Junk Fishing 101

Junk Fishing 101

For each specific time of year there are generally one or two patterns that really shine. In those situations if you are not fishing one of those specific patterns or techniques than your fishing results and definitely tournament results will show it. The key seasons for dialed in patterns are the middle of spring, summer, and winter. At these times the weather although different from one another is generally stable for a period of time. But there is however the often dreaded transition time period where fish seem to be neither hear nor there. This can be extremely frustrating and can sometimes baffle even an experienced angler. While tough at times, it does offer a unique opportunity to do what many know as junk fishing. If you've ever heard the phrase," I through the kitchen sink at them", this is just that. The key times of year when junk fishing really comes into play is during the spawn to post spawn transition from spring to summer, as well as the summer to winter transition. During either transition period you better keep an open mind and don't leave any technique or lure un tested.

During these transition periods I will often have as many as 12 or more rods on the front deck of my boat all rigged with different baits. Fast moving, deep diving, shallow running, finesse fishing is a good way to look at what a junk fishing pattern is. Now it is extremely important to keep an open mind during this time period and to remember one consistent fact. While the fish are very spread out one pattern holds true, this pattern is, if you find the bait you will find the fish. During both of the major transition periods feeding is the one common thing that is on the fish's mind.

Having a wide variety of baits to choose from is important and one of the main ones that I like to start my day with is a topwater lure, that I can cover allot of water with before the sun gets up. Baits such as the Spro Dawg 100 and the Zera Spook, are great early morning and late evening choices that can put a couple big roaming fish in your boat. This bite can slow as the sun gets up but occasionally under the right conditions you can actually throw the topwater bait all day long covering as much water as possible. But that is not the case all the time so generally once the sun is up I will switch over to some sort of crankbait. My crankbait I choose depends on the size and type of baitfish I am seeing. So if you are fishing shallow cover in the spawn to post spawn season and you are seeing things such as an abundance of bluegill then I would definitely go with a bigger square bill style crankbait such as the Strike King 2.5 or a Spro Fat John. Now if you're fishing during the fall transition period then generally a smaller shad imitation lure will get you more bites such as the Spro Little John MD in a shad color. Now these techniques and many others will work great for targeting shallow roaming fish during either transition periods, but remember there are also fish that will be out in deep water at this same time and trying to catch them can be very rewarding as well.

So if I have tried the shallow water bite with limited success then I will often completely switch gears and begin to use my Lowrance electronics. I like to begin my search for deep transition fish by graphing around areas that are neither here nor there. Places such as secondary points leading in or out of spawning pockets or creeks as well as looking at deep river ledges that are close by to main river flats. Transitioning fish in the summer and the fall will use these in between places as stopping points to feed. They are generally relatively close to shallow and deep water. Fishing medium to deep diving crankbaits is sometimes a great way to trigger these fish into biting and if you find the right school of fish it is not uncommon to catch fish after fish on one specific piece of deep structure. Once you have a group of fish located that are feeding deep on baitfish you need to be ready to slow down if the fish seem to suddenly shut off, and work them thoroughly with carolina rigs or shaky head worms. Having this versatility will maximize the amount of deep transition fish you can catch on one spot. One thing to remember about the deeper transition fish is that they will often suspend, specifically in lakes that have and abundance of shad, or blue back herring in them. If you are seeing surface schooling activity or, large amounts of bait fish on your depth finder then there are a few baits that you need to have ready to catch these suspended fish. The first is an umbrella rig such as the Bass Pro Shops Flashy Times rigged with some sort of soft plastic swimbait. Other baits such as jerkbaits and spoons can also work very well on the suspended fish.

So keeping an open mind is really what junk fishing is all about. Many tournaments I have fished during transition periods I have caught fish on topwater early, shallow crankbaits mid morning, flipping cover mid afternoon, and targeting deep suspended fish later in the day. This fast pace multiple pattern type of fishing is not easy to master but if you have a wide variety of techniques in your angling arsenal then making the adjustments and switching things up throughout the day will become more and more natural to you. So get every rod you own and don't be afraid to throw the kitchen sink at them during the tricky but fun transition periods. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall River Fishing

 

 

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The leaves changing colors, days getting shorter, and water temperatures getting colder, are a sure sign that the fishing is about to change in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, across the country. While you don't have to worry about dehydrating yourself with intense heat, this more comfortable time of year can actually be a very frustrating time to really figure out and pattern the fish. During the fall of the year the fish are very scattered and roaming around looking for food. In one single day you could catch fish in 1 foot and then switch gears and go catch a fish in 30 feet. While junk fishing or throwing the kitchen sink at them can be a successful approach, there is an option that in my opinion is at times easier to figure out. Abandoning the wide open lower end of lakes and reservoirs and heading up to the river is a great option when trying to figure out what to do in the fall of the year.

The way I look at it river fish quite simply have less places they can hide. Rivers are pretty simple you have a winding channel with flats, drop-offs, rock piles, lay down logs, shoreline vegetation, and shallow creeks and backwaters. The thing I really like about a river, is that all of these types of structure are generally in close proximity to one another. Where on the lower main lake end of a body of water there are multiple levels of depth changes, channels and structure, which the fish will move back and forth on throughout the year. Sometimes these main lake fish will move half a mile or more to go from a spawning pocket to a creek channel and then on out to a main river ledge or point. In a river often 100 yards is all a fish has to move throughout the year making river fish easier to pattern during scattered out time of year like the fall.

Just like figuring out any part of the lake in the fall finding the bait fish is a very important step. To do this I use my Lowrance HDS 8 Fishfinder, as well as physically looking for schooling fish or balls of bait on the surface. Baits such as spinner baits and crank baits are extremely effective for covering stretches of river bank, in order to search for aggressive fish. If the reaction baits aren't working then baits such as Jig and Pigs, and Texas Rigged soft plastics are also great choices for pitching to shoreline cover. A key thing to always remember in a river system is that current is everything. Current positions the bait fish and the bass use the current to there advantage in order to ambush the bait. Bass will often sit just on the edge of current areas in current breaks caused by lay down trees, stumps, rock piles, and points. An accurate cast or better yet, pitch is crucial for catching river fish with the current running. An underhand pitch is my method of choice because of the accuracy and gentle presentation it can achieve.

