Spotted Sea Trout (aka ‘Specks’) are a favorite quarry for over a million Texas anglers each year. Sop it’s no secret that when regulation changes regarding this species are brought up, well folks get kind of worked up. This week we start off the show by discussing proposed changes with our Texas Parks And Wildlife Coastal Fisheries Director Robin Reichers. If the current proposal is passed, many anglers would see a drop in the daily bag limit of trout from 10 to 5 fish along the Matagorda Bay coastline. Robin talks about the reason for the changes as well as a couple changes for flounder and we also hit on the potential reopening of Cedar Bayou. 10 fish trout stringers could become a thing of the past for many Texas anglers:
Then we are joined by the current king of professional bass fishing when 2014 Bass Master Classic Champion Randy Howell joins the show. Randy completed the biggest two day comeback in Classic history to secure his place among the all time greats of the sport. He talks about his day three sack that weighed 29 lbs and 2 ounces- the heaviest 5 fish sack he has ever weighed in during a 21 year career as a pro! His epic day 3 of the Classic on Lake Guntersville, Alabama saw Randy culling 4 lb bass out of his live well before 9 AM! Randy talks about that epic 3rd and final day of the 2014 Classic, how he figured out the bite and the Livingston Lures bait that helped him etch his name in annals of Pro Bass Fishing.
With Spring Turkey season right around the corner, it’s time to check in with our longtime friend of the show and our Texas Parks and Wildlife Turkey Program Leader Jason Hardin. The south zone opens up next weekend! Jason gives us his 2014 Fearless Forecast on what Texas turkey hunters can expect this year. Should we expect to see an abnormally high number of jakes like we did during the 2011 season or were nesting conditions good enough the past couple of years to expect a good number of mature toms on the Texas landscape? We get Jason’s regional “hot spots” from around the state as well as dive into the recently completed Eastern Turkey super stocking effort that took place in specific locations in East Texas.
We then wrap up this week’s broadcast by heading north across the Red River and into Oklahoma to recap our recent hunt with Two Rivers Hunting Adventures. Chris Wilson and Cassidy Balentine started running hog dogs out of necessity as feral hogs routinely devastate not only their own crops but their neighbor’s as well. We had the chance of joining them on a hunt last week. Their team of bay dogs and well trained catch dogs didn’t disappoint and we got on the trail of a huge boar. I was able to dispatch this hog with Chris’ Bowie Knife and at 250 lbs, it’s the biggest hog I’ve ever taken by any means. We talk anything and everything having to do with hog dogging. These guys know their sport and routinely put their clients on huge hogs. Chris, Cassidy and myself with the giant boar we harvested on our hunt: