Sometimes It’s Good to be Lucky – FHB 1808

(calm music) (upbeat music) – [Announcer] Welcome
into this episode of the Cabela’s
Fisherman’s Handbook. In there first part
of today’s show, we’re joined by two lucky guests who won the opportunity
to fish with host, Wade Middleton,
through a drawing offered by the Texas Parks
and Wildlife department. – We’re here at LBJ, won
the dream year drawing to get to go out with Wade and
film a TV show while fishing. – [Announcer] The win your
dream year outdoors drawing sponsored by Cabela’s
and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is a special contest
put on by the TPWD that awards the winner
a total prize package worth over $7,000. All Texas residents possessing an annual
or a lifetime license whether that be hunting,
fishing, or a combo, are eligible to enter. The open entry period lasts
for three and a half months, with the winner being
selected at random. – The Texas Parks and Wildlife has several drawings
throughout the year. I actually went on their website looking for their big time hunts for aoudad and mule
deer and white tail, and they had already expired, so I saw this down at
the bottom of the page and entered my, I think it
expired in like two days, so I entered my email and
my hunting license number. And two days later,
I got the email, which I thought was
spam, that said I won. And so I eventually was
convinced to call the number, and it turned out I
was in fact a winner. – [Announcer] As the winner
of the win your dream year outdoors drawing, Daniel
won a long list of prizes. Ranging from a $1000
Cabela’s gift card, a guided dove hunt, provided by the Texas
Dove Hunters Association, two guided fishing trips, hotel vouchers from La
Quinta Inn and Suites, as well as the opportunity to
appear on national television and fish with Cabela’s
pro staff ambassador, Wade Middleton. – [Man] Oh nice. – Oh wow.
– Oh man. – [Man] You need to take
a picture with this one. – [Woman] Oh my gosh. – [Wade] You wanna get a
picture for your friend? – Yeah, you need to take
a picture with this one. – [Woman] To brag. Oh my gosh.
– Holy crap. That’s the biggest
bass I’ve ever seen. He’s fat, too. – [Announcer] In part
with Today’s trip, Daniel is able to
bring along a guest. He’s joined by his
wife, Savannah. Although she’s a novice
to the sport of fishing, Savannah gave Daniel no option but to bring her on this trip. And she is excited
for the opportunity. – I don’t really know
anything about fishing. And this has a guide with
it, so I knew that if I did, you know, throw one of my
lines out and it got stuck or I fell out of the boat,
there is someone there to kind of go with me and help. But also, just
because it was on TV, and that’s really
special and not something you get to do every day, and
I thought it would be cool. – Nice one.
– Nice little one, come here. Yep, swing it in. – [Wade] Just bite
him over to you. There you go.
– We’ll get some pictures. Nicely done. Everybody together.
– Okay. Do I hold it or
are you holding it. – I got it.
– Okay. – Unless you want to.
– No, it’s okay, I’m good. – [Wade] That’s awesome. – [Announcer] Coming
up after the break, the fish catching continues as we learn more about
the various items Daniel won as the
grand prize winner. And later, stay tuned
as Wade revisits what used to be known as a
top bass lake in the country. But is it still that today? Find out here on the Cabela’s
Fisherman’s Handbook. The Fisherman’s Handbook is
brought to you in part by Bass Pro Shops, your
adventure starts here. Garmin, fight your fish,
not your fish finder. And by Yamaha Marine,
reliability starts here. – Is that a fish or–
– yeah, no, it’s a fish. – [Daniel] That a girl. – [Announcer] Welcome back to the Cabela’s
Fisherman’s Handbook, where we’re on Lake
LBJ in Central Texas. Today, Wade is joined by
Texas Parks and Wildlife sweepstakes winner, Daniel
Sharp, and his wife, Savannah. Daniel is the winner of
the win your dream year outdoors drawing,
with a prize package valued at over $7000. As part of his winnings,
Daniel earned the opportunity to fish with Cabela’s
pro staff member and host of the Cabela’s
fisherman’s Handbook, Wade Middleton. – It’s your fish. – Yeah, I have to hold him? – Yeah, show the cameraman. – I don’t know how to hold him. Do they bite? – Well, I mean, yeah, but– (shrieks) Nevermind.
