Pitching the Perfect Tent

Spring is upon us, which means it’s time to consider going camping!  Whether you are looking to start camping and need a tent or simply looking to replace or upgrade, the camping department here at your local Bass Pro Shops has your back. This year we are releasing a new line of Bass Pro Shops and Ascend tents. These will be featured in our upcoming GO OUTDOORS Sale! 

Tent Buying Tips

What you should know before buying a tent

For now we want to discuss a tent that has been a consistent seller in the camping department. The hooligan 3 tent by Coleman is a perfect tent for a small family or a couple looking to get out and explore the great outdoors. It costs only $99.99 so it won’t break the bank but really stands up to wear and tear. The dome tent sets up in just ten minutes tops and provides lots of airflow through the large mesh screens that make up the sides.  When the weather takes a turn or you just need more room. The vestibule included in the tent can be set up in a few minutes and provides the tent with an entry area perfect for storing your gear and freeing up space inside. The tent is pre seam sealed and guaranteed under Coleman’s Weather Tec system.


The 8’ x 7’ interior provides plenty of room to fit three oversize sleeping bags with space to spare. Plenty of room to move around and even stands over four feet tall enough that one doesn’t have to crawl in and out of the tent. Overall it is a spacious tent for a great price and definitely worth checking out here at your local Bass Pro.  The tent is perfect for car camping and at 11 pounds could be separated into three peoples packs to work as a great starter (albeit slightly heavy) backpacking tent that comes in at a fraction of the price of other brands backpacking tents.  So come on down to the camping department and chat with any of the camping associates who will be able to answer any questions you may have about tent camping and other camping areas.

The Ultimate Camping Checklist



Take the Waders to the Water

                The term Wader refers to a boot that extends from to foot to the chest. Traditionally waders are made of rubber but are now made of Materials ranging from PVC to neoprene.  The two main types that you will see are stocking foot and boot foot waders. Basically boot foot waders have a built in boot and stocking foot waders require a wading boot to be worn over the neoprene stocking. Whether you’re waterfowl hunting, angling, or off-roading waders are probably just what you need to stay dry throughout your trip. 


                Here at Bass Pro we carry a wide variety of waders for all applications. Whatever you need them for we have you covered. Hip waders all the way up to full chest waders, we have them all. The classic series neoprene is by far our top selling line as far as boot foot waders go. You really can’t beat the price for what you get. Whenever it comes to stocking foot waders the White River Osprey is the biggest bang for your buck. Costing only one hundred and thirty nine dollars it has the features of high dollar companions. Just to list a few; it has reinforced knees, zippered pockets and a magnetic pouch and considered one of our best selling waders.   

White River Breathable Stocking-Foot Waders

Buying Fly-Fishing Waders

Wading Around For Spring?


Go Outdoors Classic Events

Join us for some amazing events and our largest camping sale of the year!

May 21-22


Please join us for the Catch and Release Pond.  If you have never experienced our indoor catch and release pond before, this is something you won't want to miss.  We ask you fill out a waiver to begin.  We have some events staff here to help you or your child learn how to both catch and release panfish!  We have everyone from wanting to take it off the hook to not touching it at all!  It is a great learning experience for our future anglers!  After you finish make sure to grab a free photo download to share with all your friends and enjoy a free craft (while supplies last).


At 1:30pm on Saturday only, we will have a local Boy Scout Demo on Backpacking!

We will have some yummy samples including Funnel Cakes from 11am - 2pm and Fried Catfish Samples from 2pm - 5pm both days!


Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29)

Memorial Day weekend will be one you won't want to miss out on!!!  On Saturday, May 28th we will have a couple of local BBQ groups in offering free samples!  This will occur from 10am - 5pm!  Come check out Theslabs.com (10am - 2pm) and JaeStar (1pm - 5pm).

We will also have some free how to seminars!

Saturday 11am - Best Barbeque - Learn how to choose the right grill, rubs, sauces, and best technique for a great family BBQ!

