Deer Hunting In Kentucky

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re back in Kentucky for our annual week long stay at Salt River Outfitters for the opening weekend of whitetail bow season! This marks the fifth year in a row that we’ve returned to Kentucky for the opening weekend of bow season, and every year we’re blown away by the gorgeous scenery and plentiful wildlife all around us. In camp with us this year we have the full Careco crew, with Wade Middleton, Steve Nessl, and Scott Newby, hitting the field in search of some big whitetails in velvet. One of the things we love about returning to Salt River Outfitters is the community that has formed around velvet week. Often times we’ll see the same guests around camp and we’ve had the great fortune to form life long friendships with these folks. To learn more about Salt River Outfitters and book your very own hunt with them, visit worldwidetrophyadventures.com!

Before we head out to the field, we’ll take a look at how the team will be navigating the vast stretches of terrain here in Kentucky by using Yamaha Side-By-Side vehicles. The entire lineup of ATV’s and Side-By-Sides are available to you as a bow hunter, whether you’re looking to use it to haul out gear or haul in that buck of a lifetime, Side-By-Sides are the perfect crossover for both utility and recreational use. As Steve will tell us, “Realistically, what someone can expect when they get a Side-By-Side is not having to buy another Side-By-Side for a really long time.” Yamaha stands behind their guarantee for capability, comfort, and confidence. Head on over to yamahaoutdoors.com to shop the full lineup of Side-By-Side vehicles!

It’s opening day of bow season, and we’re heading out to the field with Steve Nessl to an area he knows is loaded with great Kentucky bucks. He’s not in the tree stand for very long before a doe appears, followed by two decently sized bucks. Not much more time passes before an absolute giant of a Kentucky velvet whitetail emerges along the tree line in front of him. Tune in and see how this heart-pounding encounter unravels!

Up next, we’re hitting the field with Wade Middleton on day two of opening weekend. He’s headed out to the same honey hole he hunted yesterday, and while he may not have tagged a deer on opening day, he still saw plenty of action in the field to get him pumped up for what today may bring. Just as we saw with Steve’s hunt, it doesn’t take long before Wade is surrounded by a large group of bachelor bucks, and we mean, surrounded. Left and right it’s a smorgasbord of deer, and once Wade finally sets his sights on the one he wants, it’s game on. The arrow flew and was a clean pass through, and yet, that tough deer did not want to go down. To show the deer the respect it deserves, he backed out for the night and decided to come back the next morning. What follows is one of the longest tracks we’ve ever experienced. Tune in and see if Wade will recover this deer, or if he’ll go down as, “the one who got away.”

To round out our Kentucky trip, we’re heading out to the field with the bow hunting, “newbie,” of the group. But first, let’s rewind to day one and see how the introduction of Scott Newby’s bow hunting experience unfolded. For months leading up to this day Scott has practiced shooting his bow at home, and spent even more time dialing it in here at camp before the season officially kicked off, and now, his moment has finally arrived. On day one, a huge velvet buck appeared and earned himself the name, “Hook,” thanks to a wayward tine. Unfortunately, Hook does not present any good shot opportunities on the first sit, but that never broke Scott’s spirits or determination. Find out if Scott ends up bringing home this unique buck of a lifetime!

Garmin Xero and BIG Whitetails

This week on Americana Outdoors Presented by Garmin, we’re bringing you exclusive coverage of the brand new Xero A1i Pro bow sight from Garmin, and later, we’re joining Wade Middleton high up in a tree stand as he tests out the Garmin Xero X1i crossbow scope, equipped on top of a TenPoint Vapor RS 470!  To kick things off, we’re getting into the history of how Garmin has upgraded their unrivaled Xero bow sights over the years!

As Wade will tell us, when it comes to technology, “there’s few companies that can rival what Garmin has done.” Starting with the revolutionary Xero A1i compound bow sight, Garmin has continued to introduce game changing sights to the Xero family over the years. Most recently, they debuted the Garmin Xero X1i crossbow scope to expand the accessibility to Xero technology to crossbow hunters, and now they’ve upgraded the compound bow sight with the latest edition of the A1i Pro bow sight. Along with the many upgrades this new bow sight features, the A1i Pro comes equipped with upgraded user interfaces that make set up a breeze, and has the ability to automatically calculate your entire pin stack once you’ve dialed in your 20 yard pin! The only thing this amazing new bow sight can’t do is control your nerves. You still have to practice, you still have to hit those anchor points, and you’ve got to be in charge of that moment, and if you can do that, you’re going to hit exactly where you’re aiming. To learn more about the entire lineup of Garmin Xero bow sights, visit garmin.com.

