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Bienville Largemouth Bass Fishing | Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magzine

December 7, 2019


– [Narrator] On this
week’s Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine Bob heads to
Bienville Plantation in White Springs, Florida
for some early winter bass fishing. Plus on this week’s
Sportsman’s Table we feature a pork wellington
recipe using South Carolina-certified pork. All this and a
whole lot more, and it all begins right now! [music] – Oh, he dropped it. Come on, fish! Oh, there he is,
okay, hang on. Okay, alright. Yeah, there we go! I put the havoc
on him, Mike. Well folks, welcome
to our show this week. We are in north Florida
back down at Bienville Plantation. We’re fishin’ one of the
27 lakes on this property. I’ve never been
on this one, okay, and so my guide and the
go-to guy showin’ us how to do it today is Mike Sloan. He’s one of the professional
guides down here that you’ll run into. Mike, you think I
put the havoc on him, brother? – You got him – Yeehaw! Oh my gosh, look
at that, well okay. That’s a healthy
fish right there. Let me put my
worm up there, okay, and I’ll tell y’all
what I’m fishin’. ‘Kay, we’re fishin’ half
ounce weights on this Texas rig and this Havoc worm,
it’s a biggin and that’ll bring him in just like that. Now Mike, you know, let
me let this thing go here. Let’s talk just a
couple of seconds here, and I know you’re interested
in getting guides, okay, I mean
gettin’ fish, but listen, when you come to Bienville,
what can folks expect when they come down here? I mean, this is
a great fishery. – It is a good fishery,
we’ve caught a lot of fish, and the biggest fish I’ve
had a client catch out here was 12.5 pounds, and
it was on Thomas Lake. But you can catch
brim, speckled perch, bass, catfish, we have an
assortment of fish that they can catch. We offer, really most of it
is all artificial fishin’. We don’t do any shiner
fishing or anything right now. – [Bob] Yet! – We did it one time,
but we don’t right now. – Well, I’m hopin’. Folks, I’m
talkin’ to Tia Rodie, the manager down here, we’re
gonna try to see if we can’t do a show down here
doin’ some shiners. But that’s another
subject for another day. With that,
brother, I tell ya what. Now out here and fishin’,
this is a relatively new lake out here, it’s what,
four or five years old? – This like’s about four,
four and a half years old and has really no grasp,
but it has more humps, more points, more structure
as far as trees and stuff in the water, and that’s
basically what we’re fishin’ today. – Well, I’m gonna
date this, okay, ’cause I don’t
normally do that. But it is 70 degrees,
will be 80 degrees today. It is mid-January,
okay, so listen, you don’t have to go to
South Florida to catch trophy bass. You can come right
here, White Springs, Bienville Plantation
Log on to bobredfern.com, go to Bob’s Top 16 and
you’re gonna find it right here. You love to quail hunt,
you love to bass fish, okay? You’re gonna get guides
like this gettin’ you on the water, and you’re gonna
have a great place to stay, five star, great facility. With that, I’m
gonna shut up. I gotta get this
Havoc back in the water, right? Alright, Mike, I got another
one planned with my Havoc there, the 10 inch. – [Mike] A 10
inch Havoc, huh? – Yep, great
brown belly, mm-hmm. Oh, there he is,
alright, come on. You know, he’s
right over that, oh. Right over that
hump, aw man! He took me all the
way back to the boat. Alright folks, I’m gonna
tell you what I caught the last fish on. 10 inch great
brown belly Havoc. It’s a Skeet Reese design,
and it’s by Berkeley, okay. Very, very simple Texas rig. The line that
I’m usin’ today, I’m usin’ a 12
pound Berkeley braid. I’ve got a
Venerate Abu Garcia, and then of course,
you know as always, Abu Garcia and
a bait caster, so. That’s the combinations
today that we’re fishin’ with, and thus far I’m
havin’ a lot of fun, how ’bout you? – Havin’ a great time. – Yeah, man, woo hoo! – Catch a few more. – Yep. Come on, take it! It must be somethin’
about that long tail. – Yeah, they’re grabbin’
hold to the end of it. – Yeah, he’s kinda battlin’
a little bit so oughta have to, I gotta be patient. Man, it’s hard to be patient
when you’re worm fishin’, you know that? Oh my gosh! – [Mike] It’s easier when
you’re crank bait fishin’. – Crank baitin’,
that’s fishin’ for dummies. This actually takes a
little bit of skill. I don’t know, maybe
uh, I don’t know. Of course we got the sun
comin’ up a little bit, so that’s gonna
change the light. Now, have you noticed
any differences in light patterns as the day goes
on when you’re fishin’? – It’ll start movin’
a little bit more. – Will it, oh,
there he is again. Oof, come on. I wonder if that just
ain’t some smaller fish just messin’ with me. You know, these bass
like to mess with me, okay. I’m not sure
why, but they do. Oh, oh, oh, oh,
oh, oh, come on, take it, take it! – [Mike] You’ve got it. – Aw, take it. There he is, okay, okay. – Alright. – Woo hoo! – [Mike] He played around
with it long enough that time. – Yeah, he did! Yeah man, he’s
lovin’ that curly tail. Yessiree. I got the Havoc magic. Woo. Those are nice, chunky bass. – Yeah, they’re
good little ol’ fish. They’re strong in this lake. – Yes sir, they are. You know, and that’s the
great thing about Bienville down here, with over 27
lakes available to catch fish. I mean, look, I can’t, why
would you want to go any place else, to be
honest with you. Now I can see, and folks,
Mike actually lives in Jacksonville,
Florida, about an hour, a little over an hour away,
but that doesn’t keep him from comin’ over here to
guide for you folks two, to three, to
four times a week. And hey, he gets more
folks seven days a week, he’ll even bring his motor
home over here and he’ll be here 24/7, 365, woo hoo! – [Narrator] Stay tuned,
after commercial break we have more bass fishing
from Bienville Plantation. Plus we’ll introduce you to
Bob’s Top 16 Destinations of the Week. Lake Guntersville, the mecca
of bass fishing in Alabama. Bob Redfern’s Outdoor
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clay target shooting sports. – Alright, another Havoc. Ah, yeah, oh yeah! – [Mike] That’s a good fish. – That’s a nice fish, yeah. It’s okay. Man, oh man, mm mm mm. You know, and the good
thing about this Havoc, I know I keep raggin’ on it,
but that’s the same worm and I caught four fish in row! And I ain’t
changed him out yet. Hoo hoo, mm. Now that’s a
little bit bigger. – [Mike] Yeah, that’s a
good fish right there. – Gosh, they’re
nice and healthy, mm mm mm. Now you can tell
it’s wintertime, though, ’cause they’re a
little bit lighter in color, but that’s okay, you
know, that is okay. – They get a little bit
lighter in color when the water’s got a little
bit of tint to it. Get out in the clear water
and they turn just black as they can be. – Well, remember
that, and begone, brother. Yeah, yeah, aw
now he’s a runner. Let me get out of the way. He is a runner! I think that’s a
little bit bigger fish. – [Mike] Nope, it’s
about the same size fish, he just thinks he’s mean. – [Bob] Get him over here,
I’ll get him out for ya. I got my union
card, brother, huh. – [Mike] He just
thinks he’s mean. – [Bob] Ah, there you go. – Yeah, that’s not
a bad little fishy. – Well folks, we’re
hump fishin’ out here, actually. And for all you
all that bass fish, and you know, what Mike has
located out here for us is basically a gravel point. This is a relatively
one of the newer lakes, about four or five years
old here at Bienville, and it has not had the
opportunity to pick up hydrilla and a lot
of the lily pads yet. And that’s the great thing
when you come down here. Of the 27 lakes that are
available for you to fish, there’s just every single
type of basically water types that you
can fish down here. And again, crank
baits, spinner baits, and of course as we’re doin’
this morning on plastics. This is just one of those
places that you can kinda do it all, okay? And with that, the only
thing you need is a good guide, and they got
lots of ’em down here. So just again, log
on to bobredfern.com, go to my Top 16, and
you need to connect. If you love fishin’, fine,
if you love to hunt quail when it’s in season, man,
Bienville’s your place. Or you just want to bring
the family down and spend a weekend. It’s one of those
places you can do that. Alright, Mike, come
on, get out there. Get another one, brother. – You can fish from a
foot deep to 35 feet deep. Just depends on what time of
the year and what you want to throw. – [Narrator] Chevrolet
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next destination, go online at chevy.com. Stay tuned, next we head
to the Sportsman’s Table to show you how you can make a
pork wellington that will impress your
family and friends. The Sportsman’s Table is
brought to you by the South Carolina
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South Carolina certified, it’s a matter of taste. – Folks, my guest this
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Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach. And I’ll tell ya what, you
got a great recipe for us. I can’t wait to get
started with this one, Dan. – Alright, so today we’re
gonna be makin’ a wild boar wellington. So we’re gonna start off
with a sheet of puff pastry here. It’s been
defrosted and laid out. This right here is about a
six inch chunk of wild boar tenderloin that I seared
off with a little salt and pepper, cut it to size. So we’re gonna take a little
bit of this egg wash here. – [Bob] And folks, if you
want a copy of Dan’s recipe you can log on to
bobredfern.com and his wild boar recipe will
be right there. Listen, you know, and this
is getting to be a mainstay, a lot of folks are
usin’ their wild boar meat. – It’s very versatile, and
if you get it in the right time of year, I
prefer the flavor to pork. – Awesome, okay. Okay, Dan, we’re gettin’
ready to roll it here. What are you gonna
add to this next? – Alright, so the next thing
that goes on is a little bit of sauteed spinach. This and a little
olive oil and garlic, gonna wring it through a
towel to get the liquid out. If it’s too wet the
puff pastry won’t rise. So we just put a little
bit of that on there. Just enough to
cover that up, and then after that we put
a little roast red pepper, lay that over the top. – [Bob] Again, certified
SC grown right there, awesome. – [Dan] Alright,
so the next step, simply tuck this in, and you
want to roll this as tight as you possibly can. And when it
starts to overlap, you’re gonna want to take a
little bit more of your egg wash, hit that
there, roll that up, and you’ll want to
crimp those edges. So I take my knife, with the
back end of my knife crimp it down, and cut
the excess off. – Just kinda
finishes it off. – Yep, and it seals all that
in so the liquid won’t fly out in the oven. Put a little
crosshatch on the top. Now, you’re gonna want
put this in the oven at 350 until the internal
temperature of the pork’s at around 145. The temp will right it to
150 from there and it’ll be completely safe to eat. – Well great, I can’t wait
’til this thing gets done, awesome. – Alright, Bob, I just
took this out of the oven. I’m gonna garnish it with a
little roasted orange pepper sauce. Little bit of drizzle. – And again folks, if you
want a copy of the recipe just log on to
bobredfern.com, and Dan’s recipe
will be right there, that’s awesome. Man, that really adds
a lot of color to it, okay. And the flavor, you know, I
tell ya I can tell that this is awesome, mm. Oh, that sauce
is awesome, yeah, there you go. And remember,
nothin’s fresher, nothin’s finer until it’s
certified South Carolina. Log on to their website at
certifiedscgrown.com and see for yourself. – [Narrator] To find out
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Woods Plantation, a place where the grandeur
of times passed can still be experienced today. – Ah, there we go, okay. You know now, Mike, it was
a little different on that one. He was actually
up on the bank. Mm-hmm, up there
in that gravel, yeah. Mm-hmm, alright, here we go. Come on up here, oh yeah,
he got a little size to him. Listen, I take
these all day long, okay? Oh my goodness, mm mm mm. You know, I’m not so used to
havin’ somebody kneel down to get my fish,
oh my gosh, yeah. – Pretty little fish. – Now, he’s a little cool. What’s the
water temperature, I didn’t even check. What is it, in the 60s? – 60, about 63 degrees. – Yeah, well it’s just over
the threshold for plastic baits. Well, I’ll tell you what,
I wrecked havoc on him, too. – Yeah you did, there
ain’t no doubt about that. The Havoc’s been workin’. – Get on back
in there, buddy, woo hoo! – [Mike] You have
worked the Havoc over today. – All my friends at
Berkeley will be happy, brother. – [Mike] And the funny
thing is that’s two baits, two worms, and six fish. – Yeah, exactly, you know? There’s something to be said
for longevity for plastic. I’m tellin’ ya,
you know but, ah, a 10 inch. You know, folks, just a
little bit about the bait selection here today. I just thought
that that long, curly tail
Havoc 10 inch worm, not much underbrush,
mainly gravel high points. I just thought maybe that
might be the ticket today, and you know, that’s one
of the keys to fishin’. Whether you’re fishin’ in
Florida or wherever you’re fishin’, you just gotta
try some different things, you know? And I’m always, most of the
time you’ll see I’m on the down end, the
guide’s always beatin’ me, but that’s okay,
it ain’t about me. I want our viewers to see
guys just like Mike Sloan and all the rest of
the guides down here at Bienville. I want ’em to understand
that their whole focus is to put you on fish. Again, it’s a destination,
and we want them to get in the boat and catch fish. And they’ll put you on the
right stuff to do it with. You just gotta be patient,
but if you wanna bring your own stuff and you
know what the deal is, you could do that, too. But if you’re comin’ down
here just havin’ a family fun time you don’t get out
on the water very often, these guys,
they’ll put you on fish. And especially if
you’ve got kids. They love kids in the
boat, as we all do. Again, the future of the
outdoors is with these youngsters. – [Mike] Yeah,
it’s with the kids. – Yeah, get ’em
off the iPhones, get ’em off the iPads, get
’em out from behind those godawful video games, and
get ’em out breathin’ a rod and reel. – Out in the
wide, open spaces. – Alright, I’m gonna try
the middle of that cut right there, we’ll
see what happens. Now, I love the structure
on that bank there, the rock, goodness, mm. I’m tryin’ to be
extra careful. – You don’t want
to lose that Havoc, now. – No, man, this
might be the money fish! Might be the money fish. You know, the
bites kinda changed, though, just a little bit. The sun’s come up now, but
they’re still comin’ off these little
humps and points. He may have
dropped it right there. Maybe. I’m kinda
stringin’ him along. Eh, I still feel a
little weight there, no he’s still there. Oh, come on, I hate gettin’
’em this close to the boat! You know what it is? Dang it, do you want to
play the gator chomp? – Go ahead, hit him. – [Bob] Could I
just get you to, I mean, one
rendition of rocky top! Yeah, man! – Alright! – Yes sir! I’ll do that one for you. Yeah man, mm, mm, mm, okay. Well, he ain’t the biggest,
but I’ll tell you what. Took me a little
while to play ya there, little fish. Woo, well folks,
listen, I will tell ya, this is been an
awesome trip. I come down to
Bienville a lot. Quail hunt and really just
to come bass fishin’ and hang out with these guys
because I learn so much when I’m here. And you know, Mike, you’re
one of those exceptional guys. I tell ya, folks
tell us all the time, you know, Bob, what’s really
special to us when we see your show is these guys
that you go with and fish, that they just act like we
could spend all day with ’em. And I said, well yeah,
that’s part of the deal. And you’re one of
those special guys. – Yeah, it’s like
everything else. You want to have
people have a good time, you want ’em to
enjoy themselves. You want ’em to catch fish,
you want to be able to teach them something that’ll
help them catch fish. And that’s really
what I’m here for. – Well, and you know,
and that’s very special, because I mean it
takes a certain amount of temperament to be able to
spend eight to 10 hours, especially when you’ve got
a family and that sort of thing, and you guys do
it so well down here. And the other thing,
with Ranger boats, I know you’re still buildin’
legends one at a time. Yeah, there you go. Well folks, that’s
our show this week. It has been, well,
one for the books. I just really, again
from one bait right here, the Havoc, man,
this is the ticket. Log on to our website, go
to the Pure Fishing website, go to berkeley.com, and
Abu Garcia and all the great folks that sponsor our show. I know I’m not tryin’ to
make this an infomercial, but I tell you what, when
you want good gear to come down to
Bienville to fish with, Abu Garcia,
Berkeley, Shakespeare, it’s the best on the market. And with that, as I always
like to say each and ever week, the
outdoors’ my passion, I want it to be yours, too. We’ll see you next time. Alright, man, we
have got to get, and I got one
more in me, Mike. One more, beau. – [Mike] Let’s get one more. – Alright.

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