Gearing Up for Turkey Season


The last day of deer season is always a disappointment, but turkey season is fast approaching and now is the time to start gearing up.  We have the majority of our turkey gear in the store already and more is arriving every week.  I thought I would touch on a few of our products this year and give you some insight into what is going to be hot.

First and foremost, the most exciting thing for me is the new camo pattern from True Timber, HTC Green.  The majority of our products will be available in this pattern and the green is going to be extremely important this year with the mild winter we’ve had.  By mid-April, the majority of the buds are going to be blooming out and by May, the natural greens should be on in full.  Grab your Green!

The RedHead Turkey Lounger is by far the best Turkey vest available.  This vest has room for all of your calls, a game pouch for decoys or your bird, a hydration pouch which will hold a 2 liter bladder (not included with the vest), and there is room for anything else you want to take with you.  The vest is made with waterproof material. The game changer with this vest is the attached seat. This vest will allow you to sit down where ever you want, there is no need to find a tree to lean against; just lean back in the seat and you are all set.  Most importantly it is comfortable.  It is my turkey vest of choice and I think once you try it on and sit down, you will agree.

Next on the list is the RedHead Stalker Lite ¼ Zip.  I am including this because this shirt is perfect for warmer climates and I am pretty sure we are going to be looking at warm days in April here in Northwestern Ohio.  It is made out of 100% polyester which wicks away moisture and is fast drying.  We also have the Stalker Lite pants.

The one thing new this year in our store, by popular demand I might add, is the Hot Shot Deluxe Ghillie Suit.  It is a three piece suit that covers you from head to toe.  The main layer of the suit is a mesh material to help with breathability.  The suit is fully customizable and the polypropylene string that covers the suit can be cut to match the environment you are hunting in.  There is also a gun wrap and a storage bag included.


There are a lot of choices when it comes to turkey calls. Mouth calls take a lot of practice, but once you get it down, they are extremely effective. My brand of choice would be Quaker Boy. They have a mouth call for everyone including those with a narrow pallet. The sound quality and consistency make their calls stand out above the competition. For turkey hunting beginners, you should start out with a box call or a friction call. The Primos Box Cutter Turkey Call has a thumb groove that allows you to perfectly position your thumb so it can act like a spring. This allows you to make the sweetest cuts that a box call can make.\

Avian-X spends countless hours in the field studying birds and they use their findings to design ultra-realistic decoys. Specifically, the Avian-X LCD Laydown Hen Turkey Decoy presents a lifelike lay down posture. This pose attracts big gobblers by locking into the toms’ breeding instincts. They are lightweight and collapsible making the decoy easy to fit into a turkey vest. If you are looking for big toms, Avian-X is the way to go.

I could literally ramble on and probably write an entire essay on everything we have in the store for turkey season, but I wanted to highlight these few items, because honestly I’m very excited about them.  If you have any questions on anything do not hesitate to ask one of our associates, we will be glad to walk you through your selections.

On Saturday April 9th, we will be hosting two seminars specifically aimed on turkey hunting. The first one will be at 1:00 pm on Calls & Decoys. The second seminar will be at 2:00 pm on Selecting the Right Gun, Ammunition, & Choke Tube for the Job. Those who attend the seminars will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win an Avian-X Laydown Hen Decoy, but you must be present to win.

If you do not have your 2016 hunting license you can get them in the Rossford Store for both Ohio and Michigan, and do not forget your turkey tags while you are at it.  If you are hunting archery like me, we have the indoor range available, just bring your bow in (stop at our greeter to get it checked), walk up to the archery counter and ask to use the range.

Now let’s all get tuned or patterned up and put some Thunder Chickens on the dinner table.


2016 Spring Fishing Classic


The 2016 Spring Fishing Classic is an annual event hosted by Bass Pro Shops each year. This year, it will be held on February 12 through 21. Throughout the event, there will be trade-ins, seminars, kid's events, sales and more!

Throughout the event, there will be a Smashin' Smallies sweepstakes drawing. You can enter for the chance to win a fishing trip with KVD, Zona & Mercer. Also during the Spring Fishing Classic, you can trade-in your old rods and reels to receive a coupon for money off the purchase of a new rod or reel. Each of the rods and reels turned in will be examined and donated to spread the passion of fishing with others.

During the Spring Fishing Classic, we will be hosting a total of 7 local fishing seminars, each led by one of our local pro staffers. The first 25 people to attend these seminars will receive a free Bass Pro Shops logo cooler. The seminars are scheduled as followed:


Friday, February 19

  • 7:00 pm Bladed Jigs: Learn How and Where to Fish Bladed Jigs for Your Next Big Catch


Saturday, February 20

  • 11:00 am New to Fishing? Learn All You Need to Know to Get Started
  • 2:00 pm Understanding Baitfish and Their Seasonal Movements
  • 4:00 pm  The Strategy of Successful Kayak Fishing


Sunday, February 21

  • 11:00 am New to Fishing? Learn All You Need to Know to Get Started
  • 2:00 pm Understanding Baitfish and Their Seasonal Movements
  • 4:00 pm  The Strategy of Successful Kayak Fishing


On February 20 at 1:30 pm, we will be holding a Women's Workshop on fishing basics and how much fun fishing is. The first 25 women to attend the workshop will receive a free Bass Pro Shops logo tumbler.

