– – Welcome to this episode of the Fisherman’s Handbook. Today Wade takes down atrip down memory lane, going back to where his love of fishing all began,and sharing that timewith a life long friend. – This is going to be a fun trip, and Jeff and I are going to get to fish a lake that was really key in our youth, and for lack of a better word, growing up. I can admit it now,it’s where I used to skipschool and spent a lot of time. I mean it was one of my favorite places to go fishing and I’m going to let him admit if he skipped school, because I already know the answer, I’m just curious if he’ll be honest. – We are fixing to fish the lakethat Wade and I bothlearned to bass fish on, that’s a true story. I’ve been fishing thislake with my mom and dad when I was a kid since I was like two. I had a membership here and so did Wade and this is where it all. – I never skipped schooland came to this lake one time in my life. – Yeah always. – This was our babysitter. This is where our parents would, so they could have, finally it’s the weekend, we can get away from the kids. Leave us here and dump us off in a Jon boat,they dropped us off in themorning and pick us up at dark. Dark 30, that’s what time we had to be in. – It’ll push your bass tournaments. This is where it all happened. – You know Ardmore Lake Club is a really cool little body of waterright outside Ardmore, Oklahoma. It’s been there foreverand as kids we fished it and caught a lot of little fish and it’s gone through,just like all lakes do,resurgences, peaks and valleys, and Jeff uses it a lot times to go out and practice and get ready for a lot of his big fishing trips,and you know,tournament’s coming up. For me it’s always just been a place that I like to go fish. – Got him. – Big one? – He’s coming my way. – He caught the littlestbass in the lake. – Littlest bass in the lake. This is how big they waswhen we was growing up. – That’s a good one though. That’s a good one. Hey that’s the first bassyou’ve caught here in 20 years. – No, we came out here that one day and we went flipping, and I caught some. – We caught them didn’t we? – We caught them,you caught them realgood punching that time. – This is where I really learned to fish was this lake. My parents would drop me off here in the mornings, whenever I, as quick as I got, I looked forward to Saturday morning, they would drop me off and I would fish. I would just do laps around this lake until it was time for them to pick me up after dark. And Wade did too. This is where Wade and I would fishand then we would get acouple buddies togetherand we would take two man boats,like the bass buggies and stuff. We would all throw in $5 a piece and have tournaments out here. I have been fishing this lake, really that’s what’s scary, I have been fishing this lake for probably over 40 years of my life. It’s a special place to me. – Got it? – Little guy. – Thanks for getting me wet. – Look at you. Why do got that water all over you buddy, look at that. – Dude, that was so unintentional. – Yeah. – Little guy. – But back in the day if you’d have caught one that big, you’d be like, “Oh, good one. ” – Heck yeah dude. I still think they’re all good man. – Yeah I do too. – You know I’m a numbers guy. – Yes you are. – Coming up after the break, the numbers game continues as Wade and Jeff keepflipping fish into theboat at a furious pace. But before that, we take a look at the boat that’s making today’s trip possible. The RT178 from Ranger. Powered by a Yamaha 4-stroke engine. That and more, all right here on the Cabela’s Fisherman’s Handbook. – The Fisherman’s Handbook is brought to you in part by, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, your adventure starts here. Garmin, fight your fishnot your fish finder. And by Yamaha Marine,reliability starts here. – You know our set up for this trip’s really cool. We got one of the many different models of Ranger aluminum boats, it’s perfect for a lot of different bodies of water. It’s got a little 25 HP Yamaha motor on it. You talk about fuel efficiency and quiet, that’s it to a tee. Some of the very best lakes out there have horse power restrictions, like this lake has a 25 HP restriction. That little 25 looks pretty small, but it packs a punch now. Look at some of the smaller outboards. That thing right there, I mean, you put that thing on a little Jon boat, I’m going to tell you, it’s going to fly. You can do a lot in an aluminum boat. These style of boats arereally perfect for a lot of people and a lot of small bodies of water. You look at the featuresbuilt into the boat, that we’ve got here, plenty of rod storage, a big deck for two guys and a camera guy in the back, you put a little 25 HP Yamaha in the back like this, and you’ve got a great price point boat that