Canoe or kayak? Which is right for you?

As warmer weather approaches, thoughts begin to turn to outdoor activities once again.  Maybe you have watched others as they paddle down the river or across the lake and have decided to try this for yourself, but have no idea where to begin.

 Before choosing a kayak or canoe for yourself, there are a few things that you should think about:

1) Where do you plan to go?

Canoes are generally  better for water that is calm, such as lakes and slow moving rivers. They sit  lower in the water than kayaks, so they are limited to where they can go.

Kayaks are more useful in swifter water, such as larger, more open lakes and whitewater. They sit higher in the water, so they can go where there is very little water, such as a small stream.

2)What do you want to do?

Kayaks tend to be best for one to two day trips. Since they are smaller than canoes, they do not hold as much gear.

Canoes are usually best if you plan to be gone for several days, such as a camping trip.  There is usually plenty of room in a canoe to carry tents, coolers, etc.

3) How many people will be going?

While kayaks are mostly for one, sometimes two, people, canoes can carry up to four. 

 

In addition, before making a purchase, you will want to consider the following:

How will you carry your boat?

Where will it be stored?

How much money do you want to spend?

 

Remember, there are exceptions to every rule when looking at canoes and kayaks, and no single boat can do everything well.

For more information, visit www.oldtowncanoe.com or www.basspro.com .

Come on in and visit us at Leeds Bass Pro Shops and check out our great selection of canoes and kayaks, as well as paddles,  personal flotaton devices, and many other accessories.

Enjoy the great outdoors, and remember, SAFETY FIRST!!!!

Tracye

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Employment Opportunities

Are you stuck in a job position that you do not enjoy? Maybe it is a job that you do not feel you can truly connect with. Do you dread having to get up and go to work every day? It feels like getting ready to go to work is more of a chore than cleaning the house? Are you looking for something more? Well, if you are a person who enjoys learning and the great outdoors, then, we have a job for you. Bass Pro Shops in Leeds currently has three positions available in our Tracker Marine Boat Center. So... get out of that same old routine job that you don't enjoy and come be a part of our team.

Our fist job that is available is a service writer. The person who fills this position will greet customers who need service or warranty repairs on their boat. They will write repair orders, enter work orders into the computer, and schedule warranty and service repairs. Additional responsibilities include answering service questions over the phone and in person, obtaining authorization for warranty repairs, maintaining service records, and working with customers and the service department to resolve service issues. Requirements include accuracy and attention to detail. Experience in marine or auto service industry is preferred.

The second job available is a rigger. Using mechanical and power tools, the Rigger position will install and connect motors and accessories as per factory specifications or as specified on work orders. Additional responsibilities include working in an efficient manner to maintain service schedules, preparing loose motors or trailers for delivery to customer, testing units for proper and safe operation, requesting/obtaining parts as per established company policies, compiling warranty packages, installing optional equipment as per customer's request, and completing required service check lists. Position will also be responsible for notifying supervisor when unit is not acceptable, has additional problems, when customer's request is not possible, or when service requested may result in a safety issue. Mechanical ability and experience with electronics in marine or auto service industry is preferred.

The third job, last but, definitely not least, is a customer service representative. The person who fills this position will inspect boats prior to customer delivery to ensure units are clean and properly rigged. When customers come in to pick up their boat, the Customer Service Rep will greet the customers, verify serial numbers, explain the boat's operation and point out location of controls and accessories. This position will also check in boats by matching boat/motor/trailer serial #s on invoice, placing inventory bar code labels on units, assisting with physical inventories on a monthly basis, writing repair orders, entering work orders into the computer and scheduling warranty and service repairs. Additional responsibilities include answering service questions over the phone and in person, obtaining authorization for warranty repairs, maintaining service records and working with customers and the service department to resolve service issues. Requirements include previous computer experience, accuracy, attention to detail, some lifting up to 50 pounds, ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, and good communication skills. Experience in marine or auto service industry is preferred. Bi-lingual a plus.

To apply for these jobs or to find other jobs available at the Bass Pro Shops location in Leeds, Alabama, check out the links below!

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We got the POWER PROS!

Come meet the Power Pros at Bass Pro Shops boat and ATV service center.

We offer the best boat service in the city!

Urgent Care: For drive up service we offer prompt attention, a quick response for routine repairs and a straight forward assessment when more extensive service is needed.

Full Service Center: From winterization to complete engine rebuilds and everything in between, our factory certified technicians are ready to help you keep your boat in top condition and running great.

Professional Accessory Installation: Our experts can help you choose the right accessory and install it for you. From trolling motors to electronics and ski-tow bars, we can get you and your new equipment ready for the water.

Complete ATV and UTV Service: We provide full warranty, maintenance and repair service on the ATV and UTV brands we carry.

Repower Headquarters: We guarantee the best selection and best pricing, plus certified installation of your choice of new Mercury Outboards. We are the number one outboard dealer in the world for a reason!

5 Star Marine Industry Certified Dealership!

Hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday from 9am to 6 pm, closed Sundays. We also offer a wide selection of “PARTS” for the do it yourselfer.

Contact: 210-253-8764/8772/8771

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Some of God's Greatest Blessings

When you think of all the blessings in your life, do you just think of the personal blessings? Of how you have a roof over your head, a job to pay for your roof, food on your table and a healthy, happy family? Most of us do think that way. But think about this; God gives us four different times of the year where He creates a whole new life of sorts. I'm talking about the seasons; Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall.

Let's start first with Spring. That's the time of year that everything is renewed. New grass, new flowers, new leaves on the trees and alot of people spring clean, giving their homes a new look on life. People also start their first of many camping trips in the Spring.

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Then comes Summer. I absolutely love Summer! Mostly I don't care how hot it gets, as long as it's NOT cold :). With Summer comes cookouts, swimming at the lake, boat rides, and vacations. The kid's are out of school so there's more time to enjoy the beautiful days. Just an all around time to enjoy this particular Blessing we've been given.

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For a few reasons, Winter is my least favorite season, although I do still see it as a Blessing. As you know already, I don't like to be cold...never have...never will. I hate the snow and ice that sometimes comes this time of year. I hate when school has been cancelled due to cold and snow and ice. Its ok, you can admit that you hate that part too! :) But think about this; there's a different kind of beauty in the Winter months. All the critters have gone into hibernation so it's quite "still" and quiet outside. We're about ready to start this whole renewal thing over again by this time.

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I saved the best for last, Fall!  I just have to sigh even when I think about this time of year. The new is wearing off of everything. 
It's amazing to see how "life" goes by so quickly right in front of your eyes and falls to the ground and dies away. I'm talking about the life of trees of course! Fall is the opposite of Spring. You "spring forward" and then you "fall back" to the ground again. The hot of Summer is cooling off by now and everything just seems so crisp outside: the air, the grass, the leaves....everything. It's time to bring out the hot chocloate and take long walks in the woods or cuddle up on the deck and light up the fire pit.

Fall also means it's Football Time! Tailgating parties and all! Hey I can hook you up here at Bass Pro with the ideal tailgating accessories. From grills, to seasonings, to coolers, to canopies, I've got it here waiting for you to come on by.

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The pictures above are ones that I took from my back yard.  So, when everyone else is driving miles on end to see the "turning of the leaves", I just step out my back door, take a deep breath and say a silent thank you for the beauty and the blessings of yet another season.

Thanks for allowing me to take a few minutes of your time to help you remember that we are Blessed beyond our usual thoughts and processes. He blesses us with every single season!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro
Kodak, TN

ddasmith@basspro.com

 

 

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Winterize your boat!

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It’s almost that time of year again!

Unfortunately, the boating season is winding down and even in Texas it is time to start thinking about protecting your valuable recreational asset during the winter months. The time and effort you spend now will have a definite effect on your boat's performance, or lack of it.  It will certainly save you time, effort and money come spring. You should remember that your insurance policy may not cover damage done by lack of maintenance or neglect. The best place for your boat to be during the winter is out of the water, under cover, in a climate-controlled boat storage area. Make sure that your boat is well covered with a tarp or some other sturdy cover.

Your first step in winterizing should be to make a checklist of all items that need to be accomplished. Check the owner's manual of your boat and motor for manufacturer's recommendations on winterization. The following is a generic outline of areas which should be of concern to you:

Inboard Engine - You should run the engine to warm it up and change the oil while it is warm. You should also change the oil filter, flush the engine with fresh water and circulate antifreeze through the manifold. Remove spark plugs and use "fogging oil" to spray into each cylinder.

Outboard Engine - Flush engine with fresh water using flush muffs. Let all water drain from the engine. Disconnect fuel hose and run engine until it stops.

Stern Drive(s) - You should thoroughly inspect the stern drive. Drain the gear case and check for excessive moisture in the oil. This could indicate leaking seals and should be repaired. Clean the lower unit with soap and water. If your stern drive has a rubber boot, check it for cracks or pinholes. Grease all fittings and check fluid levels in hydraulic steering or lift pumps. Check with your owner's manual for additional recommendations by the manufacturer.

Fuel - Fill your fuel tank to avoid a build up of condensation over the winter months. Add a fuel stabilizer by following the instructions on the product. Change the fuel filter and water separator.

Bilges - Make sure the bilges are clean and dry.

By following the above suggestions, you should be in good shape for the winter. Do not, however, neglect to consult your owner's manuals for manufacture's recommendations on winterizing your boat and other systems.

All your product needs, (such as oils, lubes, fuel stabilizers or cleaning agents) can be found at here at Bass Pro Shops Marine accessories counter or the Tracker Parts & Service center. If you prefer the Tracker Service center can even do the work for you! They can be contacted at 210-253-8772.

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BASS PRO SHOPS SUPPORTS WOUNDED WARRIORS

Over the weekend of September 28th and 29th, Destin's Bass Pro Shops teamed-up with Mark McDuffy of Wounded Warriors, the Hub City Bassmasters Club and our own Pro Staff, and Live Oak Landing, south of Freeport, Fl. to host 10 Wounded Warriors and their families for a weekend retreat, fun, food, fellowship, and a fishing trip long to be remembered.

The beautiful Live Oak Landing RVC facility on Black Creek offered free cottages and accommodations for participants through Mark McDuffy, organizer of the Wounded Warrior Fishing retreat, and himself a wounded veteran.

Bass Pro Shops provided pontoon boat rides up the creek and down to the Choctawhatchee Bay, while our fishing Pro's and the Hub City Bassmasters' Club provided boats for fishing.  Numerous bass, trout, and redfish were caught by all.

Friday evening, Bass Pro Shops' Staff provided a fish fry with all the trimmings in the spacious pavilion provided by Live Oak Landing.  Bass Pro Shops and members of the Hub City Bassmasters Club provided the participants with neat fishing accessories and tackle.  Other great and generous sponsors provided prizes and a BBQ cookout for the Warriors on Saturday evening.

Live Oak Landing (www.LiveoakLanding.rvcoutdoors.com) is an ideal getaway location for this type of event.  Located at the mouth of Black Creek, just off Hwy. 331 south of Freeport, boaters can enjoy freshwater fishing east up the creek and rivers emptying into the Choctawhatchee Bay, where saltwater fishing is popular.

For more information about Mark McDuffy and the Wounded Warrior events, contact Mark at (850) 499-8385 or www.woundedwarriorfishing.net.

Bass Pro Shops is proud of our active and retired Servicemen and is glad to be able to participate in the Wounded Warrior Program and local events.

By Gary Feduccia

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Now Is a Great Time to Buy Your Boat at Cincinnati Bass Pro Shops

You all know there are plenty of hot days still left here in the Tri-State area, so it's not too late to get out on the water this year. We have a great sale going that will save you a lot of money and let you get out on the Mighty Ohio, Lake Cumberland, or your favorite local waterway and enjoy the remainder of the good weather in 2012. And you will have a head start on next year's boating and fishing season by checking out this great prices we have here right now. We have Tracker and Nitro boats for whatever your pleasure; stop down and see these great deals:

Tracker Pro Guide V-175 SC - $18,295 plus freight & prep Pro Guide 175

SAVE $1000 PLUS RECEIVE A FREE BOAT COVER !!!!!

  • w/Mercury 115 EXLPT FourStroke EFI & Trailer
  • VERSATRAK accessory-mounting channels
  • Lowrance X50 DS/X-4 fishfinder
  • Center rod compartment w/ battery storage
  • Minn Kota 12V trolling motor w/foot control
  • Aerated, divided aft livewell w/bait bucket

 

Nitro Z-7

Nitro Z7

SAVE $500 !!!

  • w/Mercury 150 L OptiMax Pro XS & Trailer
  • Rapid Planing System transom
  • 32 galllon aerated aft livewell w/timer
  • Minn Kota 24V, 70lb. thrust foot-controlled trolling motor
  • Flush- mounted Lowrance Mark-5x Pro fishfinder
  • Fold-down reboarding ladder

 

Sun Tracker Party Barge 18 DLX

Party Barge 18 DLX

SAVE $250

  • w/Mercury 40 ELPT FourStroke BigFoot (including custom-matched trailer w/brakes)
  • Fore & aft lounges w/storage
  • Full-width aft swim platform
  • AM/FM stereo w/MP3 jack
  • High-gloss, elevated corrugated fence
  • Movable drink holder

 

In addition to these great offers, you can save up to $3000 on remaining 2012 & prior year models Tahoe runabaouts & deck boats (please check with our boat sales department for further details).

 We also extend a VIP Owner’s Discount Card to anyone purchasing these and other boats, which allows you to receive 10% to 20% off most items purchased from Bass Pro Shops for 2 years !!! (see basspro.com/vip for details)

Our Certified Mercury Repair boat service personnel are here to provide topnotch service for all boat brands, prop repair and more. Our Boat Maintenance & Service Department includes a complete parts department and trailer service.

 

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Before You Buy A Boat Cover

   Being out on the water fishing or skiing can be a lot of fun, but being on the boat is a huge part of that fun. Boats are nice to have but they can be a sizable investment. As a boat owner, protecting that investment can mean the difference between catching stripers on the delta and sitting at home wasting those precious days off. Having the right boat cover to protect your boat from the elements is an important part of boat maintenance. Things to keep in mind before choosing a cover will be the style, materials, size, and accessories. Choosing the correct cover will ensure that that boat will be protected for many years.

  Choosing the style of cover you want will depend on your needs and price range. A perfect fit will come from a custom cover, but can cost much more than a universal cover that may provide the same level of protection. While a perfect fit from a custom cover is desirable, it is not always necessary. A universal cover, if fitted correctly, will be just as good as a custom cover, but may not look as nice. Some custom covers have stylized patterns or logos, while a universal cover will normally be one solid color.

  The material the cover is made from will also have an impact on its performance. While there are many materials that boat covers can be made from, the typical material description will be based on the gauge, or thickness, of the material.  The thinnest cover available at Bass Pro is 150 denier. These covers are are great for indoor storage to keep dust and pests out, but may not last too long in a rainy and windy environment. 300 denier is a good gauge and typically feels very similar to the 600 denier but will not last as many years in similar conditions. The thickest cover we offer at Bass Pro is 600 denier, and you can expect at least 4 years of life in average conditions. Other things that you want to be included in your material description is if the cover is trailerable, water resistance, and UV protection.

  Choosing the correct size cover is very important. Too small and the cover is useless. Too big and the cover is loose and sloppy. For a perfect fit a custom cover is ideal, but when buying a universal cover sizing can be tricky. If your boat is 18' and you have cover that covers up to 18', chances are the cover will be too small. It is a good idea to buy a cover that is at least a foot longer than your overall boat length to compensate for anything protruding on the boat, allowing for a proper fit.

   After you have decided on the cover that is right for you, it is time to pick some necessary accessories. Pole supports are a great investment. Using these poles to prop up the sagging center of the cover will ensure no puddles or leakage into the boat during rain. Some boat covers require the use of separate straps. These straps will make sure the cover is secure during travel or high wind. One more option to consider is the purchase of a motor cover, as many boat covers will not include a motor cover.

  Being informed about how to pick  the correct boat cover will lead to a well protected investment, and in turn lead to more days enjoying the water. Without the this knowledge you could be stuck buying a new cover every year, or worse, a destroyed boat interior. Prevention is the best cure, and boat covers are no exception.

Ryan Wynn

Marine

Store 49

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iCAST 2012 - Best In Shows And The Hottest Rig

The world’s largest sportsfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportsfishing Trades, or iCAST for our more efficient readers, has wrapped up its 2012 show in Orlando.

 

This year more than 9,000 attendees and 3,000 buyers were in attendance as enthusiasts,  manufactures, resellers and more saw the latest and greatest sportfishing trends and technological advances, even before they hit the shelves for the general public to see.

 

New lures, reels, rods, boats and more are all on display, along with some of the best fishermen in the world giving advice on how and when to best use them.

 

The Alabama rig has emerged as a trending fishing rig, and that continued at iCAST 2012. FLW Magazine Managing Editor Curt Neidermier was quoted in the Lufkin Times saying, “The umbrella rig [also known as the Alabama rig] was the talk of most tackle companies...Most rod makers have added technique-specific umbrella rig rods, but consumers will also see new jigheads and swimbaits, along with variations on the umbrella rig itself for an array of situations - even topwater frog fishing.”

 

Bass Pro Shops has umbrella rigs with placements for anywhere from 2-5 lures. Be sure you’re not breaking your states maximum hook requirements though - you can use a 5 lure rig, but just make sure not all five have hooks on them if your local regulations don’t allow it.

 

Of course iCAST had plenty more to offer in terms of finding the best new gear. Check out the full list of Best In Show winners:

 

  • Overall Best of Show, Hobie Cat Mirage Pro Angler 12 Kayak
  • Best of Show - Apparel: Columbia Sportswear Airgill Chill Zero Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Best of Show - Boat:  Hobie Cat, Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12
  • Best of Show - Boating Accessory: Power-Pole Drift Paddle
  • Best of Show - Combo: Pure Fishing, Inc., Penn Battle Combo
  • Best of Show - Electronics: Johnson Outdoors, Humminbird 360 Imaging
  • Best of Show - Eyewear: Costa DelMar, Costa 580 P Sunsrise Lenses
  • Best of Show - Fishing Accessory: American Premier Corporation, The Ultimate Line Winding System
  • Best of Show - FishSmart Tackle: The SeaQuilizer
  • Best of Show - Fly Fishing Accessory: Luna Sea, LLC - Master Guide Fly Rod “Cush It”
  • Best of Show - Fly Fishing Reel: Wright & McGill Sabalos Saltwater Fly Reel
  • Best of Show - Fly Fishing Rod:  G. Loomis – NRX Fly Rod
  • Best of Show - Freshwater Reel: Abu Garcia Revo
  • Best of Show - Freshwater Rod: St. Croix Rods,  Legend Xtreme Series
  • Best of Show - Giftware: 3D Picture Store, Inc. - Jigsaw
  • Best of Show - Kids’ Tackle: Shakespeare Hide-A-Hook Bobber Kit
  • Best of Show - Line: Berkley Trilene XL/XT
  • Best of Show - Hard Lure: Koppers Live Target Frog Popper
  • Best of Show - Soft Lure: Lunkerhunt Bento Baits
  • Best of Show - Saltwater Reel: Penn Spinfisher V
  • Best of Show - Saltwater Rod: St. Croix Rods, Legend Inshore
  • Best of Show - Tackle Management:  Magnetic Marine,  Gear Grabbar Lure Hangar Kit
  • Best of Show - Terminal Tackle - Berkley Gulp! Jig Heads

 

Check out the American Sportsfishing Association (ASA) for more information on upcoming trade shows and events in your neck of the woods. And stop into Bass Pro Shops to find the best fishing gear and pros that can help you maximize your chances at landing the big one on your next fishing trip.

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Beat the Heat With Summer Trout Fishing

Fly Fishing

Summer time in Georgia usually means one thing---heat and lots of it.  Although we don’t get the super heat of our nation’s arid areas, it’s still plenty hot enough for me.  When it seems as if you’re on the verge of melting in the humidity as you fish local reservoirs and a boat ride sounds good just to cool off, think about a great alternative.  I’m not talking about kicking back in the living room as the AC blasts a steady climate of 72 degrees.  I’m talking about trout fishing in our north Georgia streams and rivers.  The Department of Natural Resources does a superb job in managing hundreds of miles of  very productive trout fisheries that are just a short drive away.  Imagine yourself on a wide river in the morning as wisps of fog unfurl along the water’s surface.  The telltale rings of rising trout are visible as you plan your next cast.  It seems like you’re on a legendary river in one of our great western states, but this is a typical scene on the Chattahoochee and Toccoa River tail race fisheries.  If you’re interested in catching a lot of trout, these are the places to be.  The waters from Lakes Blue Ridge and Lanier flow very cold below their respective dams.  They create optimum conditions to support trout.  Due to size and popularity, both rivers are heavily stocked throughout the summer months.  Access is easy on both, with the Chattahoochee getting an upper hand for an abundance of public land along the river.  I’ve fished quite a few trout streams in the Appalachians over the years and the Hooch is hard to beat for consistent quality fishing, whether you’re dunking a worm or casting tiny flies.  While I have not personally fished the Toccoa, some seasoned anglers claim the fishing is even better.  Both rivers are fishable as long as water from the upstream reservoirs is not being released.  For water release schedules phone (770)945-1466 for the Chattahoochee and (800)238-2264 (option 4 followed by option 23) for the Toccoa.  Of particular note is the Chattahoochee law that requires life vests to be worn by all persons on the river from Buford Dam to the  Georgia Highway 20 bridge (Yes, I do sound like the recorded message.) which is three miles downstream.  This is for a very good reason.  Know the release schedules and if you hear horns sound, get out of the water immediately.  Some of our streams are managed by special regulations.  For instance, on the Chattahoochee, anglers cannot use live baits below the Highway 20 bridge.  Get up to speed by picking up a copy of the regulations at a local tackle shop or visit www.gofishgeorgia.com

 Choose Bright and Dark Colors for Lures

Fly Fishing

 If you enjoy catching fish on light tackle, trout fishing is a perfect opportunity.  Although some anglers use ultralight rod and reel combos paired with six pound test, four pound string will yield more strikes.  Some avid anglers even use two pound test line.  Spinning tackle is superior in this application although some anglers opt for spincast or underspin outfits for ease of use.  If you’re getting beginners or youngsters into the sport, the latter options are very fine choices because they are easily mastered.  Ultralight rods in the four to five foot range are the norm.  There are some who prefer much longer rods and this includes me.  On larger waters they offer greater casting distance and line control.  I even use a seven foot ultralight model on mountain streams with tight quarters and have no trouble flicking a lure or live bait into a run that might hold a fish or two.  I also prefer a larger reel than most use for light line applications.  Very small reels typically have very small spool diameters.  This means the line has somewhat restricted flow during a cast.  Line flows more easily off a larger diameter spool.  I feel that the heavier reel weight balances the rod tip better as well.  We now have a few smaller reels that boast extra wide spools making them super for light line fishing.  Try an Extreme or Pro Qualifier reel paired with a Micro-Lite spinning rod for a fine set up.  When it comes to line, choose green colors.  This shade best blends in the water for nearly any angling situation.  Fluorocarbon lines have a more invisible light refraction index but can be tough to handle with lighter tackle.  Popular lure types include spinners and minnow shaped plugs.  When it comes to the former, you can’t go wrong with models from Mepps, Panther Martin, or Rooster Tail.  For the latter, look for the brands Rapala and Yo-Zuri.  The myriad of color choices among these categories can seem like a sojourn into Alice in Wonderland.  As a general rule of thumb for spinners, choose a few bright colors and a few darker earth tone and natural insect colors.  For the minnow plugs, the bright colors are fine choices along with brown trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout patterns.  Both lure types are very easy to effectively fish.  Simply cast quartering upstream and retrieve as they swing down with the current.

 Get Hooked on Fly Fishing 

If you really want to have some fun, I recommend fly fishing.  Fly fishing and trout streams were meant for each other.  Using the right techniques, you can often catch more than you would by tossing artificial lures.   Fly fishing has a vastly undeserved reputation as being difficult to master.  At the age of thirteen I self-taught myself how to cast a small popper using the manual that came with my Abu-Garcia fly reel.  This can only mean that anyone can do it.  It opened up a new and very exciting way to catch bluegill and small bass on local farm ponds.  Today’s instructional books and DVD recordings make it easier than ever to get started on the right foot.  A good outfit including line can be had for a very reasonable price.  Pick a floating line as it will serve well for presenting dry flies and weighted subsurface nymphs or streamers.  Fly outfits are classified by weight.  A four or five weight set up with an eight to eight and a half foot rod is a great all around choice for our area.  You’ll want to pick up a few leaders and some tippet material while you’re in the shop.  For our larger fisheries such as the Chattahoochee and Toccoa Rivers, weighted subsurface nymphs and streamers will produce the most fish day after day. The former often sport metallic bead heads for weight and are fished under strike indicators.  A bushy dry fly can make a fine strike indicator as well.  As a bonus, aggressive trout will often smash the surface fly.  To be effective, nymphs are fished with a drag free drift; that is to say they need to move with the same speed as the current versus ripping along at a faster pace.  A technique called “mending” during a drift adds more productive drag free time to the presentation.  Streamers are hugely fun to fish and work very well on larger waters.  Simply cast quartering upstream as you would a spinner or plug and retrieve with sharp tugs as the fly swings down and through its final downstream arc.  When on smaller streams, I’m nearly always fishing a dry fly.  There’s nothing quite like anticipating the surface strike as it drifts through a run and watching as a hungry trout slashes to take it.  It only gets better when you’ve constructed and tied that fly yourself.  As with the weighted nymphs, dries are most productive when cast mostly upstream and given drag free drifts.  If you’ve hesitated to wade in the fly fishing world, do a little research and you could become hooked. 

 Float Tubes Expand Your Reach

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 It’s worth merit to discuss accessories and other things that will make your time on rivers and streams more enjoyable, efficient, and productive.  The first thing is a handy tool that includes precision line clippers and a device for tying a nail knot used for connecting leader to fly line.  On another front, a valid question is does one opt for waders or go without?  While angling on small streams you’ll seldom be in water above your knee or mid-thigh and the cool water along with shade is really nice on a hot summer day.  The two prominent large rivers mentioned herein are a different story.  Their waters are colder than mountain streams and waders are a must.  Sweat pants or fleece models worn underneath provide a welcome layer of insulation.  These days, most anglers wear lightweight and breathable stocking foot style waders.  These are designed to be worn with wading boots.  Boots will provide an extra measure of ankle support while negotiating across slippery rocks.  With thick socks worn to compensate for waders, wading boots make excellent choices for small streams as well.  Floating larger rivers provides yet another dimension to the angling experience.  The small investment of a float tube will actually contribute to safer wading and open up areas that are inaccessible to many.  On a larger scale, when paired with a friend or two and a downstream take out vehicle, a tube enables you to explore miles of water.  Remember that a float tube does not meet the qualification of a life vest.  Speaking of vests, a fishing vest is your wearable tackle box on these river and stream expeditions.  Multiple pockets make convenient storage for small boxes of flies, leaders, bug spray, water bottles, and your lunch of course.  And what could be finer than taking a lunch break while sitting on a rock and listening to the sound of moving water as you contemplate angling adventures that lie around the next bend?  In closing, I’m going to state that even in this age of the catch and release ethic, it’s morally okay to eat trout.  They’re delicious when breaded in seasoned flour and fried or cooked on the grill in foil with lemon, butter, and herbs.  I will keep trout from streams that are regularly stocked.  This use is one of the purposes for plentiful stockings in public areas.  If a fish’s color is exceptionally bright along with long fins, I release it.  This is typically a wild trout and should be preserved.  In closing, I hope you’ll take a relaxing break and give our abundant trout populations some attention this summer.  It’s a perfect way to cool off, unwind, and get back in touch with nature.  Until next month, take care and have a wonderful summer!

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It's Almost Time For The Big Day.....

When we think of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, we think oh its just for the men and "manly" things, such as hunting, fishing, and boating.  You think of  store full of "guy" stuff, from fishing lures to frozen bait to ammo to camo to hiking boots & tents. However, we have a lot for the ladies too.....from cute swimsuits to flipflops to hiking boots and car accessories.  Plus with all the possibilities you can use them to accent your big day and use items purchased here to plan an AMAZING Honeymoon.  Stay tuned in the next few weeks and see how to bring a little bit of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World into everything, including your wedding. With that being said, I hope everyone enjoys the next few weeks and swings into their local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World for all the upcoming events.....like the fun filled Family Summer Camp and the Duck Stamp Event.......I'm off for my wedding to the most wonderful man in the world.....CTTSN Culbertson.

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Don't Get Burned this Summer!

Summer is starting to take hold around the nation, proven by the increased boat traffic on the water.  Everyone has their boats registration, insurance, fire extinguishers, horns, whistles, and life jackets.  The list goes on and on.  All of this in an effort to keep themselves safe.  Safe from legal trouble and safe from what the unknown brings us on a daily basis in the outdoors.  Of course all of this equipment and licensing is important for each one of us on the water, but there is one thing that I would absolutely not be caught without this time of year: sunscreen.  Sunscreen can be the difference in a good day on the water and a nightmare to remember for years.

Sunscreen comes in a variety of forms with sprays, lotions, and oils all being very popular.  Additionally, they all have a rating of some sort.  Basically, the higher the number the more sun protection you will have.  Your skin sensitivity and the UV index will dictate what SPF rating you need.  The SPF rating shows you how many times longer you can stay in the sun with the sunscreen as opposed to without.  For example, if your skin starts to burn after 30 minutes without any sun protection at all, then you will be able to stay out for about 7.5 hours with an SPF 15.  This will vary with the UV index.  As the sun's rays become more powerful, you may think about reapplying more often or using a higher rated sunscreen.

Lotions are probably the most affordable sun screen considering the amount you get for the purchase price.  The Banana Boat Sport Performance Sunblock is a great sunscreen that I've used with good results.  The best thing about it is that you can see exactly where it is being applied as you rub it into your skin because it is white when you first put it on.  It does take a while to apply and rub in completely, though.  The sprays are definitely more convenient for applying, but sometimes it is hard to tell if you missed a spot until you get out of the sun and see that you missed.  You will never miss that particular spot again after a painful mistake like that.  When using the sprays, I will generally spray it on and then rub it in just to be sure.  The spray that I would recommend is Banana Boat Ultramist Sport Performance Sunscreen.  After spraying it on, you can hardly tell that you are wearing it because it instantly soaks in and disappears.  No matter which sunscreen you choose, make sure that you get your ears, nose, and cheeks covered well because they burn very easily.

In addition to lotions and sprays, there are other options for additional protection from the sun.  Clothing lines available now have some great sun protection options.  Glacier Gloves Dr. Shade Sun Gloves are a great accessory to protect your hands from the sun.  Your hands are especially vulnerable if you are a fisherman because they stay in nearly the same position all day as you cast and reel.  They also have a great line of head wear that can cover your neck and ears as well.  I like the Glacier Glove® Dr. Shade™ Long Bill Cap with Zip-Off Shade because it covers your neck and gives your face extra protection with the long bill.  My favorite clothing accessory for sun protection and all day comfort when fishing is the World Wide Sportsman Morada Bay shirts only available at Bass Pro Shops!  These shirts are extremely comfortable, lightweight, and best of all they have a 50+SPF rating!  Furthermore, these shirts dry very quickly.  This is a big advantage when you get caught in a little rain or splashed by a stray wave.

The next time you are planning an outing this summer, remember to have plenty of sun protection.  Staying cool and protected from the sun makes everything more fun on the water.  Don't forget to pack plenty of ice!



Have fun and good luck!

Brian Eickholtz  

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PRO Team 175

Come on down to the Bass Pro Shops Katy, Texas to check out our incrediable selection of Tracker Boats.  Great boats with built in value

Share the fun of multi-species fishing and catch more than your share of crappie, bass and even walleye!

You love sharing the variety and challenge of catching all types of fish. Where they hide, what they’ll bite on and how to reel ’em in.

The Pro Team™ 175 TF aluminum fishing boat is ready to help!

Its lower bow deck with two seat locations, two cockpit-level fishing positions and an elevated aft deck give you more places to fish than a traditional bass boat. You’ll love the convenience of dual livewells and baitwells, tackle trays, bow accessory trays and drink holders—as well as the smooth, dry-riding Revolution™ hull.

It comes totally outfitted with a Mercury® outboard, 12-volt trolling motor, Lowrance® fishfinder and a factory-matched TRACKER® trailer.

 

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Pro Team 175

Share the fun of multi-species fishing, and catch more than your share of crappie, bass and even walleye!

You love sharing the variety and challenge of catching all types of fish. Where they hide, what they’ll bite on and how to reel ’em in.

The Pro Team™ 175 TF aluminum fishing boat is ready to help!

Its lower bow deck with two seat locations, two cockpit-level fishing positions and an elevated aft deck give you more places to fish than a traditional bass boat. You’ll love the convenience of dual livewells and baitwells, tackle trays, bow accessory trays and drink holders—as well as the smooth, dry-riding Revolution™ hull.

It comes totally outfitted with a Mercury® outboard, 12-volt trolling motor, Lowrance® fishfinder and a factory-matched TRACKER® trailer.

 

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Cover your eyes in shades for the summer

Attention fishermen, hunters and all outdoor enthusiasts.   If you are in need of a great pair of sunglasses come on in to Bass Pro Shops.  We carry a great selection of sunglasses to cover all of your needs.  We have glasses from Costa Del Mar, Oakley, Maui Jim and Wiley X.  For those of you that wear prescription glasses we have Cocoons that fit over your glasses for that additional protection from the sun.  We also carry glasses that some of the famous Bass Pro Anglers, including Jimmy Houston and Bill Dance.  Look in our store for our sunglass racks you will find glasses on them from Bass Masters, Columbia and Polorvision.  For those of you that need a little help seeing the fine line when tying knots or just out on the boat with a good book we also carry polarized bi-focals.   In addition to many more sunglasses Bass Pro Shops also carries accessories to go with your sunglasses to keep them protected and safe when they are not being used.

 

Costa Del Mar

Now that I have told you what we carry. let me tell you about some of the benefits.  Using polarized sunglasses helps to cut the glare when you are out on that beautiful lake catching fish, looking up in the sky to get those birds, across the field watching the deer come in makes the experience that much better when you don’t have the sun getting in your eyes.  It also protects your eyes from harmful rays from the sun.  My husband has owned a pair of polarizes glasses for years and will not go out fishing without them, they help him see into the water and keeps the glare off the water if he is using a bobber to fish so he doesn’t miss a hit on the line.

So if you are in need of a new pair or just want to see what we have stop on bye our Gurnee store.  If you have any question, please just ask any of our associates and they will be more than willing to give you a hand in selecting a pair that is just right for you.

Hope to see ya soon!!!!!!!!!!!

by Terri Angelos

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Kayak Fishing

Not too long ago kayaking the coastal bays, marshes and backwater estuaries was something a select few anglers had tapped into. That was then, this is now.

It isn’t that way anymore. Kayak fishing is the rage along the Texas Gulf Coast, and it's rapidly spreading to other states, as well.

Kayaking for reds and trout has really taken a firm grip on the middle and lower Texas coast. It's especially popular among fly fishermen.

The draw is this: With a kayak you don't have to hassle with a boat, motor and trailer. Simply drop it in the water and go. That's it. But the option of loading your kayak into a big rig and covering lots of water is another tactic that's definitely worth checking out.

There are endless areas of the coast that are kayak friendly. On most you can simply drive up, drop your kayak into the water and paddle away. That's about as simple as fishing gets.

Another great kayaking adventure can be found at Port O'Connor, on the middle Texas Coast. This is where you can load your kayak onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's ferry for a shuttle across the bay to Matagorda Island State Park, about 11 miles from the small fishing town.

This island offers well over 20 miles of vodka clear flats on the bay, and also on Pringle Lake. You also have access to Pass Cavallo and the surf. This is an area where you can catch anything from tailing reds to 100-pound plus tarpon.

By now you're probably getting a feel for the type of adventure you can paddle into with a Kayak.

Selecting a kayak for your adventures is easy. However, like vehicles and power boats, you will find that there are all sorts of Kayaks to choose from.

KayakFirst of all, 99.9 percent of kayaking on the coast is done from sit-on-top models, as opposed to sit-inside yaks. These are wet boats, meaning the seat might take on an inch or so of water. The sit-inside models are dry. But the trade off is that sit-on-top kayaks offer easy on and off access.

You can visit the Bass Pro Shops in Katy Texas  to see all the different models and all the accessories. It is amazing how fast the selection has grown.

The most surprising thing about kayak angling is the ease of paddling from one location to another. It's not only good exercise, but great stress relief.

There is nothing better than paddling to an isolated flat and wading into trout and reds.

I'm not a big fan of fishing while seated in a kayak. My idea of fun is paddling to an area and then wading. But at times the only option is to stay in the kayak, especially when you are fishing over soft mud and shell or deep water.

 

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Do you have the correct Marine battery for your boat?

                                 Do you have the correct Marine battery for your boat?

 

General Battery Types

Batteries are separated in two ways, by purpose and production. The foremost uses are automotive, marine, and deep-cycle. The deep-cycle will include a solar electric (PV), backup power, traction, and this is also seen in recreational vehicle use and boat "house" batteries. The major construction types are flooded (wet), gelled, and AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat). The AGM batteries are also referred to as "a starving electrolyte" or "dry as a bone", for the reason that the fiberglass mat is only 95% saturated with Sulfuric acid and there is no surplus fluid at that point.   

Starting Batteries

When we think of starting batteries are normally used to start and run engines. Engine starters require a very large amount of starting current for a very short moment in time. Starting batteries have a huge quantity of thin plates for the highest surface area. The plates are collected of a Lead "sponge", comparable in appearance to a very fine foam sponge. This gives a very large surface area, but if deep cycled, this sponge will quickly be consumed and decrease to the bottom of the cells. An automotive battery will usually stop working after 30-150 deep cycles if it is deep cycled. However, they may last for thousands of cycles in normal starting use in a 2% to 5% discharge.

Deep-Cycle Batteries

Deep cycle batteries are designed to be discharged down as much as 80% time after time, and have much thicker plates. The most important difference between a true deep cycle battery and others is that the plates are solid lead plates and not sponge. This gives less surface area, thus less "immediate" power like starting batteries need. Although these can be cycled down to 15% charge, the best duration vs expenditure method is to keep the average cycle at about 60% discharge.

 

 

Marine batteries are usually a "hybrid", and descend between the starting and deep-cycle batteries. In the hybrid, the plates may be composed of lead sponge, but it is coarser and heavier than that used in starting batteries. It is often hard to tell what you are getting in a "marine" battery, but most are a hybrid. Starting batteries are usually rated at "CCA", or cold cranking amps, or "MCA", Marine cranking amps - the same as "CA". Any battery with the capability shown in CA or MCA may or may not be a true deep-cycle battery. It is sometimes hard to tell, as the term deep cycle is often overused - we have even seen the term "deep cycle" used in automotive starting battery advertising. CA and MCA ratings are at 32 degrees F, while CCA is at zero degree F. Sorry to say, the only positive way to tell with some batteries is to buy one and cut it open. Thus, this is not much of an option for you.

Remember there are three charging stages. Are you properly charging your battery?

 

Bulk charge is the first stage. Current will be sent to the batteries at the maximum safe rate. They will accept until voltage rises to near a full charge level. Voltages at this stage on average range from 10.5 volts to 15 volts. There is no "exact" voltage for bulk charging. There may be limits on the maximum current that the battery and wiring can take depending on the accessories that have been rigged.

Absorption charge is the second stage. Voltage remains constant and current little by little tapers off as internal resistance increases for the duration of the charging. It is during this phase that the charger puts out maximum voltage. Voltages during this phase are typically around 14.2 to 15.5 volts. The internal resistance increasingly goes up because there will less to be changed back to normal full charge.

Float charge is number three. After batteries reach full charge, charging voltage is reduced to a lower level (typically 12.8 to 13.2) to reduce gassing and prolong battery life. This is often referred to as a maintenance or trickle charge, since its main purpose is to keep an already charged battery from discharging. PWM, or "pulse width modulation" accomplishes the same thing. In PWM, the controller or charger senses petite voltage drops in the battery and sends very short charging cycles (pulses) to the battery. This may occur several hundred times per minute. It is called "pulse width" because the width of the pulses may vary from a few microseconds to several seconds. It is important to note that for long period float service, such as backup power systems that are seldom discharged; the float voltage should be around 13.02 to 13.20 volts.

Should you have any questions stop by the Tracker Service Department at the Bass Pro Shops in Myrtle Beach and ask for me.

Paul

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Humminbird Scores Another Win!

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When I came into the Marine Accessories Department several years ago at Bass Pro, Humminbird had just released Side Imaging.  It was truly  a success.  Several years later they introduced Down Imaging.   Again, this put Humminbird  as a  leader in Sonar technology.  Now they are introducing 360 Imaging™.  This new system allows  a 360 degree view surrounding the entire boat. 

Humminbird’s parent company (which is a private held company), Johnson Outdoors (you know  the wax people) has very “Deep Pockets”, therefore, is spending a fortune to keep Humminbird  on top.  Of course, Johnson Outdoors is reaping the rewards for having such a successful company in its fold.

The new unit will be compatible with many of its existing displays. You will be able to mark waypoints anywhere in the 300’ circle.  In the circle you will be able to zoom, set  waypoint alarms, and record video and photo screen captures.

The new unit carries a pretty hefty price tag.  Of course you still have to have a display etc.  The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $1,999.99.  It will be available this summer.  Please stand in line.  First come is first served.  We take cash, check or credit card.

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360 Imaging has you surrounded.

Want to get the most of 360 Imaging™ and its unprecedented coverage area? You're in the right place. Humminbird has broken down a screenshot to help you make sense of this revolutionary technology.

 

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Four beam speeds

For greater on-water flexibility, 360 Imaging™ lets you choose from four beam speed settings. Lower beam speeds lead to higher image quality but lower refresh rates. Conversely, higher beam speeds result in lower image quality but higher refresh rates. With four options, you can find the ideal setting for your boat speed, water conditions and need for detail.

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Understanding the beam

Visualize 360 Imaging™ as a thin sonar wall extending 150 feet to either side your boat. This wall rotates to create a 300-foot circle—updated in real time-—that enables you to see areas virtually impossible to reach with other types of sonar. And, because the sonar wall moves, you don’t have to.

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Submerged bridge

This screenshot reveals a reservoir with bridge ruins (left of the boat location) and what was once a river channel. The white streaks to the direct left of the bridge and on the far right indicate fish. Shaded areas represent the channel's descending terrain, while lighter areas are rising terrain.

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Train tracks

Here you can clearly see the ties of a submerged railroad track. After identifying a productive structure with 360 Imaging, you can orient your boat to fish alongside it.

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Now that you can look forward, there's no looking back.

For the first time ever, you can see up to 150 feet in front of your boat, either in full 360 mode or by isolating your sweep area. With valuable intelligence on fish-holding structure and cover waiting up ahead, you can cast to productive areas without spooking the fish.

 

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Mark a waypoint

Mark interesting returns with a waypoint directly on your 360 Imaging™ screen. The exact location will be stored in your unit’s memory and is viewable on GPS Cartography.

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Sweep areas

New 360 Imaging™ allows you to isolate your sweep area over a section of water from 10˚ to 360˚. You can lock in your beam anywhere—but the area in front of your boat is especially useful. Because your transducer has less ground to cover, you'll also benefit from a faster refresh rate. 

 

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Customize your display

Choose from eight color palettes for more flexibility. Based on water conditions, adjust sensitivity for the best returns. Even adjust sharpness to enhance edges and detail depending on lighting.

 

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Switchfire/360 view

View 360 Imaging™ side-by-side with SwitchFire™ or GPS cartography. SwitchFire lets you see what’s going on below your boat while GPS puts valuable waypoints, routes and other navigational information at your fingertips.

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Drop in without causing a stir

At your command, the ultra-quiet 360 Imaging™ Transducer Deployment System drops below your boat’s hull and prop for an unobstructed, 360˚ view. The system operates silently—escaping the notice of nearby fish.

 

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Two deployment options

When the timing’s right, you can deploy 360 Imaging™ using your Humminbird unit or the control buttons found on the Transducer Deployment System. Easily manage the depth to which the Transducer Pod deploys to avoid grounding in shallow water.

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Transducer deployment system

The Transducer Deployment System is the hardware behind the remarkable images of Humminbird 360 Imaging. This ruggedly constructed add-on works with any Ethernet-ready, Side Imaging-equipped Humminbird model.

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Fish smarter with a fully loaded Humminbird

To get the detail and unprecedented coverage of Humminbird 360 Imaging, you'll need an Ethernet-ready, Side Imaging-equipped Humminbird fishfinder. Compatible models include:
 

1198c SI Combo      |      998c SI Combo     |      898c SI Combo    |      798ci HD SI Combo

 

Capt. Cary J. O'Brien

Marine Associate

Bass Pro Shops-Olathe, KS
 

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Marine Accessory Installation

 In case you did not know, we have a full line Tracker Service and Repair facility inside our Bass Pro Shops. They have 5 technicians on staff, 2 of which are Mercury Certified.

 They are open Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm. Phone: 225-271-3072

 These guys can repair all makes of boats and all Mercury Engine Products.

 In addition to this, they will install any accessory you buy inside Bass Pro using their low flat-rate pricing. You do not pay by the hour when having accessories installed!!

 The below chart represents some of the most popular items we install and the corresponding labor charges. Price is for labor only and does not include tax. 

 

Tracker Service Installation Charges

 $ Amount

Replace Impeller/Water Pump

149.95

Install Gauge R&R

49.95

Install Gauge " " if hole needs drilled

99.95

Aerator Pump Diagnose

24.95

Aerator Pump Remove & Replace

74.95

Bilge Pump Diagnose

24.95

Bilge Pump Remove & Replace

74.95

Trailer Lights Remove & Replace

49.95

Install Trolling Motor

124.95

Battery Charger Diagnose

24.95

Battery Charger Remove & Replace

99.95

Install Depth Finder Transom Transducer

199.95

External GPS, Antenna /add .50

249.95

Install Depth Finder Thru Hull Transducer

299.95

Install Transducer Rear

124.95

Install Transducer Thru Hull

149.95

Install Transducer Trolling Motor

74.95

Install Depth Finder on Bow w/T/M Transducer

99.95

Install Keel Guard

199.95

Install Electric Anchor

199.95

Install Manual Anchor

49.95

Install Ladder on Transom

149.95

Install Ladder (over the side pontoon)

49.95

Install Guide on Bunks

99.95

Install Spare Tire & Wheel (brackets)

24.95

Install Boat Buckle/Ratchet Tie Downs

24.95

Install Trailer Winch

49.95

Install Trailer Jack

49.95

Install 12 Volt Accessory Plug

74.95

Install Stereo & Speakers

299.95

Install Stingray's/Dolphins

49.95

Install Perko Battery Switch

99.95

 Josh Petty

Tracker/Marine Manager

Denham Springs

 

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Fishing from a Kayak

Over the course of the past couple of decades kayaking has and the design of the boats have changed greatly. The kayaks are no longer designed just for whitewater enthusiasts. There are many recreational kayaks available which incorporate stability and ease of paddling. Recreational kayaks make excellent fishing boats and allow the paddler access to shallower water and areas crowded with trees and stumps which larger fishing boats may not be able to travel through. Kayaks such the Ascend FS10 and the Ascend FS12 are very stable and fun kayaks to fish out of. The Ascend kayaks have a screw out deck plate dry storage system with keeps essentials such as a wallet, camera, cell phone or other essentials to remain dry and safe. They have an adjustable full tackle rod tender which I find convenient for setting a line with a bobber or on the bottom away from the bank while I use a baitcaster or spinning reel to cast under the trees or along brush at the edge of a river or lake. The FS10 kayak has a large and convenient storage area in the bow that accommodates tackle boxes, small coolers, and dry bags. The Ascend FS12 kayak has quite a bit more storage area because of the storage area in the stern of the kayak. I plan on using my Ascend FS12 this year on overnight expeditions on the rivers of the Ozarks and perhaps maybe even Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota.

Another great kayak to fish out of is the Ascend FS12T sit on top kayak. I like my sit on top Ascend especially in the hotter months where I can dangle my legs over the side and cool off while paddling and fishing. I also like this kayak for paddling the streams where there might be some very shallow shoals. It is so easy to jump out of the kayak and move it across the shallow and then jump right back on. This kayak has an interior storage area with a water tight hatch on the front with a nice storage well on the rear. This sit on top is a nice design when paddling where there might be a motor boats which can send out a large wake. The scupper holes let a wave crash over the kayak and totally drain in a matter of seconds. This self bailing design also allows for a kayak to be turned over and then flipped back by the paddler while he is in the water and then to pull himself out of the water and back paddling in less than 90 seconds.

There are many accessories which can be used while kayak fishing and many kayaks can be retrofitted with fishing attachments. I like the small fish locators which are easy to use with a kayak such as the Garmin Echo 150. A small locator like this can really help nail the locations of those trophy fish back in tight areas of lakes which were once woods.There are fish locators which have GPS and allow for software with maps the topography of the body of water you are on. Even if you don't use a fish finder having a GPS is a very good tool I  have carried a Garmin eTrex on my kayaks for a long time and use Velcro mounted on my deck and on the back of the unit to help me know my locations. Many units have the capability of downloading lake charts into them such as the Navionics HotMaps with multi dimensional Lake maps. I find this handy in the lakes I paddle in Boundary Waters.

I have discovered that accessing a large tackle box in a kayak is not as easy as in a fishing boat like a Bass boat. One of the ways I have kept access to my lures and such is to use Bass Pro shops storage boxes which can easily hand many lures and can be tucked beside my seat for easy access. Another great tip is an Atwood Fold and Stow Fishing Net. These fold down for easy storage which can be at a premium in a kayak. Many people are now using kayaks in larger ponds where one can not cast to the middle yet getting a boat on it is difficult or awkward. A kayak can be transported through a field or down a trail using an Atwood Kayak cart with little effort. The addition of a kayak to your fishing tackle can help you gain access to areas which rarely get fished. 

Safe Paddling

Dennis Wise

 

 

   

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