Planning your Fall Hunting Strategy

I am already planning my hunting destinations for this fall.  I started my planning at the Bass Pro Shops in Katy, Texas where we had a chance to look at all the new gear and speak to a local expert for some tips and tricks.  I always enjoy the store they always have something going on that keeps me coming back.  They hooked me up with the information below and I wanted to share it.  Have a productive season I hope this helps get you started.

 

Annual Public Hunting (APH) Permit - $48

  • A valid Texas hunting license along with any required stamp endorsements is required in addition to the APH Permit to participate in hunting opportunities offered through the public hunting program. Please visit Licenses for more information.
  • Issued to an individual and valid from date of purchase through August 31 of that license year (Sept. 1-Aug. 31).
  • Provides access to almost million acres of land for hunting, fishing, camping, and other recreational activities during operating hours. Sites include some State Parks, U.S. Forest Service lands, and Wildlife Management Areas.
  • Offers more than 200 different areas, including approximately 140 special dove and small game hunting units.
  • Many areas are open year-round to permit holders.
  • Hunt a wide variety of species including deer, dove, feral hogs, quail, squirrel, turkey, waterfowl, and other legal game.
  • Regular/daily hunting permit fees (see below) are waived for holders of the APH Permit.
  • The APH Permit waives any applicable daily hunting permit fees.
  • Youth under age 17 may hunt free with a permitted adult.
  • Only permit holders receive a Map Booklet for Public Hunting Lands listing available areas, facilities, maps, rules, and schedules.
  • APH Permits are available at TPWD law enforcement offices and all license vendors (a place which sells hunting and fishing licenses) or by calling 1-800-TX-LIC-4U (menu choice 1 for license sales and paying by Visa, Discover or MasterCard). You can also purchase permits online. If the permit is purchased at a TPWD office, the Map Booklet will be provided immediately at the time of purchase; otherwise, publications will be mailed to the purchaser within two weeks of purchase.

 

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Want to be a better Shot

Accurate shooting is an art.  Come on over the the Bass Pro Shops to learn more about proper shooting techniques and learn the secrets of accurate shooting from one of our local experts. We have a wide selection of rifles and ammo to get you dialed in and with practice you will be amazed of how well you will be shooting.

Most shooters recognize that there's no substitute for time spent at the range. They know that to become a competent rifleman, a shooter needs to practice. A whole lot, in fact.

Unfortunately, most of us can't get to the firing line as often as we'd like. Family commitments, work and life get in the way. So we don't pick up our rifles as much as we should and, when we do make it to the range, we're generally not as prepared as we should be.
 
Luckily, there's a whole lot a shooter can do during the off time. I'm referring to common sense preparations and practices that can, and will, promote better shooting. With that in mind, here are a few suggestions that will help you make the most of that precious range time when the blessed day finally arrives.

A User-friendly Caliber

Though it's rarely spoke of, one of the most important steps to better shooting is buying a quality rifle in a caliber that you can handle. Your rifle, after all, is the foundation on which you'll build your marksmanship.

Yes, it's nice to own a large caliber rifle that's capable of slaying a rogue elephant or two, but if you can't shoot it well, or if it's overkill for the game you hunt, where's the gain?

Your choice of caliber shouldn't be guided by the latest trends in your favorite rifle magazine or some macho notion of what constitutes a "real man's" caliber. Instead, it should be strongly influenced by your physical stature, sensitivity to recoil and the game you hunt. If you're an inexperienced shooter, it doesn't hurt to err on the side of lighter recoil either -- you can always buy a heavier caliber after you've gained more experience.

Simply put, you'll never develop good shooting habits if your chosen caliber punishes you every time you send a round downrange. Instead, you'll develop a flinch and, in time, a strong aversion to shooting it. That's why it's far wiser to get a rifle that you can manage; after all, when it comes right down to it, shooting is about shot placement. And a shooter who doesn't flinch places shots more accurately every time.

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VIP Discount Card

Wow!!!  The Katy Bass Pro Shops is at it again, a new VIP card on new boats that you can purchase in store items for additional savings.  This is a great offer, please come on down to the Bass Pro Shops in Katy Texas for complete details and review the official offer.

