We kick things off by talking with shark angler Tim McClellan of League City, Texas. Tim recently caught a new state record hammerhead shark that measured 14.5 inches and weighed 1033 lbs! The shark also took home first place honors at the legendary Tackle Time 50th Anniversary Tournament. We get the firsthand recount of this once in a lifetime catch that took 3 hours to reel in even while chasing the fish down in a 30 foot off shore boat!
Then we take a look at some concerning news coming out of Northern California and the conservation impact that it might have. Last week, the 2nd ever wolf pack was discovered in Northern California, the implications for deer and other cervid species could be huge as wolves continue their Southwestern expansion. It’s no secret that California has a sorry history of dealing with science based wildlife management – especially when it comes to predators. I give my take on the issue, plus read some of your replies you posted on Instagram when I asked if you prefer to have wolves residing in your home state or not.
Next we are joined by Dr. Nancy Rabalais of Louisiana State University. We’ll discuss the Dead Zone in the Gulf where life ceases to exist due to a lack of oxygen in the water. The area, void of sealife is the size of the state of Vermont this year, the largest Dead Zone on record. Dr Rabalais tells us what causes it and how humans can help prevent it going forward. You might be surprised to know that Midwestern Agricultural practices have a lot to do with the situation.
We wrap up the broadcast with some summertime blues with Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors. Greg is on the blue catfish bite as usual and he tells us where to find ’em and how to catch them. We also get him to give us a fresh, summertime catfish recipe.