Bob heads up to Lake Erie, PA for great Walleye fishing with Bandit Sport Fishing.
Bob shows how easy it is to snag some beauties in this early June trip. Bob also talks with Mark Jeanneret of the Erie Sports Commission about all the great activities in the area. On the Sportsman’s Table, Chef Jermaine Alston shows the secret to making Deck 383 Fried Green Tomatoes.
[Bob Redfern] Well folks, welcome to this week’s Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine. We’re in beautiful Erie, Pennsylvania. We’re in UPMC Park here, home of the Erie Sea Wolves, and I’m gettin’ ready to throw out the first pitch of tonight’s game. Let me get this ball down range, and then we’re going to come back, and we’re going to do some great fishing action on this week’s show. You ready guys? All right. Well folks, first pitch, okay. So I grounded it in, it’s a good catcher, but listen, we’ve got a lot of great fishing action coming your way, right here on Lake Erie, from Erie, Pennsylvannia, right here at UPMC Park, home of the Sea Wolves. And Sea Wolf where’d you go, brother? Here man, woohoo! That’s what I’m talkin’ about, woo! Oh man, yeah, it’s just been a great day, brother. He shot this hog. Look at that! Wow! Let me hold that thing.
[Joel] He’s up ‘ere.
Yeah, you know. There it is!
Here it comes.
I see him coming. Folks, welcome to our show this week. We are in Erie, Pennsylvania, Lake Erie. We’re back up here with my good friend, Joel Carradine of Bandit Sport Fishing. We were up here a couple of years ago, and we’ve decided to come on back up. It’s walleye season all the way up here. Hey Joel, I’ll tell you what man: we’ve got a boat load of guys this mornin’. We got first mate, Ryan Lucas here
We got our good friend, Ben Hines. He’s on board, gonna catch some fish with us. He is the manager of the Field and Stream store up here in Lake Eerie. And Joel Carradine, okay, Captain Joel right here.
All right, bro. Now the bite’s been really good.
It has, it has. That looks like a good fish comin’ aboard.
Yeah, looks like a nice a little fish.
That’s a nice walleye.
Nice walleye, yeah!
[Joel] You got it, no, you got ’em.
Get ’em out, Ryan, get him up here.
[Ryan] Right on, brother.
[Ben] That’s a good start.
[Joel] That’s probably four pounder blonde.
Yeah, man, oh my goodness. We’re already startin’ off better than we did the last time, huh?
Well, listen, I have to ask ya while our mate here is getting this thing off. Tell me a little bit about the trips that you guys do up here. Because, I mean, you know, Lake Erie is a very special place and you know, it can be on one day, off the next. It’s just one of those great things that you love doing, I know.
Yes sir, it is the beginning of June and we’re fighting a little cold weather, as you could see this morning. But you know, we got a great start to morning. A nice four pound walleye.
I gotta hold this fish up for everybody to see if I can grab it, oh yeah.
It’s a beautiful- that’s what’s comin’ now. That’s about the average size, twenty-
And that is great eating.
[Joel] Oh yeah, it’s wonderful.
At nineteen to twenty bucks a fileted pound.
[Joel] Yes sir.
Okay, is this one goin’ in the box?
[Joel] He’s goin’ back to South Carolina.
Yes sir, there you go, brother. Man, I’m tellin’ ya, it’s awesome.
[Bob] Fish on, a’ight, get ‘er, Ben! A’ight man, I’m tellin’ you. You know, Ben, this beats anything else, doing fishin’, man, early in the mornin’.
Yes it does. It’s were it’s at, why we do what we do.
[Bob] Now, Joel.
[Joel] How’s that feel, Ben? There’s one there.
There’s a fish on there, yeah man.
That’s what I was waitin’ to feel.
[Bob] I’m tellin’ ya, you know what you’re pullin’ in there is filets.
Oh yeah, that’s good food.
I may have big fish so far though, Joel.
I think so, oh yeah.
[Bob] That’s okay. Get ‘er, Ben.
[Joel] Good job.
[Bob] Oh yeah.
[Joel] Black mamba.
[Bob] That’s a keeper.
[Joel] Oh yeah, that’s a good twenty inch fish.
[Bob] Yeah, man.
[Ben] We are doing well, so far, today.
[Joel] Yeah, we’re doin’ well.
This feels like a good fish.
Yeah, don’t go no where, Ben. Come on, we gotta coach him up. We gotta coach him up a little bit. Now I will tell ya, you know, Ben, bein’ the local go-to guy for tackle at Field and Stream Store here in Lake Erie, you know, this has gotta be a special place. You know, as a store manager, watchin’ all that stuff comin’ in and out of here for fishin’.