Saturday 2pm - Conquering Campfires, Cooking and More!  Learn what it takes to build a campfire properly and how to cook a tasty meal outdoors!

Sunday - 11am - Kids, Camping & Comfort:  Learn about the proper equipment, tents, outdoor activities, and how to make camping fun, comfortable and exciting for kids

Sunday - 2pm - Kayaking:  Keeping It Simple - Learn the simple steps for fun family kayaking; and how to choose the best kayaks and local waterways.

We are always having some fun events here in the store!  Please make sure you check out our local events page or Facebook Page every so often so you don't miss out on all the fun we have here!  Happy Memorial Day and please be safe when out on the water!


Crappie From The Shore - The Float Retrieve

Crappie from the Shore – The Float Retrieve

I have only been crappie fishing for a few years now in Missouri and thought I would share the different retrieving techniques using floats that I have had success with fishing from shore. There are a few different styles of retrieving your bait, each of them work very well. First one is for, the lethargic light biters, and it is to cast out and just let it sit for at least 30 seconds with no rod movement at all. After that make a few twitches and let it sit again. Watch your float very carefully for any unusual rotation or slight lateral movement. Upon movement, what is happening is they have mouthed the bait and are still suspending, set the hook with a firm and steady rise of the rod tip. Second style is a steady retrieve. There is really no guessing on this one, because your float will either submerge rapidly or dart to the left or right. Third one is a reel-stop-watch retrieve, where you make a few cranks and stop, and watch your float. Crappie will either hit the bait during the fall or at the beginning of a retrieve. Repeat all of these retrieve styles until your bait is literally at your feet. I have caught many fish right at the shoreline.


If you haven't had a chance, please check out the other two blogs from this series:  Crappie - From the Shore and Crappie from the Shore - Bobbers and Floats

With all of the proper equipment, styles of baits and techniques, the search for evasive slab can be the most aggravating fish to find, or it can be literally like fishing In-A-Bucket where you just can’t keep them off your hook. Good Luck and wishing you all Tight-Lines!!!


April Showers Brings Spring Turkey Season

Turkey Season is right around the corner. Youth season is April 9th and 10th and then we kick off the regular season from April 18th through May 8th. This is currently a hot topic around these parts so I thought I would talk a little more about it.  The main topics include the following:  Ground Blinds, Vests and Camo Clothing.

Let’s talk blinds first. Ground blinds come in two basic types: Spring Style and Hub Style. I prefer hub blinds for a couple of different reasons. One, I think Hub blinds are much easier to disassemble and move around and they also have a lot more space inside - which comes in handy for any archery hunters or if your taking a youth hunter or a buddy along. Since most of us deer hunt as well as turkey hunt, I like to have a blind that has dual purpose. But if your just in the market for a turkey blind this spring make sure you check out our Blackout X72 ($139.99). This blind stands 68'' tall and 72''x 72'' from hub to hub and coming in at only 13lbs it is a great option for both the youth and regular season. It will accommodate two hunters comfortably and with the built in brush holders you can make it vanish into thin air. If you are thinking you might want a little bit more room try our Blackout Hybrid 180 Blind ($169.97).  It is slightly bigger at 73'' tall and 83'' x 83'' hub to hub.  This blind is slightly heavier at just under 23lbs but with extra room and the adjustable windows. The windows will allow you to customize your setup for the situation at hand which will help tip the outcome in your favor. One of my favorite dual purpose blinds I have ever used is the Primo's Club XL ($159.99) at 73'' tall and 77'' hub to hub and with the brush deception holders and the Dura Matte HD no shine fabric mixed with the Ground Swat Grey open terrain camo pattern makes it disappear in any situation.


