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What a whirl-wind a week can be in the outdoors, especially if your name is Chris Bates host of the popular tv show”Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped” seen on CAT-TV here in Bennington,
Anyway, I received a phone call from former MLB pitcher Steve Trout wanting to come see Vermont and fish our wonderful streams we have here, “Chris, my plane lands at Albany International on Tuesday 10:45 am Iam gonna need a ride” said Steve
With that, I sprung into action, making all kinds of fishing plans and calling in a few favors to make Steve’s trip here as enjoyable as possible.
After picking Steve up at the airport, we headed back to Bennington, making small talk on the way, and of course talking about fishing and baseball which made the ride fly by.
“Hey Chris, what is there to do in Bennington besides fishing”, said Steve with a chuckle, “well, Steve we have some time let me show you” we jumped in the tv truck and I decided to play tour guide, first stop was our country club for some great views and some awesome conversation about Steve’s Job with the Chicago Cubs, then off to the farmers market at merchants park, where we met a few friends and talked a little baseball , then off to Madisons Brewery where Mr.Trout had a few samples of some of the beer they had on tap, then back to the house to get cleaned up for a conversation with the Voice On Sports guys at the WBTN studios here in Bennington,Vermont.
I thought Wednesday would never get here, as we headed to Lake champlain to meet up with my friend and guide James Vladyka. “Ready to slay the crappies” barked Vladyka. With in minutes the boat was loaded up with TV cameras, water and fishing gear and off we went to search out crappies.
It wasnt long before Stephanie Calabro co host of “Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped” hooked into our first fish of the day a nice pound and a half Crappie, “that’s gonna start the ball rolling” said our guide James, and just that quick, Steve was hauling in a crappie too,” hey Chris, the crappies in the midwest are nothing like this are they”, said Trout. I started laughing with my response of, “no there not Steve they are quite small”
Five hours on the water is about all I could take and with a live well full of monster crappies we were off to the cleaning shed, for another experience of converting our catch into fillets, “looks like we are having fried crappie and KFC coleslaw Bates” boomed Trouts voice.
“Hey we are going trout fishing tomorrow right”, asked Steve. “You betcha my friend I wouldnt miss that for anything” I replied, but Iam going to save that story for next weeks column where I get a lesson from Steve Trout on how to catch trout in my home waters as well as some great fishing storys with his dad Paul “Dizzy” Trout and Ted Williams.
So far so good Chris, I am really liking Vermont and your little town of Bennington.
Chris Bates host “Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped” with Stephanie Calabro,Which can be seen daily on Cat-TV, GNAT-TV, Orca Media, and www.thehuntingchannelonline.com. To Contact Chris bates , email firstname.lastname@example.org