The weekend of February 20 and 21, we will be hosting the Next Generation Weekend for kids. There will be Casting, Photos, Crafts and more for the kids to participate in. From noon to 5:00 pm, kids can try to cast into the fish casting buckets. Those who make it in the bucket will receive a fish shaped water bottle. Kids can take pictures with the bluegill replica and other props from noon to 5:00 pm. The photo will be sent through email for the free photo download. Crafts will be held from noon to 5:00 pm as well. Lastly, on February 20 and 21 at 4:30 pm, kids can attend a fishing workshop to learn how to catch a fish by thinking the way a fish thinks.The first 100 kids to do each of the Next Generation Activities will receive a free drawstring bag.

Bring the kids out, check out the latest gear and learn all about fishing during the 2016 Spring Fishing Classic.


Samantha Durivage

Special Events Coordinator


Fly Tying: A Skill Anyone Can Learn

White River Fly Shop

Introduction to Fly Tying Classes

We welcome all to join our experienced fishing team lead and Maumee River Fly Guide, Hunter Hayes, to the art of tying flies. He will show you the best techniques and strategies to effectively create your own flies. The flies the class will be tying are fly patterns for local rivers, streams, and local fish! All materials and tools will be provided by the store. The class is FREE of charge, but spots do fill up rather quickly. Classes will be starting on February 27 at 10:00 a.m., followed by Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Please see any fishing associate to sign up or contact us at (419)-891-3900.


2015 Santa's Wonderland: A Magical Season


Christmas is the time of year when everyone is jolly including the one and only Santa Claus! Santa will be arriving at Rossford Bass Pro Shops to open his Wonderland on Preview Night, November 14, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Santa makes his long journey from the North Pole every year to come to Bass Pro Shops and see the kids! There will be refreshments and snacks provided for those waiting to see good ole St. Nick. on November 14th at 5:00 p.m. Santa Stress Balls will be thrown into the crowd and a drawing for the chance to win a $25 gift card will be presented. Santa will draw for the first gift card winner shortly after he arrives, but there will be drawings for more gift cards every half hour between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Santa will use his Christmas Magic to light the big Christmas Tree in the lobby and then he will light up Santa's Wonderland. At 6:00 pm Santa will begin taking pictures with the kids! There will be free 4X6 photos as well as a variety of packages available for purchase. The first 100 kids to visit Santa's Wonderland on Preview Night will receive a free Raccoon Plush Outdoor Buddy! Kids can also decorate a Santa Stocking for free.

Santa’s Wonderland will continue through Christmas Eve. Santa will be in Wonderland at various times throughout the season. The Deli Cart will be open every time Santa is in the store. They make fresh nuts, popcorn, fudge, and other items for customers to purchase. Crafts will also be available at different times; however, Letters to Santa, Coloring Pages, Shootin’ Gallery, Soft Foam Targets, Slot Car Track, Classic Christmas Train, and more will be open all day long.

When taking the free 4X6 photos with Santa, often times Bass Pro Shops will use the Bass Pass System. When the waiting line exceeds a half hour long wait, we will break our the Bass Passes. We utilize the Bass Passes to free customers up instead of requiring them to wait in long lines. This way, the kids can enjoy all of the free activities we are offering. The Bass Passes are half hour time slots where customers can get in shorter lines versus still standing in a line hours later.


Samantha Durivage

Special Events Coordinator


2015 Fall Flannel Fest


Flannel is a staple of the Fall season and you know the best place to get flannel is Bass Pro Shops! We have a wide selection from all of your favorite brands; RedHead, Ascend, Natural Reflections, Bob Timberlake, Carhartt, Columbia and more! You can choose from flannel shirts, flannel-lined shirts, flannel-lined pants, flannel jackets, and more! Other than getting cozy by the fire, staying warm at football games, and enjoying the comfort of flannel, the best thing about these flannel options is the price! Kids' Flannel Shirts are starting at $14.99, RedHead Flannel Shirts are starting at $19.97 and Natural Reflections Flannel Shirts are starting at $24.99. So stop out and pick up your favorite flannels during the 2015 Fall Flannel Fest!





Spooktacular Halloween Activities at Rossford Bass Pro Shops

Halloween is a night full of superstitions, ghosts and celebrations. The holiday rooted in Samhain, an ancient harvest festival which was held at the end of the Celtic year. The festival took place because of the end of summer and the beginning of the long, dark winter. People believed this time was when the spirits of the dead returned to damage crops and haunt the living. The people also believed this was a time when Celtic Priests could make predictions about the future. They would host large bonfire celebrations, wear animal skins and make sacrifices to the spirits.

Halloween has since grown into scary movies marathons, haunted houseshaunted cornfields, Halloweekends at Cedar Point,  trick-or-treating, costumes, bonfires, Jack-O-Lanterns, ghost stories and times with friends. Growing up, I remember watching the 13 Nights of Halloween on ABC Family. Then making plans with my friends to go Trick-Or-Treating through little Graytown. We would get scared going up to the decorated houses, knowing something or someone was going to pop out and scare us, but that made the candy we received so much sweeter. One of our parents would drive us through the country where we could get handfuls of candy from the old farm houses. Nights like that are the nights we will always hold onto.

No matter what age, everyone can enjoy Halloween. It is the one night out of the year that you can be anything you have ever wanted to be. That is why here at Bass Pro Shops, we want to make sure you all get the same experience and lasting memories that we did. Our event has kicked off on the Rossford Bass Pro Shops Facebook Page with a cutest costume photo contest! You can post a family friendly photo of either yourself or your kids. The photo contest will run until midnight of October 30th. Whoever receives the most likes will get a Halloween Prize Package and will be featured on our Halloween post on October 31st.

From October 24 - 31 we will be hosting various Halloween themed activities including photos, crafts, Trick-or-Treating and a Costume Parade.
Kids can take Halloween themed pictures and receive a Free 4X6 Photo. There will be photo packages available for purchase. The photos are scheduled as followed:
-October 24 Noon - 5:30 p.m.
-October 25 Noon - 5:30 p.m.
-October 26 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
-October 27 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
-October 28 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
-October 29 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
-October 30 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
-October 31 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

On October 30 & 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. kids can get the Trick-or-Treating experience by visiting different departments throughout our store to receive various Halloween candy. On October 30 & 31 beginning at 6:00 p.m., kids 12 and under can participate in the costume parade. They will visit each department in the parade where they will undergo judging. Each participant will receive a glow-in-the-dark bucket.

For more information, please call the store at (419)-891-3900 or stop by at 10000 Bass Pro Boulevard, Rossford, Ohio 43460.


Samantha Durivage

Special Events Coordinator


September Fishing Report by Captain Jonny Fickert

We have struck GOLD around the islands and western end of the lake in these last weeks. Perch fishing is excellent and we cannot complain as these great eating fish are being very cooperative. Perch are being caught from the Ballast Island area to the G, D, and B cans of the Camp Perry Firing range. Many bigger fish are also being caught west of the Bass Islands in 30-32ft. of water and along the U.S./Canadian line.

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Perch can be caught many places and you should be able to find yourself some open water to fish alone if you pay attention to your fish finder. Look for small "sprinkles" of marks near the bottom or a unique set of humps to determine if you are driving over a nice school. If you do find a good pocket be sure to anchor right over them. I personally favor using a 1 and 1/2oz. perch spreader with 12in. + leader hooks on a 6ft. medium rod with a fast tip. Pair this with some power pro braided line and look forward to an amazing time on the water

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Surprisingly, although small, perch take a large amount of finesse, paying close attention to your fishing should help improve your catch. A few walleyes are still biting at our end of the lake in shallow water. Trolling in 18-22ft. offshore the long beach area and to the east can produce some nice walleyes. They are being caught mainly trolling hot n tot lures flat-lined and J'7 rapalas trolled behind tru-trip 40 deep divers and dipseys. There are still a few fish being caught casting mayfly rigs and crawler harnesses but the only fish for casting have been caught in the west sister area.

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Look for the perch bite to continue to be great and the smallmouth fishing to really heat up. Largemouth and most of the panfish will be slow throughout the month of September but also will begin to put on the fall feed bag soon enough. Lastly catfish will always provide a constant action in many areas. Overall, what a great season we are having and expect it to continue! I see success in your future! If you're looking to get up and fish this year call Sea Breeze Charters at (877)-616-780 and book your trip

Capt. Jonny Fickert

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True Timber: The Difference Between Looking Real and Being Real

Every year, like most hunters, I look at the newest hunting products and hunting clothing to see what I want to spend my hard earned money on. It isn’t very often that I decide to spend that money on the newest products. This year, however, something has caught my eye and I have to spend the money. Since it involves switching my choice of camouflage pattern, I’m going to be buying all new hunting clothing. So what has me this excited? Two simple words: True Timber.

Companies are always trying to create the most realistic patterns when compared to the geographic locations we hunt. True Timber has done exactly that. There is a “difference between looking real and being real.” True Timber uses high definition digital images to create their variety of patterns. There is nothing painted into the pattern. This allows for the pattern to be ultra-realistic to different natural environments and to break up a hunter’s silhouette.


So which pattern of True Timber am I turning to this fall? It’s the High Tech Concealment Fall, or HTC Fall, pattern. The pattern features oak branches, leaves and twigs. The leaves are a mixture of green, aged brown, and golden brown leaves, making the pattern great for mid to late season hunting. The HTC Fall pattern is ideal for the hardwood forests that I hunt in Northwest, Central and West Central Ohio. It is also versatile enough to fit into a variety of other landscapes throughout the country.


The HTC Fall pattern is the only pattern I have seen in person, but the True Timber website currently shows 15 patterns available that are usable in multiple hunting situations and another 4 patterns that I would consider fashion patterns. When these other patterns hit the store, I’m positive I will be adding them to my closet.

DRT™ - Dead Right There HTC Spring New Conceal

 XD3 / Extreme Detail, Depth, and Deception Flooded Timber Conceal Brown Conceal Green DS1 Harvest Mixed Pine

   MC2 Snow / Maximum Concealment Snow MC2 Blaze / Maximum Concealment Blaze MC2 Cobalt MC2 Purple MC2 Pink Snowfall Snowfall Pink

If you have not seen this pattern in person, you need to stop into Rossford Bass Pro Shops and check it out. The pattern is currently available in a variety of products such as the Mountain Stalker Series, the Redhead Tech Windproof, all of the Silent Hide products, long-sleeve and short sleeve True Fit T-shirts, a variety of boots, and the Blackout Hybrid 180 Hunting Blind.


True Timber has stepped up the game and created what I believe to be the ultimate patterns available. They have blown everyone else out of the woods with the most realistic pattern that I have seen and True Timber has me hooked! It really is for true hunters and I cannot wait to see the new patterns in the store.


Jay Hollis

Hunting Clothing Team Leader


6 Reasons The MUCK BOOT™ Brand Tops Its Competitors

The Original Muck Boot Company™ story began in 1999 with the main purpose of designing the most comfortable, best performance footwear on the market. The demand for a comfortable boot for use in muddy and hard conditions while working for a long time led to the design of The Original Muck Boot Company™ brand footwear. Each boot in the line is expected to give the same 100% waterproof quality and comfort that inspired the original boot design. In just a few years, the Muck Boot line has grown to nearly 40 styles of rubber and leather footwear, all designed to tackle tough conditions in markets including: work, agriculture, lawn and garden, outdoor sporting, equine and pet care. Today, the MUCK BOOT™ brand defines a standard of comfort and quality that is known to exceed the expectations of customers. Quickly establishing a strong and loyal customer base, the brand has become one of the fastest growing lines in the waterproof footwear market.


