Thursday, June 30, 2016

Camanche Lake

Just completed this map of Camanche Lake for a customer in California. This is a beautiful lake that is located in San Joaquin Valley. The lake is know for Bass and trout fishing. Interestingly, Camanche Lake is located in what is known as a Mediterranean Climate. The annual rain fall is relatively low, summers are relatively hot with low humidity and winters are mild.

Before I add waterfowl to the map, I research to determine what waterfowl lives on or near the lake. Camanche Lake has canadian geese, bald eagles, and great blue herons that frequent the area. The area has been in a drought, but water levels in the lake have been increasing during the 2015 and 2016 winter months. "Get away from the big screen and get on a big stream, Camanche Lake"

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Kayaking Sycamore Creek

My daughter and I, kayaked a creek near our home a few days ago. The night before, there was a big rain and the creek was up a bite. Even with the extra water, the creek remained a lazy creek and perfect for a new kayaker like my daughter, Sarah.

I didn't get a chance to fish much, but wildlife viewing was easy. It seemed that a majority of critters were out enjoying the sunshine after the rain.

This creek is called Sycamore and runs into the Cumberland River, near Nashville. I didn't see many Sycamore trees.

I noticed that there are lots and lots of turtles! You know, every time that I see lots of turtles, I don't catch many fish. What's up with that? Is it me?

Every waterway around here has a family of Canadian Geese. A lot of folks run them away because the mess that they create on their lawns. Beautiful birds, but they do poo on everything!

Not a bad photo of a hawk! Think about it, I quickly took this photo from a kayak during waves when the hawk was straight overhead. Lucky, I didn't fall out of the kayak.

This used to be a train bridge, but it has been converted to a green-way bridge. In fact, we run this green-way and the view off the bridge is very nice.

The trip must come to an end as Sarah paddles down the creek with a paddle, as opposed to being up a creek without a paddle!

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Friday, June 10, 2016

A fishing note from the wife.....

Yesterday, I told the wife that I would be fishing the whole weekend. She seemed to take it very well, in fact the next morning, I found a note and package on the kitchen table. Here's what it said. 

Awww, my wife is so great! She even gave me a fishing gift to use this weekend while fishing. It fits so well and it appears to be a new type of ocean waders...
I'm thinking that she is wanting fresh fish for dinner when I get back from fishing. I Love My Wife!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Baitrageous news

My daughter, Sarah was lucky to be selected for an undergraduate research program at the University of Wisconsin, La Cross. She will be researching "White-nose Syndrome" that affects bats. It's a ten week research program and she gets paid, room board, and a food stipend. Hopefully it will be published in a scientific journal. Sarah is a junior at Sewanee majoring in Mathematics. We are going to miss you during the summer!


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