When fishing soft plastics or jigs around lay downs and stumps I try to look for little eddies where there is a backup in the current and then present my bait as close to the cover as possible in the slack water. When using this technique bites come quick, often as soon as the bait begins to sink, so being able to either pitch left handed or use a left handed real is critical for hitting the fish quick and getting them out of the cover before they get you in trouble. When fishing points or rock piles I generally throw above, or upstream from my targeted current break and with a semi tight line I feel the bait as it washes down over the structure. With either technique your cast angle and accuracy is critical, but once you master it these river fishing techniques are extremely rewarding, and not to mention a boat load of fun! It is very important to use a strong rod such as a, TFO Tactical Series 7'3" Heavy Action, and a good high gear ratio 7.9:1 Pflueger Patriarch Reel in order to horse the fish out of the often cover littered banks and fast moving water. When fishing your moving baits such as Spro Little Johns and Stanley Spinner baits you should target the same current break areas. I often use a short roll cast to accurately place my bait where I can run it through the slack water past the cover. Another key to river fishing is boat positioning and understanding how to work your boat in the current in order to give yourself the best casting opportunities. If you have a 36 volt trolling motor and the water isn't overly swift then you can slowly move your boat against the current up stream, casting ahead at a 45, or more, degree angle. If you don't have a strong trolling motor to make headway or the current is just too strong then back drifting, holding your boat and then letting it slightly drift down for each cast can work very well.

So if you're having trouble catching fish this fall, check the current generation schedule, and abandon the open water lower end of your local lake or reservoir, and head up to the river portion of your lake for some awesome fishing action. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bass Pro Shops Marine Department TRIPLE CROWN BONUS Promotion until October 31, 2013

Hurry on in to you Bass Pro Shops Marine Department, and take advantage of the tremendous        TRIPLE CROWN BONUS promotion that we have going on right now.  Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Alabama is offering a new promotion on 9 different Lowrance and Garmin Fish Finders and Chart Plotters!

This is how the TRIPLE CROWN BONUS promotion works. You purchase one of the qualifying units listed below and receive 3 extra bonuses. First, you get 3 times the rewards points, and you know how valuable that is and how quickly they add up. Then you get FREE Standard Power Pros Accessory installation, and this alone can be worth a lot of money in your account! Think of how nice it would be to pull your boat into our Tracker Marine service bays and let our professional install your new electronics, and have the Standard Power Pro Accessory Installation done for free! But that is not all. The final jewel in the Crown is a Free 3 -Year Gear Guard Protection! Imagine having the peace of mind of knowing that if something happens during the first 3 years you have our Bass Pro Shops Gear Guard Protection Plan protecting your electronics, and this protection is free! It can’t get much cheaper than that! The Standard Power Pro Accessory Installation cost and Free 3-Year Gear Guard Protection plan together will save you a minimum of $200, and the savings could be much higher!

The Lowrance and Garmin Fish Finders and Chart Plotters that qualify for this promotion are these listed below.

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Lowrance Elite-5X HDI – This is an amazing unit with built in 83/200 KHZ sonar and 455/800 KHZ down imaging. This Hybrid Dual Imaging unit has a 5” high resolution color screen. A great value for $399.99!

Lowrance Elite-5 HDI – This is another amazing unit, and our biggest seller so far for this TRIPLE CROWN BONUS promotion. This HDI unit has the 83/200 KHZ Sonar and the 455/800 KHZ DownScan imaging, and it also includes GPS with a built in GPS antenna and a detailed US map. It offers the same 5” high resolution color screen as the previous unit. A tremendous value at $499.99

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Lowrance Elite-5 HDI Gold – This unit features the 83/200 KHZ Sonar and 455/800 KHZ DownScan Imaging, and includes GPS with built in GPS antenna and a Gold level map for additional detail. It offers the same 5” high resolution color screen as the previous units. A tremendous value at $569.99

 

 

 

Lowrance Elite-5 HDI Gold – This is considered an offshore unit, and features the 50/200 KHZ Sonar and 455/800 DownScan Imaging, and includes GPS with built in GPS antenna and a Gold level map for additional detail. It offers the same 5” high resolution color screen as the previous units, and is a tremendous value at $669.99.

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Lowrance Elite-5 HDI - This is considered an offshore unit as well, and features the 50/200 KHZ Sonar and 455/800 DownScan Imaging, and includes GPS with built in GPS antenna and a standard map.It offers the same 5” high resolution color screen as the previous units, and is a tremendous value at $599.99.

 

 

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garGarmin echoMap 70s Inland –7”WVGA Touchscreen Display with Advanced HD-ID Sonar. This unit includes a 500 Watt 77/200Transducer. It comes Preloaded with Garmin US Lakes Cartography, and is compatible with the Garmin BlueChart maps. This unit features wireless connectivity, and is a tremendous value at 1099.99

 

 

Garmin GPSMAP 547xs –This unit has a 5” VGA Display, with Advanced HD-ID Sonar with 50/200 KHZ transducer. This is preloaded with the Garmin US Offshore and US Lakes Cartography. It features wireless connectivity, and is a great value at 849.99.

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Garmin echoMAP 50s Costal – A great value at $599.99.

 

 

 

Garmin echoMAP 50s Inland –5” VGA Display with Advanced HD-ID sonar. This Unit Includes 500W 77/200KHZ transducer. This Unit comes Preloaded with Garmin US Lake Cartography. It has wireless connectivity and is compatible with Garmin BlueChart maps. A great value at $549.99

Well, these are the 9 models that we are offering for the TRIPLE CROWN BONUS promotion, so please come on over to your local Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Alabama, and let us help you out with the latest and greatest electronics for your boat. Of course we offer many more models than the ones that are featured on this sale, so we probably have what you want and need. Remember, this sale ends on October 31, 2013, so you still have time to make your dollars count and your dreams come true!

Look me up when you get here, but if I am busy with another customer, any one of our well trained associates in the Marine Department will be glad to help you. Thanks, and we will see you here at Bass Pro Shops just off of i-20 in Leeds, Alabama.

Thanks, Jim Mann

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Pet Event at Bass Pro Shops

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Saturday November 2nd we are having a Bass Pro Shops pet event that will include a Vet Clinic, Groomer, pet adoption and dog breeders! It will surely be a fun filled day for you and your furry friends.

Coming to a Pet Event will be Higrove Veterinary Care.  Their staff will be here to talk to you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. Higrove will also have their pet Groomer with them to go over products and techniques that will help you keep you pets clean and soft.

We also have two dog breeders coming to our Pet Event:

  • Hickory Nut Kennels from Cullman, Al will be here with their Labrador Retrievers and English Setters. Hickory Nut is breeders of companion, hunting and service dogs.
  • Smoke Ridge Kennel from Warrior, Al will be here with their Irish Setters. They offer field-bred, hunting Irish Setters.

Adding to this event, we are having a Pet costume contest! Dress up your pets in costume for a chance to win one of our 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes! Prizes will be announced the day of the event.