The MUCK BOOT™ brand is known for their high quality boots. They use the most premium rubber, neoprene (CR-Foam), and Airmesh™ linings in the footwear market. They do not skimp on their materials! Their CR-Foam bootie has a different construction, unique compared to their competitors, that provides the most extreme comfort. This allows the user to have comfort all day long. Unlike most boots, the MUCK BOOT™ brand products keep their original shape unlike other brands that become flimsy and wear down. They are easy on and off because of their shape and construction. Due to their products and shape of the boot, they tend to outlast the competition.


The MUCK BOOT™ products have a variety of features that sets them above other boot brands.

1. They are 100% Waterproof - Thanks to their CR-Foam Bootie Construction they are 100% Waterproof. The products are lightweight, flexible, buoyant and waterproof from top to bottom. It is self-insulating and keeps the user's foot and lower leg warm and protected in cold and wet conditions. Whether you are cutting down trees in the snow or jumping in puddles, your feet will stay dry, warm and protected.


2. They Let Your Feet Breathe - They feature a Breathable Airmesh™ Lining. This lining gives extreme comfort and breathability by wicking away humidity and perspiration. It is made up of thousands of tiny vertical fibers that let the air circulate throughout the interior lining surfaces.


3. They Feature a Durable, Yet Lightweight Shell - The footwear brand features a Natural Rubber Upper Overlay in which the vulcanization bonds the rubber pieces together to form an exceptionally durable shell that also remains lightweight. It acts as the protective skin for the upper bootie and it is made of high abrasion natural rubber so the boot remains flexible for years. No matter how hard you are on your boots, they will hold up for years down the road.


4. They are the Perfect on the Go Boot - They are Hands-Free Easy On and Easy Off. The 10 mm kick rim and pull tab makes it easy to remove. At the same time, the sturdiness and stretch of the boot from the CR-Foam bootie makes it easy to step into the boot without having to pull it on. This is perfect for when you are on the go or have your hands full when heading out. There's no more laces and the boot will slide right on.


5. Easy Cleaning for the Hard-Worker - The boots are easy to clean after a hard, messy days of work. The rubber shell and nylon upper are very durable and can be cleaned simply by a spray of water or gentle scrub of soap and water. Armorall® can be used to protect the upper overlays. They can easily be cleaned even after the messiest of jobs.


6. The Additional Comfort - The Removable 6 mm Nitracel TM EVA Sock Liner is added for additional support and comfort.


The MUCK BOOT™ brand fits standard U.S. sizes for men, women and kids based on unisex sizing. They are only available in whole sizes, but they will stretch to fit half sizes. There is a 15 mm toe allowance built into the sizing and they also fit wide widths. The boots are made to standard widths, but the materials will stretch comfortably to fit up to EE. For narrow feet, it is suggested that wearing a thicker sock or putting in an additional sockliner to take up room for a comfortable fit. The MUCK BOOT™ brand is the perfect footwear brand for those of all different professions and lifestyles.


So Many Choices: How to Choose a Handgun

Choosing the right handgun is like talking about your favorite make of vehicle with your friends. Unless you and all your friends are alike, you are going to get a different response from all of them, whether it’s Dodge, Ford, or Chevy or Smith, Sig, or Glock. Everyone has their favorite.  However, when it comes down to choosing a handgun, you should not go by manufacturer.

The Fit

I’ve read a lot of blogs and this is one thing that I have yet to see in any of them.  The fit is the most important part of selecting your handgun.  If the gun is too big or too small for your hand then your performance with that weapon is not going to be ideal.  The handgun should fit perfectly and comfortably into your hand and you should not have to make an adjustment to manipulate the magazine release or to reach the trigger.  If you have to make an adjustment then the handgun is too big for you.

The Caliber

The best caliber to pick is the biggest and loudest right?  You still have to be able to manage the weapon and control the recoil.  If you can handle a .44 magnum round, then have at it, but remember you want to choose the right caliber for the job too.  In most scenarios I recommend a 9mm, 40 caliber or .357 round.  Your average person is going to be able to handle one of those calibers with relative ease and manage the recoil to effectively get back on target.  


There are numerous manufacturers of guns out there, some have been around for a very long time and that is because they make a reliable handgun.  What makes a handgun reliable though?  This is very simple.  The average Joe or Jane, unless they are preparing for a zombie apocalypse, is not going to be out rolling around in the mud, playing in the sand, or swimming covertly up a river to take out a target.  They are going to have the gun for home protection, target practice,  in their purse or on their hip while they go to the grocery store, out to eat or down to the gas station.  If the gun goes bang every time you pull the trigger, and the round hits what you are aiming at, then it is reliable.  

Make the Choice

Maybe you like revolvers; maybe you like semi-auto, hammer or striker fire. So, which one are you going to choose?  I say pick the one you are comfortable with and like the aesthetics of.  Go to a shooting range that allows you to rent guns and shoot the handgun you are considering, you may find the handgun you were looking at is not the one for you and that revolver you said you would never carry works flawlessly and conceals very nicely under your shirt.

If you have questions about choosing a handgun, feel free to contact us at Rossford Bass Pro Shops and we will be happy to help narrow down the choices with what best fits your needs.