you can still go out and catch just as big or bigger fish then we do when we’re running a lot of our big boats around. The big boats are awesome. I love it. I love my big boat. I’ve got a 250 SHO onit and I love that boat, but don’t think you have to drop that kind of moneyto be a good tournament angler, because when I show up at a tournament, a local tournament,the guy that scares me the most, honestly is the guy in a boat like that,tzhat when they call his numberhe goes around the corner and puts that tow motor down. Because I know that guy, he’s going to fish all day. He’s going to fish what’s in front of himand that’s exactly whatwe did on this lake. Uh oh, fish on. Oh good one. – Big one. – Big one, look at you, you called it there’d be a five pounder on this one. – That’s an average one out here dude. I want you to look at how healthy these suckers are. You see that. – They didn’t grow up like that. – They’re all like that. Isn’t that crazy dude, look at that fish. You know what that is? That’s a future stud. Look at that. This is what happens when we all get old right there. – You get little pouch,you get a little pooch. – You start leaning a little bit too. – You know for me whenit comes to flipping and pitching and fishing shallow cover, or however we’re going to catch them, you know I’m fairly straight forward. I’m either going to use 40 to 60 pound Sunline Braid, 20 pound fluorocarbon,I’m going to have sometype of a soft plastic, I’m a fighting frog fanatic. Love to flip a tube as well. And then my weight size isgoing to based on the conditionsin the bottom depth thatwe’re fishing at and, other than that I keep it fairly simple, about four or five basic colors out there and off I go. – Got him. Got him. – They shrank. – That’s awesome. – I’ll tell you about it. – I will too. – You’ve caught this one before. He had a hole in theother side of his head. You’ve gotten him before. – Tell you they all feel good. – It’s easier to catch a five pounder here than one like that. – I’m just talented. Well thank you you that. – That’s what I’m saying. – Tell me how good I was right there. – What you did was strong right there. – Got strong game? – The biggest thing I can say to you,when you’re flipping and all you guys that flip a lot you know, so it goes in one ear and out the other, but if you knew to flip it and all that,when you flip that baitin there let that baitfall on that slack line. Okay, watch your line. You’ll see that line when it falls, you’ll see it jump. So many of your bitescome on that first fall and then once it’s falls, when I hop it, I hop it but I don’t keep my line tight. I don’t want it look,I want it to be natural,so when I hop it I’m lettingit fall back down on slack line and that’s when you’ll get your bites, okay? You got him?- Look it here. This sucker. Look at the thing on, this sucker has a goiter dude. Look at that. What is that? Touch it. – Touch it. Don’t touch it dude. – Its a bone man, it’s a bone. – God look at that thing dude. – Touch it, it’s a bone. Feel it, it’s hard. – Look at it, he’s coming out of there! – Oh Jesus! – It’s a giant zit. – Look at that. Thank you but you’re gross. – Think that was gross, it’s like a little alien worm. – Dude it was! – Time right now for a quick break but when we return, Wade and Jeff are back out on the water for a second day of action on the Ardmore Lake Club. Some friendly competition emerges,and the fish are biting, stay tuned you won’t want to miss a second of it. – The Fisherman’s Handbook is brought to you in part by, Ranger Boats, still building legends one at a time, Engel Coolers, a legend in reliability, Bradley Smoker, food smoking made easy,and by Sawyer Products,we keep you outdoors. – Round two we got caught short yesterday boy. – Rain and poor weatherconditions hinderWade and Jeff’s abilityto fish thoroughly on their first day of fishing at the Ardmore Lake Club,however they were ableto establish a pattern. Recent rains have pushedthe fish up shallow into the thick cover and if you can flip a bait in front of them they’re ready to bite. – Yeah this is a fairlyround body of water, it’s got a few little pockets in it, lots of cattails, rocks and scattered docks out there, but it’s a great place to go fishing. You can catch them a lot of different ways, you always have been able to, but one way that’s always been very good for me, the way you’ll catch them is flipping and what’s ironic is, you know Jeff is really known as a finesse fisherman, but in all honesty, that couldn’t be further from the truth in his upbringing. He’s was a flipper growing upand he always did it with a tubeand he won a lot of money on it. – Oh big one. – Stud. – There’s real one! There’s a tube to you. – Now look at that, holy cow. Look at that