Big Bass Bash on Kentucky Lake and Bass Fishing Lake Whitney

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re on Kentucky Lake covering the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley, and later, we’re traveling over to Lake Whitney in Texas and fishing with Bassmaster Elite Series Pro’s Clark Wendlandt and Frank Talley! 

To kick things off, it’s time for the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash! The goal of this event is to reel in one big bite to win it all, and the winner of the event will bring home thousands of dollars in prizes and contingencies. The Big Bass Bash is a two day tournament, broken down into four sessions on day one, and three sessions on day two. Each of the sessions is presented by a different sponsor, giving anglers the opportunity to snag incredible sponsor prizes throughout the day by winning a session. Along with the tens of thousands of dollars in prizes and contingencies that are on the line this week, teams are also battling for valuable points towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year Presented by Abu Garcia.

The competition is fierce out on the water, and anglers are bringing back some huge catches with small margins between weights separating first place from tenth place in the overall leader boards. Tune in and find out which collegiate angler will reel in the biggest fish and win it all at the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash!

Up next, We’re in Texas fishing on the great waters of Lake Whitney with Bassmaster Elite Series Pro’s Clark Wendlandt and Frank Talley. They’re fishing in the midst of an extreme cold front that even dropped a few inches of snow on the ground. During their day trip, the guys will be throwing various crankbait sizes and colors from Strike King. As they start their morning, Clark is throwing a Strike King Pro Model 3XD crankbait, and Frank is throwing a 1.5 square bill while targeting rocking banks. With water temperatures are in the 40’s, and facing wind blowing up to 15mph from the north, today promises to be an educational day on the water!

As Clark and Frank move along the rocky banks, their morning starts off a tad slow, but that doesn’t stop them from reeling in fish. While the day progresses, we’ll hear from Clark about a few of the tools he uses from TH Marine, including the Tackle Titan and the Money Pole, to help keep him organized throughout his day, as well as what he does to recover baits after they’ve been snagged on the bottom. Later in the afternoon, after the water temperature has a chance to warm up a few degrees, Clark and Frank start seeing more catches, and take note that the Strike King Pro Model 3XD crankbait is the bait of the day. At the very end of their time on the water, one of these two Bassmaster Elite Pro’s reels in a massive 7lb fish. Tune in and see which angler wins big bass of the day!

The Trinity Oaks Purple Heart Heroes Celebration Hunt


In November of 2020, Americana Outdoors had the privilege of covering Trinity Oaks’ Purple Heart Heroes Celebration Hunt, sponsored by Saulsbury. This event honored Purple Heart veterans from world war two, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars. Trinity Oaks is a Texas based, non profit organization founded on the premise that participation in the outdoors is a powerful and fundamentally life-changing experience, and their mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others through the use of hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. Our journey today brings us to their Thumbtack Ranch location.  While staying on this expansive two thousand acre plot of land, not only will our veterans get to hunt, but they will also have the chance to partake in some relaxing fishing over a pond, hit up the shooting range, and enjoy a host of other activities. Bringing our service men to Trinity Oaks for this hunting experience is the epitome of what it means to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and gives our veterans an opportunity to connect with others who have endured similar circumstances throughout their careers in service to our country. We would like to thank Trinity Oaks for hosting this incredible hunt, and extend a sincere thank you to the brave men and women who have donned the uniform to protect and serve our country.  If you know a veteran who would benefit from participating in one of Trinity Oaks’ many programs geared towards making a difference in a veteran’s life, visit their website at trinityoaks.org/veteran-programs.

Special Thanks to the camera crews who donated their time and work!

Rusty Weed – Careco TV

JD – Kalamazoo Films

Nathan Wilson – Muddy Water Creative

Brandon McDow – Bar MC Media

Port Aransas, Texas

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re taking a look back on some trips we’ve taken to one of our favorite Gulf Coast hot spots, Port Aransas, Texas and its surrounding areas! Port Aransas is known for its sprawling shore lines, year-round outdoor activities, and unlimited options when it comes to dining on some of the best freshly caught seafood. From sport fishing, parasailing, and dolphin watching, to taking a stroll through the streets and visiting all of the local shops, galleries, and restaurants, Port Aransas boasts the island life and is one of the only tourist destinations that has something for everyone!

Our first throwback revisits when Wade Middleton and Clark Wendlandt took their wives out to the coast for a relaxing weekend getaway and good times on the water. After loading up on their baits and getting all of their lines tined, they jetted out across the water to kick off the first day of their vacation! One of the best things about fishing at the coast is you never know what you’re going to catch, and as the day wears on, we’ll see everyone reeling in all kinds of species of fish, making for one memorable day on the water. On the second day of their Port A stay, the girls stayed behind to enjoy some local shopping, and Wade and Clark headed back out to sea to a familiar jetty Wade has fished around before. Once again Port Aransas does not disappoint, and while fishing off the jetty’s Wade and Clark get tons of bites, and more importantly, reel in tons of quality red fish and trout that will make for a delicious fish fry later that evening!

