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                                                                                         THE FIRST FISH OF 2023   

Things have been hectic this winter, and there hasn't been much time for recreation. That's why Mike and Dana brought their fishing rods with them when they had to travel back to Maryland to take care of some business there. Before their trip, they had checked the weather and seen some warm sunny days in the forecast. They had decided to visit a trout stream where they have enjoyed many days reeling in trout for the table. Knowing full well that the stream had not been stocked yet this year, they had hopes that a few stray fish may still be in the stream from the fall stockings the past October. While no trout seemed to be in the stream, it did provide them both with their first fish of the 2023 spring season. Ironically, these fish were called Fall Fish!  Join them for the fun. Those first warm sunny days are a great way to spend a day outside fishing, and those first fish of the year are a blast to reel in no matter what species you catch! We hope you find some time to get out and enjoy some fishing this spring. We know these two are anxious to get back down the road and start exploring the waters in their new home state, and are sure they will have plenty of videos from those efforts coming soon! Until then, if you're anxious for more fishing action, be sure to check out our Frugal Fishing Page. There you'll find a host of fishing videos full of fishing and money saving tips that can stretch those pennies in these tight times!

                                                                                            HERPING INDONESIA  

As this winter progressed, and we were busy trying to get our relocation accomplished, Chris took what many would consider to be a trip of a lifetime! He's no stranger to international travel though. His last trip was to the Galapagos Islands where he encountered many of the creatures that area of the world is known for, like the Marine Iguana in it's natural habitat. You can use the link provided above to join him on that amazing trip! But it seems his ecotourism has continued. He traveled to Indonesia on a Cobra Quest, and the video below is the result! Join him as he travels through the rice paddies and jungles of Borneo, encountering all sorts of amazing reptiles and amphibians, and even Orangutan swinging from the trees!

                                                                 BANK FISHING WATTS BAR RESERVOIR  

Bank fishing is something we do a lot of. While having a boat is nice, and we can't rule out that there is not one in our future, pulling up at a lake and walking down to it's edge to go fishing is far less expensive. We're sure that as the exploration of Tennessee gets underway, they'll be quite a few bank fishing trips coming this spring, but until that happens, we wanted to share this video. Mike and Dana have been visiting Tennessee for years looking for a retirement home. This was the trip they actually found one. But on these trips, real estate listing were not the only things they would research. Hunting and fishing opportunities were scouted as well. They would often stay at a lakefront rental and spend their free time lakeside in the evenings doing just that. They would also scout nearby public access, and in this video they found a spot that produced a crappie! Spring crappie fishing is a favorite of theirs, and they like to take advantage of those spawning runs to fill the freezer with tasty fillets! So we bet they will be headed back to that spot very soon to see if they can't reproduce that success as they settle in! We'll post that video here just as soon as it gets produced!

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Florida is an amazing place to do some herping. While the climate is warm, there are seasonal changes. These changes are much the same as the rest of the country, and spring results in more activity for breeding seasons. This video resulted from a spring trip to visit Chris. We certainly hope that now that our home base is much closer to him, we will be able to produce more videos with him for our Herping Florida video series. The wildlife of this state is amazing, and deserves more exploration! 
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                FISHING NORRIS LAKE              

This video is the product of very our first visit to Tennessee. We all had a great time, and caught a bunch of fish, even shooting a second video here for our Frugal Fishing Series. We had no idea that this trip would result in our returning for a number of years, and then deciding to relocate there! Perhaps we'll wind up fishing here again. It's now a whole lot closer! Click below and join us!

            SPRING CRAPPIE FISHING           

We mentioned above that spring crappie fishing is something we take seriously. So seriously, in fact, that on the drive back from Florida after filming the video beside this one, we took a detour into Georgia for a guided trip to fish with Doug Youngblood and fill our cooler with crappie to take home. We had fished with him on Lake Lanier before on a trip to catch striped bass, and knew he would put us on fish. We were not disappointed! We hope to find new crappie holes in Tennessee that produce this well!

                                                                                SNAKEHEADS AND CATFISH          

While we will be making our new home well away from the Chesapeake Bay, we are already planning a trip back to that destination next summer! Our fishing season would not be complete without a weekend fishing for snakeheads! Delicious on the table, we know Michael will join us. But Matthew surprised us, tried them, and says he wants to try fishing for them as well! He may even drag Siobhan along, and when you get those three together a Herping Maryland video just may result in addition to the fishing! Why not plan on trying this yourself! 


One of the benefits of living the outdoor lifestyle is

bringing game and fish to the table. With prices

going through the roof for everything, the clean,

self-renewing, non polluting food sources we

utilize in this fashion not only helps with being

more self sustaining, but it can also shave those

grocery bills down a bit! Even more savings can

be had if you do your own processing! We know

it can be a bit overwhelming to get started at this

from experience, so we put together our play list

How To Process Fish And Game. Filled with tips

on getting your bounty ready for the freezer, it will

aid the novice in getting started, or perhaps offer

some tips to those who are a bit more experienced

get it done a bit faster. These videos also include

tips on grinding burger, or making you own venison

sausages at home! That's something we do

every year just before the spring seasons get going.

Perhaps it's time for you to clear your freezer and

process some of that game you've been hanging on

to.You'll find great tips to get you started here!

Beginner or old hand, be sure to link through and

give these videos a look!

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