Kayak Fishing

Fishing is a sport that more people enjoy recreationally each year than golf and tennis combined. From catching catfish and panfish, to fishing for big money in professional bass tournaments, we all have one thing in common, we love the challenge of locating and catching fish. Millions of people are already in to fish, whether they are fishing off the bank or in a beautiful Nitro Bass Boat, they already have a passion for being in nature and spending quality time with their children and family members. Now the question is if I am a beginning angler or maybe even someone that has never fished before in my life how and where do I start? That question can easily be answered if you have a Bass Pro Shops near by. There is no better place to go to get all of the gear and equipment you will ever need, as well as having access to knowledgeable associates that are always willing to assist in any way possible. Getting tips and asking questions from experienced anglers is a great way to jump start your learning into a life long passion for fishing.

Now fishing can be expensive and most beginning anglers don't need to get a big fancy bass boat. While fishing from the bank in small private lakes or ponds can be very rewarding and a fun place to start, at some point you are going wonder what that other side of the lake has to offer. The best way to access those rarely sought after fish is with a fishing Kayak. Bass pro shops offers a wide variety of options from sit in kayaks to the extremely popular and my personal choice, the Ascend FS12T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak. A sit on top kayak makes a great fishing platform that an angler with good balance can even stand on for improved casting ability. The opportunities with a kayak are endless, not only are they a good way to get on the water, but they are very fun for exploring places that a bass boat can not possibly get too. Areas such as creeks or small ponds with limited shore access are often loaded with fish that rarely see a lure, and are an absolute dream come true to a diehard angler.

Bass Pro Shops offers a wide variety of options you can add on to the kayak as well. Accessories such as Ascend Deluxe Sit-on-Top Kayak Seats, rod holders, and SEA-LECT Designs Zig Zag Cleats can all be found at your local bass pro shops or on our website. I would recommend trying to keep your tackle selection simple, as well as wearing a good pair of Sperry Top-Sider Sea Kite Ultrathong Sandals, which will provide important grip and comfort for stand up fishing. When I fish out of a kayak I will bring two rods, one spinning and one bait caster. With the limited room this will be all you need. When looking for a rod and reel combo that is versatile and can be used with a variety of baits and techniques there are some specifications I will always look for. For the bait caster a 7 foot medium heavy Temple Fork Outfitters Gary Loomis Signature Series rod is a perfect choice. From flipping and pitching in heavy cover, to casting spinnerbaits this rod will do the trick. It has enough strength and power to horse big fish out of thick cover, but not so much that other techniques can't be used. Having a spinning rod with you is also important if you want to throw light weight or even weightless soft plastic lures with light line. One of the very most effective baits for fishing shallow water in ponds, creeks, rivers, or lakes, is with the Bass Pro Shops Stik-O. These baits can be rigged either weedless, also known as texas rigged with no weight, or wacky rigged, which is rigging the bait directly in the center. Either way will catch an incredible number of fish, especially in places where they have never been seen before.

So if you're interested in getting into fishing but just can't quite take the leap, start by coming in to Bass Pro Shops and checking out all of the incredible things they have to offer. Bring the whole family and you will have a blast checking out all of the amazing attractions at the store, as well as learning how to begin to utilize and enjoy what nature has to offer. Don't forget that at your local Leeds Bass Pro Shops we offer fly fishing classes every month. Our tying classes are on the first and third Monday of each month and our casting classes, weather permitting, are on the second and forth Saturday of each month. So take advantage of having a Bass Pro Shops near you. We can't wait to see you here and share our passion for the outdoors. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

 

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An Open Mind Equals More Fish In Your Boat

In fishing there are never any guarantees. As soon as you think you have them figured out and there is no way you can't load the boat on any given day, they are notorious for throwing you a curve ball. While this is frustrating at times, failure is the fuel that keeps diehard anglers like myself and thousands of others coming back for more day after day. The common fact amongst all hard core anglers is a determination to master the fish and figure them out, while we all know we can never completely understand what those pea brained fish are thinking and doing. So what is the key to overcoming the constantly changing conditions, and fish behaviors? This is a tough question, and the fact is fishing is a life long learning process that no matter how long you've been doing it you still won't be 100% successful. But there are a few key things that can help improve your odds day after day on the water.

Becoming a consistent angler starts with mastering the techniques you use. So what I like to do is start simple. Choose a technique that you like to do such as fishing a soft plastic worm. Go out on the water and fish with it day after day. Use it shallow, use it deep and just figure out as much as you possibly can about that certain technique. Once you feel confident in it the best thing you can do if you want to learn and become a better angler is to put it away. Now take a technique like crankbait fishing, and bring three rods with you. Have a shallow square bill style crankbait on the first one such as a Spro Little John, and have it ready to go if you want to fish in some shallow water. On your second rod have a medium diving crankbait, something that will reach 8 to 12 feet, a Strike King 5XD is a good choice for reaching that middle depth range. Now for your last rod go big tie on a deep diving bait, my favorite is a Spro Little John DD for this situation. It is a perfect bait for reaching depths over 15 feet and will catch you some really big deep water bass. So the next step is going out on the water. Now whether you want to fish deep, shallow, or in between throw nothing but a crankbait you will be amazed at how versatile the crankbait is and grow your confidence in the fish catching ability of the crankbait. You can use this system for any bait or technique you can think of. The key is just leaving the rest of your tackle at home so you're not tempted to switch up when things slow down. Trust me it really works. This is also a great way to learn new techniques such as spoon fishing or throwing a jig. Expanding your fishing arsenal is a big key to success under any conditions.