Next we will cover some camo:

If you are looking to upgrade some older clothing look no further.  Whether you’re a Mossy Oak or a Realtree fan, we’ve got you covered. I would start out with a form fitting base layer because of all the spring ticks.  A good base layer does wonders for helping you keep ticks down to a minimum and for the money it’s hard to beat Redhead's EnduraSkin all season clothing line ($19.99 to $34.99). They are a great spring or early fall base layer because of the AXE Anti-Odor Technology and it works awesome for deer hunters to. It’s available in Black, Realtree Xtra, or Mossy Oak Country patterns. If you’re looking for a new outfit to go over your base layers then check out RedHeads Stalker Lite II 1/4 zip shirt ($29.99-$34.99) or pant ($39.99-$44.99). For those really hot days check out the  shorts ($29.99-$34.99).  All are very comfortable and light weight with moisture wicking fabrics. These are available in Mossy Oak Obsession or the New True Timber HTC Green patterns. But here's a little tip for everyone hunting out of a ground blind. I always wear camo to and from the blind of course but when I am inside I wear Black from the waist up. This is because most of the blinds on the market today employ some sort of a Blackout Interior and as long as you leave a portion of the windows closed the black clothing will vanish against the black walls allowing you to go unseen. Camo clothing on the other hand being made with a lot of Greys and Browns will most of the time silhouette you inside making every movement you make visible to those sharp eyed turkeys. Also, when you open every window in the blind your body will stand out against any light that comes in. Try it! You will be surprised on how much it helps. 



Finally, turkey hunters can collect a lot of items over the years and it seems we need to pack them all. So you need a vest to carry it.  RedHeads Striker vest ($69.99) has tons of pockets inside and out to carry any type of call or product you can find.  It also has a  nice thick memory foam fold down seat. This is a great addition to any hunter’s arsenal. It is available in Mossy Oak obsession, Realtree Xtra, or True Timber HTC Green - one size fits most.  Another blog that might help you with vests can be found here:   How To Choose the Perfect Turkey Hunting Vest That's all the time I have for now. From all of us at your local Independence Bass Pro - have a fun and safe turkey season and don’t forget to share your photos with us!



Anthony Alkire

Hunting Lead




Crappie from the Shore - Bobbers and Floats

If you haven't had the chance to read Part 1 of Crappie from the Shore, check it out:  Crappie - From the Shore

I have been crappie fishing for a few years now in Missouri and thought I would share the different styles of bobbers and floats that I have had success with fishing from shore. The uses of bobbers, corks, or floats tend to be the easiest technique when fishing from the shore for crappie.

Two float styles include slip and fixed. Slip Float fishing allows the float to slip up and down the line, then pegged to a fixed depth with a bobber stopper, also allowing the float to bottom out at the bait resulting in longer casts. Once the float hits the water, the bait will then pull the line through the float and with a few twitches of the rod tip, this action will simulate vertical jigging that will attract fish. This rig is perfect for fishing with Bass Pro Shops Squimin’ Squirts, Bobby Garland Baby Shad or Swim’R, or a Lunker City Fin-S Shad. With a fixed float, or spring type, the bait distance from the float does not change. This is a good set up for using Crappie Maxx Paddletail Minnows, Bass Pro Shops Squirmin Grub or Triple Ripple, or a Blakemore Roadrunner where a slow steady retrieve will allow the natural action of the plastic. My favorite fixed float is the Mr. Crappie Rattlin Pear by Betts. Whichever type of float style you tend to use, any style of soft plastic can produce great results.


With all of the proper equipment, styles of baits and techniques, the search for evasive slab can be the most aggravating fish to find, or it can be literally like fishing In-A-Bucket where you just can’t keep them off your hook. Good Luck and wishing you all Tight-Lines!!!

Paul Stover

Team Lead - Fishing Department


Family Easter Event

Hop on down into Bass Pro Shops Independence to see the Easter Bunny!!  Starting Saturday March 19 and running until Sunday March 27!

Get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny himself!


