The Growth of Fishing

Looking back over the past 50 years it is amazing how much the fishing industry has changed. For starters look at the difference in rods and reels. While the old equipment such as the standby Ambassadeur 6000 model are extremely reliable, the comparison to todays reels is not even close. New reels such as the Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite are incredibly strong as well as lighter then ever before, weighing in at a incredible 5.9oz. With innovations like this the old school products are definitely great collectors pieces but are not practical for use in this day and age. The construction of new lightweight rods has also changed the world of bass fishing with anglers able to buy incredibly light sensitive rods at a very affordable price. Getting yourself outfitted with great products is now easier and more affordable then ever with Bass Pro Shops stores all across the country where you can get all of your outdoor needs fulfilled and still have money left over to put some gas in the boat.

The lure industry has also changed immensely. New innovations are coming out almost every month as professional anglers help companies design exactly what they need to catch more fish and win tournaments. Years ago if an angler was going to start fishing it was fairly simple with soft plastic worms being just about all you needed to put fish in the boat. These days if you walk into a Bass Pro Shops and ask for a soft plastic worm there are over 20 different companies that produce them and 10 different styles to choose from. Look at the choice between a Zoom Soft Plastic Finesse Worm or a Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series Stik-O-Worm. Both of these are great fish catching baits but have different times when they should be thrown and different methods of rigging other then the original texas rig. This can be overwhelming to a beginner looking to get started in fishing. That's why Bass Pro Shops makes sure that they hire product knowledgeable employees that can always point costumers in the right direction to get out on the water and catch more fish.

No innovation in the lure industry over the last five years comes close to what was introduced last year in the FLW Tour event on Lake Guntersville. This is where the bait named the Alabama Rig hit the fan. The rig itself consists of five wires connected to a led or plastic head, on the end of each wire is a swivel where you connect your preferred jig head and favorite soft plastic swim bait, such as the Yum Money Minnow. All of this put together and you have the best imitation of a school of bait that has ever been reeled past the face of a fish. Record breaking 5 fish limits of fish have been caught in tournaments across the country because of this rig. Reports of multiple fish being caught on a single cast are also very common. Make sure to read your state fish and game regulations as some states only allow the use of 1, or 3 baits at a time. Also, when using the Alabama rig or other rigs like it such as the Bass Pro Shops Deadly 5 War Path make sure to fish responsibly and help protect the resource by releasing the big female bass that this rig will surely fool into biting.

As you can see things have definitely changed. While the old school products and techniques still work you can greatly improve your fish catching results by adjusting with the times and trying out these new innovations. So head to your nearest Bass Pro Shops and pick out a new lure you have never used before, leave your confidence bait at home and throw only the new lure for a few fishing trips. By doing this you will increase your confidence in the technique and greatly improve your chances of catching fish no matter what the conditions hold. Bettering yourself as an angler is what it's all about, and this is a great way to do just that.

I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

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Great Coyote Hunt success in Western Alabama!!!

Welcome back Bass Pro Shoppers!It's always a pleasure to see all of you returning to see what's new and happening!Today I'm showing a coyote hunt video shot in Western Alabama. This amazing video was shoot last year, but still a amazing predator kill!So check it out!

 Published on Apr 4, 2012

Episode 1024: Join Terry Denmon and Phillip Robison (a.k.a Coyote Rob) on a coyote hunt in western Alabama.

 

Thanks again for stopping by and checking out what's going on at your one and only outdoor store, Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Alabama. thanks Rebecca at the Gun Counter

 

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Have You Tried Uncle Buck's Batters and Such Lately?

If your really haven't tried any of Uncle Buck's batters, you don't know what your missing.  Whether you having a fish fry or cooking breakfast, we have what you need. 

We'll start with our Fish Fry.  It comes in Original, Original Light & Krispy, Mild, Hot & Spicy and Hot Spicy Light & Krispy.  Our Chicken Fry comes in Original and Hot & Spicy.  We even carry Beer Batter which seems to be a favorite. 

I sampled fried dill pickles this past Saturday using Uncle Buck's Original and Mild Batters and they were outstanding. 

If you're looking for something for breakfast, we have Biscuit Mix, Cream Gravy Mix and Pancake Mix.  I've personally tried the gravy mix.  Just add water or milk and a little sausage grease and it's as good as Grandma's, but much easier. 

If you're having a fish fry, we have the Hushpuppy Mix.  If you prefer your own hushpuppy recipe, start with Uncle Buck's Cornbread Mix and add your favorites ingredients.  To make battering that fish a little less messy, try one of our Better Breaders located  in our Camping department.  I'll be using one for the pickles too. 

And we can't forget about desert.  Uncle Buck's Fruit Cobbler Mix is wonderful.  Just add your favorite fruit and you've got desert. 

All these can be found in our General Store and they're a deal at $3.99 each.

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Expand Your Fishing Arsenal

When you walk through the doors at one of Bass Pro Shops amazing stores for the average person it can all be somewhat overwhelming to take in. Every department is fully stocked with the latest and greatest products on the market today. If you are an angler coming to Bass Pro Shops for the first time to see the amazing fishing department you will notice it is jam packed with rods, reels, baits, and tackle everywhere you look. This is a lot to take in and the honest truth is that every fishing lure in the store has the potential to help you catch fish.

I have a great system that I utilize as a professional bass fisherman that helps me to expand my options and ability on the water. It's all about expanding your arsenal, and in doing that you will also increase your success rate on those tough days when the fish just won't bite your old stand by, or what we call a confidence bait. Having confidence in a certain lure or technique is great but every fisherman will run into days where for some reason it just flat out won't work.

For all different levels of fisherman it is very important that you don't limit yourself to one bait or technique. Every bait that is on the shelves is there for a reason and that is because it catches fish if you stick with it and also understand how, when, and where to use it. The way I grow as an angler is I choose a bait that I know has potential but I've just never taken the time to experiment with and I go use it all day long. Now this sounds simple, but it's not as easy as it sounds. I've found that if I have my confidence bait sitting right behind me I will continually loose faith in the lure I'm out there to learn about and pick up my old stand by after going through a period of not getting many bites. So for me I have to not temp myself and leave my favorite lure behind for the day. If I do that I've found that sooner or later I will catch fish on the new bait, and better myself as an angler.

The first bait I ever did this with was a  Stanley Jigs Original Casting Jig. A jig is a bait that is notorious for catching big fish, but I had never given it the time that was needed to gain confidence in it so I could feel good about throwing it. After experimenting with the jig on my home lake I got on a pattern catching fish off docks and the rest is history. The jig is now one of my favorite weapons while fishing all over the country. I have done this with many different baits such as the Bass Pro Shops Deadly 5 Shad Rig which is a fish catching machine in the spring and winter but you have to stick with it to ignite a school and make it work.

Being a successful fisherman is all about increasing your options and expanding your arsenal to choose from, and you have to have confidence in the technique to make it work. So this year give it a try, every 2 months go pick out a new bait or style of fishing that you are not comfortable with. Leave your favorite baits behind for the day and you will be amazed at the results. Whether you are a weekend angler or a touring professional this system will help any one who wants to grow as an angler. That's what it is all about learning and bettering yourself as you get older in all aspects of life.

I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

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Meet a Pro!

This year's line up of professional fishermen has just been released! We have an outstanding line up for you! Come on out during the weekend of March 1 - March 3 to meet some of today's hottest pros. Here is a run-down of the professionals and the classes they will be teaching:

March 1st

5 pm PreSpawn Tactics - Tommy Martin

6 pm PreSpawn Techniques - Dave Lefebre

7 pm It's PreSpawn Season - Stacey King

8 pm Springtime Fishing in Alabama - Chris Lane

 

March 2nd

11 am Fishing Around the Spawn - Tommy Martin

12 pm It's The Pre-Spawn Season - Stacey King

1 pm Ledge Fishing Techniques - Terry Bolton

2 pm Techniques for Pattern Fishing - Roland Martin

3 pm The Little Things that Make Big Differences in Fishing - Scott Martin

 

March 3rd

1 pm Spider Rigging with Plastics for Monster Crappie - Dan Dannanmueller

2 pm The Use of Crawfish Colors - When & Why - Dennis Tietje

 

If you are not familiar with these professionals, check out the information below:

 

Tommy Martin

Tommy Martin

1974 BassMaster Classic Champion

Career Top-10 Tournament finishes 5 

Home: Hemphill, TX

 

 

 

Dave LeFeBre

Dave Lefebre

9 time FLW cup qualifier

2 FLW tour wins

Career Tournament Wins 5

Career Top-10 Finishes 45

Home: Erie, PA

 

 

 

Stacey King

Stacey King

12 time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier

2 time B.A.S.S. winner

3 time FLWChampionship Qualifier

Career Top-10 Finishes 8

Home: Reeds Spring, MO

 

 

 

Chris Lane

Chris Lane

2012 BassMaster Classic Champion

3 Time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier

Career Top-10 Finishes 18

Classic Wins 1

1st Place Finishes 4

Home: Guntersville, AL

 

 

 

Terry Bolton

Terry Bolton

11 time FLW cup Qualifier

Career Top-10 FLW Finishes 40

Career Tournament Wins 2

Home: Paducah, KY

 

 

 

Roland Martin

Roland Martin

9 time BassMaster Angler of the Year

Career Top-10 Finishes 6

Home: Naples. FL 

 

 

 

 

