lake that is fed by the historic Rio Grande. There are some very interesting names along the lake. Some of these names are so descriptive, you immediately have a mental picture of the place, for instance, Kettle Top Butte or Jungles Gate and Elephant Butte. Am I right? A lot of folks think of pelicans as being coastal waterfowl, however Elephant Butte has beautiful White Pelicans. Not only is bird watching a great activity on the lake, but so is boating, camping, hiking and fishing. In fact, the lake owns the state record for the Striped Bass, Blue Cat, Flathead Cat, Green Sunfish, and Longear Sunfish. I must say, "Elephant Butte is a real beauty!"  
I painted this custom decor map of Elephant Butte not long ago. I hid a tiny mermaid/fish in the waters and folks love to search for her. I call my maps treasured maps because most folks have that special body of water that they treasure, like Elephant Butte. These maps make great gifts for the lake house owner, lake lover, or fisherman. I have over two hundred on my website that can be purchased right from the site, or I can do custom and personalizes lake, river or bay maps, too. If you would like to see more and read about my treasured maps go to LeoMaps.com