The gentlemen of fishing, Jamey and Matthew, take the long way to Lake Walter E. Long and take a stab at catching some largemouth bass and crappies. The long-anticipated giant cichlids don’t show, but they do get to weather close-quarter shotgun blasts. Matthew makes an easy “your-mama” dig, and Jamey does a lot of swearing.
Jamey sits this episode out, but in his place is budding super-fisherman and nephew to Matthew, Shel. They go crabbing and catch a bunch of blue crabs using chicken backs on a string, and then Shel loses Matthew’s phone. You won’t want to miss what happens next!
You might ask yourself, how can a fishing podcast have a live taping in front of an audience of its fervent fans? Well, Jamey and Matthew have been saving all those white bass and that one tilapia they caught, and they unleashed it on their public in one giant orgy of eating. The fish fry podcast taping has a spontaneous MTV Real World-style confessional and an extensive “That Wasn’t That Bad” segment with the sort of frank honesty you can only get from people who have just eaten quite a lot.
Jamey and Matthew travel to the north for a hatefully early trip to the Georgetown environs to target white bass. Afterward, they fail to get a seat at Monument Cafe and visit Burger University for the second time instead. Attached photo bears no relation to actual trip. It’s just a filler.
Special guest, Matthew’s mom, AKA Squamous McShannity, joins fishing team for an epic That Wasn’t Bad from Reimers Ranch in Travis County. The final score includes a few white bass from the beginning of the run. Also pictured, white bass roe mixed in with pasta.
The white bass runs begins with a trip to the legendary Yegua Creek at the head of Lake Somerville. Jamey and Matthew start by walking a mile across a flood plain before getting to the fishing spot. Fishing snacks are taken at Mel’s Diner in Giddings, where Jamey gets the chicken fried steak breakfast and Matthew gets a cheeseburger notably sandwiched between Texas toast.
Fishing team tackles Lake Walter E. Long in the midst of winter cold. Matthew tries to explain to Jamey what a dam is, and Jamey doesn’t give a damn, because he catches all the fish and just rubs his success ruthlessly in Matthew’s face. Matthew snags a lost rod in thirty feet of water. After fishing snacks include a hearty bowl of menudo at their favorite neighborhood Jalisco diner, Beto’s Number Two.
Despite misgivings from a previous visit, Jamey and Matthew visit the misty tepid waters of Lake Bastrop on a cold and hatefully early morning. Matthew is kept warm by some gas station coffee with the pecan taste especially inherent in the south. They have a trip which they begrudgingly declare to be not that bad, and then go to eat at The Gas Station, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre themed barbecue joint.
Fishing team has a few technical difficulties which means this episode is short and sweet, focusing on Matthew’s triumphant catching of a hybrid striped bass. Which was well worth the wait. Jamey and Matthew take lunch at their favorite Central American fried-chicken restaurant, Pollo Campero.