Fish on: Chasing the Summertime Bite
Featured Guests: Doug Stange, Brian Tucker, CatDaddy, Travis Calhoun
This week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav, we're chasing the summertime fishing bite. So join us as Doug Stange, host of In-Fisherman and Editor-in-Chief of In-Fisherman magazine, CatDaddy, Hi Mountain Seasonings' owners Brian Tucker and Travis Calhoun, Ford's F-150 Consumer Marketing Manager, dish on summer strategies, effective gear and angling hotspots. This week's fishing adventure is presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network and MyOutdoorTV.
Doug Stange is the Editor-in-Chief of In-Fisherman magazine, the host of In-Fisherman TV on Sportsman Channel and in our minds, an angling legend! This week, Doug joins Jim and Trav to talk bass and bluegill fishing. Tune in as Doug kicks things off talking knots. Any angler, or aspiring angler, understands the importance of tying a good knot, and Doug will talk about the palomar, trilene and improved clinch knots. He’ll highlight the knot he prefers when fishing for bass and explains how knot tying has to be adjusted based on the test of the line you’re using. Then, he’ll introduce us to a different technique for bluegill fishing. Using spoons, like a Kastmaster or Swedish Pimple, Doug will explain how to modify these with a smaller single hook and a small trailer like a little tube or curly tail. When used with lighter test line the angler can make long casts and then let it go all the way to the bottom. On the retrieve he recommends a slow grind, keeping it right along the bottom, stopping once in a while. Doug tells Jim and Trav that this technique is very attractive to bluegills and they tend to peck at it while you reel and eventually, will hook themselves. He’ll also talk about using Gulp or Powerbait in this situation to improve your chance of success. Finally, he’ll explain how to locate bluegills. Depending on where you are geographically, bluegill patterns vary. In the North, bluegills may still be on the beds, but the further south you move they are entering their summer patterns. Doug says that you won’t find as many in the shallows, unless there is cover. Instead, bluegills will be dropping off the edges, tucking inside the weed edges, timber cover, creek channels and generally seeking out deeper water. Tune in for tons of great information from a true pro, Doug Stange. If you haven’t checked out In-Fisherman, then you need to! It is “The World’s Foremost Authority on Freshwater Fishing” and they excel at teaching their audiences the “how-tos” of catching fish. In-Fisherman TV, seen on Sportsman Channel, as well as In-Fisherman magazine are great resources for DIY anglers across the country. Be sure to listen in!
You caught a mess of fish, what do you do with them now? Cook them of course! There are a lot of ways to prepare your fresh catch, but you can elevate the taste of your fish with flavors from Hi Mountain Seasonings. Brian Tucker, the National Sales Manager at Hi Mountain Seasonings, joins The Revolution this week with tips for turning your catch into a delicious meal. An avid angler himself, Brian tells Jim and Trav that on a recent fishing trip he landed a hefty amount of catfish. He’ll highlight the simple 24-hour brine process that he uses with Hi Mountain fish brines. After brining, Brian says he simply rinsed his fillets, added a little extra seasoning and then smoked them for a delicious final product. He’ll also talk about his process for smoking both trout and salmon, as well, for the best possible outcome. When it comes to adding a little additional flavor to your catch, Brian will highlight some great flavors to try – from Salmon Rub to Bayou Bass – they have something for everyone’s palette. Cooking really can be fun and Hi Mountain Seasonings has made it easier with so many flavors to choose from and experiment with. Whether you’re grilling burgers, cooking up your fresh catch or getting ready to barbeque, you really ought to check out their offerings.
All aboard the Tuna Tub, it’s time to do some fishing with CatDaddy! Summer hasn’t even officially started yet, but the temperatures are sizzling, and the bite is on. CatDaddy tells Jim and Trav that the water temperature is at 87 degrees and some people worry that the warm water might deter the bite. However, he says that a good, sharp, straight edge is what you should look for because the catfish will be residing there. On a recent guided trip, that’s exactly what he did, and they were able to hook up with twenty-seven channel cats and one blue cat. Encouraging the bite is his use of dip bait right now. CatDaddy says the warmer the water is, the better, because as soon as the bait hits the water, the scent disperses and starts working automatically, attracting the catfish. If you are using dip bait during these hot days, CatDaddy will also dish a quick tip to keep it from liquifying. How does he rig up a winning dip bait set-up? CatDaddy tells Jim and Trav that he prefers a hefty and strong treble hook with a ¼ ounce weight sitting right on top. Then, using a piece of hat sponge, he puts it right over the treble hook and dips it in his bait. The porous sponge really absorbs the dip bait, and even the weight that is sitting right on top of the hook gets covered. At that point, you’re ready to rock and roll. Tune in this week to find out more about effectively targeting catfish in warm water, using dip bait and more!
The first ever, F-150 diesel is making its debut, turning heads and raising eyebrows. Joining us this week to show off this brand-new beast is Travis Calhoun, the F-150 Consumer Marketing Manager at Ford. For all those drivers out there, who are looking for fuel economy while they tow and haul, you are going to be pumped! So, for you outdoorsmen and women who are pulling your boats and campers regularly, or for those people out there that make their living on the road, hauling and towing several days a week, this should speak to you. The 2018 F-150 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel with a standard SelectShift® 10-speed automatic transmission is incredibly efficient, boasting a 30-mpg highway rating. That’s 3-0, thirty, no typo. What! When you are towing and hauling frequently, fuel economy is important, you don’t want a gas guzzler that’s going to bankrupt you at the pump. Travis tells Jim and Trav that while the unloaded fuel economy is impressive, it really shines when under load. It’s also plenty powerful with best-in-class 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft. of torque. To top it off, it has best-in-class towing of 11,400 pounds and a payload of 1,940 pounds. So, drivers get the muscle they need and can still keep it cost effective to drive. Tune in to The Revolution as Travis Calhoun, the F-150 Consumer Marketing Manager at Ford, introduces us to the all-new 2018 F-150 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel that will be available this month!