Scott Martin

Scott Martin

5 time FLW Tour Champion

2011 Forrest Wood Cup Champion

Career Tournament Wins 6

Career Top-10 Finishes 27

Home: Clewiston, FL

 

 

 

Dan Dannenmueller

Dan Dannenmueller

2011 & 2012 Crappie Masters Angler of the Year

 

 

 

Dennis Tietje

Dennis Tietje

Bassmaster Elite Series Pro

Top Ten Finishes 1

Home: Roanoke, LA

 

For more information about these great fishermen and more, check out the following web sites:

http://www.bassmaster.com/anglers

http://www.flwoutdoors.com/community/angler-profile/

Remember that all classes and professionals are subject to change. For more information follow us on Facebook and visit our store web page at www.basspro.com for all of our event information!

 

 

 

 

 

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New Camo Pattern For 2013

Turkey season is almost here, the opening date this year is March 15th. Camo apparel has some really neat new colors for the 2013 season.

The new Realtree Xtra and Xtra Green camo bring pattern reality to life. Camo pattern leader Realtree has developed the industry's most realistic pattern ever. Today the company unveiled its Realtree Xtra camo pattern, also available in Realtree Xtra Green.

The breakthrough in camo pattern realism comes from a combination of design and printing technology that delivers three distinct fields within one camo pattern. a foreground, mid-ground, and background.

'New Realtree Xtra and Xtra Green truly live up to their names, giving hunters extra effectiveness in the field, ' said Realtree Designer and President Bill Jordan. 'All through development process, we focused on creating incredible depth, visual confusion and 3D effects in the pattern mid-ground, backgrounds while still retaining total sharpness and detail in the foreground elements. The result is as close to nature as ever gotten."

The Realtree Xtra and Realtree Xtra Green camo designs feature 12 warm, natural colors-one with more green. The new designs provide all-season utility for hunters and outdoors people. Their subtle shadows, highlights, and  textures blend with terrain and lighting conditions more than any other pattern available, making Realtree Xtra the most versatile camo on the market.

Visit www.Realtree.com/huntailseason for a true, in depth look at the patterns. To shop for this pattern and others that Bass Pro Shops has to offer, visit www.basspro.com

Realtree Xtra

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Uncle Buck's Deli welcomes you to the spring fishing classic!

We would like to invite you to visit Uncle Buck's Deli as you shop at the Leeds, AL Bass Pro Shops. Our friendly staff looks forward to satisfying your appetite with a tempting array of items.

It's that time of year - the fishing classic is back!  While you are in the store stocking up on your fishing needs, come on over to have lunch or dinner with us! We have a variety of made to order sandwiches, including: Black Forest Ham, Oven Roasted Turkey Breast, Corned Beef, Pastrami, Bologna, Roast Beef, BLT, Tuna Salad and our signature sandwich - freshly made Chicken Salad. We are proud to serve all -beef Nathan's Hot Dogs as well! Grilled Cheese and peanut butter and jelly round out our sandwich offerings.

Any of these sandwiches can be made into a Big Bass Combo with the addition of any of our sides: potato salad, our own pasta salad, fruit salad, chips, a dill pickle or a cookie, and a 16 oz. fountain drink.

In the mood for something a little lighter? Try one of our salads - we would be glad to make you a  Caesar, Chef, Greek or Southwestern!

Did you know that we make all our fudge on site? Stop in for a free taste - maybe you'll catch our fudge makers whipping up a kettle or two of the best tasting fudge you've ever tried! Take home one piece or a special of buy four, get two free!

Enjoy some hand-scooped ice cream to top off your visit or take home some of our Bavarian roasted nuts!

Keep up with our store on facebook - we will be posting our weekly deli specials.

We look forward to visiting with you in the Deli!

Mary Heaven

Team Lead

Uncle Buck's

 

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Prepare For The Invasion!!!

While many of us in Alabama (myself included) have enjoyed the unusually mild temperatures this winter, there is an unfortunate consequence coming our way-BUGS, BUGS, BUGS!!!

If you plan on spending time outdoors in the coming months, whether it be hunting, fishing, camping (you get the idea) these bugs could become a real problem for you and your family this year. If you are like me, you don't like the idea of smelly lotions, sprays, or oils containing chemicals on your family's skin. So, what to do?

ThermaCELL products may be the solution for you. These specially designed products use a butane cartridge to heat up a mosquito repellant mat. The heat vaporizes the repellant, allowing it to rise into the air, creating a 15x15 ft. mosquito-free zone. This repellant is a synthetic form of allethrin, a repellant that occurs naturally in chrysanthemum flowers and is not harmful to humans and pets.

Why should you use ThermaCELL products?

