2012 Fall Hunting Classic

It is almost my favorite time of year- Bass Pro Shops 2012  FALL HUNTING CLASSIC!!!

The Fall Hunting Classic begins August 3, with The Preferred Rewards Night and goes thru August 19. It is 3 weekends full of savings, seminars from leading industry pros, Trade-In events, and more.

BPS Hunting University

On August 4, 2012,Bass Pro Shops Hunting University will begin at 1 pm with Slade Reeves from Team Primos speaking on Mastering the Art of Deer Hunting.At 2 pm Ryan Klesko, Co-Host of Hardcore Hunting TV will be speaking on Bowhunting Techniques and Scent Control.Then at 3 pm, Chris Ashley from Team Primos will be speaking on Mastering the Art of Deer Hunting.




The second weekend will be packed with things to do. We have daily specials starting on Friday and Saturday, Hunter Appreciation Weekend , Vendor Booths and ATV Test Drives.

ATV Test DriveSeminar Schedule








The Third and Final Weekend is dedicated to The Next Generation. August 17-19 From 12-5 pm bring out the family to play, learn and enjoy each other and the outdoors all for FREE. We will have Airsoft Target range, Paintball Cage, Crafts, Youth Seminars, and a Free photo download.

Next Genreation Weekend

And how could I forget the Trade In Values???

It is definitely time to update your gear..... we have 3 trade in events just for you. Bring us your old bow,crossbow, scope, binoculars and range finders, and get a coupon toward the purchase of a new one. (See dates listed below for each trade-in event)Trade In Events

Now do you see why I love the Fall Hunting Classic????


Looking for the perfect anchor?


Anchors are an essential item in your vessel and there are many variations of anchors but one stands out from the rest and it’s the Digger Anchor. Digger Anchor is designed for all boating application up to 40ft including pontoons without the heavy weight of other anchors (only weighing in at 15lbs), but uses its diggers underneath the flukes to dig its way into mud, sand, and weeds.  In a lot of lakes, rocky situation comes in to play and many boaters lose their anchors, costing them a lot of money; that’s because the other anchors there isn’t a way to release the anchor from the rocky bottom but on the Digger Anchor a quick jerk on the rope will release the patented Digger Anchor. But wind or boat motion won't cause it to release.

Digger Anchor has an overall rating  5 out of 5 from customer reviews on the Bass Pro Shops website and the three most common advantages from the customer reviews are its Durability, High Quality and Value for the money and all customers said they would recommend this product as a gift.  So if you are in the market for a new anchor I highly recommend looking into Digger Anchor.


 Edward de Almeida

Marine Team Lead, San Antonio, TX


Fishing Report for August

August Fishing Report:
Charlie Bowles, Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff /Lowrance Pro Staff

Mid to late summer is an exciting time on Lake Anna… The threadfin shad hatch ignites a feeding frenzy all over the lake. All species key in on tiny baitfish on points, in open water, in the backs of large flats etc. If you find the bait, you can find the fish.

This month offers some great top water action early in the mornings. The bass will feed heavily on threadfin in the upper parts of the rivers in shallow, stained bays near grass. They will crush buzzbaits, poppers, and top walkers for the first hour of daylight. As the topwater bite begins to die off move out to deeper brush piles and drop off’s. The fish will get close to cover and shade, setting up ideal ambush points. Texas rigged 8-10 inch worms are great for luring big bass out to for an easy meal. Shakey head jigs rigged with 4-6 inch finesse worms are a great follow up bait if you can’t get them to take the bigger offering.


The stripers will put on an amazing top water display in the morning. Acres of fish will feeding on the surface in the mid lake area. They will hit poppers, walkers, flutter spoons etc. You have to be as quiet as possible, keep your trolling motor on a constant low speed and slowly approach the school… Even better is to observe which direction they are moving and sit and wait for them if possible. Once the sun gets up it is time to try ½ oz to ¾ oz jigging spoons. The fish will be on 25-40 foot flats in large schools. If you loose the school or are looking to cover more water, put the trolling lines down. You’ll need to get the baits deep by using trolling sinkers, downriggers, Crankbaits etc. Once you locate a school of fish on your sonar you can troll swimbaits, spoons, rattletraps, etc. to catch dozens of 5-10 pound fish. There is also some occasional topwater action during the day so be sure to have a zara spook or popper tied on just in case.

Nice size slabs can be found all over the lake. Deeper Bridges, docks, brush piles, and rocks, are home to thousands of Crappie. One method is to try casting grubs, tubes, and beetle spins as close to whatever cover you are targeting. Another approach is to use a slip bobber above a #6 gold aberdeen hook tipped with a small minnow.

Call 540-287-3591 or Visit www.cvofishing.com to see a recent journal of catches, or book a trip.



My top 10 Survival items

There is a growing interest in survival preparedness in the past several years. No matter what part of the country you live a disaster can happen at any time. We have seen floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and other disasters which can disrupt our lives. I grew up in the outdoors and began my survival training in Boy Scouts and have never stopped learning about survival tools and techniques. I spent 3 months living off the land in Alaska for Discovery Channel and learned many lessons. I am always asked in the store which 10 items I would have with me for an emergency survival situation. Of course .each situation is different, however I will share the 10 items I consider essential and why.

1. Water purification. There is a large selection of water purification systems available. These vary from tablets, filters, UV exposure and other technologies. Purification tablets are probably the most well known and very portable. The limitation of these are they do only small amounts of water and take at least half an hour before the water is safe to drink. I like filtration systems because you can drink the water without waiting. Items like the  LifeStraw® Personal Water Filter or the Aquamire Frontier Emergency Water Filter System are small and portable and very easy to keep in a pocket, glove box, or tackle box and do well for quick clean water for a short period of time.  For longer emergency situations I like Sawyer® Squeeze Water Filtration System This is small and portable and has the best filtration available. The Sawyer filter can be back flushed with fresh water and has a 1 million gallon fresh water guarantee. This is the one I personally have in my disaster kit.