FREE 4x6 Photo with the Easter Bunny:
Monday March 21st –Thursday March 24th at 6:00pm-8:00pm
Friday March 25th at 2:00pm-8:00pm
Saturdays (March 19th and March 26th) & Sundays (March 20th and March 27th) from 11:00am-4:00pm

Packages available for $10 and $20.  Make sure you check out the site for a coupon!

FREE Crafts:
March 19th-20th 1:00pm-4:00pm: Create an Easter door hanger.
March 25th 4:00pm-7:00pm: Make a Bunny bookmark.
March 26th-27th 1:00pm-4:00pm: Create a tree stump bunny box.

FREE Easter Egg Hunt:
Weekends March 19th-20th and March 26th-27th
Sign-up begins at 1:30pm. Egg hunt begins promptly at 2:00pm. Find 5 different colored eggs and return for candy. Ages 2-10


We hope to see you in this upcoming weekend!  We always strive to have fun family friendly activities in our store! 


Fire up the Grill!

We’re quickly approaching grill season, as the weather continues to warm up we know that  many of our customers are excited to go out and light their grills for the first time this season. For those who may be new to grilling or curious on what’s out there grills can be relatively confusing. Here at your local Bass Pro Shops we have your back and today were going to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of charcoal vs. propane grills.


The first thing we are going to discuss is charcoal grills. Charcoal grills are the original. They infuse a deep smoky grilled flavor into all the food they cook thanks to the natural charcoal fire.  This is the true benefit of charcoal smokers. Every time you get delicious grilled food. The downside is that charcoal can get expensive if you grill frequently.  They take a while to get to temperature and can be pretty messy. .These are things that tried and true charcoal lovers will overlook in their shopping process partially because Charcoal grills tend to be cheaper than their propane counterparts and is something people can have preference for

Propane grills on the other hand can light instantly and be at cooking temperature in a couple minutes. They tend to be more versatile with extra side burners where you can cook a side dish or even fry. They tend to be a bit more expensive. But they make up for the cost in flexibility and efficiency. Some people argue that because the burning of propane that the grilled food does not get the same flavor. This is something that is purely up to the taste of the individual but steps can be taken to minimize this such as buying a propane wood chip box to help infuse a smoky flavor into the meat or simply adding a rub.

Today, companies are making combination grills that combine both space for a charcoal fire and a propane grill. This allows ultimate versatility.  Come down to your local Bass Pro Shops camping department where we have examples of each of these types of grills. Any of our friendly associates would be happy to pair you with the perfect grill for you this grilling season.

To learn more about grills, check out some of these blogs:

The Power of Weber Grills

Great Grilling Accessories


Boots taking on the cold weather

There are many amazing brands that have awesome Cold Weather Gear technology in them. First to come to mind would be our home brand, Redhead. There are many boots that have high quality insulation inside of them; along with amazing waterproofing sealant.


For the Hunting season and winter season, the Independence store found that the best sellers would have be 400 grams to 1000 grams. Fortunately our Expedition camouflage boot which has the 1000 grams was our best seller this last Holiday season. This boot was bought on and off sale. Next to that, we have had a lot of good sellers of hunting boots. We sold a lot of Big Horn II, Tracker, Tracker Leather, Ultra Hunter, and the RCT Boots. These boots had either the Gore-Tex or the Bone-Dry waterproofing sealant and ranged from 600 to 800 grams. We were very surprised at how well these sold.



The next style boots that has sold well this season were the All Season snow boots in both Men’s and Women’s. Even though these were on sale multiple times throughout the Holiday season, customers were continuously purchasing them. Regardless of how they looked, customers of all ages were buying them, on and off sale.  

Here is another great entries on boots for the Upcoming Spring Hunt:

The Perfect Boots for the Spring Hunt


Preparing for Spring - Marine Department

Marine is gearing up for the season!  Unusually mild weather has brought a lot of foot traffic into the Marine Department.  Everyone is gearing up to get their boats out on the water soon!


We had our electronics classes, with all classes having great turn-outs.  Garmin had around 20 for their Feb 16th class, Lowrance had around 45 for their class, and Humminbird class had a turnout of around 97 people. 

