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

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It Suits You To A "T" Shirt

guySo maybe you’ll never land that grander.  And the closest you’ll ever get to a 60 foot fishing yacht is when one chugs by your skiff at the marina.  Or maybe you just like to head to the local seafood house and have someone bring the fish to you.  You can still look great with one of our Guy Harvey T Shirts.  Beautiful imagery, vibrant colors, and a wide variety of saltwater designs to chose from.  Available in both men’s and women's sizes, you’ll easily impress with one of these stunning shirts from the master artist, Dr. Guy Harvey. 

Dr. Guy Harvey
Raised in Jamaica, and widely recognized as the world’s finest marine wildlife artist, Guy is a unique combination of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist, and explorer. His art glows with brilliant and gorgeous, vivid color, portraying marine wildlife in their natural environment in the extraordinary detail that only first-hand experience can teach.

Bill Crosby

Receiving Manager

Denham Springs

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Take a SPIN Inshore

Offshore Angler™ Inshore Extreme® Spinning Reel

Venice 3If you are in the market for a good inshore spinning reel, then I have the one for you. The Bass Pro Shops Offshore Angler Inshore Extreme is what I must say is one tremendous value. This is a lot of reel for your money and priced right now for $89.99. A beast taming 22 lb’s of water resistant sealed multi-disc drag system that will turn the head of any giant Red. The 5.1 to 1 gear ratio is all about the power, that’s like 4 wheel low gear in your average monster truck. However, even with the low power gear ratio this reel takes up a whopping or should I say ‘WHOPPING!!’ 39.9 inches of line per turn of the handle. Yes, that’s right, almost 40 inches of line with a single turn of the handle, which is like an F-16 fighter jet. All the power you could need and burning speed of a lightning bolt with the drag system to match. Unbelievable, right? Wait, there is more! 5 sealed stainless steel bearings and 1 stainless steel anti-reverse roller bearing.

      When you look at the design of this reel, you will immediately notice that this is not your average,Venice 2 everyday spinning reel. The Mag-Spool design makes casting a breeze and reduces line memory. It gives you the weight and balance of a small reel with power and line capacities of a large frame reel. Oh, and did I mention that it weighs in at 11 ounces. I know what you are thinking; it’s too good to be true. This good looking reel is concealing a beast within, a Solid Aluminum frame and spool with a double anodized lip. Oversized brass line roller with titanium-nitride coating, makes it ready and willing for any type of line you choose to spool it up with.

      Hook up with a 30 lb Bull Redfish and this reel just begs for more. Oh, you need something lightweight and sensitive to catch those Speckled Trout?  No need to change your equipment, this reel is just what the Doctor ordered. The best of both worlds. The old saying about wanting your cake and eating it too, now you can… Check out this reel and more at your nearest Bass Pro Shops or go online and read the 5 out of 5 star rating this reel has received from it owners.

http://www.basspro.com/Offshore-Angler-Inshore-Extreme-Spinning-Reel/product/10204465/51179

Venice 1Just imagine you could get on the NASCAR racetrack in a superfast monster truck, you could just run right over the competition! Well, this reel gives you that advantage in the inshore fishing world.

Bert Gibson

Fishing Manager

Denham Springs

 

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

rmefThis month Bass Pro Shops are taking donations for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

For every $2.00 donation you make you will get entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several great prizes!

1st Prize: A 2013 Montana Rifle Elk Hunt for One at Broken Arrow Lodge

2nd Prize: $1,000 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

3rd Prize: One of three $500 Bass Pro Gift Cards

The mission of the Elk Foundation is to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. In support of this mission, the Elk Foundation is committed to:

  • Conserving, restoring and enhancing natural habitats
  • Promoting the sound management of wild, free-ranging elk, which may be hunter or otherwise enjoyed
  • Fostering cooperation among federal, state, tribal and private organizations and individuals in wildlife management and habitat conservation
  • Educating members and the public about habitat conservation, the value of hunting, hunting ethics and wildlife management

 

EVERY DONATION COUNTS!