  • They are extremely effective and virtually odorless
  • They are small and portable
  • There is no open flame
  • There is no chemical contact with skin or clothing
  • They can be reused (with refill)-all ThermaCELL products use the same refills
  • Available in both lanterns and appliances

Available accessories:

  • Appliance holsters
  • Swivel light
  • Refills

The appliance holsters fit all standard size ThermaCELL appliances and secure to your belt or another object for hands-free carrying. They easily attach to a tree-stand, branch, boat, or backpack. There are two colors available-olive and Realtree APG Camo.

The swivel light clips to ThermaCELL appliances, hats, belts, and most outdoor gear. They emit a 15 ft. beam of white or green light, one color at a time. The light swivels to direct  the beam and has 4 green and 4 white LEDs.

Refill butane cartidges and mosquito repellant mats are available. Each cartridge lasts approximately 12 hours and each mat approximately 4 hours. A single refill pack comes with 1 butane cartridge and 3 insect repellant mats. Each value pack comes with 4 cartridges and 12 mats.

Finally, ThermaCELL products are easy to operate.  You simply load the butane and pad, slide the switch to the on position, and click the start button a few times to light the butane. A light at the top of the device indicates it is working properly. When you are finished, simply slide the switch back to turn the device off.

For more information, please visit www.thermacell.com or come on down to your Leeds Bass Pro Shops and check out our selection of devices and accessories. We look forward to helping you make your selection.

As always, stay safe and GO CAMPING!!!

Tracye

 

 

 

 

 

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Hog Hunting From Helicopter Video!

Welcome Bass Pro Shoppers!!!!Today I am going to introduce you to the best hog hunting with crossbow video that's out there right now. It's a killer video and you've got to watch it. Plus with Predator Hunting coming up soon i figured why not get the buzz on this video out there. Hope you enjoy it as much as us at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Alabama did!!!

Thanks again stopping by to see the latest buzz from Hunting.Hope to hear from all using the comment box. Rebecca in Hunting in Leeds, Alabama

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Look What's in Camping!

Last month, I gave you a little bit of information about our gifts department. I hope that you read and enjoyed "It's All About the Gift"  (http://blogs.basspro.com/blog/bass-pro-shops-leeds-al/its-all-about-the-gift) published on January 16th. This month I would like to focus on our camping department.

Bass Pro Shops camping department has it all! Whether you are gearing up for a camping trip, planning an outdoor barbeque, processing your own meat, or simply looking to accessorize your vehicle, our camping department can help you with any task. If you haven't had a chance to take a stroll though our camping department, let me tell you what all you are missing! You are missing hundreds of items featuring various name brands at bargain prices. Now, in order to see them all, you will have to come into the store and stroll isle after isle, but, I will try to highlight what I can (until you can make the trip)!

Tent

Our camping department has a vast selection of your basic camping needs. We feature a variety of tents to fit your needs including cabin tents, backpacking tents, and dome tents. Whether you're looking for a tent to fit just one person or a whole family, I am sure we have one that is sure to be the right size. We carry great name brands such as Boulder Creek, Ascend, Coleman, http://www.coleman.com/Products/11000/tents and (of course) Bass Pro Shops.  We also carry all of your tent accessory needs including, but not limited to, extra stakes, tent fans, tent lights, and replacement poles. In order to sleep in your tent, you must make a decision about a sleeping bag. Come check out our hugh selection of sleeping bags from Ascend, Bass Pro Shops, Coleman, Redhead, and North Face. If a sleeping bag is not in the cards for you, we have other alternatives including cots, sleeping pads, and air beds.            http://www.basspro.com/Brand-Boulder-Creek/Camping-Tents/_/N-1z0vai1Z1z0ux88

 

   First aid kit               

After the decision of what type of tent and sleeping bag suites your needs, don't forget about all of the other camping accessories. We offer a variety of toilets and showers. (Which my daughter believes are the absolute must-haves for camping!) We also have various sunblocks, repellents including ThermaCell, water treatments, vacuum bottles, and heaters.You definitely do not want to leave home without a map and a compass. Our camping department has a variety of maps available for you! One thing I know is a must have on my check list, when we go camping, is a first aid kit. Our camping department has an assortment of first aid kits to fit your needs.

yeti

 

Coolers are also a must have for the camping trip. We offer a variety of sizes and name brands of coolers, including the indestructible Yeti! Camping stoves, camping cookware, camping tableware, and flashlights should round out your list of supplies. We have a vast selection to choose from including our extensive collection of Lodge cast iron cookware. If you are in to the simple side of meals, check out our freeze dried meals. They are lightweight and easy to pack.