We at Bass Pro Shops hope to see you and your pets on Saturday November 2nd. It will be a great day for you and your best friends and remember, Pets are always welcome here at Bass Pro Shops!

 

Thank you,

Grayson

 

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The Jerkbait, A Year Around Fish Catcher?

When trying to imitate a wounded shad their are very few presentations better than jerkbait fishing. Typically the jerkbait is thought of as a winter and early spring time bait, and while it does shine in that specific time period the jerkbait can cover a far wider range of seasons. Growing up in the Northwest jerkbait fishing was very limited and not as effective based on the fact that there are no shad. In much of the country however shad are the primary forage for bass throughout the year. While certain seasons are more effective that others this abundance of shad in many of our lakes and reservoirs makes the jerkbait a very effective technique no matter what the water temperature. While the technique doesn't change the style of jerkbait I prefer, and the way I work my bait does from season to season.

The peak season for jerkbait fishing in most anglers minds is late winter on through to early spring. With cold water temperatures a large amount of the shad population will die off. When this happens you will visibly notice shad slowly twitching around just below the surface. This is a dead giveaway that you need to have a jerkbait in your hand. There are two jerkbaits I will have tied on in this cold water situation, a Spro McStick, as well as a Smithwick Rogue. While the McStick suspends the original Smithwick will actually float slowly, rising when you pause it. The suspending quality of the McStick is what makes me choose it about 90% of the time. In cold water I will fish this bait extremely slow, giving the bait quick sharp twitches and then letting the bait sit for a long pause. During this pause is when a suspending bait works it's magic. Remember bass are cold blooded so when the water is cold their metabolism is slow making them weary about expending to much energy. The suspended bait offers an opportunity that is difficult for a cold hungry bass to resist, they can slowly move up towards the bait using very little energy and lightly attack the bait. In extreme cold conditions a pause of 30 seconds or longer is sometimes necessary. Keep an open mind and very your retrieve to figure out what they are keying in on from day to day. Also don't be afraid to alternate to the slow floating rogue, this slow float will sometimes trigger more aggressive fish into biting.

As the water warms and the annual spawn begins to happen the jerkbait bite, while you can still catch some fish on it, tends to slow down. It's the post spawn feeding period when I pick my jerkbait back up and start to hammer down on them again. What I look for is schools of bass that are aggressively feeding up on shad, in order to replenish their weakened bodies after a long spawn. While topwater baits such as Super Spooks and Bass Pro Shops XPS Professional Series Walkers work great for this situation, a jerkbait can also be very effective. I normally find my schools of bass near a spawning pocket or flat on some sort of secondary point or break line. The bass will stop at these points throughout the lake to feed up before heading out to the main channel. Often you will find these late spring fish suspended as well. I have had some great success working a deeper diving Spro McRip through fish suspended at around the ten foot depth range. For this style of jerkbait fishing I like to work my bait with a fast aggressive retrieve with short pauses throughout the cast. To get the bait to reach deeper suspended fish I will work it on a spinning rod with 8lb test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. This technique will continue to catch fish all throughout the summer so always keep ready to go if you see suspended fish on your depth finder.

As the summer ends and the water starts to cool my jerkbait is always on the front deck of my Nitro Z-8 boat. During the fall months is when the shad make their annual movement into shallow pockets and flats in the back of creeks. These feeding fish will hammer a suspending jerkbait worked around the cover they are holding on. Seawalls, points, flats, and docks, are all great key shallow water structures to focus on. A good thing about fall fishing is when you find one fish, it's normally not the only one in the area, so it is possible to hit a stretch where you catch multiple all very close to each other. As well as the fact that generally these fall fish are easy to pattern and find success doing the same thing in similar areas all up and down the lake or reservoir. Just look for the key ingredients, shallow water pockets and flats, an abundance of cover, an abundance of shad and then hold on tight, because when you put those factors together the predatory bass are almost guaranteed to be close by. I will generally rely on my McStick 110 just like in the late winter to early spring time period.

In my opinion for those of you blessed enough to live on a body of water that has a large shad population, some sort of jerkbait should always be readily available. The jerkbait can be a winning pattern in certain times of the year, especially in the late winter to early spring, but no matter what the season it's a bait that should be in your arsenal and will put more fish in your boat. For more blogs about how to add more tricks to your repertoire, check out my blog, Expand Your Fishing Arsenal. And if you ever have any questions you can go to my website, www.joeyfishing.com, and write me an email, I'd love to help in any way possible. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Event at BPS

This weekend, join us as we kick off our 13 days of Halloween! Below is a schedule of events:

Saturday October 19 - Sunday October 20

  • Free pictures 12pm - 5pm
  • Free Crafts 1pm - 5pm
  • Saturday ONLY - Costume Parade 4pm - 5pm
  • Sunday ONLY - Scavenger Hunt 2pm - 3pm

Monday - Friday October 21-25

  • Free Pictures 5pm - 8pm
  • Free Crafts 6pm - 7pm
  • Free Trick-or-Treating 6pm - 7pm

Saturday October 26- Sunday October 27

  • Free pictures 12pm - 5 pm
  • Free crafts 1pm-5pm
  • Saturday ONLY Costume parade 4pm - 5pm
  • Sunday ONLY Scavenger Hunt 2pm - 3pm

Monday October 28-Thursday October 31

  • Free Pictures 5pm - 8pm
  • Free Crafts 6pm - 7pm
  • Free Trick-or-Treating 6pm - 7pm

 

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Match The Forage Catch The Bass

If you watch the trends of fishing lure production you will see certain hot colors trending from season to season. Understanding when to choose those colors is the key. The ability to select proper colors throughout the season depends on what type of forage you are trying to imitate. It's simple, if you can match what the fish want then you will catch more fish. When talking about bass, while sometimes they will eat anything that comes near them, there are a few standby forage options that they will target throughout the year. These forage options are shad and bluegill, and this is what I will try and imitate the majority of the time.