We are in the middle of the boating season and with plenty of time to get out and enjoy the local lakes with your family and friends now is the best time to get the right boat at the right value.

Did you know that boating brings families closer together and gives your family a rest form all the stress of daily living?

Katy, Texas is the number one Tracker boat dealer in the state and we will work hard to earn your business.  We have a dedicated sales tea and a service group that can help keep you in top shape and on the water.

 

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Fishing In Galvaston

Come on over to the Katy Bass Pro shops to speak to the gulf fishing experts.  We have the tackle and the knowledge you will need to consistently produce.

Around Galveston, fishing is improving, with both offshore and inshore providing lots of action and some nice catches.

Crystal Beach, reported fishing getting better each day last week in East Bay. Mid-bay oyster shell has been producing some of the best fish for anglers using free-lined live croaker for bait.
 

Fishing is getting better each day. The croaker bite is in full swing and should last through mid-September.  Target trout early and reds during midday. Most of the reds caught are slots, with a few bulls up to 34 inches hitting.

King, ling, dorado and red snapper are making the news offshore where anglers fishing structure in 80 to 125 feet of water are taking easy two-fish limits of red snapper along with most of our summertime surface fish. Larger Dorado are beginning to show up around the rigs, with lots of the smaller fish stacked up around weed lines.

Party boats are producing Red snapper a variety of other species are being taken as well. Fishing areas south of Galveston, including the remnants of the wreck of the V.A. Fogg, lots of good fishing can be had on this wreck
 

The 61st Street Fishing Pier. Reported catches of whiting, sand trout, gafftop and blacktip sharks so it looks like it is time to get out on the water and enjoy some Texas coast fishing.

 

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Boating In Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife offers up these Boating questions and answers.  Take some time to increase your knowledge or come on down to the Bass Pro Shops in Katy, Texas and let us help you better understand the requirements for our local Lakes.

 

1. Who must take boater education?

Anyone born on or after September 1, 1993.

  • any vessel over 15 horsepower,
  • wind-blown vessel over 14 feet and
  • all personal watercraft.

Some violations of the Water Safety Act also require course completion.

A partial list of these violations is in the Digest of the Water Safety Act.

2. What does the course cost?

Fees start at $20 for a basic course.

3. Who must be certified to operate a vessel alone?

In Texas a person cannot operate a windblown vessel over 14 feet in length, a motorboat with more than 15 horsepower, or personal watercraft unless he/she:

  • was born on or after September 1, 1993 and has passed a boater education class or equivalency examination prescribed by the department.
  • is 18 years of age and can lawfully operate the motorboat and is on board the motor boat when underway.
  • is at least 13 years of age and have successfully completed a boater education course approved by the Department.

4. Who can operate a PWC?

NOTE: Children under 13 are specifically prohibited from operating a PWC unless accompanied on board by a person at least 18 years of age.

To operate a PWC, the operator must meet one of the following:

  • Born on or after September 1, 1993 and passed a boater education class or equivalency examination prescribed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, or
  • born before September 1, 1993, or,
  • Persons requiring boater education who have not competed it must be accompanied by a person 18 years of age (who can legally operate) or older, or
  • At least 13 years of age and have passed a boater education course or equivalency examination prescribed by the department.

5. Is there a minimum operator age?

To operate a vessel alone in Texas, a boater must be 13 years of age to operate a vessel of more than 15 horsepower; or windblown vessel over 14 feet in length; and meet the requirements as stated above.

6. What forms of identification does a person have to carry on board?

Persons subject to this law must have a picture identification card and a boater certification card issued by the department in their possession.

7. Are there any exemptions to the mandatory education law?

A person born before September 1, 1993.

8. Is there another way a person can get certified, other than taking an approved classroom course?

A person may take a home study course by completing an online certification course or by purchasing a home study video and workbook from Kalkomey, Inc., 14086 Proton Road, Dallas, Texas 75244, phone: 1-800-830-2268.

9. Can I be required to take a boater education course?

Courts have the authority to require a boater education course for violators of certain offenses.

10. May I have an open container on a boat?

Open containers are legal, but operators of boats are subject to boating while intoxicated laws, similar to driving a vehicle. Operators or passengers may also be subject to public intoxication laws. Drinking and boating is DANGEROUS and the cause of most boating fatalities.