Jeremy Hollis

Hunting Clothing Team Leader



The Warrior Run

The Rossford Community Recreation Center, 400 Dixie Highway in Rossford, Ohio is proud to be co-hosting The Warrior Run 5K Run and Walk with Rossford Bass Pro Shops, 10000 Bass Pro Boulevard in Rossford. All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. on August 23 and will start and finish at Bass Pro Shops while running throughout the Crossroads Area. "This event gives us an opportunity to help a great cause while partnering with a business that has been great for the Rossford Community, and drawing people from all over the region together for something that should be a very fun event for all in attendance," said Rossford Parks & Recreation Director, Ivan Kovacevic. “Once Ivan was approached by Leon (Wounded Warrior), we were inspired to get involved” said Bass Pro Shops Special Events Coordinator Samantha Durivage. “There are ways for all to get involved and help support the cause. We know that not everyone is a runner so volunteers, supporters, and sponsors are encouraged to get involved.”

 Leon Forystek, Ohio Army National Guard Captain tells his story, “When I returned home from Afghanistan back in 2013, I was nervous to return back to civilian life. I didn't know what to do, how to function, or what the first step was to actually being normal. If you had seen me walking down the street, you may never have guessed that I suffer the silent wound. The wound that still haunts our veterans today; a wound that has led hundreds of veterans to commit suicide. I suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and I am a Wounded Warrior. Thousands of veterans return home and somewhat feel the same way I do. When people hear of wounded warriors, they think that it's the veteran in the wheel chair or the old man with the cane coming out of the VA center. So I came up with an idea about spreading the word to others and educating them in what a wounded warrior is all about. So I expressed my ideas to both The Bass Pro Shop and Rossford Rec Center and we came up with the up and coming Warrior Run (and walk) 5K”, said Captain Forystek.

Captain Forystek continued, “I want people to know that it goes beyond a veteran in a wheel chair or the old man with a cane”, Leon continues with his story. “Our Wounded Warriors come from all over the world; they can be male or female; young or old; short or tall; vegetarian or meat eater. The injuries are one or a combination of many types of wounds, some invisible or others that stand out. Wounded veterans can range from being burn victims, single/double/triple/quadruple amputee, suffer from PTSD, anxiety, depression, gun/knife wounds, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and so on. Every injury is different and not one is the same, which is why I want to share my story and get the word out to educate others. In the long run, that word could potentially help a veteran in need of a friend, a hug, trip to the VA, someone to just listen to, or provide a place to stay.  Every injury is different, but the Wounded Warrior Project sees every veteran as one, Warriors!”

"Hopefully it is something we can build on year after year well into the future." Kovacevic also mentioned that this event is the culmination of an exciting week in the City of Rossford that also includes the Annual Rossford Riverfest on Saturday August 22 at Veteran's Memorial Park in Rossford. The Rossford Parks & Recreation Department will again be using the help of the Toledo Roadrunners organization in promoting the race to its members. The Rossford Recreation Rudolph Run held each December in the downtown streets of Rossford draws about 200 participants to their event. "We are hoping that this event can grow beyond the success our other races have had as this is a very important cause that benefits an organization that gives so much to the individuals who have sacrificed so much as they fought to protect our nation's freedoms," said Kovacevic.

The Warrior Run 5K Run and Walk is open to all ages. Anyone who preregisters for $20 are guaranteed a T-Shirt if their registration is post-marked by August 15. Members of the military, active, retired, or veterans will receive a $3.00 discount. Purple Heart recipients will run free. If you miss the preregister date, forms can still be turned in or filled out on race day for $25. A limited number of T-Shirts will be available on race day. For registration forms, please visit or sign up online at Registration forms should be mailed to Rossford Recreation, 400 Dixie Highway, Rossford, Ohio 43460. For volunteer sign ups, please contact Special Events Coordinator Samantha Durivage (419)-891-3900. For any other information, please call the Rossford Recreation Center at (419)-666-2905.


Amazing Wallye Fishing on Lake Erie


I'd say fishing is as hot as the weather is! What a great June we have had with many BIG hawgeye walleye in the mix along with many sublegal fish also. As we move into July down here on the western end of Lake Erie, it is great to look back and see what kind of a great season this is shaping up to be. The big target species, walleye, have been biting excellent this year and are filling up coolers with lots of big fish.

Over the last month fishing has been phenomenal and I do not see a reason for it to slow down. Walleye are scattered out over a wide area ranging from the NW side of West Sister all the way to the Islands, up along the U.S./Canadian line. With smaller, good eating fish, in the 15-22 inch range scattered over a wide area it leaves hope that there will be a good walleye bite into July. These fish will continue to feed in the open water areas they are in now for a majority of the season, as some of the other fish will move up on the reefs to find a quick snack. With great bug hatches in June the walleye have been feeding heavily and are all over the place in the open deeper mud bottom areas. Casting any gold bladed worm harness, lead by a 3/4 oz. egg sinker should get you a few bites if you are casting. Many will move to trolling to cover some water this time of year moving to mostly spoons on tru-trip divers run at a variety of depths. I prefer Yeck spoons in any pinks and purples. Other than great walleye fishing as always there are many other species to tug on your line, such as bass, catfish, and panfish will also continue to bite well through July.


Bass fishing has also been great this year for largemouth and smallmouth in a variety of locations. Largemouth fishing should continue to be a top pick and tossing a frog in shallow areas in the mornings and evenings will get you some good fun! White bass will also begin to bite on piers and rocky shores in the morning and evening as they push the bait fish to the shore for easy, fast fishing. Cat fishing will also be great on any given evening or night basically anywhere that there is water. In other words, Lake Erie is not going to let you down if your want to spend some time fishing. If you're looking to get up and fish this year, swing by Bass Pro Shops in Rossford, Ohio for all the equipment you will need and call Sea Breeze Charters at (877)616-7780 and book your trip with me!