– Nevermind. (chuckles) We’re known to be a
little competitive. So right now, whoever
catches the most bass has to pay for lunch. Which really means whoever
has to hand the waiter money. But I’m winning right
now, so I have two. And the rule is bass only,
this is a bass fishing trip. – [Announcer] Paying for lunch is just one of the many things that await Daniel
in the coming months as he begins his journey as the win your dream year
outdoors prize winner. The next few months will
be packed full of trips ranging from dove
hunting, fishing, to acting as a coastal
biologist for a day. – We still got, I think in July, we’re gonna go down
to Matagorda Bay and do some trout and redfish
down in the salt flats. Then in the first
weekend of dove season, we’re gonna go dove hunt. Then because she’s now
expecting our first kid, we’re gonna have to postpone
devil’s river until next year, so it’s a little less hot
and less dangerous for her. And then February, we’re doing
a trophy catfishing trip. And then at some
point in the summer, we’re gonna go play biologist
for a day with Texas Parks. Oh, there we go.
– There you go. – Got a little one. – It’s a fish.
– That’s a crappie. There he is.
– Nice, we can cook him up. We’re a little bit competitive, and so it sounds like
I’m buying lunch. But I got to catch a couple
bass and a couple crappie, and I’d never actually
caught a crappie before, so I got two good sized crappie. And Wade caught about
a six pounder, I think, and Savannah’s was probably
pretty close to that on one of her big ones. But she got to land
four by herself, which she had never done before. – [Wade] Oh, big one! (laughs) she’s on fire, dude. – [Daniel] Nice, this one
is actually you, though. – [Wade] She’s got a big one. Hold it right there. I hope he doesn’t choke on it. He’s got it in there good. – [Announcer] The win your
dream year outdoors drawing is made possible by the Texas
Parks and Wildlife department as a thank you to all
of those residents who purchase hunting
and fishing licenses. The TPWD is dedicated to
maintaining and preserving the outdoors for
everyone to enjoy across the lone star state. Providing hunting, fishing,
and outdoor opportunities gives adventure seekers
the chance to get out of their everyday routine and create memories that
will last a lifetime. We’ve only been married
for three months, but we were engaged
for over a year, and in that time, we really
did a lot of fun stuff, but we kind of settled in. We’re a very, not average
couple, but I think we’ve settled into that
like, nice, suburb life where we kind of see each
other sometimes and at night. So when we get to
do things like this, it’s kind of a treat,
we get to see each other and spend time with each other, which we do really like. – Got him?
– Yeah, that’s a good one. – [Wade] That’s a good one. – [Daniel] Keep the tip up. – [Wade] Yeah, you’re doing
good, right in there is good. – [Daniel] Right there. – [Wade] That’s a good one. – [Daniel] Bring him over here. Bring him over here, I got him. Oh, get him in the
boat, there we go. – [Savannah] In the boat. – [Daniel] He’s heavy. – Well, I love just
learning new things. I think doing outdoors
stuff and people learning how to take care of fish and how to catch them
correctly and when to release and when not to is
really important. So learning what Wade
had to say about that was really nice to hear. And just spending time with
other outdoorsy people, even though, I mean, we
talked about fishing, we talked about hunting,
just everything, so that was nice. And then of course, we’re
out on this beautiful lake and we never get to go
do things like that. So I thought that was great. – We had a blast,
we had a blast. It wasn’t too hot, it
was decent weather, it didn’t rain on us. So it was a good day. – [Announcer] We’d like
to send a special thanks to the sponsors of the win
your dream year outdoors prize drawing. Cabela’s, the world’s
foremost outfitter, and the Texas Parks and
Wildlife Foundation, for making this all possible. When we return, we take a
look at the once revered Choke Canyon Reservoir. A lake made famous for
producing giant limits of bass is now just a shadow of itself. Watch as Wade takes to the water to find out the true impact
the significant drought has had on this fishery. The Fisherman’s Handbook is
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shallow water anchors. Swift, silent, secure. One of the most kep elements
to productive bass fishing is the body of water itself. Lakes and rivers tend
to go through cycles. One year, heavy rain and
floods can cause a lake to rise and then flourish
for several years as bass use the
newly flooded cover to hide and feed on bait fish. Conversely, a long
period of drought can drain the life
out of a fishery, and have a damaging effect
on the fish population. In this segment, Wade’s
on a body of water that has seen each of
these highs and lows over the past 10 years. Choke Canyon Reservoir. After not visiting this
lake for quite some time, Wade’s returning to see
what the lake has to offer and to provide a report
on it’s current status. – Choke Canyon, I
mean, at a time, was arguably one of the best, or at least the top five lakes that you’re gonna
find in the nation. For sure, in Texas. – That’s an eight pounder.
