We get things rolling when Terry Manley- Founder and Owner of Manley Rods drops by the studio. Terry is a serious bass angler and is currently in the process of trying to qualify for the Elite Series. Over the past 20 or so years Terry would always tinker with his rods, sometimes cutting them down shorter or building them out longer. This lack of satisfaction with the status quo led Terry to build his own adjustable rod system, and the Manley Rods ‘Adjust-A-Butt’ system is designed so it can be installed in any rod blank. Terry talks about his innovative system that is taking the fishing industry by storm. Visit Manley Rods
Then a real treat when 2013 BassMaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace stops by. After leading last month’s Classic from wire to wire, Cliff has collected a $500,000 payday and is on top of the world of pro bass fishing. He talks about his game plan heading into the event including:how he he fished the baits he used to win, what underwater structure or geographical features he keyed in on and how the weather affected each day.
Then we switch things up and talk spring turkey with our longtime friend of the show, Texas Parks & Wildlife’s Turkey Program Leader Jason Hardin. Texas south zone turkey opener is this weekend. Gobblers will be looking for love and shotguns will be sounding off in 54 South Texas counties. Nobody knows Texas turkeys better than Jason and gives us his predictions on what to expect this spring across the state. How was last year’s hatch, are there more jakes than usual, how about numbers of mature 3-4 year old toms? Jason also predicts which weekends he thinks will be the peak of the breeding season this spring. Don’t forget the North Zone opens Saturday, March 30th. For a full list of counties and zones visit TPWD’s website: Click for Season Dates
Then we round out the show by checking in with our friend and guide Carey Thorn. The warmer weather means the spring sandbass run is upon us as most of the males have already moved up into creeks and rivers that feed into Texas’ major reservoirs. Carey has studied this fish and their patterns for 15 years now and he has them patterned down to a science. My dad and myself had the pleasure of fishing with Carey this past week and limited out on sandies. Carey explains what temperature sets the spawn off, when to expect the big females to show up, what baits to use, what areas of the creek to target and also explains how barometric pressure can cause a great bite or shut the fishing down completely. Very interesting stuff to say the least. Oh, and I almost forgot- Carey is one heck of a fly fisherman. He helped increase my flyfishing skillset by leaps and bounds in a matter of a couple hours! First sandie I’ve ever caught on a flyrod. Lots of fun on light tackle! Visit Carey’s Website
Bassmaster Classic Champ Cliff Pace, Spring Turkey Preview, Sand Bass Runnin' & Manley Rods!
I don’t know how we are gonna get it all in! Off the top we check in with our good friend Jacob Orr of Limitless Outdoor Adventures. A North Texas native, Jacob has been guiding Grayson Country duck hunts and Lake Texoma Striper trips for a decade now. This week I had the pleasure of joining Jacob on Texoma’s vast waters. True to his word, Jacob said we could catch limits by throwing only artificial swim baits – which we did. We discuss where to find big Texoma striped bass, what baits to use and which retrieve technique is ideal for early spring. Lake Texoma is a gem of a fishery- one of only 5 landlocked water bodies in North America where stripers reproduce naturally. Jacob and I with the haul. Time to heat up the grease!
Then a real treat when Ray Johnston of the Ray Johnston Band joins us in studio. His story is an incredible one of resiliency and a sheer desire to live. After playing basketball at the University of Alabama, Ray was picked up by the Dallas Mavericks summer league team. It was then that Ray was diagnosed with a leukemia that covered 84% of his red blood cells. After 2 months in a coma and the loss of 7 toes Ray came out of it but he was far from out of the woods. With the dream of basketball over he turned to his other passion- music. A bone marrow transplant and many surgeries later and Ray Johnston just released his 2nd studio album- Against the Grain. We talk about his life, his music and even hear a couple tracks off the record. Ray in studio with us:
Besides playing some great Texas music, Ray is also a passionate outdoorsman and even brought his hunting buddy ‘Lil Dude to the studio with him. ‘Lil Dude is Boykin Spaniel. A very versatile hunting breed that will flush and retrieve all manner of upland birds, dove and waterfowl. After the interview Ray and I took the dogs out to get some field work in. ‘Lil Dude on a retrieve- pretty cool little bird dog:
Then we check in with Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Captain Fernando Cervantes. Captain Cervantes helped head up the successful sting “Operation Shark Fin” – a four-day, around-the-clock Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement effort along the lower coast aimed at disrupting trans-national criminal organizations engaged in illegal commercial fishing and other activities in the Gulf of Mexico, the Rio Grande, and Lake Falcon has resulted in the seizure of 17,500 feet of long lines, two vessels and 15 citations or arrests. TPWD Game Wardens with one of the seized illegal Mexican fishing vessels:
Texoma Stripers, Ray Johnston in Studio & TPWD Game Wardens Execute Major Sting 'Operation Shark Fin'
Get ready to wet a line because we have a bunch of fishing talk to get into! We kick it off with TPWD Information Specialist Larry Hodge. Based out of the Freshwater Fishery Center in Athens, he’s right in the middle of all things freshwater fishing in Texas. Larry also writes for TPWD Magazine and his latest work Hot On Fishing is featured on the cover of the March issue. The article focuses on these little hidden gems scattered across the state that serious anglers know as Power Plant Lakes. Due to warm water released from the power plants, these 20 plus lakes offer great cold weather fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, white bass and even freshwater red drum.
