Sight Fishing for Springtime Bass

Sight fishing during the spawn, it’s one of the most exciting, frustrating, and rewarding ways to fish. During the springtime, when water temperatures near the sixty degree mark, every bass in the lake starts to think about moving shallow to build a bed and prepare for the spawn. This presents anglers with the opportunity to see and cast to some of the biggest fish in the lake. On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we will break down how to catch these fish, as well as take a look at some of our favorite sight fishing bass caught throughout the years!

Bass all act in different ways when setting up to spawn. Some fish are very skittish, while others can become extremely aggressive when defending their beds. It is important for you, as the angler, to identify the behavior of the fish. Paying close attention to these clues will help you to determine how to present the bait and where to cast.

Bait color is another important detail to take into account when targeting spawning bass. The color of the bait can make it easier for the angler to identify the bait on the bed. This includes white, pink, and orange based colors. However in some cases, going with a more natural color can work out in your favor. This includes greens and watermelon based colors.

Tune in to this great episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook to learn about all things sight fishing!

Air Bows and Air Guns For Hunting

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re diving into a whole new world of hunting using air bows and air guns! The sport of hunting with air rifles has grown in popularity over the last several years, but what exactly are Air Bows and Air Guns, and how do they perform under pressure in real world scenarios? We’ve had the opportunity to take both the Umarex Airsaber Air Archery Rifle and the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer Hunting Rifle out to the field on multiple hunts and witnessed first hand the sheer power of these hunting applications.

To kick things off, we’ll be joining Michael Wersig for an exciting hog hunt where he used the Umarex AirSaber Air Archery Rifle for the first time. The Umarex Airsaber is capable of being charged up to 3,625 PSI, and can shoot up to 450 feet per second, which makes it an incredible hunting platform. After Michael takes some time to give us the run down on this hunting platform and shows us how to properly charge it, 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 having a chance to witness just how powerful the Umarex AirSaber is in the field, we’ll take a look at another hunting platform from Umarex, the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer Hunting Rifle. This American-made .50 Cal Umarex Hammer is the perfect air rifle for hunters and shooting enthusiasts alike thanks to its innovative engineering. As the creators over at Umarex will tell you, “The Hammer didn’t alter the laws of physics, it just took advantage of them.” For our first outing with this rifle we’ll check out a couple hunts where the Hammer defied those laws and helped Kevin Giesecke take down some animals that have been on his bucket list for a long time!

As we tested out the .50 Cal Umarex Hammer, A key feature that caught our attention was that it only took about two pounds of effort to operate it’s straight-pull bolt, cock the rifle, and advance the two shot magazine. As with learning any new hunting platform, things don’t always go according to plan, and we put that magazine and bolt action to the test on a Sika hunt recently when Michael Wersig had to think fast to put the animal on the ground.

For our last field test with the .50 Cal Umarex Hammer, Michael wanted to see how this incredible rifle would hold up against a whitetail buck and headed out to the field for an evening hunt. 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!”

After putting the Umarex AirSaber and the Umarex Hammer through the wringer and testing them out on a variety of animals, we feel these well-thought out products are shooter friendly, have sleek and modern appearances, and are functional for any avid outdoorsman and shooting enthusiasts. In every state there’s a lot of regulations on using air guns and air bows. Be sure to know your state’s laws regarding these hunting applications and know how to use them to make a clean, ethical kill, and get out there and have fun with these shooting platforms that are taking hunting world by storm!

The Fun Of Turkey Hunting

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, it’s all about the fun and thrilling adventures that come with turkey hunting! Over the years we’ve seen so many exciting turkey hunts, from putting them down at the Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash, to just going out to test new products and fill the freezer, and every time we go out for one of these encounters we have a good time.

We’ll kick things off with Wade giving us the run down on all things turkey. According to him, the possibilities for hunting turkeys are endless. You can hit the field with compound bows, crossbows, shotguns, and handguns, whatever feels most comfortable for you as the hunter. On the history of this show we’ve also seen a myriad of hunting techniques, some guys prefer to run ’n gun, and others prefer to find a good hiding spot near a roost and call in the toms. Again, it’s all about what works best for you and your hunting style. In Wade’s opinion, one of the most fun aspects of turkey hunting is the conversations he can have with the turkeys when using his calls. Using this approach he lets the turkeys tell him what he needs to do, whether that means he’s running and gunning, or if he’s sitting back and letting them come to him. Another important factor to keep in mind when turkey hunting is what sights you’re using, and Wade will give us his thoughts on choosing sights, and what he personally looks for to get the best shot placement possible.

Later in the show, we’ll hit the field with Wade for a Springtime turkey hunt where he’ll quickly learn that today’s hunt is all about being patient and waiting for the turkeys to come to him. We’ll hear lots of turkey calls, and lots of gobbles! Speaking of calls and gobbles, before the hunt is over we’ll get some great advice for how to approach the daunting task of picking out the best turkey call for you. With over 200 options of box calls, slate calls, and mouth calls to choose from, you won’t want to miss out on the advice Wade has when searching for that perfect call.

As the day is coming to an end, a gaggle of toms appear in the distance, and it’s not long before one of the biggest rio’s Wade has seen presents a perfect shot opportunity. Tune in and see how Wade gets a shot off on this bird, and stay tuned through the end to get a breakdown of all the gear Wade hunts with today!

