Sunday, March 29, 2015

Beautiful Lemon Bay Florida

Last week I was in Florida and got to do a little fishing in Lemon Bay, which is located between Sarasota and Ft Myers, Florida. Our first stop was the bait shop to get live shrimp, 3 dozen for $12 bucks. Talking with the bait shop worker, we found that the recent pattern has the fish biting in the morning and they stop by noon. Soooo, we were out on the water in the morning and the weather couldn't have been better.
The bay was as calm as glass and the temp was about 75 degrees. Perfect for a day of fishing.
You can see our target fishing spot just ahead in this photo, the bridge. We have found that fish like to stay near the bridge supports. We should catch red snapper, snook, and sheepshead.
Here, Pop is preparing to wet a hook in the bay! Right at the start, we were catching fish. They were small at first, red snapper and snook, but started to become larger as the day moved on.
Just as we started fishing, the wind kicked up and the water started to get choppy. Also, other fishermen had the same idea as we did, fish near the bridge. Lucky for us, the bridge proved to be successful.  
SHARK!!! SHARK!!!................Nope, it's a bottle nose dolphin. Pop told me that last week a dolphin swam under a fishermen's boat and grabbed his catch of the day. This dolphin did move near our boat, but didn't attempt to steal our fish. Anyway, just like clockwork, as noon neared, the fish stopped biting.
The reward of the day, fresh fish (sheepshead to be exact and dressed up in an old convict outfit, black and white stripped). Oh yeah, checkout these teeth below. 
This fellow looks like a hockey player. I took this picture of a sheepshead to show you their teeth. I think they look like human teeth? You don't want to put a finger in there. Sheepshead use their teeth to crush the shells of their prey and grind them up like a garbage disposal. Anyway, sheepshead smell like fish, but taste chicken sort up? I think we have a few fat shrimp left over from fishing. Perfect to put on the barbie with these sheepshead, yum...... 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fishing With Emotions!

Okay, sometimes I draw humorous cartoons. Some folks say the humorous part is debatable, but I think they're funny. Soooo.......check these out.  You may have had a few of these, "Fishing Emotions".

Well, what do you think? Oh yeah, check-out my Lake Decor Maps.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Is a pencil becoming old school?

It's true, pencil and paper have now become obsolete. Here's my new 24HD Cintiq graphic monitor. I can draw directly on the screen and it's great for photo retouch, cartoons, and my custom maps. A little pricey, but worth it. It's almost the same as using an actual pencil and paper, which is now becoming old school. Technology is good, but I still enjoy a good old pencil and piece of fresh paper, sometimes!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Grumpy Wife?

I woke up this morning with a GRUMPY WIFE! Yep, it all started at 3 am last night. Why? Because we live near the woods and place sticky pads around the house to catch spiders etc... Last night, the cat got caught in three, yes three sticky pads and somehow a plant was attached to one, a PLANT. We awoke thinking it was a HOME INVASION, only to find the cat bound up. 

Fun is not ripping sticky pads off a cat at 3 am and this is the 2nd time for the cat, stupid cat! That's why I have a GRUMPY WIFE and kids at school, it's not going to be a good day. (she's a teacher)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Beach Maps

Just completed this map of Manasota Kay (Lemon Bay) Florida. It's 24"wide x 60" long and framed in solid mahogany.  Manasota Key is located about 30 miles south of Sarasota Fl. I've been to Manasota Key many times and it is a beautiful area. While walking on the beach, you will find many sharks teeth that have washed up.

This Great Blue Heron seems to be floating over the bay. Check out that shadow, the sun is beginning to set over the beach. 

I added these two sea gulls to add interest to the map.

Finally, I just had to add a Pelican to the Map. 

Check out my website, to find out other interesting facts. We have beach maps, lake maps, and bay maps that will look great hanging in your vacation home.