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Inside Look at TPWD’s Sharelunker Program, Desert Big Horns vs Invasive Aoudad, A Game Changer In the Archery Industry and Pre Spawn Bucketmouths With Army Bass Anglers

We get things going by taking a look inside our Texas Parks & Wildlife Sharelunker Program when Program Leader Juan Martinez drops in. Everybody knows that a 13 lb or heavier largemouth is eligible to be entered into the program if caught during the sharelunker season, but what happens to that fish once Juan comes to pick it up from the angler?

Juan takes us through that process starting with fish care and electronic tagging. What about spawning in captivity? After all, that is main goal of the program. Juan describes the spawning facility and how TPWD encourages the female to lay her eggs. We then discuss how the eggs are cared for and eventually the fry is stocked in ponds before being moved to our Texas lakes and waterways for stocking.

Lastly, we also discuss the historical weekend of March 4th, when 3 different 13 lb bass were entered into the program! A historic day indeed including one 15.18 lb lunker that broke the Lake Ray Roberts Record. Was it the warm up after the cold snap or something else that triggered the big girls to start biting all over the state? Juan gives us his thoughts.

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Next up we are joined by Trophy Ridge Associate Product Manager Kevin Wilkerson. Prior the the 2014 hunting season, Trophy Ridge sent me one of their new REACT 5 pin bow sites to use. I admit, when someone told me that you only have to site in TWO of your five pins in order for all of them to be dialed in…well I was a little bit skeptical and was dang sure not going to endorse this product without putting it through the ringer.

But here we are a year later and I am here to tell you that the REACT completely changed bow hunting and shooting for me. I had more time to shoot and practice and didn’t have to tinker with my set up. Being confident that your bow is accurate is paramount, and this site does the heavy lifting for you. I know there are folks out there who love tinkering with and fine tuning every aspect of their bow- I am not one of those people. Time is invaluable and when it’s time to hunt, I want to be ready to go. Needless to say, Kevin joins us to talk about the technology behind the REACT site. Durable. Lightweight. Reliable. Do yourself a favor and go shoot one, you’ll be glad you did.

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Our Texas Parks and Wildlife Desert Big Horn Sheep Program Leader – Froylan Hernandez then drops in to give us an update on the status of our Desert Big Horns. How did the drought affect numbers, what about relocation efforts, how many individual animals do we have statewide? Froylan gives us an overview before we dissect the ever controversial issue of our native Desert Big Horns and the competition they face from the introduced and invasive Barbary Sheep (More commonly known as aoudad).

Introduced by American WWII Veterans stationed in North Africa, the Aoudad has proven to be extremely adaptable. It’s numbers range in the tens of thousands in the Texas Hill Country and in the West Texas mountains which it shares with the Desert Big Horn. We ask Froylan all the tough questions regarding the relationship between the two species. What happens when they come into contact with each other? Does one assert dominance over the other? Can Aoudad spread disease to Desert Big Horns? What about TPWD’s aerial gunning program for removing Aoudad from certain areas? We get into all of that PLUS weigh the financial impact each species has on the Texas economy and jobs they create. Fascinating stuff indeed!

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We wrap things up by talking pre spawn bucketmouths with our good friend and Army Bass Anglers founder Cody Roberson. A seasoned tournament angler, Cody breaks down how he attacks this time of year as big girls and roaming males are starting to move shallow. What is his favorite bait for March? We get into that, plus take a look back at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. Cody also gives us the latest on the Army Bass Anglers front. Get ready for “A Soldier’s Child” which will air as part of Force on Force on the World Fishing Network this spring. It’s gonna be a tear jerker!!!

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2015 Bassmaster Classic Champ Casey Ashley, Brad Hines in Studio & Pre Spawn Largemouths w/ Charles Whited

We kick things off when 2015 Bassmaster Classic Champion and country recording artist Casey Ashley drops in. Casey breaks down his keys to becoming the first ever angler to win the world’s most prestigious fishing tournament on their home lake. We find out his game plan on Lake Hartwell heading into the coldest Classic in recent memory. What bait was instrumental? What depth did he find his fish?

Casey also talks about the weigh in and the anxiety of not knowing what the anglers atop the leaderboard were bringing in. He confesses he had no idea that Bobby Lane was bringing in potentially game changing 6.6 lb’er! At the end of Day 3 however, Casey’s 20.3 lb five fish limit was good enough to take home the Classic crown and a $300,000 paycheck! Not bad for a small town country boy who dabbles in country music on the side!

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Next, we are joined in studio by the “Unofficial Mayor of the Fort Worth Stockyards” and longtime Texas singer/songwriter Brad Hines. If you haven’t heard Brad’s story you are in for a real treat, not to mention some great Texas country music as well! We discuss his latest “Live and Loaded” release and Brad will play a couple tracks of the record. (We’ve also got an extra autographed copy to give away during the show!)

A great story teller, you won’t want to miss Brad reflect on a turkey hunt gone sorts of wrong! He also revisits an off shore trip that ended up with him and a buddy checking a hundred or so pounds of Mahi Mahi in their suitcases. Wrapped in trashbags and topped off with ice, they got the fillets back to DFW…he lets us know if it was worth it!

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Our good friend and longtime largemouth guide Charles Whited of Barefoot Fishing Tours joins us next to talk early spring pre spawn patterns. Or…should we say lack thereof so far in 2015 as Artic cold fronts keep hammering the Texas landscape. Regardless of the bass moving in and then having to reset due to these cold fronts, Charles is always dialed and has his clients catching big bass year round.

We get his favorite baits and color schemes for these unstable weather patterns as well as mono vs fluorocarbon line in clear water conditions. How fast is he making his retrieves? Heck, Charles even weighs in on weather or not Sharelunker entries should be allowed to come from private water bodies. Heck, his boat has landed two Sharelunkers in the past two years- not many folks can say that! Charles with a nice limit that earned a paycheck at last week’s Texas Tournament Zone Tournament on Lake LBJ:

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What’s With The Windex? Razor Dobbs On Handgun Hunting and Going Big for Bluefin W/ Captain Dave Carraro

Thrilled to have two great guests join us this weekend! We start things off by discussing an interesting phenomenon in outdoor television with our good friend Razor Dobbs of ‘Razor Dobb’s Alive’. So many hunting shows and the networks they air on seem afraid to show the most important aspect of hunting- how we turn it into food. From the kill shot, to blood trails and especially the downed animal…almost without fail the video camera shuts off and a bottle of Windex is pulled out to clean the animal up. No bullet or broadhead hole, no blood. Meanwhile you can flip it on other major networks such as Discovery, Travel Channel etc and they show the entire process with as much blood as they can. Why is it that the hunting community seems to fear showing the way we really live our lives? We break it down with Razor.

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Next up we switch gears and talk big game handgun hunting with Razor who has long been a proponent of hunting with an open sites 10mm pistol. From deer, to hogs, African species and even elk, Razor has tumped over some big animals with his 10mm. So what is the key? We talk bullets and ballistics, shot placement and shot distance with one of the sports biggest advocates. Be sure to check out Razor Dobbs Alive airing on Sportsman’s Channel coming up in July 2015! Sunday nights 9:30 PM Central.

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Then we are joined by Captain Dave Carraro of the FV-Tuna.com of the hit show ‘Wicked Tuna’ on Nat Geo Channel. Now in it’s 4th season, Wicked Tuna has become Nat Geo’s highest rated show ever. Not bad for a bunch of bluefin tuna boat captains! Anyway, Dave talks about the bluefin tuna fishery in New England and what it takes to be the best of the best. His boat has had the highest earnings in two of the first three seasons and with one single fish bringing in as much as $8,000 it’s clear why the competition is fierce.

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Dave then breaks down the gear required to take on a 500-1000 lb bluefin. What is the longest he’s ever fought a tuna? What about the longest the FV-Tuna.com has taken on a fish only to have it break the line or throw the hook? Lastly, you might be surprised to find out about Dave’s other full time gig…I promise it garners a bunch of funny looks at the airport.

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