Here’s part two of Bob’s trip to Lake Erie Pennsylvania fishing for Walleye with Bandit Sport Fishing.
Ooh man! Gosh, this has been a great day! We shot this hog. Look at that. Wow! Let me hold that thing.
Boys, fish on brother, fish on. Oh my gosh, that is a nice fish.
Here, let me move that cone out of the way.
Okay. Ooh, yeah. That one’s got some serious weight to him. Okay now, Ryan, you gotta coach me up. C’mere brother.
All right, take your time. Nice and easy.
Folks, welcome to Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine this week. We are in Lake Erie, Pennsylvania. This is the first mate here, for Joel Carradine our captain, Ryan Lucas. Ryan, I tell ya, this walleye’s got some serious weight. Listen to him singing. Yeah, while I’m doing this, and reeling this thing in, you can hear that 14 pound test Berkley Trilene Sensation line kinda sing a little bit in the wind. And I’m fishin’ an Ambassadeur Record 6600 with the 14 pound test line on an eight foot Veritas from Abu Garcia. Again, the rig is really key for fishin’ here. Walleye, and I’m not tryin’ to horse this thing here.
Yeah, take your time, I’d like to see that one.
Me too. Walleye fishin’ at Lake Erie, folks, is just a great place to come and a good time. I don’t know how many of you watchin’ the show, love to eat fish, but you really don’t get any better, without considerin’ walleye. All right Ryan, you are a native from Erie?
Yes, been here my whole life, 30 years.
Have you really, 30 years? How long have you been mate?
This is my third season doin’ it, but I’ve been fishin’ like this my whole life.
Oh my goodness. C’mere Joel, c’mere boat captain. Folks, let me introduce you to Joel Carradine, Captain Joel Carradine, right here, with Bandit Sport Fishing, on our show today. Listen, that thing is, he’s got a little weight to him, Joel.
[Ryan] It’s still a good fish though.
Yeah, he is. Man, I tell you what, it’s nice to be back up in Erie, Pennsylvania with you my friend.
I’m glad you made the trip up here.
Ah man, thanks for havin’ us. It’s always a pleasure.
It’s a long way to come.
That’s okay man, it’s just a short way to go to come fishin’. Now I gotta introduce my other guy. He’s got the boat up there. C’mere, Ben. C’mon up here. Stay in here man, don’t go no place. Man, we’re gonna get everybody in here.
Yeah, while I’m reelin’ this fish in, we got plenty of time. Ben Hines, he is the store manager for the Field and Stream store up here in Erie, Pennsylvania. Ben, boom. Ryan, boom! Joel.
Way to start our mornin’.
The sun is just comin’ up here on the lake and the fish are on. And I’m gonna date this a little bit. We’re right here in the first week of June, that’s when you said come, fish are on.
And that’s why I’m here. Ben, aw, man, he’s goin’ back up to get the controls. Ryan, I have to ask you, as a first mate, you really have to have some patience.
Sometimes, yeah, I won’t deny that. Just try to teach the best you can.
Yeah, man. You’re in the people business and this guy does it no better than anybody that I know. There he comes a little bit. I know folks are thinkin’, what has he got, a bucket on that thing? No, this is kind of a nice fish and —
Well, what we do, it’s called precision trolling. So to get our lures a certain depth, sometimes we have to set the lines back further to get ’em in the strike zone.
We have these back about 150, 160 feet and a walleye’s comin’.
[Bob] There he comes, okay, awesome! That’s a keeper right there!
[Joel] Oh yeah!
[Bob] Great, man! Well, Joel, tell me a little bit about Bandit Sport Fishing. You guys are a great charter service, you cater to everybody that comes up here.
Even kids, and we love to get kids on here.
[Joel] Kids are welcome.
Tell me about the seasons. What’s the best time for folks to come up here for walleye?
Well, usually in the past, we’ve started in the middle of June, but the fishin’s been phenomenal and there’s a ton of walleye in this lake. Now we have residents. Usually they talk about the big migration from the Western Basin to the Central Basin and they move as the water warms up. They like the cooler water, so later in the season, if the fishin’ ain’t got good for us, they’re doin’ real well in the Western Basin.
And then you’ll fish from May through September, October?
We’ve actually fished in October now. It’s been real good, we can catch ’em, middle of October.
That’s phenomenal. Well listen, thanks man, great start. We gotta get ’em back in the water. Folks, Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine, Lake Erie, Pennsylvania. If you wanna come up here and go, log onto Bob’s top 16 and you too can come up here with Bandit Sport Fishing and Captain Joel Carradine. All right man, let’s get it in the box. Woohoo!
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All right Ryan, get it Ben, it’s yours. You’re up, beau. We got Joel over here, he’s doin’ the windsock grill. Go ahead, get on it man, get on it. Now look, I think it may take all three of us to coach him up. Now Ben, honestly, you are a fisherman from a long way back, but have you ever fished for walleye like this?
I have not.
I have not. I’ve jigged for ’em, but I’ve never targeted and engaged in trolling for ’em. I’ve marked ’em, and will, drop on ’em, but I’m kind of a bass guy. This is new to me, I like it.
[Bob] This is a lot of fun. What d’ya think, Joel? C’mon up here, brother. Look, you’re puttin’ Ben Hines on his first walleye trip like this. This is awesome.
[Joel] I’m glad he was able to come.
Yeah, I’m tellin’ ya. Now we got plenty of coaches up here.
Happy for the opportunity.
There ya go. You may have big fish here, Ben.
I like this.
Now, the next one’s now, after you get this one in, then we’re gonna get Joel, then we’re gonna get Ryan behind the reel. I’ve already got my two or three. I tell you what folks, it’s just a great opportunity to come up here to Lake Erie and do this kind of fishin’. And we’re so blessed to have Ben Hines from the local Field and Stream store here and our boat captain, Joel Carradine with Bandit Sport Fishing and a new guy that we’ve not met —
[Joel] It looks like we’ve got two more fish on the line.
[Bob] Well, grab it get yours, man, get on it! Get on it, Joel, your turn.
We’ll get it.
[Bob] Or Ryan, you get it. I don’t care. Somebody get it.
[Joel] There we go.
Nice fish! Well done, my friend. What was the reaction out of that, brother?
That is a good time for everybody, right there.
[Bob] Oh my gosh, yeah!
[Ben] And that is going to taste good.
I think you got me beat. You got big fish. Nice, nice. Nice one, I’m tellin’ ya.
Nice fish, Ben.
You got more fish on?
[Joel] We’ll be able to do that in a second. We’ve got two more on, it looks like.
Got it! Okay, snap the line! And folks, if you’re wonder why I’m snappin’ this line, they’ve got these rubber band holders that hold ’em on the outriggers basically. They’re on cones out there and Joel, that is an ingenious system. It’s not rocket science.
No, I love it.
It saves ya from havin’ to take all the rods in when you get a fish. When you’re on saltwater and you got outriggers you’re kinda hamstrung, but the way you guys have got this rigged, it’s really easy.
It is. As you can see, you’re almost directly under that rod that’s fishin’. And the ponto is up above it.
It’s snaggle free fishin’. That’s what’s great about it.
It is. It’s an awesome tool.
We’re lookin’ at 48 degrees this morning. The wind’s blowin’ at about what, 15, maybe 10?
10 to 15 knots is the weather forecast.
Which is not too bad.
That’s why we’re wearin’ jackets.
[Joel] Winter doesn’t wanna leave us here. Another nice one.
[Bob] They’re all kinda about the same size. Nice fish, awesome!
I think there’s one on the stern troller.
On the cone.
On the cone.
That’s what I’m talkin’ about. It’s all about you, beau. C’mon, get him reeled in here.
When he comes to the boat, we have to unsnap the stern troller.
I’ll do that. You just tell me what to do, man.
Yeah, man, you just keep reelin’? Everybody likes to see the boat captain reel it in, fish.
These are wonderful reels.
I tell you what, Abu Garcia.
They’re like a little tow truck.
[Bob] Yeah, the tour o’ beast, man.
[Joel] Yeah, it is, just like a little tow truck.
[Bob] So you want me to clip this thing off, when it gets up here?
Yeah. The back first and then the front.
Coach me up, Captain. You guys saw us put out the buoy. Let me get it unclipped I got the back first, now the front?
You’re free. On the buoy, folks, right there, look here.
This feels like a decent fish.
You’re stylin’ and profilin’ this morning.
We’re havin’ a good time.
Look at the sun, it’s comin’ out. Here we are, Lake Erie. It don’t get no better than this, walleye fishin’. You know, when I got into town the other night, one of the first things I had to have?
Was a walleye sandwich. at one of the local restaurants. It was awesome. Wow! Matter of fact, I’ll even net this thing for ya, too. How ’bout that?
That’d be great.
That is a decent fish.
[Joel] Thanks, Bob.
Glad to help, bro, glad to help. Folks, were gonna have more great fishin’ action from Erie, Pennsylvania, but first I wanna introduce you to a special guest to our show today. It’s Emily Biddle. She is the marketing and communications director with the Erie Sports Commission. It’s an honor and a privilege to be here. It’s so wonderful that you guys and gals do what you do to attract families and everybody, fishermen, and all that sports folks, but tell me a little bit about some of the attractions when they all come up here. I know the lake’s here, they wanna fish, but there’s lots of other things to do.
Yeah, there’s a ton going on in the area and it’s happening all the time. As soon as you get off the water, there’s something for everybody. I think we’re best know for Presque Isle State Park which is a peninsula that juts into Lake Erie. It’s know for its beaches, its known for hiking and biking and running and kayaking and more fishing. There’s tons to do there. Also, home to one of the largest grape growing regions in the country. Actually the largest east of the Rockies with 21 wineries on-site that extend up into New York. Home to Presque Isle Downs and Casino which is a great spot to spend an evening. They have live thoroughbred horse racing for part of the year, restaurants on-site and just a good spot for a night out on the town. There’s something for everybody here. There’s events going on all the time. If you’re here in the summer, there’s UPMC Park. You can catch a ballgame and there’s sporting events all year.
One of the great things I wanna mention too is there are great places to eat and great places to stay here. It’s first-class amenities all the way around. I really think it’s such a special place that you guys and gals have up here. That’s why we enjoy comin’ every year. It’s just wonderful.
We think so too.
With that, thank you so much. If folks want to log on and they wanna come on up here, folks, listen, you can. Log on to Bob’s Top 16, but I’m gonna let Emily tell you how you can also get in contact with those folks if you wanna schedule a trip up here.
I’d say, if you wanna schedule a trip to Erie, absolutely go to visiterie.com. It lists all of the attractions, the accommodations, everything that you would need to know to plan your trip. They’ve got a widget on there where you can mark where you wanna go and really plan your trip and save it to your smartphone, save it to their app. So visiterie.com really makes it easy.
Emily, thanks so much again for hostin’ us up here. More great fishin’ action right here on Lake Erie, beautiful Erie, Pennsylvania.
[Narrator] Coming up next, we head to the Sportsman’s Table for a great South Carolina’s certified seafood recipe. The Sportsman’s Table is brought to you by The South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Whether you live in South Carolina or out of state, be sure to buy South Carolina grown meats, vegetables, and fruits. Make sure your food is South Carolina certified. It’s a matter of taste.
Folks, welcome to this edition of the Sportsman’s Table this week and my guest chef is Sean Baxter from the Hot Tomato Restaurant, downtown Myrtle Beach and he’s right here at Deck 383 in Murrells Inlet and he’s gonna put a really great fish dish together for us. Okay, Sean, I’m all about this fish. Tell me about this one.
So this is one of our local fish. It’s a wreckfish. It’s a deepwater fish. It gets its name from bein’ caught in the wrecks off the Charleston bump.
[Bob] I gotcha.
[Sean] So what I’m doin’ is I’m gonna do a dijon and herb gritona topping. Now gritona is just simply bread crumbs and herbs mixed together.
[Sean] Ritz crackers works, whatever you like to use to put a little crunch on top of your stuff.
It’s all some of that secret chef recipe stuff, huh?
You wanna put a little dijon on it, like a little spicy dijon, then you put your bread crumbs on.
[Bob] Oh, wow!
[Sean] Get it in the pan.
[Bob] Now is that olive oil you’re usin’ to cook it in?
[Sean] Yeah, you don’t have to use olive oil, you can use soy oil, canola oil, anything like that.
[Bob] I gotcha. And folks if you want a copy of Sean’s recipe, just log on to bobredfern.com and he’ll have it for ya right there. All right, Sean, the fish is lookin’ good and now we’re ready to plate.
Yep, we’re usin’ this risotta rice with grilled vegetables. We have some zucchini, squash, roasted peppers, couple grape tomatoes. Finish your risotto with Parmesan cheese, give it nice little creamy texture. We’re gonna take our fish, we’re gonna get it right on there.
[Bob] That smells great, Sean.
[Sean] I like to finish it with a little acid, so I’ll use the balsamic reduction.
[Bob] You guys come up with all these nifty little tricks. Not only does it make it look good, it makes it taste good.
Taste good, that’s what we’re shootin’ for mostly.
And there we have it. The humpfish outta Charleston, right there. Well, Sean, thank you my friend. It’s great to have you on as guest today and folks, listen, buy fresh, eat local, certifiedscgrown.com. Right here at Deck 383, another Sportsman’s Table is comin’ your way next week. Don’t miss it.
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All right, get him, Ryan, it’s yours, brother. Folks, at the controls is Ryan Lucas. He is Joel Carradine’s first mate on our fishin’ trip today with Bandit Sport Fishing. Ryan, you’re 30 years old, you’re a native Pennsylvanian up here from Erie, how special is it for you to be able to come out here and do this?
Every day, it’s a treat. It’s awesome.
How many years have you been fishin’ for walleye.
I’ve been doin’ this, I don’t know, since I was in diapers, maybe. Doin’ it like this, probably 20 years.
And your family, they fish as well?
My dad and I used to run a lot of charter boats, growin’ up. That’s how I got into it, big time.
Awesome. Well, I tell you, what better way to spend a day on the water and I know you get to meet and greet a lot of different folks. How’s that adjusting, as far as different folks comin’ in and outta the boat. You gotta have a great personality for that, and you obviously do.
You meet a lot of great people. Every once in a while there’s that one guy that’s kinda a little hard to deal with. Wants to do things his way, that happens. It does. For the most part, everyone’s great, everyone wants to learn, be out here and have a good time.
Well the good thing is the mate works for tips, well trips and tips. I tell you what, Joel, I’m gonna get the net ’cause I’m gonna help him out, how ’bout that?
That’d be great.
Oh yeah, we got a nice one on guys.
Well, I’m ready for him. Joel, you wanna check my union card?
Make sure I’ve got my union card so I can net this thing. Folks, listen, we’re up here in Lake Erie, Pennsylvania. You wanna log a trip, just book a trip with Bandit Sport Fishing and I got it.
In the net, nicely done.
[Bob] Just log on to Bob’s Top 16. We’ll see if we can get him outta here, and book your trip with Joel Carradine and Bandit Sport Fishing. Nah, don’t do that.
Let me see them pliers.
[Bob] I’ll help. I’ll hold him, you get him out. How ’bout that?
[Ryan] He’s free, we’ll get the hook in a second.
[Bob] There you go, man. Ryan Lucas right here, first mate on Bandit, man, Sport Fishin’ trip. You did good, beau, put him in the box.
[Ryan] Thank you.
There we go, all right. We got fish on boys, hang on. Man, let me snap that, snap it. Yep, got it free. All right, Joel.
How’s he feel?
Kind of like the rest of ’em. He’s a good keeper. He’s comin’. I think the wind and that kind of thing has changed a little bit.
It’s picked up a little bit.
Yeah, it has and that’ll happen. But I tell you what, we started the trip this morning, folks, early at daylight which is a good thing. It’s beautiful out here when that sun’s comin’ up, but as folks will know weather changes real quick on this lake. Well folks, it’s been a great time up here on Lake Erie, Pennsylvania with my good friend, Joel Carradine, Captain Joel and Bandit Sport Fishing. Tell everybody out there, they need to come up here. They need to come fishin’ with ya.
Let’s get this fish in here. Here we come, c’mon. I always enjoy comin’ up here because it’s such a great fishery and you’re a great guy to spend the day on the boat with. You’ve got a great captain.
[Joel] The biologists tell us that there’s 55 million of these in this lake.
[Bob] No kiddin’, wow!
[Joel] We got our share.
Folks, listen, it’s been a great time up here. We’re glad you came along with us. Joel, thank you so much, my friend for havin’ us up here. Banditsportfishing.com.
I love to have you.
Log onto Bob’s Top 16. As I always like to say each and every week, the outdoors is my passion, I want it to be yours too. We’ll see you next time right back here again on Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine. All right, beau, let’s put him in the box! Ooh!