 

Canoe

If your camping trip takes you into an area of rugged terrain, try picking up a couple of trekking poles to help you make the climb. If you do plan on taking a long hike while you are camping, don't forget to check out the backpacks that are available in our camping department. If your walk leads you to search for treasure, don't forget to take a metal detector with you. Regardless of whether you are taking a short trip or long one, don't forget to get a camel back to help you with your hydration. If you find that hiking is not on your list of things to do, maybe you would be interested to know that we sell a variety of canoes and kayaks.

Grill

 

Did you know that our camping department is more than just camping supplies? We also offer a large variety of grills. Yes, I realize that the two are connected but, you don't have to go camping to use a grill and you don't have to own a grill just to go camping. Our grill selection includes names such as Brinkman, Browning, Char-griller, Coleman, and Masterbuilt. We have grills that are made for propane, charcoal, or both. We sell flavored wood chips and lump charcoal, along with marinades and seasonings. We offer fryers, as well. We have deep fryers, fish fryers, and turkey fryers for all your wild game cooking needs.

 

dehydrator

Along with our selection of grills and fryers, we have all your essential needs to process your own meat. We carry meat grinders, meat slicers, wild game processing kits, food savers, and dehydrators. We have all of your processing needs including sleeves for sausage and seasoning mixes. Once the meat is processed, you can freeze it using one our our food savers or get it ready to fry by using a breader.

 

truck

 

Last, but certainly not least, our camping department offers a variety of accessories for your vehicle. From floor mats to seat covers, we have the vehicle accessory that you are looking for. We carry steering wheel covers, key chains and air fresheners from names brands like RedHead, Browning, and Bone Collector. Don't forget to check out our decals, license plate frames, and car covers. We also have deer alert sets for your vehicle. While you are here, check out our GPS selection in the marine department.

Well, I hope that the next time you are in the store, you will check out our camping department. Until next month.... Enjoy the outdoors!

 

http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/camping/checklists.htm

http://www.coleman.com/checklists/

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Backyard Birders...This is for you!

According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, more than 62 million Americans are backyard birders. 

Most people believe bird feeding to be a winter activity as winter migrants travel through Alabama and flock to our feeders, but true birders look upon it as a year- round  hobby. 

Winter feeding is more appreciated by birds than summer feeding.  This is especially true of those species that would normally migrate further south but instead stop briefly here in areas with feeding stations.  So, in all fairness to the birds, winter feeding should not end until well into spring months when other food sources are plentiful or until the birds have begun to migrate to northern breeding areas.

If you are interested in seed feeders, many different feeders are available and should be chosen according to the birds you want to attract.  Platform feeders are favorites because they generally hold a lot of seed and provide a perching area for several birds at a time.  Covered platform feeders are recommended because they protect food from rain.  Hanging feeders, especially those with small perches, attract smaller songbirds and will be used less frequently by larger birds like cardinals and blue jays because they tend not to like the swaying feeders.   Whatever type of feeder you choose, make sure to keep it clean and free of wet and moldy food.  Moldy food can poison birds.  A tip about bird seed, if you end up with bugs in your bag of bird seed, put the bag in your freezer.  This will kill the bugs and let's face it, that's just added crunch for the birds.  We carry Oil Sunflower Classic, Black Oil Sunflower,  Finches Favorite, Nyjer Seed, Safflower Spree, Sunflower Hearts, Premium Blend and Wild Bird Food

For those birds who may not be attracted to seed feeders, suet feeders may be their food of choice.  Suet can be dispensed in cages, baskets, bags, logs, pinecones and other imaginative dispensers and will attract birds that normally eat insects.  Here at Bass Pro Shops we carry a vast variety of suet, including Apple Dough, Hot Pepper, Hearty Suet Mix,, Woodpecker, Bird's Blend, Blueberry Dough, Orange Burst, Berry Blast, Peanut Cake and Peanutty Raisin.  I hear that the birds love the Hot Pepper suet but the squirrels do not, so if you're having a problem with squirrels you may want to try this one.  By the way, our suet cakes sell for $1.19.  I hear that that beats the prices at the local big box store.

All your supplies for winter bird feeding are available in the gift department at your Leeds Bass Pro Shops. 

The above information was provided by Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Jan Denard

Team Lead Gift Department

OW32, Leeds, AL

 

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Bass Fishing For Beginners

Fishing is about as wholesome and pure as it gets in the world today. I personally was introduced to fishing at a young age when my dad took me down to our dock and waved a fish in front of my face. I have been hooked ever since, not just on fishing but also on anything related to the outdoors. I still thank my Dad as often as possible for helping to instill that passion in me. I am also grateful for the bond that it created between us and the many great memories neither one of us will ever forget. As a parent, an introduction to the outdoors is one of the greatest gifts you can ever give to your child.

It is very important to know where to start if you're thinking about getting yourself or your family into fishing. The best way is by taking a trip to your nearest Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. At Bass Pro Shops you will find yourself surrounded by the cutting edge in fishing and outdoor gear as well as all the products that a beginner would need to get started. Associates that are experienced in their departments in which they work in will always point you in the right direction.