11. Where can I learn more about Boater Education?

We have information about the program, weather and buoy symbols...even a quiz on our Boater Education page.

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4 Principles of Safe Boating:

  1. Wearing life jackets save lives
  2. Boater Education saves lives
  3. Safe Boats save lives
  4. Sober boating saves lives

 

 

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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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The New Mako Skiff

Mako Skiff

SkiffCome on down to the Katy Bass Pro Tracker Showroom and look at the new Mako Skiffs.  They are the finest in the industry.  Our sales associats and our friendly staff are ready to serve you.

Windswept bays. Choppy inland lakes.

MAKO has combined 45 years of experience crafting the most rugged fishing boats on the water with a next generation hull design to create the Pro 17 Skiff CC.

With the Advanced Inverted V (AIV) hull design, wide beam and foam-filled construction, it provides a smooth, dry ride and stable platform through rougher conditions. And, the Pro 17 Skiff CC will do it all while carrying larger loads with power from a smaller-horsepower engine.

Thanks to the Advanced Inverted V (AIV) hull, this boat provides a great dry, smooth ride through chop, as well as amazing load carrying abilities. All while being powered with smaller, more efficient outboard engines!

That amazing hull design, as well as the long list of features throughout, helped the Pro Skiff series win the 2012 NMMA Innovation Award for Fishing Craft up to 24' at the Miami International Boat Show!

Inside, the Pro 17 Skiff CC also provides features for a full day of angling, including a baitwell, rod holders, casting decks and wide-open casting spaces!

All riding on a custom-fit trailer, and all at an industry-leading value price!

All we are missing is you!!!!!!

 

 


 

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Feral Hog Hunting

AUSTIN, Texas According to survey results compiled by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, 74% of Texas’ 254 counties contain feral hog populations. There is a good chance Texas Parks & Wildlife Department offers feral hog hunting opportunities in those counties on almost 1 million acres of Public Hunting Lands scattered across the state.

Right now is as good a time as any to hit the woods feral hog hunting. Given the drought conditions across the state, hunters can anticipate feral hogs being around whatever water sources are available, especially with acorn-producing trees nearby.

In East Texas there are several Wildlife Management Areas that offer year-round hog hunting, but staff recommends keying in on those areas associated with rivers such as Alabama Creek, Alazan Bayou, Angelina Neches/Dam B, North Toledo Bend, and Blue Elbow Swamp Wildlife Management Areas.

With the purchase of a hunting license and a $48 Annual Public Hunting Permit, hunters will be mailed a publication that includes maps, legal game box descriptions, and means and methods of hunting for each and every Wildlife Management Area, Public Hunting Land, State Park, etc…available in our Public Hunting Program.

Additionally, folks can digitally-scout these areas before heading down the highway by visiting http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/public/lands/maps/



Read more at Ammoland.com: http://www.ammoland.com/2011/12/01/texas-feral-hog-public-hunting-opportunities/#ixzz1vE4IXtCa

 

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Boating Safety

It is time again to think about baat Safty.  Please make sure that you have the necessary Life jackets to have a fun and safe ime on the water.

At Bass Pro Shops we have a full line of Life jackets to fit you and your families every need. Our associats are ready to assist you today!!!

Boaters enjoy the feel of sun and spray. So it’s tempting to boat without wearing a life jacket – especially on nice days. But modern life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Many are thin and flexible. Some are built right into fishing vests or hunter coats. Others are inflatable — as compact as a scarf or fanny pack until they hit water, when they automatically fill with air.

There’s no excuse not to wear a life jacket on the water!
 

Things to Know:

  • Certain life jackets are designed to keep your head above water and help you remain in a position which permits proper breathing. 
     
  • To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and over must have at least one Type IV throwable device as well.
  • All states have regulations regarding life jacket wear by children.
     
  • Adult-sized life jackets will not work for children. Special life jackets are available. To work correctly, a life jacket must be worn, fit snugly, and not allow the child’s chin or ears to slip through.
  •  Life jackets should be tested for wear and buoyancy at least once each year. Waterlogged, faded, or leaky jackets should be discarded.
     
  • Life jackets must be properly stowed.
     
  • A life jacket — especially a snug-fitting flotation coat or deck-suit style — can help you survive in cold water.