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Are You Crazy?

 columbia t shirtWhen the mercury tops 100, why in the world would you even think of wearing a long sleeve shirt?  Two reasons.  This Columbia Terminal Tackle T shirt has Omni-Wick, which pulls perspiration away from your body and it has Omni-Shade which provides UPF 50 sun protection.  The 100% polyester construction dries quickly and breathes well.  So not only will you look cool, you stay cool too.  You’d be crazy not to wear one.

 

Bill Crosby

Receiving Manager

Denham Springs

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Cooling Off!

dreamsicle As temperatures rise, come on by our fudge shop and try one of our ice cold, fresh squeezed lemonades.  While you are there, sample our many varieties of fudge.  Our newest flavor is Orange Cream.  It’s a reminder of the old fashioned dreamsicle.

Don’t forget our souvenir cups – with purchase, we will fill it with your choice of fountain drink.  You may bring your cup back anytime for a refill of you choice for $1.00 plus tax.  Now that’s a deal that will cool you off.

 Melissa Carter

Fudge Lead

Denham Springs

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Tackle Systems

tackle bagHello from the Fishing department at your Denham Springs, Louisiana Bass Pro Shops!  Can I just say “Wow”, how do I know what to buy when it comes to a tackle box or tackle bag? This is a question we hear a lot. Years past, there were very few choices on tackle boxes or tackle systems. It used to be. ”How big of a box do I need?” That was the only question you had to answer. Now for the novice or beginner and even the seasoned veteran fisherman, the selection and choices can be overwhelming. I have come up with a list of questions to ask yourself that may help you in your choice or choices of a tackle system or tackle box. 

  1. Do I fish from a boat or from land?
  2. Do I fish in the same boat all the time?
  3. Where do I fish? Or what areas of the world do I fish?
  4. Do I fish the same species all the time?
  5. What is my budget?

Fishing from land can be a challenge by itself so an easy to use tackle system can help and remember you may have to carry it over some distance to get to your favorite spot. Make sure the tackle system you choose fits with the size and or style of boat you fish from.

If you own your own boat and fish from it all the time then your choices can be almost limitless. If you tend to fish with others out of their boat you may want to consider a tackle bag where you can take some of the gear from your own boat and easily jump in a friend’s boat without too much trouble.

Soft tackle bags can be a great answer to the angler that goes all over to different areas to fish. Like the Bass Pro ‘Qualifier 370’ is a popular choice. It will hold approx. 5 to 6, 370 or 3700 series boxes and has large pockets for soft plastics, tools, sprays and more. With a system like this you can have limitless numbers of 370 boxes loaded with the gear for specific areas and water conditions. Switch and swap as needed for the waters you plan to fish.

If you fish different species of fish then the 370 soft system can work for you as well.  Load 370 boxes with species specific equipment and take what you need when you need it.

Now the questions we all hate, is the budget. We all want the biggest and best but for most of us we have to live within our means. First figure out what type of system fits you best then look a affordability. The Bass Pro Shops Extreme® Qualifier 370 Tackle Bag is affordable and can fit most anglers’ style, boat and budget. Give one a look at your Denham Springs Bass Pro Shops where we have 24 experienced anglers on staff and each can help you decide what may work best for you.

Bass Wishes;

Bert Gibson

Fishing Manager

Denham Springs

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Sanuk

SanukSanuk is the Thai word for fun and happiness and if you have ever seen a pair of Sanuks, you know that the name fits.  The company was started by a Southern California surfer by the name of Jeff Kelley.  They are not just shoes – they are sandals!!  Ridiculously Comfortable.

So, if you are a surfer chasing the perfect wave – or a rock climber seeking the perfect line – SANUKS are for you!  Prices range from $39.99 to 69.99.  And ladies, we have sizes and styles available for you too.

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‘Stalker’ is such a strong word….