2. Fire Starting. An important piece of equipment to have in an emergency is some sort of fire making kit. Old School always had wooden matches in some sort of waterproof housing such as Coghlan's Watertight Match Box, Newer innovations have taken the old fashioned flint and steel into the 21st century with products like the Ultimate Survival Technologies StrikeForce Fire Starter  or their BlastMatch, All these and other products such as the LightMyFire are easy to use and provide many more fires than a pack of matches.

3. We have come a long way from carrying a knife with one or 2 purposes. The original do all knife was the Swiss Army knife but was clumsy and cumbersome. The multi tools have options that can include saw  blades, scissors, files, pliers, screwdrivers, and yes,,, even knife blades. A product such as the Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool has a wide variety of tools which can be of great use in an emergency situation and is easy to stash in a pocket, tackle box or glove box.

4. Emergency reflective sheets.  Shelter from the elements becomes important quickly. I like carrying small reflective emergency blankets which can reflect heat., or can be taped together with others to create shelter. Items such as Heetsheets Adventure Medical Kits S.O.L. Emergency Blankets  or Coghlans Emergency Blanket are light weight and take up little space. If you are lost the reflective surface can act to get attention from airplanes and others searching for someone lost. The reflective surface is a good way to reflect heat from a fire and keep you warm. I also like the heaver weight Coghlans Emergency Thermal Blanket. It is heavy duty and will stand up for years of use. Don't forget you can use these emergency blankets to help collect rain water or as a solar still for desalinizing brackish water.

5. Duck tape.  Duck Tape can be used for so many emergency uses. I once sprained my thumb on a kayaking trip in a wilderness and had to put a sock around my hand and use Duck Tape to make a wrap which let me paddle the rest of the day and the next day until we were out of the wilderness. I have heard of Duck tape being used to set splints on fractures and in place of stitches. One can easily tape emergency blankets or plastic together to form a shelter. I have found that Gorilla Tape is about the strongest and most reliable out there and is what  I carry.

6. Para cord. A lot of outdoors enthusiasts are sporting the bracelets made from proctored such as the Chums Teton 21' bracelet which can be unraveled and used for many purposes in an emergency. Some emergency blankets, some duck tape and some paracord and you have a nice shelter from the elements. Of course we have Liberty Mountain 100' ParaCord . if you want to carry more or make your own custom bracelet. This can be used to hang food in trees away from animals, or hang game for cleaning. I have lashed together sticks to make tables and work spaces in camp. I find some form of strong chord essential in an emergency situation. These chords can be woven into beds or hammocks or used for snares.

7. Whistle. A human voice can only be heard a short distance. It is easy to lose your voice when calling for help. Once my daughters were old enough to walk I had a whistle around their neck whenever we went camping. There are super loud whistles which are small and light weight. The Rescue Howler comes in a 2 pack and is a loud small whistle. There are combo style whistles such as  the Bass Pro Shops 5- in- 1 Emergency Whistle which multi functions such as compass, dry case, match striker and signal mirror.

8. Navigation Aid.  There is nothing wrong with having a GPS for navigation. I like small hand held units like a Garmin eTrex. It is important to note that there never will be a substitute for a good compass. The limitations of electronics and batteries make long term reliance on a GPS limited. A nice compass like the Brunton Pioneer Compass fits easily in my pocket and has a nice mirror which can be handy for signaling in emergency situations.

 9. Medical Provisions. A good first aid kit is essential for any emergencies which can be found as close as the home or on a trip. Think about how many people you need to provide for and how long you might need to have medical provisions. Bass Pro Shops first aid kits offer a range of medical kits which have a detailed list of contents listed. I supplement my medical kit with prescription medications that are needed as well as other supplies like the Quick Clot sponges. What I carry into the wild for a few days is different from what I keep at home in case of a natural disaster,

10,  Instructions.  I end up my list with a good survival manual which is fairly comprehensive. We have a selection of Survival Manuals all of which have great information.  

All this being said, there is no substitute for knowledge and forethought in planning what is needed for where you live and where your adventures take you. I hope this list only serves at a catalyst for thought and conversation, I know I have talked with my friends around campfires talking about what is essential to ourselves. It is amazing what ideas surface. I invite your suggestions and thoughts.


Happy Camping

Dennis Wise  Camping

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Hunting Seasons are Like Taking Trip

What’s more fun—planning a trip, taking the trip or getting to your destination?  Each segment is fun.  But when they all come together it makes for a memorable time.            

          Hunting seasons are like taking a trip.  The seasons are comparatively short in time and anxious months, weeks and days are spent planning, gearing up and practicing for them.  Opening day finally comes and each unfolding event is absorbed and enjoyed by our senses.  Then comes the moment of truth—and game is harvested.  

       camo shirt  Most of us that work here at Bass Pro share those same feelings—it’s the main reason we chose to work here.  When a customer comes in they are looking to buy gear that will enhance, help them enjoy and be more successful with their hunt.  We get to share each and every one of their hunts because they trust us to fix them up with the duck call that’ll call in the ducks, the camouflage clothes that made them invisible to game, the boots that were comfortable and kept their feet warm and dry, the bow that was set up perfectly and was so fast and quiet the deer won’t have a clue or the gun that just seemed to lock in on every critter they shot at.          duck call            

         Maybe we personally don’t get to go out in the field with them, but if we did our job right and created a relationship with them they come back in with smiles, pictures and stories about the hunt you helped them be successful with—and you got to go in your mind's eye.                                                                                                              

camo bootSo what part of the hunt do you like best?  Is it the preseason planning and work, the hunt itself, or the actual taking of the game?  I personally enjoy every segment, but it take all three to make a hunt complete.  And when all three come together—you feel wonderful.


Successful Hunting Tips

Most serious (and successful) hunters know that hunting season doesn't begin on opening day; it starts in the weeks and months prior to the season. That's the time to do the homework and the legwork that's likely to put you in the right place at the right time once opening day actually arrives. While preparing for the fall hunts isn't a half-day or even a one-weekend project, there's still time to get ready. Here are some suggestions:

Study the Regulations:  Be sure you know all the details about the upcoming season dates, license and permit requirements, fees, bag limits and other rules. Many of these details change year to year, so never assume that last year's regulations are going to apply to your favorite hunting spots this season.