How Do Life Jackets Save Lives?

  •  When capsized in rough water.
  •  When sinking in unexpectedly heavy sea conditions.
  •  When thrown from the boat as a result of a collision.
  •  When injured by rocks or submerged objects.
  •  When unconscious from carbon monoxide fumes.
  •  When tossed into freezing water.
  •  When thrown off balance while fishing.
  •  When unable to swim because of heavy or waterlogged clothing.

 
All recreational boats must carry one wearable lifejacket (Type I, II, III or Type V lifejacket) for each person aboard. A Type V lifejacket provides performance of either a Type I, II, or III lifejacket (as marked on its label) and must be used according to the label requirements. Any boat 16ft and longer (except canoes and kayaks) must also carry one throwable lifejacket (Type IV lifejacket).

Lifejackets must be

  • Coast Guard approved,
  • in good and serviceable condition, and
  • the appropriate size for the intended user.

Accessibility

  • Wearable lifejackets must be readily accessible.
  • You must be able to put them on in a reasonable amount of time in an emergency (vessel sinking, on fire, etc.).
  • They should not be stowed in plastic bags, in locked or closed compartments or have other gear stowed on top of them.
  • The best lifejacket is the one you will wear.
  • Though not required, a lifejacket should be worn at all times when the vessel is underway. A wearable lifejacket can save your life, but only if you wear it.
  • Throwable devices must be immediately available for use.

Inflatable Lifejackets

  • Inflatable lifejackets may be more comfortable to wear.
  • The best lifejacket is the one you will wear.
  • Inflatable lifejackets require the user to pay careful attention to the condition of the device.
  • Inflatable lifejackets must have a full cylinder and all status indicators on the inflator must be green, or the device is NOT serviceable, and does NOT satisfy the requirement to carry lifejackets.
  • Coast Guard Approved Inflatable lifejacket's are authorized for use on recreational boats by person at least 16 years of age.

Child Lifejacket Requirements

Some states require that children wear lifejackets

  • applies to children of specific ages
  • applies to certain sizes of boats
  • applies to specific boating operations

Check with your state boating safety officials.

Child lifejacket approvals are based on the child's weight. Check the "User Weight" on the label, or the approval statement that will read something like "Approved for use on recreational boats and uninspected commercial vessels not carrying passengers for hire, by persons weighing __ lbs". They can be marked "less than 30", "30 to 50", "less than 50", or "50 to 90".

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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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Heavy bullets for the 44 Magnum

 

There is a popular trend among handgun hunters towards heavier bullets, with the goal of increased penetration. While a 300 grain bullet in either a .44 Magnum or a .45 Colt will shoot through a deer from pretty much any angle, many hunters dream of hunting larger game, and spend a lot of time thinking about even heavier bullets to obtain similar performance on elk, moose, buffalo and the like. This door to this level of revolver performance was opened by J. D. Jones back in the early 1980s when he introduced his cast bullet designs and most notably the 320 grain SSK .44 Magnum bullets.  At that point in time, most bullet manufacturers were limiting their .44 bullets to 250-265 grains.  Many saw a need for well-designed heavier bullets and answered that need by developing heavier bullet molds. In the years that have passed since, several manufacturers have followed suit with their own designs. The question then arises as to when does more weight become too much weight for the .44 Magnum? The "conventional wisdom" is that a 300 grain bullet (either cast or jacketed) is the optimum "heavy bullet" weight for the .44 Magnum, and that anything heavier compromises terminal performance by limiting muzzle velocity. Is this really true, or is it just more gun-shop hot air? The 320 grain SSK has an excellent reputation, having taken everything from elk to elephant, but are some of the newer .44 heavyweights even better? There are commercial .44 Magnum loads that go up to 350 grains, and commercial hard cast bullets that allow the hand loader to go as heavy as 405 grains.  I think it is time for a trip to the Bass Pro Shops to get some additional advise from experts.

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Conservation Is Very Important

 

So if catch and release is a foregone conclusion, then what can we do to go a step beyond? Here are some out-of-the-box things we can do, lifestyle choices we can make, that will indirectly benefit our resource.

