Blake Rasch's Strikes, Bites, and Fights

This is my fishing blog. I'm Blake Rasch and I'm an outdoorsman!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Birdwatching on Bicycles

Today my parents and I went on a bike ride. We went to one of the lakes on the side of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard.

On the marsh end of the lake we saw a sand hill crane on her nest. She had built up her nest with the grass from the marsh. The nest was about four foot wide and about a foot and a half tall. Sand hill cranes build their nest in the middle of marshes to protect their eggs and young from predators.

We looked around carefully, and saw all kinds of birds. Mockingbirds chasing cardinals, mallard ducks feeding in the marsh, red wing blackbirds hanging on the reeds, anhingas chasing fish, pelicans floating calmly, and several common moorhen poking around in the weeds. The mockingbird was hunting by putting his wings up high so he would look bigger, that way the bugs would jump into the air so he could grab them.

In the shallows of the lake, we saw a whole bunch of tilapia in there nests. They were some of the biggest tilapia I have seen. There were many schools of minnows around the tilapia.

On the way home, we saw another sand hill crane probing the turf with his long beak looking for bugs. Mom insisted we stop, so she could give him some bread. He got so close that we could have touched him if we wanted to.

Near our home there is another lake that has a whole bunch of baby alligators in it. They seem very friendly, a little too friendly for alligators. I think some one has been feeding them. Feeding alligators is a very bad idea. If they the lose their fear of man they will be trapped and killed.

I am looking forward to going fishing later this week, maybe with my friend John or if I'm lucky we can all go to the beach.

Thanks again for stopping by and saying hello!
I appreciate everybody coming here and sharing in my adventures!

Thank You,


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bass Fishing Fever

Hello everyone!

This is just a quick note on today's exciting adventures! What a fantastic day!

My friend Darrell with his first bass! 13 inches 2 lbs

Darrell with his second. A new PB! 15 inches 3 1/2 lbs

Another shot.

This is my first bass of the New Year! 16 inches 4 lbs

This is my new PB! A full 17 inches and a whopping 5 lbs!

These are the lures we used.
The top one is a Yo-Zuri,
and the bottom is a bream pattern Rattle Trap.

I hope that all of you have a great year, and catch lots of fish.

Tight Lines,
Blake Rasch
Strikes, Bites, and Fights


Fishing With My Friends

Hi there! I hope everyone had a good Christmas and a very happy New Year! For Christmas I got some neat stuff, and I’ll be sharing that with you next week. I was really surprised that it was so hot this Christmas but I hope that next year it will be a white Christmas. Now, I’ve been taking my friends fishing lately and I thought I would share some of our adventures with you.

When I take my friends fishing we usually end up talking instead of fishing. We do catch some fish here and there, but all together we catch about the same amount of fish that I do when I fish alone. My friends’ names are Tom, Joe, Darrell, Ethan, Arron, and Cristian.

Joe’s mom is really afraid of the alligators so she does not let him go fishing with us, but we do sneak him out sometimes. Most of the time he has to stay home, which really stinks. So, my mom and dad are trying to convince Joe’s mom that if you treat the alligators with the proper respect they deserve, they are not as dangerous as people say they are.

Well, I have a lot of fun when I go fishing with my friends; Darrell caught a bass, and so did I, but my other friends have not caught any fish yet, but were working on different techniques for their lures. Some of my goals for this year are that I want to catch some red fish and snook. Well that about wraps it up for this week so...

I’ll see you next time at Strikes, Bites, and Fights.
Blake Rasch