Up next, we’re bringing you coverage of the IFA Redfish Tour that was recently held right here in Port Aransas. Port Aransas began as a fishing port and a fishing town, and has since turned into something more. With a healthy fishing marina, Port A loves bringing in as many tournaments as possible, and the hospitality and kindness shown by the locals and the Port Aransas Tourism Bureau and Chamber of Commerce is what has the IFA Redfish Tour returning to these pristine waters year after year. With a total cash purse worth just over $40,000, and a Ranger RB190 awaiting the first place team, 54 teams eagerly duked it out on the coastal waters of Port Aransas. Tune in and find out how this premiere grass roots in-shore tournament panned out!

Field Testing The Garmin Xero X1i


It’s the morning of opening bow season in Texas, and Wade is heading out to his hunting sight in the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 XT-R. During this hunt he’ll be field testing the brand new Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope, mounted atop his TenPoint Vapor RS470. This Crossbow/Scope package is unlike any other, and hopefully, we’re about to see the full potential of its power. Not too long into Wade’s first sit, the slightest wrong movement triggers the deer to clear the area. Not one to be phased by this, Wade waits it out and the deer slowly make their way back to the hunting scene, including an impressively sized shooter buck. Will Wade get an opportunity to take a shot on this buck, or will the deer bust him once more?

Spicing Up Your Hunting Area


We’re in Central Texas with Wade Middleton where he’s giving us the rundown of how he likes to set up a hunting area. Some of these tips include setting out deer blocks around his blind from Record Rack. Deer love these highly nutritious feed blocks and can’t resist the wild berry flavor. Another key thing is to set up your pop-up blind in an area that gives you the best tactical advantage. By getting out and looking at it from the perspective of a deer, you can see what changes you need to make to the area by spicing up its surroundings. One other step you can take is setting up a Stealth Cam. Having one of these nifty cameras set up around your hunting site allows you to see when deer are coming in, and which deer are visiting that may be the perfect dream buck. Keep these tips in mind next time you go hunting, and hopefully, you’ll have no issues bringing home a whitetail of your own!

Field Testing The Garmin Xero X1i and the Trinity Oaks Purple Heart Heroes Celebration Hunt


This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re joining Wade on a whitetail hunt where he’s testing out the brand new Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope, and later, we’re covering the Trinity Oaks Purple Heart Heroes Celebration Hunt, sponsored by Saulsbury.  Before we join Wade in a pop-up blind for his opening season hunt, he’s going to fill us in on some of his methods of giving himself the best chances at having a successful hunt. Some of these tips include setting up your pop-up blind in an area that gives you the best tactical advantage. By getting out and looking at it from the perspective of a deer, you can see what changes you need to make to the area by spicing up its surroundings. Another tool Wade uses is setting out deer blocks around his blind from Record Rack. Deer love these highly nutritious feed blocks and can’t resist the wild berry flavor. Another step you can take is setting up a Stealth Cam. Having one of these nifty cameras set up around your hunting site allows you to see when deer are coming in, and which deer are visiting that may be the perfect dream buck. Keep these tips in mind next time you go hunting, and hopefully, you’ll have no issues bringing home a whitetail of your own!

Well, it’s the morning of opening bow season in Texas, and Wade is heading out to his hunting sight in the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 XT-R. During this hunt he’ll be field testing the brand new Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope, mounted atop his TenPoint Vapor RS470. This Crossbow/Scope package is unlike any other, and hopefully, we’re about to see the full potential of its power. Not too long into Wade’s first sit, the slightest wrong movement triggers the deer to clear the area. Not one to be phased by this, Wade waits it out and the deer slowly make their way back to the hunting scene, including an impressively sized shooter buck. Will Wade get an opportunity to take a shot on this buck, or will the deer bust him once more?

In November of 2020, Americana Outdoors had the privilege of covering Trinity Oaks’ Purple Heart Heroes Celebration Hunt, sponsored by Saulsbury. This event honored Purple Heart veterans from world war two, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars. Trinity Oaks is a Texas based, non profit organization founded on the premise that participation in the outdoors is a powerful and fundamentally life-changing experience, and their mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others through the use of hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. Our journey today brings us to their Thumbtack Ranch location.  While staying on this expansive two thousand acre plot of land, not only will our veterans get to hunt, but they will also have the chance to partake in some relaxing fishing over a pond, hit up the shooting range, and enjoy a host of other activities. Bringing our service men to Trinity Oaks for this hunting experience is the epitome of what it means to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and gives our veterans an opportunity to connect with others who have endured similar circumstances throughout their careers in service to our country. We would like to thank Trinity Oaks for hosting this incredible hunt, and extend a sincere thank you to the brave men and women who have donned the uniform to protect and serve our country.  If you know a veteran who would benefit from participating in one of Trinity Oaks’ many programs geared towards making a difference in a veteran’s life, visit their website at trinityoaks.org/veteran-programs.

