Hunting Turkeys and Catchin’ Bass with Clark Wendlandt and Brandon Palaniuk

On this episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, Clark Wendlandt is teaming up with fellow Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Brandon Palaniuk to compete in one of his favorite tournaments, the Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash! This high-stakes, winner-takes-all competition is something Clark looks forward to all year long, as it kicks off the beginning of turkey season, and it’s when fish are bedding and spawning. With Brandon as his teammate, this is guaranteed to be an unforgettable event!

To kick things off, we’ll head into the field with Clark and Brandon before the sun rises to get an early start on these birds. To Clark’s disappointment, no matter how much they called they never heard back from any turkeys. From that point on, Clark made the executive decision that he and Brandon would be trekking through the woods in search of these turkeys. Following this run ’n gun style of turkey hunting, the guys covered hundreds of miles around the property, largely thanks to the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 XT-R. After diligently searching out turkeys for a few hours, Clark and Brandon finally come across their first encounter with a group of strutting turkeys! Even though they don’t get a shot off on any of these birds, it’s the closest they’ve gotten to any turkeys so far, and with plenty of hours of daylight left, they’re not out of the race yet!

As the day comes to an end Clark and Brandon close in on yet another roost, and with a little more patience, Brandon puts one of these birds on the ground! In an exciting turn of events, Team Wendlandt’s bird edges out Team Middleton for the lead heading into day two!

On the second day of the Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash, Clark and Brandon enter with a comfortable lead, but anything can happen in this competition. The morning starts off slow for all of our competitors, but by the time 10am rolls around, the guys find themselves over a school of fish and stir up a flurry! Before they know it they’ve reached their limit and begin culling early in the game! As the day winds down, Clark and Brandon reflect on what an incredible experience it’s been hunting and fishing together. Tune in and find out if they were able to seal the deal and earn the title of Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash Champions!

Bass Fishing with Frank Talley on Lake Fairfield

On this episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, Clark Wendlandt and Frank Talley are hitting the waters of Lake Fairfield and showing us how they piece together the puzzle of bass fishing!

Before Clark and Frank pick up their rods, they start thinking about which baits would be best to throw considering the cold water conditions they’re fishing today. With water temperatures in the high 40’s and the pre-spawn in full swing, they decide hard plastics like the Strike King KVD Jerkbait 300 series and the Strike King Red Eyed Shad may give them the best chances of reeling in those fish. Like anytime we get out on the water, there’s always the excitement and expectation to start catching fish immediately, but, that wasn’t quite the case this time. The day soon became a matter of figuring out the fish patterns and what would make them react.

Since its release at ICAST in 2018, we’ve seen how the Garmin Livescope technology plays a major role in relaying vital information to anglers about what’s happening below their boat. Livescope can tell us where the fish are, whether they’re reacting to our bait or not, where the cover is and how deep things are, and so much more. Speaking of using Garmin Livescope to see everything happening around the boat, Clark keenly watches his Livescope screen as a bass closes in on his bait, and once it bites, he reels in a monster of a bass!

With the fish beginning to bite, it looks like Clark and Frank have happened upon an area of the lake with active fish. However, just as quickly as they seemed to have found a good area with fish, the bite window quickly vanished. Frank shares with us some unique theories on how to explain the pattern behind these, “bite windows,” they’re experiencing.

As the day comes to a close, we’ll also get a chance to learn why Frank chose an orange color of lipless crankbait for fishing Texas waters, and what Clark’s rod of choice is when it comes to jerkbait fishing. As the sun begins to set, Frank reels in one last good bass to round out a fun day of fishing!

.50 Cal Air Rifles For Hunting

On this episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, Kevin Giesecke and Michael Wersig are hitting the field to test out the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer on several exciting hunts!

To kick things off, Kevin and Michael settled into their makeshift ground blind in the early hours of the morning. As expected, the animals were moving around and it didn’t take long before both whitetails and aoudad appeared in front of them. For a long while, aoudads have been on Kevin’s hunting bucket list but the chance to take one never presented itself. As they sat patiently watching a large herd of aoudad form, a mature ewe was taking center stage and giving him a perfect shot opportunity. With a little more patience, the ewe turns broadside and Kevin is able to get a shot off on her!