We discuss the best lake for each species and I throw Larry a curveball when we discuss Lake Fork’s history and why it continues to produce Sharelunker quality bass year in and year out (Fork is responsible for 3 of 8 lunkers entered into the Sharelunker program this season). Larry with a beautiful power plant lake red drum caught on Braunig Lake, San Antonio.
Then a real treat when Professional Bass Angler Joe Thomas drops by. Having fished both FLW and BASS over the years, Joe has won his fair share of tournaments and prize money. But these days you might recognize him more for his work as the host of Outdoor Channel’s “Stihl’s Reel in The Outdoors” and “Scent Lok’s High Places”. And this weekend, Joe is actually at another great Texas bass fishery- O.H. Ivie where he is the emcee and host of the Suddenlink Open Tony Gibson Memorial Fishing Tournament benefiting Hospice of San Angelo, TX. Joe talks about his favorite pre-spawn baits and we get his thoughts on the Alabama Rig. An avid bowhunter, we might even get into some big game hunting. Joe and myself at the 2010 Ducks Unlimited National Convention in Dallas where I had the honor of acting as emcee.
Then we shift gears and talk about something very important that I feel many Texas outdoor enthusiasts overlook. Lets face it, we all love to hunt and or fish and those passions can be very expensive. So whether it’s a ranch, ATV, bass boat, deer blind or if you are a guide or outfitter- you need to protect yourself. Sometimes bad things happen to good folks like you and I and that is why our friend Holmes Williams of Texas Insurance and Financial Services stops by to talk about the importance of protecting your outdoor/recreational assets. Holmes is a lifelong Texas outdoorsman and is even a PH (licensed Professional Hunter) in Botswana, Africa. I’m sure Holmes will share a couple of those experiences with us as well. Holmes rocking Game Guard Camoflauge with his SCI #5 overall Black Wildebeast. Texas proud brother!
Fishing Texas Power Plant Lakes, Joe Thomas on Pre Spawn Bass, and Protecting Your Outdoor Investments
Whitetail season has come and gone but that doesn’t mean the work has stopped. Far from it for land owners and lessees passionate about deer management. Food plots are especially important this time of the year as bucks are trying to recover from a breeding season in which they likely lost between 30 to 40 percent of their body weight. Our good friend Dr. James Kroll ‘Dr. Deer’ drops by to talk about what foods deer benefit from most during this vital recovery period. Energy vs protein, corn vs other supplemental feeds…Dr. Kroll has over 40 years in whitetail research and he breaks it all down for us. He also sheds insight as to what you should be planting based on what region of the state you live in. Food is often scarce during the late winter and deer will take advantage of your planting efforts.
The we talk trout and redfish with our longtime buddy Captain Len Girard who joins live from Corpus Christi Bay. Captain Len is on the water 6-7 days a week and he tells what the fish are biting and where to find ‘em. Black drum are still moving thru the flats in large schools and are tearing up both live and dead shrimp. We also get a gauge for the water temperature along most of the coast and when Captain Len expects the flounder and redfish to return to the bays from their winter spawn in the open ocean. A couple happy anglers after a recent trip with Captain Len:
We round out the broadcast by tackling the unfortunate issue of the Gulf Coast Fishery Management Council’s gross misuse of our red snapper resource. Last week the council released a recommendation for an 11 day red snapper season! This would be the shortest season on record. Cutting over 30 days of fishing off of last season. Our Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries Director Robin Reichers sits on the council and he is none too pleased about the proposal. The fishery off the Texas coast is the strongest in the Gulf and yet we keep getting a shortened season and fewer pounds for our overall quota. Texas offshore anglers are getting a raw deal and we get to the bottom of it. What does Robin thing can be done to rectify this situation? We try to find the answers. Yours truly is not a happy camper as I enjoy catching and eating red snapper as much as anyone.