Take a Hunter Education Course:  Both on-line and traditional classes are available, but there's a hands-on instruction/evaluation course and test component to both, and those fill up fast, especially in summer and early fall. Check the DNR website for class times and locations.

Buy licenses tags and stamps:  Depending on what game birds or animals you plan to hunt, where, how and when you're planning to hunt them, you'll need one or more license documents to do it legally. A big game license or small game license is the first step in most (but not all) cases. Deer, elk and other big-game hunters also need species tags for the animals they're hunting, while waterfowl hunters must have both a federal migratory bird stamp and state validation to hunt ducks and geese.

Spend some time with maps:  A good map can provide a wealth of hunting information, whether you plan to hunt big game, waterfowl or upland game. Start with the big picture, like a road map, to help you locate a few areas of interest, then focus down on the areas where your game animals may be found.

Do some scouting: The best way to know what to expect of any hunting area is to get out and see some country for yourself before the season begins. The more familiar you are with a particular patch of ground, and the animals that live there, the better your chances of hunting success.

Get to know landowners:  Many of the state's best hunting opportunities are found on private land, some open to hunters. The best way to gain hunting access to private property is to introduce yourself to the landowner and ask for permission to hunt. Ask if there are special considerations of accessing their land, and make sure you follow through.


The Guide to Selecting a Quality Muzzleloading Rifle

A Little History: 

  • Muzzleloader HistoryBlack Powder: Black powder, an older form of gunpowder used in muzzleloaders, is well known by antique gun enthusiasts. It's a composition of saltpeter, charcoal and sulfur ground to a powder consistency. it was originally used by the Chinese in the 1300's, but the Englishman Roger Bacon is given credit for actually developing black powder in the 1600's. Bacon refined the Chinese version of gunpowder to use it in muzzleloaders of the day.
  • Muzzleloaders Firearms: The development of firearms was actually made possible by the invention of gunpowder. The first firearms were cannons. When hand-held firearms were made, they became tools for warfare, protection and hunting. These early firearms were loaded from he muzzle end, thus the designation "muzzleloader" - a term still used today.

As popularity of muzzleloaders increased, replicas were made like the traditional style rifles used by American frontiersmen. Along with the traditional style muzzleloaders, new designs sprang up making the rifles lighter, more accurate, quieter and more reliable for the competitive hunters of today.

Muzzleloader Parts/Firing Mechanism:

  • Parts of an In-line MuzzleloaderThe Flintlock: To load a flintlock, the proper charge of black powder is first-poured down the bore. The shooter then seats a pre-cut, lubricated patch and ball over the muzzle.  Using a starter, the patched ball is moved down into the barrel. With a ramrod, it is pushed the rest of the way down until it is seated firmly against the powder. Very fine black powder (usually the granulation designated as FFFg) is dropped into the pan; this is the primer. The pan cover, or frizzen, is closed.  When the flint held cock is pulled all the way back, it is ready to fire.  At the pull of the trigger, the cock is released and the flint strikes the frizzen, producing a shower of sparks to ignite the fine powder in the flashpan. The flash goes through a small touchhole to ignite the main charge and fire the piece.
  • The Caplock or "Percussion": With a caplock gun, the percussion cap performs the same function as a modern primer in a cartridge.  The cap is seated on a nipple at the end of a little tube leading into the barrel.  When the hammer falls, it ignites the priming compound in the cap, driving sparks down the tube to the powder charge. the loading process is the same with a percussion gun as with a flintlock, except that the cap replaces the loose priming charge and flashpan - and the hammer replaces the cock and flint. Caplock rifles are more popular for hunt than flintlocks. the caps are faster and more convenient to use than loose priming powder; there is no need to replace flints; and ignition is faster and surer with the caplock.


  • Pyrodex Powder Grades: There are a number of substitutes for black powder, and Black Powders for Muzzleloadersperhaps the best known is Pyrodex. Pyrodex is cleaner burning than black powder and harder to ignite. It is not recommended for flintlock rifles. Pyrodex is available in P for Pistols, R-S for rifles and shotguns and CTg for cartridges and pellets. Pyrodex pellets will give you more consistency, better performance, faster second shots and less waste. Seat it. Cap it. Shoot it. It's that easy! Guns using black powder or Pyrodex must be cleaned after firing.
  • Black Powder Grades: Black powder is available in four grades for a variety of uses. Fg is a coarse granulated black powder for cannons; FFg is for mid range calibers such as .50, .54, .58 and .62: FFFg is designed for pistols and small caliber rifles like .36 and .45 and FFFg is flash powder, used for priming flintlock muzzleloaders.
  • Black Powder Loads: Always use a good adjustable powder measure to prepare charges in correct amounts. Because no two muzzleloaders are alike, you must determine the best load for each gun and each use.

Bullet Selection Guide:

Game                                        Caliber          Bullet

Small Game (rabbit)               .32-.40           Round Ball

Medium Game (deer)             .40-.50           Round ball or conical bullet

                                                    .50-.62           Round Ball

Large Game (Elk)                    .50                  Conical Bullet

                                                    .54-.62           Round Ball or Conical Bullet

Black Powder Loading Tips: Getting your frontloader to hit where you're aiming begins with good loading practices. Here are a few tips that will help to ensure that you achieve optimal accuracy and performance.

  1. Always use your ramrod and cleaning jag with a dry patch to wipe the bore of your rifle clean of oil before pouring in a powder charge.
  2. If the patched round ball, conical, or saboted bullet you are loading fits so tightly that it is deformed by the time it's forced into the muzzle with a starter, it's not likely to shoot accurately.  Try a different combination.
  3. Seat the projectile with the ramrod in one continuous stroke. Trying to ram the projectile down the bore with shot jabs only deforms the ball or bullet and increases the chances of getting the projectile stuck in the bore before it's properly seated.

Safety Guidelines: Because blackpowder and Pyrodex are both highly explosive, safety rules must be followed closely.

  • Never store or use black powder or Pyrodex near direct heat or flames.
  • Always store them in a dry place in the original container, a flask or powder horn.
  • Never dry black powder that has gotten wet.
  • Don't smoke or allow others to smoke around blackpowder or Pyrodex.

