The 2016 Grizzly 2072 MVX Sportsman Has Arrived!

Have you ever wanted to have a boat that could multitask?  That boat has arrived here at Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat Center Savannah- the Grizzly 2072 MVX Sportsman!  Never before have we packed so many features into a single aluminum boat package!  

Grizzly 2072 MVX Sportsman


The most distinctive feature on this boat is obviously the raised bow deck.  This removable feature was designed for the sportsman in mind, particularly for flounder gigging and bow fishing.  However, it can also be used as a shooting deck for skeet shooting, or rigged with a duck blind for waterfowl hunting.  The powerful light system is important for those who want to gig a doormat flounder at night, or shoot a big gar with a bow!  The light system is powered by an included on-board generator.

The package also includes quite a few fishing options, including a trolling motor, rod holders, and numerous storage possibilities.  Check out some of the standard features:

  • Removable elevated bow shooting deck w/railing, 3 seat pedestal bases & trolling motor access hatch
  • Removable 40,000 lumen LED light kit around the front deck w/3 batteries & an onboard generator
  • Big port & starboard storage boxes for bows & other bowfishing gear
  • All-welded, unitized construction w/robotically-welded stringer system & transom
  • Backed by The TRACKER Promise—the best factory warranty in aluminum boats
  • Industry-exclusive, baked-on powder-coat finish (Forest Green) for long-lasting durability & color
  • Minn Kota® PowerDrive™ 12V 55-lb. thrust, 54" (1.37 m) shaft, foot-control trolling motor
  • Welded-in, foam-filled interior side walls for quieter ride & structural strength
  • Battery selector switch (trolling, lighting, both, off)
  • Custom matched trailer w/powder-coat finish & GALVASHIELD® corrosion protection


Come down to Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat Center, and let one of our salesmen show you this boat today!  Until then, take a look at all the available info on this boat on the Tracker Boats website.


Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar coming to Savannah!

Bass Pro Shops and Mako Boats Present the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series

February 6, 2016…Savannah, GA
The Armstrong Center
Armstrong State University
13040 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

With exclusive After-Party at Bass Pro Shops Savannah for attendees!

Please join us in welcoming the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series to Savannah on February 6, 2016!  George Poveromo and his team of local and national saltwater fishing experts will deliver over 5 hours of fishing knowledge and tactics in this fun-filled seminar environment.  You will also be able to check out all of the latest gear from saltwater fishing industry leaders.  Tickets also include a bucket of goodies and a chance to win some fantastic door prizes!  An exclusive After-Party will be held across the street at Bass Pro Shops from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for seminar attendees!

Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series

$55.00 ticket includes:

Over $ 200 in Value, plus chances to win thousands of dollars’
worth of door prizes!

  • Five hours of fishing instruction from leading national and regional angling authorities!
  • One year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman!
  • Course textbook!
  • Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecast Analysis!
  • $ 10.00 Bass Pro Shops discount card on purchase of $75.00 or more!
  • Bottle of OrPine Wash & Wax!
  • Can of Corrosion Block!
  • Star tron Fuel Additive!
  • Star brite Xtreme Clean!

Click Here for more information and early registration!



Crappie Madness is Coming!


Black Crappie



January 19 - February 8th


It's crappie season and there's no better time to gear up for your next trip perch jerkin'!  The first Crappie Madness Sale and Event for the Savannah Bass Pro Shops will begin Monday, January 19th.  We will have all the crappie fishing gear you need on sale, as well as great seminars and fishing demonstrations on our giant aquarium! 

Also known as speckled perch and white perch, crappie are one of the best freshwater fish to target during the late winter/early spring period.  Although they are found all over the United States, Down South our crappie grow GIANT, with fish over 2 pounds being a frequent catch.  There are quite a number of ways to fish for them, whether it be trolling, jigging, or using live bait under a slip float.  We have all the gear and accessories for all techniques!

Did I mention that crappie are one of the most delicious freshwater fish out there?  A good fillet knife and scaler are a must for cleaning a cooler full of big slab crappie!  We have a huge selection of fillet knives, fish cleaning accessories, and cooking gear to help you get ready for your next fish fry!

Come visit our knowledgeable staff and they'll help you get geared up during Crappie Madness!



Wire Crab Traps Are Here!

Crab traps and accessories

Bass Pro Shops Savannah has received our first shipment of O&H commercial-style crab traps.  This is a great time of year for a crab boil, and catching your own delicious blue crabs is surprisingly easy!  These new traps are 2 ft by 2 ft, are made of durable PVC-coated wire, and come with rigging materials.  There are two sizes- a single compartment 11-inch tall standard size for $34.99, and a two compartment, 15-inch tall deluxe size for $39.99.  We also have all the rigging line, floats, and other accessories.

Wire Crab Net

If you like hand-lining or catching crabs from a pier or dock, we have everything you need as well!  Our BPS wire-mesh crab baskets are just what you need for crabbing from a pier, bridge, or dock.  We also have the lines, bait clip pins, and everything else you might need. 

Crabbing hand line

Why not take the kid's crabbing as well!  Our BPS crabbing hand lines are weighted with a built in bait pin.  Just throw it out with bait and wait for a tug- then... very... slowly... pull in the line.  We carry long-handled crab nets to scoop up the wary ones before they drop back into the water.  Don't forget, we also have frozen crab bait chicken necks.  You can pick up all your crabbing gear here at Bass Pro Shops Savannah and head straight to the water!  Let our experts set you up with the right gear.


The New Mako Pro Skiff 16CC is the perfect way to hit the marshes!

With temperatures falling now is the time for some of the best inshore fishing of the season. There are reports of nice Trout and Redfish being caught throughout the Savannah area. Fishing the local tides can be a bit of a challenge and one way to overcome this dilemma is to have the right boat.

Mako 16CC Skiff

Recently I have had the pleasure of driving the new Mako Pro Skiff 16CC and immediately thought it would be the ideal boat for inshore fishing in the surrounding area. Driving the 16 foot skiff was surprisingly easy and the handling was effortless. I first noticed there was very little bow rise from hole shot which can be attributed to the Advanced inverted hull design. It seemed as though the boat was riding on rails and held true when turning. With its simple design and wide beam there is 360 degrees of fish-ability and the casting deck with a stable platform is great for shrimping also. This boat only drafts 8” of water which is ideal for the Marsh area and sneaking up on tailing Redfish. I also noticed how smooth the boat handled the choppy water and also had a dry ride. This is a boat one person can handle easily.


Whether you are crossing the Bay or chasing tails the Mako Pro Skiff 16CC is a boat that will get you to the fish this Fall season.


Richard Naspinski


New Columbia Turbodown Set To Keep You Warmer This Winter

There is so much new technology in the apparel industry today. There are products to keep you warm, products to keep you cold, and materials that wick away moisture. There are materials that are waterproof and windproof, and materials that are breathable.  Bass Pro Shops is fortunate enough to be carrying one of Columbia Sportswear’s new product releases for the Fall 2014 season.

Women's Turbodown Jacket

This season, Columbia Sportswear is releasing a new product called Turbodown. Turbodown is a Performance Enhanced Down product.  This new technology fuses down with Omni-Heat synthetic insulation for superior lightweight warmth and heat retention. This technology also allows the product to reduce cold spots as well as retaining warmth when wet.

Men's Turbodown Vest

We carry the Columbia Gold 650 Turbodown Jacket and the Gold 650 Turbodown vest for men and the Turbodown jacket for women. These outerwear pieces are ideal for the outdoor sportsman. Not only are these new products lightweight and water-resistant, but there are several features that make them appealing – zip hand pockets,  a drawcord hem to keep the cold out, and a modern fit make these jackets a great addition to your outdoor wardrobe.

In addition to the new Turbodown products, Columbia Sportswear has a wide range of apparel to suit everyone’s outdoor needs this fall.  Come visit Bass Pro Shops Savannah to get geared up for cooler weather!


GoPro Hero 4 is Here!

GoPro Hero 4 Black


Professional quality video that comes in a camera smaller than the palm of your hand. A 12MP camera is attached with auto low light, burst photos, night photos, and a time lapse.  With 4k video resolution that rivals the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, this tiny new camera also includes a host of new features, the biggest being  Protune, Super View, and an LCD touch screen.


 Protune is a new feature that allows you to enhance the quality and capture of video and sound during filming. Protune can be particularly useful when filming on-scene; it essentially gives you the opportunity to see what your video will look like in cinema quality by adjusting the frame rate and quality of the video automatically.


Superview is available in 720 and 1080p resolutions, and allows for a new ultra-wide angle in video that has, until now, never been available for a camera its size. With Superview, you can fit more into each frame so you'll be able to relive the adventure as if through your own eyes.

LCD Touch Screen   

We've all been waiting for this one. You can finally see what you're filming while you're shooting. The new screen shows photos taken and has video playback. Before the Hero 4, you could not see what videos or photos you had taken without buying an LCD screen or uploading the content onto your phone or computer. This new touch screen addition allows for easy access and deletion of content on your memory card.

These three add ons are probably the most significant, but GoPro has also added a few more to make it easier to capture your adventures in the field. They've added a USB cable to easily upload information to your computer, and a touch enabled backdoor, allowing you to use the touch screen while still in the waterproof housing. A new speaker has been added to the camera as well. Once again GoPro has wowed us with a variety of new features to make it one the best cameras of its kind, and the best selling camera of its kind.