Our Marine Team Lead Pat is working with the Fly Fishing Department and the University of Missouri - Kansas City's Comm-university Program to offer an introduction to Fly Fishing class on March 12th and an Into to Fly Tying class sometime in April. 

We hope to see you in soon!  Items for the spring are getting stocked up quickly!  Before you know it Memorial Day will be here and it will be necessary to talk about Life Jacket safety. 

Here are a couple other blog's written by others that might interest you:

Gear up for This Year's Trout Opener

Spring Fishing and Electronics



The North Face - Springing Into Spring



As the days of cold winter winds start to dwindle down, the warm and sunny spring morning’s loom on the horizon. With the explosion of color and life that arises from the once frozen ground, there is no better way to enjoy the beauty of nature than to experience it firsthand. To help you feel comfortable and stylish while taking in the full feeling of the new season the men and women of The North Face clothing company have brought you a revolutionary variety of clothing that matches the colors, and atmosphere that will make this spring one to remember.

No matter what the weather brings, The North Face has many new styles and technologies that enhance the way your outdoor exploration is experienced. From jackets like the Apex that provides a breathable and wind resistant outing, to the iconic North Face Thermoball which excels in shielding the wearer from any cold temperatures mother nature may throw your way while keeping the mobility needed to enjoy the aroma that is brought by spring. With these new styles coming to the forefront as the season changes, there is no better place to get what you need than at Bass Pro Shops.


Hats and Gear to Heat Your Head


PBR Arrives in Independence

Come in and join us for some fun with the Professional Bull Riders on Saturday, February 20th.  We will be having several different activities from 10am - 3pm. Each year this event is more and more fun here at Bass Pro Shops - Independence!


Autographs - Noon - 1pm

Join for a fun autograph session and meet and greet.  Riders will be on hand to sign your memorabilia.


Fishing Seminar by PBR Announcer Clint Adkins - 1pm-1:30pm

Join us at the main aquarium at 1pm and watch Clint teach some great fishing techniques! Clint always draws a crowd in with his fun fishing attitude! 


Mechanical Bull 10am - 3pm

Do you have what it takes to stay on for 8 seconds?  Must fill out a waiver to participate.  This is popular with both the children and the adults and it is much harder than it looks!


Kids Activities 10am - 3pm

Join us for some bull roping and stick bull riding as we set up a mini arena for the little ones! A perfect spot for them to run off a bunch of energy.


We hope to see you in to join us for this fun event!  Also, we will also have several other activities going on during our Next Generation Weekend for our Spring Fishing Classic.  For more information on events, please visit our website


Keeping Feet Warm - The ThermaCELL Heated Insole

ThermaCELL Heated Insoles

ThemaCELL heated insoles are perfect for anything outdoors from hunting to a cold day to on the job. There are two different styles we would like to cover in this blog posting. The original, ThermaCELL Heated Insoles Or the ThermaCELL Heated Insoles ProFLEX.


The original ThermaCELL Heated Insole has built in rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Each charge can last up to 5 hours on constant heat. Car charger sold separately.  There are three regulated temperature settings with heat up to 111°F. Each insole features internal thermostat to regulate temperature.  They can be controlled with their wireless remote control with a range up to seven feet.  Each insole is engineered to keep your feet warm, not hot, to prevent sweating and freezing.


The ThermaCELL Heated Insole ProFLEX is made with cushioned removable rechargeable lithium ion batteries.  Additional batteries sold separately.  They can be recharged from any powered USB port, wall outlet, or car charger which is sold separately. There are three regulated temperature settings with heat up to 111°F. Each insole features internal thermostat to regulate temperature.  They can be controlled with their wireless remote control with a range up to seven feet.  Each insole is engineered to keep your feet warm, not hot, to prevent sweating and freezing. Perfect for on the job.


Check out a couple other blogs about keeping your feet warm!!

Got Cold Feet??

Is the cold stopping you from going hunting or out to your blind?


It's all about the base (layers)

Base layers are the most popular of our cold gear, especially as our temperatures continue to drop.

We have base layers for both men and women. For men the brands we carry are XPS, Under Armour, Columbia, and the Redhead Military Fleece. For women we carry XPS and Columbia.

Base layers come in several different weights depending on the temperature. XPS brand comes in 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0. The 1.0 for more mild weather and 4.0 for more harsh and extreme weather. The XPS base layers utilize Zone Ventilation Panels in order to keep the individual warm. In Under Armour we have 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0.  It is midweight and utilizes ArmourBlock which is anti-odor technology. Columbia comes in midweight and in heavyweight and uses Omni-Heat which reflects heat back. Lastly the Redhead Military Fleece only comes in one weight. Military Fleece is very lightweight and breathable.



Pictured:  XPS Extreme Base Layer and Under Armour Base Layer

On your next visit to your local Bass Pro Shop apparel department stop by and visit with one of our knowledgeable and friendly sales associates and let us help you find your perfect base layer. This is a fantastic gift idea for anyone who might enjoy hunting, fishing, or even if they work out in the elements during the wintertime. Don’t let the elements keep you or a loved one inside this winter!

Check out these other articles on layering pieces!

Layer, Layer, Layer

Cold Weather Fly Fishing

Columbia Omni-Tech Apparel - the Cold and Wet Don't Stand a Chance!!

Get Ready for Cold Weather - Under Armour Has You Covered!

Jacob - Apparel Department, Independence Missouri



An Eventful February Is Headed Your Way!

There are so many exciting things coming up in the next month at your Independence Bass Pro Shops store!


Our Crappie Madness event kicks us off January 29 - February 15.  We will have several fun events and activities going on.

Friday February 5 - Join us for our kids casting challenge from 5pm-8pm or get your photo taken with a trophy fish!  At 7pm, Kevin Rogers - Crappie Professional Fisherman will be presenting a seminar on Crappie Techniques.  You won't want to miss it!

Saturday February 6 - Kevin Rogers will be back again to give us more Crappie Techniques at 11am and 2pm.  Our kids casting and photos will be going on from 1pm - 5pm that day.  We will also have fried fish samples from 2pm - 5pm while supplies last!

Friday, February 12 - Join us for tips and tricks for Crappie Fishing from an area local professional at 7pm!

Saturday, February 13 - Join us for tips and tricks for Crappie Fishing from an area local professional at 11am and 2pm!

Be one of the first 50 to join us for the seminar and receive a BPS logo tote bag!  Also - attend the seminar and you can enter our sweepstakes for the chance to win a 2016 Tracker Pro Team 175 TF boat with Rod Holders!

Be one of the first 100 to do the kids casting and photo each day and receive a bobber draw string bag!


Spring Fishing Classic:

The spring fishing classic kicks off on February 12 - February 21.  Outline of the event planned for this event are below:

Local Fishing Tip Seminars by Local Pros:

Friday February 19 - 7pm

Saturday February 20 - 11am, 2pm, 4pm

Sunday, February 21 - 11am, 2pm, 4pm

Please keep an eye on our webpage for more information on topics and who will be speaking at each seminar!

First 25 people to attend a seminar will receive a Spring Fishing Classic Logo soft cooler.


Fried Fish Samples:

Saturday February 20 from 2pm - 4pm while supplies last

Women's Workshop:

Saturday February 20 at 1:30pm - Fishing basics and how fishing can be fun!

First 25 women to attend will receive a tumbler.

Next Generation Weekend:

Saturday February 20 & Sunday February 21 - 12pm - 5pm

Free Photo Download

Kids Workshop:  4:30pm only!!!


Catch and Release Pond (live fishing indoors!!!)

First 100 kids to finish their punch card will receive a fish drawstring backpack!