Remember to follow safety rules and be especially careful when working up hunting loads for a new rifle.

As always when shopping at your favorite outdoor store Bass Pro Shops for all of your muzzleloading needs, please see our knowledgeable associates in the Hunting department to answer your hunting questions. They are happy to give you tips on how to get started in the exciting sport of muzzleloading and help you select all the components needed.






Mako 18LTS

Morgan CityThe 18 LTS is a whole other breed of bay boat. It takes the features, ride and versatility of larger craft and perfectly melds them with the maneuverability and shallow draft of an inshore boat. The patented Rapid Planing System not only pushes the 18 LTS up on plane in record time, but it can do it in only 24" (60.96 cm) of water! All with less horsepower! And for fishing versatility, no other boat even compares. Generous bow and stern platforms are perfect for sight casting. If you prefer to stalk your fish through extreme shallows, you can get the optional poling platform, push pole and holders.

For even more big-boat performance options, optional trim tabs, jack plates and hydraulic steering are ready to take your bay fishing trip to the max. However you choose to outfit your 18 LTS, this light tackle skiff is built to impress with its smooth ride, long list of features and all-around versatility.

From Busting Bass and Sac-au-lait (Crappie) on the bayou to the Salt Marshes and out in the bay, thisMorgan City 2 boat does it all. I recently had the opportunity to fish several days in different locations. First we hit the swamp, the Atchafalaya River Basin for Bass and Sac-Au-Lait (Crappie). This rig performed very well in the bayous and rivers. Then we went south to East Cote Blanche Bay where we encountered 3’ to 4’ rolling waves that is when I realized what a great little boat. The way this boat handles the rough seas was impressive to say the least. The next day we hit the shallow marshes for Redfish. Once again, I was impressed by how quickly and easily the boat maneuvers in shallow water and narrow waterways. If you are looking for a true fishing boat, consider the Mako 18LTS.

  • Completely bonded & lined hull/deck assembly
  • Deep ventilated step hull w/integrated transom knee laminated into hull
  • Flip-flop helm seat w/72-qt. (68.14 L) cushioned cooler
  • Center console w/analog gauges, removable windscreen, grab rail, stainless steel steering wheel & vertical rod holders
  • Forward console seat w/18-gal. (68.14 L) aerated baitwell
  • Raised fore & aft casting decks w/watertight storage compartments w/close-molded lids
  • Stainless steel cleats & bow and transom eyes
  • Self-draining deck

 Check out  the Mako 18LTS at your nearest Bass Pro Shops or authorized Mako Dealer.

Bass Wishes;

Bert Gibson


How to Prepare for Hunting Season, Part 2

Shape-up. Some of the most successful hunters around are those who can cover the most ground in a day, whether that ground be flat or on a steep slope. If you’re in good enough physical condition to stay with it from daylight to dark, your odds of hunting success increase. Shaping up before you hunt is especially important for folks whose everyday lives don’t include much physical activity. Start walking, jogging, climbing stairs, visiting the gym or whatever you need to do long before opening day and this hunting season will be a happier, healthier—and more productive—one. If hiking or climbing is included in your workout plans, wear your hunting boots during your exercise session, especially if they’re new boots that need breaking-in. And, if you hunt with family members or friends, try to get them involved in your workout regime, too, so they can keep up with you. 

Work with your dog. If you’re a bird hunter and your regular hunting companion is  four-legged, spend the weeks before hunting season getting him or her into top form. Like the rest of us, hunting dogs lose some of their edge (and in some cases all their memory) during the off-season, so put them through their paces before the opener, reinforcing commands, reminding them how much fun it is to find and retrieve birds, and giving them a chance to burn off those pounds they’ve gained if they haven’t been worked since last fall.

Get home on the (shooting) range. Whether you hunt with a modern firearm, muzzleloader, shotgun, bow or all of the above, the more you shoot, the better you’ll shoot when it really counts. Many hunters spend dozens of days at the shooting range each summer in preparing for the season, and all hunters should spend at least a day or two there. Even a few hours of busting clay pigeons with the old semiautomatic or firing a couple dozen rounds from the bench with your favorite deer rifle will help, but more is better.  Take the time to learn the basics of trajectories of your bullets or arrows, and the performance of your cartridge at different distances.  If you hunt an area where you might take a 200 yard rifle shot for deer, practice at 200 yards.  While walking and jogging, identify landmarks along your route and guess the distance and then pace it to see how you do.  Getting calibrated at judging distances is key to successful shot placement.

Get organized. One of the best ways to blow a perfectly good day of hunting is to leave an important piece of equipment at home or find it in poor- or non-working order when it’s needed. Make a checklist, lay out every piece of equipment on it, look it all over and make sure it works, then put it all together in one place, ready to be packed for the trip. Anyone who has ever reached into a backpack for a sharpening stone that wasn’t there, stared into the shattered face of a broken compass or discovered an active deer mouse nest in a tattered (and smelly) sleeping bag understands the importance of careful equipment organization and maintenance.

Start scheduling. Read through the appropriate (and current)  hunting regulation pamphlets to confirm season dates and get them on a calendar. If you haven’t already, start pinning down the dates you plan to hunt, especially for trips that are longer than a weekend outing. If you need to schedule leave or vacation time from work, do it sooner, not later.\




What to wear fishing this HOT summer!

"What to Wear Fishing this HOT Summer”

By Tom Branch, Jr.

Fishing in the summer can be fantastic, unless you choose the wrong clothing. For summer time fishing, you should be wearing clothing that will protect you from the dangers of the sun and still be comfortable fishing. The technology involved in creating a quality of summer clothing is incredible today. It wasn't too long ago that when I went fishing during the summer, I put on a baseball cap, tennis shoes, tee-shirt and blue jean shorts.  Back in the day there just wasn't the clothing available to fish comfortably and protect your skin as there is today. Manufacturers like Columbia, Simms, World Wide Sportsman and Bass King have created some excellent choices for the summer angler. Their clothing looks stylish and protects your skin from the dangerous UV rays put out by the sun, and it keeps you cool. In this article, I will go over what you should be looking for in good summer clothing while you are outside on the water or fishing from the bank. At the end of the article you will find some of the items I wear on the water in the summertime.