sucker. Hell you think that fish spawned yet? Good grief dude, look at that man. Yeah. – All right. – Now there’s your tube fish, that’s my tube fish. Back to the old school man,what I used to win allmy money on right there. Let that sucker get back on the bed. – Why did you quit doing it though? – I quit flipping a tube because I lost too many fish because all the tubes out there now are way too hard. So like that one you seen, what happens with a really stiff tube is when you jerk that tube will fall down here and you lose a lot of fish. You got to go through two sides of plastic. So you can see I jerked and I tore the tube. You may say, “Well I don’t want that to happen. “Use 20 maybe somebody else but me, “I want to catch the fish that bites me “because I have money riding on it. ” So it’s a really really soft tube. I mean as soft as it gets. I did for Cabela’s and they said, “What bait do you want?” I said, “I want a tube again because that’s what”I used to win all my money on. “But I lost as much moneyas I won on a tube, so when they said, “What do you want?” I said, “These are the cutters I want,”and I want it, “make it so soft,”I wanted you to make it softer “than you think you should make it. “So they did and now I’vebeen flipping this tube all during the off season andI’m going to make a lotof money on this tube. The deal is,is everybody flips likea beaver style bait, if you went to a weekend tournament,about everybody flippinga beaver style bait. I don’t want to flip the same thing as everybody else. Everybody’s kind of gotten away from flipping a tube so, then I feel like I’m going to get bitesbehind guys that areflipping something else. – Uh oh! Hot and long! – That’s a good one. – I think we’re going to win. It’s getting smaller as it gets to the boat though. – Pretty good one. No but he’s not a 39 pounder. – No he ain’t going to make it. – But he sure was funand I got them nervous. A lot of it is about head games, you know what I’m saying? – I agree. – Just trying to keep them on their toes a little bit. – Gambling with the cameraman on the size of the fish. I still like our bet. I still like our chances. The thing about fishingwith Jeff and I is we can get in a bind. We may be there for a mission because we’re both in the industry but we can get off line pretty quick. We can get on these wild tangents and goofing off. There’s no telling what one or the other is going to do. But the reality is we’re competitive in a lot of ways as well. This trip we’re even kind of playing with the camera guys. Hey tell us how many fish we can or can’t fish between this point and this point and how big they’ve got to be,because it’s a challengeand that makes it fun, it makes us really focused because otherwise we’re liable to be up some left field tangent out there gossiping and messing with each other, and forgetting that we’re there to catch a few fish. – All right set the goal Jeff, you pick the distance. – Okay I’ll say that when I get around this dock, in between there and that next dock, we’ll catch at least one three pounder. – Oh, be a three pounder!We on the board? – Oh that’s going to be equal now. – We should’ve done anumbers one on this one. He even goads you. See how I’m losing that tube? That may be aggravating to you but it’s good to me because I’m not, missed it. – Look at that stunted. That sucker looks like a Dobby!- He’s got an itch in his nose. – Look at that. – Yeah we need a picture of that one. Give us a picture Kevin. – Look at this, you know what he says? – Look at him! He says, “Doooooooo. He’s got an underbite tolike nose for nothing. – Bless your heart. – He’s already got a girlfriend though. – Thank you for your, no, you poor thing. I know a bass that won’t bedoing any spawning this spring. Nobody likes him. – Oh bless his heart. My brother’s a plastic surgeon, he can fix you up. – The camera crew has taken an early lead over the fisherman as Wade and Jeff are unable to meet the required needs for the given challenges. But when we come back, can the luck turn in their favor? Find out after the break. – The Fisherman’s Handbook is brought to you in part by,Bass Pro Shops, and Cabela’s, your adventure starts here, Engel Coolers, a legend in reliability, and by Hobie Fishing, MirageDrive Pedal Systems. – Oh he’s barely here. – He’s barely there. – We got to catch eight. – Got to catch eight. – Got one hook in him in this round. We got him. – Nice Wade. How far do we got to go to catch eight in this round? We’re down a lot to the cameraman, even though we’re catching fish nonstop, we’re still losing dollars. – I hooked a big one, is that a big one? A big one. – I’m going to let this one go you can get that one. – That’s a four pounder dude. – A four pounder! – So the bet on this one was we had to catch eight fish from that dock to that point, and one of those had to be a four pounder. – Is he a four pounder or not? – Oh I don’t know, you going to have to. – I think it’s a four pounder. – I think it’s a four pounder. – The thing about aprofessional fisherman, and with Wade and I,is there’s always a bet. There’s always a bet. So rather than bet against each other, because I thrown in a boat, you know what I mean?I’m getting first shot. So we got all these betsagainst the cameraman. You know what, this morning, it’d be just that, “Okay, you get 200 yards to catch “you’ve got to catch five bass and one of them’s got”to be a four pounder. ” So really it started off where they were beating us down. They had us down three or four dollars. – A real one there! – You got him! – That’s a real one, fat one. – Well we won a bet. – We did. – We won a bet. – Old Cabela’s tube cometogether on that one. – Yeah man. – Wade and Jeff have started to figure things out a little bit and are gaining ground on the camera crew’s early lead. But when you’refishing with Jeff Kriet you never know what might happen next, and there’s a good chance that whatever it is will distract you and take your mind off of fishing in a hurry. – I really don’t know what to say, even how to portray this. It’s burned into my mind, really kind of bad honestly. He gets out on a dock and he lays down like a centerfold model, by no means is any man over 40 a centerfold model, in any way, in any shape, in any form. I don’t even thoughhow you can think this. He lays down by these pink flowers on the dock and poses. He’s not a sports illustrated model, he’s not a centerfold, but he did it! And I can’t get that image out of my mind for some reason. Something about it,I don’t know, I’m scarred maybe. For life. – We have to catch at least a 4 1/2 pounder. One, one 4 1/2 pounder. You good for that? Oh that’s up to you. I was just saying big fish. – Well this is just a big fish derby. – Big one? Is that our big one?- This one feels better. – That may be our winner right there. – Oh that may be our winner,is that the one? – This is our winner. – Get him Wade! – Oh yeah!- Yeah there’s our five. – Oh yeah. – There we go. – Oh that’s a good one. – That’s winner winner chicken dinner right there. Look at the gut on that fish right there. – Let’s see. – That’s what I’m talking about. – Todd moved up. Todd moved up shallow. – It’s a good one dude. – That’s a solid fish right there. – All right we’ll let him go back. – We caught back up,we’re even now. I feel like it’s a victory. In their mind they thought, “We got these guys. ” But Wade, Wade picked up a sprogue square deal and saved this one round. I flipped up a big one and the end of a deal, off a stretch that I didn’t think we’d catch one on. And then Wade caught a good one on a jig, so all in all it’s a victory. Anytime you’re not paying it’s a victory,so the fact that we tiedagainst two cameramen, who I thought were my friends, that were trying to bet against us, we’re trying to make a good show, and they’re betting we’re not going to catch them. – You know fishing trips like this, it just goes to show you,you don’t have to overthink it, you don’t have to get too complicated, you can just go out with a buddy,in a small boat, with a small motor, with a few rods and reels and some bait, and have a great time. – I mean this is a greatlittle set up that you, and anybody anywhere along the lines can go out and enjoy and have a good time with it. It just so happens on this one here we probably clowned a little more than we normally would, but we caught a lot of bass. I’ve filmed quite a few shows throughout the years, and all that, and I think that I was more excited to come here with Wade then I was when I film on Falcon orfilm on all these other places. And the reason was, is I just wanted him to see how good the lake is. He hasn’t been here in years, okay? When we fished it this thing was just full of a million little ones. I wanted him to see thequality of these bass. They don’t even look real. They got these little mouths, big fat bodies and just to come out here and just to, no pressure. Not going to runaround anywhere. We’re going to put the trolling motor downand we’re going to fish. And we had a good time, Wade had fun, he’s really busy, I’m really busy but you know what? We’ve been talking about this for a year. He lined up the perfectboat for the lake and we came out here,and I feel like it’sgoing to be a good show. We caught a bunch of nice fish. It couldn’t havegone any better. – That’ll do it for The Cabela’s Fisherman’s Handbook. We’ll see you next time. – Folding the wrong way obviously. There’s a pattern to this. Hey there’s bass out there Wade throw out there. Which way’s he throwing?