Capt. Jonny Fickert


How to Shop for the Perfect Pair of Costa Sunglasses

Costa is a top notch brand when it comes to sunglasses and fishing on the water. They have technologies that blow away all other sunglasses brands with options best for all different types of outdoor activities.

When shopping for Costa Sunglasses, the first way to breakdown decisions is by choosing glass lenses or plastic lenses. Glass lenses have the greatest clarity and are scratch resistance which is perfect when you only have that dirty fish towel to wipe your sunglasses off with. Plastic lenses are more lightweight than glass lenses which can seem more comfortable. They are also impact resistant and extremely durable.

Glass lenses and plastic lenses are broken down by 400P, 580P, 400G and 580G. The 400P (400 plastic) consists of 100% UV blockage for max protection, 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain, and provides superior clarity. The 580P (580 plastic) has 100% UV blockage and 100% polarized for superior clarity, Costa C-WALL™ coating repels oils, water, dust, and scratches, and patented technology blocks blue and yellow light for better clarity and color. The 400G (400 glass) contains 100% UV blockage for max protection, 100% polarization kills reflected glare and reduces eye strain, and provides superior clarity. Lastly, the 580G (580 glass) has 100% UV blockage & 100% polarized for superior clarity, patented technology enhances colors by blocking yellow light, and eliminates haze and blur by blocking blue light. Based on customer feedback received in the Rossford Bass Pro Shops, on a scale from least clear to best clarity is as follow: 400P, 400G and 580P and 580P.

The next step is choosing the best lens color for the sunglasses. Costa sells a variety of 7 different lens colors to tackle any activities for your lifestyle. Common for our area are blue and green mirror lenses. Blue mirror lenses are gray based. The encapsulated mirrors deliver superior contrast and color in full sun while eliminating glare making them perfect for activities on open water especially on Lake Erie. Gray lenses maintain color saturation and natural contrast in medium to bright sun conditions. They are an all-around great choice, but are perfect for sports on water and land. Green mirror lenses are copper and amber based and their encapsulated mirrors offer enhanced visual activity. They are perfect for fishing inshore such as flats, rivers, and streams especially on the Maumee River. Copper lenses cut glares and enhance contrast and color, providing eye comfort in any condition. They are the perfect fit for sight fishing and everyday activities such as driving. Amber lenses are another color that are perfect for everyday activities, driving, and sight fishing because they are an excellent all-around lens that delivers the brightest field of vision. Silver mirror lenses are copper based with encapsulated mirrors to optimize light transmissions and enhance colors. They are perfect for freshwater sight fishing and any outdoor activity with variable light. The last lens color is sunrise. They are a high contrast specialty lens, allowing maximum light transmission which are perfect in low lights and to see more clearly during early morning or late afternoon prime fishing hours. These lenses do not pass ANSI Z80.3 traffic signal recognition and are not to be used for driving.


Once you have your lenses picked out, its time to choose the frames. Sure, a pair of sunglasses might look great, but how do they fit? Costa hinges, temples and nose pads are top of the line. Pushing the limits and rethinking what's possible. This attitude guides how they design their frames and choose the materials they use to make them. Wire core temples provide stability and durability that's adjustable with a simple tweak for the perfect fit. Co-injected templates utilize tough nylon and Hydrolite™ and fuse them together to make Costa’s most hardcore frames. Most makers glue or slip such material together to make a frame, but with Costa's co-injected frames the two materials literally become one. The result is a frame that grips the skin the more you sweat.The next part is the Stainless Steel Hinges. Costa hinges cost more than some of their competitors' entire frames. They are made of stainless steel so as to resist corrosion and they are flexible so that they keep their shape and adjust perfectly when worn. Lastly is the corrosion-resistant alloy that Costa uses in their metal frames and rimless sunglasses is a super tough material called Monel®. We know that you'll likely spend some time on the water and in humid environments; therefore, Monel® is up for the challenge.

Costa produces 58 frame styles in sizes small, medium, large and extra large which come in 54 colors. Frame colors depend on the frame style availability. In small sizes, Rossford Bass Pro Shops has Islamorada, KC, and Stringer frames. In medium sizes are Austin, Ballast, Caballito, Fantail, Fathom,Hammock, Inlet, Jose, La Mar, Loreto, Luke, Manta, Pluma, and Sea Fan frames. In large sizes are Blackfin, Boga, Brine, Cat Cay, Conch, Corbina, Cortez, Cut, Destin, Harpoon, Hatch, Indio, Isabela, Rooster, Saltbreak, South Point, Triple Tail, Tuna Alley, and Zane frames. In extra large are Cayan, Fisch, Hamlin, Mag Bay, Man-O-War, Permit, and Rockport frames.

Costas are built by hand and backed for life. If you have a manufacturing defect, the repair shop will fix them for a warranty processing fee of $11.95 to get you back on the water as soon as possible. They will be fixed by completing these steps:

  1. Complete a profile on the Costa website.
  2. Fill out the online repair form.
  3. Print the provided shipping label and send Costa your sunglasses.
  4. Costa will inspect them and give you options for getting them fixed.

In order to get Costa prescription sunglasses you must follow these steps:

  1. Go to your local Costa authorized prescription (Rx) retailer and ask for Costas. Not sure where to go? Feel free to use the Costa store locator. Look for the Costa Rx Logo under Dealer Type.
  2. Choose your frame and lens while there.
  3. Once completed, your Costa Rx lens will have the Costa lens etching and will come with an authenticity card. This authenticity card guarantees that your prescription Costas are the same great quality as non-prescription Costas.