So once you have all these options and skills under your hat the next and probably most difficult step is knowing when to make the decision of when to adjust and put down one thing for the other. The only way you can effectively and consistently make the right decisions is by always keeping an open mind. A stubborn person does not make for a very consistent angler. While during a certain time period you will shine, the majority of the time you will be left in the dust. Just two weeks ago on the Coosa River I was fishing a night tournament. My partner and I immediately got on the fish and started bringing them in the boat. We ended up with over 14 pounds that night and won the tournament. The very next week conditions were similar, the one major difference was the fact that the current had gone from 3 turbines to 1 turbine. We decided to stick with are pattern from the week before and caught nothing but small fish. A few days later just fun fishing I figured out that the fish had adjusted and we failed to follow their move. All they did was pull out to the next deepest cover. Everywhere I went I would just search for the next available cover a little bit deeper and sure enough I found the fish. Had I kept an open mind and been able to adjust quicker our results could have been very different. The very best anglers in the world can adjust on a dime, they don't get stuck in their ways and what they did the week before or even the year before. They have lots of options to choose from and they are never afraid to abandon ship and switch gears to find the fish. If you can master this as an angler you will be amazed at the consistency you will begin to see in your fishing results. I still struggle with this and while I know what I need to do putting it to use takes years of experience and wisdom. So don't get discouraged and keep learning as much as you can. There is truly no better way to become a great angler then time on the water! And remember I work at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, AL, so if you ever have any questions or just want to talk fishing you know where to find me.

I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

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Fall Hunting Season Is Fastly approaching

It might be hot and humid right now in mid July, but Alabama's fall hunting season will be here before you know it. The cool breeze will soon be upon us and that can only mean one thing,  Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic! This years Fall Hunting Classic will be filled with activities, guest appearances, great savings and hunting seminars. Running from August 2 to August 18th

Here is the schedule of events for the 2013 Fall Hunting Classic:

  • August 2-18: Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic
  • August 2-7: Bow Trade In.
  • August 2-11: Instant savings on Guns and Safes
  • August 3: Bass Pro Shops Hunting University with Pro Appearances
  1. Hank Parker with "The Science of Broad heads" at 12:00pm and "How to Properly Use Deer Attractants" at 3:00p
  2. Fred Eichler with "Dangerous Situations" at 1:00pm
  3. Lee and Tiffany Lakosky will be doing a question and answer session as well as signing FREE autographs!!!
  • August 8-13: Scope Trade-In
  • August 9-10: Daily Specials
  • August 9-11: Hunter Appreciation Weekend:
  1. Friday August 9: Rick in our Archery department teaches "Tips For Bowhunters" at 6:30pm and Kraig from Archery teaches "Tactics for hunting Deer" at 7:30pm.
  2. Saturday August 10: Kraig from Archery teaches how to hunt for antler sheds at 1:30pm, David From Archery teaches "From the Field to the Table, how to fry a turkey" at 2:30pm, at 3:30pm Audie from archery tells his tips and techniques for hunting, Mike from the hunting department will give an introduction to Competitive Handgun, Shotgun and Rifle shooting and at 5:30pm will go over choosing the correct camouflage clothing for your needs.
  3. Sunday August 11: Mike from hunting does another introduction to Competitive shooting at 1:30pm, Kraig from archery goes over his tactics for hunting whitetail deer and lastly Greg from the hunting department will go over his tips and techniques for hunting at 3;30pm, choosing the best scent control at 4:30pm and choosing the right optics at 5:30pm.
  • August 14-18: Binocular and Range finder Trade-In
  • August 16-17: Daily Specials
  • August 17-18: Next Generation Weekend, activities for the children:
    • Next Generation weekend is August 17-18, Noon-5pm and includes: Free Kids Archery, Free Kids Crafts, Free Photo Download, Free Giveaway and a Free Kid's Seminar going over 10 safety tips.

 

This years Fall Hunting Classic is going to be bigger than ever. Please come join us as the local and National Pros will be here to help you improve your skills in the woods. All schedules are attentive and subject to change. I will be posting a more detailed schedule as the time gets closer to August.

Thank you,

 

Grayson Barnes

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Tent Sale

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Looking for a good bargain? Check out our store wide clearance event going on from July 20-July 28th, We are going to have savings all throughout the store. Now is a good time to start picking up the kids' school clothes, the hunter some extra camouflage, or even something special for yourself. Make sure that you make Bass Pro Shops in Leeds a stop this weekend. We will have an outside tent sale and special deals inside, as well.

Also, while you are here... make sure that you register for a chance to win a trip to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to see the Professional Bull Riders in person.

For these great deals and more, make sure you check out our website at www.basspro.com

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New at Bass Pro Shops, CMMG 300 AAC/Blackout AR-15!!!

CMMG 300 BlackoutNew here at Bass Pro Shops is an AR-15 rifle chambered in 300 Blackout. The rifle is manufactured by CMMG Incorporated. CMMG manufactured not only full AR-15 rifles but they also manufacture AR-15 parts and accessories. This company was founded in 1999 and has been growing exponentially ever since. They now offer everything from magazines to a fully built rifle like we have here.