StalkerLike any good all-season hunting apparel needs to be, RedHead Stalker lite is Stalker 2made if ultra-light, ultra-quiet, moisture-wicking cotton/polyester fabric. It gets hot and humid in a hurry down here in south Louisiana and this super-light, 4-way stretch fabric is exactly what you need so you can stalk all day long. We stock men’s and women’s cargo pants, long-sleeve button-up and crews in patterns MOBU infinity, Realtree AP, and Realtree APG. This is one outfit you do not want to be without for our hotter than hot turkey and early deer seasons.

Sarah Bernard

Apparel Lead

Denham Springs

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Games People Play

ladderSummer is an excellent time to get your family outside and have a little fun. Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? With Bass Pro Shops’ selection of yard games, you’re covered! In our gifts department we’ve got lots of fun stuff to do with your kids, your friends, or your friends’ kids!

We’ve got a new Lawn Darts outdoor game for a great price. It comes with everything you need to start upDarts a game as soon as you get it home! If you’re looking to keep the fun going into the evening hours, we’ve got the LED Lighted Ladder Toss game. In this game, you throw the bolas and try to wrap them around the highest rung on the ladder. LED lights in the ladder and glow sticks for the bolas make it easy to keep playin till the sun comes up!  Our newest addition to our outdoor fun is a Bass Pro Shops brand football! It’s green and gold and perfect for tailgating or a quick game of catch! It sells for $9.99.

FootballIf the weather outside doesn’t want to cooperate with your outdoor summer plans, Bass Pro Shops also carries a selection of Nintendo Wii games. We have The Hunt Trophy Showdown, which is a first-person shooter game. It puts you in the field lookin for big bucks! The other first-person game we carry is The Strike Tournament Edition, which is awesome for those days you just can’t get out onto the lake.

Come and check out our selection of games and toys and let the fun begin!

Lainie Falgout

Gifts Lead

Denham Springs

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The Eyes have it!

As a fisherman I believe in sunglasses for more than one reason. For years I went fishing without sunglasses, not knowing the damage that the sun could do to my eyes. The same UV rays that bleach out the seats in your boat, fade the paint on your vehicle and burn your skin can cause serious damage to your eyes. Most vehicles today have what they call ‘Solar Ray’ glass which filters out most of the harmful UV rays. But in our boats, we have no protection so it is very important to wear sunglasses that have a UV protection. Some of the glasses can cost upwards of $300 or more like, Costa Del Mar, Maui Jim, Wiley-X, Oakley, Flying Fisherman and so on. These brands make some real high quality and very nice eye wear, but you do not have to spend a small fortune to protect your eyes. Flying Fisherman also makes some very affordable, nice eye wear as well for under $30. Bass Pro Shops XPS also makes some very nice sunglasses with the UV protection you need and in a large variety of styles. BPS even has the ‘Fish Eyes’ line that has a magnifying bifocal to help you tie your favorite knot without changing to your reading glasses. I use these because of some of the damage I did to my eyes when I was younger and thought I was indestructible. Head to your closest Bass Pro Shops and talk with our friendly and knowledgeable associates who will help you find the right eye wear for you and your budget. Remember to be safe and courteous on the water, protect yourself and others. Always use sunscreen on your skin and polarized sunglasses with UV protection for your eyes.

 Bass Wishes;

Bert Gibson

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Deep woods Houdini

Deep Woods Prey animals have excellent vision, especially birds, and the best CAMO won’t do you a lick of good if you can't sit still. For you to be victorious in any hunting activity, you need to blend with the atmosphere. 3d camouflage hunting clothing offers the most powerful CAMO silhouette and all you have to do is slip it on over brown or dark colored clothes. It successfully conceals the human outline better than any traditional CAMO so animals do not sense the presence of the hunter.Deep Woods 2

 Regular camouflage purely relies on the camouflage patterns of the fabric while 3D camouflage clothing use materials like leaves and branches sewn on the jacket, pants, and headwear. Here at your local Bass Pro Shops camouflage department, we stock a large selection of 3D products to conceal you from head to toe on your next hunting trip. Prices range from $14.95 for headwear and $39.99 for jacket or pants.