Shad are a perfect food for a bass, they have no spikes, they are soft and tender, and they group up in big schools known as shad balls. So they are easy to eat, easy to digest, and the fact that they group up in schools makes them easy to target. Shad are generally silver or transparent color with a hint of blue or green on their back. Most bass across the country will eat shad all year long to some extent, but there are key time periods when shad become number one on the menu. Throughout the late spring and early summer the shad will periodically spawn, at this time they move extremely shallow in large numbers and the bass absolutely gorge themselves on this easy to find meal. Throughout the summer and winter months the majority of the shad will suspend and while bass still eat them they are harder to target in this open water scenario. When fall hits the shad again move shallow into pockets and flats in the backs of creeks and this again is a time when shad colored baits will work best. When the shad are in there suspended mode there is no better way to catch them then on an Umbrella Rig such as the Bass Pro Shops Deadly 5 Flashy Times. The swim baits I choose are always in a shad color, the Bass Pro Shops Sassy Sally and the Boss Shads are 2 of my favorite options, again in shad colors. Now during the shad spawn I like to use fast moving shad imitations such as Stanley swim jigs, Stanley spinner baits, chatter baits, BPS swim baits. In the fall of the year shallow running crank baits such as the Spro Little John in either a Nasty Shad or a Spooky Nasty Shad are always on the front deck of my boat. Always keep track of what the shad are doing based on the time of year and select one of the baits I talked about in a shad imitation color and you will have some great days on the water fooling the bass.

Another major food source throughout the year is bluegill. On any given lake there is a population of bass that will live shallow basically all year long never moving out into the deep water. The reason these residential shallow fish are able to do this is because bluegill spend the majority of the year in shallow water. There is one really key time when almost everything I target is bluegill related, that is from early to mid summer, when the bluegill are spawning. I don't know what it is about them but for some reason the big fish in that time period seem to want to eat bluegill. For a shallow water angler this is the forage that they are generally trying to imitate not just in the summer but throughout the year, and it can be done in a variety of different ways with some certain colors that really shine. One of the very best presentations to imitate a bluegill is by flipping soft plastics to shallow water cover such as docks, grass, and fallen trees. When I'm flipping shallow cover with soft plastics I always use Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series baits. One of my favorites is the Bass Pro Shops River Bug. They are offered in a variety of different colors that imitate a bluegill such as watermelon bluegill, okeechobee craw, or their new color and one of my personal favorites, sprayed grass. Another bluegill imitator is the Bass Pro Shops Magnum Flipping Tube. My color choice for the tube bait is generally a smoke purple blue flake, or a melon seed/blue flake. With either the tube or the river bug I rig them on a 4/0 Gamakatsu Flipping Hook with a pegged 1/4-1/2 ounce BPS Tungsten Flipping weight. One other little tip is dipping the tail of your bait in Chartreuse to imitate the little chartreuse on the tip of the bluegills tail, I believe at certain times this will get you a few extra bites. If soft plastics aren't your thing then a jig with a soft plastic trailer will also work very well. Other moving baits such as square bill crank baits, swim baits, and swim jigs in bluegill colors, can be very effective when reaction baits are shining.

Always remember bass will eat almost anything that looks like an opportunity to get a meal and if bass got as big as sharks we would all be in trouble. By selecting colors that imitate shad and bluegill you can rest assured that you are always offering something that the bass are used to seeing as food on a daily bases in their natural environment, and this will help you put more fish in your boat. For more articles you can like my JoeyFishing page on Facebook or check out my website at www.joeyfishing.com. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

 

 

 

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Fall Camping

Fall is an excellent season for camping: lower temperatures and fewer bugs make hikes more pleasurable, there are more opportunities for wildlife sightings, the leaves are changing colors, and many campgrounds lower their fees after Labor Day.

Before you begin that fall camping adventure, there are a few things you should consider:l

 

  • Check the weather before you go.  Depending on where you go, be prepared for a chance of snow, rain, or severe weather.
  • Wear layers- Daytime temperatures may still be warm, but evenings are usually cooler, so you may want to pack thermal underwear, hats, gloves, extra shoes, and a winter jacket.
  • Bring cold weather sleeping gear for lower temperatures than you expect.  You should also bring a mattress pad or foam for an extra layer between you and the cold ground.
  • Invest in a good tent.  Before your trip, set up your tent in your backyard to make sure it is functioning properly- test all zippers, and make sure it has a full rainfly.
  • Arrive early- days are shorter in the fall, so allow yourself plenty of time to set up camp before dark.
  • Bring insect repellent for those lingering bugs.
  • Bring easy to cook foods that don't require a lot of preparation or refrigeration: remember to clean up after eating.

There are also many safety issues that you should consider for fall camping:

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  • Be aware of wildlife- animals are always a concern, but they can become even more dangerous in the fall. As their food supply dwindles,they become more determined in their foraging. NEVER feed the wildlife-they continue to come back for more and could become very aggressive when you stop feeding them. It is also dangerous for the animals, because they may be eating something that is not in their diet and could become ill.
  • Seal up any food you may have in airtight containers, or in your car, if possible, to keep from attracting wildlife. 
  • Prepare for rain and snow-bring water tight containers and a tarp in case of rain.
  • Pack extra plastic garbage bags for lining backpacks or protecting other items from water damage.
  • If you use a small propane heater, be sure it has a safety shut-off, and is labeled for indoor use.
  • Be ready  for emergency retreat: bring extra money and be prepared to use it to eat out or stay in town if necessary.
  • If the weather is still warm, bees are still active. Watch for hives and nests, and bring  sting relief ointment, just in case.

As with all camping trips, a little careful planning and preparation can make a fall camping trip one you will remember for years to come.  Before you travel, come visit your local Leeds Bass Pro Shops, or visit  www.basspro.com  and see our great selection of camping gear.

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Until next time, stay safe and GO CAMPING!!!

 

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API Outdoors Treestands

Every successful hunt starts with the hunter scouting before the season. Looking for signs, activity and trees to hang stands. But what if you do not have a tree stand? API Outdoors has you covered. From Climbing tree stands to tripods, API has a stand for you and your hunt.

 

 API Grand SlamAPI Grand Slam Extreme climbing tree stand is a great stand for the hunter that moves hunting locations throughout the season.

  • Fits trees 9"-20" in diameter
  • Folding footrest
  • 20"x27" top climbing section
  • 20"x28" platform
  • padded climbing bar, armrest and adjustable seat
  • Weight capacity: 300lbs
  • Tree stand weight: 27lbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

API Baby Grand DeluxeAPI Deluxe Baby Grand Tree Stand is a great, comfortable tree stand to hang on a tree to keep it there all season long. Perfect for your "Honey Hole".

  • SureGrip platform for added traction
  • 24"x30" Platform
  • Attaches to tree quickly and quietly
  • Folds flat for easy storage
  • Padded backrest and armrest
  • 19"x12"x2" padded seat
  • Folding footrest
  • Maximum weight capacity: 300lbs
  • Tree stand weight: 21lbs

Don't forget that with every lock-on tree stand you need a way to get up to your seat! API also offers climbing stick to easily access your tree stand. Check out their sticks right here:

API Stackin' Sticks

 

 

 

 

 

Ultra Steel 2 person  The API Ultra Steel Two Person 18' Ladder Stand gives you the same season long hunting stand with the added room for another hunter. Perfect for taking that new young hunter along.