Sun Screen
Let’s start out by protecting your skin first. I like to use a sweat proof quality sunscreen that will bond to my skin on contact and won't run down my eyes and sting. You need to find a sunscreen that doesn't leave a greasy residue which could adversely affect your grip. Look for a formula make up that is oil free, hypoallergenic and waterproof. A good sunscreen should soak into your skin very quickly. I still have not been able to find a fragrance-free sunscreen for my sensitive skin, especially on my face and neck. In the summer time, I reapply my sunscreen every few hours. Two small suggestions, keep baby wipes in your boat for wiping your hands off after applying your sunscreen. Lastly, purchase new sunscreen every year, sunscreen does go bad.

Base Layers
A thin t-shirt should form your base layer while fishing in the summer. Try a specially treated 100% polyester fabric with 50+ UPF rating.  There are fabrics available out there that wick away moisture. My favorites are the fabrics that are made to be water repellent and stain resistant with anti-odor properties that will battle the outdoor elements alongside you. As this is the layer that will be directly next to your skin, it is important that the material can allow moisture to escape from your body. If sweat can dry on your skin, it can quickly make you feel cold.

Bass Tech

On top of this base layer, a top made from nylon will help to keep cool. Look for an ultra-quick-dry 100% nylon button up shirt that is light, breathable and has “Spills Technology” to ward off blood-and-guts stains. I chose the long-sleeve version because you can protect your arms and roll them out if needed. These style shirts are very cool to wear on the water. Many of them come with front/back ventilation that keeps air flowing even as the roll-up collar protects your neck from harsh UV rays. I prefer the muted grays and light blues instead of the bright color shirts. Remember when you are fishing shallow water you want to look like the sky. Light blues and grays blend the best, I call it sky camouflage. Many of the quality brand shirts now are offering an SPF factor to the shirt material. These shirts are quick drying and cool to wear in the hot weather.

Long days on the water call for versatile clothes, and my preference are pants that have zip off legs like the convenient long pant style that convert to shorts. That way, I can have shorts on during the day and add the legs back on to the shorts if it gets cool on the return ride in the evening. Just like the shirt, listed above, remember to look at a stain resistance material. The short material has to have a minimum UPF 50+ sun protection. Wrinkle-resistant 100% nylon construction features allow these pants to travel in your luggage and still look good while on the water. My pants have to have plenty of pockets because I carry a lot of stuff on me when I am fishing. Now there are days when I just want to wear shorts and I leave the long pants on shore.

I have two shoes/sandals I wear when fishing in the summer, one is a flip flop and the other is a water shoe. Comfortable feet are a must when I am fishing. I want a lightweight sandal that has a soft foot bed. If you wear sandals, you want a flexible material, light weight and ventilated. The upper material should conform easily to your foot. If you want comfort on your feet, you must look forward to spending around $25. A quality product will also be UV-resistant, odor-resistant, slip-resistant and easy to clean. If I want to wear shoes fishing during the day, I wear a shoe that is made with waterproof materials. You want a shoe that will dry fast when it gets wet. My shoes have a drainage tunnel to remove water quickly from inside the shoe. That way, I am not sloshing around in my shoes, on the boat deck causing blisters on my feet. Try the shoes with elastic bungee lacing because you can pull them tight once they get wet and loose. Like any shoe on a boat, you want to have a non-slip and non-marking rubber outsole.


A hard hat liner might sound a bit unconventional, but it will keep your neck, ears and head warm in cold weather. In the summer, I wear a wide-brimmed hat on the water. This will guard against sunburn, overheating and overexposure to the sun. The preferred head covering is a wide bream hat, not a cap. Although the popular and seen-everywhere ball caps help some, a hat with a full brim is made to protect the head, face, neck and ears. Make sure the hat is made with a breathable material so your scrap can breathe. Keep in mind that water reflects the sun. It intensifies the effect of the rays, and even brings them up from the water surface to your face that is under a hat.

Lots of anglers don't like wearing gloves while fishing, as it can make casting the rod and reeling in catches much more tricky. If you go on fishing boat trips, you'll probably want a pair though to keep your hands warm on the journey, before the actual fishing starts. However, in the summer time, you need protection on your hands. A few years ago, I had the chance to talk to Shaw Grigsby, and he told me once you had a skin cancer cell removed from your hand you will wear gloves all the time. The pain from the surgery is very bad, and it is so simple to put on a pair of gloves to protect you from the dangerous sun rays. The best gloves have a built-in UPF sun protection.

Strike King Lures

 This summer I am wearing the Costa Rockport sunglasses. They are their newest rimless sunglasses from Costa Del Mar. These sleek, sporty shades are unique with full eye coverage and lightweight fit, without compromising durability. The Rockport sunglasses offer thicker, wider temples to block light from entering from the sides. These glasses will make you forget they're on. I wear 100% polarized lens because they block yellow light from entering the eye which eliminates glare. I really like the Rockport sunglasses because they fit my face properly. If the sunglasses are correctly fitted, it will allow the lens to breathe around your eyes. More than anything, this will not allow the sunglasses not to fog up when air is passing between your lenses and the skin about the eyes. Remember what I say about good sunglasses; you get what you pay for and you must demand quality!

Costa Del Mar

 The latest fishing crazy for summer time is the face covers or buff’s. Wearing one of these means you can wear it as a face mask to skip the sun screen in your face. No smelly stuff on your wonderful bait any more. The stretchy, seamless microfiber polyester buff’s fabric comes in different patterns and looks. The material is designed to wick moisture at the surface for lightweight and comfortable protection from sun and wind. These buff's may be worn comfortably as a neckerchief, scarf, headband or balaclava. They are perfect for fishing, hiking, paddling and many other outdoor activities. All of them machine wash, and you should allow them to air dry before the next usage. Another reason to wear this item is the bugs. My last trip out night fishing with all those tiny little gnats/bugs started buzzing around and getting in my face, nose and eyes I was covered with my buff. More than anything I really like all the different ways you can wear them!