Now that we’ve learned a little bit about the Garmin Xero bow sights, we’re joining Brandon Brinkman out in the field for an early morning turkey hunt as he puts his Xero A1i Pro to use and gives us the first look at how this revolutionary sight performs under pressure. He doesn’t have to sit for long before a flock of rio’s make their grand entrance. As he sits back and observes this vocal group of turkeys, one mature tom strays off from the flock and makes his way closer and closer to Brandon. Tune in and see just how close this turkey gets and if he ends up giving Brandon a shot opportunity!

To round out Brandon’s time at deer camp with us, he’s giving us a full walk through of how to set up and sight in the Xero A1i Pro bow sight from Garmin. Over the course of the demonstration, we’ll see how to set up your twenty yard pin, how to align the reticle, and get an inside look at the upgraded graphics displays that make setting up your bow sight a simple process!

Last but not least, we’re meeting up with Wade Middleton in Central Texas during opening weekend for hunting season. He’s bringing his TenPoint Vapor RS 470 equipped with a Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope high up in a tree stand with the hopes of harvesting a big whitetail buck. True to Texas form, Wade is faced with warm weather in the low eighties, with sunny skies and wind gusts of 15-20mph. After spending some time practicing ranging and shooting the TenPoint Vapor RS 470 paired with the Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow scope at the range, this marks the first weekend Wade has had a chance to take this deadly combo to the field. After patiently waiting for the perfect buck to show, an eight point emerges from the edge of the brush line. Tune in and witness how this pairing of the TenPoint Vapor RS 470 and the Garmin Xero X1i crossbow scope perform together!

National Team Walleye Championship from AuSable and Oscoda Michigan

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re in AuSable and Oscoda Michigan on the waters of Lake Huron where we’re bringing you the full coverage of this years Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship, and later, we’ll cover more ways you can get involved in tournament walleye fishing!
The NTC is a three day, two angler team format tournament. Anglers can bring their five best fish to the scales for weight in. This year we have 219 teams competing for a chance to get a piece of the $242,000 dollar cash purse, and the first place winners will receive a grand prize of $25,000 and a brand new Ranger 620!

The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship is considered one of the the highest levels of grassroots walleye fishing tournaments.  This tournament is the result of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s partnering with The Walleye Federation, Ranger Boats, and numerous other sponsors and walleye circuits and clubs across the nation.  To find out how you can get involved in local clubs and have a chance to be invited to the NTC, visit walleyefederation.com/cabelas-ntc!

We’re kicking things off on local angler Adam Hume’s boat with his partner, Mike Karner. They’ve already landed two good keeper walleye and are looking to fill out their limit. In between sifting through the sheep head to get to the walleye, it doesn’t take long for them to bump up the numbers in their livewell to four. Over on the South end of Lake Huron, we meet up with another pair of locals, Romeo Bourdage and Mark Haugerud, who share their thoughts on what it means to have Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s hosting an event like the NTC in their small community. According to Romeo, “It’s phenomenal… That they put the time, effort, and energy in to bring money into the communities… the whole local economy benefits when they’re putting money out like that.” As day one winds down, we see some pretty big bags at the scales, with 22.13 pounds taking the lead on day one!

Before we head in to day two, we’ll take some time to learn about more walleye tournament options for those of you who are avid walleye anglers and looking to broaden your horizons in the tournament fishing world. For 37 seasons, The Masters Walleye Circuit has set the standard for team walleye tournament fishing. Winners of these tournaments routinely pocket $10,000 to $15,000 dollars or more in cash and prizes thanks to investments from Bass Pro Shops and Cabala’s, as well as from other bonuses provided by sponsors such as Ranger Boats. On top of that, competitors who place in first of each leg of the MWC schedule automatically win a $1,000 dollar Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship prize package that includes paid entry into the NTC! To learn more about the MWC, head on over to masterswalleyecircuit.com!

As day two unfolds, the weather is changing and the catches have slowed down considerably for our competitors. By the time we get to the scales, we see a shake up on the leaderboard with Day one leaders falling to third, and Day one’s fifth place team jumping up into first. With the weather continuing to change and a massive storm threatening to roll in, tune in and see if Day three will be fished, or if day two’s leaderboard standings will remain untouched and a winner crowned!