Professional Bull Riders

On Saturday, February 20 we will also have our Professional Bull Riders event going on in the store as they invade Kansas City and the Sprint Center for the Invitational!  Stay tuned for more details via our website and Facebook page as they become available.



We hope to see you in for one of these fun events!!!  For any questions related to what is going on in the store, please feel free to contact April at (816) 795-4307.





Crappie - From the Shore

I have only been crappie fishing for a few years now in Missouri and thought I would share the different styles and colors of baits that I have had success with fishing from shore. Like some crappie fisherman will tell, it doesn’t really matter what color of bait you use, as long as it is chartreuse. There is some truth to that statement and most of my baits are, or have some chartreuse in them. For example “Electric Chicken”, in recent years, has become a popular color, and yes, it does have a touch of chartreuse in it. Baits used in crappie fishing include live minnows, small spinnerbaits and crankbaits, small flys and soft plastics. From curly tail grubs to small paddletail swimbaits, soft plastics have the most styles and colors available of all the crappie baits and I use them under a float. Bass Pro Shops have a great selection of soft plastics, and my favorites are Bass Pro Shops 1” Squirmin’ Grubs, Bass Pro Shops 2” Triple Ripple Grubs, Crappie Maxx 1/32” Paddletail Minnow and Fle-Fly Brand 1” Go Go Minnow. For 1” plastics I use a 1/64 ounce jighead and for the 2” plastics I will either use a 1/32 or a 1/16 ounce jighead.



Something else I never leave home without is additional fish attractant. Attractants include Berkley PowerBait Crappie Nibbles and liquid attractants. Either type will greatly increase a strike. Nibbles are used to tip a jighead hook and come in a variety of colors. Sprays can include Berkley PowerBait for Crappie, Chompers Formula G, my favorite, or Kick’n Crappie. Simply just give your plastic a couple of drops or squirts.


With all of the proper equipment, styles of baits and techniques, the search for evasive slab can be the most aggravating fish to find, or it can be literally like fishing In-A-Bucket where you just can’t keep them off your hook. Good Luck and wishing you all Tight-Lines!!!


Advanced Crappie Jigging Tactics

Spring Crappie Tactics

Written By:  Paul Stover - Fishing Team Lead


How To Choose The PERFECT Winter Sleeping Bag


If there is one item of winter gear that merits a spulurge, it is a good sleeping bag.  Few things are as luxurious – or as essential for an enjoyable cold-weather camping experience – as a cozy and warm night’s sleep.  A winter sleeping bag is a significant financial investment, however, making it all the more important to find th perfect bag for your needs.

How Warm?

A subzero sleeping bag is recommended for winter camping.  As a general rule, a bag rated between minus 10 and minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit will provide adequate insulation for even the coldest of nights.  A zero-degree bag will often suffice in less Arctic conditions (especially if you are a warm sleeper) and can also be used during the cooler shorter seasons of spring and fall, when a warmer bag would be overkill.  On really cold nights, however, you will almost certainly need to layer up inside a zero degree bag to stay warm.

Down vs. Synthetic

Invest in a down winter sleeping bag if at all possible.  A down-filled bag weighs significantly less – often a pound or more – and compresses significantly smaller than a Synthetic-Down version, which will consume a huge portion of your backpack even when maximally squashed.  Down bags are also a superior long-term investment; they last for decades with little to no loss in warmth.  Synthetic bags, on the other hand, typically lose a noticeable amount of loft and warmth after only a season or two of use.  The lightest winter bags use high fill-power down, which provides warmth with less weight, but can easily add several hundred dollars to the price tag – worth it only for the most serious winter enthusiast.

Fit to be Warm

If at all possible, climb inside and test drive a winter bag before you buy.  Once cocooned inside, first evaluate the length.  Your feet should not push against the end, which compresses the insulation and reduces warmth.  Unlike three, season bags, a little extra room in the tail is often desirable in winter bags to provide space for storing clothes or boot liners at night so they are drier and warmer in the morning.  Next, consider the girth of the sleeping bag, the dimensions across your chest and hips.  You want the bag to be large enough so that you can move easily inside the bag and war extra layers comfortably when necessary.