[Ryan] Who wants to reel this one in, guys? Doubled up?
We’re doubled up this morning.
Okay, well I’ll shut up. Hold that thought. Aw yeah.
Got a little tanker on there, do you?
Yeah, this feels like a good one.
Well, it’s got some shoulders on that one.
Aw man, here I thought I had big feasts and look at that, you got me beat. Oh my goodness, well, I will tell you what, folks, I’ll tell ya, the reels and rods that I’m fishin’ today, of course, Abu Garcia the Veritas. It is an eight foot six, and you gotta have a little bit of a tip here that’s got some bend to it for these walleye and of course, I’ve got the Revo Toro Beast. And, I’m usin’ actually, fourteen pound Berkley Trilene Sensation here today. So, but you do got some shoulders, man. You see, you gotta let the boat captain catch the big fish, huh? That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout right there.
Always get one for the boat.
[Ryan] Take ‘er.
I appreciate you guys comin’ ’cause I don’t get to do this that often.
Another keeper right there, huh? All right, in the box. Got it!
[Ryan] How you doin’, Joel? Where you at?
[Ryan] All right.
Now, Joel, when the customers come up here, what do you kinda tell ’em their expectations are? A: They’re gonna have a great time. You got a great boat, okay. And, they’re gonna enjoy goin’ out with Bandit Sport Fishin’.
Yes sir. We expect- we’re a full service charter. The only thing that the people need to bring is some water, refreshments, some food.
[Ryan] Oh yeah, that’s a good lunch.
[Joel] Water, refreshments, food.
[Bob] Oh, that is a big fish. Oh my gosh.
[Ryan] Just came off.
[Joel] Did it pop off?
[Bob] Aw, that’s good to eat.
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Folks, welcome back to the show. We’re here at Erie, Pennsylvania, and with me today, is just a wonderful example of what Erie, Pennsylvania’s all about. We have Mark Jeanneret. He’s the executive director for the Erie Sports Commission, and he’s gonna talk to us a little bit about this beautiful city, Erie, Pennsylvania, and what they all have to offer. And I will tell ya, Mark, it’s an honor and a privilege to be here. And we’re here tonight at Sea Wolves Park, a great draw for here. Tell us about family fun, and this is a great destination to come.
Yeah, you know what, Bob? This is just one of the examples. UPMC Park, it’s home for our double A baseball team, the Erie Sea Wolves. They play from April right through to September. We have a junior hockey team that’s been incredibly successful here that plays in the newly renovated arena, right next door. We had to work fifteen million dollars in renovations about four years ago. So, there’s lots of stuff to do here. You know, year round, we have D league basketball team. The Bayhawks, as well. So, lots of family fun, and stuff in the area, and lots of nature owe to Presque Isle State Park. So, certainly a great destination for families to come and visit.
Well, you know more of what’s so impressive, for me, as an outdoorsman, okay, again, the fishery is just absolutely off the charts. But, families, mom and dads and kids will pile in the car, they’ll come up here. Mom may sleep a little late. Dad take out son and the girls out on the boat and then, catch some fish. Then, during the rest of the day, you guys have just got so many sights and sounds to offer here. That’s why it’s such a great destination. I really, truly believe Erie, the weather, and it’s just one of those places that, you know, you always wanna come back to.
And we always have blue skies, like this, everyday. And its been perfect. And again, getting back to some of those things, you know, we’re like a lot of destinations. We have a great amusement park called Waldameer. It’s an amusement park and water park, as well. The interesting thing about that, you can go to the amusement park, and you don’t have to pay admission. You pay for rides if you wanna ride the rides. But, if you’re not a ride goer, it’s not like they hit you up for forty bucks at the door just to walk around the park. Free parking, as well. We’ve got one of the best indoor water parks in the winter because it does snow here once in a while. Splash Lagoon is one of the best indoor water parks in the Northeast. We have a fabulous zoo that has over four hundred animals. And, we’re really a hidden gem. There’s not a lot of people that understand the amenities that we have here, and we’re real proud of what we put together and what we’re building.
Well, you know, finally, if folks wanna log on to the destination and they wanna find you, again, folks, you can log on to Bob’s Top 16. You’ll be able to find the Erie Sports Commission there, as well as visiterie.com. But if they want to plug in, and all the different sights and sounds of Erie, how can they get a hold of you guys?
[Mark] Well, in the best ways, the Visit Erie website at visiterie.com. Visit Erie also has an app that you can download online. You can plan your whole visit. So, those would be the best places to go. And if you wanna check out what we do in this sports commission world, certainly, we invite them to take a look at eriesportscommission.com.