As we wrap up this show, let’s take a look at another famous circuit that passionate walleye anglers can participate in, the National Walleye Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s.  This highly competitive circuit offers premier, tour-level competition for avid walleye anglers!   Featuring a regular season and a championship, this tour provides the highest level of competitive walleye fishing available that features unparalleled media coverage and a payout that’s unmatched in tournament walleye fishing.    If you want to compete in next years National Walleye Tour, head on over to nationalwalleyetour.com where you can learn how to get registered, read about the angler advantage program and all of the sponsor contingency programs they offer, and sign up for their free e-newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news out of the National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s!

The Ranger Boats Experience

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re on Table Rock Lake fishing in the Ozarks of Missouri and bringing you all of the exciting coverage of this years Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Ranger Boats Experience!

Similar to years past, the Ranger Boats Experience takes a group of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s CLUB members on an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the Ranger Boats factory, where they get the opportunity to see how these world class boats are built from the ground up. Then, they get the opportunity to participate in a two-day Pro-am bass fishing tournament alongside professional bass anglers that are associated with Ranger Boats and Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, all while staying at the world famous Big Cedar Lodge!

We’re kicking day one off on professional bass angler Stephen Browning’s boat with his partner Richard Ruschhaupt where they look like they’re using Stephen’s knowledge of Table Rock to catch some fish on their first stop. After swiftly landing two good keepers, we’ll leave them to their own devices and check in with CLUB member James Parisien and his partner Todd Auten. Over on this stretch of the lake, James and Todd have already landed their five keepers, and now they’re looking for even bigger fish to cull and bump up their total weight for the scales. Over on Wade Middleton’s boat, Wade gives us a brief history on what his past involvement with the Ranger Boats Experience has meant to him over the years. According to Wade, “Catching fish is a bonus, but the experience of all the different people coming together from all over,” is one of his favorite parts about this event. By the end of the day, all five teams bring back five fish limits, and Richard Ruschhaupt along with his partner Stephen Browning are leading the score boards with a 3.76 pound lead over fifth place.

Going into day two, the teams get shuffled around and the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s CLUB members find themselves with all new partners. Richard Ruschhaupt describes his experience as having, “Fished with the old man yesterday and the young gun today.” By switching up the pairings between days one and two, the CLUB members get the unique opportunity of seeing varying perspectives and how the pro’s take different approaches while they’re on the water. Just like on day one, all of the teams are seeing success as they reel in lots of fish. Over on Clark Wendlandt’s boat, Clark takes the time to coach Colette McBride on what to do to land a solid keeper. By the end of the day, all the teams bring in bags at the five fish limit. Will Richard Ruschhaupt hold on to his lead, or will another CLUB member swoop in at the last moment and bring home the glory? Tune in and find out!

Time Outdoors With Fred Roumbanis


This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re welcoming professional bass angler Fred Roumbanis to camp, where he’ll be talking all things Garmin both on the water, and out in the field!  To Fred, Garmin is more than just a partnership, using their products is a way of life, so it’s only fitting that as he ventures more into the world of hunting, he’ll have the Garmin Xero bow sight equipped on his bow.  First thing’s first, as this will be Fred’s debut using the Garmin Xero bow sight, Michael helps him get sighted in at camp before hitting the field.  We’ll quickly see how easy the Xero bow sight is to use, even for someone who describes themselves as a, “novice,” when it comes to hunting.

On the first hunting day of Fred’s week long stay, he’s treated to an incredible nature hike on the way to the famous killing tree. As Fred is strolling along the path with his bow in hand, a prickly little critter with a goofy walk emerges before him, giving him his first ever sighting of a porcupine in the wild! Not long after, Kevin points out a red stag in the distance, giving him two sightings of animals he’s never seen in their natural habitats. Once he finally gets settled in the killing tree, a fallow appears, yet another unfamiliar animal to him! As Fred will tell us, “To take in this experience and see wildlife first hand like this, it’s why I love the outdoors.” By the end of Fred’s first day of hunting, he adds a sika to the list of never-before-seen animals, and even though he gets busted and doesn’t fill the freezer on the first day, it wasn’t for a lack of seeing animals while having a wonderful time.

Up next, after hitting the field four more times over the course of two days since his first outing, we’re taking Fred over to Amistad Reservoir! If you’re ever on Fred’s bass boat, you’ll quickly see how decked out it is with all things Garmin from his trolling motor to his Garmin mapping units, and today he’s showing us how he relies on Garmin electronics while he’s fishing, specifically, Garmin Livescope, for finding and catching fish faster and easier than ever before. By the end of our time on the water, we’ll see why Garmin is more than Garmin and electronics, but a lifestyle to Fred.