Up next, Kevin steps behind the camera as he and Michael head out to another area of the property with the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer in hand for an opportunity hunt. As Michael puts it, “Whatever walks out that’s either gonna give us meat or make a good hunt, that’s what we’re going for.” On this day, the sunrise was beautiful and the wind was blowing in their favor, setting them up for a perfect day of hunting. Plenty of does came out, even a couple nice young bucks, but as the day progressed they weren’t seeing much of anything else. As they began leaning more and more towards taking a doe, a large, dark figure started emerging from the brush line. To their surprise, it turned out to be a sika, and from that moment on their focus shifted to taking him. As with learning any new hunting platform, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, but that’s all part of the process of learning to hunt with an air rifle. See how Michael’s hunt turns out when he gets a shot off on this stunning animal.

As Michael and Kevin’s week-long hunting excursion continues, the weather shifts. What started out as nice, cool weather now has the guys toughing it out in the midst of a chilly cold front with gusty high winds. As Michael climbs high up in a tripod, he’s looking to fill the freezer once again. This time, it’s wild hogs that present themselves before Michael. He waits and waits for them to clear the brush line, and when they finally do, Michael gets a clean shot off on one of the hogs thanks to the deadly power of the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer!

Up next, Kevin hands the camera back over to Michael as he sets out with the hopes of checking off yet another animal from his hunting bucket list: an aoudad ram. Just like we saw earlier, a large herd of aoudads forms, and then, it doesn’t take long before a massive aoudad ram shows up. Tune in and find out if Kevin will finally get an opportunity on this big guy!

With one last camera handoff, Michael sets out to wrap up this week-long hunting journey. Once again they were treated to a beautiful morning, with lots of does and a few small bucks, but it was otherwise rather slow. Not ones to give up on a spot, the guys decided to go back to the very same stand for an evening hunt to see if the odds had shifted in their favor. As the daylight began to fade into darkness, Michael was running out of legal shooting light when one of the nicest bucks he’d seen walks into frame. Tune in and see what will make Michael say, “Hunting with any platform… If you can have confidence in it that you can make an ethical shot, if it’s going to have the power to make an ethical kill… it’s a blast!”

Texas Bass Fishing Tips

On this week’s episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, Clark Wendlandt is meeting up with fellow professional bass angler Keith Combs as they share all sorts of bass fishing tips from Choke Canyon Reservoir! In South Texas, water level plays a key factor. Choke is up about four feet, and while last year was great for fishing, but right now there’s some areas that fishermen can’t access. While that may work against anglers for the time being, it’s great for the fish during the spawn, and the outlook for the next five years on Choke Canyon is optimistic.

Clark and Keith are heading out on Choke Canyon at the tail end of a cold front, which doesn’t make for the most ideal conditions at this lake, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be big fish lurking around. As the day kicks off, the guys each reel in a fish, and although they’re not very big, it’s just the beginning of part of the fun of fishing: figuring out what the fish will want on any given day. The guys throw buzz baits, frogs, and swimmers, with bites here and there, but it’s not until we’re nearing the end of the day that Clark starts figuring out this puzzle. With a Strike King Hybrid Hunter in Chartreuse Perch tied to the end of his line, Clark stirs up a flurry of bass and reels in one after another, and it doesn’t take long for Keith to follow suit and get in on the Hybrid Hunter action as well!

The next day Clark and Keith head out for one more morning run at searching out where the monster bass of Choke Canyon may be hiding. True to any day of fishing, the fish are interested in a completely different presentation today. The bait of the day ends up being a Strike King Rage Swimmer, and we’ll have a chance to see Keith hammer them one cast after another. Stay tuned at the end when Clark and Keith will go over how they presented this bait to the fish, and explain how there’s always more than one way to fish this impressive bait by Strike King!

Fayette County

On this episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, we’re joining host Clark Wendlandt as he takes us on a walk down memory lane through some of his favorite trips to Fayette County Reservoir. For its size, Clark regards Fayette County as the very best lake he’s ever fished. It’s a little lake, it’s not very well known, but it has giant bass, and we’re about to be treated to several instances of catching big ones on this lake!