Whitetail Management w/ Dr. Deer, Texas Off Shore Anglers Getting A Raw Deal, Trout & Black Drum Hot Along Texas Coast
The 2013 BassMaster Classic is this coming weekend! So we figured we’d better check in with one of the sports all time greats. You might recognize Hank Parker from his 27 years and counting as an outdoor television host, but Hank made his name in pro bass fishing – winning the Classic in ’79 and again in ’89. He also has an Angler of The Year title and is a member of the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame. Hank is no stranger to the location of this year’s Classic on Grand Lake, Tulsa OK. He talks about the fishery, what baits he would turn to in cold weather conditions, how pro bass fishing has changed since his heyday and Hank also gives us his Classic predictions.
Of course Hank is also a passionate hunter who enjoys bow hunting whitetails as much as he does bass fishing. Hank talks about this past season and some of the hunts that will be featured on his long running program “Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine” which airs on NBC Sports and Pursuit Channel.
Then a real treat when our friend Rich O’Toole drops by the studio. Rich is a lifelong outdoorsman and he has some crazy stories to share about his adventures on the water and in the woods. Obviously he brought his guitar with him so we will hear some brand new Texas music as well. The new record Brightwork comes out Tuesday, February 19th. Get ready for some great tunes and fun outdoor talk with one of Texas’ best country acts!
Outdoor Legend Hank Parker and Texas Honky Tonker Rich O'Toole In Studio
I am pumped about this week’s show because we get to visit with A.J. Downs of Conroe, Texas. On opening day of Texas’ bow season, A.J. double lunged the largest free range non-typical whitetail ever harvested in the Lone Star State! With 28 scorable points and incredible mass, this San Jacinto County buck grosses 263 1/8 and nets 253 3/8 smashing the previous state record by a whopping 24 inches. A.J. was pretty quiet about this buck until both Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett had a chance to give their official scores. According to Pope & Young this is the 9th largest non-typical whitetail killed in North America since they started official scoring in 1957. Pretty impressive for an East Texas deer!
Anyway, A.J. gives up all the details. Did he have pictures of the buck? How many seasons had he been watching him? How big was the lease? What were the conditions like that fateful opening morning? Was he hunting a food plot, feeder or trail? A.J. tells it all and a whole lot more. If you are a whitetail enthusiast of any kind you won’t want to miss this interview. A top ten all time North American whitetail…and out of East Texas no less.
Then we get our fishing fix in when our longtime friend of the show and Army Bass Anglers founder Major Cody Roberson stops by. Big things are going on for ABA these days. From once again having the honor as the lead boat out of this month’s Bass Master Classic on Grand Lake, OK to Season 2 of the hit show Force on Force which airs on World Fishing Network (WFN). Major also gives us his Classic prediction and we read an email from an active duty Sergeant Major currently serving in Afghanistan who somehow found our show. Pretty inspiring stuff for sure!
New Texas State Record Whitetail and Army Bass Anglers Stop By
We’ve got a special show planned for this weekend. One of our oldest friends is set to drop by. Whether you know him as a rockstar, best selling author, hunting tv show host, or gun activist, one thing is certain – Ted Nugent will keep you on the edge of your seat! And today will be no exception as we dive into a wide array of topics. To start with we get into some bowhunting talk and Ted has some sound advice for anyone out there looking to purchase a new bow. We also dissect the 2012-2013 Texas whitetail and despite the great acorn crop that kept so many bucks away from feeders, Ted still managed to stick a few good ones:
After discussing the hunting side of things we switch gears and delve into all the anit-gun, anti-America propaganda proliferating America society today. What does Ted believe we as civilians can do in order to ensure this current administration doesn’t gain enough momentum to infringe on the 2nd Amendment that so many Americans have paid the ultimate price to protect? Also, the NRA’s Annual Meetings will be held in Houston this May. Ted will be there, I will be there and we encourage you to come be a part of this great event celebrating the 2nd Amendment. I personally urge each of you to become a member of the most powerful pro-gun organization on the planet.
