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We got a little fishing in with Doug Youngblood down on Lake Lanier after an unsuccessful trip to visit Chris in Florida and hunt wild turkey. We had a blast and loaded the cooler up with nice crappie. That's a good thing, because between that trip and an early season trip taken with a friend for trout, those would be the only fish we put in the freezer. Right after that, it clouded over and seemed to rain every day for about six weeks. The entire spring spawning season we were unable to fish because of the flooding that turned our lakes and rivers into swollen mud puddles. But alas, the waters receded, and Mike and Dana found themselves out on the local lake putting a nice stringer of panfish on the table! Things are getting back to normal now, so enjoy this video, more will be coming soon! CREATURES OF THE AMAZON The Amazon rainforest is the largest jungle on the planet. In many places, it is still undisturbed, and many fascinating creatures big and small call it their home. While areas like this are under increasing pressure due to habitat loss, eco-tourism, or travel to these destinations for the purpose of observing the scenery and wildlife, is becoming more popular. Trips like this not only offer one an opportunity to see and photograph amazing sights, animals and insects, but also provide much needed funds. Eco-tourism also refocuses the ways people utilize this resource from production of raw materials to conservation, where the goal is to preserve the area so more people spend their money to see it as is instead of deforestation for farming and construction. Chris recently took such a trip. Traveling with a tour company called PhotoWildlifeTours he was able to do some incredible photography and video of insects and animals many will never see in person. Join him on his adventure by watching this video!THE POTOMAC RIVER BLUES Quickly becoming a summer tradition for us is fishing at Fletcher's Boathouse in Washington D.C. for big blue catfish! We discovered this fishery a few years back, and Mike took a true river monster while we filmed Frugal Fishing 4.6. We have also done some really good spring shad fishing from this location too, and gotten those trips on film. But these big blue catfish keep bringing us back again and again. Fighting a 20 or 30 pound catfish from a small rowboat is a thrill! They get even bigger than that, and there are also snakeheads in this part of the river. We intend to look into catching some of those at some point for a future video. For now, enjoy this video where Chris and Michael both latch into some real beasts! If you're in the general area, be sure to give this adventure a try! You wont regret it! FISHING AT DEEP CREEK LAKE One of our favorite summertime destinations is Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It's not too far of a drive from home for us, and offers fantastic fishing for everything from walleye and bass to pike and yellow perch. We have enjoyed some really great times here with family and friends. Accommodations range from a rustic campsite to high end rental homes. The easy availability of boat rentals from centrally located Bill's Marine makes getting on the water a breeze even if you don't own a boat! In this video we load the cooler up offering a few fishing tips for this lake along the way, and Dana steals the show with a largemouth bass with some real girth to it! We hope you'll click below and join us for the fun! HERPING FLORIDA IN THE SPRINGIn this video, filmed on a recent visit to Florida, you'll find Michael and Chris getting the band back together! Back in the day, one of the first videos they produced for our project was Herping Florida, and here you will find them exploring the herpetofauna of the sunshine state yet again! While Florida is known for it's stable climate, there are seasonal fluctuations that occur. Wildlife reacts to these changes much as it would anywhere else, and this provides the opportunity to find some species that can, at other times, be difficult to locate. One of them would be the Greater Siren, which is one of the "lifers" uncovered in this video. Be sure to join them on their adventure, there will be much more coming soon! HERPING FOR HELLBENDERS The largest salamander found in the continental USA is called the Hellbender. These huge amphibians used to thrive in many locations. However, they require clear, cold streams with a high level of dissolved oxygen, as they do not have gills, and breath through folds on their skin. Development and the resulting siltation of their homes has lead to these amazing creatures becoming endangered, even extirpated from their natural habitats in many locations. After flipping many rocks trying to find them with no luck, Michael and Desiree get a tip on where a population of them could still be found. A road trip to a remote, undisturbed mountain stream resulted in this video. Join them while they film and uncover this amazing animal, and discuss some of the threats facing these creatures and their habitat. GET OUT THERE AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS! Above are just a few of our summer themed videos. We will be out there this year with our cameras in tow, making memories and documenting our outdoor adventures to share with your here. While we produce fresh content to add to our site, we hope you find some time to enjoy the outdoors yourselves. Below you'll find a collection of some of our older video content you can access by clicking the thumbnails. We hope that you not only enjoy sharing our past adventures, but that they give you ideas on activities you might enjoy yourselves !
It wasn't all that long ago that we took a trip down to Tennessee. While the focus of our trip was fishing, and we did manage to get a bunch of that in, filming a few videos, Fishing Norris Lake, as well as a video for our Frugal Fishing series, 3.2, this state is known as the salamander capital of the world. We shot a few herping videos while there, and this is one of them. Be sure to click the thumbnail and use the other links to see all our material from the trip to Tennessee!
Last summer, Michael took a trip out west to and went Herping in Utah. While there, he found several unfortunate Rattlesnakes that had been hit by vehicles on the way to their winter den site. Exercising extreme caution, he decided to give one they had located trying to cross a bit of help, and got it to the other side of the road safely.
Not too long ago, we got down to Maryland's Chesapeake Bay with some nets and hand-lines to fish off a pier for blue crabs. We had a fantastic morning, and managed not only to bring some tasty crabs home, but Michael enjoyed some fresh bluefish sushi for breakfast as well, with a a fish he caught while we were at it. We end this video offering a great recipe for those crabs, using fish we caught in our video Big Bluegills. In that video, we offered fishing tips on catching monster bluegill up to ten inches. You wont want to miss either video, so use the links provided and join us on for some great summer fun!
Not so long ago, we lost a very good friend of ours. Shadow shared a good long life with us, but in the scheme of things, it does not seem like she was with us very long at all. We still miss her. In this busy world we live in, we often spend large amounts of time away from friends and family, and they are often gone too soon. When you do get some free time, don't forget, there are other family members who want to share it with you!
As summer continues, Mike and Dana plan to continue work