  • Large 40"x33" platform
  • 37"x14"x2" cushioned seat
  • Flip up seat
  • Padded shooting rail
  • Height: 15' to platform, 16.5' to seat, 18' to shooting rail
  • Maximum capacity: 500lbs
  • Weight: 86lbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

API Grand Stand SkypodThe API Grandstand Skypod 16' Tripod Stand is the perfect stand for hunting over cut-overs or large green fields.

  • 16' tall to shooting rail
  • Large 42"x42" deep platform
  • 20"x15"x2" seat cushion
  • Full 360* seat rotation
  • Padded armrest and backrest
  • Height: 13' to platform, 14.5' to seat, 16' to shooting rail
  • Maximum weight capacity: 300lbs
  • Stand weight: 130lbs

 

 

 

 

All API Outdoors stands meet the TMA (Treestand Manufactures Association) standards by an independent testing agency and come with a TMA - certified full-body safety harness with climbing belt, suspension relief strap and a instructional DVD.

Stop by Bass Pro Shops and ask a Hunting associate to take a look at our full line of API Outdoors products.

Thanks,

Grayson

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Easy to make Fall Centerpiece

Here’s an easy Fall Centerpiece for your table.  

 

Items needed:

  • Pumpkin(s)
  • Regular straws
  • Stick candy
  • Drill

 

  1. Select a pumpkin or pumpkins that fit(s) your tablescape.
  2. Select a drill bit that is close to the diameter of your straws. I used a 7/32 drill bit for my project.
  3. Begin by drilling a hole in the center behind the pumpkin stem.
  4. Cut several straws in thirds so you can insert them into the drilled holes (the straws keep your candy sticks from getting pumpkin pulp on them.
  5. Insert the first straw in your drilled hole and place the first candy stick in it to determine spacing you will need .
  6. Drill the next hole offset from your first hole , placing a straw and a candy stick in it as well.
  7. Repeat this process until the pumpkin is full of your holiday treats.

 

 

 

 

Leeds Pumpkin Centerpiece 1

 

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Outdoor Fireplaces & Firepits

Not ready to give up those nights in the great outdoors, even though there is a chill in the air?  You may want to consider purchasing an outdoor fire place or fire pit.  Warm and inviting, a fireplace or fire pit makes a backyard or patio a focal point. The smokey smell and crackling sounds are relaxing, and the warmth of the flames makes it possible to extend your outdoor entertaining well into the fall months.

Here at Bass Pro Shops, we carry a variety of outdoor  fireplaces and pits, including the Landmann Haywood Fireplace with Wildlife Cutouts. This fireplace is lightweight and easy to transport to any outdoor gathering.   

                                                          

Features:

  • Wildlife cutouts
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  • Tall spark screen to keep embers contained
  • Large hinged door on spark screen for easy access to fire
  • Built in wood grate
  • Four sturdy legs for stability
  • Includes poker
  • $89.99

 

You can also find the Landmann Patio Lights Deer and Tracks Fire Pit. Featuring an sturdy cold-rolled steel construction and heat resistant paint finish, this durable outdoor fire pit will last for years to come.The full diameter one inch thick safety ring can be used as a footrest or convenient handle for easy transport. The full size enamel cooking grate transforms your fire pit into a portable grill. Weighing less than 35 pounds, the lightweight design makes it easy to take to the beach, lake, campsite or cabin. 

  

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  • Large pivoting door 
  • Decorative cutouts that cast wildlife shadows while you enjoy the warmth of the fire
  • Spark screen with handle and poker included
  • Measures 29.5x23.5-inches
  • $139.99

 

 

How about a fireball that floats in mid-air? Check out this unique Ball of Fire Outdoor Fireplace. This fireplace offers a 360-degree view of the fire, providing plenty of warmth on decks, patios, or just in your backyard.

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Features:

  • Large pivoting door with and extra large handle for easy access
  • All-steel construction
  • Measures 30.25 by 32.75 by 34.75 inches
  • $219.99

Come on by your local Leeds Bass Pro Shops or visit  us at   www.basspro.com and don't miss out on those great fall nights outdoors. 

Until next time, stay safe and GO CAMPING!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Catch More Fall Bass

 

To consistently catch bass no matter what the season you must have an understanding of what type of baitfish the bass are feeding on and what the water temperature does to that specific species behaviors. This changes as the weather changes and one important rule to remember is, if you find the bait you will find the bass. In the fall of the year the baitfish of choice for the majority of bass around the country is the abundant populations of shad. The reason for that is simple, every fall the majority of the shad make there annual movement into shallow water creeks and pockets. The bass will be close behind and will really key in on this opportunity to corner the bait in shallow water situations. When looking for shad I like to check the backs of major creeks as well as pockets, I like to idle into the area and visibly look for balls of shad disturbing the waters surface which in calm conditions are easy to see. Now if the wind is blowing and the water is choppy then this visual searching is not possible, and in that case a good Lawrance HDS 8 Graph can allow you to find the bait no matter what the conditions.

Once you've found the shad there are a few baits that you need to have in your boat when targeting fall shad eating bass. The first and probably one of the best fish catching baits ever invented is the spinnerbait. The type of spinnerbait I like to use varies from season to season. In the fall when I'm trying to imitate the shad I like to use a small to medium size bait in some sort of natural white or shad looking color. Which blades you choose is also very important, and to imitate the shad I always use silver blades. Which size blades depend on what size of shad I see while fishing. I always like to pay attention to the size of the bait I see while fishing. If the majority of the shad are small then I use small blades, if I see large shad then I will use large blades. If you notice that the shad are small then a 1/8oz Stanley Wedge Plus in a firecracker or white color is a great choice. If the shad are big then use a larger 3/8 or 1/2 ounce bait. One very important thing to always remember when deciding to use a spinnerbait is whether or not the wind is blowing. When the wind is blowing a spinnerbait is hard to beat. Look for pockets with shad and fish the windiest corners of the pocket and have a blast catching some very aggressive bass.

Another rig that possibly is even more effective then the spinnerbait is the Umbrella Rig. The original model of this style of rig is called the Alabama Rig made by Manns bait company. The rig hit the market two years ago and has quickly become one of the very most effective fish catchers on the market today. This past year the Yumbrella Rig as well as my favorite the Bass Pro Shops Deadly 5 Flashy Times. I like to fish my rig with 5 of the Bass Pro Shops Boss Shads. These swimbaits come pre rigged with the jighead and hook built into the plastic, and are a very effective affordable way to set up your rig. All you have to do is figure out which depth the bass are feeding at and reel you rig through the school. These rigs draw explosive strikes with the bass crashing through the ball of shad. Don't be surprised to catch multiple fish on a single cast when using the deadly 5. I have personally caught three spotted bass on one cast as well as catching a 15lb striper a 1 1/2lb spot, and a 1 1/2lb largemouth all on one cast. I promise you this is a fun way to fish.

Some other great shad imitators are crankbaits, jerkbaits, topwater baits, and these all will catch fish in the fall of the year. The size and style of bait I use again relates to the size of the baitfish. One of my favorite fall crankbaits is the Spro Little John MD. This is a small bait that will still dive to depths around 8 feet which is perfect for catching bass that are targeting shad in shallow water. I generally will go with a Spro McStick, and for my topwater I like a Spro Dawg that with a twitch of the wrist will effortlessly walk across the surface of the water. All the baits I have talked about are reaction baits. They are designed to be moved fast and induce a quick reaction strike which is very effective on aggressive bass. Always remember that these reaction baits don't always work and you need to keep and open mind and understand when to switch it up to a slower moving technique. My hope is that this information will put more fish in your boat. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

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Food Dehydrators

Now that the fall harvest is here and deer season is just around the corner, it is time to start thinking about preserving all of this bounty!!!  Why not consider purchasing a food dehydrator?

Food drying is a way to preserve fruit, vegetables, and meat that has been practiced for thousands of years.  Food dehydrators use a source of heat and air flow  to reduce the water content of foods.  This helps to keep bacteria from growing and spoiling the food, extending the shelf life.

Here at Bass Pro Shops, we have a great selection of food dehydrators to help fill your needs, including several RedHead Dehydrators.

RedHead 6 Tray Dehydrator:

This dehydrator has a rectangular design with no center hub like traditional round dehydrators, allowing you to dry long uniform strips of jerky.  It is ideal for drying meats, fruits, herbs, and flowers.

Features:                                                                

  • Removable, stackable trays for dehydrating large or small batches
  • Forced air circulation for the most efficient drying 6
  • Vented lid for dehyration control
  • Digital time and temperature readout
  • 550 Watts
  • $69.99

 

RedHead 10 Tray Dehydrator:

This dehydrator has an advanced dehydration control system that is ideal for drying jerky, meats, snack sticks, fruits, and vegetables.

Features:

  • High capacity                                                                                                                                 
  • Rear mounted fan for forced circulation 10
  • LED digital timer-up to 40 hours
  • 10 removable trays
  • Digital temperature  controller (95-155° F)
  • Comes with two bonus mesh sheets
  • 1,700 square inches of drying area
  • 800 Watts
  • $219.99

 

RedHead Stainless Steel 10 Tray Dehydrator:

Dry large quantities of food quickly and easily with this large capacity stainless steel dehydrator. With 10 trays included, you have 2,300 square inches of drying area.

Features:

  • Forced air circulation-no tray rotation required
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  • 95-155°  F.  temperature control
  • 10 removable trays
  • Overheat protection
  • Comes with bonus 14.25"x16" cut to fit mesh screen
  • 1000 Watts
  • $299.99

 

`Come on by your local Bass Pro Shops, or visit  www.basspro.com to see our great selection of dehydrators and accessories. We'll see you there!

Until next time, stay safe and GO CAMPING!!

 

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Cold Smoking

Many of you spend countless hours smoking ribs, chicken, sausages, and Boston Butts. Have you ever considered purchasing a cold smoker?

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Cold smoking doesn't cook the food-it is the process of adding a smoke flavor at low temperatures (usually from 40-100 degrees F, but no more than 120 degrees F). Cooler temperatures allow the meat to retain more moisture, have a better smoked appearance and remain protected against bacteria.

Since cold smoking doesn't substantially cure or cook the food, most foods are usually brined or salted before they are cold smoked.  This ensures that bacteria  doesn't grow on the food during the process. These foods, such as bacon, should be fully cooked before they are eaten. It is not always necessary to brine or cure- some foods can be cold smoked to enhance the flavor before grilling-examples would be chicken, pork chops or steaks.

Meats are not the only foods that can be cold smoked-cheeses are a very popular choice, including cheddar, swiss, mozzarella, and provolone.  Other popular choices include nuts, chipotles, plums, and many other fruits and vegetables.

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At Bass Pro Shops you can find the Masterbuilt Cold Smoker Kit. This kit:

  • Fits all Masterbuilt Digital Electric Smokers
  • Attaches to the wood chip loading port of the smoker
  • Provides continuous smoke for up to 6 hours at temperatures as low as 100-120 degrees F.
  • Uses regular wood chips
  • $59.99

So, on your next shopping excursion, stop by your Leeds Bass Pro Shop, or visit  www.basspro.com , and see our great selection of smokers and accessories.

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Keys To Locating Productive Brush Piles

Across the country fish use many different types of structure or cover to live and feed in. Weather it's rocks, docks, lay down logs, or brush piles, as the year goes on and the seasons change you will notice certain ones being more productive then others. And trust no matter how random it can sometimes seem, there is a rhyme and a reason to why they are using cover in a specific area or more importantly depth range. It is based on factors such as time of year, weather conditions, water color, water temperature, and last but not least the amount of baitfish in the area. Most species of fish are predators and if there is no food there then obviously the fish will go elsewhere if they have the option. In this article I really want to focus on brush piles. Whether they are man made or natural from trees and debris falling in the water the simple fact is that most times of the year there are fish holding on some sort of brush.

Brush piles are a perfect place for baitfish such as bluegill, and shad to live around and hide in. With the presence of the bait fish the predators such as bass are going to be close by. Now throughout the year like I said some brush piles will be more productive then others. As the water temperature changes the fish move, and this is related to the thermocline level. This is the level where the water temperature is the most comfortable to the fish and where the water is the most oxygen rich. The hotter the water temperature the deeper the thermocline will be. In lakes that have clear water the thermocline will also be deeper so don't be surprised to find fish in extremely deep water in the summer on a clear lake or reservoir. To find the this productive healthy water depth having good quality electronics such as the Lowrance HDS Gen2 Fishfinder is important. Just idle around your local lake or reservoir and pay attention to what depth you see the majority of the baitfish. Next check suspecting areas where brush piles might be placed that are close to that same depth range and there is a good chance that baitfish and bass will be near by.

So now that you have the proper depth figured out the next step is actually physically locating the brush. People will sink man made brush piles in a variety of different places such as points, creek channels, river channels, or probably the most common, docks. In my opinion the easiest to find brush piles are near docks. They are easy to find because of a few keys that are normally a dead giveaway that a fisherman lives there and has possibly sunk brush around his dock. Two things I really like to look for are lights, and rod holders. These are definitely things that should be paid attention too when looking for brush. The next step to this simple method of finding brush is physically stopping and casting a weighted soft plastic and feeling around the bottom with the bait. This is a no electronics fool proof way to find brush. Now if you have side imaging technology then this process is much easier. All you have to do is idle by the front of a row of docks and your graph will show you which docks have brush around them within 200 ft of either side of your boat. In order to find brush on the points and dropoffs having electronics is critical and will really make your search easier and more effective.

Once I have brush located no matter where it is there are a couple really important things I like to do. The first is marking the piles physically before I start to fish them which is very important for brush that is way out on points or sometimes in the middle of the river on a ledge. To do this I use a Bass Pro Shops Marker Buoy. There are a couple ways to do it, you can drop the buoy right next to the brush or one of my favorite methods dropping it where you want the boat to be positioned, and then using a reference point on the shore to line up and cast at. Normally when I'm fishing brush for bass I will use slow moving baits such as Jigs, Carolina Rigs, Texas Rigs, and Shakey Heads. Fishing these slow on the bottom I will crawl and work my bait through the cover letting it lift and then fall in the limbs. I always try and do this on a semi tight line, if you have to much slack in your line the fish will often pull you deep into the brush which makes them almost impossible to get out. So be ready to set the hook quick and get the fish moving up and out towards the boat. I like to use pretty heavy tackle when fishing my jigs, texas rigs, and carolina rigs for that reason exactly. I like to use Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon line from 17lb to 25lb test, on a heavy action rod and a high speed reel. The only exception is when I'm using a shakey head set up and in that case I will use either 8lb flouro, or a 20lb braid mainline with a fluorocarbon leader. At certain times of the year baits such as Spro Little John DD crankbaits and heavy 1oz spinnerbaits can be very effective when bumped into the brush. I would suggest going to Bass Pro Shops and picking up a weighted lure retriever or retrieving pole for getting your baits free from deep brush.

So go out on your local body of water and look for the key ingredients. First find the depth the baitfish are using whether it is 2 feet or 30 feet, next locate and mark the brush, and finally present your lure properly to the waiting fish. Always be patient and if you are getting frustrated and having limited success just keep searching because you never know when you might run into the right brush pile that is holding the mother load of big fish. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

 

 

 

 

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Gearing Up For Archery Season

Deer Target

Deer season is getting close and that means everyone is getting their bows out to start practicing. Most hunters take this opportunity to get the bow out of the closet, knock the rust off it and start slinging arrows. No one wants to get out in the woods unprepared. This warm up time will make sure that your bow is still shooting like it was last year.

But before you shoot you should always check your bow out to make sure it still looks safe to shoot. Check the limbs to be sure they are not cracking, check the string to make sure it is not fraying, check your release D-loop to be sure it is not fraying and check all of your accessories. Also be sure to look over each of your arrows very carefully. Every component of your bow can be very dangerous if it is not in perfect shape.

If you want to have your bow worked on you can bring it by our Archery department and one of our associates will help you out. They will look over the bow, fix anything that is wrong and give you some tips and pointers. Everyone in the archery department is highly qualified and very knowledgeable.

 

 

Red Head Blackout Bow Package

 Everything that I have talked about so far is irrelevant if you do not have a bow. Pictured here on the left is our Redhead Blackout bow package. It is the top of the line bow of our RedHead series and it is a serious shooter and for a price of $599.99 you get all the performance of a $800+ bow.

Here are the specs on the RedHead Blackout bow package:

  • Throttle Cam Tech
  • Rotating draw length modules
  • Adjust draw length between 26.5'' and 30.5''
  • Limb-mounted bearing assembly
  • Highest-tolerance fully machined riser
  • IBO Speed: 333+ fps
  • 80% let-off Single Cam
  • 3-pin sight
  • Hostage™ arrow rest
  • One-piece 5-arrow quiver
  • 5" stabilizer
  • Installed string suppressor
  • Installed peep sight and sling

 This package bow would be a great contribution to the rest of your hunting gear. Come by the Archery department here at Bass Pro and Audie, Ben, Kraig, David or Rick will get you fixed up with a bow and let you test fire all the bows that you like.

Bow season starts October 15th so be sure to start getting ready!

 

Happy shooting,

Grayson

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Magpul PMAGS are in stock!

PMAG 30Now in stock at Bass Pro Shops is your magazines for your .223rem/5.56mm AR-15! These aren't just any regular magazines either, they PMAGs by Magpul. These magazines set the standard for reliability and durability. You will not find another magazine that is stronger than a Magpul PMAG.  Used by Military, Law Enforcement and civilians, PMAGs have been put to the test since their release in 2007 and have performed flawlessly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PMAG 20

There are different variations of the PMAG and here at Bass Pro Shop we have the following in stock:

PMAG 30 Gen M2

  • The PMAG 30 AR/M4 GEN M2 MOE is a 30-round 5.56x45 NATO (.223 Remington) AR15/M4 compatible magazine. No dust cover. $17.99

 

PMAG 30 Gen M3

  • The next-generation PMAG 30 GEN M3 is a 30-round 5.56x45 NATO (.223 Remington) polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible firearms.
  • Stainless Steel spring, dust cover. $19.99

 

PMAG 20 Gen M3

  • The next-generation PMAG 20 GEN M3 is a 20-round 5.56x45 NATO (.223 Remington) polymer magazine for AR15/M4 compatible firearms.
  • Stainless Steel spring, dust cover. $19.99

 

 

 

 

 

Not only are these magazine the best in the industry the most impressive thing about them is that they are MADE IN THE U.S.A!!  Magpul Industries is based out of Boulder, Colorado and their products are made in Colorado.

 

Come by hunting department in Bass Pro Shop and check out all of our Magpul accessories for your AR-15. Also be sure to check out Magpul's website for their full line. Their products and the quality of them are very impressive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patterning Late Summer Bass

 

Late summer bass fishing can be some of the most frustrating days you will spend on the water all year. Generally the fish are transitioning and can seem to be neither here nor there. While small fish can be caught randomly roaming shallow water eating shad the big ones often seem to be nonexistent. Covering water casting fast moving reaction baits will catch you fish but if you are going for the big ones, searching for a trophy, your approach needs to be different.