The specs on the rifle are:

  • Caliber - 300 AAC BLACKOUT.
  • Barrel - 16" M300 Profile Barrel, WASP Treated 4140 Chrome-Moly Steel, 1:7" Twist, 5/8-24 Threaded.
  • Hand Guard - M4 Hand guard.
  • Sights/Gas Block - Flat top/railed gas block.
  • Trigger assembly - Factory Trigger.
  • Magazine - 30 Round  P-Mag.

 

300 AAC Blackout  The 300 AAC Blackout(7.62x35 MM) is fairly new to the industry, but since the 300's acceptance by SAAMI(Sporting Arms Ammunition Institute) the cartridge has been gaining popularity. If you are unfamiliar with the 300 Blackout it is basically a .223rem case cut down and re-necked to fit a .30 caliber projectile, but its actual parent case is a .221 Fireball. Having the same case as a .223rem this means that the 300 blackout will function in a magazine designed for a .223rem and hold the same capacity. Now you might be asking yourself "What is the 300 Blackout good for?" Here are some of the advantages to this cartridge:

  • Subsonic ammo that will cycle an AR
  • Uses standard .223rem Magazine and bolt
  • Better muzzle energy when compared to a .223rem
  • Wide projectile selection (.308")

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The 300 Blackout is becoming very popular with hog hunters. The low recoil, light noise crack and excellent energy producing make it a perfect fit for hog/pig control. Combine this cartridge with a suppressor and you will have a quiet, reliable rifle that will suit your needs.(Please check local game laws. Not all states/game can be legally hunted with a suppressor. Look here on how to obtain a suppressor).

Here is a YouTube video of what this round sounds like subsonic/suppressed vs. supersonic.

Now every pro has its cons. The only cons I could think of were slightly more expensive to shoot, factory ammo is a little harder to find(but what ammo isn't right now) and bullet drop after two hundred yards is significant.  These cons should not steer you away from this rifle. It is an excellent choice. Shoot one and you will realize what I am talking about.

Stop by Bass Pro Shop and ask an associate behind the gun counter to see this rifle. I am sure you will be impressed.

Grayson

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PBR National Event in Leeds

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Join us this year for our Professional Bull Riders Event at the Leeds Bass Pro Shops on July 27 & 28! The event will be from Noon-4pm with lots of fun for the whole family!

  • Stick Bull Riding - see who can "ride" the stick pony the fastest by racing each other
  • Bull Roping - Test your skills to see if you can "rope a bull"
  • Free Crafts - Make a Leather Wristband
  • Face Painting
  • Free CowBells to the first 100 children
  • Enter to win a VIP Trip to the PBR in Ft. Lauderdale

Saturday Only:

  • Meet Josh Moore from 1-2pm

Sunday only:

  • Best Cowboy or Cowgirl contest
  • Judging begins at 2:30
  • Winner receives a $50 gift card

 

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Get Rid of Those Pesky Bugs!

Ahhh!! Those carefree days and lazy nights of summer are in full swing - swimming, fishing, hiking, camping, kayaking, and.....BUGS!!!! 

Don't let a few bugs spoil your fun. Come on in to Bass Pro Shops and check out our selection of insect repellents.  We carry a variety of products, from sprays and patches, to wristbands and thermacells. We even carry repellent for clothing.  

Don't like to use those chemicals? We can help you with that, too. Try out our Flyshooter Bug Gun or our Bug-a-nator Electronic Insect Zapper. Your kids will love to use these and you won't have to worry about the chemical repellents on their skin.

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We also have a variety of mosquito nets to help protect you when you are outdoors. Check out our head nets, nets to cover your sleeping bag, and even nets to cover your cot.

So, whatever you are doing this summer, don't let those pesky bugs spoil your fun. Come by and visit your local Leeds Bass Pro Shops or check out our website @ www.basspro.com  and get prepared today. You and your family will have a much more enjoyable summer!!! 

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Until next time, stay safe, have a great BUG FREE summer, and GO CAMPING!!!

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Night Time Summer Crappie Fishing

Crappie are by far one of the most popular fish across the country. Some reasons for that are: they are decent fighters on light line, they generally school up in large numbers, and they are absolutely delicious to eat. Another great thing about crappie is how predictable their movements are. While some fish are very difficult to track and keep up with the crappie normally are where they're supposed to be. This easy to pattern quality makes them a perfect species for a beginning angler to target.

While in the spring time they are generally shallow, during the summer months the majority of the crappie school up in deep water around the thermocline level, where the water is rich with oxygen which attracts small organisms like plankton, and in return attracts baitfish such as shad and other minnows. If you can find these ingredients then the crappie will not be far away. Crappie are aggressive feeders when you get them fired up and it is not uncommon to catch more 50 fish in one area. Crappie are common in the 7 to 11 inch range, but you never know when a 16 inch or bigger crappie might bite, and that is a blast to fight on light line.

The best time to target summer time crappie is definitely at night.  Now one of the keys for night time fishing is attracting the baitfish to your boat. The way to do this is by using a light of some some such as the Optronics Floating Fish-N-Lite or a Bass Pro Shops Submersible Fish Light. The baitfish will gather around your boat and like I said earlier the crappie will not be far behind. A lot of the time when fishing this way your boat will be sitting over 30 feet of water with the fish suspended feeding up off the bottom in about 10 to 15 feet.