After returning to camp from a fun morning of fishing, Wade informed Fred that he’s been spotting a monster of a deer on the trail cams near a box blind. Feeling eager to get back out to the field, Fred and Kevin hit the road with their sights set on tracking down this deer. Once they’re settled in to the blind, Fred notices some unusual behavior from the animals that hadn’t been displayed up until this point. They come in, then they run out, almost as if they’re winding them. Fred soon realizes they were in such a rush to get from the water to the field, that he didn’t change his hat from earlier in the day, and the animals likely sensed things were a little fishy… But, as with anything, Fred showed patience and once the animals started calming down, more and more started showing up, and then, Ghost appeared.

Ghost is a massive deer who earned his name due to his elusive behavior on the trail cams, showing up and then “ghosting” for weeks at a time. He stands in front of Fred for what seems like an eternity before finally turning broadside. Fred pulls back on his bow, drops a pin right where he wants to shoot, and lets the arrow fly. What starts off as celebratory emotions quickly turns to dread when Fred sees that his mind has just played a terrible trick on him, and Ghost never actually got his leg forward. What follows is a huge search attempt from this avid outdoorsman in an effort to track down Ghost. Tune in and find out if Fred will be able to recover his biggest buck yet!

Big Ole Mean Hogs

 

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re hunting one of the most destructive animals: feral hogs.  As an invasive species, feral hogs are the bane of native animals, hunters, land owners, and ranchers alike, and we’ll take a look at all the various ways you can hunt them, while having a lot of fun along the way!   Many people look at hog hunting as a way to help eradicate the overpopulation of feral hogs, most of which have caused significant damage to the environment. Another great aspect of hog hunting is that they can be hunted 365 days a year, day or night. This open season on hogs gives hunters a wide variety of means and methods to enjoy hog hunting, from compound bows to crossbows, handguns, airguns, traditional bolt action rifles, to modern sporting rifles! One of the most important things to do before hitting the field is to check your local state hunting guidelines to ensure you’re operating within legal bounds. As Wade will tell us, “the bottom line on hog hunting is get out, learn their habits, learn what they do, and whether you’re just trying to shoot a small one to put in the smoker, or a you’re trying to shoot a big boar to mount on the wall, you’re going to enjoy a hog hunt.”

Over the course of this episode, we’ll be taking a look at several fun hog hunts we had using the Smith & Wesson M&P® 15 where we bring down multiple hogs. Later, we’ll learn that when it comes to hog hunting, you have to think about how you’re going to get the upper hand and give yourself every advantage possible against these frustratingly clever critters when we join Doug Robert’s of ConQuest Scents on a crossbow hunt as he uses ConQuest Scents to his benefit. Up next, we’re joining Michael Wersig yet again, but this time, we’re going out for an evening hunt where he’ll be using Exude Lights to spot hogs in low light settings. Finally, to round out this show, we’ll be busting out a new method of hunting that we’ve never seen in our camp before, the Umarex AirSaber Airgun!

In conclusion, wild hogs are a nuisance to the environment and leave a trail of destruction in their wake.  Taking measures to control hog populations is a step in the right direction for conservation efforts.  As you’ll see the options for thinning the herds are endless, and you can enjoy hours of exciting hog hunting from bows to handguns, or by breaking out a modern sporting rifle and going hog wild on ‘em! 

Crappie Fishing

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re heading out for a fun filled day of crappie fishing with Wade Middleton, Jim Behnken, and our fishing guide Chase Hux! Wade and Jim go as far back as 25 five years of friendship, and Jim has watched Chase grow up from an outdoors loving kid, to an avid outdoorsman as an adult, so today is sure to be a fantastic day on the water with this trio!

Nothing sets up a long day of fishing better than stopping off at a local bait shop to stock up on snacks, get an insider scoop on what’s biting, and of course, to fill their coolers up with live minnows for bait. Today we’ll see the Engel Live Bait Drybox and Cooler in action as it works to keep up with the guys, and ensure the minnows stay fresh and lively with air temperatures in the triple digits, and water temps in the low to mid eighties. Chase will act as our guide today, and take us around Choke Canyon to the areas he knows through guiding with the company that he co-founded, are guaranteed to give us the most bites possible. Choke Canyon Charters offers options to choose between day trips out on the lake, or take extended stays at their beautiful lake side lodging sites. Choke Canyon Charters is one of the best places on this legendary Texas lake to take a guided fishing trip, so head on over to chokecanyoncharters.com to book your fishing trip today!