To kick things off, We’re revisiting a trip from several years back when Clark hit up Fayette for some summertime deep water fishing. According to Clark, offshore structure fishing at Fayette in the summertime is as good as he’s seen anywhere. You can get on those schools of fish that are big, and even though they’re pressured and finicky, you can have a lot of success as long as you can find what bait will make them bite. For Clark, he likes throwing large crankbaits, and his go-to’s for this situation are a Strike King 6XD, 8XD, or even a 10XD. Right from the beginning, Clark reels in a solid bass and continues to reel in keepers throughout his day. As Clark said, it’s all about finding the fish and figuring out what will trigger those bites. When it comes to finding schools of fish, Clark relies on the depth shading on his Garmin Electronics. As we wrap up our summertime fishing, we’ll meet up with pro angler Tom Redington on his recent trip to Fayette County where he’ll give us the rundown on how to set up and how to use depth shading on Garmin Electronics to its fullest potential!

Up next, we’re on the water with Clark and Wade Middleton. This outing came on the heels of Clark winning the coveted title of Angler of the Year at the Bassmaster Classic, and not only do we get to see Clark and Wade reel in some impressive fish, we’ll also get a little insight into key factors that played into his success on the water. Oddly enough, even though we’re meeting up with the guys in the winter time, the fish behaved as if we were fishing summertime patterns! Tune in and see how Clark and Wade figure out the fish using Garmin Electronics to their advantage!

To close out this show Clark’s son-in-law, Michael Wersig, will join him for some late January fishing here on Fayette County. They start off fishing an offshore area using crankbaits early on and reel in three good lookin’ keepers. Not one to stay in the same area for very long, Clark moves up to a shallow pocket of the lake surrounded by lots of thick timber all around. According to Clark, the bait to throw at this time of year in this type of shallow cover is a wacky worm, specifically, a Strike King Ocho 5″. The guys hang around in the area for a good while catching more and more solid keepers. To finish their day, Clark and Michael once again moved back offshore and switched to crankbaits, and stirred up an unbelievable flurry of fish!

Lastly, we’ll be treated to a final throwback to one of Clark’s favorite memories here on Fayette County Reservoir, when he reeled in not just one, but TWO giant keepers on the same bait!

Airbow Hunting for Hogs and Crappie Fishing

On this episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, we’re hitting the field and heading out on the water as we tackle both worlds of hunting and fishing! To kick things off, we’ll be joining Michael Wersig for an exciting hog hunt where he used the Umarex AirSaber Airgun for the first time. The Umarex AirSaber is capable of being charged up to about 3600 PSI, and can shoot up to 480 feet per second, which makes it an incredible hunting platform. We’ll also learn a little about the AirJavelin and the AirSaber arrows built exclusively for the Umarex AirSaber. After Michael takes some time to give us the rundown on these models, he’ll take the AirSaber high up in a tripod and we’ll have the chance to watch this lethal mode of hunting in action!

After spending time in the field, we’ll take a road trip up to Choke Canyon Reservoir where Clark Wendlandt and Michael Wersig have their sights set on catching crappie. In previous years both Clark and Michael have had huge success reeling in giant slabs of crappie, and they thought coming here this year would be no exception. However, sometimes plans don’t always turn out the way you’d expect. While they do reel in loads of varying species of fish, the crappie they’re after just don’t cooperate this time. After a frustrating day and a half of fishing, Clark comes up with a friendly little competition to close out the last twenty minutes of their day. The rules are simple. Each fish is worth one point, and a keeper crappie is worth two points. Whoever has the most points after twenty minutes, WINS!

By the end of the day, Clark and Michael may not have run into flurries of crappie fish on this trip, but that certainly didn’t stop them from having a good time, or from getting a couple good digs in at one another. Next time you head out on the water, don’t get discouraged when the fish you’re after aren’t biting, because there’s always a way to turn a crappie situation into a positive one!

Lake Amistad

Clark Wendlandt and Garmin’s Brandon Brinkman fish Lake Amistad and hunt turkey in Bracketville, Texas while competing in the annual Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash.

Hubbard Creek

Clark Wendlandt and Wade Middleton venture to a body of water that was almost dry recently but that has rebounded nicely. This will be both of their’s first trip ever to this body of water so you’ll see first hand how they dissect this lake. . Ivie, a lake that both have visited only a handful of times but also has big bass potential.

Lake Whitney

Clark Wendlandt meets up with Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Frank Talley on this highland lakes reservoir where they both share secrets on crankbait fishing in cold weather on Lake Whitney.

Fayette County Reservoir

Clark Wendlandt shares the boat with his son-in-law and outdoorsman, Michael Wersig, on what is arguably one of the best little bass fishing lakes in the nation — Fayette County Reservoir!