Jasper, TX native Fred McMahon drops in to recap his recent experience during the Big Bass Splash on Lake Sam Rayburn. Fred happened to be one of 5 random finalists for the tournament’s random drawing for a 2015 Triton Boat. Albert Jenkins of Port Neches was also one of the finalists for the boat giveaway and he fished the entire 3 day tournament from the bank. After winning the brand new bass boat, Fred turned to Albert and in a stunning act of kindness- gave Albert the boat he’d just won! Say what? Fred gave away the brand new bass boat he’d just won! We hear this incredible tale of humanity first hand when Fred drops in. He talks about why he did and what moved him to do so. Of course we also talk some big bass as well! (Albert reacting to Fred’s gift)

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Next up we tackle some disturbing news coming from the U.S. Senate. After a 51-49 vote, our elected officials voted in favor of transferring some 640 million acres of federal public lands —including our national forests and Bureau of Land Management lands— to state control. Why does this matter? Well, states have a very poor track record of keeping these kinds of lands public. Meaning, when times are tough- they often sell them to the highest bidder.

Outdoor News President and Editor Rob Dresline drops by to break it all down for us and help explain what is at stake and what we need to do about it. Since late last year, efforts to wrest public lands from the federal government and put them under state ownership have been matched by the unanimous outcry of sportsmen across the country. Over 72% of western hunters depend on public lands for access and it’s paramount that we as sportsmen and women don’t stand idly by and watch as our federal lands are sold away to the private sector. (I hunt/fish/backpack New Mexico every fall and a part of me would die if these National Forests were sold off at some point. I’m sure many of you have the same sentiment about various tracts of our public lands)

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We then are joined by our old friend and Professional Bass Angler Ish Monroe. We talk Major League Fishing, as well as Ish competing on the Elite Series and FLW Tour- one of the few who still does both trails. Considered one of the best frog fisherman on the planet, Ish breaks down his ideal setup for frog fishing – from rod/reel to line choice and poundage. https://www.globosurfer.com/best-fly-fishing-rods/

Also, why does Ish feel he can compete by targeting shallow bass 12 months a year while other anglers move out into deeper water? We get it all and we even give away an autographed and tournament worn Ish Monroe Major League Fishing Jersey during our visit!

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We round out the show by talking all things optics with Vortex Optics Director of Marketing- Mark Boardman. What’s new with Vortex in 2015? What about choosing the right scope for you? What is the difference in MOA vs MIL formatted scopes? We get into all that plus talk some bear and elk hunting- two of Mark’s favorite pastimes.

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