Patsy and Rod's outdoor exploits

By: Patsy Keckler

I'm currently employed at my favorite store......yep.....you guessed it......BASS PRO SHOPS. After we realized that we were spending most of our paychecks here, I applied for a job so I'd be surrounded by the things I love. In a workplace with live fish, trophy mounts, new and old fishing tackle, collectible gift items, boats, guns and ammo, hiking and camping gear, camo and archery supplies, golfing items and NASCAR collectibles. What more could a girl ask for? My husband, Rod, and I have been avid outdoor enthusiasts all of our lives, born and raised in south-central PA. We both enjoy whitetail deer hunting in rifle and archery seasons, target shooting with pistols, rifles and especially rockin' and rollin' with our twin AK's. We enjoy fishing, mainly for fresh water fish in local ponds, rivers, lakes and streams, 4-wheelin' on our ATV's, hiking in the mountains and taking pictures of anything from critters to buck rubs and scrapes to sunsets falling behind the mountains. We love our Harley's, dirt track racing and NASCAR (not the same since my man,Dale Earnhardt, died loving what he was doing on February 18th, 2001). Fishing or hunting with Dale would have been so awesome! After the deer seasons were over this winter, we put up some game cams around the deer feeder so we could see what's been coming in to feed and were we shocked. Check back to see what has been hanging around our house.

Rod was a guntruck driver during his 2 tours in Vietnam and is retired. He spends all his time doing all sorts of things that we would like to share with you and hope you enjoy. I am on the board of our local Vietnam Veteran Post and we sell our memorabilia at area gun shows, car shows, bike events, outdoor shows, etc. and I'll keep you posted to the local events we attend. This summer, Rod and I plan to visit Lousiville, KY. The location chosen for the"Gathering" which is a gathering of other gun truckers with their 20-ton gun trucks mounted with M60's and Browning 50 caliber machine guns and other replica military vehicles from the Vietnam war. We will be going to Knob Creek Gun Range to fire our guns from the trucks and I'll be taking lots of pictures to post on my blog. We can't wait!!! Stay tuned to find out what we're up to next.

Happy fishing, safe hunting and God bless!


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Local Fishing Report 3/30 to 4/5/2014

The river was at 4.7ft at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 8.3ft with 102,500CF of flow and 47 degrees.

Trip #1 was a PM half day Channel Cat trip on Tuesday and we caught 10.  The largest was 22.5" and we caught them all on Sudden Impact.  We had extremely high, muddy water with a lot of floating debris.  We had 10.9ft-157,200CF-rising-muddy and 44-61 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.00 and steady.

Trip #2 was a full day scouting trip on Thursday and we launched from 3 different ramps.  We caught 20 Bass and had 3 over 19" and another 3 over 20".  The largest was 20.75" and we caught them all on jigs with soft plastics.  We had 9.0ft-115,300CF-falling-muddy and 44-47 degrees.  The barometric pressure was 29,90 and steady.

Trip #3 was another scouting Trip on Thursday and we fished for 2 hours and caught 2 Bass.  The largest was 18" and we caught one on a dinger and one on a hair jig.  We had 9.0ft-115,300CF-falling-muddy and 44-47 degrees.  The barometric pressure was 29.90 and steady.

Trip #4 was a full day trip on Saturday and we had 7 boats out.  We had extremely difficult conditions with high muddy water and extreme winds but the boats did a good job.  We caught an average of 16 Bass per boat and we had a giant Carp and a large Channel Cat in the mix as well.  We cuaght them on jigs with soft plastics.  We had 8.3ft-102,500CF-rising-stained to muddy and 47 degree water.  The barometric pressure was at 28.70 and rising.

In general Bass fishing should stay good until they go out of season at the end of April.

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Local Fishing Report 3/23 to 3/29/2014

The river was at 5.2ft at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.7ft with 27,400CF of flow and 41 degrees.

Trip #1 was a PM Channel Cat trip on Thursday and we caught 15.  The largest was 28.75" and weighed 6.27lbs.  We caught them all on Sudden Impact.  We had constant action but could not hook them because of the extreme south wind.  We had 4.9ft-32,900CF- falling-clear and 39-58 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.30 and falling.

Trip #2 were 3 full day bass trips on Friday and we averaged 30 Bass per boat and we caught 4 Walleye and 1 Musky that was 35".  The largest Bass was 19.25".  We caught them on jig/plastic, stickbaits, and hair jigs.  We had 4.7ft-28,300CF-falling-clear and 41-43 degrees.  the barometric pressure was 29.90 and steady.

Trip #3 were 2 full day Bass trips and we averaged 32 Bass per boat and we had 7 Walleye.  The largest Bass was 20.25" and the largest walleye was 25".  We caught them on jigs/plastics,hair jigs,stickbaits,and jigging spoons. We had 4.7ft-27,400CF-rising-stained and 40-41 degrees.  The barometric pressure was 29.90 and falling.  The bite was very soft and hard to detect.  We had extreme wind and rain.

Trip #4 was a full day Musky trip and we caught 5, lost one, and had another follow.  This was our best trip of the season.  The largest was 40" and the smallest was 27".  We caught them all on stickbaits.  This is probably the last trip of the season for Musky.  We will start back up around the 3rd week of October.  We had 4.7ft-27,400CF-rising-stained and 40-41 degrees.  The barometric pressure was 29.90 and falling.

In general, Bass, Catfish, and Musky fishing has been very good under some very difficult conditions.  WE canceled our trips for a few days due to the river being high and muddy.

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Local Fishing Report 3/16/14 to 3/22/2014

The river was at 8.8ft at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 5.2ft with 38,400CF of flow and 48 degrees.