Get ’em, Joel. Snab him off there, brother. Ah ha, see? Even the boat captain gets to fish today.
And I appreciate it.
Oh no, hey, listen man, everyone’s havin’ fun on the boat today.
[Ben] Joel doesn’t get to do that very often.
No, he doesn’t. That’s okay. You know, it’s really important, though, for all your clients, Joel, that, you know, I mean, they gotta be able to spend all day on a boat. And it’s very very important. Folks that watch the show, I know they ask me all the time, Bob, is Joel really that much fun? Well, yeah! I mean, I go out with those boat captains who offer that opportunity for their clients to have a good time all day long. ‘Cause that’s really what it’s about. I mean, you know, we always like catchin’, but fishin’s fishin’, you know? Some days you have great days, like today. And some days, well, it’s kinda slow, but at least you’re out on the water. It’s beautiful, and you know, Ben, for guys that come up, and gals that come up for tourism, here at Lake Erie, I mean, I’m just tellin’ ya, they bring the family and they wanna go out. They wanna fish. They wanna do all kinds of things. They wanna come by the store, get all the trinkets and goodies there. And then, they wanna fish and catch some walleye with you.
I mean, it’s always a kind of- really a treat, a trip that folks look forward to.
This feels like a really good fish too.
Don’t tell me you’re gonna get the next big fish. Man, I’m tellin’ ya, look at what he’s doing to us. Man, oh man.
Twenty feet, Ryan.
Yeah, that is. You got it, Ryan?
I got it.
He’s workin’ you to death this mornin’, man.
[Ryan] I’m used to it.
[Bob] Okay, well that’s a good thing.
[Ben] Good problem to have.
[Bob] Yeah, that’s a good one.
[Ben] You’re gonna have a nice bunch of filets.
Bro, that’s awesome! Yeah, you know, normally I don’t. This time, I bet, I’m gonna take the dang things home. Folks, stay tuned. When we come back, we’re headed to The Sportsman’s Table, another great recipe. Maybe I could even get Sea Wolf to come in and try some of the food. How ’bout that?
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Folks, welcome to our Sportsman’s Table recipe this week. We are in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina at Wacca Wache Marina and Deck 383 Restaurant down here. And our chef today is Executive Chef Jermaine Alston. He is the head guy right down here at Deck 383 Restaurant in beautiful Murrells Inlet. I gotta welcome you to the show, my friend.
Bob, thanks for having me.
Hey listen, I’ll tell you what, we got a great recipe and I’m really excited about this. ‘Cause this is one of the most favorite things that I love and that’s fried green tomatoes. And not everybody can do that, huh?
Oh no, everybody can’t do fried green tomatoes.
Well, this going to be awesome. Okay now, tell me, what is going to be your first step here? Okay, other than Certified SC grown green tomatoes.
South Carolina SCC, grown right up the road from Lee’s Farm, best vegetables around here. Trust me.
All right, man. What’s the first step?
The first step, we gonna slice the tomato real quick. About a quarter inch thick.
Now that kinda makes it where when you’re talkin’ bout green tomatoes, you gotta have ’em crispy.
You don’t wanna cut it too thick, ’cause you’re gonna have that extra crust on it. So I always cut mine ’bout a quarter inch thick. We’re gonna dredge it in the buttermilk.
Oh man, buttermilk, mmm! Oh, look at that!
Our special season blend. Just make sure the whole green tomato is coated all the way through. That’s good, that’s good now. All right.
All right, now I got the pan ready for you, man.
Pan is ready, I hear you. Oh, that’s what you wanna hear, right there. That crisp, right there. Oh, now we cookin’, baby.
[Bob] Now what’s the secret? How long you gonna leave ’em in there?
Imma cook ’em probably about, not even ten, fifteen seconds on each side. As you can see, they’re already startin’ to brown.
Oh yeah, big time.
[Bob] Now again, this is something that when guests come down to Deck 383, fried green tomatoes, you’re all over it, huh?
Yep. We’re gonna let those cook right there for probably about, like I said, ten, fifteen seconds on each side. Let it get a good crisp to it. We’re gonna bring it off. Set it off to our pan here over to the side. Oh, look at the golden brown, golden brown.
[Bob] I love fried green tomatoes.
[Jermaine] Set those right there. Let those cool off a bit.
Now, then we’re gonna go to our next stage. We’re gonna throw ’em in the oven for about five to seven minutes, and we’re gonna top it with some apple smoked bacon and some shredded Parmesan cheese.
Oh man, well, let’s do it. Put it on there and let’s get ’em in the oven.
All right. Ready?
Let’s do it.
