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!

Bass Fishing and Water Clarity

Host and pro angler, Clark Wendlandt, offers some advice on different fishing tactics as water clarity changes.