While we’re out on the water, we’ll get some insider hints to the best ways to crappie fish, get an in-depth look at how using Gamin Livescope™ can give you an advantage on the water, and sit back and enjoy some good ol’ fashioned razzing between good friends!

To wrap up the show, we’re going to take a close look at a brand new jighead from Big Bite Baits that’s taking the fishing world by storm, and will surely be a crappie catchin’ magnet! As pro angler Mike McClelland will tell us, “one of the biggest trends over the past four or five years has definitely been the forward facing sonar… and this new Big Bite Pendulate Jighead is gonna be the perfect head anytime you’re wanting to vertical fish.” The Pendulate Jighead is available in four sizes, including an 1/8 oz, 3/16 oz, 1/4 oz, and 3/8 oz. This head is also sold in four different colors, including Bare Shad, Alewife, Shad, and Shore Minnow. Big Bite Baits designed this jig with a swivel molded directly into the head, which effectively eliminates line twist when the jig is falling. With this jig head you’ll have the ability to present the bait better, have less line twists, use a variety of baits to pair with the jig. To learn more about the Pendulate Jighead, visit bigbitebaits.com!

Getting Outdoors With The Kiddos

This week on Americana Outdoors, it’s all about the joys of passing on the love for the outdoors to our children! From seeing their faces light up in awe when they catch their first fish, to witnessing the pride they feel when they bring home their very first buck, introducing kids to the great outdoors is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have! 

One of our favorite ways to introduce kids to the outdoors is by participating in the annual Haley’s Heroes C.A.S.T. For Kids Fishing event and Banquet! The mission of the C.A.S.T. For Kids foundation is to, “enrich the lives of children with special needs, support their families, and strengthen communities through the sport of fishing.” When kids join a C.A.S.T. For Kids day of fishing, they have the opportunity to get a break from their daily challenges and hear positive messages that they can accomplish anything they want despite their disabilities. C.A.S.T. For Kids is an incredible organization that has enriched the lives of special needs kids and their families for the last thirty years by hosting events such as these, and without support from volunteers and people dedicated to having an impact on these kids’ lives, these events couldn’t happen. If you’d like to find out more about how to become a volunteer, or set up a C.A.S.T. for Kids event in your area, visit castforkids.org.

Next up, another way that we love to introduce kids to the outdoors is by taking them hunting. Here at deer camp, our philosophy for getting kids introduced to hunting is to let them harvest a doe during their first hunt, and then allow them to hunt a buck in their next trip as they advance through their hunting journey.  Joining us next are Steve Lovell and his son, Isaac, who has returned to deer camp with the hopes of harvesting his first whitetail buck! Before heading out to the field, Isaac first spends some time learning how to use the TenPoint Havoc RS440 Crossbow fitted with a Garmin Xero® X1i crossbow scope he’ll be using for his hunt. Once he’s out in the field, it’s only a matter of time before some nice looking bucks make an appearance, and it’s up to Isaac to do the rest!

As we round out this episode, we’re taking a look at one of our favorite times of the year at deer camp, it’s the annual youth hunt! Landon Nessl has been a mainstay at our youth hunts in the past and this year he’s taking a step back to let his best friend, Walker, have a chance to get on the gun. As usual with kids in camp, Walker and Landon take some time to get their guns sighted in at the range, and then it’s time to get hunting!  Over the course of Walker’s hunt, we’ll see an incredible display of the patience and determination that hunters learn over their hunting journey, along with a good dose of buck fever. After making the difficult decision to pass on a couple bucks that would be considered great firsts, Walker finally sets his sights on an even more impressive buck than the first few he laid eyes on. Will he be able to bring this big guy home and talk about him for years to come? Tune in and find out!

Bass Fishing With The New Stupid Craw

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re gettin’ stupid with the brand new Stupid Craw™ from Secret Lures! You’ve seen us catch big one after big one with its big brother, the Stupid Tube™, and today Jeff Reynolds and Wade Middleton will be testing out this newest addition to the tube family on multiple bodies of water under a variety of conditions!

