Although the calendar may not technically agree, Minnesotans know Memorial Weekend is the official kick off to summer across the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” This Saturday morning, FAN Outdoors radio, will mark the beginning of summer with a couple of special topics of conversation and guests.
FAN Outdoors host, “The Captain” Bill Hildebrand, has waited for this day all winter and all spring. “You can have your walleyes,” he’s told me repeatedly as I’ve bottom bounced the lakes of the northeastern metro, “give me bucketmouths!” Well, Saturday marks the large and smallmouth bass opener in the state of Minnesota and “The Captain” will tell you exactly how to haul the biggest pigs through those lily pads and into your Ranger boat.
Our first guest of the morning will be world-renowned bird dog trainer Rick Smith. Starting with his father, Delmar, the Smith family has been presenting bird dog seminars for nearly 40 years. Rick’s dog training titles include three National Open Brittany Championships, seven U.S. Open Brittany Championships (a record), six International Brittany Championships, 25 Open Championships and more than 100 Open Brittany All-Age stakes. Rick will be conducting a seminar at High Fly’n Kennels in Elko on June 1, 2 & 3, so we’ll spend some time talking to him about what the class entails, as well as what a bird dog owner and pup can learn through the process.
Dougherty’s Rainy Lake Houseboats
Later this summer, “The Captain” and I will enjoy the luxury of our first houseboat adventure with our wives. Having never been on a houseboat before, I am thrilled about the prospective adventure. This Saturday morning, we’ll talk to Billy Dougherty about Rainy Lake Houseboat trips; including, what to expect out of a houseboat trip, sleeping on a houseboat, how to drive a houseboat, and how to fish in your pajamas. Tune in to learn more about this uniquely Minnesotan adventure just a few hours away from your door.
Tackle Terry Tuma
Our regular Saturday morning guest, Tackle Terry Tuma, will once again try to point me in the right direction for luring that lunker walleye I’ve failed to catch so far this season. Will it be a jig & minnow, Lindy rig or crankbait bite this holiday weekend?
My Second Bird Dog
We’ll also chat about the new addition into the St.Pierre household, my new German shorthaired pointer puppy, “Izzy.” We picked up Izzy last Saturday at Top Gun Kennels. Is it possible for my new pup to already be steady to wing and shot? Of course not, but I’ll fill you in on what she is capable of at just 10 weeks of age.
Tune in live this Saturday morning from 6AM to 8AM on FM100.3, or podcast the show at www.KFAN.com.