Catfish Spawn is On, Caution with Feral Hogs, Worst Sharelunker Season on Record & The History and Tradition of the Y.O. Ranch Is Alive and Well
We discuss the ongoing blue and channel catfish spawn that is occurring on Texas lakes this month. Longtime catfish guide Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors makes his return to the broadcast. He tells us where to find these shallow fish and what to catch them on. Plus, what is know about the much more secretive flathead spawn? Greg also gives us his favorite catfish dish, a pleasant deviation from the usual battering and frying them.
Aaron Clark and his mother Carla then drop in to share a harrowing experience with a big boar feral hog. One that saw Carla rushed to the hospital with wounds so severe they required over 100 stitches. This story should serve as a reminder that big hogs are not to be taken lightly. We are glad that Carla has made a full recovery and that Aaron was able to kill the hog a couple weeks later. (Carla’s wounds and the pair posing with the responsible boar a couple weeks after the attack)
Next, we switch gears to bass fishing when our new Texas Parks and Wildlife Sharelunker Program Leader Kyle Brookshear drops in. This was the worst Sharelunker season Texas has had in recent memory – with only two 13 plus pound largemouth bass entered into the program this year. Kyle gives us his take on why the big fish were so hard for anglers to target. A former professional angler, we also pick his brain on catching good numbers of post spawn largemouths. (Kyle with a 10 lb’er – his personal best largemouth)
We wrap things up when Y.O. Ranch Headquarters Director of Tourism- Debbie Hagebusch joins us. I recently had the pleasure of taking in the legendary Y.O. Ranch a couple weeks ago. From the historical Texas landmarks on the property, to stunning views and incredible exotic hunting- we talk about the Y.O.’s influence and place in Texas hunting and ranching lore. (32 inch axis buck I harvested on my trip)
The void you left only aches because of all the joy you brought. You gave everything, asking for nothing. Our bond was formed despite my imperfections. I was just a 20 year old kid- full of pride and ready for anything. But how could I ever be ready for today? You were my family before I had a family. You’ve seen me at my best and so many times my worst. The gifts you gave taught me much, for patience, loyalty and unconditional love are virtues not easily attained. All these years you watched over me as our family slowly grew- showing them the same love you showed me. But today we say goodbye old friend, your race being run. Where that kid once stood, now stands a man. So sleep peacefully then, knowing your work here is finished, the job was well done.