Additional Extras
The number #1 most important thing we all should not go to the lake without is a good-quality life jacket. I must admit, I never go fishing or even just boating without wearing it; I love my family too much. Remember if you every fall in with all the above on, you must be able to swim. A live vest should be worn on top of everything else it is really hardly noticeable, and it could save your life.  I would recommend looking at the Mustang Survival Competition Inflatable PFD Vest; this vest cost $289. This type of life jacket inflates only under hydrostatic pressure. Just buy the automatic inflatable type vest, there is no substitute. The competition version of this vest is stylish. It features a secure zip closure that can withstand rigorous activity; heavy duty coated nylon for increased durability, and is very lightweight, comfortable, and compact. It will keep you on top of the water long enough to allow yourself to get back in the boat. Attach your kill switch to your life vest any time your gas motor is running.

Wearing the right clothes is essential for anglers, as it's inevitable that you're going to be spending large amounts of time sitting around in the sun. Even when you're actively fishing, there isn't that much physical movement involved, so you can't rely on this to keep you cool, in the summer. Please dress with protection and safety in mind!


What I use & wear:

  • Coppertone Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50


  • Bass King – BassTech Sun shirt


  • World Wide Sportsman Blue Water Amphibious Shoes for Men – Olive
  • Crocs™ Modi Flip Sandal for Men – Black
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses - Costa Rockport
  • Facemask - Buff
  • Life Jacket - Mustang Survival Competition Inflatable PFD Vest with HIT


About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer, a full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia and a part owner of Wave Away, LLC.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and he participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.

Follow him on www.facebook.com/tombranchjr  and http://twitter.com/tombranchjr

Blog: http://outonalimbwithtombranchjr.blogspot.com/



Tactical Apparel


5.11 logo

"5.11" is a rock climbing difficulty level and is what the pants were originally developed for, with their trademarked tactical strap and slash pocket. 5.11 tactical apparel allows you to conceal and carry. It includes pants with quick access and low profile angle pockets and magazine and cell phone pockets. The 5.11 Holster Crew Shirt is designed to securely hold compact and subcompact handgun and magazines/ speed loaders. The mesh shoulder yoke supports the extra weight of the concealed handgun and the shirt is also made of 80% polyester and 20% spandex with moisture wicking technology. The casual shirts compliment the Holster Shirts and have breakaway side vents for fast access. At Bass Pro we have many different styles of the 5.11 Tactical clothing for you to choose from.


UA logo

Under Armour also has a tactical clothing line. The clothing is made using Under Armour's hear gear technology to keep you feeling cool, dry and light. This clothing will keep you comfortable during a demanding shift or deployment and in any working condition. The Under Armour logos on the shirts will not show through allowing many of the tactical shirts to be worn under uniforms.


Stop by the Bass Pro Shops in Dania, FL and check out our selection of both of 5.11 and Under Armour tactical clothing in our Camo/Hunting Clothing Department. Hope to see you soon.


Snake Safe Training right here at Bass Pro Rancho!!

Bass Pro Rancho Cucamonga will host Snake Safe Training for you and your pet right here in the Bass Pro parking lot!!  In this 3 hour session you and your dog will learn all aspects of what to do and how to act when encountering a rattlesnake.  There are many, many snakes in and around our area...whether you are hiking locally or camping in and around our area the chance of coming across a rattler can be significant.  Know what to do and protect your pet and yourself by taking the informative class from Web Parton.  Contact Web at the email or phone number below to ask questions and to sign up for the class.  See you at Bass Pro!!sst


Beat the heat at Uncle Buck's Deli!

We would like to invite you to visit Uncle Buck's Deli as you shop at the Leeds, AL Bass Pro Shops. Our friendly staff looks forward to satisfying your appetite with a tempting array of items.

As you browse the store, be sure to stop in and enjoy one of our many offerings!

We feature made-to-order sandwiches using hand cut meats. Popular choices include Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast, Black Forest Ham, Corned Beef and Pastrami.  Our signature sandwich is freshly prepared Chicken Salad.  With any of our sandwich choices, we offer the option to upgrade to a combo - including a fountain beverage and the choice of potato salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, dill pickle or potato chips.

Our freshly prepared salads come in a variety of choices including Caesar, Greek, Chef and our newest creation Southwestern Chicken. Stop in and have us make one up for you!

Craving something sweet? Come on in and watch our fudge makers as they prepare kettles of the finest fudge available. We are trying out several new flavors for the month of August - visit our fudge counter for a free taste!

We proudly serve hand-scooped ice cream and old-fashioned milkshakes made with any of our twelve flavors.

Looking for a treat to take home? Bavarian cinnamon roasted nuts are a popular choice - roasted on site!

Our Conservation room is available to rent for your next business or social event. All proceeds from the room rental go to conservation efforts. The room comfortably seats forty-five. Uncle Buck's deli can take care of all your catering needs, from your child's birthday party to your corporate meeting.

Our team looks forward to seeing you at the deli!!

By: Mary Heaven


Outdoor Cooking Primer - Fish, Fish, and More Fish

Outdoor cooking can be cooking outdoors or cooking FROM the outdoors. Some people catch and release or hunt for the trophy bucks. In a foodie house like ours, it's fish and hunt to EAT! It's healthy, cuts down on the grocery bills, and provides a true sense of satisfaction when the main food on the table is provided through hard work and love of the outdoors.

With a freezer full of fish...and needing to make room for future venison...I start combing through recipe books, magazines, and Internet searches for ways to cook panfish other than deep-fried. Don't get me wrong...nothing beats crappie or blue-gill fried in a dry Uncle Buck's Fish Batter (half Original, half Hot and Spicy blend works great!). But I like to cook and try new things, so am always looking for a challenge. I've also discovered one of the best resources is not a magazine, but my co-workers. 

Rumor had it that one of our Fishing Associates was an awesome cook and had a great Panfish Chowder recipe.  So, I convinced him to share it and made it myself over the weekend. I used crappie, the heavy cream option, and, after we served our first bowl, I added more filets to poach, Crappie Chowderending up using a gallon size bag of crappie. I threw in some smoked paprika and used new potatoes, which added even more color to this incredibly easy and hearty concoction. Even on a 95 degree day it was worth eating a hot bowl of chowder!