If you are an adult looking to get started bass fishing, the best rod and reel type you can get is a spinning combo such as the Pflueger Trion GX-7 Spinning Rod and Reel Combo. This is a great quality set up for a affordable price. For a beginning set up for a child, I would recommend a spin cast combo. Spin cast combos are easy to use and hard to mess up making them perfect for a child who is just getting started. A Zebco Bill Dance Select 33 Rod and Reel Spincast Combo would work out great with good quality and again the undeniable plus of affordability. These rod and reel combos are just what any angler needs to get started.

Bass Pro Shops is full of fishing lures which can make the task of selecting the proper fishing lure to use extremely overwhelming. There are so many great options but in my mind the very best choice is a soft plastic stick bait. The original model of the bait I am referring to is the Gary Yamamoto 5" Senko. Bass Pro shops also has their very own model of the bait which is called the Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series Stik-O-Worm Soft Plastic Jerkbait. These are both great options and work best when rigged with a size 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG Worm Hook. This lure is simple and works best when it is fished very slowly letting the lure fall down all the way to the bottom and then lifting the rod tip and repeating letting it fall back down. Now don't be fooled by it's simplicity the soft plastic stick bait also catches big bass, and has been used to win bass tournaments as well.

So take a trip to Bass Pro Shops and get all of your fishing needs taken care of. If you are having trouble finding any of the things mentioned in this article just simply find a fishing associate and ask them where you can find the products mentioned here. There is no better time to get started fishing then in the spring of the year, and coming soon to all Bass Pro Shops across the country is the annual Spring Fishing Classic from February 22 through March 10. There will be educational seminars given as advertised by some of todays top pros. This will be the perfect opportunity to ask questions and to hear some incredible insight on how to become a better fisherman.

I hope to see you there!!!

Joey Nania

 

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Don't miss out on the "GREAT YEAR-END DEALS" on "NITRO Z6"

ALL ANGLERS WELCOME!

We have a few 2012 models left and the price is right with lots of extras.  Not only do you get V.I.P New Boat Owners Discount Card that gives you 20% discount on Bass Pro brand products and 10% on other name brand items, but this package comes with a 5 year motor warranty, a free strap on cover and a $500 Gift Card to spend as you wish.  Whether you are a weekender or a tournament fisherman this is a great boat to get out on the water and enjoy what mother nature has to offer.  So stop by and visit any of our knowledgeable boat consultants.

Nitro Z6 Year End Close Out

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Gearing Up For Turkey Season! The Gun You Have To Have!

Welcome Bass Pro Shop Customers!

Ok ladies and gentlemen we have a gun that once I tell you about it you're gonna want it in your gun safe!!

 

gun

This is the Remington 870 SPS Super Mag Camo Shotgun with Thumbhole Stock!

Overview:

The most dependable slide action of all time in a design that will go the distance with deadly precision, whether your target is the crease behind a buck's shoulder, a wily coyote or a big red head. The model 870 SPS Super Magnum Turkey/Predator w/scope is an all inclusive, all-camo package put together with devastating implications for birds at extended range and predators that close the distance. Along with the ambidextrous freedom and handling ease of our supshot pistol grip stock with grip-enhancing overmolds, it features a highly maneuverable 20" barrel and a TruGlo® red/green selectable illuminated sight mounted atop its pre-installed Weaver-style rail. It handles 2 3/4", 3" and 3 1/2" 12-gauge rounds interchangeably. A black padded sling and Wingmaster HD™ Turkey/Predator Rem™ Choke are included.

Key Features:

  • 12 gauge, 2 3/4", 3" and 3 1/2" chamber

  • 20" barrel Turkey/Predator Extended Rem Choke included

  • ShurShot pistol grip stock with black overmolded grip panels

  • TruGlo 30mm Red/Green Dot Scope (Model TG8030DB) pre-mounted

  • Fully Mossy Oak Obsession camo coverage

  • Includes padded, quick-attach sling

 

The Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Alabama we were listing it for $599.97. Now it's on sale for $579.95!! What a steal! But, if you come in before March 24th...you can really get a good buy for $549.95 after mail-in rebate!! Hope you come on out and see us soon.

Thanks, Rebecca in Hunting!

 

 

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Four Reasons I Succeed at Turkey Hunting

Welcome Bass Pro Shoppers!

Today i would like to talk about some surefire ways to succeed in your turkey hunting season. Bass Pro is going to have some free events and workshops in the month of March. Some Very talented guests will be here showing you how to turkey hunt ike a pro. More information and details are listed below.