– That’s an eight pounder. – [Man] I’d say that’s an
eight pounder right there. – Choke Canyon, buddy. – You can come down to this lake and tournament winning weights, I mean, I saw 40 pound
five fish stringers win down here at a time. We’ve caught more 10
pound fish on camera on this lake than more famous
lakes like Falcon and others. But it’s a lake
that I can tell you, I haven’t been to in five,
six, I don’t know when my last trip was down here. It just fell of
the radar, drought, devastating drought
struck this lake. I mean, it was down
in the 20% range. Right now, it’s at 30% capacity. Which means it’s
about 25 feet low. I mean, you can
see the boat ramp, I don’t know how many fish I’ve caught on these rocks right
here, on this little jetty. When the water was
all the way up to it. It’s just amazing to look
at the lake right now. But there’s still fish here. Will we catch them, I don’t
know, I just felt like I hadn’t been here in so
long, we talk about it, I’m asked often
about Choke Canyon. And I thought I’d come
down here, give it a peek, have an honest answer when
people send me messages about it because literally, I haven’t
been here in so Long. But to say the least, it’s
depressing to see right now what I’m looking at. I mean, it’s just, I mean,
it’s just a shadow of itself. I mean, this is a creek,
I’m in salt creek right now, which is right at
Callahan boat ramp, and I mean, it’s a creek,
it’s not this big massive, I mean, I’ve ran my
boat across all this. And now it’s trees, so we’re
gonna run down towards the dam. I’m gonna hope I find better,
cleaner water down there. That’s where we’ve caught
some giants in the past. Hopefully, that’ll run
true, but one thing, I’m gonna tell you right now, one thing that I’ve already
noticed that has me excited. There’s obviously a lot of
hydrilla along the bank. I’ve seen some floating pieces. There’s coos pulling it up. So that’s exciting, maybe
we can find some clear water and some bass in that grass. (upbeat music) We’ve made our way down towards
the south shore boat ramp, the dam area. In Callahan, the water just
didn’t look that great to me. And I felt like this was
gonna probably be cleaner and clearer water down here. We’ve made our way to
the south shore boat ramp to kind of start it off. And we’re just gonna
make a big circle. Go up into four fingers,
fish along the dam here. We’re at a pretty popular area. Another boat ramp,
at main lake point, that a lot of
people have fished. And just gonna kind
of plink around. I’ve already seen
a couple things that I’ve thrown way points on. A big rock pile back here that someday hopefully will
get some water back on it where we’ll catch some
fish in the future. But navigating down here was actually a
little bit trickier than what I would’ve thought
it would’ve been at this depth. Using your electronics,
it certainly gives you a great piece of confidence
to be able to find your way along. And I kind of followed the
frio river channel for a ways. Big stump field
out in the middle. River channel might have some
turns and twists through it. So it’s definitely
right now at a level that you really wanna
have your eyes open. Because there’s a
couple spots out there, pelicans were sitting on
little humps and things. So we’re just gonna plink around and just see what we can see. Maybe we’ll get lucky
and catch a few. And just kind of get a
feel for old Choke Canyon. It’s either gonna be really
bad or maybe we’ll have something fun to report. – [Announcer] It’s
time now for a break, but keep tuned in right here to the Cabela’s
Fisherman’s handbook to see if Wade can
manage to catch his first Choke Canyon bass in many years. The Fisherman’s Handbook is
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keep you outdoors, Engel Coolers, a
legend in reliability, and by Sunline America,
the strength to guarantee your confidence. (calm guitar music) – Come here fish. Come on, well, we
are about four hours into our Choke Canyon adventure. That’s my first bite of the day. You know, to me, outside
of the water color looking a little off, really doesn’t look that bad. Lots of timber, that’s
actually hydrilla all the way around
a lot of places. Now, the coots and the
ducks have really hammered this hydrilla, a lot
of it is just stocks, and you know, that’s, like
I said, my first bite. But fishing has been so slow, I had Kevin tie on a spinner
bait in the back of the boat and on this exact spot,
he’s had two bites. He caught one about
the exact same size, maybe a little
bigger than that one. And he caught one
about four pounds, a big prespawn female. So while we’re not
having a ton of action, we’ve had three bites on
this little point right here, it’s just right in the
mouth of four fingers. So I don’t know, we’re
just gonna keep fishing. Maybe we’ll get lucky
and catch some more. Choke is a lake that, I just
had such a great passion for. To have caught more 10
pounders on this lake than any lake that
we’ve ever fished on as far as quality of fish. But it’s really gone
through some bad conditions. Originally impounded
in the early 1980s, went up, filled up, got good,
got bad, got good, got bad, was phenomenal there
for a period of time. Tournament weights,
I mean, even, I had friends of mine cath
40 Pound limits down here. Clark Winlet and I had probably
the best day I’ve ever had on public waters. He caught one about 12, I caught
eight or nine back to back. Cast in a phenomenal lake. – [Man] Yeah, he’s
out of that tree now. (laughs) Oh man, that is hilarious. In a tournament, we would’ve
been done hours ago. (laughs) Whoa. (laughing) (laughter drowns out dialogue) – Look how heavy
this fish is, dude. I mean, this is a–
– oh my god. – What a storied
history this lake has. For people, recreationally,
tournament fishing-wise, the weights have been
phenomenal in the past. Some of our best
fishing trips on camera have come down here. Some of my most fun,
recreational, just fun times have come on this body of water. But it’s a love/hate
relationship with this lake. It goes through a lot
of changes all the time. It primarily was built
to hold water for the Corpus Christi area. The water comes through
here, it ends up going down to lake Corpus Christi. And then eventually, it’s
used for drinking water. So it doesn’t have the
biggest drainage in the world. So it really suffers at
times in the drought cycles. Right now, at 25 feet low,
it’s really struggling. The fishery itself, I
won’t say is as healthy. When you look around, there’s
not as much chatter about it. There’s no big regional
tournament, really, coming here. A few smaller
tournaments at times. I’m not saying don’t come to
Choke Canyon and go fishing right now, I’m just saying
it’s not in its glory days that a lot of people
remember it as. I do believe, though, late
this spring, early summer, you probably could have some
really good fishing down here because there’s a lot of
hydrilla in the lake right now. The fish that we’ve caught,
what few we’ve caught really look healthy. So to answer the questions
we get about Choke Canyon, it’s still here, it’s
about 12,000, 13,000 acres at the time that
we’re filming this, which is about 30% capacity. The Callahan boat ramp is open,
it looks like south shore, they built a new boat ramp. I expect it, we
open pretty soon. As long as you stay in
this end of the lake, a person will have a good time. Just really pay attention when
you’re running it, though, because there are some
absolute monster trees and some shallow
water areas around. So take your time if you
come down to Choke Canyon to go fishing. Remember, if you would
like to ask us a question about a lake that we may not
have been to in a long time, ask us questions about rod
drills, gears, or anything, hop on our Facebook page,
hop on our Instagram, or whatever, shoot us a
note, we’ll do our best to answer it or maybe
even go fishing there. – [Announcer] That’ll do it for the Cabela’s
Fisherman’s Handbook. We’ll see you next time. – [Man] Well, this has
gotta have a bass on it, this is like picture
perfect right here. – [Man 2] Well, I’m
sure you’ll catch him while I’m jacking
around down here. – That’s fine, I like that. Isn’t that funny how
that works, though? Oh, he’s digging into the
secret boxes back there. – [Man] I gotta bring something
else out of self defense. (upbeat music) – Here we go. I caught a fish.

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