Before we catch up with Jeff on the water, we’re getting treated to a surprise visit from the Secret Lures man himself, Danny Blandford! He’s filling us in on some of the exciting new features of this bait that make it so enticing for fish. According to Danny, this bait is, “3.7 inches of crawdad goodness that you’re going to want in your tackle box this year!” The Stupid Craw™ is labeled with two molded dots on its belly which act as a rigging guide and give your jig head perfect alignment when rigged. You’ll know you’ve aligned your bait correctly when the hook lies perfectly within the hook trough on the top of the bait that guarantees a weedless presentation. The Stupid Craw™ also boasts pinchers unlike anything fish have seen and create a natural flutter on the fall that trigger predatory reactions from fish! Lastly, the Stupid Craw also comes available in five vibrant colors that no fish can resist!

To kick things off it’s spring time and Jeff is in an area that has shallow, murky waters and seriously heavy cover where he knows the fish are hunkering down on beds during the spawn. While the Stupid Craw™ has been designed specifically for Stupid Style rigging, Jeff is testing out this baits versatility and has switched over to a Texas rig for the afternoon. He’s found that given the conditions and the heavy cover he’s fishing around, a Texas rig allows the bait to slid through the thick cattails just a little bit easier and get him the catches he’s looking to find. Another tip to keep in mind, is that when you find yourself fishing in thick cover such as Jeff, you’ll want to have braided line, a stiff heavy rod, and a heavy wire hook which will allow you to cut through cover. By the end of the day, this non-traditional way of throwing the Stupid Craw™ pays off as we watch Jeff catch fish after fish!

Up next we’re on Choke Canyon Reservoir where Wade Middleton is throwing the Secret Lures Stupid Craw for the very first time. Unlike what we saw with Jeff, he’s fishing it rigged the traditional Stupid Style on clearer waters during the post spawn season. Wade has also chosen to cast on a spinning rod paired with 20 pound braided line and a 14 pound Sunline Sniper leader. Right off the bat Wade reels in his first fish, and describes how the fish see the bait and think, “I’m going to bite that stupid thing and eat it!” It’s not long before the fish have chowed down on his bait enough to remove the pinchers from its body completely, and we’ll get a first hand look at how quick and easy it is to rig another one and get his line back in the water. Yet again, almost immediately after he casts the new bait, Wade reels in two big fish one after the other! By the end of this episode, we’ll witness how Secret Lures’ latest addition to their soft plastics lineup is incredibly durable, versatile, and reliable under a wide range of conditions. If you want to get in on the secret to success and start catchin’ ‘em like a pro, head on over to secretlures.com to browse the entire lineup of Stupid Craws™!

Third Annual Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash Part 2

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re continuing our coverage of the third annual Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash!  In our previous episode we saw more twists and turns than we ever have in this fierce competition! From watching Team Wersig’s monumental fall from first to last place after going over the two bird limit, to witnessing Clark and Brandon claw their way onto the scoreboard at the very last minute, we’ve already been treated to an action packed adventure and today will be no exception on Amistad Reservoir!

Out on the water, our teams will be fishing for a five fish limit, and the heaviest bag of the day will receive seventy points towards their overall team total. The second biggest bag of the day will earn fifty points, followed up by forty points for third place. Ten point bonuses will be awarded to the biggest fish of the day and the heaviest combined two fish, and a five point bonus will go to the team who reels in the second largest fish of the day. In any competition where you can earn bonus points, our teams will also have to watch out for penalties. Any team who has more than five fish in the livewell, returns to the river bank late, fishes past last cast, and fishes outside the designated parameters of Amistad Reservoir will receive ten point penalties per rule break.

Today our three teams will be zipping across the waters of Amistad Reservoir powered by Yamaha V Max SHO® Outboards.  Yamaha delivers reliability and durability with their powerful engines, which is just what these victory-thirsty competitors are looking for as they search out pristine fishing areas.  For more information on the Yamaha V Max SHO® Outboards, visit yamahaoutboards.com!

We’re kicking things off with Team Wendlandt out on the water, and it barely takes any time before they find themselves with their first fish in the livewell! As we jump between boats, we’ll see these teams duking it out for a chance to take home that big blue trophy. While the battle rages on, over in Team Wersig’s boat yet another disadvantage is discovered, and it takes a little ingenuity and resourcefulness to solve their problem. By the end of the day, Team Wendlandt is looking like the clear winner as they’re the only team to have reached a limit, followed up by Team Wersig with three fish, and Team Middleton with just two fish in their livewell. As the clock ticks down and we close out our time on the water, will Team Middleton pull off a bass fishing miracle like we saw the day before when Team Wendlandt put down their turkey with only minutes to spare? Tune in and find out who will be crowned the champions of the third annual Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash!