Come get the latest in fishing products for your next fishing trip

The Snip. From the Boomerang Tool Company is a revolutionary retractable heavy duty line cutter. Will conveniently attach anywhere with the retractable cable. Stainless steel jaws will cut clean and smooth. Works great on braid, fluorocarbon and mono lines.



 -G. Loomis Pro Green Spinning Rods. These are part of the G. Loomis saltwater spinning product line. We are currently carrying the 6’10” and 7’4" models in both Medium and Medium Heavy actions. These would be a great addition to your rod arsenal for trout and red fishing. Wade fisherman would appreciate their light weight for the all day wade trips.




-We are fully stocked with the new Yeow Monn freshwater baits. This is the freshwater version of the popular Fish Bite products.  Though made for Catfish they are excellent baits for the Redfish at Calaveras Lake. We have all 3 flavors: Shad, Liver and Crawfish.




We got great Summer fun ideas!

Summer Fun Ideas


With summer just upon us we can’t help but to start thinking about vacation, camping trips, family Bar-B-Ques and what to do to keep the kids entertained. Be sure to keep in mind that we have a wide variety of outdoor and indoor games that you can’t find just anywhere.



For your family Bar-B-Que or camping trip, we have Washer Toss, Bag Toss, Ladder Toss (glow in the dark or LED), Backyard Darts and Tailgate Toss.






For the days when it’s just too hot outside or a rainy day, we have poker cards with dice, checkers on a rug, find it, puzzles, Smores card game, Fishin-OPOLY, Whitetail-OPOLY, Horse-OPOLY, Lab-OPOLY, You Might Be A Redneck If game, and Camp the Game that grows with you.

NEW Fishing Camp, The Game

From the makers of the award-winning Camp Board Game, Fishing Camp is a must-have game for outdoor enthusiasts, ages. This easy-to-learn, fun-to-play board game features four levels of questions on every card, starting with identification of fishing items and fish species and getting progressively more challenging. The more you play, the more you learn about the exciting world of angling. Be the first to navigate around the lake, catch at least one fish (the more, the better) and make your way back to the dock and you win the game! This Fishing Camp Board Game includes one game board, 100 fun facts and 100 questions (each with four levels), one “red reveal” decoder, eight game pieces (colorful boats), one die, 16 level cards and one GPS card. This exciting board game can accommodate up to 8 players. Ages 4 and up.

NEW RoadTrip Game

Quick - name three towns that begin with the letter “S”! What about three fast foods that contain the letter “B”? With this unique RoadTrip game, you can travel across the country without leaving your living room. Packaged in an eye-catching tin, RoadTrip contains 120 Challenge Cards, 40 “Rest Stop” cards, 4 Retro Station Wagon Movers, a 30-sided Alphabet Die and a 7.5” x 20” Vintage Road Map Board. RoadTrip is a fast, fun game for the whole family! 2-4 players/teams. Ages 8 and up.

NEW The Man Game

  • The ultimate game of manliness
  • For all men and women who think they’re man enough
  • Best-looking man goes first
  • 220-plus entertaining game cards
  • Includes rope, dice, ball, chips, playing cards and more
  • Fun for all ages

For all men and women who think they’re man enough, step up to The Man Game (that’s right, women can play too). Playing is as simple as cracking open the box and selecting a card - as I’m sure you know, real men don’t read instructions. The rules are as follows: Best-looking man goes first (if that’s you, batter up). Draw a card and begin playing. Have fun. No fighting. Last man standing wins.

Your Man Game includes the following ultra-masculine equipment - 220-plus game cards to make you chuckle and grin (but never giggle); flick football (start flexing your finger muscles now); a ball (the best man gift ever); a tape measure (this is sure to come in handy); paper and pencil; rope; dice; chips; and a regulation deck of playing cards (to show off your skills). What are you waiting for? Prove your manliness once and for all (But who are you kidding? You’re not going first.) Great for all ages. Makes a truly great, extra-manly gift! Measures 2.5" H x 11" W x 8.75" L. Made in USA.


No matter what game you play, it’s a sure thing that you will have plenty of fun and laughter, not to mention the memories.



Come get your Yukon...what's that?

If you like strong durable coolers look no further than Igloo’s Yukon series “cold locker”. Yukon coolers are measured from the inside and not the outside which translate to you get the capacity you pay for and nothing less. Along with rock solid two fisted handles that give you a steady swing-free design for a sure grip .Yukon coolers also offer reversible skid/non skid feet, a big plus in our book. Maximum cold insulation thermal barrier is thicker throughout with a true 3” of insulation foam in the lid and 2” in the body-to out chill anyone .Thick, high strength lockable lids ensure you hold ice longer while enableing the lid to be secure keeping unwanted guest out of you’re cooler. Cool Riser Technology holds the cold locker above hot surfaces to improve cooling air flow and make deck wash down easier. Yukon cooler also feature oversized drain plugs that drain faster ,are clog resistant and are tethered so that you don’t ever have to worry about losing you’re drain plug. A definite must in any cooler is a 360 degree  freezer type lid gasket that locks in cold and locks out heat with a compression seal. Did I mention that Igloo Yukon coolers are seamless roto-molded cases that are just about indestructible, and backed by a 5-year warranty. This cooler is also UV-protected to guard against sun damage. Stop buy you’re local Bass Pro Shops and pick one up. Available in 50qt, 70qt, 150qt and 250qt or order one online at



Summer Styles for the Men!

Warm weather is right around the corner and our that means picnics, ball games, and outdoor recreation. It also means it is time for Men's Apparel to show off it's Americana Prints in woven fabrics and the Stars and Stripes shirts which are our cotton knits.  

In the Americana group this year we have the following: Metal of Honor, Military Ocean, Camo Military, and We the People. These are all short sleeve cotton woven button front shirts.

In the Stars and Stripes group this year we have : the Flag Polo, 1/2 Star Polo, American Polo, and the 1/2 Star Twill. The price range is from $24.99-$29.99 for the woven cottens and the cotton knits.

Make sure you come in early to select your style and don't forget .....Memorial Day is coming up and then Father's Day and then the 4th of July. Come in soon and try on one of these stlyes.


Sandee Pearson

Men's Apparel-Team Lead 


Hunter’s Specialties® i-KAM XTREME® Video Glasses


Hunter’s Specialties® i-KAM XTREME® Video Glasses

 i-KAM XTREME® Video Eyewear (50011)

i-KAM XTREME incorporates an advanced mobile video recorder into a lightweight pair of glasses. i-KAM XTREME offers completely wireless operation, with no cords or battery packs required.

It has a digital camera incorporated into the frame with 4 GB of built-in memory for up to 2 hours of recording. The glasses will also accept a Micro SD card for an additional 8 GB of memory. The integral microphone captures all the sounds to go along with the video. The glasses can be hooked directly to a PC with the supplied USB cable to view the video, or when using the Micro SD card, it can be inserted into a card reader to watch footage.

Each pair of i-KAM XTREME glasses comes with two sets of interchangeable, impact-resistant lenses in clear and polarized black to use in all lighting conditions. Frames are available in both glossy and flat black, and Realtree® camouflage. A hard bodied carrying case, cleaning cloth, AC adapter and instruction manual are also included.


Can’t make up your mind? Go Tahoe …


2012 TAHOE® Ski & Fish Boats

Spend the morning reelin' 'em in from the comfort of the fishing seat. Then, trade the rods for water sports equipment and spend the afternoon tearing up the wake! Or, just cruise and play away the day while enjoying all the amenities and comforts onboard the best-selling ski-and-fish boats around! Fully loaded with features like a livewell, fishing position, ski tow ring, comfortable seating, plentiful storage, trolling motor, custom-matched trailer and more, every TAHOE® ski-and-fish runabout provides today’s active families the flexibility to spend a day doing any number of activities!

Grab some water sports with a side of angling. Whether your crew consists of seven others, or it’s just you and one lucky person, the versatile Q7 SF is loaded and ready to serve up a healthy portion of all-day fun, excitement and exhilaration. Whet their appetite with smooth morning cruise to anywhere. Then, serve up the main course of amazing water sports action, thanks to the POWERGLIDE® hull and MerCruiser® sterndrive. And finish it all off with a nice relaxing afternoon of fishing from the comfort of the removable fishing seats.

 2012 TAHOE® Runabout Boats

Ski. Wakeboard. Cruise. Tube. Swim. Party. And have the time of your life in the most luxurious, eye-catching and fun sport boats around. Ranging from the nimble, value-packed Q4 SS to the top-of-the-line Q8 SSi, every TAHOE® sport runabout comes packed with plush seating throughout, a ton of storage space, head-turning colors and graphics, a ski tow ring, padded sundeck, AM/FM/CD stereo (with an MP3 jack) and more to ensure you and your crew have everything needed to make unforgettable memories!

 2012 TAHOE® Deck Boats

In addition to huge amounts of interior space, TAHOE® deck boats come packed with luxurious features, creature comforts and styling unlike any other boat on the water. With a lineup that includes a center console, single consoles and walk-thru models, TAHOE provides a variety of arrangements to cater to any and every family’s needs. Want to take part in water sports action? Every model comes with a ski tow ring (ski tow pylon on outboard model). Like to add fishing into the mix? Five models include fishing positions for a day of comfortable casting. Plus, these models are also set up for swimming, picnics, entertaining and enjoying fun times on the water with those who matter most. And each one comes with a standard Bimini top for just relaxing the day away. Whatever adventures you’re seeking, TAHOE has a deck boat to meet you and your family’s every need.

 For information contact 210-253-8780.

 To watch a demonstration video click here:


Ladies, check out our stylish, affordable swimsuits for Summer!

Start the summer with a swimsuit from Bass Pro Shops. We have a variety of styles, from bikinis to tankinis, in many fashionable colors. One of our most popular brands is Team Realtree, which is camo swimwear with colors of pink and green camo with accents of brown and fuchsia.


Hobie, another great brand, took it inspiration from the 60's with teal, yellow, orange and black.  This swimsuit will look great at the beach or on a dance floor too. Beaches and sunsets are what you think of when you see Island Soul.  There colors are right out of the sunset and sunrise with colors of peach, yellow, gray, teal and pink with accents of black. 24th and Ocean has colors of black and white and are mostly tankinis and boy style shorts.  This makes it perfect when you want to cover just a bit more. Free Country rounds out our selection of swimwear with colors of black, blue, teal, white, gray and fuchsia

Each piece is sold separately so you will find the perfect fit and the prices are great too starting at $24.99 and goes up to $48.00.

Come by the ladies apparel department to get you next swimsuit and know that you will make a splash at the river or next pool party.


2nd Annual Wounded Heroes BBQ Cook-Off and Benefit Fundraiser




We are extremely happy to be sponsoring this event again this year in the parking lot of our store. It is a honor to be part of such a generous event. This is the 2nd Annual Fundraiser just for our Military Heroes that will be held in May here at the Bass Pro Shops of San Antonio, TX. The event is primarily being held to raise funds for our military service men and women. All proceeds will directly benefit these heroes along with their spouse and children. Join us for a fun filled weekend of BBQ, Bands, Fellowship and FUN to raise money for our service men and women.

In conjunction with Armed Forces day, there will be plenty of entertainment for the entire family in support of our Military Heroes!
• LIVE music sponsored by Miller High Life with the top Texas bands on tour
• 20 unique food vendors (Fri-Sat)
• 25 BBQ teams (Cook-off Awards on Sat)
• Arts & crafts vendors (Fri-Sat)
• Beer /wine sales by Glazer’s Dist (Miller/Coors)(Fri-Sat)
• Meet & greet our Military Heroes (Sat)
• Drawings (raffles) every hour Fri-Sat (over $5000 of donated items from Bass Pro Shops and other local businesses)

Come join us May 18th and 19th here at the Bass Pro Shops on I-10 West for amazing BBQ from all over Texas! Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit current and discharged soldiers, some with medical disabilities and many with job finding difficulties. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information please visit


Come get the BEST fudge in town!




May 13th is almost here……..Now ask your self….What do I get Mom for Mothers Day? Flowers have been done year after year, and stuffed animals always end up in the Goodwill donation pile. Mom deserves something as sweet as she is!!!! 

Come visit the Fudge Shop at Bass Pro Shops in San Antonio, we have just the right present for Mom!!!!

You can choose from our huge selection of flavors, pick 6 different flavors to be boxed up to take to Mom. It’s always a good idea to begin with our most popular fudge Chewy Praline, a rich block of vanilla fudge layered with a gooey caramel and pecan slab, then more fudge, and even more caramel and pecans!!!! Also, Mom’s favorite Coconut Bon Bon, delicious chocolate fudge layered with tasty sugared coconut!! And, don’t forget about the must have classics: Rocky Road, Chocolate Pecan, Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl, and Butter Pecan!!!

Mom might also like to try our newest flavors here at the Fudge Shop Red Velvet and White Chocolate Cheesecake fudge. Our Red Velvet fudge is deliciously layered with cream cheese fudge and topped with Chocolate Crunch. The White Chocolate Cheesecake is our yummy cream cheese fudge mixed with white chocolate morsels and topped with Graham Cracker Crumbs. Both are sure to become quick favorites!!

 Since you won't be able to resist getting yourself a piece we are featuring…...

Fudge of Summer 2012……………Monkey Business.

Monkey Business is exactly what it sounds like….it is mouth watering banana fudge topped with peanut butter fudge topped with even more banana fudge and of course drizzled with chocolate!!!!!!!

 Now remember, you get to pick 6 pieces, and the best thing about that is that you only pay for 4 of the 6 pieces!!!!!!!!

Derrick Giles

Fudge Shop Lead




Folds of Honor Scout 1000 Laser Range Finder

hThe Bushnell Scout 1000 Patriot Rangefinder 201932P is an amazing opportunity to pay back the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice and get an incredible product at the same time. The Folds of Honor Scout 1000 Laser Range Finder from Bushnell is a limited edition Scout 1000 ARC Rangefinder that delivers superb hunting performance and provides help to the families of veterans killed in combat. The Bushnell Patriot Scout 1000 Rangefinder features Bow and Rifle modes, a range out to 1,000 yards, with unbeatable optics and accuracy. This rangefinder above the rest goes even further with support for the Folds of Honor foundation. There is simply no sweeter deal, a top of the line Bushnell range finder paired with the satisfaction of helping out the deserving families of our fallen heroes.

The Bushnell Scout 1000 ARC Rangefinder Patriot Edition 201932 comes with a Bushnell Skinz unique black protective cover that features the Folds of Honor logo. The Folds of Honor Foundation provides scholarships and support to the families of armed forces veterans killed or disabled in action while serving our country. Helping out is simple, appreciated, and desperately needed. The incredible performance of the Scout 1000 paired with this unique charitable opportunity make it a no brainer!

Receive a $30 Mail-in Rebate when you purchase a Bushnell Folds of Honor Scout 1000 ARC Laser Rangefinder before December 31, 2012. You can also make a donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation with a portion or full amount of rebate (see information on rebate form for more details).


Fishing the Alabama Rig®

How I like to fish The Alabama Rig®.

Before you begin, spread out the wires. Then, hook the jig-heads directly to the snaps (DO NOT ADD any Monofilament or other line or leaders to the snaps!) Try to keep the wires close together if you are using smaller baits but not too close for them to tangle with each other. We rig four 1/8 ounce jig-heads (We recommend light wire hooks for fun fishing but our heavy wire hooks for tournament or larger fish) on the four outside wires and a heavier 3/16 ounce to 1/2 ounce jig-head on the inside center wire to balance everything out. Use any type 4" to 5" curly tailed grubs in natural colors or my favorite color "watermelon seed" for clear water. Your choices are endless with all the grub types and colors out there. If fishing smooth bottoms, shell-mounds or pea gravel bottoms rig the jig-heads with the hooks exposed. If in heavier cover like a stump field, standing timber or grass-beds then we suggest that you rig it weed-less or Texas posed. We carry both the Original Alabama Rig and the BPS Deadly 5 Rig. Come see us.


Try out our Men's Swimwear

It's that time again when you should be thinking about Men's Swimwear and we have a variety for you to choose from.  Back by popular demand is the BPS swim in solids, patterns, and yes, camo. Prices range from $19.99 -$27.99.

We have two water shorts from Colombia this year, the Whidbey II at $24.95 in 8 solid colors. This is a classic look from Colombia,  This year they also have the Palmerston which is a little longer and priced at $29.95 in 6 colors.

For our younger customer looking for some fashion and bright colors in orange, blue and black we can offer you swim from our Quicksilver collection. We have these in patterns as well as solids from $36.00 to $49.50. All of our swim comes in the basic colors as well as the fun bright colors with orange being the top bright color pop for the season!


Sandee Pearson

Men's Apparel-Team Lead


2012 Sun Tracker Party Barge 220 XP3



2012 Sun Tracker Party Barge 220 XP3


Performance and luxury. Packaged just right.

A third performance pontoon is key to the speed and handling that turn heads wherever the PARTY BARGE 220 XP3 goes.

When you take a break from tubing or wakeboarding, the onboard amenities begin to sink in—an elevated helm station that puts the captain in complete control, with guests enveloped in supremely plush couches. A sundeck, a changing room with a bench Plus on-demand water integrated into the aft refreshment center. And a premium AM/FM/CD sound system with an MP3 jack.

It just doesn’t get any better!


  • Class-leading luxury pontoon w/room for 12—riding on 3 high-buoyancy all-welded oversized 26" multichambered pontoons w/performance lifting strakes
  • 2 wraparound bow lounges w/lumbar support, headrests, lockable lounge arm storage, underseat storage, trash receptacle, floor-level cabin lights & drink holders
  • Elevated captain's helm w/hydraulic tilt steering, tinted windscreen, full instruments (incl. compass, depth finder), reclining oversized swivel helm seat w/self-leveling arms & storage space for cooler (not incl.)
  • In-console mounted stereo w/convenient dash-mounted remote & 4 strategically located Kicker speakers for optimal sound throughout
  • Starboard aft refreshment center w/sink & on-demand fresh water, food-prep area, 2 drink holders & 2 lockable storage drawers
  • Aft padded sundeck w/pop-up changing room, bench & storage
  • Aft L-lounge w/lockable underseat storage & lockable lounge arm storage
  • Removable serving/game table w/soft-touch non-slip surface & molded-in drink holders (fore & aft pedestal base locations)
  • Full-width aft swim platform w/non-skid surface & folding boarding ladder
  • Color-keyed 11' (3.35 m) polyester Bimini


For information contact 210-253-8780.


Springtime Fly Fishing

Welcome to San Antonio, Texas

The last time we talked the drought had pretty much dried up the rivers and was threatening to burn down the whole state. Well as they say in Texas “wait a few minutes and the weather will change.

The rivers are up and flowing strong and a bit murky so what does that mean to the fly fishing?  I was on the Guadalupe River about 8 miles north of Boerne and was there to check out the flow and see if the Bass had decided to return and get active and to see if it was safe to wade. As soon as I saw it I figured since it was about 11/2 ft above normal and a touch murky that fly fishing would be slow if it existed at all. After fishing hard along the edges and not moving a thing I switched to my favorite little white spider and even the spider got very little attention. Since the Llano has had more time to go down since the last storms I figured I might as well try it.  So I made a plan to go white bass fishing on the Llano up by Kingsland with Rick Wilson a local guide and professional fly fisherman.

We got to the Llano on Tuesday the 27th in the morning about 9:30am and took off up the River as far as we could go. Which in his boat is pretty far? We walked it through about 6” to 8” of water over a sand bar a couple of times with no problems except a few dings in the prop. We soon found the White Bass and started catching from that moment on. Typically we would catch 5 or 6 in the hole before they would move and we’d have to go find them again. And we always did. Bass Pro’s little lead eye, chartreuse Clouser did a fine job. Needed the heavy lead eyes to get down where they hang out. Almost everyone who has ever caught a White Bass knows how strong of a fight they put up and how much fun they are to catch regardless of their size. You know what they say about the lady singing. Well, we didn’t catch any of the ladies so I’m presuming the boys will be around for awhile longer.

One of the good parts about working at Bass Pro is it gives us a chance to keep everyone informed about what’s going on in the rivers and the fly fishing world. Our great customers keep us informed and up to date on what’s working for them and how the water is, as well as, what flies their using that are working and not working. That provides a wealth of information to the new fly fishermen who don’t quite have it down yet. We’ll continue to provide that information and the quality products that make fly fishing easy and enjoyable for everyone. See you next time!


Greg Schafer

Fly Shop Lead

Bass Pro, San Antonio, TX


XPS® Signature Series Fluorocarbon

After winning not one, but four Bassmaster Classics® on our advanced fluorocarbon line, Kevin VanDam is ardently spreading the word about its unique fishing characteristics. Like us, Kevin believes that using XPS® Signature Series Fluorocarbon will help you catch more fish--even in ultra-clear water because fluorocarbon has almost the same refractive index as water, so it virtually disappears.


Come into our San Antonio store.

Additionally we currently have the Deadly Five rig also. It is the Bass Pro Shops version of the Alabama Rig. See you in the store.


MAKO Pro Skiff Series – 2012 NMMA Innovation Award Winner




MAKO Pro Skiff Series – 2012 NMMA Innovation Award Winner

We are excited to announce that the MAKO Pro Skiff Series was recognized as the 2012 NMMA Innovation Award Winner at the Miami International Boat Show.

The Innovation Awards, organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and judged by representatives of Boating Writers International, recognize products that best meet criteria for innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured, benefit to consumers, practicality and cost-effectiveness.

Selected in the category for fishing craft up to 24 ft, the MAKO Pro Skiff series is the second MAKO inshore product to receive the prestigious Innovation Award in recent years. The MAKO 18 LTS was the award winner in 2009. MAKO has combined 45 years of experience crafting the most rugged fishing boats on the water with a next generation hull design to create the Pro 17 Skiff CC.

With the Advanced Inverted V (AIV) hull design, wide beam and foam-filled construction, it provides a smooth, dry ride and stable platform through rougher conditions. And, the Pro 17 Skiff CC will do it all while carrying larger loads with power from a smaller-horsepower engine.

Thanks to the Advanced Inverted V (AIV) hull, this boat provides a great dry, smooth ride through chop, as well as amazing load carrying abilities. All while being powered with smaller, more efficient outboard engines!

That amazing hull design, as well as the long list of features throughout, helped the Pro Skiff series win the 2012 NMMA Innovation Award for Fishing Craft up to 24' at the Miami International Boat Show!

Inside, the Pro 17 Skiff CC also provides features for a full day of angling, including a bait well, rod holders, casting decks and wide-open casting spaces!

All riding on a custom-fit trailer, and all at an industry-leading value price!


To view a side-by-side competitive results video, go to the link below at




Majesty Outdoors

Our weekend started at Bass Pro Shops - San Antonio where our "fatherless" teen Daphane was treated like a princess...from a 5-star welcoming in, to a whole rack of clothing from our sponsors, to a delicious meal at the Islamorada restaurant.

The W/S Turkey Creek ranch is a typical South Texas working ranch, with an intense deer management program. Drought conditions are as harsh as I've ever seen in that area, but the deer are plentiful and BIG!

Daphane is a product of the foster care system, born and raised in the typical inner-city "concrete jungle". She has not seen her dad in over 6 years, and her mom has serious mental health issues.
We took her to the range, to shoot a firearm for the very first time. After a 20 minute instruction, she threw up a 3 shot 3" group from the bull. UNREAL! Don't know if its the great instruction (ha), or the "Accu-trigger" on the .270 Savage she was firing. My guess it's a combination of both!

I would like to thank Andy Sanchez (landowner) and Dr. Manny Sanchez (DVM) for hosting the Majesty Outdoor team. We had a blast, creating a unforgettable outdoor experience for Daphane. This will be a very, very cool episode.  Although we did not actually KILL a buck (they were either too big or too young…we were after a “management buck), this was a great experience for Daphane.  We advertise that Majesty Outdoors is not about the ‘catch or the kill’, but about the EXPERIENCE.  God tested us on this as we hunted very hard for three days.

Catch this episode and all the others on NBC Sports! (formerly Versus)


World Wide Sportsman Apparel

With the Fishing Classic coming up next week, Men's Apparel is ready to offer you some new fishing shirts and pants from World Wide Sportsman!  We have just received a new fishing shirt called the Dorado Pass in short and long sleeves.  It features the Nano Tex technology, UPF Sun Protection, and is made in a Quick Dry fabric.

We have another new fishing shirt in short and long sleeve called the Morada Bay, with the moisture wicking, UPF 50+ and is made of a Quick Dry nylon as well.

To go along with these new shirts we have a new Hybrid Angler pant with the zip off leg and it also has the Nano Tex spill- resistant technology.

We are ready in Men's Apparel for the Fishing Classic to start so we can share all these new styles with you.


Sandee Pearson

Men's Apparel Team Lead


Garmin Rino 655t

The Garmin Rino 655t is probably the most versatile handheld GPS out on the market today; here in San Antonio, Texas the 655t has gain popularity amongst hunters, surveyors and those who work out in the oil fields.


The Rino 655t (link is to a YouTube video) quickly finds your position and maintains it – even in heavy cover. The device comes preloaded with TOPO 100K maps. With its microSD card slot, the Rino 655t allows you to load the following compatible maps TOPO US 24k, BlueChart g2, BirdsEye Satellite Imagery and Custom Maps.


The 655t allows you send your exact location to other Rino users and vise versa so they can see it on their map page; this capability can be useful in an emergency, to keep tabs on your hunting buddies, hiking partner, family or friends. It also lets you send unit-to-unit text messages to other Rino users a great feature for those situations when silence is key.


With Rino 655t’s built-in 5-megapixel autofocus camera, the photo you take is automatically geotagged ( geotagged digital image would include precise latitude and longitude coordinates) with the location of where it was taken, allowing you – or those you share your photos with – to easily navigate back to that spot in the future.


Rino 655t features a built-in NOAA weather radio that can help you avoid hazardous weather; which allows you to see National Weather Service warnings and watches displayed county-by-county on the map screen.


The Garmin Rino 655t and all its features you can see why this is a must have unit. Some of the most comments I receive from the unit is “it is an all in one device, less weight to carry, less items to keep track of…” the 655t can be purchased at Bass Pro Shops store locations as of 12/30/2011 the current retail price is $599.99 some might say that is high but if you add up your equipment such as a camera, two-way radios, emergency weather radio and GPS and not being able to get the exact location of your buddy who does have a Rino. Your well over the $599.99 price tag and well over the amount of weight you really want to carry on your trip.


Ed de Almeida

Bass Pro Shops, Marine Team Lead

San Antonio, TX



It's Trout time!


Well we're finally ready to venture down to the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam and see if we can catch some of those newly stocked trout. But first...what the heck do those critters want for dinner? The menu for Rainbow Trout is fairly common throughout the country but can be thrown out the window when the fish are in stocked in different waters. At least initially anything may work. Soon after however, they will revert to the natural food sources.

Selecting a Fly: Aquatic insects are only available to fish at certain periods of the year and times of the day. Unlike the proverbial brown pellet in the morning every day stocked trout are use to getting.

Insects will vary with the type and condition (murky, clear) of the water, the temperature of that water and many other factors and yes even in which part of the river (grassy shoreline, deep pools, fast riffles, etc.) you're fishing.

Fly fishers should try to imitate insects during their prime periods. You can find out that information in many different ways. If you just come and enjoy the area and hope to catch a fish or two then maybe turning over a rock will tell you all you need to know. However, the truly informed fly-fisherman may look for a hatch chart on line or perhaps past experience will tell them that trout are taking a certain insect. Knowing when to expect or seeing a hatch and using a fly to match can significantly improve your odds for some really great fishing. If you’re late in the hatch, fish the newest hatch if another has started. They may be full that insect and would much rather have something different.

Don't forget the local fly shop experts and the guides who have a wealth of knowledge from prior experiences and feedback. If you can afford a guide hire one. It’s kind of like a vacation, you can look for fish for three or four days and catch one or two, or you can get a guide and learn from the first day what you need to use and what areas to fish..

Here is a chart identifying the various insect stages from the Fly fishing Entomology web site.

I’ve added some flies but there are many more patterns that work extremely well. Do some research and discover the enormity of your options. See you on the River!




Larval Stage

Pupal Stage

Adult Stage







Hairs Ear

Pheasant Tail

Barr’s Emerger

Copper John




Parachute Adams



Caddis Larva

Caddis Pupa

Deep Sparkle

Soft Hackle




Wolly Bugger




True Fly


Miracle Midge





Wolly Bugger






Wolly Bugger






Wolly Bugger





Wolly Bugger





Wolly Bugger




Greg Schafer
Fly Shop Lead Associate