All right all you waterfowlers out there, the dog days of summer are upon us…but up North ducks are doing their thing and making more ducks for us to chase next fall. This week we check in with our longtime friend John Devney- VP Of U.S. Policy at Delta Waterfowl. Delta’s headquarted in North Dakota- right in the middle of the all important Prairie Pothole Region where most Central Flyway ducks are hatched. John breaks down how this year’s moisture will affect the 2014 fall migration from a numbers standpoint.
We also discuss the unfortunate plight of one of my favorite ducks – the American Wigeon and why when other ducks species are thriving, this species continues to see a drop in numbers. Also, why have pintail numbers seen a decline the past couple of years? John breaks it all down for us. (Pintail hen nesting in North Dakota)
Next we are joined by one of the most successful anglers that pro bass fishing has ever seen when Arkansas native Mark Davis stops by. A three time Angler of the Year with a BassMaster Classic title to boot, Mark is chasing history on the Elite Series this season. At age 51, Mark finds himself in first place in the Angler of the Year standings with 2 events left. Mark last won AOY in 2001 and hasn’t won an Elite Series event since 2005, so at 51, how has he rediscovered the form that saw him dominate the mid 90’s thru early 2000s?
We also discuss Mark’s favorite technique for putting early summer toads in the boat. His forte has long been post spawn bass and fishing deep structure so his insight couldn’t come at a better time with most bass in the Southern part of the country well into that post spawn pattern. We finish things up by talking some bluegill fishing with Mark. I recently became aware of his affinity for summer blue gills when I stumbled across an article in the June/July issue of Outdoor Life Magazine where Mark discussed where to find big panfish and what kind of presentation he wears ’em out on during the summer. (Photo Bill Linder)
We wrap things up by checking in with Temple Fork Outfitters’ Trade Show and Social Media Manager Nicholas Conklin. Temple Fork has long been our fly rod sponsor and we are happy to now be using their conventional bass rods as well. Nicholas talks about the entire line of TFO Gary Loomis Tactical Bass Rods like the one pictured below.
Whether you like to crank, fish a drop shot, swimbait, pitch soft plastics or any other technique, TFO has a rod designed specifically for that technique. Also, remember to send us your June hunting/fishing photos for a chance to win a TFO Gary Loomis bass rod like the one pictured below. Special thanks to TFO for sponsoring our June 2014 Photo of The Month Contest!