We then change it up and talk some fishing with 2013 BassMaster Classic less than a month away! Our good friend Lake Fork Guide Heath Hardwick joins us to talk some bass fishing. How has the mild Texas winter affected largemouth movements this winter? With water temps in the upper 40s to low 50s across much of the state, when does Heath think the big girls will start transitioning into their prespawn pattern? Also, is the Alabama Rig still the most consistent winter bait in Heath’s tacklebox? All that plus we get Heath’s predictions for the upcoming Classic on Grand Lake, Tulsa OK. Heath with a Lake Fork toad:
Ted Nugent on The 2nd Amendment & Bowhunting, Big Bass W/ Lake Fork's Heath Hardwick
It’s no secret that we are facing trying times as American gun owners and patriots. The left continues to infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights that ultimately was designed to protect us from not only the bad guys- but also a government that abuses the power that we gave them! Well, at least Texans have a State Representative in Steve Toth (R- Woodlands) who has our interests at heart. Representative Toth made national headlines last week with his “Firearm Protection Act” proposal. This act not only protects Texans’ 2nd Amendment rights but also our 10th Amendment rights as a sovereign state. We are thrilled to have him join us. It’s also a good feeling knowing we’ve elected an official not afraid to roll his sleeves up and do some heavy lifting on the front lines.
Then we are joined by Super Bowl Champion Garrett Hartley of the New Orleans Saints. Garrett hails from Southlake, TX and is a passionate outdoorsman. He especially enjoys bowhunting and is even a part owner in the relatively new X-Tag archery company! Garrett compares kicking a winning Sunday afternoon field goal to smoking a huge whitetail- you might be surprised which one gets his adrenaline flowing the most! He also is heading up a new hunting show set to premiere on Sportsman’s Channel first quarter of 2014. I’m a big fan despite Garrett’s game winning overtime field goal against the Cowboys this season.
With the the 2013 BassMaster Classic less than a month away we check in with a former Classic Champion- Michael Iaconelli. It’s no secret that Mike does things differently than most of the guys on the Elite Series and it’s worked out well for the New Jersey native. By staying true to himself, Mike has created a brand for himself and brought many new anglers to the sport. He also has the 2003 Classic and the 2006 AOY title to highlight a 15 year career. We get his thoughts on how the upcoming Classic will play out and we also discuss finesse fishing in great detail. You won’t want to miss this chat with one of pro bass fishing’s most captivating personalities!
Firearm Protection Act, A Super Bowl Champ on Bowhunting & Michael Iaconelli on Finesse Fishing and the 2013 Bassmaster Classic
Costa is continuing to sponsor our show in 2013! These new camo shades arrived yesterday. But even better than that, Costa sent us 6 promo cards to give away on the air in 2013!!! Be sure to tune in so you don’t miss your chance to customize your own pair of Costa Del Mar shades.
This week we focus on two things: Bucks and Ducks! After receiving countless emails from Texas deer hunters concerned about a drop in the number of deer they saw this season we decided to get to the bottom of things. Nobody knows our state’s whitetail herd better than TPWD Whitetail Program Leader Alan Cain. Hopefully Alan can explain why hunters in some regions saw fewer deer. Drought, disease, low fawn recruitment? Alan breaks it down for us.
We also visit with Alan about another factor that could be affecting whitetail numbers. Coyotes have never been more prevalent than they are today and a couple full grown coyotes can and will take down a mature buck. But will a strict predator control program really make a difference on most ranches or leases? Alan gives is his thoughts on how effective reducing coyote numbers really is.
Then we get into some late season waterfowling talk with Scott Keith- Founder/Owner of Quack Shack Duck Calls. You might have seen him on Sportsman Channel recently as the new Quack Shack duck hunting show premiered on January 5th! Quack Shack is Texas owned and operated and Scott takes immense pride in Texas’ rich waterfowling tradition and that’s why they film all their hunts right here in the Lone Star State. Scott in studio with us:
We also pick Scott’s brain on late season ducks. Specifically, how does he change up his calling technique and his G&H Decoy spread? What species does he incorporate in his spread regularly? His insight might just help you get that wary flock of late season mallards to commit to your spread!