So if you're hunting, fishing, skydiving, bungee jumping, mountain climbing, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, hiking, cycling, playing sports, or just out on a day trip doing what you love to do, the GoPro can surely capture your experience in the most efficient, and easiest way possible.  Come visit us a Bass Pro Shops Savannah, where our experts can help you select the camera you are looking for!


Fall weather means it's time to head outdoors!

It’s the time of the year again to “Head to the Outdoors” and what better way to do that than hunting. Deer hunting in the South East is at its prime in Georgia and South Carolina. Make sure you are equipped with the best and correct merchandise for a great outdoor experience. For camouflage clothing we carry various brands including our own RedHead brand. To keep warm and dry we also carry a variety of under garments. If you are a deer hunter we carry a variety of Firearms and Bows. We also carry a large assortment of treestands , tree climbers and ground blinds. Don’t forget deer attractant. One of our best sellers is the Wildgame “Acorn Rage”.

Acorn Rage

Along with this you need to get cover sent. Our cover sent smell ranges from pine scent to earth scent. We also carry a variety of deer feeders, some of our top brands are Moultrie and American Hunter. If you want to see what deer are roaming on your property look at the various manufacturers we have for game cameras; Moultrie, Primos, Bushnell, just to name a few. After you bag your game, we have a variety of cleaning supplies.  Last but not least, if you have a number predators on your property, we have electronic and decoy predator calls.


Catch Your Own Shrimp Dinner!

Why pay good money for foreign, bland, farm-raised, previously frozen shrimp when you can go out and catch your own wild Georgia white shrimp?  Georgia white shrimp are renowned for being sweeter and more tender than Gulf or Florida shrimp.  This year's crop appears to be bigger and more numerous than last year's, so now is a great time to get out there with a cast net and fill up the cooler with succulent shellfish! 


Georgia White Shrimp

Before you head out, you do need to know some rules for shrimping in Georgia.  For recreational cast net shrimpers, you may keep no more than 48 quarts of head-on shrimp per-vessel, per-day.  Also, you may only use a 5/8" mesh cast net.  The mesh size is the diagonal distance between each stitch on an opened net.  Finally, shrimp "baiting", using a bait attractant to make shrimp congregate in a small area, is not legal in the state of Georgia. 

Sea Green Deep Hole Net

When selecting a net, the first thing you should determine is if you want a regular, shallow-water net, or a deep-hole net.  Deep-hole nets have a webbing that runs around the circumference of the net that allows the net to continue opening after the net has hit the water.  This "parachute effect" allows the net to sink to deeper water depths and collect shrimp that are down in river channels.  Later in the year and in colder weather, shrimp move from the shallows to these deeper drops where a deep-hole net should be used.  Some people use duct-tape to create their own deep-hole nets, however the Bett's company uses a webbing in their deep-hole nets which is much more durable and even than duct tape.  If you are chasing shrimp in shallower waters, or need a net that sinks faster than the webbed models, a regular 5/8" mesh net is for you. 

The next consideration is whether you want a "panel" net or a "circular stitch" net.  Panel nets are assembled with wedge-shaped sections which allow the net to open easier, stay open longer, and last longer.  They are, however, more expensive than circular stitch nets.  Here is a selection of some different shrimping nets here at Bass Pro Shops Savannah:


Panel Net?



Mesh Size

Ahi USA 400 No No  1.15 lb per ft 5/8"
Bett's Sea Green No No  1.15 lb per ft 5/8"
Bett's Super Pro 19 Series Yes No  1.4 lb per ft 5/8"
Bett's Sea Green Deep Hole No Yes  1.15 lb per ft 5/8"
Bett's Super Pro 19 Deep Hole Yes Yes 1.4 lb per ft 5/8"

A couple of other things to grab before you go:  You'll need a good cooler, such as a Yeti, as well as ice to keep the shrimp cold as soon as you catch them.  The quicker you can get the shrimp on the ice, the fresher they will be!  Shrimping can also be a messy business, so you may want to wear a good set of rain gear when you are throwing the net.  Don't forget to grab a bucket to dump the shrimp into, either.

When you have all those shrimp, it's time to cook them up.  If you are thinking about a shrimp boil or Lowcountry Stew, check out our BPS Combo Cooker set.  For crispy fried shrimp, bread them up in a Better Breader and throw them in our BPS Stainless Fryer set.

This is the time of year to get out there and catch your own Georgia white shrimp- so what are you waiting for?  Head down to Bass Pro Shops Savannah and let our experts gear you up right for this shrimping season!


Just Arrived- Columbia UGA Apparel!

Columbia University of Georgia apparel has arrived here out the Savannah Bass Pro Shops- just as the college football season begins to heat up!  We have several great styles of shirts, both shortsleeve and longsleeve, as well as UGA jackets. Come on by and get in the latest college Columbia gear before next Saturday!  These are located right near our front entrance by the Customer Service counter.

Columbia UGA Tamiami Shirt

We also have all sorts of different college-themed apparel and accessories, as well as all the gear you need to make your next tailgate a success.  We've got portable grills, grilling tools, seasonings, and sauces.  Don't forget the cooler, folding table, and chairs!  When tailgating with the family or a big party, a canopy is essential.  We have a great selection of canopies, including our Bass Pro Deluxe Instant Canopy. The 12 foot model provides 144 square feet of protection from sun and rain! Don't forget to pick up snacks, either- we have a great selection of jerky, nuts, and other munchies!

BPS Deluxe Instant Canopy

That's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tailgating accessories here at Bass Pro Shops Savannah, so make sure you head on down before you head to the stadium!



Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater

Mr. Heater Portable


In early January the nation suffered through the Polar Vortex.  Temperatures plummetted to the teens in the Savannah area and many people were caught off gaurd by the unusually cold weather.  Due to this weather event Bass Pro Shops had a run on Hand Warmers and our Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater.  This indoor safe heater is an essential item when cold weather is upon us.  This item, listed at $99.99, features a single control for starting and heat adjustment, can put out 4,000-9,000 BTUs of heat with a hi-low setting, and can heat up to 200 square feet of space.  Safety features include a low oxygen safety shut-off system and a tip-over safety shut off.  It can run off of a 16 oz propane bottle or with the addition of a Mr. Heater 5' Propane Hose Assembly users can operate the heater with a 20 gallon propane tank.  A 16 oz. cylinder will provide 3 to 6 hours of heat, while a 20 gallon tank will provide 48 to 110 hours, depending upon the setting you use. It is great for campers, hunters, boaters, and every day general household use.  It is definitely a must have for colder weather. 



Selecting the Right Boot This Season

By Bart Hiter

When it comes to hunting boots, today’s technology creates many different options to choose from.  But when purchasing your new boots, it is important to understand the conditions you will be hunting in. 

Redhead Bayou Zip Men's

Redhead Bayou Side Zip For Men

Early season may require a snakeboot like the RedHead Camo Bayou Side Zip or Bayou Lace-Up for protection in the warmer scouting season and on into bow season.  As the weather begins to cool, a more traditional lace-up boot might be more suited for early conditions.

Redhead Trialblazer Boot

Redhead Trailblazer Boot

Based on your location, there are a number of different boots to keep you warm and dry in any hunting environment.  Here in the southeast where the temperatures tend to be warmer, most hunters will go with a non-insulated, waterproof boot.   Ideal boots for these conditions would be the RedHead Trail Blazer, Silent Hide, or Trekker III.  Similar boots are available from well known brands such as Wolverine, Rocky, Under Armour, Danner and more.  For colder temperature areas, more insulation or Thinsulate will keep you warm as the season goes on.  Thinsulate is measured in grams and when you see a number in a boot description, it identifies the amount of insulation in the boot.  The higher the number, the warmer the boot.  To keep warm in colder temperatures, try the RedHead RCT 9” Insulated, Osage II, or Expedition.  Again, more boots are available through a variety of manufacturers.

Redhead RCT Boot

Redhead RCT Boot


No matter the situation, Bass Pro Shops has you covered for all your hunting boot needs.  Stop by and see our footwear specialist today.


Bone Suckin' Sauce and Seasoning Rub

By Dixie Keese

Bone Suckin' Sauce

Bone Suckin' Sauce

RIB’S cooked indoors our outdoors need that little special sauce to give it that great flavor, well we have a great Seasoning and Sauce that will do just that.  Ladies the next time you want to impress someone with great ribs and make them think you have been slaving over the grill all day, I have a recipe for you.

Bone Suckin' Seasoning and Rub

Bone Suckin' Seasoning and Rub

Bone Suckin’ Sauce and Seasoning Rub, that’s all you need.  The night before you are ready to cook (at least 4 hours) your ribs, about 3 racks, rub them down front and back with Bone Suckin’ Seasoning and Rub, wrap in saran wrap, stick back in the refrigerator. 

Preheat your oven to 300, place ribs covered in the oven, let them cook slow for 3 hours.


If you like wet ribs that last hour cover with the Bone Suckin’ Sauce!  That’s it, you're done!  They are easy and taste great. 

Juicy Ribs


Of course if you have time you can do this same thing on the grill, just wrap them in tinfoil, let them cook low and slow.


Cooked and Tested in my kitchen!


Z-Man Lures Combining Durability with Fish-Catching Attraction

 By Ty Butler

Z-Man Lures

Z-Man Lures is a company that has been around for awhile, making excellent value-priced baits for bass fishing.  Their ElaZtech plastics are known for being the most durable on the market, and their Chatterbait created a whole new revolutionary style of fishing.  Now Z-Man is taking the world of saltwater lures by storm, making a series of inshore soft plastics that are shaking up a saltwater industry that had been dominated by just a handful of companies.

As one would expect, all of Z-Man's inshore saltwater baits are also made of the incredible ElaZtech material that can stretch out over 3 times it's normal length, and still spring back to perfect shape every time.  This translates to outstanding durability.  I have had many fishing trips where I have caught fish all day on one of these baits without even changing out my bait once!  The fact that you get this much durability is even more incredible when you find out that each bag is priced at only 3.99 USD!  A single bag of these baits can last for weeks of fishing trips!  ElaZtech is also neutrally buoyant, which means that when rigged with a light hook, it floats!

Z-Man's inshore saltwater series are infused and coated with the potent Pro-Cure Super Gel inshore scent, which we also offer in seperate bottles here at the Savannah Bass Pro Shops.  This scent is gel- and protein-based, not oil based like most attactant.  Oil based scents tend to wash off of your lure after a few casts.  However, Pro-Cure Super Gel stays on your lures for a long time.  From experience, I can say that this scent will result in more strikes and fish will hold onto the bait longer.  The addition of this scent in Z-Man's lures just increases their great value even more!

Z-Man Scented PaddlerZ

Z-Man Scented PaddlerZ

Their are several different bait styles offered by Z-Man in their saltwater series.  My favorite are the Scented PaddlerZ- a shad style bait with a boot tail.  It also features articulated slots on the sides that increase the wiggling action of this bait.  It has already proven to be an outstanding bait for redfish, seatrout, and flounder.  I like to rig these baits in two different ways: a 1/4 ounce jighead when fishing dropoffs, structure, or current, and a swimbait hook for weedless presentation when fishing marsh grass or oyster shells.  You can either retrieve it with a fast, darting action or a slow, steady wiggle.  I like the Bad Shad color for clear water or the Electric Chicken color for dirty water.

Z-Man Scented Jerk ShadZ

Z-Man Scented Jerk ShadZ

Another great bait is the Scented Jerk Shad, a fluke-style bait with a split tail.  I find this is an excellent bait to target redfish in the marsh grass or over oyster shells. I like to use either a swimbait hook or completely weightless with a Gamakatsu superline hook.  Either method will allow a weedless, snagless presentation.  See more about using this great bait in our Wade Routes article.  I prefer the same color selection as the PaddlerZ.

Z-Man Scented ShrimpZ

Z-Man Scented ShrimpZ

The Scented ShrimpZ are another great offering that have proven to be especially great for speckled trout.  These are the most durable shrimp baits on the market - no more bitten off legs!  These baits seem to work best when fished under a popping cork or bounced on the bottom with a carolina rig.  A 20 pound fluorocarbon leader works best, and under a cork I will attach a couple of split shot weights to keep the bait down.  I have had the most success with the natural and redbone colors.

Z-Man Diezel MinnowZ

Z-Man Diezel MinnowZ - Coming Soon!

A quick preview of one more bait from Z-Man coming to Bass Pro Shops this fall.  The Z-Man Diezel MinnowZ are 4 inch mud-minnow style paddletail baits.  They feature a recessed hook slot in the top of the bait to help keep it weedless.  Also, the soft ElaZtech material gives it an impressive thump on even a slow retrieve, and they come in a variety of baitfish-imitating colors.

Z-Man has definitely shaken things up in the saltwater inshore bait market.  These baits pack a lot of value with fish-catching attraction.  Stop by Bass Pro Shops in Savannah and check out the entire selection.  Our team can even give you tips to rig up and use these exciting baits.


Big Game Eyecon Mantis Game Camera

By John Kinard

Big Game Eyecon Mantis

Big Game Eyecon  "The Mantis"

Game cameras have become the focus of many people, not only for hunting, but for animal watching and security purposes. One of the main draw backs on game cameras is not being able to attach them to a “not so straight tree” or at a certain height. Big Game has come out with a new camera that has an adjustable head to address this problem. It is “The Mantis”. This allows the camera to be attached to a limb or tree that is not straight and it can be placed at a height above eye level, which helps when used for security purposes. This camera is also equipped with a no-glow IR flash. 9.0 megapixels, and a 70 ft flash range. The adjustable head has up to 120 degrees of adjustment. For a more detailed description of this camera visit our website here.

The Mantis Pivot Angle

The Mantis can pivot up to 120 degrees vertically


GoPro Hero 3 Black Camera

By Zachary Naspinski

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is the newest of its kind and has the ability to capture the highest quality picture and video available.  It has 4 kp scanning meaning there are 4 thousand pixels that transition or change within each frame.  The camera has a black and white mode, and can be also used to snap pictures that are taken in manually adjusted second intervals that can be controlled through the W.F. remote.

GoPro LCD Touch BacPac

LCD Touch BacPac

The GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition is the only GoPro camera that includes the W.F. remote in the $399.99 purchase.  The WiFi remote can control up to 50 GoPro cameras at a time and has a 600 ft range.  Two adhesvise, a quick release, and a tripod mount are also included in the purchase.  The camera comes with a rechargeable battery and stores video and pictures on a micro SD card which is not included.  Another accessory that is not included is LCD Touch BACPAC (79.99), which is the only way to get instant playback on your GoPro. 

One problem some people don’t see is that when you upload your footage to your computer, the resolution of the video is only as good as the quality of your computer screen.  However, the GoPro is compatible with quality down to 720p scanning.


North Face Flint 2 Tent

By Noah Formby

North Face Flint 2

North Face Flint 2

The North Face Flint 2 is a great tent for hiking and backpacking.  Weighing in at just over 4 pounds it is lightweight and its simple design makes putting t up and taking it down fast and hassle free.  While the rainfly ensures that you will stay nice and dry, the fact that the tent is mesh means that if the weather is nice you can leave the fly off and enjoy the breeze while gazing up at the night sky and still be protected from mosquitoes and other bugs.  On weekends when you just want to pack up your gear and go camping the Flint 2 still gives a good showing.  A twin air mattress can fit in it while still leaving a border for shoes and other gear, and the headroom is still enough to sit up in comfortably. 

So whether you’re hiking the Applachian Trail or just getting away for the weekend, the North Face Flint 2 is the tent for the job.




Wade Routes

By Ty Butler


Wade fishing on the Georgia Coast and the South Carolina Low Country is one of the best ways to access the marsh flats which redfish invade on a bimonthly basis.  Most tidal swings in the area average 6 to 7 feet, which is a large swing anywhere else on the Southeast coast.  However, for a few days around the new and full moons each month the tidal change can approach 10 feet or more.  Fishing for species such as seatrout, sheepshead, or flounder can be very problematic during big tidal changes.  These periods, called “spring” tides, flood the higher areas of the tidal flats where bottom predators can’t normally reach.  Redfish (locally known as spottail bass), invade these virgin areas in order to gorge themselves on fiddler crabs and shrimp.  This gives anglers a unique opportunity to sight fish for the premier inshore saltwater gamefish of the South.

Redfish on the flood tide

A beautiful Georgia redfish caught sight fishing.


There are some issues with accessing these areas.  Georgia and South Carolina marshes are mostly bottomed with soft, deep “pluff” mud, which is not only annoying to wade in, but can also be life threatening and has taken lives.  There are areas that are much safer, though, and luckily redfish flock to them.  Hard, sandy bottom can be found at the back of most saltwater creek systems, and this is exactly where reds go when the tide floods high.  I recommend that you scout for such areas at low tide before you start targeting fish when the grass floods.  There are several indicators you should look for in a redfish flat, but you need to know what to look for.


Coastal Georgia holds a winding maze of inland wetlands within its 100 straight miles that holds one third of all salt marsh on the entire Atlantic East Coast.  The Low Country of South Carolina and the First Coast of North Florida have similar ecosystems.  Most of this salt marsh is composed of smooth spartina cordgrass, which is very tall, thick, and re-grows each year.  It grows in the soft “pluff” mud which should be avoided if one wants to wade fish.  The best areas to look for are those with a compacted sand bottom with a species of short, scattered spartina grass known as “salt marsh hay”.  You can tell from afar that these areas look like “potholes” in the taller grass.  These are the types of areas that fiddler and ghost crabs burrow in large colonies and redfish love to target them.  Old timers will tell you that another plant to look for in a good redfish spot is a short, bright green edible plant known as “saltwort.”


A kayak is a perfect choice to attack the marsh flats.


Once you find a good spot with firm, safe wading bottom, you need to choose your approach.  There are a select few areas that are accessible by foot from dry land.  However, most areas will require a flats boat or kayak to access.  A flats boat can get you to far, remote areas- but a kayak can get you right up on the fish with a stealthy approach.    Some ambitious anglers combine both by using their boat as a mothership and launching their kayak within striking distance.  Either way, I like to get out of my vehicle and foot it into the enemy territory.  I find this is the most “ninja-like” approach and least likely to spook the fish.  For protection I do prefer to wear a full coverage, draining shoe, such as Sperry SON-R.  You never know when you might encounter a stingray or razor-sharp oyster shells.  For gear, I prefer a fairly long rod, 7 to 8 feet, with a 3000 or 4000 size spinning reel.  This will give you the longer cast you will want.  Braided line is a must as it will allow you to use 17 to 50 pound test line though it is a much smaller diameter.  This will give you much-needed line capacity and abrasion resistance in grass and shells.  I like to end it with a 15 to 25 pound Seaguar fluorocarbon leader.  Fluorocarbon is even more abrasion resistant and is almost invisible underwater.  

So much marsh, so little time...


When you arrive on the marsh flat, you will only have a short window to go after the red battlers.  Most flats are only flooded an hour or two before and after high tide.  When the current starts to pull off the flat, redfish know they need to leave quickly.  I like to arrive about 3 hours before high tide and move back through the grass as it floods.  Even though time is short, you need to slow down and be observant.  Use polarized sunglasses, such as Costa del Mar and search for tails breaking the surface and slowly waving.  If the wind is blowing, this can be tricky- but look for anything that doesn’t move with the wind.  These are usually redfish grubbing around on the bottom in search of fiddler crabs and other crustaceans.



Z-Man Jerk Shad


When you spot a redfish, or a school, it is time to make a presentation.  With all the possibilities out there, I have a few select go-to lures.  When fly fishing I prefer Clouser Minnows or shrimp/crab patterns, like the redfish toad.  With conventional gear I almost exclusively use the scented Z-Man Jerk Shad or a weedless-rigged DOA Shrimp.  I buy DOA  baits in the money-saving body kits offered by BPS and hook them using a ⅛ ounce weighted-shank Gamakatsu swimbait hook.  I heavily scent all my baits using shrimp Pro-Cure Super Gel, which we offer at Bass Pro Shops in Savannah.  This scent is a gel-based concentrate that lasts all day and has proven results.


The most critical juncture when chasing redfish on the flat is when you make your cast.  If you are off my just couple of inches, you may spook the fish.  Take note of the direction the fish is moving, take account for the wind, and aim just beyond and ahead of the redfish.  When your bait lands, make just a couple of cranks to reel in the slack and pull the bait into the path of the fish.  Then just let the bait sit and hold your rod tip high.  If the fish attacks, you will see a swirl and feel weight through your rod tip.  Set the hook hard, because redfish have rubberlike lips and hard jaws.  If you are successful in your hookset, you will know quickly.

Attwood Folding Net


With a fish on, keep your rodtip high, but let your drag do the work.  Redfish, especially large ones, will take a very hard first run.  It will strip yards off the drag, but just let it run and use your rodtip to maintain its direction.  If the fish starts to near a thicker, taller patch of grass (which they all seem smart enough to do), then you should try directing it away or  slightly  tightening the drag.  If you are successful in stopping that first run, you are in good shape.  Reel the fish in, slowing down if the fish shakes its head or takes a secondary run.  I like to use a folding net to land the fish once it gets close.  Attwood makes an excellent net which folds up into a very compact package.



SpyPoint X-Cel Camera


Redfish can only be kept in this area within a slot limit.  In Georgia, they can only be kept in a slot between 14 to 23 inches with a 5 fish per day limit.  Similarly, in South Carolina they can only be kept 15 to 23 inches with a 3 fish per day limit.  A lot of fish caught on the flats, though, are above the slot limit.  Breeding-age fish 24 to 36 inches are often caught on the marsh flats before they move off the beaches.  I would hope that all these fish are released to secure the future of this amazing fishery.  Take a picture with your smart phone or use a video camera like the Spypoint X-Cel Sport or the GoPro Hero to capture the moment for the future.


The Southeast coast from the Low Country through the Coastal Empire, the Golden Isles, and into North Florida offers some unique opportunities to target redfish in an environment where they are particularly vulnerable.  Take some time to look ahead to the next new or full moon tide, and plan on visiting Bass Pro Shops to gear up for the next “red dawn” when the spottails invade the territory of the walking angler.


Some info provided by our friend Captain “Wild Bill” Jarrell-









Boating Safety Basics

The heat is on…and it’s a great time to jump in your boat and hit the water. It’s a great feeling cruising on the water or heading to your favorite fishing hole. With more boats and boaters on the water now than ever, it’s critical to be prepared and safe to ensure a memorable time. Being stranded or not prepared for emergencies in your boat can be very frustrating, but with proper precautions this can be prevented.

Before your boat trips make sure your rig and trailer are in good working order and have had a recent service performed. Make sure you have all necessary safety equipment required by the Coast Guard. There are a few items not required but would greatly assist in emergencies. A first aid kit, a GPS, VHF radio, Cell phone, anchors, tow rope, knife, tools, boat hook, and of course an EPIRB are some to consider.

Preparation is the key to any boat excursion and boating safety. In Georgia there is a new Mandatory Education Law that requires anyone born after Jan. 1 1998 who operates a power boat must complete a DNR approved Boat Education Course. The Savannah/Chatham Marine Patrol will be conducting boating safety courses at the Savannah Mall training facility Aug. 17 and Sept. 21. You may contact the SCMPD at 912-353-1004 to register. Safe boating and have a great summer!


Bass Pro Shops Savannah

Boating/Marine Dept.


Savannah's Secret Stripers

Stripers are, biologically, a very interesting fish. They are native to saltwater, but are highly tolerant to freshwater. So much so, that many reservoirs and lakes now have large populations of stripers that live their entire lives in freshwater. Ocean stripers of the Northeast live mostly in the saltwater until it is time to spawn, when they move into brackish and freshwater estuaries. Georgia's stripers, though (and those of the St. John's River in Florida) have the opposite life cycle. They live mostly upriver in freshwater during the warmer months, and then move into the brackish and saltwater in the winter.


The Savannah River estuary, from roughly the I-95 bridge all the way to the Wilmington River, is where you can usually find the stripers this time of year. The best spots have deep, vertical structure, which is why the two hottest spots are at the Houlihan Bridge in Port Wentworth and the old tide gates on the Back River behind Hutchinson Island. The pilings act as current breaks which the stripers can hide behind to ambush prey. Old pilings and channel markers along the Port Wentworth docks hold fish, as well as the mouths of old rice canals feeding into the Savannah Wildlife Refuge.

The Savannah River gets most of the fanfare, but the Forest River and Ogeechee also hold good populations of stripers. Again, bridge pilings and rice canal mouths are good striper-holding structure.

Suffix 832 Braid

Fairly stout tackle is a must, because some of these fish top 50 pounds. Heavy spinning tackle with 30-50 pound braided line is the best way to go. Suffix 832 Braid is an excellent choice, as it has added Gore fibers (as in Gore-Tex) that increase abrasion resistance and presvents saltwater from penetrating the line.  Live bait can be a good choice depending on what's available. When stripers are feeding on the top, a shrimp under a popping cork is a treat for them. When they're on the bottom, which is where they will be most of the time, a livelined finger mullet is the way to go.  If you can get your hands on live eels, those are also an excellent live bait choice.

Various artificial lures will work for stripers, but perhaps the best two choices are large swimbaits or bucktail jigs.

Tsunami Swim Shad

Swimbaits are soft plastic baitfish-shaped lures that are pre-weighted and hooked. You just tie them on and cast. These are great baits when the stripers are feeding on mullet and pogies, and several companies make imitations of these baits. A 5' Tsunami swim shad in a mullet pattern is a great imitation for the local forage, and it is perfect for stripers. Keep in mind that stripers often hit big baits. Swimbaits 6 inches or larger are readily taken by even small fish. When retrieving, let the bait fall to the bottom, then retrieve it slowly, letting the current give it action. Pause periodically, letting the bait flutter down. This falling action is often what triggers the striper's instinct to feed.

Big Eye Salty Jig

Bucktail or skirted jigs are classic lures for stripers that have been used for generations. The best jigs for river fishing are in the 1/2-ounce to 3 ounce range. Large tides combined with increased flow from the dams upriver can make the current very strong in the Savannah River at times. Heavier jigs will help get the bait to the bottom. I love the new Salt Life Big Eye Salty jigs built by C&H.  These are best pitched very tightly to structure. A jig falling vertically along a piling is almost unbearable to some stripers. The best color combos are red and white or chartreuse and white. To increase the action, pin a chartreuse grub trailer or other small soft plastic to the hook. You can also tip the hook with a small strip of mullet or piece of shrimp to sweeten the deal even more.

Stripers move with the tide and current, so it can take som patience to locate.  When you do, though, you are in for a real treat as few fish in the river can match the fighting power of the striped bass. Savannah area stripers are a great wintertime foe that get little pressure.  Get after them before the waters warm and they move upstate!


-Ty Butler

Savannah Bass Pro Fishing Sales Manager

A special thanks to Captain Jack McGowan for some of the pictures featured in this post.  Captain Jack is a local guide that specializes in targeting stripers.  Be sure to contact him for more information!

Captain Jack McGowan

Coastal River Charters