The recipe is below...and yes, we included the frosty beverage and crusty bread (jalapeno cheddar or parmesan/black pepper goes well)  I'm already thinking about my own twists to add next time...smoked poblanos? Fresh asiago? Diced cajun bell? H-m-m-m-m....

Cook it outdoors in cast iron, cook it on a camp stove, cook it indoors.  Whatever your pleasure...ENJOY!

Panfish Chowder

4 ears fresh corn
1 medium onion
1 stalk celery - diced
1 medium carrot - diced
1 medium clove garlic, minced
4 C diced potatoes
1 C heavy cream or evaporated milk
2 cans chicken stock
1 lb. fish filets
2 Tbsp butter
Salt and pepper 

Simmer corn cobs in the broth

Cut corn from cobs and set aside. Put cobs in soup pot with chicken stock. Add onion, celery, garlic, and carrots with dash of salt and pepper. Bring to boil and simmer 30-40 minutes. Remove cobs and discard. 

Add potatoes and cut corn into stock and simmer until all arePoach the filets on top of the chowder tender. Stock should cover everything well. Add cream and bring up to temperature. Don't boil.

Check seasoning. Drop in butter on top. When melted lay filets on top and poach gently.  Break up fish as you serve into bowls.

Serve with a frosty beverage of choice and crusty bread!



NOW is the Time to......


...get ready for hunting season. 

Not later.


Archery season starts October 1. Let's start with that. Ross McInteer, Bass Pro Shops Archery Lead, has these tips:

1. Practice, Practice, Practice - "One of my favorite sayings with archery is “practice, perfect, practice,” says McInteer. 

2. Early season scouting - Scout, but don’t spend too much time in the hunting woods...you don’t want to disrupt the deer from their patterned movement.  But, getting topographical maps and scouting the ground is always a good thing.

3. Practice at 3-D courses - This is one of the most beneficial things to do this time of year because it puts you in the woods with targets and realistic shots that you would face in the wild.

"3-D courses are 15-60 shot courses laid out throughout wooded areas that have 3-D archery targets (bear, deer, elk, turkeys, etc.) They give you a realistic approach to shots that you might run up against in nature. Plus, you get to compete against others in different classes (Women's, Men's target, Men's Open,Youth), so it’s for everyone."

To find 3-D courses or shoots in Iowa, or around the country, visit some of these resources:




4.  Set your trail cameras - Monitor the movement and growth of Whitetails without disrupting their movements. When it comes to trail cams, McInteer says he has only used three different brands of cameras, with his personal favorite being the Primos Truth Cam 35.

"This camera is priced right and can give you good quality pictures with color pictures in the daytime and black and white at night. They have a 40 foot flash range and a one-second trigger speed."

There are several new cameras that hit the market each year and Cuddeback & Moultrie really lead the way with both reasonably priced cameras and very effective units, such as the Moultrie M-80XT and the Cuddeback Attack IR.

 For more great information on trail camera purchasing tips, check out our YouTube video!

5. Upgrades - Every bowhunter wants a few new things to try each year. Buy the new equipment now then take time to shoot it, and get familiar with it, BEFORE the true test comes around!

Right now we have more new products in the store than ever before:Injexion, such as:

Easton Injection Arrows


Deep Six broadheads by NAP


Redhead Arrows by Gold Tip

 Scott Fox Release

Scott Fox Release


 Come on in and check them out...no better time to do it than at the Fall Hunting Classic that starts August 3!


Get your Iowa Hunting and Trapping regulations at this link http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/HuntingLicensesLaws.aspx!



Simms Waders Quality You Have To Look At!

Want a great wader that is made in the good old USA?.  Well we have what you need right here at Bass Pro Shop.  The Simms waders are priced at $299.99.  Now you may think this is high, but hang in there a bit before clicking out of this blog.  As you read on you will see what goes into these waders and how the Simms Company stands up against other brands.  You be the judge.

The Simms Company out of Bozeman, Montana uses gore technology to make sure they have the best breathable cloth on the market today.  They incorporate moisture management so you remain comfortable and dry while you enjoy your time fishing.

The Simms Company specialize in waders and jackets.  They test every wader before it leaves the factory to make sure it does not leak at all.  They have been in business for years and it shows with these waders.  Some great features on these waders are:

Anatomically correct left and right foot.  Why is this important?  Most waders have extra neoprene so they can adjust to different sizes and shapes of feet which can uncomfortable.  Simms has no extra neoprene so your feet are always comfortable.

They have built in gravel guards for protection with extra tape on the seals to prevent the kicked up sand and gravel you get while walking in the water.

The sole is durable hypalon.  This evenly distributes your weight and again makes the wear of these extremely comfortable. Which means you may just want to fish longer.

The hand pockets are fleece lined and there is a front pouch to carry whatever you may need.

Simms reinforces the leg areas so if you get entangled in thorns and brush you won't tear.  They articulate the knees for easy walking.  All stress points have added tape reinforced in them for when you sit or stretch.

All the inside seams are sewn, glued, and taped.  They use wider gortex tape than other brands on all seams which makes it impossible to pull apart.

Wader belts are included, but what is nice is they have a belt loop on the back so you won't have any sagging.

Do I still have your attention? Keep reading!

Now for the important information WARRANTY.  This is the only company who will repair their waders.  The first repair is free.  Any other tear or rip other than a small puncture they ask you to return the waders to Simms.  This company stands by their product and want you to continue to use their waders.  Not only do they repair them but they note each return to find out what they did wrong and how they can improve their product even better.  Yes, you pay more but you do get a superior product.

These waders can be worn all year. Yes, this does include the winter.  They keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the spring and summer. But!  And this is important you much wear the right clothing.  DO NOT WEAR COTTON (JEANS, SWEAT PANTS ETC.) Cotton does not wick moisture, Mike DeTomaso in our Fly Fishing Department at Bass Pro suggests the following:

Winter/Fall   Wicking underware such as Underarmour, or Bass Pro has their brand of polypropylene long underwear.  Heavy Weight giving you more insulation.