On lakes such as Guntersville or any lake that has an abundance of weed growth or matted vegetation; giant bass can be found hiding in the shade of these thick mats. They are generally there to feed on large bluegill that wonder through the grass, as well as any other creature that comes in range. Targeting this thick matted cover is a great way to catch a big late summer to early fall largemouth bass. Hollow body frog lures such as the SPRO Bronzeye Frogs work great for covering water and locating big fish buried deep in the grass mats. Just fire the frog as far across the mat as possible and slowly twitch it along the surface of the vegetation. Fishing this way is extremely exciting, knowing that at any moment a 6 plus pound bass could crash through the mat and eat your frog. Your work doesn't end at simply getting the fish to attack the true test is first being able to hook the fish and second is being able to drag it out once it is hooked. This technique takes nerves of steel to not immediately set the hook when the blow up happens. The key to consistent hook ups is letting the fish take the frog and making sure the fish actually have it in their mouth before you set the hook. The simple truth is you will always have some of the fish miss the frog or come unhooked while hauling them in. While it can be heart breaking it is worth it for the excitement as well as the potential of a giant. One thing I like to do is always have a back up flippin bait ready to go. Often if the fish shows itself but doesn't get the bait you can quickly flip in a heavy weighted bait and punch it down into the fish's territory triggering the fish to strike. I love flipping a green pumpkin Bass Pro Shops River Bug rigged with a 4/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Worm Hook and a 1 and 1/4 oz BPS Tungsten flippin weight pegged so it will not slide up the line. Just pitch it up high and let it crash through the thick cover. The equipment you use is very important when fishing heavy cover. I use braded line from 40 to 65 lb test and a heavy or extra heavy 7' 6" rod accompanied by a high gear ratio reel with allot of power to winch the fish out of the cover. Often you will drag the fish out as well as twenty or more pounds of grass with it. Give it a try and you will most likely get hooked on the challenge and potential of fishing super heavy cover.

If you are not comfortable or do not have the equipment to handle heavy cover fishing then there is another way to still have potential for giant bass, and that is fishing deep offshore structure. This is where you will have the opportunity of getting into a school of fish where you can catch numerous fish in a short period of time. For tournament anglers this is one of the very best ways to win a tournament in late summer. Finding these deep schools in the late summer can be difficult at times, and seem like your searching for a needle in a hay stack, but it can be done. Having good quality Lowrance electronics makes this hunt a whole lot easier. I will generally check places near the main river channel or a creek channel that still have shallow water or a flat nearby where they can pull up to feed. The fish could be anywhere from 10 feet to 25 feet and once found can be caught on a wide variety of lures. Reaction baits such as deep diving Spro or Strike King crankbaits are always a good option for triggering a fish and firing up the school. What I mean by firing up the school is that often once you have made one of the fish bite then it will ignite the rest of them into a feeding frenzy for a short period of time. You really need to be ready and know exactly what cast to make, in order to take advantage of the opportunity before it's too late. Schools of bass can shut down as quickly as they turned on so be prepared and pay attention to your boat positioning. Once the fish have slowed down I like to switch my presentation to a slow presentation, using Carolina Rigs, Texas Rigs, or Football Head Jigs. Working these through the school will usually get you a couple extra bites once the main frenzy is over. On my rigs I like to throw big worms or brush hogs, while small fish will still bite these, they are also a great bait to trigger a big one into biting.

So decide what sounds the most enjoyable for you and go give it a try. Whether  that means a fist fight in shallow water or a more relaxing slower technique on deep structure, give it a shot. You will be amazed at the size of fish you can catch even when the fishing is tough if you try these two things. If you have any questions or need to get geared up for a fishing trip there is no better place to go then Bass Pro Shops. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do You Need a Yeti?

For quite some time now, YETI coolers have been available in our store in several sizes-the 20 qt. Roadie, and the Tundra, available in the 45, 65, and 75 qt. sizes.

We are pleased to announce that we now have the Tundra available in a few more sizes to meet your every need:

 

TUNDRA 35

  • Portable and easy to carry cooler when loadedy
  • Good as a back-seat cooler companion in truck, SUV, or 4-wheeler
  • Great cooler to use when floating down the river
  • Can be used as a casting platform in smaller boats
  • Holds 20 cans (12 oz)
  • $279.99

 

TUNDRA 50

  • Excellent tailgating ice chest
  • Ice chest makes a great platform or seat in a boat
  • Cooler is deeper than other Tundras making it great ice box to stack cold contents
  • Holds 32 cans (12 oz)
  • $359.99

 

 

TUNDRA 125 y

  • Ice chest is large enough to hold a quartered deer or several limits of redfish, snapper or trout
  • Good cooler for extended family vacations or camping trips
  • Holds 73 cans (12 oz)
  • Available only in white
  • $499.99

 

Whatever your cooler needs, whether for camping, tailgating, hunting, or a family picnic, stop by and let us show you our selection of YETIs, or visit  www.basspro.com for even more sizes and accessories.

Until next time, stay safe and GO CAMPING!!!!

 

Information taken from www.yeticoolers.com

 

 

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Instant Hot Water

Now that fall is just around the corner, many of you may be thinking of a fall camping trip. You may want to consider purchasing a travel shower to make your trip a little more pleasant.

In our store, we carry the Zodi Instant Travel Shower, which can be used not only for hot showers, but for washing dishes and equipment clean-up.  This shower quickly heats water for hot showers anywhere it is available. Just place the system's 6 volt pump in a lake or other water source, ignite the propane burner with its push-button ignition and enjoy this on-demand self-contained shower system.

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DESCRIPTION

  • Portable, self-contained
  • Instant push-button ignition
  • Stainless steel burner
  • Hot water in seconds
  • Includes powerful battery-powered water pump and rugged plastic storage case that doubles as a 4 gallon water container and propane tank base
  • Propane and 4 D cell batteries not included
  • $179.95

 

BENEFITS

  • Storage case holds water for a 10 minute shower
  • Can be connected to a water hose for endless hot water
  • Heats 60 gallons of water between battery and propane refills
  • Adjusts water temperature up to 100 degrees F with a gas valve
  • Easy to use
  • Waterproof battery case with on/off switch
  • 6 volt pump with debris screen for greater water pressure
  • Compact for easy transport and storage
  • 4 ft input hose and 8 foot shower hose with water-saver shower head included

So, whether you plan to spend a few days in a tent, in a sleeping bag under the stars, or you would just like to be prepared in case of an emergency, come visit us at your Leeds Bass Pro Shops or visit  www.basspro.com to purchase your Instant Hot Travel Shower. Your family and friends will thank you for it.

Until next time, stay safe and GO CAMPING!!!

 

 

 

 

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