I would recommend using either 4 or 6 pound test line. When fishing regular jigs with no flotation I prefer Trilene 100% Flourocarbon, it's low stretch, sensitive, and the fact that the line actually sinks is perfect for this presentation. Artificial baits will work great. The Bass Pro Shops Baby Shad in a variety of colors is my artificial bait of choice. Rig these soft plastics on a small 1/16 ounce jig head and simply drop the bait down into the school of fish. While artificials will catch alot of fish there is honestly nothing that will works quite as well as live minnows. Hook your minnow through the tip of the nose on a Gamakatsu Bait Holder Hook in a size 2 or 4 depending on the size of crappie you are catching. Pinch a reusable split shot about a foot up the line and you are ready to go. For this light line and light weight technique there is no better rod and reel setup then the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Combo. It is light weight and sensitive, yet still has a soft tip so that you won't tear the hook out of a crappies paper soft mouth.

If your looking to get into fishing this is a great way to start, and there is nothing better then providing for your family by putting fresh crappie on the dinner table. Make sure you always check your state regulations to find out what the size and quantity limits are in your local area, and most importantly enjoy yourself while spending time out in beautiful nature. I'll see you on the water!

Joey Nania

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Keys to Fishing Current

As you already know, the eastern half of the United states has gotten far more rain then normal up to this point. This abundance of water has really changed the behavior of the fish population compared to the last several years with very little rain. Most of the regions rivers and reservoirs have been flowing at an incredible rate, creating heavy current and fairly dirty water conditions. While these conditions can seem overwhelming to some people, they actually create some great fish catching opportunities if you know what you're looking for.

When the current is flowing hard the bass and other species will orient themselves on structure just out of the main current. Pieces of cover such as boulders, trees, docks, points, and islands, near the main channel are prime things to target. They create a perfect break in the current where the fish can stack up and sit while expending very little energy. In these current breaks the fish will basically hang out and wait for the food to come to them. The shad and baitfish will be around these same pieces of cover as well making for a feeding frenzy when you get in the right area. Every fisherman searches for that one spot where they can catch multiple fish while hardly moving the boat. This is generally very hard to find, but with the current like it is right now, and has been so far this year, locating a big school of fish is easier then ever.

Once you have located a school of fish there are some details that are very important so you can maximize the number of fish you can catch out of one spot. Fish will generally position directly behind or in front of the piece of cover facing into the current. As they sit they wait for things to wash down towards their face where they can easily strike. This being said boat positioning is critical. Position your boat down stream from the cover you are attempting to fish. Make your casts up current from the structure you are fishing and let the bait wash down to the fish.

So when you have you're boat positioned correctly there are a few types of baits that I will fish. I generally will start out searching for these schools by casting crankbaits. Select you're bait depending on the depth of the structure you are fishing. For water deeper then 10 feet I always pick up my Spro Little John DD. This bait is perfecting for making long casts above the structure and grinding the bait into the cover creating a reaction from the fish. For cover shallower then 10 feet a Strike King Pro-Model 5XD will get the job done. Don't think just because the water is warm that some fish won't position very shallow in current conditions, so don't be afraid to try even shallower diving crankbaits such as square bill type lures. Color selection can be important, when the current is flowing normally the water color will be dirty, for me this points to bright colors like a citrus shad or a chartreuse blue back. But most of all use something that you are confident in and stick with it searching and you will find fish.

Often when you find a school of fish on your crankbait after catching several of them they will quit biting. I always have some sort of slow moving soft plastic or jig ready to go. This will generally catch you a few more fish even once the school has shut down. A shaky head worm is normally my first choice. My head of choice is a Gamakatsu Skip Gap Head, I rig a soft plastic straight tail worm on this and let the current wash the worm down to the fish. I also love to fish a finesse jig in this situation. Either a War Eagle, Stanley, or Bass Pro Shops brand will work great. Rig the jig with a Zoom Super chunk trailer and you're ready to go, and don't be surprised if the jig picks you up one more big fish out of the school.

So give the current a chance and take advantage of the conditions mother nature has created. Brave the elements and catch a big one. I'll see you on the water!

Joey Nania

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New Winchester AA Tracker Shotgun Shells

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Back in January Winchester announced its next innovation in the shotgun world, Winchester AA tracker shotgun shells. This new product will allow shooters to see where their shot is "tracking" and will advise them as to whether they are high, low, quick or slow when shooting clays.

 

This is all possible from the AA Trackers newly designed wad. This new wad has deep cuts in the bottom that captures 1/8 ounce of shot to give it more mass. This allows the wad to fly on target and stay on target down range. Another advantage to these new wads is they are offered in two different colors. This allows you to pick the best option for your backdrop.

 

Winchester AA Tracker

 

 

Overcast day or shooting along a wooded backdrop? Then the fluorescent wads are going to suit you best. The fluorescent will stand out on the dark backdrop where as a normal wad you might not ever see. Shooting on a bright clear day? Then the Black wads will be easily visible  in the clear blue skies. The two different wads can be easily identified by the color of the shotgun shell itself. Fluorescent orange for the orange wad and black for the black wad.

 Here is a YouTube video of Winchester AA Tracker in action.

 

 

Whether you're a professional shooter, weekend clay slayer or a beginner that has never fired a gun, Winchester AA Tracker will be a fun way to train yourself to be a better shooter. Bass Pro Shops now has the AA Tracker so stop by the hunting department and ask an associate to "see" what all the hype is about!

 

Grayson Barnes

 

 

 

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New Species New Thrills

In the United States alone 1,154 native fish species can be found. This being said many anglers tend to focus all of there fishing attention on one or two species, often forgetting about what their local lakes and reservoirs have to offer. In the Southern part of the US Bass fishing is definitely king with with Crappie fishing a close second. Crappie and bass definitely take most of the attention. In this article I want to show you some different species that can sometimes be overlooked. What I like about angling for different species is the numerous challenges that they bring along with them. By challenging yourself with different species you will grow as an overall angler and gain a better understanding of how the entire echo system works in your local lake, river, or reservoir.

The catfish is a species that is probably 3rd behind the Crappie and Bass. While they are fairley popular many people consider them to be trash fish, or bottom feeders. In many cases that is not true. In any southern water system you will find a variety of catfish species such as channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish. While they are all in the same family they behave different from one another.

The Channel Catfish is the most abundant in the US. They are extremely tough fish and can survive in extremely low water qualities meaning you can find them in just about any pond, lake, creek, or river you can think of. They are great to eat and will also put up a very strong fight. Channel catfish are generally the species you are eating when you go to a restaurant and are often farm raised for this purpose. They can be caught on anything from earthworms, nightcrawlers, minnows, cut bream, and chicken livers. They also have a great sense of smell making them very vulnerable to stink baits. Channel Catfish spend almost all of their time on or near the bottom making a heavy weighted rig the best. If you are a bass fisherman you probably know about the Carolina Rig, a slightly modified version of this is a perfect rig for channel catfish as well. The rig starts by sliding a Bass Pro Shops Egg Sinker on your line. The weight of you sinker should be determined by 3 factors, the depth you are fishing, the amount of wind you are facing, and also if there is current. For ponds and small lakes a 1/4 to 1/2 oz should be plenty. In bigger rivers or reservoirs it might be necessary to use up to a 4 oz weight in order to keep the bait down on the bottom. Once you have you sinker in place you attach a swivel, followed by a short 12 to 24 inch leader and your hook of choice. 20 lb test Bass Pro Shops Excel Monofilament  will work great for this and a Gamakatsu Octopus Hook in a size 1 to 1/0 is perfect for most situations. Channel catfish are rarely caught over 25 pounds with most from the 1 to 6 pound range making them perfect size for the fryer.

The bigger species in the catfish family are the flathead catfish and the blue catfish. The world record Flathead catfish weighed in at an incredible 123lbs and they are commonly caught from 10 to 30 lbs. The world record blue is 109.25lbs and are normally pretty big when you catch them. Unlike the channel cat flatheads and blues are predators. They eat all sorts of aquatic animals, such as bass, bream, crappie, shad, crawfish and even other catfish. For these catfish I recommend using fresh cut fish as well as live bait, fished on the bottom with the same carolina type rig you would use for channel cats just with heavier weights and bigger hooks. Make sure you use heavy line as well because these fish are extremely strong and have incredible stamina putting up a strong fight for a long period of time. I would suggest a heavy baitcasting combo such as the Bill Dance Catfish Baitcast Rod and Reel Combo in the 9 or 10 foot model. These will give you the strength you need to handle a true fish of a lifetime.

So if you want to search of something new on your local body of water the catfish has a ton to offer. But probably the most overlooked fish is the gar. There are three species of gar. The longnose, the spotted, and the alligator. Gar are generally considered to be trash fish but trust me they are a lot of fun catch. While the longnose are normally 1 to 3 feet long the alligator gar can grow up to 10 feet in length. The smaller species are much more common and can be found in many different lakes and river systems. Some of their main characteristics are their sharp needle like teeth and there extremely bony head and mouth. This poses a slight problem for hooking them with congenial fishing hooks. One of the best ways to catch a gar is with a small 1 to 3 inch piece of frayed rope. While the mouth is almost impossible to penetrate the rope will tangle in the teeth and allow you to bring them to the boat. Gar normally feed off the surface so no weight is the weigh to go. This can be difficult for spinning equipment so what I like to do is fly fish for them. Fly fishing allows you to cast a weightless bait long distances and also creates a great challenge when fighting a strong jumping gar. Give it a try and you will be hooked on what it has to offer. All of your angling needs can be found at Bass Pro Shops, and make sure to ask an associate if you have any questions! I'll see you on the water!

Joey Nania

 

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More Than A Gun Safe

RedHead 1856 Collection Gun SafeOne common misconception about a "gun" safe is just that, they are for and only for guns. While this may be true, there are several other uses for a gun safe other than guns. Yes, the most common safes are designed around guns but that should not restrict you from storing other valuables in the same area as your guns. Guns safes in production today offer ample storage for guns as well as other belongings. Let us think of it as a "Valuables safe" rather than a gun safe.

While guns are very valuable they may not be a top priority to some people like they are to others. A video of a childs first steps, black and white photographs taken by past generations, passports, birth certificates, tax documentation, jewelry, cash and electronics are just some examples of products other than guns that a safe would be excellent for.

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Okay, now you might be asking "What am I keeping my valuables protected from?" Fire, theft and storms are the more common occurrences that one would think of. A safe can withstand a 1200 to 1400 degree fire anywhere from 30 minutes up to one hour. Safes are designed with burglars in mind with a combination lock and upwards of 13 steel rods to keep the door locked. This will have a burglar spending more time prying his hair out than prying on your safe. Safes are also heavy and this will help keep them put when a storm is present. Combine that with lag-bolts anchoring the safe to the floor and even the strongest storms will have trouble moving your gun safe. These are the common aspects that a safe can keep valuables protected from, but lets not forget about how a dog can turn a $1000 camera into a chew toy while you are out getting milk or how your son might mistake your baseball autographed by Bo Jackson for his practice ball to hit in the back yard.

Whether the valuables you are protecting are of monetary or sentimental value, a gun safe will keep them protected from lifes unfortunate events. Ranging in sizes from 9 cubic feet with a 10 gun capacity up to 45 cubic feet with a 51 gun capacity, varying outside dimensions and different levels of fire protection,  Bass Pro Shops has a wide variety of RedHead and Browning safes that will suit your needs. Stop by the hunting department of Bass Pro Shops and tell an associate that you want to look at our safes. We will be happy to assist you with choosing the right safe for your needs and answering any questions you might have.

Grayson Barnes

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Why are Costa Sunglasses the best?

 

 

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Costa Del Mar Sunglasses is a designer and manufacture of high-end polarized sunglasses for use in water sports such as fishing, sailing, and surfing and everyday use. Costa was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Daytona Beach Florida. Costa Del Mar products are sold within Bass Pro Shops or online at the following site https://www.costadelmar.com/

Costa Del Mar was founded the same year that a NOAA nature sanctuary asked the company for a donation of polarized sunglasses. The first lens developed by Costa Del Mar was the Costa 400 material. In 1986, Costa Del Mar created the Costa 400 in a glass lens. Today the list of personalities that use Costa Del Mar keeps on expanding but some personalities that use Cost Del Mar sunglasses include Jose Wejebe, Cindy Garrison, Blair Wiggins.

Costa Del Mar provides 52 styles and 8 lens options of polarized eye wear, and 18 frame colors. The lenses are manufactured in three different materials: CR-39, Glass, and polycarbonate. Each of these lenses offer different attributes mainly focuses on durability, optical clarity, and scratch resistance. Every lens made by Costa is 100% polarized and offers 100% UVA, UVB, and UVC protection.

Costa Del Mar offers two quality lenses. The Costa 400 is offered in all three lens materials, and it eliminates glare at the 400 nanometer mark. This allows for clearer vision and reduces strain on eyes.

The Costa 580 is the companies premium lens collection. It was introduced in August 2000. This lens eliminates glare at the 580 nanometer mark. Specifically it reduces the amount of yellow light that penetrates the lens; yellow light is the hardest light for the eye to process. This nearly completely eliminates glare, allowing enhanced color saturation and definition. The 580 lens was originally only made in glass but are now available in polycarbonate.

Costa Del Mar are our number one selling sunglasses here at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds. We would love for you to come into the store and let one of our sunglasses specialist help you with your Costa needs. If you are shopping online please let us know if you see a style that you like, because if we do not have it in our current stock we will try our best to special order them in for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us for all your sunglasses needs. Thank you very much and have a wonderful day.

 

Phillip Barnes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Perfect Time To Take a Child Fishing

It looks, and feels like summer is finally here. The kids are out of school and the weather is absolutely perfect for getting them outdoors, and specifically on the water. In this early summer time frame many different things are happening on our southern reservoir systems. The annual migration of Bluegill are now making their nests in the shallow sandy areas as well as the billions of shad that are spawning around seawalls and marina docks. Making this time of year perfect for taking your children fishing.

Just like other species, when bluegill are on their nests they are extremely aggressive, and the best way to get a child hooked on fishing is for them to catch numerous fish. I like many other anglers fuelled their love of fishing at a very young age catching countless numbers of bream and never getting tired of it. To this day I still love watching a fish pull my bobber under the surface. It is just something that never gets old. The way I used to catch them was very simple, and you can get everything you will need at Bass Pro Shops! A simple Bass Pro Shops Round Plastic Float with a small Bass Pro Shops Premium Reusable Split Shot Weight above a Bass Pro Shops Baitholder Hook and your ready to go. Baits such as live red worms work great, and if you prefer artificial bait the Berkley PowerBait Micro Power Wiggler is a perfect choice. Also, if your children need a beginners rod and reel setup Bass Pro Shops has that too at a very affordable price.

So take the time to come on in to Bass Pro Shops and give your children the opportunity to fall in love with the outdoors just like I had growing up. Chances are you will create a passion that will stay with your child for the rest of their lives as well as a family bond that will never be forgotten. Take them out with the right equipment and let them catch as many fish as they want while still not making them stay out longer then they want and the rest is history!

I'll see you on the water!

Joey Nania

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Come get your 5.11 Tactical Apparel now

5.11

Please come visit us at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds to see our 5.11 tactical clothing selection.  Here at the store we carry a large selection of 5.11 apparel from shirts, pants, belts, hats, and certain accessories. So please do not hesitate to come and see our collection.

To all of out law enforcement out there first we want to thank you for your service to your community and state. Second we want to make sure that you are well equipped to do your job on a daily basis. So please come see our hunting clothing department staff so we can show you our selection of 5.11 tactical clothing.

A little about 5.11 clothing:

5.11 tactical creates superior products that enhance the safety, accuracy, speed and performance of law, enforcement, military and firefighting professionals. 5.11 is built on a foundation of durability, quality and value, 5.11 tactical leads the industry in delivering functionally innovative gear, head to toe.

5.11 Mission statement:

We are innovators who make purpose built gear for the most demanding missions.

What does 5.11 stand for?

5.11 Tactical pants with the trademarked tactical strap and slash pocket design were originally developed for rock climbing. 5.11 is a rock climbing difficulty level as listed in the Yosemite Decimal System. With skill levels ranging from 5.0 to 5.10, 5.11 is even more grueling. 5.11 is officially defined as, "After through inspection, you conclude this move is obviously impossible; however, occasionally someone actually accomplishes it.

We look forward to showing everyone our new 5.11 Apparel, so please come visit us in our hunting clothing department ASAP!

 

Phillip Barnes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deep Summer Cranking

Summer is here and while many fish still live in shallow water the majority of the fish population spend most of the summer months on deep water structure. A wise man once said while fishing the bank 90% of the fish are behind you. This statement is generally true, and while deep water fishing can be overwhelming and difficult to master, it can also be very rewarding.

When fishing the bank generally you are looking for individual fish catching one here and there. Now when fishing off shore you are searching for the honey hole, a spot or area holding sometimes hundreds of fish. Some keys to look for when searching for deep water fish are points, humps, ledges, rock piles, shell beds, or man made brush piles. Having a good depth finder and GPS unit is very important to mastering deep water fishing. When I am looking for a school of fish offshore I generally will use my GPS on my Lowrance HDS-8 Gen2 Fishfinder to study and locate where drop offs or humps are located. Once I've chosen a couple different places to look I will drive my boat over the hump or drop off, while using my fishfinder to look for brush piles or rock piles. While searching I always have my Bass Pro Shops Marker Buoy in my hand ready to drop it where I see structure that looks promising. This will give you a perfect reference point so you can properly work the structure. The final key to look for while searching is bait fish, if you don't see balls of bait near the bottom you are probably not going to get bit and should search for a different area.

So all of this preparation and searching takes place before an angler has even made a cast. Deep water fishing is really more like hunting, where the preparation and searching is just as important as making a good shot. Once your preparation is complete and you have found an area with all of the proper ingredients then it is time to go to work. There are many different ways to catch offshore fish once you have them located, such as a, carolina rig, football jig, or a texas rigged worm, but my very favorite is a deep diving crankbait. Crankbaits allow you to make relatively quick casts fanning around the area searching for the proper angle to trigger a strike. What I mean by proper angle is, every fish has a certain presentation or cast that will be the best for triggering it to strike, and this can very from day to day or week to week, so keep an open mind. With your marker buoy in place a circle the wagon technique is hard to beat. Simply begin on one side of the structure and work your way around the buoy throwing casts from many different directions and at many different angles. Once you have triggered a fish to bite always throw back with the exact same cast. More often then not you will find that one specific cast through an exact spot will get you bit over and over again.

When deep cranking I like to use a 7'9" TFO Gary's Tactical Series Rod accompanied by a Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier Baitcast Reel with a 5.2:1 gear ratio. This slower gear ratio will make cranking in big billed crankbaits easier as well as allowing your bait to reach deeper depths with still a good amount of line out. With high speed reels by the time your bait hits the bottom your bait will be half way back to the boat. The slow winch type reel is the way to go. The bait that I have the most confidence in is the SPRO Little John DD Crankbait. Others such as the Strike King 6XD Series and the Bomber Fat Free Shad will also catch fish, and sometimes the fish can be very picky changing which one they prefer from day to day. To make the baits achieve their maximum depth potential, long casts and light line are very important. Generally I will use 10lb or 12lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. And don't forget the key to catching crankbait fish whether in shallow water or deep water is to make your bait hit the bottom and contact the cover.

Keep your bait down where the fish live and are feeding and find the proper angle, and then hold on tight. Deep water fish are generally big and healthy and i'd be willing to bet that the very biggest fish on your lake lives on deep structure in the summer months. Remember starting today May 28th and ending June 16th Bass Pro Shops Father's Day sale is going on. One of my favorite items on sale is the Bass Pro Shops Crankin Stick which is a perfect affordable rod to get started with crankbait fishing from deep water to shallow. This would also make a perfect gift for a fisherman looking to expand his arsenal and grow as an angler!

I'll see you on the water!

Joey Nania

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Wondering What To Get Dad For Father's Day

Your problem is solved. Instead of giving that same ole shirt, socks, or tie, give a gift from Carhartt!  Spend $100 on Carhartt merchandise and we will mail Dad The Ultimate Dad's Day Gift Box.

Valued at over $75 the gift box contains:

  • A Carhartt Knife by Case

  • A Carhartt Hat

  • A Bass Membership

  • A Carhartt Lure

  • A Stanley Gift Card

This offer is good from May16th to May 26th.

Check out our website www.basspro.com for more information about Carhartt products.

For more information about this offer go to: www.carhartt.com

Remember Dad this year with a gift from Carhartt.

 

A New Item that we have in our Carhartt section is the Relaxed Fit Sleevless Tee Shirt. This item is available in four colors, and comes in sizes M - 2XL. They are $15.99. 

We have some great new items that are just perfect for summer. Come to see us or visit us online at www.basspro.com

 

 

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Apparel Deals at the Go Outdoors Sale

We have some exciting items that are going to be on sale during the Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors Sale. We always get lost in all the other items we need for the outdoors  and forget that we offer an exciting range of apparel products available for the whole family. The following are some great deals that we have that for the whole family during the sale. Fathers day is right around the corner so don't forget to come in and buy some clothes for them hard working men in your life as well.

 

Redhead Short-Sleeve Pocket T-shirt & Henley 2 for $20 (3xl-5xl 2 for $26) or just $15.99 each

Sunday May 26th ONLY - Redhead 8-pocket Hiker Shorts- $14.99

5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants- $69.99

5.11 Covert Classic Shirt or 5.11 Pro Long Sleeve Shirt- $49.99

5.11 Taclite Pro Vest $74.99

5.11 Performance Polo $39.99

5.11 T-shirts your choice $16.99

New Redhead Augusta Polo - $19.99

New Redhead Seersucker Shirt $19.99

New Redhead Castmaster Utility- $29.99

Redhead Finley river Shirt & Colorblock Polo -$14.97

Redhead 5-pocket Denim Shorts $14.97

Redhead Shorts:

Summit ll Shorts- $17.97

Fulton Cargo Shorts -$17.97

Rock Ridge Cargo Shorts $19.97

Katy Trail Cargo Shorts- $24.99

Ripstop Cargo Shorts $24.99

Trailhead Cargo Shorts- $ 29.99

Ladies Apparel:

Natural Reflections Pintuck Henley Tank - $19.99

Natural Reflections Drawstring Shorts - $14.99

New Natural Reflections Tie Dye Shirt $19.99

New Natural Reflections Henley Pocket Tank- $14.99

New Natural Reflections Board Shorts - $19.99

 

Also check out our website below for other great apparel offers:

http://www.basspro.com

 

This is only the beginning of all the great sales we have going on in all of our apparel departments. Please when you come in shop for the whole family we offer apparel in Men's, Women's, Kid's and Camo Clothing. Our great apparel staff will be happy to help you with any needs that you may have, so please come in and see us as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you over in our apparel department at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds. Oh and by the way let us know you saw this blog, so we can continue to feed you'll great apparel sales within the store.

 

Phillip Barnes

 

 

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Summer Fun Kick Off This Weekend

This weekend is the official kick-off to summer for our store. We begin with our hugh Go Outdoors Event. Join us on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19 for these great activities:

 

May 18-19

Summer Fun Seminars!

Seminars

Wear it Right - 11:30 and 3:30 p.m... - Learn the five important steps of choosing and fitting a life jacket through a short film. Attend the seminar and be entered into a drawing a life jacket afterwards!  

Geocaching 101 - 1:30 and 4 p.m. - Our experts show you the basics of Geocaching for fun with friends and family.
Attend the seminar and be entered for a chance to win a Geomate.jr GPS unit! GPS units only available at basspro.com.

“Priorities of Survival” - 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 p.m. Seminars in cooperation with Bear Grylls Gerber Survival This will be a powerpoint presentation. (NOT a personal appearance by Bear Grylls)

Cooking Demos - Saturday and Sunday, Noon-5 p.m.

11:00-5:00 ATV Obstacle Course - Take a test drive on one of the latest ATVs available. There will be a road course with obstacles.

3:00 p.m. Bassmaster Opens - Professional fishermen weigh in at our store after fishing 3 days on Logan Martin Lake.

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Graduation Begins a New Chapter

Graduation is the time of a person's life when one door closes and another door opens. It is an exciting time for both the graduate and his/her family. One of the age old questions, is what to get a person who is celebrating this milestone? Will this person go off to college and study to obtain a degree? Will they go straight into the work force and choose a career path? or will they enlist into a branch of the military and "Be all You can Be"? Whatever choice they make, we have a gift that is sure to be a great one.

 

pepper spray

 

For the female in your life who may be heading to college, or just simply out of your sight, how about pepper spray? This provides a sense of security for both the parents and the young adult. Walking to and from a car, across campus, jogging or walking in the neighborhood, hiking? Pepper spray is an easy step toward their personal safety and your peace of mind. We also carry pepper spray for men, as well. Look for it in our camping department and through out the store.

 

 

game

If you are not sure about what to get the person who has everything, how about some outdoor games. Bass Pro Shops carries a variety of outdoor and indoor games. The outdoor games include ladder toss, tailgate toss, washer toss, and yard darts. If the graduate has time on their hands but limited amount of money to spend, get them a game. This will give them hours of fun for free. Whether they play by themselves or call up a group of friends, they are sure to have a blast.

 

 

movie

For those days when it rains and there is nothing to do, how about a DVD or book collection for your grad. Bass Pro Shops has a large selection of  DVDs and books available for purchase. From hunting to fishing instruction, bloopers and blunders, and even Duck Dynasty, we have a DVD sure to please everyone. Don't forget to check out our selection of movies, while you are in the store.

 

 

gift card

Regardless of whether you give something personal such as jewelry or clothing, the graduate in your life will be pleased with the idea that you thought of them. Our home decor section offers bedding and assorted dorm room accessories. We also carry a variety of wall art. When in doubt, the absolute perfect gift for any occasion that is available on-line as well as in the store is a Bass Pro Shop gift card. A gift card is great for any person and can be spent in three easy ways: on-line, catalog, and in-store.

 

To check out these great gift ideas and more, go to www.basspro.com

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