Spring/Summer Supplex nylon pants and shirts (Bass Pro has them at a reasonable price by World Wide Sportsman)

One important fact that most people do not do, is they do not wash their waders.  You should wash them one to two times a year depending on how often you use them.  Yes, I said wash them.  Bass Pro sells a detergent for breathable fabric called Revivex.  Soak your waders in your bathtub and put them in the dryer on LOW HEAT.  The heat from the dryer will redistribute the waterproof coating and literally revive them.

Now if I still have your attention after all of this, you must agree that these waders are something that should be looked at seriously.

So stop on in and visit our Fly Shop.  You won't be disappointed!

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       Robin Piedmonte-Events Coordinator





It's Grilling Time - Decked-Out Burgers


1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/3 cup mayonaise

6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef

1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1 (4 1/2 ounce) jar of sliced mushrooms, drained


1)In a bowl, combine the cheese, mushrooms, mayo, and bacon

2)Cover and refrigerate

3)In another bowl, combine onion, salt, peppers garlic powder and pepper sauce

4)Add ground beef and mix well

5)Shape into 6 (1/2in) thick patties

6)Grill, covered over medium-hot heat for 4-5 minutes on each side

7)Spoon cheese mixture on top of each burger

8)Grill until cheese begins to melt

9)Serve on warm hamburger buns with lettuce and tomato if desired








Card Game for your next gathering!

New Card game at Bass Pro Shops, for ages 12 and up. 'Smart Ass Card Game'


Who's the smarty among your friends and family? Find out with this outrageous, fast-paced party game. Each Who, What, and Where am I? card has ten clues. And guess what? You never have to wait for your turn in 'Smart Ass'. Just yell out the answer as soon as you know it! Over 100 questions to stump your friends and family with! This is a great game to play with a group of friends at a get together! Test everyone's knowledge and have a little fun as well! This game is sure to test everyones confidence. Stop by Olathe Bass Pro and pick up your card game before your next get together! only $14.99.


Next Generation Weekend 2012!

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Hunting Classic Kids Next Generation Weekend

Join us for our 2012 Fall Hunting Classic Next Generation Weekend - August 17th -19th

Crafts - Friday- Sunday 1-4pm
Drawstring Backpack & Dog Tag – first 100 kids to complete a punch card each day
Airsoft Target Shoot

Youth Seminars
August 17 - 4:30pm Archery Basics
August 18 - 2:30pm Airsoft Shooting Basics
4:30pm Archery Basics
August 19 - 2:30 Archery Basics
4:30pm Airsoft Shooting Basics



Hunting Essentials - From One Customer to Another

We recently asked our Facebook fans - What are your essential hunting items?  What would you NOT leave home without when hitting the hunting trail?  Some we can help you out with, some not.  Here are the responses...from one customer to another. 

 Sara H. said  - "Handgun, license, extra ammunition, gear bag, hunting knife,
binoculars, & bug spray."
Sounds like Sara has all the bases covered...and good thinking on the license.  You definitely want to ALWAYS have that with you!  You can get them at the Customer Service counter at BPS!

 Mason says - "AR-15, warm dry clothes, warm dry boots, hunting knife, scent block, calls, whatever it takes to be comfortable...because if you're not comfortable you can't concentrate on hunting!" Toasti-Toes
Mason is planning on some cool, wet weather finally arriving sometime!  Eventually, it will get cool enough you may want to have some Toasti-Toes in your boots, too!

 Mike C. says - "Beyond the standard things, pliers are a vital part of hunting!" 
A Leatherman or Gerber multi-tool, perhaps?

 James O. - "Beef jerky!" 
Absolutely!  Need to keep the energy levels up with some protein!

 Jeff N. - "All the items sold at BPS!!! But I think the most important thing to take with you is a buddy...a wife, husband, son, daughter, your best friend or man's best friend like my black lab Belle...just seeing the look on a pal's face during a day in the field and/or watching my dog work for and making a solid retrieve keeps me going back out for more..."
Yes - Share the thrill of the hunt, introduce a friend or youngster to enjoying the great outdoors...or just spend the day with your four-legged friend! 

 Todd T. - A good dog!!!
Teach your dog to hunt sheds, too, and you've got an extra "hunting" season!

Joey F. - "Good friends and family make any hunt memorable."

              Kenny R. - I need ammo!! And a new Bennelli would be nice!!! 
We've got 'em both

Mandy R. - The right clothing, for me, either my Matthews bow or black powder rifle, knife/saw, flashlight, extra ammo, call and rattles, have your treestands in place. Rope is a must to drag that big buck out. My number one thing this year will be my son going with me for the first time.   
That's wonderful to hear - introduce the Next Generation!  We hope you'll share pictures!

 Uriah H. - "I think the most important thing to bring with is a cell phone. You never know when you'reiPhone - Pink going to get in a sticky situation where you may need to call for help. Whether it be an accident that you need medical help or to call a buddy to help drag a deer out of the woods. It also helps a ton when you're sitting in the treestand to help time pass :)"
Make sure the battery is charged, too. Plus, you can buy a cool foneGEAR iPhone 4 camo hardshell case...we even have them in pink!

 Gina G. - "Camo and comfortable boots"
Ah-h-h - Once again, comfort!  Lots of camo on clearance right now! 

ParacordAaron K. -  "Knife and a 4 ft length of 550 cord"
Have you checked out the Chums paracord keychains and bracelets yet?  550-lb paracord unravels to lengths from 3 ft to 21 ft.  Easy to pack/wear and perfect for emergency situations.

Rick G. - "Camo and Scent-a-Way"Scent-a-Way
Yep...you don't want them to see your OR smell you!  My husband had a deer peering in his blind last fall...about two feet from his face...and coyotes hanging out, too.  But his Scent-a-Way detergent, shampoo, etc., kept him undetectable.

James S. - Knife, gun, compass (no one thinks they will get lost until they do), bottle of water, coffee, and a nice cigar to smoke after you've finished the hunt and have the game in the truck.
James, you're so right about the compass....trail markers of some sort, too,
especially if you're in an unfamiliar hunting area.

No matter the season...remember, safety first!  Good luck out there and share your photos at www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona!