September starts a new Waterfowl season here in Ohio. September 8th and 9th brings the LynchMob Boys into the store for some new product and some tips and tricks for your upcoming hunts!
September starts a new Waterfowl season here in Ohio. September 8th and 9th brings the LynchMob Boys into the store for some new product and some tips and tricks for your upcoming hunts!
The Sawyer Squeeze Filter has revolutionized how we think about filtering water in the backcountry. Coming in at a 3 ounce field weight, this filter will disappear into your pack without adding bulk or weight. Anyone who has spent time in the backcountry has most likely labored in a creek pumping for multiple minutes only to have a liter of clean, drinkable water. This filter will typically fill up a liter of water in about 20 to 30 seconds by squeezing the water through the hollow fiber filter. The filter comes with three (64oz, 32 oz, 16 oz) lightweight, packable, reusable pouches to collect and transport water.
In the backcountry you have a few ways of using this filter. First, you can attach the filter directly to the bag and drink from the pop-up cap. Another option is to squeeze the pouch and fill another container like a Nalgene or Camelbak bottle. The third option allows you to screw the filter directly to most plastic water bottles, even a 2 liter bottle. This offers some versatility not only in the backcountry but when traveling abroad where you may not trust the water source. You can also throw the squeeze filter in-line with your hydration pack. This allows the convenience of filtering while on the move.
What has set this filter apart from others is the exceptional filter technology at hand. This filter, like many others, removes bacteria and protozoa related to water bourne illnesses. The filter meets and exceeds all EPA recommendations for removal rates, actually posting the highest filtration rates available on the market. The Hollow Fiber Membrane came from technology used in the medical field for kidney dialysis This filter touts a 0.1 micron that uses a cluster of micro-fibrous tubes to filter water effectively. This filter does remove 99.99999% of all bacteria and 99.9999% of protozoa (Giardia and Cryptosporidium) but does not purify out viruses. The filters effectiveness and ease of use is a huge benefit, but the real catch is the longevity of the filter.
Sawyer is so confident in the technology at hand they give this filter a 1 Million Gallon Guarantee. Verbatim it reads:
We are confident in our million gallon claim because you can continually clean the filter by backwashing it with clean water at high pressures, restoring it to its original capacity. That is why we can GUARANTEE THE FILTER FOR LIFE as long as you follow the simple care and use instructions. Backwashing is not required often unless you are filtering very turbid water. Even so, the simple process only takes a few seconds. If you are accustomed to a ceramic filter, the cleaning ratio is approximately 20:1. In other words, by the time you first need to clean your hollow fiber filter, you would have needed to clean a ceramic filter twenty times. NO REPLACEMENT FILTERS OR CARTRIDGES ARE NECESSARY. We trust you will thoroughly enjoy the ease and extra protection this proven next generation technology offers you.
This claim is really why the filter has caught the attention of so many backcountry users, gaining high praise from backpackers and publications. Sawyer was awarded the 2012 Editors' Choice Award from Backpacker Magazine, and is frequently the go to filter recommended by Bass Pro sales associates.
I found the Sawyer Squeeze Filter to be much easier to use than other ceramic, paper, or chemical based filters and purifiers. I enjoyed not having to pump; squeezing is easy enough that my 4 year old daughter was able to take part in the filtering process. With the remarkable longevity of the filter, convenience, and versatility, this is a must for anyone who enjoys the backcountry or even general emergency preparedness. The filter also is extremely affordable compared to its competitors (MSRP 59.99). For more information check out Sawyer's FAQ and this Video from Sawyer. Available On-line and In-Store.
Temple Fork Outfitters
Professional Series Fly Rod
By: Elliot Cantwell
Temple Fork Outfitters Rod Company makes numerous affordable and well built rods that give a consumer a great rod for the money. TFO backs their product with a 25 year warranty and with always innovative and new products. The company offers numerous rod types for every fisherman’s needs. Recently I field tested one of their mid-range rods. The TFO Professional Series is the 2nd in a long line of series or rods that offers a low price without compromising rod quality. The rod I tested was the 8 foot 4wt, which was paired with Rio Trout Line. The Rio Trout Lt allowed us to really see the delicacy and fine presentation the rod offered.