Trip #1 was on Monday afternoon and we fished from 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM and we caught 15 bass.  The largest bass was 19.5".  We caught them on hair jigs and jigs with soft plastics.  We had 7.2ft - 74,200CF - falling - stained and 39 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.85 and steady.

Trip #2 was on Tuesday and we fished from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and we caught 20 channel cats.  The largest was 23.5" and we kept 3 to put in the tank at Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg.  We caught them all on Team Catfish Sudden Impact.  We had 6.5ft - 66,700CF - falling - stained and 52 degrees.  The barometric pressure was 30.00 and steady.

Trip #3 was a half day channel cat trip and we caught 20+ channel cats.  The largest was 24" and weighed 5.5lbs. and is an Angler Award fish.  We caught them all on Team Catfish Sudden Impact.  We had 5.8ft - 52,500CF - falling - muddy and 59 degrees.  The barometric pressure was 29.80 and steady.

Trip #4 was a half day trip on Friday and we had 22 bass and we caught one Musky.  The largest bass was 20.75" and weighed 4.4lbs.  We caught them on YUM Dingers, craw papis, hair jigs, stickbaits, and minnows.  We had 5.3ft - 42,000CF - falling - clear and 44 degrees.  The barometric pressure was 29.80 and steady

Trip #5 was a a full day musky/smallmouth trip and we caught 15 smallmouths.  We had 5.3ft - 42,300CF - falling - clear and 44 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of -29.00

Trip #6 was a half day trip on Saturday and we caught 20+ bass and the largest was 19".  We caught them on stickbaits, jigs/plastics, hair jigs, and minnows.  We had 5.2ft - 39,400CF - falling - clear and 46 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 26.00 and rising.

Trip #7 was a half day trip on Saturday and we caught 12 channel cats, 1 bass, and 1 fall fish.  The largest channel cat was 26.5" and weighed 6.11lbs.  We caught them all on Sudden Impact.  We had 5.2ft - 39,400CF - falling - clear and 58 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 26.00 and rising.  It was extremely windy and they had a hard time hooking the fish.

In general bass, catfish, and musky fishing is getting better by the week.  Team Catfish picked one of our videos and they edited it and put it on their you tube channel.   You can see the edited version by going to the Team Catfish web site and then click the button for videos and watch the video on Susquehanna River Channel Cats.

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2014 Ascend Kayak

Despite the seemingly endless cold winter weather, kayak season is just around the corner, and now is a great time to begin thinking about a new kayak for 2014.  At Bass Pro Shops, our exciting line of Ascend brand kayaks are in plentiful supply and prospective customers are sure to enjoy these American made products to the fullest.  The Aquadynamic TM Design features custom crafted hull design that is ultra stable and delivers increased stability, maneuverability, and speed.  Coming soon to our stores just in time for our Springs Fishing Classic is our newest Ascend Model, the FS12T Angler kayak.  This 12 foot model features an adjustable seat, a large dry storage area in the bow, and will be available in the colors sand, olive, and blue.

ascendlogoThis brand new model is equipped with features for the most demanding angler, and we are sure that your fishing need can be accommodated by this kayak.  To compliment your kayak experience, be sure to include a look at our Ascend brand paddling fishing vest as well as our wide assortment of Ascend brand paddles.  For a truely memorable  fishing or recreational kayak you can be sure to enjoy and trust the Ascend brand, now you can be one of the first to enjoy the brand new Ascend FS12T Angler Kayak, new for 2014.

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Tracker Diamond Coat

Tracker Boats, which are now built stronger and more durable are being finished with Diamond Coat Finish.  Tracker Diamond Coat is a multi layer powder coat finish that is three times harder, up to 4x thicker, and keeps its color up to 20 times longer than traditional liquid paint.  After the boat gets a thorough cleaning with liquids specifically formulated to maximize surface adhesion, the initial layer of color is applied to the hull in an automated booth that assures consistency and minimal waste.  Then the finish is baked to a durable sheen and a protective clearcoat is applied, that delivers a brilliance and depth unmatched in the industry.  With a carbon footprint of 50% less that lquid paint, Diamond coat is the most durable, long lasting, and environmentally friendly finish being used on any aluminum boat today.

Below is a list of the 2014 Tracker Boats that Diamond Coat is available.

Pro Team 175TF, Pro Team 175TXW, and Pro Team 190TX.

Superguide V-16SC, Pro Guide V-16SC, Pro Guide V-16T, Pro Guide V-16WT, Pro Guide V-175SC, Pro Guide V-175WT, Pro Guide V-175 Combo, Targa V-18WT, and Targa V-18 Combo.

Pleae visit the store or call 717-565-5200 to schedule an appoitment to see one of these great Tracker Boats!

tracker boat

Diamond Coat Finish

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RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Socks

Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg, Pa is proud to sell some of the finest all purpose and hunting socks on the market. There are four different styles of RedHead Lifetime socks and we will touch on some of the benefits and features below.

RedHead Lifetime Guarantee All-Purpose Socks are made from 81% merino wool, 17% stretch nylon, and 2% Spandex.  RedHead Lifetime Guarantee All Purpose Socks feature double re-inforced stitching in all stress zones and are made with 100% fine grade itch free wool against the skin from top to toe. This is a great hunting sock and will keep you feet very warm.   Men's Sizes available are medium(5-9), large (9-12), and XL (12-15). 

RedHead Lifetime Guarantee Midweight  Crew Socks are lighter in weight than the above all-purpose Lifetime sock and are geared for hiking or everyday use.  These socks are 11" crew style sock and feature double reinforcement in all stress zones for durability.  These socks are made from 73% merino wool, 22% nylon, 4% polyester, and 1% spandex.  The Midweight Lifetime Socks have seamless toes, arch support, air channels for reduced bulk, and reinforced bottoms.  Men's sizes available are medium (5-9), large (9-12) , and XL (12-15).

Redhead Lifetime Guarantee Lightweight Quarter Socks are lighter in weight for hiking or casual everyday use.  These are 5" quarter style socks and feature double reinforcement in all stress zones for durability.  These socks are made from 73% merino wool, 20% nylon, 6% polyester, and 1% spandex.  The quarter style sock features seamless toes, arch support, and air channels to reduce bulk, and have reinforced bottoms.  Men's sizes available are medium (5-9), large (9-12), and XL (12-15).

Natural Reflections Lifetime Guarantee Socks for ladies are available as well.  These socks feature double reinforced stitching in all stress zones.  This sock is made with 81% merino wool, 17% stretch nylon, and 2% spandex, these socks are also made with 100% fine grade itch-free wool against the skin from top to toe.  The Natural Reflections Ladies Sock is an all purpose sock as well as a great choice for a ladies hunting sock.  Ladies sizes available are small (4-6), medium (6-10), and large (10-12).

Lifetime socks can satisify your sock needs whether you are a hunter or just looking for something to keep your feet warm on those cold nights to an all around hiking or general purpose sock.  Lifetime socks are made in U.S.A. and can be purchase on line or at our retail store for $9.99.  These socks also feature the lifetime guarantee, which means if these socks ever wear out, you can return them for a free replacement pair.

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February Events at Bass Pro Shops Harrisburg

February at BPS

February is More Fish Month. The More Fish Campaign is a five-year initiative launched by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to raise awareness and funding to protect, conserve and enhance the nation's fish populations and their habitats. Make a donation at the register to be entered for chances to win a Bass Pro Shops gift card.

The More Fish Campaign objectives include the following priorities:

  • Restore the nation's fish and other aquatic life to healthy and thriving populations;
  • Increase public awareness, access and stewardship;
  • Protect, conserve and enhance the nation's rivers, lakes, estuaries, bays and coastal waters;
  • Work with conservation nonprofits, federal land and water management agencies and state fish and game agencies to support the conservation of fish and aquatic populations.
  • Work with corporations, foundations, individuals and others to raise additional financial resources to invest in priority fisheries conservation projects.

The need is real and the need is daily!  Take this opportunity to donate! The first of 8 Central PA Blood Bank visits will be held on Sat. Feb. 8 from 12pm – 4pm. Bass Pro gift cards will be available to those that donate. Some rules apply.

Are you interested in obtaining a conceal carry permit for PA or other states? Legal Heat will be in the store on Friday, Feb. 8 to conduct a class. The class is scheduled for 5pm-8:30pm in the Hunt Club at the store. For more details and to register, visit www.mylegalheat.com .

Do you possess a CDL? On Saturday, February 8 from 8am-2pm there will be a CDL job fair in the mall at the Bass Pro entrance. Many trucking firms will be on site to discuss hiring possibilities. Access to the job fair prior to 9am will be through the mall entrances only. For more details, contact Ron Walker @ 717-554-8157

 

Friday Night Fishing Demos are underway! We will continue to have Friday Night Fishing Demos through April. All demos will begin at 7pm and begin at the reel counter. Some demos will moved to the aquarium for further description. Check the website for all of the scheduled dates.

Two dates are scheduled for February. They are Feb. 14 & 28.

Feb. 14, the topic is Basic Trout Fishing: Where to go and What to Use in PA Waters.

Feb. 28, the topic is Fishing Rods: Matching the Power & Action of a Rod to the Technique

 

Can you fillet your own fish? Want to get better at it? Stop by and see the pros in action! On February 7, 8 and 9 from 11:00am – 1:30pm the folks from Limestone Springs Trout Preserve will be in the store showing off & sharing their filleting skills. They will also be frying those fillets using the Bass Pro Shops Better Breader and Cajun Shake seasoning to create a very tasty morsel! Samples will be available while supplies last.

 

Finishing off the month of February is the beginning of the Spring Fishing Classic! On Friday, Feb. 28 we will kick things off with the Preferred Rewards event. This event runs from 6pm – 9pm. Snacks will be provided for those Rewards customers invited to the event. Few details are available about the Pro visitors or activities for the classic but this is what we do know…

March 1 & 2 – BPS National Pros will visit the store to greet customers and give workshops

March 8 & 9 – Local Pros will be in the fishing depart to talk about product and to give workshops & demos

March 8 2pm – 4pm – Fish Frying demo and sampling

March15 & 16 – Next Generation Kid’s Event including the Catch & Release Pond

                     – Women’s Beginner Fishing Workshop

There will be workshops, demonstrations and other activities throughout the Spring Fishing Classic!

So as you see, February is a busy month that will lead us into more busy months and activities! Be sure to watch our Facebook page www.facebook.com/bpsharrisburg as well as www.basspro.com and select the Harrisburg page.

 

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Deep Fried Candy Bars

From the Camping Department at Bass Pro Shops Harrisburg, Pa:

Ready for a tasty and different sweet treat?  Well this easy to prepare treat requires just a few ingredients and a few minutes to create a dessert that will satisfy many of those who enjoy a sweet and different type of experience.

Appliances and supplies needed to prepare include a deep fryer, peanut or cottonseed oil, miniature candy bars, funnel cake mix, and a slotted spoon or frying skimmer.

Start by freezing a bag of mini candy bars either overnight or for several hours prior to making.  The next step in the process is to fire up your deep fryer.  Here at the store we use the Elite Maxi-Matic 3.5 quart electric deep fryer.  We then add either Turkey Gold Cotton Seed oil or Cajun Injector Peanut Oil and we bring that to a temperature of 375 degrees.  

The next step is to prepare the batter and we use Flossies Funnel Cake Mix and water.  Just add one cup of mix and 3/4 cup of water, mix until the batter is smooth and somewhat thick.  Dip each individual candy bar into the batter and make sure it is completely coated.  Then place the candy bar into the hot oil for about one minute, or until the batter turns light golden brown.  Remove the candy bar from the oil with a slotted spoon or frying skimmer and allow to cool for several minutes before eating, they will be hot!  

After mastering the basic ingredients and technique of frying these delicious treats, feel free to try the Flossies Apple Cinnamon mix to experience a slightly different batter flavor to your frying experience.  Remember, deep frying is just not for meats, veggies, and fish, and Bass Pro has found a way to help you create this delicious treat, your whole family will enjoy this sweet treat.  Enjoy!

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Local fishing report 10/13 to 10/19/2013

The river was at 3.5ft at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.2ft with 5,100CF of flow and 78 degrees.

Trip #1 was a half day AM bass trip and we caught 10 bass.  The largest was 18" and we caught them on top water lures and tubes.  We had 3.3ft-6,400CF-steady-clear and 70 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 28.50 and rising.

Trip #2 was a 4 hour PM catfish trip on Tuesday and we caught 11 flatheads and 1 channel cat.  The largest flathead was 19.4lbs and the channel cat was 26.5".  These are both angler award fish and we caught them all on live bait.  We had 3.3ft-6,100CF-steady-clear and 74 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.85 and steady.

Trip #3 was a half day bass trip on Wednesday and we caught 12 smallmouth and 3 stripers.  The largest smallie was 17" and the largest striper was 19".  We caught them on spinnerbaits and jigs.  We had 3.3ft-steady-5,400CF-clear and 72 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.00 and steady.

Trip #4 was a combination PM trip and we caught 50+ sunfish, 3 rock bass, 2 largemouth bass, 4 smallmouth bass, 2 chubs and 2 flatheads.  The largest flathead was 7.4lbs. we had 3.2ft-steady-5,400CF-clear and 75 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.95 and falling.

Trip #5 was a half day bass trip on Friday and we caught 20+ bass and 1 fallfish.  The largest bass was 19.5".  We caught them on top water and jigs.  We had 3.2ft-steady-5,200CF-clear and 76 degrees.   We had a barometric pressure of 29.85 and steady.

Trip #6 was a night trip for catfish and we caught 17 flatheads.  The largest 7.4lbs. and we caught them all on live bait.  We had 3.2ft-5,100CF-steady-clear and 78 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.85 and steady.

 

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Local Fishing Report 9/22 to 9/28/2013

The River was at 3.9ft at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.5ft with 8,500CF of flow and 68 degrees. 

Trip #1 was a full day trip on Tuesday and we caught 40+ bass, 1 channel cat, and 1 walleye.  The largest bass was 20.25" and we caught them on top water, spinnerbaits, and soft plastics on jigs.  We had 3.4ft-7,100CF-rising-clear and 66 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.90 and falling.

Trip #2 was on Tuesday and we fished from 5:15PM to 7:15PM and we caught 3 smallmouth, 1 largemouth, and 40+ sunfish.  We caught them all on jig/worm combo.

Trip #3 was a full day trip on Wednesday and we caught 35 bass and the largest was 20.25".  We caught them on top water and soft plastics on jigs.  We had 3.5ft-steady-8,600CF-clear and 67 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.00 and steady.

Trip #4 was on Thursday and we fished from 5:30PM to 7:00PM and we caught 10 bass and 1 fallfish.  The largest bass was 16" and the fallfish was 20".  We had 3.5ft-steady-8,000CF-clear and 69 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.00 and steady.

Trip #5 was on Friday and was a 6 hour combo trip and we caught 35+ sunfish, 1 walleye, 4 channel cats, and 2 flatheads.  The largest channel cat was 22", the walleye was 16.5", and the flathead was 26.4lbs.  We caught them on Sudden Impact, jig/worm combo and live bait.  We had 3.5ft-8,500CF-steady-clear and 70 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.10 and rising.

Trip #6 was a half day trip on Saturday morning and we caught 14 bass.  We caught them on top water, crankbaits, soft jerkbaits, and swimbaits.  We had 3.5ft-8,500CF-steady-clear and 68 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.25 and steady.

Trip #7 was a full day trip for flatheads and we caught 12 and the largest was 28.2lbs.  We caught them all on live bait.  We had 3.5ft-8,500CF-steady-clear and 68 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.25 and steady.

 

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Fishing and Fitness

I feel the level of fitness required for the sport of fishing depends on the type of fishing you will be doing. It is obvious that if you plan to sit on a bucket and cast out a bobber with a worm on the end of your line, the level of fitness needed will be very minimal. The challenging part of the trip will be lugging your equipment from the car to the bank of the lake or stream. Even if you break a sweat on the way to your secret spot on the lake, a cold one can be pulled out of the bucket to bring your comfort level back to normal. By all means, there is nothing wrong with this style of fishing. If nothing else it will get you out of the house for the day. I don't know of a more effective way to catch a catfish than to sink a bait to the bottom of your favorite fishing hole, and wait for a bite (Catfish Basics). This is one of my favorite ways to unwind after a tough day working at Bass Pro Shops. I wade out and cast a treble hook full of Sudden Impact into the river. It's never long until a nice sized channel catfish finds the end of my line, and all the frustrations from the day have vanished.

On the other hand, it can be a lot of work to catch a fish. Let me start with trout fishing. It is common for me to travel one or two miles of water during my quest to land a trout. Include walking while wearing a pair of White River waders (Buying Fly-Fishing Waders), and you will have earned yourself quite a workout. Don't forget, as you work your way upstream, it will be the same distance back to where you have parked your vehicle. Often I will hike a the beginning of my trip when I am feeling fresh. Since most of my trout angling is done in the evening hours, a difficult stroll in the dark is avoided by fishing my way back to the truck. If this is your method of fishing I recommend that you at least maintain an active lifestyle. There is no need to train to the point of finishing the Boston Marathon, but you should be able to hoof it a few miles at a comfortable pace. There is however one thing you should keep in mind. At an increased level of fitness, more enjoyment will be received from this type of fishing.

Donegal Creek

Donegal Creek always provides me with a beautiful, but challenging hike.

In my observations, wading for bass requires a bit more fitness for several reasons. You expend more energy during the fishing process. Burn a spinnerbait for a couple hours and you add a new element to your angling experience. When targeting trout, unless I am out with my sons, you will find me fly fishing. Although it looks tiring, it's really very easy if you allow the rod to do most of the work for you. Conventional trout fishing gear is small and light weight requiring little effort in casting and retrieving a lure. Throw some musky lures and you will earn a new respect for large tackle. Second, as you navigate a large river, the water is deeper and the current is much faster than your typical trout stream. More strength is needed to keep your footing. Our Susquehanna River is a mile at its widest point. It is easy to lose track of how far you have traveled and the time it took you to get there. Your trek back to shore can be a workout in itself. If night has arrived, it could also be very dangerous. One advantage is that there is no need for wearing those awkward waders. It is a great way to cool off during the hot summer months. Lastly, there is a need to cover more water when trying to locate fish resulting in the use of more energy. It is a huge factor while fly fishing for bass. Long casts with heavy streamers equals lots of work. Consider the stripping motion needed to retrieve your fly and you can count on a good nights sleep and sore muscles in the morning.

Conestoga River smallmouth from a kayak.Fishing a lake or river from a boat does not require the effort that it takes to wade. In this case endurance is the key to being successfull. Consecutive casts have to be maintained over a long period of time. While participating in a tournament you also have to keep up a high level of intensity and concentration that can become mentally exhausting. It is common to fish eight hours during an event so you may want to consider some light workouts to strengthen your abilities. The amount of your training should match the goals set for your fishing. In other words, you get out of it what you put into it. One thing that is often underestimated is getting the boat in and out of the water. Again, you don't have to be a world class athlete, but the more agile you are the easier this task will be. My favorite bass fishing comes from one of my three Ascend kayaks. They can be difficult to load and unload onto the vehicle, especially if you are alone. Most of your exercise will come from navigating a lake. I prefer to fish rivers but they consist of mostly floating and very little paddling. One negative to kayaking moving water is you need a drop off and a pick up automobile. If I get the urge to float a river by myself I head for the larger water. I'll look for a long stretch without rapids enabling me to get up river and drift my way back to my put-in spot. Rowing at the beginning is always my chosen method. There is nothing worse than having to load a kayak onto my truck after a long paddle

The fitness app I use tells me if you fish four hours while wearing waders, 2,368 calories will be burned. Standing on a boat four hours will take off 1,381. Even sitting on a bucket casting a worm and a bobber a total of four hours will get rid of 987. Running a mile at a ten minute pace will burn 164. I'm sure there is no need to mention my preferred method of burning calories. Know your body's limits. No one knows them better than you. If there is any doubt how much you can handle, see your physician for his or her approval. Ask yourself what level of fishing you want to achieve, then make strides to get there. If exercise is your method of choice, pick a program that you enjoy. If you like what you are doing there will be a greater chance of sticking with it. I am no tournament angler but I love to fish. Whether I am here working at Bass Pro Shops or playing catch in the backyard with my two sons, I try and live an active lifestyle. That is enough activity to meet my fishing needs. The most important advice I can give you is to go fishing. The best way to get into fishing shape is to fish.

Go Fish!

Troy Caslow

Troy Caslow

 

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October Events at Bass Pro Shops Harrisburg

October Activities at Bass Pro Shop

October is Ducks Unlimited month at BPS. How would you like to have a chance to win one of  ten $500 BPS gift cards? Make a $2 donation at any register and that’s exactly what could happen! 100% of all sales go directly to the local Ducks Unlimited chapters. Help out this worthy conservation group and all that they do for wildlife and wetlands!

Back by popular demand, we are once again doing demos each weekend in some of our departments. This month we have a great selection of samplings and instructional seminars. All demos/seminars are scheduled for 11am-2pm while supplies last.

In the Gift department ~  

On Oct. 5 & 6 try out Uncle Buck’s Biscuit mix with an assortment of our own jellies, jams & preserves. This is a yummy combo!

On Oct. 19&20 Try out the crunchy goodness of Uncle Buck’s Cabin Mix. Have you tried Uncle Buck’s Virginia Roasted Peanuts in Salted, Honey/Mustard, Bar-B-Q or Jalapeno flavor? They are sure to become another favorite crunchy treat!

In the Camping  department ~

Bloomin’ Onions are on the menu for Oct. 12 & 13. From the raw onion to the plate, learn how to make this tasty favorite from down under in your own kitchen!

Learn the steps to making sausage on Oct. 26 & 27. What seasonings, casing and grinding products work best for the items your family loves to eat.

 

Are you interested in learning to fillet your fish in a more efficient manner or is filleting a skill that you haven’t yet checked off the skills list? Come into the store on Sat. Oct. 12 at 10am. The talented folks from Limestone Springs Trout Preserve will be here to show you their skills and share their knowledge. As always, this is a free seminar! See what supplies are needed to make the job go smoothly and have fun while you’re doing it! Maybe you would like to sample how good trout tastes in Uncle Buck’s seasonings and deep fried. Samples and recipe ideas will also be available 10am-1pm.

Ever wonder what it takes to take a deer you have harvested and serve it to your family and friends? On Sat. Oct. 12 beginning at 1pm, we will be doing a demo showing how to prepare your deer for butchering, designating the parts of the deer needed and finally what items and equipment is needed to make those food items. Whether you want roasts, sausage or jerky, find out the tried and true methods! Samples of some items will be available.

Once again this year, we will be doing Halloween in BP style! The Peanuts Gang will again be hanging out in the pumpkin patch just waiting for the ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates to come visit. Girls and boys can have their picture taken with the gang and receive a FREE 4x6 photo! Photo packages will be available for purchase. A special Halloween themed pin will be given to the first 100 kids that have photos taken on weeknights.  Trick or Treat and do a craft each weeknight from 6pm-7pm. Photos will be taken weeknights from 5pm-8pm. Weekends we will have additional activities and different hours. Photos on Saturdays & Sundays will be noon-5pm & craft is scheduled for 1pm-5pm. We will have a costume parade on Saturdays starting promptly at 4pm. Prizes and give-a-ways will be distributed at 5pm. On Sundays, from 2pm-3pm the kids can participate in a Scavenger Hunt!  Find the 8 items hidden in the departments and receive a prize! This was a lot of fun last year! On Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31 we will be doing a special pumpkin craft from 6pm – 8pm!

So you see BPS has something for everyone in October. Whether it’s to broaden your horizons, hone your skills, or just to hang out with Charlie, Snoopy & Lucy come visit us at BP Harrisburg. You will be glad you did! For more details on any of these topics please visit www.bassproshops.com and select our store in the pull-down menu. Also, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bpsharrisburg

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Local Fishing Report 9/15 to 9/21/2013

The river was at 3.9ft at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.9ft with 13,600CF of flow and 72 degrees.

Trip #1 was a half day AM trip on Tuesday and we caught 16 bass and 1 walleye.  The largest  Bass was 18" and the Walleye was 14.5".  We caught them on Rattle Baits and Zell Pops.  We had 3.9ft-13,500CF-falling-clear and 66 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.30 and steady.

Trip #2 was a full day trip on Tuesday and we caught 25 bass and 1 walleye.  The largest bass was 20" and the walleye was also 20".  We caught them on top water and spinnerbaits.  We had 3.9ft-falling-13,500CF-clear and 66 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.30 and steady.

Trip #3 was on Wednesday and we fished from 7AM to 11AM and we caught 20+ bass.  The largest was 20" and we caught them on top water and spinnerbaits.  We had 3.7ft-steady-10,800CF-clear and 74 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.30 and falling.

Trip #4 was on Wednesday and we fished from 5:30PM to 7:30PM and we caught 12 channel cats.  The largest was 24.25" and we caught them all on Sudden Impact.  We had 3.7ft-steady-10,800CF-clear and 74 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.30 and falling.

Trip #5 was on Thursday and we fished from 7AM to 11AM and we caught 15 bass.  The largest was 19.25" and we caught them on top water, jigs, and spinnerbaits.  We had 3.6"-9,900CF-steady-clear and 76 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.90 and steady.

Trip #6 was a half day trip on Saturday Morning and we caught 10 bass.  We caught them on Top Water and tubes.  We had 3.5-8,000CF-falling-clear and 71 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.70 and falling with extreme wind out of the south.

Trip #7 was a half day AM trip on Saturday and we caught 25 channel cats.  We had 3 angler award fish and the largest was 7.1lbs.  We caught them all on Sudden Impact.  We had 3.5ft-8,000CF-falling-clear and 71 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.70 and falling with extreme wind out of the south.

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Local Fisihing Report 9/8 to 9/14/2013

The River was at 3.9ft at the beginnig of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.9ft with 13,600CF of flow and 72 degrees

Trip #1 was a half day trip and we caught 21 bass.   The largest was 18" and we caught them on Salty Spider Jigs and Zell Pops.  We had 3.8Ft-12,200CF-falling-clear and 80 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure and steady.

Trip #2 was on Wednesday andn we had a 12 boat outing and we fished from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM and we caught 18 bass per boat and we also had 2 channel cats.  The largest bass was 19.5" and the largest channel cat was 26".  We caught them on jigs, top water, crank baits, rattle baits, Spinnerbaits and soft jerkbaits.  We had 3.5ft-steady-8,800CF-clear and 81 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.00 and falling.

Trip #3 was on Saturday evening and we had 2 boats out for a full day trip.  We caught 11 channel cats and 24 flatheads.  The largest channel cat was 20" and we caught them all on Sudden Impact.  The largest flathead that was29-10lbs., this was an Angler Award fish and we caught them all on live bait.  We also had another Angler Award Fish and it was 29-3lbs.  We had 3.5ft-rising-8,400CF-clear and 72 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.20 and falling.

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Local Fishing Report 9/1 to 9/7/2013

The river was at 3.3ft at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.3ft with 20,200CF of flow and 75 degrees.

Trip #1 was on Tuesday and we fished from 4PM to 7PM and caught 5 bass.  The largest was 19" and we caught them all on spinnerbaits.  We had 3.5ft-8,500CF-rising-clear and 82 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.60 and rising.  We had extreme wind.

Trip #2 was on Wednesday and we fished from 1:30PM to 5:30PM and we caught 20+ smallmouth and 1 walleye.  The largest bass was 19" and the walleye was 21".  We caught them on spinnerbaits and stickbaits.  We had 3.6ft-rising-9,400CF-clear and 81 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.80 and rising.

Trip #3 was on Thursday and we fished from 2PM to 5:30PM and we caught 10 bass.  The largest bass was 17" and we caught them on spinnerbaits and soft plastics.  We had 4.0-rising-15,100CF-stained and 79 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.20 and falling.

Trip #4 was on Friday and we fished from 11AM to 3PM and we caught 10 bass.  The largest was 18" and we caught them on spinnerbaits and soft plastics.  We had 4.2ft-rising-20,200CF-clear and 76 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.20 and steady.There was alot of grass and slime floating.

Trip #5 was a half day PM on Friday and we caught 9 channel cats and 3 flatheads.  The largest channel cat was 26.25" and weighed 5.3lbs, and the largest flathead was 15.3lbs.  We caught all but one channel cat on Sudden Impact and we caught the flatheads on live bait.  We had 4.2ft-rising-20,200CF-clear and 76 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.20 and steady.  No matter where I moved to i could not get out of the floating debris so we constantly had grass and slime pulling on our lines.

We will not be fishing on Saturday as I had my fill of fighting grass and slime on Friday night. 

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Local Fishing Report 8/18 to 8/24 2013

The river was at 3.7ft. at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.5ft. with 8,200CF of flow and 81 degrees.

Trip #1 was on Tuesday and we fished from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM and we caught 20+ bass.  The largest was 18".  We caught them on spinnerbaits, soft plastics, and top water.  We had 3.7ft-steady-10,800CF-clear and 78 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.00 and steady.

Trip #2 was a half day PM trip on Tuesday and we caught 11 channel cats and 11 flatheads.  The largest channel cat was 24.5" and the largest flathead was over 30lbs.  Those of you who fish with us know how we mark our catfish and it appears we caught this fish in May.  It was 42" long.  We had 3.7ft-steady-10,800CF-clear and 78 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.00 and steady.

Trip #3 was on Tuesday from 9AM to Noon and we caught 11 Bass.  The largest was 19" and we caught them on top water.  We had 3.7ft-steady-10,800CF-clear and 78 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.00 and steady.

Trip #4 was on Wednesday and we fished from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and we caught 20+ bass.  The largest was 20" and we caught them on top water, soft plastics, and spinnerbaits.  We had 3.6ft-steady-10,100CF-clear and 76 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.90 and falling.

Trip #5 was a half day AM channel cat trip on Saturday and nwe caught 25 channel cats.  The largest was 20" and we caught them all on Team Catfish Sudden Impact.  We had 3.5ft-steady-8,200CF-Clear and 76-81 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.20 and steady.

Trip #6 was a half day PM catfish trip and we caught 2 channel cats and 2 flatheads.  The largest channel cat was 24" and the largest flathead was 6#.  We caught them all on live bait.  We had 3.5ft.-steady-8,200CF-clear-81 degrees.  We had a Barometric pressure of 30.20 and steady.

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September Happenings at Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg

The Last big blast of summer will start September off with a BANG!  Come into the store for a Hometown Festival on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1.  The activities will run noon-5PM and will include something for all kids, young and old!  The list would begin with the Daisy BB range, create a wood duck craft, have your face painted, test your skills at the casting buckets and your luck at the old fashioned duck pond!  What would a festival be with out food?  We will be serving free hot dogs both days from 1PM to 4PM and homemade ice cream too, made with our own Elite Gourmet 6qt. ice cream maker.

September is Boy Scout Month at Bass Pro Shops nationwide.  By supporting this cause each store will give the councils opportunities to raise not only funds, but awareness.  You also may have noticed scouts selling hot dogs and popcorn in our store.  This gives them access to potential sales and helps them take steps toward earning their merit badges.  You can help support scouts by making a $2 or $5 donation.  Sometimes it helps to know just where your money is going when you make a donation.  This time it's very easy, 50% stays right here in our local council! 

Do you have a Conceal Carry Permit?  Are you thinking about getting one?  On Friday, September 6th from 5PM to 8:30PM Legal heat will be in our hunt club to offer the preliminary steps toward getting a permit which will allow you to carry in 35 states.  For more details or to register, go to www.mylegalheat.com.  Remember, this is just the steps towards a Conceal Carry Permit, not the actual permit that night.

Attention all you waterfowl enthusiasts!  The weekend of September 14 & 15 from 10AM to 5PM Bass Pro Shops we will be holding the Waterfowl Weekend Event!  There will be and assortment of vendor reps in the store as well as non-profit groups that have a passion for waterfowl hunting.  FYI-Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Association and Ducks Unlimited are planing to be here.

Here's some trivia...Did you know that September 21st is National Hunting and Fishing Day?  Take a walk into the woods or throw a line in the creek!  Whatever you do, take somebody with you that my not have gone on their own.  Share the experience....share the legacy.

If you are reading this then you are a facebook friend of BPS Harrisburg.  How about being a friend to all your other Facebook friends and turn them on to our Facebook?  There are so many things that we are posting you up-to-date in the hunting and fishing world!  We want to expand the things that we share.  Your harvest, big catches, as well as the activities going on in the store. 

Well this will wrap up the month of September, I hope that October is as jam packed with exciting events as September.  I know that our Halloween event is right around the corner, each year it gets better!

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Father/Son Susquehanna River Catfishing Trip

     As the manager of the fishing department at Bass Pro Shops I am constantly searching out the latest techniques and baits used on our local waters. As a father I am forever searching for ways to entice my two sons to put away their video games and go outdoors where two young boys belong. Often times the two go hand in hand. When they do coincide it is a win win situation for everyone. I of course have to compile my "product research", and the boys get a fun day out of the house.
   

  I can always rely on our Bass Pro Shops pro staff and local guide Rod Bates to keep me up on the latest techniques he is using. Rod can frequently be found giving fishing workshops at Bass Pro Shops. It benefits me to know what he is using so I can fill the customer demand after his demonstrations are over. This summer he invited the boys and me to join his Koinania Guide Service on the Susquehanna River fishing for channel catfish. He had been using a new bait called Sudden Impact from Team Catfish and wanted me to experience it. I have never been one to pass on a great opportunity so I gathered the boys and met Rod at a local boat launch on the river.
    

The Sudden Impact performed flawlessly. We couldn't keep the catfish off of our lines when we used it with a #4 treble hook, egg sinker, swivel, and Team Catfish sinker bumper. Much of the time Rod couldn't keep the four rods we were using baited and in the water. When it was all said and done the boys had boated 30 catfish between them. There were numerous doubles and very little down time between fish. The best way to keep two boys happy is to keep them busy. It wasn't until we ran out of Sudden Impact and had to switch to another bait that the boys became restless. With the bite slowing to a crawl, the two brothers were spending less time fishing and more time testing each other's nerves. This seemed like the perfect time to end our fishing for the day so we headed for shore leaving Micah and Noah with one of their favorite fishing trips of all time. It left me with the reassurance that Sudden Impact was a must carry for the Bass Pro Shops in Harrisburg, PA.
    

It is easy to catch fish when someone else is baiting your hook. After all, it's Rod's job. If he doesn't get you any fish, you would not be likely to book Koinonia Guide Service again. Noah, my youngest son, and I headed out to the Conestoga River to see how Sudden Impact would perform without the help of a professional guide. We would be wading the Conestoga since it is too shallow for boats. For a young boy of seven, this adds swimming to the list of fun for the day. There would be no disappointment, this trip would leave him soaked from head to toe. Our first hook up was almost the size of Noah. As the fish rolled we got a good look at it and Noah's eyes doubled in size. He handed me the rod and headed for the bank. It was a little intimidating for a guy of 45 pounds. Unfortunately it broke us off and we didn't get a chance for a close encounter. The Sudden Impact once again performed perfectly. It continued to do so for the rest of that trip and every trip there after.
     

Team Catfish has truly outdone themself. Sudden Impact has consistently caught fish for us on every outing. It's ease of use compliments it's effectiveness. A bare treble hook is all that is needed for this fiber enriched bait. Thank you Team Catfish for not only helping to create great fishing stories, but for the memories my sons will carry with them long after I am gone.

 

 

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Local Fishing Report 7/28 to 8/3 2013

The River was at 4.5ft at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 3.8ft with 12,100CF of flow and 75 degrees.

Trip #1 was on Monday and we fished from 4:30 to 7:00PM and we caught 12 smallmouth.  The largest was 15" and we caught them all on spinnerbaits, stickbaits, crankbaits, and jigs.  We had 4.0ft-steady-15,600CF-clear and 83 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.00 and steady.

Trip #2 was on Tuesday and we fished from 9:00AM to 4:00PM and we caught 30 smallmouth.  The largest was 19" and we caught them on stickbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs.  We had 3.9ft-steady-14,000CF-clear and 80 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.10 and falling

Trip #3 was on Tuesday and we fished from 2:45 to 4:30PM and we caught 50+ sunfish.  We caught them all on jig/worm combo.  We had 3.9ft-steady-14,000CF-clear and 80 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.10 and falling.

Trip #4 was on tuesday and we fished from 2:30 to 5:30PM andn we caught 20+ bass and the largest was 18".  We caught them on stickbaits, spinnerbaits, and jigs.  We had the same conditions as noted in #2.

Trip #5 was a half day combo catfish trip on Wednesday and we caught 14 channel cats and 3 flatheads.  The largest Channel cat was 22" and the largest flathead was 7lbs.  We caught the channel cats on Sudden Impact and we caught the flatheads on live bait.  We had 3.9ft-steady-clear-and 79 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 30.00 and falling.

Trip #6 was a full day combo cat trip and we caught 15 channel cats and 6 flatheads.  The largest channel cat was 22.5" and the largest flathead was 14lbs.  We caught the channel cats on Sudden Impact and the flatheads on live bait.

Trip #7 was a half day bass trip and we caught 20+ smallmouth and the largest was 17.75".  We caught them on crankbaits and wacky rigged dingers.  We had 3.8ft-12,100CF-falling-clear and 75 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.80 and steady with rain.

Please let us know how you are making out with the Sudden Impact bait from Team Catfish.  The Harrisburg Bass Pro is now carrying Team Catfish bait and gear.  Just ask one of our associates in the fishing department if we do not have what you are looking for.

 

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Local Fishing Report 7/21 to 7/27/2013

Hello Everyone,

The River was at 4.0ft. at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 4.5ft with 24,100CF of flow and 80 degrees.

Trip #1 was a half day PM trip on Monday and we caught 15 channel cats and 3 bass.  The largest channel cat was 25" and the largest smallmouth was 16".  We caught the channel cats on Sudden Impact and the bass were on a tube.  We had 3.7ft-Steady-11,500CF-clear and 85 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.60 and steady.

Trip #2 was a half day PM trip on Tuesday and we caught 22 channel cats.  The largest was 25.5" and we caught them all on Sudden Impact.  We had 3.8ft-Steady-11,500CF-muddy and 83.5 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.60 and falling.

Trip #3 was a full day catfish trip and we caught 17 channel cats and 17 flatheads.  The largest channel cat was 21" and the largest flathead was 32lbs.  We caught all but two of the channel cats on Sudden Impact.  We had 5 angler award qualifying flatheads on this trip.  We had 3.7ft-Rising-11,000CF-clear and 80 degrees.  We had a barometric pressure of 29.50 and steady.

Trip #4 was on Thursday afternoon and we fished from 4PM to 6:30PM and we did 15+ bass and the largest was 20".  We caught them on stickbaits.  We had same conditions as noted in #3 trip above.

Trip #5 was a 4 hour catfish trip.  We had 2 boats out and we caught 7 channel cats and 5 flatheads.  the largest channel cat was 21.5" and the largest flathead was 12lbs.  We caught the channels on Sudden Impact and the flatheads on live bait.

Please let us know how you are making out with the Sudden Impact Bait from Team Catfish.  The Harrisburg Bass Pro Shops is now carrying Team Catfish bait and gear.  Should we not have what you are looking for then ask one of our associates in the Fishing Department to order it in for you.  The Sudden Impact bait was awesome, we have constant action out on the water when using this bait.

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