#42: The Topwater Draft

Do you love Skitter Walks?  Zara Spooks?  Tiny Torpedoes?

Is you favorite part of fishing the moment a monster snook crushes a Mirrolure, or when a redfish flips upside down to crunch a Top Dog?

If any of this sounds like your brand of bourbon, THIS is the episode you’ve been waiting for . . . The guys get together to hash out their favorite topwater baits . . . Plus, Keep & Release returns!!!

Keep:

Nate: Everglades Seasoning . . . Put it on EVERYTHING!!!!

Austin:  73 Days ’til Duck Season . . . Need to book a hunt?  Message Travis today

Travis: Modern Huntsman magazine – try it out.  You will NOT be disappointed.

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#40: Stories, Vol 1

You asked, we answered!

For months, you guys (our listeners) have been asking for “more stories” . . . Nate’s parents and siblings, Travis’ parents, and the CBFL gang all gather on a recent trip to Little Gasparilla Island to tell some of their favorite stories.

Volume 1 recounts Travis’ misadventures with the fairer sex, Nate’s misadventures with a Skitter Walk, and our parents’ misadventures at the outdoors . . .

#35: Keep and Release

Is this real life? A WHOLE episode of Keeps and Releases!!!!

Plus – more Yeti talk, Travis is in the midst of tarpon season, and more!

Articles we mentioned in Release:

NPR on Decline in Hunters causing Conservation Funding Issues

Sunscreen is killing Coral Reefs in Hawaii

Keep:

Nate:

1. SilverKings – watch on Waypoint.tv

2. Academy Sports

Emily:

1. Crocs – No.  Seriously.  She Kept Crocs.

2. Darkwater Calls – Friend of the show Scott McKinney makes some of the prettiest AND best sounding calls in the industry.  Make sure to get yours ordered in time for Father’s Day!!!

Travis:

1. Tennessee Elk Hunt Raffle – $10 Secures your chance at the hunt of a lifetime!

2. Emily is coaching BeachBody!!!! Reach out to her through e-mail here – here’s her BeachBody Store – or follow her on Instagram @lovedalocafitness

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#31: Sub-Urban Dictionary, Volume 3

Show Notes:

What if someone said “Billy caught a TOAD yesterday” . . . would you know what they meant?

Or what it means to be “Dishragged” or “Smoked like a Cheap Cigar” . . .

This week, we cover all of those and many more in our 3rd edition of the Sub-Urban Dictionary . . .

Want to catch up?  Here’s a link to Volume 1 of the Sub-Urban Dictionary and here’s the link to Volume 2!

Keep and Release:

Travis’ Keep: The It Pays to Fish Podcast, with Angie Scott . . . You know we were skeptical, but we loved what we’ve heard so far from this show!

Emily’s  Beef Tenderloin Recipe:

1 Tbsp. + 1 pinch sea salt (or Himalayan salt), divided use
1 Tbsp. ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves removed and stem discarded, tightly packed
2 tsp. fresh thyme sprigs, leaves removed and stem discarded, tightly packed
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, tightly packed
2 lbs. raw, lean, center-cut beef tenderloin
1 Tbsp. ghee (organic grass-fed, if possible)
¼ cup crème fraiche
2 tsp. prepared horseradish

Preparation

  1. Place 1 Tbsp. salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and parsley in food processor (or blender). Pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Coat outside of tenderloin evenly with garlic mixture. Place in a casserole dish and refrigerate, uncovered, minimum 8 hours (approximately overnight).
  3. After minimum 8 hours (or the next day), remove tenderloin from refrigerator 2 hours before cooking to allow tenderloin to come up to room temperature.
  4. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  5. Heat large, ovenproof skillet over high heat. Your skillet must be smoking hot in order to get a true and deep sear on your tenderloin.
  6. Carefully pat tenderloin dry with paper towels. Rub outside with ghee; cook in preheated skillet, 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until brown on all sides.
  7. Place skillet in preheated oven. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a thermometer inserted at its thickest point reads 125º F for medium rare. Remove tenderloin from oven. Transfer to carving board. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  8. While tenderloin is baking, make Horseradish Cream Sauce. Combine crème fraiche, horseradish, and
    remaining pinch of salt in a small bowl; mix well. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.
  9. Slice tenderloin into 8 portions. Serve each with 1½ tsp. Horseradish Cream Sauce.
    RECIPE NOTE:
    Roasted meats should always be rested before slicing for two reasons. First, it allows the hot outer portions to transfer their heat to the center, which completes the cooking process. Our 125º F tenderloin will rest up to about 140º F, for a perfect medium rare. Second, by allowing the temperature to
    stabilize before slicing, we keep the juices in the meat rather than on the cutting board.
    COOKING TIPS:
    • For rare meat, subtract 3 to 5 minutes from the total baking time.
    • For medium, add 3 to 5 minutes to the total baking time.
    • Make sure your prepared horseradish is pure horseradish, and not in a cream-based or mayonnaise sauce.
    • If you do not have fresh herbs, you can use 2 tsp. of dried herbs, each.