The rod is a mid-action rod but has more than enough back bone for a middle double haul. The rod is very lift on its feet and responds well to added power in the casting stroke without translating that power into a sloppy presentation on the water. This rod is very accurate allowing the angler to present flies close to cover and mend line without disturbance. The double haul comes with ease but if the angler becomes to aggressive with his/her casting stroke the rod will be over powered creating tailing loops. With that said though, the rod can handle a substantial about of power without these consequences becoming apparent. All in all, the TFO Professional Series rod offers high quality, great cast ability, and accuracy without the price tag of a much more expensive rod. Available On-line and In-Store MSRP $149.95 to $194.95
With Autumn around the corner, fly fishing offers numerous benefits to any angler, seasoned or unseasoned. Autumn offers less crowded rivers, clearer water and cooler temperatures. Prepping for the Salmon and Steelhead season, we are adding new fly patterns to our already expansive assortment. Our fishing staff carries vast knowledge of the rivers in Michigan and Ohio. So, come on in and we can get you ready for everything you need to go fly fishing. From waders to tippets, we know you'll walk away prepared. Below are some of our newest flies, specifically for the salmon/steelhead runs.
The San Juan Worm is a great pattern for trout no matter the time of year. This fly works very well during the fall, winter and spring for steelhead ( best in Ohio ). This fly works great especially after a heavy rain when the water is still stained. The fly fishermans' version of the Powerbait 3" trout worm is very popular with centerpin fishermen. This fly is also available in flame orange. MSRP $1.49
The BH Superflash Zonker is a great baitfish for the midwest. Tied with a large, long tail it has the profile and wiggle to attract a variety of larger predator fish. A must have for fishing the Maumee River, especially after the first half of the season. Try on a MSRP $2.99
The Trina Sculpin Bugger is another pattern from the Montana Fly Company . The fly is heavy enough to sink deep with a realistic sculpin shape, a great brown trout and bass streamer. Tie it on with a loop knot for maximum movement. MSRP $3.19
Rainy's Wooly Bugger Fly Kit offers a great assortment of classic fly patterns. With a variety of sizes and colors, it's perfect for the starter or somebody who wants to be prepared for a variety of fishing conditions. This is particularly useful for great lake salmon and steelhead. MSRP $44.99
Goal Zero encourages outdoor enthusiasts to "Live Life Untethered". The Goal Zero Nomad 7 allows you to recharge small handheld devices like a GPS, digital cameras, mp3 players, and cellphones from the sun's powerful rays. The panel produces 7 watts of power when placed in direct sunlight. The Nomad 7 has two outputs, USB and a 12 volt DC charging port. Goal Zero touts that the Nomad 7 is 30% smaller and 14 times more powerful than comparable panels. The panel utilizes mono-crystaline solar technology which has a lifespan of 10-30 years and is efficient even in low light conditions.
I used the Nomad 7 on a 4-day backpacking trip in Dolly Sods Wilderness located in West Virginia. The panel was used to recharge my iPhone (which I was using for its GPS and camera features) as well as my Goal Zero Rock Out speaker. By recommendation, I would open up the panel so that it could "warm-up" prior to plugging in my device. Immediately after plugging in, I'd recieve signs of a positive charge on the phone, both on clear and partially cloudy days. Goal Zero says that the Nomad 7 will charge a cell phone in 1-2 hours, I found this to be consistent with my experince by gaining 10% of battery life for every 10-15 minutes sitting directly in the sun.
I found that proper alignment to the sun was critical to the efficiency of the panel. Setting the panel at a 45 degree angle allowed for optimal power absorption. I found this could be achieved by utilizing a dry bag or stuffed sack (seen below). I found myself charging our devices both in the morning and evening. The first oppurtunity I had to charge from the sun was after a few showers had moved throughout the region. Complete cloud cover had me worried that I'd have to conserve battery life, but alas! As soon as I plugged in I starting drawing a positive charge into my device.
The panel features a rugged, protective case that is also water resistent. During use the panel's dimensions are 17 x 9 x 0.1 inch and when in storage it is 6 x 9 x 1 inch. When folded this panel disappears into your pack unnoticed. This is definitely worth adding to your pack with minimal loss of space. Also, weighing .8 lbs (12.8 ounces for those counting), the Nomad 7 panel adds little weight to your pack.
Below you can see the panel compared to a average magazine.
The Nomad 7 features eight attachment loops which allows you to hang the panel from your pack. Having this feature enables you to collect solar power on the go. I found the Nite-Ize #1 S-Biner to be a great carabiner for attaching the panel to my pack, allowing for a multiple hanging options. This feature takes away the extra time needed in camp and at breaks to fuss with charging your devices. That being said, where we were backpacking didn't have any long stretches of canopy cover. We were mainly running along the Alleghany Plateau, which granted us a lot of sky and sun, perfect for snagging the sun's energy.
The Nomad 7 is perfect for anyone who wants to stay somewhat connected to the outside world. As an individual who typically couldn't stand having any "techy" items in my pack, I found it enjoyable to edit photos prior to bed or access PDF files that contained maps and local beta. Pick up the panel and begin living life untethered! The Nomad 7 is available on-line & in-store. MSRP $79.99
The Ascend Low Profile Chair provides a lightweight option for campers and beach goers alike. Great for those looking to travel further with their camp chair, this chair comes in at five and a half pounds with a carry bag equipped with a shoulder strap making it easy for both adults and kids to carry along.
The chair features a comfortable 600D ripstop polyester sling seat that is also water resistant. Running from the back through the seat you have a nylon mesh panel that allows a breezy circulation of air and also quick drying after getting out of a lake or the ocean.
This chair comfortably accommodates individuals up to 250 lbs. Supported by a powder-coated steel and aluminum frame, this chair is built to last from summer to summer. Adding to the comfort of the chair there are foam padded armrests to allow you to completely sit back and relax.
Easy to carry, very comfortable and lightweight are just a few reasons why this chair should accompany you on every camping or beach trip. The low profile keeps you close to ground encouraging you to sit back and relax. The biggest downfall is sometimes you don't want to get up. Available online & In-store MSRP $39.99
Ever wanted to go on the hunt of a life time and just can't find the time or the resources to go? Look no further then here my friends. We are going to be following two guys on their hunt of a life time, an elk hunt in Colorado. We are going to be following them on every step of the trip from planning to hopefully processing a couple of monster elk. This trip is a non-guided hunt in which they have been drawn for tags and are going to camp and hunt for two weeks. The boys are headed out to the east of Buford Colorado. These next few blogs will show what you need to do to prepare for a trip like this and will cover everything from gear to tips and tricks to hopefully make you more successful out in the field.
BIO UPDATE; Name - Dan Urban , Dan is a Hunting Team Lead at the Bass Pro Shops in Rossford Ohio.
Bow Of Choice for Dan - Morrison Shawnee 50#
BIO UPDATE: Name - David Lange . David is a part time associate in the archery department at Bass Pro Shops in Rossford Ohio.
Bow of Choice for David - David Builds his own traditional bows ( Brush Creek Bows)
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By: Rees Brossia
Yes, the walleye run in the Maumee River is still on! Although, the bite has slowed down a bit, this is a great chance for those of you who are new to river fishing and are interested in learning to see what the river has to offer. Since the crowed of anglers has thinned out over the past week, I encourage you to get geared up and hook into some fish!
I would suggest starting out with the Pflueger Trion Combo. It's the best bang for your buck, only $59.99 for an IM-8 Graphite Rod matched up with a six stainless steel ball bearing reel. Fishing the river can be strenus on your gear but this combo has passed the test! http://www.basspro.com/Pflueger-Trion-GX7-Spinning-Rod-and-Reel-Combos/product/100904/148112
Don't forget to spool your reel with a monofilament backer followed by our Power Pro Braided line varying from 10-30 lb. test.This Braided Spectra's Enhanced Body Technology® delivers a compact, abrasion-resistant line with a smooth surface texture and virtually no spool memory. http://www.basspro.com/PowerPro-Braided-Spectra-Fiber-Micro-Filament-Line-100150-Yards/product/44282/122664
The most productive rig to use in the Maumee River is the Carolina Rig. Fish a floating jig head tipped with a 2-3in grub tail leaving about a 12-34in leader, where you will then tie on a 3/8oz barrel swivell. Depending on the depth and flow of the river your weight will vary. (carry numerous sizes with you)
Goal Zero, who specializes in solar power on-the-go, brought to market last year the Goal Zero Rock Out portable speaker (MSRP $39.99). We've all had portable speakers at camp or in the backyard that don't pack much of a punch. The Rock Out's wooden sound box kicks out a full range of sound from bottom end bass to the high end frequencies for a clear sound that carries. The Rock Out is completely portable weighing in at 14.4oz, and it is compact enough that it should make it on every weekend backpacking trip.
The Rock Out will connect to any mp3 player or phone that has an external headphone jack. The speakers have their own internal battery so it won't drain the battery of the device in use. The Rock Out also is completely rechargeable, meaning you'll never have to decide on whether to power your camp stereo or headlamp. The battery can last up to 20 hours based on the amount of volume you're pumping out. The battery can be recharged in two hours through any USB source or connected directly to the Goal Zero Nomad7 Solar Panel for anyone who will be out over longer periods of time.
One of the best features when using this around camp is the ability to hang it from about anywhere. Once you have your Ipod or mp3 player in place, you can zip up the Rock Out, sit back and enjoy your favorite tunes for hours on end. Along the back, there are a series of bungee cords that allow for an array of options whether it be a backpack or mountain bike stem.
Overall, the Goal Zero provides a unique way of keeping music with you everywhere you travel. The compact and rugged design makes it suitable for the toughest of wilderness weekends or just sitting around the deck on a summer evening.
Looking for either Spring or early Fall rainwear? Look no further then to go with Red Head's Squaltex. The 100% waterproof, breathable,windproof liner makes it perfect for those varying temperatures and unpredictable weather. The 240 gram polyester external shell makes Squaltex one of the quietest on the market. Squaltex comes in jackets and pants for men,ladies, and children. It also comes in bibs for men. The Tall sizes in the men's line make it a great fit for almost ever one.
Check it out on the Bass Pro Shops Website
If you are looking for a boat that will help you fish faster, harder, and better, then the look no further that our 2012 Nitro Z-8. It is equipped with options to guarantee an amazing day on the water. The Z-8 comes standard with Mercury 200 Optimax Pro Xs motor. Our hand laid hull with foam filled fiberglass stringer system in one of a kind. The boat also comes with our signature Rapid Planing System and a 10” jack plate.
Standard 24V, 70lb thrust foot controlled trolling motor and in-dash Lowrance Mark5-X will surely get the job done!
The 2 aerated Guardian live wells with timers, recirculators, pump out system, and Max_air induction systems are designed for a serious angler. The custom matched trailer with galvashield corrosion protection, a tongue step, LED brake lights, a swing away tongue and EZ lube hubs is also standard.. The large fishing decks, storage compartments, and across seating is unmatched. So if you are looking for performance, style, and comfort to win them all, or just for a fun day on the water, check out our 2012 Nitro z-8 sitting on our show room floor while it last! Ours has a few options that upgrade this boat compared to a standard model. It has remote oil fill, trim lever on the wheel, a hot foot, tilt hydraulic steering, fiberglass fenders, and a spare tire kit. This custom package could be yours for $37,400 or you can build the boat of your dreams with any option you desire! Come see us at Rossford Tracker Marine and let us help you get on the water in the boat of your dreams.
Fresh onto our showroom floor! The brand new 2012 Nitro Z9. The most tournament ready Z9 we’ve had in our showroom! Ours comes equipped with a Mercury 250 Pro XS, and a custom-fit trailer with chrome rims that highlights the boat’s beautiful Candy Apple Flake, guaranteed to turn heads. This ride also includes a Genuine NITRO ratchet cover for trailering home from your tournaments and an Atlas hydraulic jack plate that allows you to get into the shallows to hit your honey hole. For electronics, we have flush-mounted an HDS 7 into the dash and have upgraded the bow-mount trolling motor to a Minn Kota Fortrex 101. Need to recharge your batteries before the final weigh-in? We have installed a Guest 4-bank, 35 amp, on-board charger. You would be hard pressed to find a boat of this quality, with these options, under $50,000. Stop in to check it out while it’s here.
Are you having difficulty getting that predator to come in close enough to take a good clean shot? Is your electronic caller just not as effective as it once was? Try adding the Quiver Critter to the mix. This little gadget is awesome at maintaining the attention of that weary coyote to bring them in for a good close shot. With simply set up and just a simple on/off switch its an easy add to any predator hunting experience. The one downside of this product is the plastic stake. This wouldn't normally be an issue during the warmer months but when it gets cold look for digging a hole for the stake. Overall the Quiver Critter is a great tool at a reasonable price.
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This overnight trip is a great way to see Bruce Peninsula National Park. Along the trail you will have vast views of the Caribbean colored waters of the Georgian Bay as you scramble along the Niagara Escarpment and its towering dolomite cliffs. The Bruce Trail winds through Ontario from Niagara to its northern terminus of Tobermory. The northern most section of the Bruce is the most rugged and most remote.
You can start at either High Dump or Halfway Log Dump based on how many miles you would like to cover on day one. From the parking lot at Halfway Log Dump head east to meet the northbound Bruce Trail. Once at the Bruce Trail (marked with white blazes) head north where you will begin scrambling and hiking on a very rocky trail. You are rewarded with your first view from above the Georgian Bay at Cave Point, a 200 foot overhang. Continue north to the backcountry area of Stormhaven.
Stormhaven offers 9 backcountry spots all equip with a platform. Make sure that your tent is free standing. The platforms won't support tents that need to be staked out. There is a great area next to the Georgian Bay for you to set up and cook dinner away from your tent. There is a common area that has a composting toilet and a area to hang bear bags.
The next morning you will continue north along a cobblestone beach that will lead you to the Indians Head Cove. This area is frequented by day hikers, swimmers, and scuba divers alike. There are plenty of places to take a plunge in to the frigid waters of Lake Huron. Beyond Indians Head Cove there are two underwater caves. The first is apparent from the natural arched formed. The second is The Grotto, there is two
underwater entrances to the grotto from the Georgian Bay side.
From there you will continue north across another large cobblestone beach. After the beach you will head up to Halfway Rock Point. From this vantage you can see Flowerpot Island and Bear's Rump Island of the Fathom Five Marine Park. Take in a moment to enjoy the Georgian Bay from this vantage. From there you will dip back into the forest filled with thousand year old cedar trees. You will emerge at the Bruce Peninsula National Park visitor’s center. From there it is a quick hike to the northern terminus of the Bruce Trail at Tobermory's picturesque harbor.
By: John Barr
Now that we have the rod and reel, its time to talk about what fishing line and terminal tackle to use. First we will talk about fishing line both Monofilament and Braid. A great monofilament option would be Berkley Big Game anywhere from 20-60 lbs. This line is highly abrasion resistant and can take a great deal of abuse; it also comes in low vis green and clear and is very economical. Other great mono filament options would be Cajun red line or Ande’s Fishing line in 20-50 lbs. . A great braid option would either be Power Pro, the new Suffix 832 with GORE performance fibers, or Spiderwire braid. Since all of these lines are superlines they have little to no stretch for great sensitivity and strength.