 Do catch and release well. It’s not enough just to throw ‘em back. You want to be sure that your released fish will live after they swim away. There’s a lot to proper catch and release, but in a nutshell, keep the fish in the water as much as possible, handle it as little as possible, and know that single barbless hooks fished with artificial flies or lures have the least impact and the best chance for fish survival.

 Clean up after "the other guy." It doesn’t seem to matter if I am visiting an urban park pond or hiking into a mountain stream, I always seem to be able to find litter from "the other guy." On a trip to Texas, I snagged on something on the bottom of a canal and began to pull. Slowly, my hook began moving back toward me. After some effort, I managed to pull a large, snarled monofilament net - clogged with dead and decaying fish. The most heinous left-behind items are line (sometimes with hooks attached!) nets, plastic 6-pack holders, and plastic bags. However, all the trash diminished the outdoor experience while polluting the waters and decreasing habitat. I’ve gotten in the practice of carrying a garbage bag in my box, backpack or vest. It’s a sad testament that I’m almost always able to carry it out full, but I make an immediate, visible, positive impact on every spot I visit, which makes me feel great about what "just one person" is able to do. Imagine how quickly we will combat "the bad seeds" when we all start pitching in! Another fact - clean areas get less trash pollution than already polluted ones, so your legacy will continue after you do a little clean-up.

Control your boat speed. The "run and gun" style of fishing has really caught on in the last 10 years. The idea is to spend as little time between spots as possible, and the most time fishing. It also means moving from one spot to another often rather than pounding one spot after it’s been quickly searched for fish. Unfortunately, it also means more wakes from fast boats, often very close to fragile shorelines. Deterioration of shorelines may not seem like a big deal, but shore structure is critical for the small critters that feed the big critters we’re after. A complex shoreline is much more effective in supporting life than one that has been washed away by heavy wave action. Cruise out of those small coves and bays slowly, and open up the throttle when you’re out on the main lake. This doesn’t eliminate impacts of wave action on shorelines, but it’s a start.

Help us all Pass It On.

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Kids love to Fish

Passing it On is simple.

1. Keep it simple!
I’m talking a hook, a split shot, a bobber, and a night crawler. It’s a simple combination that kids can understand, and the bobber gives a visual aspect to fishing that will hold their interest longer. The bobber also helps the parents keep track of where the bait is. Parents with little or no fishing experience will find this set up very convenient, and I would recommend that they learn fishing with the same set up. This rig will catch any species of fish on any body of water.

2. Fish for action, not size!
Kids need a quick pace to keep their interest. It is vital that they start out fishing where bites will be easy to come by. Bluegills, sunfish, and small bass are perfect for this type of action, as these fish live shallow most of the year, and are easy find. Most lakes and urban lakes will have these fish readily available. Catfish and trout can also be a good option if they are fished for shortly after stocking. Check with the game and fish department for their stocking schedule, and be there shortly after for some fast action.

3. Kids need praise!
This is where some careful planning and understanding will come in handy. Kids will no doubt make bad casts, fling the hook around like a flying gaff, and probably drop the rod a time or two. That’s okay, if it’s expected! Do yourself a favor, and smash the barb of the hook flat with a pair of pliers. Not only does it make unhooking the fish easier, but it makes unhooking the parents easier as well. You will be unhooking both. Let them know they’re doing a great job, and show excitement when things are going well. Their opinion will be forged as much from your reaction, as their catch success. If they do something wrong, explain it to them, and teach them how to do it right. This is the time to leave the short temper at home.

4. Keep it about the kids!
We all have visions of what the perfect first fishing trip should look like. We’re fishing side by side with our kids, they’re making perfect casts, and the fish are biting like crazy. Although this can be the case, it can also be the complete opposite of what we actually experience. If the kids decide 2 minutes in to the fishing that they’d rather throw rocks, let them throw rocks. If they want to play with the bugs, or splash through the water, let them. This is their outing. In the beginning, it’s all about having fun. Their version of fun, not ours. If the first few trips consist of 3 casts and 2 hours of skipping rocks, then great. They’ll come around.

