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.

 

 

 

 

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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
  • Digital timer- up to 15 hours                                                                                                                                    ss
  • 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.

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

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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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Family Firearm Safety Course

Brocks Gap Training Center is hosting a Family Firearms Safety Course to teach the whole family how to handle, use and safely operate a firearm. This will be a two part course that will last about four hours. The two parts consist of classroom training as well as hands on training. This course is designed for beginning shooters and young shooters, but parents are welcome to take the class as well. This course is designed to teach:

  • Proper firearm safety techniques
  • Types of firearms
  • Shooting fundamentals
  • Target shooting
  • How to select, clean and store a firearm
  • Preventing firearm accidents on the range and at home

The course dates are one a Month until the end of the year:

  1. September 12, Thursday. 5:00P.M. - 8:45P.M.
  2. October 10th, Thursday. 5:00P.M. - 8:45P.M.
  3. November 7th, Thursday. 5:00P.M. - 8:45P.M.
  4. December 12th, Thursday. 5:00P.M. - 8:45P.M.

This training course is going to be a fun learning experience for everyone and will promote a happy and safe future of shooting sports. For pricing and registration please contact certified NRA Instructor Jim Reichard. I am going to post his contact information as well as Brocks Gap at the bottom of this blog.

Contact Information:

Certified NRA Instructor Jim Reichard

205-617-9967

nrainsructorjim@gmail.com

Brock's Gap Training Center, Inc.

3721 South Shades Crest Road

Birmingham, Al 35244

www.brockgap.com

 

Thank you and safe shooting,

Grayson Barnes

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New Game Check System for the 2013-2014 Hunting Season

Alabama Harvest Record

New for the 2012-2013 Alabama hunting season is improved Game Check system. This is the same as the Harvest Records we had to keep in the past, but now you will be required to report every Deer and/or Turkey harvest to the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries(WFF). The reason for this is so biologists of the WFF will be able to accurately study the deer and turkey population in Alabama to improve the hunting in our state.

The process of reporting your harvest is not much different than it was in the past. You still write down the date of harvest and the antler configuration before you ever move the animal. After that you call the WFF at 1-800-888-7690 or go to www.outdooralabama.com/gamecheck to report your harvest. You need to provide your hunting license number, the county where the deer/turkey was killed, sex of the deer and whether the deer was killed on public or private property.

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Ammo too Expensive or not avaliable?

Hornady LNL Classic Kit

With recent times ammunition has become not only scarce, but prices are also starting to rise. This is where a reloader will have a "one-up" on the people who buy factory ammunition. Whenever a person who reloads wants to shoot all he or she has to do is sit down and load however many round they want. Be it 50 or 500 the quantity does not matter. If you are one who does not reload then you have to get in your car, drive to the store and buy your ammunition. That might be a 100 round box or in some cases all you might be able to find is a 20 round box. This is why it would be advantageous for someone who shoots a lot to get into reloading.

If you are wanting to get into this hobby Hornady has just the solution for you. This is their Lock-N-Load Classic reloading kit. With the exception of brass, powder, primers,projectiles and dies, this kit comes with everything you need to get started reloading. Here is a list of the included items:

  • Lock-N-Load Classic single stage press
  • Lock-N-Load powder measure
  • Electronic scale
  • 8th Edition Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading
  • Three Lock-N-Load die bushings
  • Primer catcher
  • Positive priming system
  • Hand-held priming tool
  • Universal reloading block
  • Chamfering and deburring tool
  • Primer turning plate
  • One Shot case lube

Series 2 pistol die setAnother piece of hardware you will need to start reloading is reloading dies. Unlike the Hornady Lock-N-Load reloading press, reloading dies are specific to every caliber. Pictured here is the Hornady Series 2 Pistol die set (9mm to be more specific). The far left die is the full length sizer die, middle is the case mouth expander die and the right is the bullet seating die. So not only is each die set for a specific caliber, but each die in that set has a specific use.

If you have never reloaded before I highly recommend reading as much information as possible. The Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading is an excellent source of information on not only cartridge specifications but also a beginners guide to reloading. Here is a YouTube video of Hornadys Lock-N-Load Classic kit.

Come out to the Hunting department in Bass Pro Shop and will we be more than happy to assist you with your reloading questions.

 

We look forward to seeing you,

Grayson Barnes

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Pre-Owned Inventory at BPS Leeds, Alabama

Summer's winding down and the temps are starting to cool off a little.  So just like late Winter into Spring, it's time to start thinking about some Fall fishing

A great way to do that if you are ready to get in to a reasonably priced boat is to take a look at our Pre-Owned Boat Corral located just outside the showroom to the left of our Power Pros service bays.

Right now we have 5 pre-owned boats ready for the right owner.  From a NauticStar 1910 Bay  Boat with a Yamaha 115 4Stroke with low hours to a great little beginner boat in a Tracker Pro V-17.  We have a Triton 17 Explorer with a 90HP Merc Optimax.  We even have an G-3 Aluminum boat rigged with a 40HP Yamaha JET drive outboard, ideal for fishing rocky areas near dams. And a really nice Fisher Marsh Hawk ready for those Fall croppie and bass.

Pre-Owned Line Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These boats are priced to sell, and ALL have been through our Power Pros'  32-point Check List. 

Stop by the next time you're out this way and check out our Pre-Owned Specials, as well as our MODEL YEAR CLEARANCE.

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Duck Commander Plug & Play

Coming soon! The latest and greatest in the Duck Commander series. Arriving soon will be the new Duck Commander Plug & Play video game. Be one of the first to get it! (This game does not require a game system. It simply plugs into your television set.)

Watch the demo video below:

http://www.basspro.com/Duck-Commander-Plug-and-Play-Video-Game/product/13041606115820/

With this game, you can

  • Blast your way through multiple levels of waterfowl, beavers, and frogs
  • Simply plug into the TV - no video game console or software necessary
  • Features Phil, Uncle Si, Willie, and Jase
  • Makes a great gift for Duck Commander fans
  • Ages 8 and up

Be an honorary member of the Duck Commander family and join Phil, Uncle Si, Willie, and Jase as you blast your way through multiple levels of waterfowl, beavers, and frogs with the Duck Commander Plug and Play Video Game. No video game console or software needed, simply plug this game in and play on any TV. This Duck Commander Plug & Play Video Game is a great rainy day activity for kids and kids at heart! 3 AA and 3 AAA batteries required, not included. Ages 8 and up. Imported.

Watch our store site for the game's arrival! As soon as we receive it, we will post it!

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