 Sarah Bernard

Apparel Lead

Denham Springs, La

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Summer Taffy Extravaganza!

taffyLooking for a sweet summery treat? Look no further than Bass Pro Shops! We’ve got a great selection of saltwater taffy this summer and we’re super excited about it! Come check out our great new flavors! We’ve got Peppermint, Cotton Candy, and Watermelon; just to name a few. Over in the fudge shop you can help yourself a free sample of our delicious Uncle Buck’s saltwater taffy.

Ever wonder where this sweet concoction came from? The legend of how salt water taffy depends on who you ask. The most popular story, although unconfirmed, concerns a candy-store owner, David Bradley, whose shop was flooded during a major storm in 1883. His entire stock of taffy was soaked with salty Atlantic Ocean water. When a young girl came into his shop and asked if he had any taffy for sale, he is said to have offered some "salt water taffy." At the time it was a joke, because all his taffy had been soaked with salt water, but the girl was delighted, she bought the candy and proudly walked down to the beach to show her friends. Bradley's mother was in the back and heard the exchange. She loved the name, and so salt water taffy was born.

Lainie Falgout

Gifts Lead

Denham Springs

Did you know??

  • There is actually no salt water in saltwater taffy. It does, however, contain both salt and water in its recipe.

 

  • Taffy was first cooked in copper kettles over open coal fires, cooled on marble slabs, and pulled on a large hook on the wall. The 'Taffy Pull' was a household enjoyment on Saturday nights as well as an Atlantic City enterprise. Pulling taffy is designed to add air to the corn syrup and sugar confection.
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Camping Comforts

Camp Chair It is that time of the year to head to the beach and camp out. There are many things that I pack when going on vacation so when I get to the beach, I have everything so I can enjoy and not be worried. One thing that I always remember to pack is some comfortable folding chairs. When you get to the beach there is nothing better than to have your most comfortable chairs with you. I found through shopping around that the largest assortment of chairs is at Bass Pro Shops. They have chairs with canopy’s, folding chairs with coolers and many others to choose from.

I remember as a child with my parents going to the beach and having a small camp fire. Back then you had to go to a campsite and use the mounted charcoal pits or make a small fire. Now when I go to the beach I bring the stove in a can which makes cooking on the beach a piece of cake. It is a really neat design because the only thing you need is the can that your stove sits in and the wood fuel replacement discs that will keep your fire going for at least an hour that are sold at Bass Pro Shops. Going on vacation is so much easier today.

Edward Incardona

Camping Lead

Denham Springs

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Concealed Carry At Its Best!

 What do you think of when you hear the words “concealed carry permit”?  A lot of people think that you have to have a special license to carry a gun.  This is true, but here’s the catch: Louisiana is what you call an “Open Carry” state.  This means you are allowed to “visibly” carry a weapon to any place that isn’t restricted.  Ex: Casinos, state buildings, schools, etc.  In Louisiana, your vehicle is an extension of your home therefore you can carry a weapon in your vehicle.  If you were to ever get stopped by any law enforcement personnel, advise them you have a weapon.

To apply for a “concealed carry License” you need to take a course with a registered instructor before you submit the paperwork.  At Bass Pro Shops (Denham Springs, LA), we have a class about twice every month with a certified instructor.  Mr. Gordon Hutchinson is a retired law enforcement agent with many years of firearms experience as well as an extensive knowledge of Louisiana laws for owning and carrying a firearm.

His one day class will teach you laws of where and when not to carry, as well as the confidence you need to have in a life or death situation.  Go to www.gordonhutchinson.com for all of your questions and upcoming classes.

Stop in your Denham Springs Bass Pro Shops as we have a wide variety of concealed handguns.  Our knowledgeable staff will guide you in the right direction to which gun is right for you.  Every pistol purchase will score you – 7 – that’s right – 7 – free passes to our state of the art indoor pistol range.  That comes out to a $77 value “FREE”!!

 Taylor Raiford

Hunting Associate

Denham Springs

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Not Your Average Fishing Cork

Big Bobber Keep cool drinks right by your side when out enjoying the water with the Bass Pro Shops The Big Bobber Floating Cooler. This floating cooler keeps 12 cans ice cold for hours while fitting right in out on the water with its bright red and white bobber design. This durable and lightweight bobber is made of high impact polypropylene with UV stabilizers to prevent sun damage and fading. A built-in handle flips out of the top for easy carrying.  Just make sure you resist the temptation to tie a line to it.  There’s some pretty thirsty fish around here that just might like a cold one too.

 

Bill Crosby

Receiving Manager

Denham Springs

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Are You Worthy?

Bass KingAre you worthy to wear the robes of a king?  Let everyone know that you rule the water and ALL the fish out there belong to you.  Bass Pro Shops now carries the Bass King line of fishing clothing.  These shirts, hats, and board shorts all feature the Bass King logo and perform as great as they look.  So get outfitted today and send a message to any creatures that venture into your domain that YOU are the king.

Bill Crosby

Receiving Manager

Denham Springs

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Let's Line It Up

 braided lineWhat’s your point of view on braided lines? We get asked a lot about braided line and quite a few complaints as well. The biggest complaint is that people are missing fish with braided lines and fish can see it. Therefore, I will give you my point of view. Braid has its place on a few of my rod & reel combos. I feel it has to be a part in my arsenal and even a must in a few situations. For bass fishing, I use 65 to 80 pound braid on my ‘punch’ rig for punching through grass and lilies. To me braid is a must on a ‘punching’ rig, Monofilament and Fluorocarbons just are not tough enough and has too much stretch for my taste when punching. I also use braided line for a worm or jig when fishing extremely heavy cover in stained to muddy water. Braided lines have almost zero stretch and can be much more sensitive than all other lines.

       I have theory on why people are missing fish when they first use braid. With braided lines on jigs or plastics, you will feel things that you have never felt using monofilament or Fluorocarbon lines. Therefore, people set the hook on something as small as a blade of grass or stick thinking it’s a bite. So in reality, some think they are missing fish but actually most of the time its not even a fish there. I personally do not use braid on fast moving lures such as crankbaits and lipless crankbaits for a few reasons. If you have used braid before then you know the ‘shrilling’ noise it makes as it passes through the guides on your rod. I believe that when pulling a crankbait and the line is tight, it has to make some noise or vibration under the water, like a guitar string. But most of all, bass will not chase a lure with its mouth open. Bass will usually hit the lure with its mouth closed in an attempt to stun the fast moving prey. After they hit it and stun it then they will flair their gills and suck the lure into their mouth. With mono lines you may never even feel that first hit but with braid you will most of the time. If you set the hook on that first strike, you missed because you have not given the fish a chance to get the lure into their mouth. With a good, extra smooth casting monofilament you get a ‘rubber band effect’ when setting the hook using crankbaits. You feel the strike, set the hook and your rod bends at the same time your line stretches. It gives the bass a chance to get the lure into their mouth, then when both rebound it helps the hooks to penetrate into the fish. Braid also does not agree to well with most top water lures either. Once braid is saturated it tend to be heavy and want to pull on the lure which stops the lure from functioning like it was designed to.

      Braided lines and inshore fishing are very common, however some of the same things apply to Speckled Trout and Redfishing as it does to bass. I will say that I love using a popping cork for Specs & Reds and I do use braid. I use the popping corks with the titanium wire and they start at about $8 each so I use mono or fluoro leader from the cork to the hook. I use 50# braid with about a 17# to 20# leader, so if I break off it is usually below the cork so all I lose is a hook or a jig head. I also like the fact that there is no stretch between my rod and my cork.

      Braided lines have their place and can be a valuable part of your fishing but if it is not used properly, can hamper your fishing. Good luck and be safe.

Bass Wishes;

Bert Gibson

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Louisiana Boys Take It All

Blake and Chris Boy what a bunch of happy folks. Blake Betz -Jr. Southwest Bassmasters - Denham Springs and Chris Chandler -Jr. Southwest Bassmasters -Lake Charles, La. are heading to the Jr. Bassmaster World Championship on Wheeler Lake, Alabama in October 2012.