5. Teach them about conservation!
I’m not talking about saving the forest or global warming, I’m talking about simple and interesting things about nature and preservation. For instance, when they catch a fish, hold it for them. Show them the fins and how the fish use them to swim. Show them the eyes and how they see through the water. If you don’t know these things, learn them. More importantly, teach them catch and release. Teach them that by releasing the fish, it will be alive to reproduce, and that will create hundreds of more fish for the future. If you bring fish home, teach them to only bring home what they can eat, and releases the rest. This is the time when kids will learn the importance and integrity of conservation. Teach them well.

These simple steps will make it fun for you and help pass the great sport of fishing on to the next generation.

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How To Fish the Alabama Rig

Fishing Fun At the Bass Pro Shops 

you know how to locate schools of bass with your electronics then you are going to love The Alabama Rig I like to search the lake for ledges, mounds, drops, stump fields etc. with my "Down Imaging" unit to locate the fish. Once I locate the fish I drop a buoy to get an alignment point for reference for my casts. I noted the depth the bass were at and make my cast count down The Alabama Rig to just below that depth so I can reel up through the schools of fish.

You will have to determine the speed the fish was the lures. Sometimes it’s slow, sometimes pretty fast and sometimes just a stead retrieve is the ticket. I like to reel in with a stead speed and pause it after about every ten to fifteen feet to let The Alabama RigAlabama Rig sink back a foot or so and then pick up the steady retrieve again. Sometimes this pause and drop really turns on the fish. Most of your hits on The Alabama Rig will be more aggressive than with other lures such as crank-baits or spinner-baits. Sometime when you change the angle of retrieve such as bring it up towards the boat the fish will crush it

Another thing The Alabama Rig will help you do is to locate schools of fish. If I am pre-fishing for a tournament I like to bend in the hook points after I hook a few fish to determine their size and just count strikes on The Alabama Rig. I have had big fish almost take the rod out of my hand they hit The Alabama Rig so hard. So if it is not legal to fish The Alabama Rig during the actual tournament at least you can know that the schools of fish are there. Be sure to check your local laws regarding The Alabama Rig.

We have caught doubles, triples it is a lot of fun.

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Turkey Season

I went down to the Bass Pro Shops in Katy Texas to pick up a few things for Turkey season.  I have planned a few getaways and needed a few things to help me get the big one this year.  I went to the hunting counter and asked for the best guy for calling Turkeys as I wanted to by a new box call and wanted to have a demonstration.

A quick call went out, and that is when I met David.  He is usually in fishing but he came to the counter and gave me the lesson of a lifetime.  He talked about the calls and the way to properly use the calls, then he showed me how to hold the call. I was doing it wrong and it made a big difference in the sound.

He explained the way to call and how much to call, then gave me a few pointers and then we chatted for a few moments about the rest of my gear and the place I was going.  David has incredible knowledge of the local area and is willing to share his experiences and his understanding.

We then started talking about Duck Hunting and before I knew it we were in the aisle with all the calls and he was calling a few Mallards in just like he was on the water.  This guy is amazing and I was so impressed with his kind and low key manner that I purchased a new Duck call from him the same day I purchased my Turkey call.

I felt great when I left the store in Katy Texas the entire experience was incredible.  If you are going to head out and try your luck you need to stop by the Katy Bass Pro Shops to review the products and talk to the associates if you are lucky you can ask for David and have him help you. He is the real deal.

 

 

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MAKO Pro Skiff Has Arrived

Bass Pro Shops Katy Texas introduces the New PRO SKIFF

SkiffSince 1966 MAKO has provided the toughest built smoothest riding boats on the water.  Weather fishing offshore or in the bays, bayous and inland lakes.  MAKO owners know their boats are built and equipped to get them there and back, Regardless the water conditions.

And Now, MAKO introduces there all new, Great looking Pro Skiff Models to bring that tough, smooth-ridding heritage to a class of boats most often referred to as utility with no attention to style or performance.

Lightweight. Rugged. Dry-Ridding. Able to carry heavy loads Exceptional performance with similar Skiff 2horsepower engines.  And refined styling with a quality fit and finish and a high gloss gel coat surfaces throughout.

The Pro Skiff models provide all that ,as well as the features anglers want for a full day on the water.  Like a bait well,huge cooler,plenty of casting space,raised decks,storage and peace of mind knowing these boats will take them smoothly and dryly to their destination and back even in rough waters.