Dress like a Pro, Fish like a Pro



Columbia Performance Fishing Gear is the perfect line of products for any angler on any fishing trip. There are clothing options for men, women and kids that vary from shirts and pants to hats and gloves to shoes. PFG Clothing uses various Columbia technologies in the clothing to ensure a comfortable fit that protects you.Omni-Shade Technology Illustration


Each of the PFG products have Omni-Shade, sun protection. The SPF strength varies by product, but the clothing blocks UV rays with tight weave construction, UV absorbers and UV reflectors.  It has the Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation. The best part is, unlike sunscreen, you never have to reapply any lotion or spray.


Omni-Wick Technology Illustration

The products also have Omni-Wick technology. This takes the moisture away from the body and allows perspiration to evaporate quickly. You stay dry and comfortable. When fishing in the rain, no matter how strong the storm, you will be guaranteed to dry quickly.


Some of the men's clothing have Omni-Freeze Zero sweat activated cooling Omni-Freeze Zero Technology Illustrationtechnology in them. As you sweats, the shirt reacts by cooling the material of the clothing causing you to also cool down. It also has accelerated wicking to keep you dry similar to the Omni-Wick technology.




Kid's Clothing


Women's Clothing


Men's Clothing



On June 12, 2015 at our Rewards Night, all members who make Columbia PFG purchases will receive 5X the rewards points on those products when using their rewards card! Be sure to stop in and check them out!


Be the Deadliest Hunter with New Scent Lok Clothing

The 2015 hunting season is just around the corner, and with a new season typically comes new clothing and this year is no exception.  The new Scent Lok Savannah Crosshair an early season system, Full Season Velocity a mid-season system, and the Vortex Windproof a late season systems have arrived at Bass Pro Shops in Rossford.  The Scent Lok brand may look different this year, but it is the same Scent Lok product people have come to know and love.

The Savannah system has been redesigned for the upcoming season.  Scent Lok has “stripped away” the features that are not needed during the warmer season.  The jacket has a grand total of three pockets, 2 hip and one chest pocket, harness access in the back just below the collar, and stretch fit cuffs to help keep scent locked in.  The pants have 6 pockets total, a side waist adjuster, and to help improve flexibility they have an inner thigh gusset and articulated knees.  Okay, so what is a gusset and what are articulated knees? Right?  The thigh gusset helps to enlarge and strengthen that area of the pant and the articulated knees allow the pant to have a more normal bend, unlike the popular straight leg pants.  This allows them to be more comfortable because they fit more naturally.

The Full Season Velocity which is still the most popular and most versatile system according to Scent Lok, is rated as a mid-season system, but is ideal for the later months because of the micro-fleece liner.   The jacket and pants both have a brushed shell to help a hunter remain silent and are DWR (Durable Water Repellent) treated to resist light rain or morning dew.  Remember that DWR, does not mean waterproof.  It just means that the garment is resistant to water and if you are sitting in the stand and find yourself in a steady rain, eventually the water is going to penetrate the clothing and you are going to get wet.   The jacket has a safety harness access in the back at the base of the collar, a total of five pockets (3 exterior and 2 interior) and stretch fit cuffs to keep scent locked away.  The pants have 8 pockets with easy access openings, a gripper waist for a more secure fit, and an inner thigh gusset for better flexibility.

The Vortex Windproof late season system is a windproof fleece system.  Most fleece clothing allows a good wind to get through, however the Vortex System has a windproof barrier between two layers of fleece, of which the inner layer provides the warmth and the outer layer helps repel moisture.   The jacket has two waist pockets, elastic wrists to keep the wind out and scent in, and a safety harness access in the back just below the collar.  The pants have a 7 pocket design, elastic waistband, and a fly opening with a snap.

All of the systems will be available in Real Tree Xtra and the new Mossy Oak Break Up Country patterns.  For now we only have the new Mossy Oak pattern on the Savannah and Full Season systems in the store.  As of the time I wrote this Scent Lok only has the Vortex in Real Tree Xtra listed on their website.  All of the systems are made with Scent Lok’s patented Carbon Alloy Scent Control System.

It’s never too early to prepare for the next season, so come in to Bass Pro Shops Rossford and check out the Scent Lok line. Remember, some scent control is good, but a full scent control system allows you to be deadly.


Jeremy Hollis

Hunting Clothing Team Leader


Fish Frying: A Tasty Meal Without the Mess

Uncle Buck's Fish Batter has a variety of options to meet the needs of all fish lovers. If you love that hint of lemon, then lemon pepper fish batter is for you. We also have a light and krispy flavor and beer batter. If you want that spicy kick to your fish, then try the hot & spicy! If spiciness isn't your thing, we have the mild flavor or the good ole original fish batter.

Riceland Fish Fry Oil gives your fried fish a light, crispy taste. The 100% Rice Bran Oil is naturally gluten free with 0 mg cholesterol and 0 g trans fat per serving. It has a high smokepoint, is non-hydrogenated and stable and long-lasting. The best part is, the rice is grown in the USA!

The Bass Pro Shops Cast Iron Fish Fryer is perfect for frying fish. The heavy-duty outdoor cooker is built to last with its cast iron burner. It has an 18" tall steel base that is a portable cooking machine to take anywhere as long as you bring propane. The base has adjustable safety brackets to keep the 6.5 quart dutch oven pot in place over the burner. The fry pot makes cooking more simple and keeps food from burning due to its superior head distribution and easy oil temperature regulation. The aluminum strainer basket features a coated handle for cool handing. The cooker also comes with a CSA-approved regulator and hose and a 5" deep-fry thermometer.

