Summer Fishing Madness on The Revolution with Jim & Trav

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Featured Guests: Dave Mercer, CatDaddy

The so-called “dog-days of summer” are upon us and that means one thing, fewer anglers are braving the scorching temps and lazily chilling out in the comforts of their favorite, air conditioned, haunts. And honestly, who could blame them? The later part of July and August brings waves of triple digit days and unless, of course, you like swamp butt, your angling adventures are confined to early mornings and late afternoons. But this week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, the boys will serve up their hotter-than-hell-fishing tips that really sizzle as the heat index rises. Sure, the looming threat of dehydration, heat stress, heat cramps and even heat exhaustion makes this fishing outing a multi-faceted challenge, however we're ready to set the record straight and to dispel any dog-days fishing rumors.

New Fishing Gear
Best new products from ICAST 2016

It’s time to check out some of the best new gear that was recently showcased at the ICAST convention. This exclusive fishing convention in Orlando, Florida had 650,000 square feet of exhibits featuring new angling gear and this week Jim, Trav and Mrs. Bunny talk about some of the products that walked away with “Best of Show” awards. Tune in to find out more about these products:

  1. Best Terminal Tackle - Trapper Tackle, Dropshot/Live Bait/Finesse Hook
  2. Best Hard Lure – Savage Gear Suicide Ducks 
  3. Best Footwear - Shimano Flats Wading Boots
  4. Best FishSmart Product - Adventure Products Inc., Kryptek S1 Genesis Medium Clear Landing Net
  5. Best Tackle Management - Cobra Garage Door Storage Rack
  6. Best Technical Wear - Frabill I-Float Suit
  7. Best Freshwater Combo - Mach II Baitcast Combo

“The coolest thing about the sport of fishing is you never ever stop learning. My goal, every year, is to be a better angler at the end of the season. I can say that I’m a better angler now than I was this time last year.” – Dave Mercer

Dave Mercer is a pro angler and the host of Facts of Fishing on Outdoor Channel and currently airing on World Fishing Network. Dave lives and breathes fishing, spending more than 250 days a year on the water and educating his faithful following of fans, known as The Mercenaries. This week Dave stops by The Revolution for a two-part interview and begins by talking about the 2016 Bassmaster Classic Bracket happening this weekend on the Niagara River in Buffalo, NY. Dave says a lot is at stake at this event with $50,000 in cash up for grabs as well as a Bassmaster Classic berth on the line.  Dave says that most of the competitors don’t have that much experience on this body of water so you’ll get to watch them figure it out as they go. Check out this unique tournament event live at

Dave then turns his attention to baits and explains how to find the best products out of the endless options at your local sporting goods store. He encourages anglers to talk to the staff at these stores because they know what is selling and based on feedback from anglers they know what is working as well. In addition, he says trying to match the baitfish as closely as possible is key.  He’ll discuss the LIVE TARGET BaitBall Series jerkbaits. The advantage to these baits, Dave points out, is that they are designed to more closely resemble a school of actual baitfish and because of the way they are made they look incredibly realistic.

Finally, Dave says people give fish way to much credit when rationalizing why they aren't biting. What fish can do is become conditioned to certain things. Dave offers up this advice: “Throwing something different, something that they’re not used to seeing definitely helps, whether that is brand new or it’s something that’s old that nobody is throwing anymore.”

Tune in for a fun and informative interview with Dave Mercer this week.

CatDaddy is a professional registered catfish guide and a catfish whisperer. His techniques may sound unconventional to some, but the results are undeniable. CatDaddy is a master of his craft, reeling in true monsters off the bottom. The secret to catching catfish is mastering his “Bean Hole” technique. CatDaddy joins us this week to detail this multi-step process that will guarantee more fish in the boat.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to your local feed store and buy 4 – 50 pound sacks of soy beans. Also pick up 5 – 5 gallon buckets.

  2. Fill each of the buckets half full with soybeans. (Optional) At this point you can add other ingredients you think may be good attractants. CatDaddy suggests things like garlic, blood from the butcher shop or menhaden oil. Once you’ve added the beans and any extra ingredients, fill the buckets the rest of the way full with water and seal with a lid. Then, place the buckets out in the sun and let them ferment. When the lids start popping you know they’re about ready. (CatDaddy allows flies to get into the mixture and says when your beans look like they are “alive” you know it’s ready.)

  3. At this point you are ready to use your bean mixture. Put your buckets in the boat, but don’t secure the lid too tight, you need to allow pressure to escape.

  4. When choosing a good fishing hole look for a spot preferably in the flat part of the lake where the river or creek comes in. You want to be around brush and trees or some sort of structure so you can tie your boat off.

  5. Once you’ve found a good location, dump 4 gallons of your beans right into the water, preferably right off the drop off where it comes from the flat area down into the channel itself. Come back in 3 days ready to fish. With the 5th bucket of beans at your side, throw in just a cup of beans at a time in the area where you’re going to be dropping your dip bait. At this point, CatDaddy says “hang on to your pole” and get ready for the bite.

Creating your own “bean hole” can be a serious recipe for success. CatDaddy says that every time you go back out, to be sure to take your bucket of beans. Throwing beans is just like ringing the dinner bell, the catfish will hold in that pattern for you because they know you’re back to feed them.

The Revolution with Jim & Trav - 7/21/2016

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