Please contact our store to hear more about the unbelievable selection and the incredible value each of our boats represent.  Our staff of certified sales associates can help you find just the right boat or product to make you time on the water productive and memorable.

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Kayak Fishing

Have you ever wanted to learn to fish from a Kayak.  I just went down to the Bass Pro Shops in Katy Texas and spoke with a salesman named Vaughn.  He was the real deal.  He showed me the latest gear and then took a lot of time to explain the diff rent features and benefits of the different Kayaks they had in stock at the store.  I was very impressed with his knowledge and the kind way that Vaughn took care of me. 

It was a great experience and as I got more and more excited about  being on the water and fishing I decided to purchase the Kayak they had on display along with all the extras that they displayed and were in stock. 

I asked if  Vaughn would help me gather all the items I needed and he jumped on it and in about an hour we had it all together and he even fitted the items on the Kayak so I did not have any problems or questions later.  Then he wrote down the store number and his personal cell number in case I needed anything and I thought who does that anymore in retail.

Needless to say it was a great weekend and I can not say I caught a lot of fish as I was more interested this trip in just getting my gear settled and my new Kayak broke in.  I had a lot of fun and all the equipment I bought worked well just as discussed when I was at the store.

I took a quick picture of the gear and the Kayak I purchased they have this one outfitted about the same as I purchased a few minor things we changed but not much.

If you are interested in fishing the backwaters with a Kayak you have to go to the Katy Bass Pro shops and let them show you the products they carry.

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Boat Seats

Is your boat seat tired and ready for an upgrade?  At the Bass Pro shops in Katy Texas we have the right seat to fit your every need.  All sizes, all styles, all colors we are the first choice for boat seats in Houston, do not let an old seat sour you next trip on the water.  We are ready to serve you today and help you find all you fishing gear.  Visit http://www.basspro.com/ to review all our products.

 

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Supporting Our Troops

 Support our Troops

We support many outdoor events in our community at the Bass Pro Shops in Katy Texas.  We will never forget our troops that have sacrificed so much for our freedom.   Our troop’s active and retired have a special place in the hearts and minds of every associate at the Bass Pro Shops.  Have you thanked one of our Men or Women that have served or are serving today?

 

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Hog Hunting in Texas

Some Practical tips for hunting Hogs at night in Texas.

If you hunt with a rifle we recommend a good rifle scope or possibly even one with an illuminated reticule so you can make out the black cross-hairs against a dark colored background such as a black hog. If you hunt with a bow and don't have a bow sight light you will need get one to be able to see your pins on your sight once you get drawn. You might also want to make sure you have a medium to large peep sight to insure you have enough light and a good sight picture when you get ready to shoot. A 1/4 inch or larger peep sight will work best and a lot of bowhunters will use a string splitter type peep sight to insure they can see through their peep when the time is right. Sometimes very small peep sights make it harder to hunt at night or in low light. One thing that we have found to be very helpful when bow hunting at night is to use some high quality glow paint and paint your peep sight with it. Before you start hunting just shine a bright light on it for a couple of minutes and the paint will take a charge and glow brightly for hours. When bowhunting it is very helpful to use a lighted arrow nock to view you shot placement of your arrow. If you really want to increase your odds of success it wouldn't hurt to have the aid of a momentary target illuminator on your rifle or bow in case an animal is out of range and not visible under or around the feeder light. Utilizing a good momentary target illuminator you can get ready for the shot with a rifle by simply pressing the pressure sensitive switch to light the animal up once you get your rifle scope settled on them. If using a bow you can get to full draw on the animal and then press the pressure sensitive switch to illuminate your target. In areas with extra elusive boars or wary hogs and varmints you may want to aim your target illuminator up in the sky and turn your light on and very slowly come back down on the animal to avoid spooking them with a sudden blast of light in their face regardless of the color of light or LED you are using. We carry quality but affordable bow  mounted lights and rifle mounted momentary target illuminators for rifles and archery equipment. Before setting out on your first night hunt you may want to step outside one night a few days before your hunt to make sure all of your equipment and gear is working properly.

 For additional advise and all the equipment that you need head on down to the Bass Pro Shops in Katy Texas.  We have all the right equipment including Beaman arrows, All the name brand guns Red Head clothing and the perfect Kershaw knife to get you ready and properly outfitted.

 

                               

 

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