 

Selecting the Right Gun and Equipment and Proper Maintenance

(March 2nd & 3rd 2pm-3pm)

Let our gun experts show you how to choose the right gun and accessories for a successful hunt. The will also instruct you on how to properly care for and maintain your firearm for safety and proper function. It would also be a great way to teach young coming up hunters some safety tips.

 

hunting cleaning

 

Turkey Hunting Accessories Including Blinds, Seats, and More!!

(March 9th & 10th 2pm-3pm)

Our hunting experts will demonstrate the newest equipment available for a successful hunting season.

 

blind

 

Choosing Camo Clothing for Spring Turkey Hunting

(March 16th & 17th 2pm-3pm)

Let us help you in selecting the right camo pattern or hunting vest for you hunting style. Our expert hunting staff will walk you through the pattern that works best for your needs.

 

camo

 

Turkey Calls and How To Use Them!

(March 23rd & 24th 2pm-3pm)

Join our experts as they demonstrate a variety of turkey calls and how to use them to get that big boy in.

calls

 

Thanks again for all the readers and the chance to serve yall!

Rebecca in Hunting.

 

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Introducing the New Terminal Tackle Short Sleeve Polo by Columbia

Bass Pro Shops has a wide selection of name brand clothing in our men's apparel. This selection includes apparel made by Columbia. Check out our newest addition to the Columbia family. Introducing the New Terminal Tackle short sleeve polo by Columbia:

This Shirt is part of Columbia's Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) Series.

  • Features include: Columbia 's Omni - Shade Technology.
  • This shirt offers an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50
  •  You can enjoy the benefits of Sun Protection in all of your outdoor Adventures.
  • Columbia's Omni - Wick Technology will also help to keep you dry and comfortable by working to move and disperse sweat away from the body.
  • The Terminal Tackle Polo is available in sizes Small to 2X large. Available in 6 colors:
  1. Sunlit (golden yellow)
  2. cool grey
  3. black
  4. white
  5. bright peach
  6. vivid blue
  • The Terminal Tackle Polo is priced at $30.00 and is sure to keep you looking good and feeling cool no matter what adventure you're on.
  • The Terminal Tackle shirt is available in long sleeve, as well.
  • For more information, check out www.columbia.com or www.basspro.com

So, stop by men's apparel and see more of this great collection. Vickie, Pat, Gail, Denise, Kara, Kathy, Lacey, and Amber would love to assist you, in our men's apparel department, for all your apparel needs. Also, while you are shopping, don't forget to check out the great clearance deals starting at only $14.97!! Stock up now for your next year's winter wardrobe.

Columbia

 

 

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Sannibel Shirts

For the woman that loves to fish or enjoys the outdoors,but wants to look good and keep cool while doing it, check out our Sannibel Island or Plaid Sannibel Nylon Shirts by World Wide Sportsman at Bass Pro Shops Leeds. Both shirts feature: 

  • 2 vents on front above chest pockets
  • 1 vent across upper back
  • Long sleeves with a tab to secure sleeves in a rolled up position
  • These shirts utilize the latest in Ultra-Violet Protection Technology

The Sannibel Island Shirt comes in 4 solid colors each with a UPF of 50: White; Teaberry; Margarita; Blue Curacao.

The Plaid Sannibel Nylon Shirts have a UPF of 15 and comes in 2 colors: Blue Curacao; Teaberry.

The prices of these shirts range from $34.99 to $39.99.

Stop by and see Becky, Jessica, Joy, or Leia for more information on these particular shirts, or anything that catches your eye!

If you would like to preview these shirts, as well as other items in our apparel department before you visit the store, visit our website at www.basspro.com

 

Sannibel

 

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Spring Time Lipless Crankbait Fishing

Spring is here for the southern half of the United States, bringing with it a variety of opportunities to catch hungry, healthy bass. You should notice this time of the year that most of the fish you catch will have huge protruding bellies. The reason is that the water is warming and the bass are aggresively feeding to get ready for the spawn that will soon follow. This aggresive feeding, along with eggs in their bellies, makes the winter to spring transition an anglers best opportunity to catch a true trophy. Many of the fish are easily accessible, staging in shallow water on small gravel and clay points near spawning pockets. While there is a variety of different ways to catch these aggresive fish, one of the most effective is on a rattling bait, also called a lipless crankbait.

The originator of this style of bait is the Bill Lewis Original Rat-L-Trap. Many other companies have now created their own version of the lipless crankbait, such as  Bass Pro Shops very own Bass Pro Shops® XPS® Rattle Shad. All brands of the  lipless crankbaits will catch fish, and often large numbers of them. This creates a tremendous opportunity to catch fish that are bunched up together on back to back casts. Many tournaments are won this time of year on one area in a very short period of time.