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#30: Excuses

Show Notes:

Have you ever spent 12 hours on the water, only to arrive home empty-handed?

(shakes head in agreement) “Neither have we”

But, just in case that DOES happen to you one day, we’ve got you locked and loaded with our best excuses for a bad day afield . . . No fish, too many fish, bad weather, bananas, lucky hats, and more!!!

Keep and Release:

Nate’s Keep item – Grilled shrimp, with this butter on it . . .

Trav’s Keep item – What would Teddy Roosevelt Do?  The new website from Back Country Hunter’s and Anglers that examines public land policy through the lens of one of our greatest conservationists . . .

Emily’s Keep Item – The Life Coach School Podcast . . .

 

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#29: Overrated, Underrated, and Properly Rated

Show Notes:

Are Power-poles overrated?  What about Mud motors? Mojo Decoys? Shimano reels?

Plus – Tacos?

Keep and Release:

Nate & Kaley’s Keep item – the Little Gasparilla Island Facebook Group

Trav’s Keep item – Barkeeper’s Friend

 

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#27: Listener Questions

Show Notes:

This week, we empty the mailbag and tackle YOUR questions about anything and everything, from “How to get your kids more involved in the outdoors” to “who wins a fight: a taco or a grilled cheese” . . .

Keep and Release:

Nate’s Keep item – SladeNW Youtube Channel

Trav’s Keep items – BackCountry Hunters and Anglers

 

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Waitin’

You had to wake him up 3 times just to get in the truck to head to the water.

You bought him Pepsi, but it turns out he prefers Coke.

You swing through McDonald’s, and he orders a chicken biscuit, but it’ll be 10 minutes before they’re ready.  You talk him into a Sausage McMuffin and head down the road.

At this point, you realize you really should’ve filled up the the truck night before.  10 minutes at the gas station, call it 15 after you track down an attendant to unlock the bathroom door.

You pull into line at the boat ramp 9 boats deep.  Any urgency usually put into getting the thing ready to launch is lost on today’s partner; he’s dozing in and out of sleep in the backseat while 15 guys wearing high end sunglasses and driving high end boats are muttering cuss words under their breath at you holding up the line an extra 2 minutes.

You finally get the boy into the boat, the boat into the water, and begin idling out of the marina.

The fishing stinks.  2 short trout, a few “trash” fish . . . One decent bite and run, but whatever it was broke him off.  He may have cried.

Boats break down.  Lines snap.  Reels fail.  Ice chests get stolen.  Pliers get misplaced.  Engines sputter.  Winds shift.  Barometers rise and fall. Weathermen make stuff up.

All these things, on these trips, go “wrong” or “imperfect” – you just want something, anything, just one thing good to happen.

As you pull back into the driveway that night, sunburned and probably riddled with the Zika virus, this is the question you ask yourself: when is something good going to happen?

The boy has been asleep for the entire trip home.  You look back to see his Mountain Dew spilling onto the leather next to him.  You sigh as you turn onto your street.

You back the trailer into it’s spot, and you hear his door slam shut as soon as you put it in park.  You do a quick rinse of the boat before slipping your shoes off and stepping in the back door, the one that leads him into the kitchen . . .

“And daddy triiiiiiiied to get me a chicken biscuit but they were all out of them so I ate a sausage one instead and it was. So. Good. And Dad let me steer the boat and we hooked something really really big but we don’t know what it was but Daddy thinks it was a shark or a redfish or a gigantic megladon – don’t laugh – he really thinks that – and then we caught tons of fish but none of them were keepers and Daddy got sunburnt but he didn’t let me get sunburnt ’cause he brought my special floppy hat and guess what? He brought Mountain Dew AND Pepsi and he let me drink as many as I wanted and we saw a dolphin and a manatee and I heard the oysters clicking under the boat and Dad thinks we may have seen a school of redfish but they just wouldn’t bite today and . . . ” On and on.

Finally my wife directs him to the shower and turns to me, grinning from ear to ear.

Almost as though she knows, she looks at my face and says “Still waiting on something good to happen?”

It already did.

If you enjoyed this column, you’d probably like this one, or this one.  We’d also love it if you’d check out our weekly podcasts . . . We talk about stuff like our favorite Boat Songs or Bucket List Trips or Unwritten Rules of the Outdoors or, well, you get the picture!

#26: The Boat Songs Draft

Show Notes:

First things first: Our Boat Songs Spotify Playlist is Here! 

In this episode, we’re joined by Kaley and Matt Henderson as we draft our top 5 boat songs of all time. Mentions include: Jimmy Buffet, Chris Stapleton, The Eagles, Luke Combs, Josh Thompson, and more! Fights include Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney…were you surprised?

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Keep & Release

Every podcast recording session starts out the same way: Emily, exasperated, looks at Nate and I and asks, “Do you guys have a ‘Keep’ and ‘Release’ for this week?”

If you’ve never heard the show, a) consider yourself lucky and don’t click this link, and b) Keep and Release is the segment where we give a little shout-out to whatever the one thing is that we want to talk about this week in a positive light (Keep), and the one thing that irritated us or aggravated us in the previous week (Release).  A release could be leaky waders or faulty spinning reels or lousy internet service or duck ID posts on social media or any of a litany of things.

In fact, it’s become a bit of a joke behind the scenes, the rants that accompany release.  So much so that, while listening to the show last week, Will looked at me before we even got to “Keep and Release” and said “Dad, what do you hate this week?”

“Hate?  I don’t hate anything?”

“Dad – you hate EVERYthing . . . “

His exasperation hit me kind of heavy.  I took a breath, right there driving to school, and replied:

“I love a lot of things, too.

I love hot summer mornings when your shirt sticks to you before you step outside, and the chill of an ice-cold window unit AC when you get back home.  Fall mornings when there’s just a hint of crispness in the air, and winter days when they’re gloomy and overcast and your breath hangs around all day, and spring time when the greens are so bright they hurt your eyes.

I love duck hunting, and decoys, and dogs and hearing the birds before you see them and the way a wood duck whistles or a mottled grunts and the noise a huge flock of divers make, feathers and wings and air harmonizing on this weirdly deafening rumble.  I love the quacks and the tweets and the burrs, the kerplunk of a fresh shell, the chill in the air, how your hands can’t ever get warm once your glove gets wet, and ‘Take ‘em’ and ‘Cut ‘em’ and ‘Kill ‘em’ and ‘Shoot’ and ‘Fetch ‘em up’ and ‘last one’ and ‘think they’re done’ and ‘I got that one’ and ‘y’all wanna go get breakfast’ . . .

I love bird dogs, wacky and rangy and as distracted as a teen-aged boy at a cheerleader convention, locked up and birds brought to hand and sharing peanut butter crackers in between stops . . .

I don’t hate everything.  I love snook, and that glorious pop that sounds like someone launching potatoes into the shallows, the way they’ll chase your lure and tap it around and not commit, or the way they’ll over-commit and miss it entirely, big ones and little ones and in between ones right in the slot, and watching all of them swim away.  And I love redfish, the way they have to almost turn upside down to inhale a topwater plug, and the wake behind your bait right before everything goes crazy, and the tips of their tails signaling you on low tide to stop and hang out for a few.  And don’t forget tarpon, man, I love tarpon, cartwheeling and catwalking and somersaulting and basically doing things that would’ve gotten them burned at the stake in the 1600’s, 120 lbs of gills rattling and tail smacking fun, turning the beach into swiss cheese . . .

I love lots of things.  Turkeys and trout and teal.  Yeti’s and Yellowfins and Searks and Carolina Skiffs, the tackle department at Stone’s and gas station Cuban sandwiches and chumming for whitebait and Spanish Mackeral and under-slots and decoy bags and Zara spooks and picking up spent shells after the hunt and cutting down palm fronds for blinds; wet bird dogs and the way they smell, 2 stroke motors burning oil, cork rod grips and Cabelas catalogs and Mack’s Prairie Wings catalogs and podcasts and new waders and long lines and hi-vis PowerPro.

I love taking you and your sister outdoors, and kids’ first ducks and dogs’ last ducks and limits of mangrove snapper . . . Sunsets on the boat, and sunrises on the boat, sometimes in the same day; wade fishing, and shrimp runs and mullet runs . . . Beagles and Berettas and bobbers and bream . . .

When you say I hate ever-“

“Dad” Will interrupted . . .

“You still hate Duck ID posts, right?”

We hugged.