Zane Williams in Studio, Christian Laettner on All Things Muskie Fishing and A Reprieve on Red Snapper
Red Snapper is always a hot topic for folks along the Gulf Coast. Especially after a criminally short ONE DAY season was implemented for recreational anglers in Federal Waters this summer. That regulation caused quite the backlash and it has since been changed to a 10 day season from June 1st – 10th. So what changed? Our Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries Director Robin Reichers stops by to give us the low down on what happened. We also get updates on the overall health of our redfish, trout and flounder fisheries.
Next up a special in studio treat when our longtime friend and honky tonker Zane Williams drops in. We revisit some of our hunts over the years- from turkey to geese and axis deer at last spring’s first ever “Guns and Guitars” hunt at Koon’s Canyon Ranch where Zane harvested a beautiful axis buck.
Zane’s new record – “Texas Like That” is also doing very well. The title track has become a fan favorite and the latest single “Jayton and Jill” has climbed to #2 on the Texas Music Chart. Zane plays us some brand new stuff of the record. We also get into his recent dream come when he took the stage at the Grand Ol Oprey for the first time! Congrats buddy, we are glad all your hard work is paying off.
We also get into some giant muskie talk with former Duke Blue Devil 2x National Champion, USA Dream Team Member, NBA All Star and Basketball Hall of Famer Christian Laettner. Of course we mix in a little basketball discussion on the heels of the acclaimed ESPN Films “30 for 30 – I Hate Christian Laettner.” If you haven’t seen it, I encourage to check it out.
More importantly for our show though, Christian is an avid outdoorsman and passionate muskie fisherman. So much so that he founded his own muskie fishing company and social media community. He talks about living ‘The Muskie Life’ with us. What is so appealing about catching these freshwater monsters? We discuss his favorite method of catching giant muskies, what time of the year is best and Christian gives his favorite muskie fishing hot spots. www.themuskielife.com
Giving Bass The Bird, Spring Black Bear Hunting, NWTF Looking To Increase Public Hunting Opportunity and Texas’ Premiere Gundog Artist Joins Us In Studio
Who doesn’t want more public hunting or fishing opportunity? This week we are joined by National Wild Turkey Federation Private Lands Leasing Biologist David Carter. The NWTF has partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife to lease additional private lands for the purpose of public hunting. David acts as the liaison between private landowners and TPWD. We discuss Type 2 (Annual Public Land Permit) hunting opportunity in Texas and how David works to enroll more lands into the program. Who funds this project? How can landowners lease their lands to TPWD? David breaks it all down for us.
Next up, our old friend and two time Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Aaron Martens stops by. Aaron took home first place and a $100,000 paycheck at last weekend’s Elite Series event on Lake Havasu, Arizona. But it was the pattern he used to win that was pretty amazing. Always thinking outside the box, Aaron noticed all the blackbird nests lining the reeds of Havasu.
After finding a bunch of black feathers in his livewell, he realized the pattern that would win the tournament. When baby birds fall out of their nest, big predatory bass were usually there to scoop them up! We discuss the bird pattern as well as Aaron’s fitness routine and we get his thoughts on keeping and eating bass. Be sure to catch Aaron fishing the championship round of the Shell Rotella Challenge Cup this on Major League Fishing this weekend! Saturday, 1 PM CST on Outdoor Channel!
Then, Chris McKinnon of McKinnon Outfitters joins from Alberta, Canada! We get into all things spring black bear hunting as we are gearing up for our first ever black bear hunt next week. Chris tells us what to expect on our trip to Alberta to hunt with McKinnon Outfitters. We talk bear vitals, shot placement, and what is happening in the life cycle of a bear at this time of year.
We round out the broadcast with an in studio treat when renown wildlife and gun dog artist Van Johnson drops by. Named the ‘Ducks Unlimited 2014-2015 Texas Sponsor Artist of the Year’- Van talks about his love for upland hunting and how that ultimately inspired him to pick up a paintbrush and canvas some 20 years ago. We remissness on the heyday of Texas quail hunting and the kinds of bird dogs that Van hunted over for over 40 years. We also discuss how to commission an original painting like the one he did of Belle (pictured below).
Night Time is the Right Time for Big Bass, Apex Predator w/ Remi Warren, The Real Meaning of Memorial Day and Post Spawn Largemouth Patterns
Lifelong hunter and big game guide Remi Warren- host of Apex Predator on Sportsman Channel drops by to discuss the shows’s highly successful first season. What separates Apex Predator from most other hunting shows out there? Remi explains how he studies various predators at the top of the food chain and then implements their skills and traits into his own pursuit of wild game. Pictured below, Remi successfully takes a buffalo after sneaking up on the herd with the aide of a coyote skin on his back. Fascinating stuff!
Next, our old friend and fishing buddy Kelly Jordon makes his return to the program. Long before a successful career as a pro angler, Kelly was known for catching huge Lake Fork lunkers under the cover of darkness. Obviously, the Texas summers are hot- and spending a night on the water offers a nice break from the heat. But more importantly, Kelly explains that this is the time to catch that toad of a lifetime.
He gives us his favorite moon phase for night fishing. Also, what color baits and color patterns seem to work the best? What about line choice and poundage? You might be surprised by some of his answers. Bottom line- don’t be afraid of the dark!
Next a special in studio treat when we are joined by former US Navy SEAL and Carry The Load co-founder Stephen Holley. Carry the Load is an awesome event that really brings the purpose of Memorial Day to the forefront. It’s not at all about BBQ, beer and heading to the lake for a 3 day weekend. We discuss the upcoming Carry the Load events here in Texas and nationwide and how you can get involved. Stephen is also a passionate bowhunter so we mix in some elk hunting talk as well.
We wrap things up by checking in with our friend and bass fishing guide Charles Whited of Barefoot Fishing Tours. After taking home back to back 1st place finishes on the Texas Tournament Zone Trail and a 2nd Place on LBJ in the recent BASS CHAMPS event- Charles is clearly dialed in on Texas’ post spawn largemouths. He tells us where to find the big fish as they transition back out to deeper water and what to catch them on.