Special Thanks to the camera crews who donated their time and work!

Rusty Weed – Careco TV

JD – Kalamazoo Films

Nathan Wilson – Muddy Water Creative

Brandon McDow – Bar MC Media

Bass Fishing Tips and Tricks

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re taking a tour across several states to bring you some of the latest tips and tricks in bass fishing!  To kick things off we’re meeting up with Clark Wendlandt and Amanda Masters in Florence, Alabama, as they tackle some Tailracing on Pickwick Lake! Tailrace fishing is angling below natural or man-made dams on rivers, canals, streams, or any other flowing current. Fishing in a tailrace demands a certain set of skills from an angler as fishing the tail race can present many different challenges and is often unpredictable. With a little patience and attention to how the fish are behaving throughout the day, it can yield some huge rewards for those anglers willing to take a shot at it. Clark and Amanda see the rewards of their hard work throughout the day, reeling in large small mouth, drum, and white bass!

Next up we’re hopping over to Texas where Mike McClelland is showing us his insider secrets when it comes to crankbait fishing on Fayette County Reservoir! Mike will be covering which crank baits to use depending on the depth you want to fish at, what time of year is best to use crank baits, how to set up your electronics, and what type of rod and line to use on the water. When you follow these tips and tricks that Mike McClelland has to share with us today, you’ll reel a ton of fish into your boat and quickly see why they are the personal favorite of many professional anglers!

Last up on this quest for the best tips and tricks in bass fishing, we’ll be hanging out in Kentucky on Lake Beshear with Terry McWilliams and Jeff Reynolds. Terry is best known as the pioneer of the Stupid Tube™ made by Secret Lures. This little tube has taken him from fishing several local state tournaments, all the way up to landing him a fourth place finish in the 2007 Bassmaster Classic. Join us as we get an in depth look at how this tube and jig head expertly work together as a rigging system that is guaranteed to reel in lots of fish into your boat!

Fishing The Ice and Bass Fishing in the Spring


This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re revisiting some exciting ice fishing trips and reminiscing on all of the fun that can be had while fishing over a frozen lake! If you don’t know any better, Ice fishing sounds like a good way to just end up with frozen hands and a runny nose. While that can and does happen, ice fishing is more like having a really cold picnic with friends, that just happens to take place in below freezing temperatures!

Our first trip we’ll be looking back on is the time when Wade’s good friend Steve Pennaz, who is an expert on all things ice fishing, convinced him to leave the warm Texas waters and travel up north for his first experience with ice fishing in Minnesota! We’ll see just how incredible and addicting ice fishing can be when Wade makes his first catch through a drilled hole that’s no bigger than the size of a dinner plate! As Wade continues his first day of ice fishing, he’s taken back to the first time he ever caught his first blue gill fish as a kid. The same excitement he felt catching that first blue gill as a kid is the same excitement he’s feeling fifty years later catching a blue gill while ice fishing. Before the day is over Wade is already looking forward to his future return to the ice!

Up next we’ll continue our ice fishing adventures by checking out what it’s like to fish out of a wheelhouse! There are times during ice fishing outings when it’s just too cold to sit outside. Many anglers have taken to fishing from permanent or portable shelters with propane heaters inside to keep warm. This was the case when we accompanied our Garmin team on another ice fishing expedition, and the first day of fishing saw a wind chill of negative forty degrees! Brrr! One of the new advances in ice fishing is the development of Garmin’s Panoptix™ Ice Fishing Bundle. This kit, with the addition of Livescope™, gives anglers so much more clarity to see what’s down below. The image is so clear, they can make out what species of fish are below just by referencing their screen! The next day, the weather had warmed up to a comfortable six degrees, which gave our team the opportunity to get outside, drill some holes, and enjoy the great outdoors!

In closing, always make sure you’re safe and prepared.  Sitting on a frozen lake and staring down a hole the size of a dinner plate may not sound like fun to those who haven’t tried it, however we promise you ice fishing can be incredibly rewarding, and it’s an activity that helps many anglers up north get through the long winters.  Mix in the Garmin Livescope and it’s one of the most exciting ways to fish!

To wrap up this show, we’re thawing out and migrating south like a duck for some spring time fishing at the famous Lake Amistad! Wade Middleton and Jeff Reynolds have met up to enjoy a simple and relaxed day of fishing. Of course, between these two, there’s no such thing as, “easy-going” fishing, and the guys keep a tally throughout the day to see who comes out victorious. By the time we join them, the guys have already been out on the water for several hours, and the current standings have both anglers with 8 fish apiece, so it’s safe to say fishing is pretty good so far. Back and forth they reel fish in, but who will reel in enough fish to edge out the other? Tune in and find out!

MilleLacs Ice Fishing Show 2