TXTT Competes at Cedar Creek

Texas Team Trail makes their second stop of the 2022 season at Cedar Creek Lake – lots of anglers and lots of action throughout this event!

Fishing For Largemouth Bass With The PROS

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re hitting the water with professional bass fishing legends straight out of Texas as they show us their tips and tricks for catching largemouth bass! To kick things off, we’re meeting up with Clark Wendlandt and Keith Combs on Choke Canyon reservoir.

We’re hitting Choke at a bit of an odd time. With the lake in between waves of spawners and the first major cold front of the season passing through, the best way to describe the fish is scattered, meaning Clark and Keith have to work a little harder to figure out where the fish are hiding and what will trigger a bite. While the early half of the day mostly consisted of reeling in smaller bass, the water temperatures warmed up ever so slightly in the afternoon, and they stumbled upon an area with fish ready to bite when Clark stirred up a flurry!

By the end of Clark and Keith’s first day on the water, we see just how important it is to understand weather and water conditions, along with knowing which bait and hook combos to throw at the right time. We also know that line choice is equally as important to our success on the water, and we’ll get a special inside look into what Clark’s line of choice is when it comes to crankbait fishing.

As anyone who spends an ample amount of time outdoors and on the water knows, what works to make the fish bite one day may become completely uninteresting to them the next. On day two of Clark and Keith fishing together, and with an almost thirty degree air temperature increase and warmer waters, we’ll see a dramatic change in what triggers fish to bite!

Up next we’re hoping over to the waters of Lake Fairfield with Clark Wendlandt and Frank Talley. Just as we’ve seen earlier in the show, Clark and Frank are also fishing in cold weather with water temperatures in the high forties. The fish are lethargic, and the guys are pulling out all the stops to figure out how they need to position themselves to have the best chances of reeling ‘em in. One tool they’re using to gather information and to best figure out what’s happening below their boat is Garmin Livescope. Not long after Clark and Frank discuss the benefits of using Garmin Livescope, we’ll have the chance to see a fish react on screen, and you won’t want to miss out on the monster of a bass Clark reels in!

To wrap up fishing with the pro’s, we’ll also get some insider scoop on why the pro’s choose certain colors of baits, and their preferences when it comes to selecting rods for jerkbait fishing. Take it from these seasoned vets, a pro’s approach to finding and catching fish is all about using their gear to its fullest potential, and constantly thinking about what else they can use to their advantage to do better than their last cast. Pay attention to the weather conditions, learn how fish behave in different water temperatures and know what phase of the spawn they’re in, throw a lot of baits, and have a lot of fun!

Bass Pro Shops World’s Fishing Fair

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook, we highlight the World’s Fishing Fair, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bass Pro Shops! The World’s Fishing Fair is the largest sale and show in the history of fishing. The event celebrates the 50th anniversary of Bass Pro Shops live from America’s Conservation Capital at the Grandaddy of All Outdoor Stores—the Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.

Host Wade Middleton had the opportunity to travel to Springfield, MO and participate in this great event. Consisting of great sales, seminars, contests, concerts and more, the World’s Fishing Fair is one-of-a-kind showcase of fishing, boating, conservation, and the great outdoors. It is a five-day celebration of fishing—and all of the people, products, stories, places, traditions and experiences that make it so wonderful.

Conservation is a very key item prioritized by Johnny Morris and Bass Pro Shops. On Saturday night, April 2, Johnny Morris presented a donation of $1.5 million to benefit conservation during the Hank Williams Jr. concert, representing 100% of all ticket sales to the World’s Fishing Fair and Concerts for Conservation – doubling the initial pledge of 50% of all ticket sales.

“I have never felt more proud of our Bass Pro team, our vendors, and our conservation partners,” Johnny Morris said. “Thanks to this collective effort, and with the support of our generous customers and the City of Springfield, we are able to make this donation that will help further crucial conservation efforts for years to come. The fact that we were able to host this event and make this donation to help celebrate our 50th anniversary right here in Springfield makes us very proud and very happy!”

Tune in to this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Fisherman’s Handbook to learn more about the World’s Fishing Fair, Bass Pro Shops, Springfield, MO, and many things to do in the surrounding area!

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!

Preparing for a Successful Bass Fishing Trip

An angler’s success during a fishing trip is determined long before they arrive at the lake and make that first cast. Preparation and planning are key off the water factors that dictate an angler’s success later down the road. Whether it’s having the right bait in a tackle box or knowing exactly where to find that perfect leader line in the boat to get rigged up quickly, it is important not to overlook these various items when preparing for a fishing adventure.

Host Wade Middleton starts the show by looking through baits and tackle in his shed. Here, Wade will store all of his gear and when it comes time to go fishing will grab the specific tackle he needs to load in his boat to go target the given lake. Learn about tackle organization and how to better identify the baits in your tackle box during this segment.

Next up, Wade goes on outside to load up his boat with the baits, line, and tackle that he just organized. Each angler has a specific preference for how they organize and lay out gear in their boat. Find out where Wade stores baits and terminal tackle, as well as how he packs extra line to use while out at the lake!

Lastly, we take to the water to run the new boat and test out the organization items we just walked through. The lake that Wade is fishing is Medina Lake. Medina is close to 40 feet low during the time of this trip. Bass are in the pre-spawn phase, staging on steep rock banks, and Wade catches a boat load of bass using the SPRO RkCrawler!

.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!”