Got your bacon. You can never put enough bacon.
[Bob] That’s true. Where would we be without bacon?
[Jermaine] Never put enough bacon.
[Bob] Now, in the oven, you say, at 350 for-?
[Jermaine] About 350 depending on how hungry you are.
[Bob] I got you, all right, a little Parmesan.
[Jermaine] A little shred up Parmesan, throw that on top.
[Bob] Now, that makes it even crispier.
[Jermaine] Oh yes, oh yes.
[Bob] There you go, okay.
[Jermaine] There you go. All right, here’s our finished product, as it comes out the oven, fried green tomatoes at Deck 383.
Wow, Jermaine, listen to me, man. Thank you so much for our recipe this week. Listen, we can’t wait to get back here to do another one, okay. And folks, listen: buy local, eat fresh, right here at Deck 383 on the intercoastal waterway on the Waccamaw River in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Wacca Wache Marina. You and all the rest of the folks who come on down to Deck 383, this guy and his staff are gonna cook up some great food for ya. And as I always like to say each and every week, Certified SC grown. Check ’em out. Eat fresh, buy local. We’ll see you back here again next week on another recipe on the Sportsman’s Table.
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Folks, welcome back to the show. We’re in beautiful downtown Pennsylvania. We’re gettin’ ready to go see the Sea Wolves play a little baseball, but with me now, is Mark Jeanneret. He’s the executive director of the Erie Sports Commission and we’re gonna talk about all the great things that the commission does for Erie, Pennsylvania and the region around here. And, Mark it’s an honor and a privilege. I’m so glad to be here and-
Happy to host here, for sure.
Tell us a little bit about what you guys do, and how you support tourism and family fun, fishing, and just all around, folks comin’ up here to visit.
Well, we’re a division of Visit Erie, which is our local convention and visitor’s bureau. But, our mission is solely to attract tourism through sporting events and competitions. So, we’ve been around for about six years, started off a little small, but have grown to host nearly seventy events a year. We host everything from yoyo tournaments to bass fishing tournaments to NCAA Championships. So, we run the gambit of everything. We like to do different things. And, it our goal to be out there and trying to find all those unique events that’s gonna bring people to Erie and get them into hotels and make them tourists, here in our own backyard.
Well, you know, and again, besides heads on beds, and you know, rears in seats, you guys host some great festivals up here. You got one comin’ up, every summer. Tell me a little bit about that.
Yeah, in August, we have Celebrate Erie, and that’s a long standing event that’s been going on here for years and years. And, when we started as a sports commission, we decided we needed to find something to bring us into the fold. So, five or six years ago, we did the Color Run for the first time here. We saw eleven thousand entries in two and a half weeks. It was a great downtown celebration which turned out the be the kickoff to Celebrate Erie. We’ve done that annually since, and I think that’s one of the places that we’ve had some successes, being able to find those events in town. And then, try to bring something else to that week or weekend event. And then, that gives people more of a reason to stay and enjoy Erie, Pennsylvania.
Joel, I believe we’ve got a fish on, though.
[Joel] It looks like it.
He’s snappin’ away, yep. Aw, there he is, yep, oh man. Gosh, this has been a great day, brother, I’m tellin’ ya.
I am so glad that we decided to come back up to Lake Erie.
I’m glad you came too.
And fishin’- man, the sport fishin’, I’m tellin’ ya. Folks, I’ll tell you what, again, log on to Bob’s Top 16. You’ll find Joel right there, banditsportfishing.com. Book trip. I’m tellin’ ya, this guy can put you on some great walleye fishin’. And listen, and if you like fish, you like to eat fish, and you love walleye, man, this is the place to come. And he, again, you just love families to come up.
It’s just a great thing for them folks to come.
[Joel] There’s another good one.
[Bob] Here comes another good fish, yeah man, woo hoo!
[Joel] What is that for that reel?
[Bob] That is an Ambassaduer Record 6600. I’ve got two of those mounted on eight foot Veritas Rods today and Berkley Trilene Sensation fourteen pound test. I followed the advice of my captain. You know, that’s one thing. Follow the advice, huh? There you go, okay, man. Well folks, listen, that’s all we got time for this week. Here on Bob Redfern’s Outdoor Magazine, you never know where we’re gonna be from week to week. That’s why, well listen, we enjoy doin’ what we do. And we thank you very much for watchin’. Again, the outdoor’s my passion. I want it to be yours too. That’s all we got time for this week for Lake Erie, Pennsylvania, right here with Bandit Sport Fishing and Joel Carradine. Joel, we got fishin’ to do- That’s it, let’s get it in the box, bro.
All right, man, we’ll see y’all next week.