 This past Friday was the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Central Division Regional Bass Tournament held in the Atchafalaya Basin, Morgan City La. with the winners advancing to the National Championship in October. Blake Betz, one of our Jr. Southwest Bassmasters  -Denham Springs Club won the 15-18 Yr. Age group of the 2012 La.State Champion Jr. Bassmaster Division.  Chris Chandler from the Jr. Southwest Bassmasters- Lake Charles La.Club  won the 11-14 Yr age group .Both of these fine young men will be competing in the National championship on Wheeler Lake in Alabama. Congratulations to both of these young men.

  Blake won his division with 4 bass weighing in at 7 lb. 15 oz. and Chris weighed in 3 bass that went 5 lb.s 11oz.. They were competing against other Jr. Bassmaster state champions from Miss, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas & Nebraska. No other Jr. competitor weighed in more than two bass for the day.  Here is the real kicker for you, at 10:00 a.m. on tournament day neither one of the boys had a keeper size bass. In the next 2 hours they each caught their keeper fish. Like Mike Ike says "Never Give up" & they didn't.

 Blake & Chris won the La. State Championship April 28th of this year fishing Manchac / North Pass with the weigh-in & festivities out front of the Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs. 

Jimmy Breaux

Fishing Pro

Denham Springs

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Smart Phone Fishing

by Big “O” Charters

Big O I’m a dinosaur. I’ve been fishing for most of my 60 plus years.  I never seem to get tired of fishing, and the trill I get from catching a fish. I started out bass fishing and moved into salt water fishing some 35 years ago. I, like all fishermen, have a big ego. I like to brag about my fishing exploits. I’ve got old boxes of photos with me holding up stringers of fish. My den wall is strewn with mounts of bass and trout that I’ve managed to land over the years. These pictures and mounts all have one thing in common, I killed the fish in order to return them home and either take their picture or have them mounted. They, the big fish, are usually females. They are the ones that produce the eggs that insure the continuation of the species. It’s a shame that I had to kill these fish in order to satisfy my ego but that’s the way it is or I should say, was.  “Times are a changing”. Today we have “smart phones”. I don’t think I’ve run a charter in the last few years that someone, if not all aboard, didn’t have a smart phone with a camera. The latest phones have cameras that are better quality than many digital cameras on the market today. It is now possible to catch a trophy fish, take a picture with the fisherman who caught it, and immediately return the fish to the water to survive and reproduce. Then the picture can be sent to the lucky angler’s friends and relatives and maybe his enemies to insure their jealousy and to satisfy his ego. This is a great age we are living in-I love it.

OK, so what about mounting my trophy fish? That’s easy. You now have a picture of your trophy. You need to carry a scale and a tape measure. Weigh, your fish and then measure her length and girth before you return her to her home. You can then give this information to any quality taxidermist and they can reproduce your trophy for a mount you can be proud of and cannot be distinguished from a stuffed, dead fish.  Just think of the comments you’ll get when you brag to your guests at a dinner party that the mount that all are looking at is not a real fish but a reproduction. Then you can say, “I don’t believe in killing trophy fish”. Wow, you will be a hit of the party, and your ego will soar, I know, mine has. It is truly a great feeling to know you have conquered a big fish, and then returned her to her waters to insure the survival of her species. Maybe my grandson can catch her granddaughter.

OK, so what about eating my catch? Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat fish. I didn’t get this big on just meat and potatoes. Fried, grilled, blackened, etc., I love to catch um, cook um, and eat um. We have fish at my house at least once a week. However, the big fish that we all want to catch are not as good to eat as a smaller fish. A two pound speckled trout filet, fried up golden brown is hard to beat. His seven pound big sister is just not as sweet or as tasty. So keep a quantity of smaller fish for the skillet. Record your trophy fish in your “smart phone”. Then you can share both with your friends and relatives. Some people tell me that the survival rate for a released speckled trout is poor. Well the survival rate for that same trout is zero when she’s in my skillet.

Be “Smart” next time fishing with your “Smart Phone” and your “Ego” will soar!

 

Capt. Owen Langridge

Big “O” Charters L.L.C.

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