Now you can use the Bass Pro Shops Uncle Buck's Batter Box to bread or batter an entire fryer-load all at one time. It's a quick, clean and simple way to prepare your fish. The Batter Box has a removable sifter that keeps the food being breaded out of the dry mix which prevents it from clumping up. The separation ensures an even coating over your fish, vegetables or other meat. It is also perfect for marinating! With its tabbed handle for easy lift-top opening and its powerful locking lid, you know it is built to last. It's also the perfect size that fits on a refrigerator shelf and is even dishwasher safe!

Step 1: Pour Uncle Bucks Fish Batter into the base of the Uncle Bucks Batter Box.

Step 2: Place fish on top of the sifter.

Step 3: Shake it!

Step 4: Move battered fish into the Cast Iron Fish Fryer.

Step 5: Enjoy your evenly battered fried fish!


Cool Down in the Sun

Whether you fish, hike, golf, garden or run, the Columbia Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter (92% polyester/8% elastane) is a product for consideration. The neck gaiter consists of a sweat-activated cooling technology which is perfect for any hot, sunny summer activity. The Omni-Freeze™ technology reacts with moisture which lowers fabric temperature giving a cooling relief. The Omni-Shade™ technology blocks a UPF rating of 50. It guards your neck and face from the brutal summer sun.



Wear the Columbia Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter around your neck, under your hat, over your face or as a headband! No matter which way you wear it, expect sun protection with a cool sensation.



A Few Tips for the Walleye Run

     As spring time approaches and all our ice is melting, anglers in northern Ohio have a great opportunity for some excellent walleye fishing.  In many of the Lake Erie tributaries, walleye will begin to migrate as the waters begin to warm up to spawn.  In particular in my area, the Maumee and Sandusky rivers are the primary areas that anglers target as the walleye move up these rivers to spawn.  There are many access areas to both of these rivers.  However, the key to catching these walleyes is location and understanding what to look for in these "key" areas.

     Rather than getting into lures, gear and setup, I would rather focus on some other important factors for catching these walleye.  When the walleye move into the river to stage for the spawn, they are going to look for gravel/rocky areas to spawn.  As they move into these areas (often times around riffles), the walleye will hold in deeper holes below the riffles until they are ready to spawn.   Accessing these areas often times requires a good set of chest waders.

     Another very important factor that many people overlook is the water level.  As the river changes levels very often this time of year, it is important to look at the river predictions to determine which areas you will be able to access, as well as which areas may be too shallow to fish due to receding water.  Remember that if you walk into the river early in the day and the water was just below the top of your waders, rising water may put you in a difficult position to return.  With the cold water temperatures and current, safety needs to be the #1 priority on your mind.

     Lastly, another key factor to keep in mind is with your lure presentation.  Walleye position themselves facing into the current.  When you are fishing in this current it is important to cast upstream at approximately a 45 degree angle and let the current sweep your rig downstream.  Lure weight is key.  You want to use a weight that consistently can bounce off the bottom, but not too heavy that your lure just drags on the bottom.  It is very important to get that bottom contact.  Getting the right sweep of your lure in the current may be the difference between catching walleye and not.   I want to wish everyone luck out there this year.  Hopefully, a few of these tips will help you determine some productive areas.   Lastly, be safe out there and have fun!
Kyle Weisenburger

Bass Pro Shops

Local Pro Staff


Hop in to see the Easter Bunny!

Families are invited to celebrate Easter at Bass Pro Shops in Rossford, Ohio! Starting on March 28 through Easter on April 5, Bass Pro Shops will be hosting various events for families to enjoy.

There will be a free 4X6 photo with the Easter Bunny. Photo packages can be purchased such as the Bunny package, Jelly Bean package and Spring Package. He will be here on the following dates and times:

•    Saturdays and Sundays, March 28-29 and April 4-5   (11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
•    Monday-Thursday, March 30 through April 2 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
•    Friday, April 3 (2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)


They will be hosting crafts on the weekends (March 28 & 29, April 3, 4 & 5) while supplies last. On Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, kids can color an Easter basket magnet from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. On Friday, April 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. kids can color a wooden bunny. Kids can Color a wooden chick on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Easter would not be complete without an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt! Kids ages 2 to 10 are invited to come in on Saturdays and Sundays, March 28 & 29, April 4 & 5 and participate. Kids will find 5 Easter eggs to turn in for candy. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the hunt will start promptly at 2:00 p.m. and will run until 3:00 p.m.

For more details, please visit, check out the Rossford Bass Pro Shops Facebook page, call (419)-891-3900 and/or feel free to stop in the store.


A Sailfish Story Like No Other

In 1969, Virginia and Harold Henningsen of Oregon, Ohio went to Acapulco, Mexico for a winter vacation. Both are recreational fisherman and made the decision to test the waters of the deep seas. Neither of them spoke Spanish, but they chartered with a local crew that did not speak English. The boat they fished on did not seem very reliable and seemed as if it could sink at any moment. Even with communication barriers and undependable equipment they found success. Early to being at sea, Virginia felt a bite and set the hook. She could tell this was going to be a big catch. After hours of effort and teamwork, she reeled in the biggest catch of the whole crew’s experience. She caught a 7 foot long sailfish! The sailfish was mounted and displayed in the Henningsen home for forty years prior to the donation to Bass Pro Shops. It is now mounted and displayed in our Conservation Room in the Rossford store.

Virginia and Harold were married for 53 years and were lifelong residents of Oregon, Ohio. Together, they raised four children and welcomed 10 grandchildren.

Virginia Henningsen: December 23, 1926 - October 4, 2000

Harold Henningsen: July 28, 1923 - March 12, 2010