San Antonio is home to tacos, a big tower or something, metal, and Lake Calaveras, a freshwater habitat for the normally ocean-dwelling red drum. Some men call them redfish, some call them a tantalizing treasure of the waves. Our heroes, Jamey and Matthew, venture south of the border (of Bexar County) and tangle with the reds of their dreams. Also they have tacos.
Jamey gets his groove back as Fishing Team takes a trip to a secret gar fishing hole code-named “James Garville.” Several spotted Gar make it into the boat, as well as monstrous soft-shell turtles. Jamey, ever the gentleman, barely rubs Matthew’s face in his fishing prowess.
Fishing Team’s first foray onto Lake Fayette has some success, but then the gale force wind hits. Will Jamey and Matthew survive long enough to edit and post this episode of the podcast? Also featured, La Grange’s Backporch BBQ and sandwiches piled high with meat.
In the depths of the outlet works of Lake Somerville dam, Fishing Team reaches the human limit of heat tolerance. Also on the menu, buffalo and channel catfish, ice cream from Brenham’s hometown favorite, and hamburgers the size of a baby’s head from the Dairy Bar.
Fishing Team beats the summer heat with a swim-fishing trip to Lost Creek at the upper reaches of Barton Creek. Many cichlids find their way onto the flies, while Jamey and Matthew discuss possible titles for optician rom-coms.
Fishing team wakes up hatefully early to fish for crappie and bass on Lake Walter E. Long. Matthew records a cheeky “Best Thing to Happen This Week” segment for NPR’s It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders. Everyone gets covered in spiders. Lunch is a blow-out success at the Pollo Campero convenience store/bus stop/car wash/fried chicken counter.
We said we wouldn’t do it, we said it wouldn’t be a good idea, but we went back to the Undisclosed Location. Episode 16 has Matthew and Jamey back at the UL. Will the secret fishing hole be too scummed over in the heat? Will Matthew and Jamey catch as many fish as they feel they deserve? We won’t spoil the surprise, but the trip ends with dinner at Chi Chi’s food truck and all the New York garbage plate they can stand.
Beneath the Long Horn Dam in Austin, Texas, a dozen or more feet below the level of all those yoga stand-up paddle boarders, there’s a river which runs through some fairly undeveloped green space. Fishing team wades this treacherous stretch of unpredictable water, prospecting for puppy bass on light tackle. The adventure ends with a conversation about the city plans for draining Lake Walter E. Long. Take the survey! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WELArrange
Special guest appearance by Banjomotion!
Survey to determine the fate of Decker Lake: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WELArrange Should it be drained for a PGA golf course? There may not be much more time on it, so Jamey and Matthew try their best to catch every fish in the lake. Although they really only catch a couple. They talk about chicharrones and if it’s an unfair advantage if you get to take the first cast.
Jamey and Matthew try to recreate their most notorious fishing expedition to Lake Walter E. Long (we’ll tell you about it some time), by portaging the canoe into their favorite lake through a back entrance. It’s the hottest May in Texas on record, so how will our heroes fare in these trying conditions?