Nice Features

A water-resistant shell fabric helps prevent outside moisture from entering the bag and is useful for guarding against the inevitable front that will collect inside your tent at night.  A compression stuff sack is particularly useful for bulky winter sleeping bags and can save a significant amount of space in your pack.  Lastly, look for a stiff layer of fabric alongside the zipper, which greatly helps reduce the amount of time you spend dealing with material snagged in the zipper pull.

Shop our great selection of sleeping bags here.


Selecting a Sleeping Bag


Come find your own Island

Come and enjoy a unique island dining experience at Islamorada Fish Company where you can enjoy a 10,500 gallon saltwater aquarium filled with fish native of Hawaii or enjoy the warmth of our 12 foot fireplace. When Independence, Missouri turns warm, you can sit outside in our 125 seat patio overlooking an 18 acre lake with a waterfall. If you are looking to book a private party or hold a very important event we have two separate banquet rooms that seat 35 and 75 people and an excellent banquet menu for you to select from.  Islamorada Fish Company serves a variety of foods including seafood, steaks, chicken, pasta, sandwiches and delicious desserts. 


Starting January 15th through March 31st you can enjoy all you can eat fish and chips for $16.95.  We feature other promotional menu items throughout the year that will get your taste buds going.  Our experienced staff will ensure that your requests are accommodated to the best of our ability.  Here at Islamorada Fish Company we strive on quality product, friendly service and a truly enjoyable dining experience.  Please contact us at 816-795-4200 with questions, comments or banquet booking needs.



JR Sutton

General Manager

Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant


So much in store in our Marine Department

Independence Missouri Bass Pro Shops Marine Department is gearing up for the Thanksgiving Day/5 Day sales tab.  We have a good selection of product and have been priming our customers for the specials.  That is a heck of a deal on the Garmin 73SV units!


We sponsored a fall Lowrance electronics class.  While the turnout was a little light, several members of a local bass club got some great insight and one-to-one tutorials from our Lowrance pro-staffer and one of our tech-savvy associates!

We also have a new associate that has joined our team in the Marine Department.  We would like to welcome Joy Waters.  Joy worked for a number of years at our Hampton, Virginia store and brings a wealth of salt water knowledge with her.  It is great to have her on board!

Stop by and see us soon!  It is never too early to get ready for Spring fishing or do some Winter fishing on the side!!








Finding the right pair of rubber boots

With fall officially here and temperatures dropping that can only mean one thing... Winter is quickly approaching and snow will be on the ground before we know it.  Time to gear up!

What better way to get prepared than with a new pair of rubber boots? Rubber boots have many benefits and are very versatile. They are easy to slip on, easy to clean, completely waterproof.. the list goes on and on. 

We have many choices when it comes to rubber boots: Various brands, colors, heights, and insulation factors. As you can see there are many things to consider when looking for the perfect rubber boot.

First you want to decide on height... height ranges from clog style all the way up to a 16” (knee high) boot. Next you want to consider insulation. Do you want thinsulate which is an insulator or Neoprene that works with your body to keep you warm and cool you as needed.  The third most important is print. Do you want camouflage or a solid color? Once you have decided these 3 main things your search will become easier.


Like before mentioned, Rubber boots are a great winter boot because of there versatility and ease of wear. They can not only be used for a wet snowy day but also for your hunting excursions. They are extremely easy to slip on and off and they also offer the feature of being able to tuck your pants in so they also stay dry.  For more information and help with getting the perfect fit in the perfect new boot stop by your local Bass Pro Shops of Independence where we would be happy to assist you!  AND as always enjoy the great outdoors.

Check out these other great articles on boots!

Warm Boots - Protecting Your Feet

How to Insulate Properly: Hunting Boots

Chelsea McDaniel

Team Lead of Footwear