Now here is the key to making these lipless crankbaits work for you. The old standard technique is just casting the bait out and reeling it steadily back to the boat, but the thing that seems to drive fish truly crazy is pumping and hopping the bait. For some reason spring time bass have a hard time resisting this presentation and they will often inhail the bait as it falls back to the bottom. This technique successfully immitates a wounded bait fish and creates a perfect opportunity for the  fish to get an easy meal that drops in front of there face. 

Specific equipment is always very important in bass fishing. The settup I like to use for my lipless crankbait fishing is a 7'6" Medium action Temple Fork Outfitters Gary Loomis Signature Series Freshwater Trigger Rod. I prefer a medium action rod for the reason that it allows the fish to make runs and not pull the generally small treble hooks out of the skin of their mouth, and the 7'6" length lets you make long casts maximizing your possibilities of getting the bait in front of a fish. I like to accompany the rod with a high gear ratio real such as the 7.1:1 Pflueger Patriarch Baitcast Reel, and 15 pound Bass Pro Shops® XPS® Signature Series Fluorocarbon. This set up will give you the best opportunity of landing the big one when she eats your lure.

So stop by Bass Pro Shops and get all the gear you need to enjoy the beautiful warming spring weather and catch some great fish while you do it. Also, remember that these fish are very close to spawning, making it very important that you protect the resource by releasing the big trophy bass that you are bound to catch. The smaller more plentiful male fish are generally much better tasting anyways, and in properly keeping some of these smaller fish you will be doing nothing but enhancing the resource. So be safe and catch a big one.

 I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 


 

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YETI OR NOT?

Tired of spending money year after year to purchase yet another cooler? Having trouble keeping the contents in your current cooler cold? It may be time to consider purchasing a YETI cooler.

Unlike ordinary coolers, which are glued together and come apart at the seams over time, the lid and body of a YETI  are built with a seamless, one piece construction.

YETI coolers keep ice longer. They have thicker walls with more than twice the insulation of ordinary coolers. They have a full-frame freezer quality gasket that locks in the cold. 

Because of the material used in the construction of YETI coolers, they are dry-ice compatible. They do not become brittle and crack with the extremely low temperatures of dry ice like most coolers do.

YETI coolers feature non-slip feet that keep them elevated off hot surfaces, minimizing heat transfer.

YETI coolers are certified bear-proof. They have been tested both in controlled situations and with wild grizzlies.

 

There are many accessories available to help personalize your YETI:

  1. Tie-down kit-secures your YETI in a truck bed, boat , or trailer
  2. Security Cable Lock & Bracket-keeps your YETI secure in places where it can be vulnerable to theft
  3. Aluminum brackets-keep YETI in place on your boat
  4. Drain plug hose connection-allows you to drain your YETI with a garden hose while it remains in place
  5. Bear-proof lock-protects your contents

 

YETI coolers are available in two series:

  1. Tundra series-available in 35 qt.-420 qt. sizes
  2. Roadie series-20 qt.- features a stainless steel handle with textured grip that locks upright for easy carrying
  3. Both are available in white and desert tan

 

For more information about the many features and accessories of YETI coolers, visit www.yeticoolers.com or come on in to your local Leeds Bass Pro Shops to see our selection. You won't be disappointed.

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

Tracye

 

 

 

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Canoe or kayak? Which is right for you?

As warmer weather approaches, thoughts begin to turn to outdoor activities once again.  Maybe you have watched others as they paddle down the river or across the lake and have decided to try this for yourself, but have no idea where to begin.

 Before choosing a kayak or canoe for yourself, there are a few things that you should think about:

1) Where do you plan to go?

Canoes are generally  better for water that is calm, such as lakes and slow moving rivers. They sit  lower in the water than kayaks, so they are limited to where they can go.

Kayaks are more useful in swifter water, such as larger, more open lakes and whitewater. They sit higher in the water, so they can go where there is very little water, such as a small stream.

2)What do you want to do?

Kayaks tend to be best for one to two day trips. Since they are smaller than canoes, they do not hold as much gear.

Canoes are usually best if you plan to be gone for several days, such as a camping trip.  There is usually plenty of room in a canoe to carry tents, coolers, etc.

3) How many people will be going?

While kayaks are mostly for one, sometimes two, people, canoes can carry up to four. 

 

In addition, before making a purchase, you will want to consider the following:

How will you carry your boat?

Where will it be stored?

How much money do you want to spend?

 

Remember, there are exceptions to every rule when looking at canoes and kayaks, and no single boat can do everything well.

For more information, visit www.oldtowncanoe.com or www.basspro.com .

Come on in and visit us at Leeds Bass Pro Shops and check out our great selection of canoes and kayaks, as well as paddles,  personal flotaton devices, and many other accessories.

Enjoy the great outdoors, and remember, SAFETY FIRST!!!!

Tracye

 

 

 

 

 

 

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