Next on the list is terminal tackle beginning with hooks. The type of hook you want to use can vary due to your fishing situation. For tightlining an angler can use a circle hook or a J (modified) hook. For circle hooks a couple of great options would be Gamakatsu Octopus Circle hooks from 6/0-8/0, Daiichi CircleChunk Light hooks from 5/0-7/0, and Team Catfish Double Action circle hooks from 5/0-8/0. These hooks work great when the rod is secured in a rod holder to let the fish load up the rod to hook itself. If a fish is picking up the bait and you have the rod in your hands sweep the rod in a steady motion to hook the fish because you are using circle hooks and require a specific type of hook set. For J (modified) hooks, the BPS Catmaxx hooks are a large more traditional baitholder hook from 6/0-9/0 and work well for large baits. Other good options are the Gamakatsu 5/0-7/0 Octopus Hooks and the Team Catfish Supercat J-hooks. With these hooks you can have a more traditional hook set
(tightlining or using a float) as soon as the fish picks up the bait. (Note: Make sure that the hooks being used are appropriate for the size of the bait because if you use to big of a hook and are using live bait, it can kill you bait faster). For sinkers, one of the best options to use is the BPS No-roll sinkers from 1oz-4oz. The flat teardrop shape of the sinker allows the current to move over the sinker holding it in place more effectively. Other sinker options include BPS Bank sinkers, Bass Casting sinkers, and Egg sinkers (adjust weight accordingly to current). The Offshore Angler Barrel Swivels (100 lb) are great heavy duty swivels to go along with a slip-sinker rig. Adding a bead to this rig greatly helps reduce the wear to the knot from the main line to the swivel from the sinker sliding up and
down. The offshore angler Crossline swivels are also great for a 3-way rig too. For Float fishing, depending on the size float you want to use the Lindy Little Joe Pole floats are available in different sizes and in weighted and non-weighted variations.
Making sure that heavy duty equipment is being used for these behemoths will make the difference in whether an angler lands or loses a fish of a lifetime. Since we now have all the basics to start fishing for some Big ole’ Flattys the only thing left to do is to get out and fish! See you on the river!
By: John Barr
Getting rigged up for Flathead fishing can be about as tricky as catching the fish. Knowing the right gear to get can help even the odds against one of these whiskered giants.
The first thing you want to look at would be your rod and reel combinations. For smaller Flatheads (fish under 30 lbs), the BPS Catmaxx CMX3 round baitcast reel is a good option with a 3 bearing system and a bait clicker. A couple of other favorites that would get the job done would be the Abu Garcia 6500 C3 or 6600 C4. Both reels offer a great drag system (carbon matrix), high line capacity, and a bait clicker option. These two reels have been a favorite among catmen for quite sometime. Now for the larger Flatheads (fish over 30 lbs), a good levelwind reel is highly recommended. One option would be the Abu Garcia 7000c3i, with a 3 bearing system and 17 lbs worth of drag force. Another option is a Penn 320 GT size reel with a 2 bearing system with 15lbs/330yds. Both reels have a ‘winch’ capability that can pull big fish out of snaggy lairs. For a spinning reel option the BPS Catmaxx spinning reels are excellent with a 4 bearing system available in two models, the CM70 and CM80. The CM80 has a larger spool for heavier line and would be better to use near cover. Both of these reels are big enough and strong enough to handle big fish. With a good stout reel a good catman needs a strong rod to go with it. One of the best Flathead rods on the market is the BPS Catmaxx 7’9”MH Livebait casting rod. Constructed of heavy duty IM7 Graphite with double footed guides, reinforced reel seat, with an ultra sensitive “Live Bait” tip this rod has more then enough power for when the time comes. The other casting and spinning variations are excellent rods as well for old Mr. Shovelhead. A couple of other good rods from Shakespeare would be the Ugly Stik Catfish rods in either the spinning or casting variations (Better for smaller fish below 30 lbs) and the Ugly Stik Tiger in both casting and spinning (Better for fish above 30 lbs). These rod and reel options will help you get on the right track to landing numerous big fish. Getting the right rod and reel is the first and most important step, once you have both, you can then think about your presentation and how to rig.