Spring Turkey Season has Begun!

With turkey season in full swing in most areas and just about to start in some, the search for the holy grail of turkey calls and decoys is also ongoing.
 

 

 

 

We have added quite a few calls this year at Bass Pro Shops along with new and improved decoys. The absolute most amazing decoy this year is the Avian line. This quality line consists of 3 hens in different poses, a jake, and a strutting tom. The hens are so lifelike that they really do look alive. One hunter even claimed to see a jake try to mount a decoy hen of his. If you haven't seen them yet, they really do look that real.

 

 

 

Equally improved is the RedHead Reality series of decoys. They also have fantastic features consisting of deeper color patterns and taxidermy eyes giving them a distinct advantage over older models.
 

 


   The jakes and strutters (toms) come in standard kits or kits with a stand that have a remotely controlled motion stake included. We all know from experience that motion of a decoy is what often creates a frenzy of excitement.

   As you search our extensive collection of calls for the perfect call, you will see some new items and some oldy but goodys. For many years, the basic box calls have changed somewhat, but not the principal or performance. Box calls are by far easier to use and are great for beginners.  Box calls may sound deeper or raspier depending on the type of wood and length, but most of all it depends on how you hold it and the pressure you use. Your duration, cadence, and volume will assure your success. Remember ...  louder is not better. Once a bird is located, going with a softer presentation, and most assuredly fewer calls, will bring that trophy in.


    Friction calls come in a basic shape with different materials used for the pot or carriage of the call. The surface is made of slate, glass, or aluminum. They all give different sounds and can be made to sound very lifelike. Again, practice makes a better caller. The striker is sometimes the key. They come in many shapes, materials, and weights. Usually, the strikers are matched to the call. But, if you have a few different ones (and you will after a few years), you will find your preferred pot striker. Reality series offers a 2 pack and even a 3 pack of different strikers. All make different sounds on the same calls.

    The mouth call selection is also one of the best you will ever find. We have single, double, and triple reeds. We also have a smaller size which is great for kids. These also help you not to have to cut down the edges so they will fit in your mouth.

                                   

We have over a hundred mouth calls, 35+ box calls and 30+ friction calls and many of the specialty calls advertised or seen used on T.V. If you need any help choosing just ask one of our many knowledgeable associates. We hope to see you soon in the hunting department!

 

Mike Casey

Bass Pro Shops

Hunting Lead

 

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Power Inversion

How would you like to have power to run your mobile devices and small appliances wherever you may be? You actually can if you have our newest inverter additions.

Custom Accessories have allowed us to bring to you their line of power inverters. From 100W to 750W.

First off, there's the 100 watt inverter. It converts 12v of vehicle power to 110v of household power. Included one 3 pronged AC outlet and one USB port. This unit will provide you with a continuous output of 110 watts to power you smaller mobile electronics such as iPhone, iPad, digital camera, etc. It's also equipped with integral protection against overloads.

You can get this item for only $29.99 and it comes in the RealTree Xtra camo pattern.

 

Next up is the 120 watt inverter. It has one 3 pronged AC outlet and one USB port. This item is also good for the smaller mobile devices up to 120 watts.

This compact design measures at 4.5"x2.7"x1" and is very lightweight at 7.4 oz. The 120 Watt version also comes in The RealTree Xtra camo pattern and is reasonably priced at $34.99.

 

If you are needing something a little more powerful, this inverter will power almost everything except portable vacuums, which require 500 watts and small coffeepots which require 600 watts, then you will be needing the 400 watt inverter. 12v of vehicle power is converted to 120 watts of household power and 400 watts when clamped onto the car battery. It has an internal cooling fan and an off/on button. Also compact, it measures 7"x4"x2" , weighs a mere 17.8 oz. and is available in the RealTree Xtra camo pattern as well. $59.99.

 

Lastly, when you want to power EVERYTHING including the coffee pot, then you are going to be needing this powerful 750 watt inverter. It will power up the smallest devices, 10 watts, to the bigger ones, 750 watts.  This one also has the internal cooling fan, low battery alarm and automatic shutdown. It measures 9"x5.25"x2.25" and weighs 31 oz.

These items are available right now in the store only. So come on over to Bass Pro here in Sevierville and I will be more than happy to show you what we have in stop for your power needs.

Hope to see you soon!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro
865-932-5600

ddasmith@basspro.com

 

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A New Way To Cook

In today's world, you can never be prepared enough. You can prepare for any number of things as dramatic as the dreaded end of the world or a natural disaster, a power outage or a hiking trip just to name a few. Today I'd like to hit on the last two and tell you about a few things that could and should go into the preparation of those two scenarios.

First, let's take a look at the Esbit Foldable Pocket Stove. This is an awesome little nugget to have around for hiking trips but also in your car for an emergency or even in the disaster kit at home.

The Nesbit stove comes with 6 - 0.5 oz solid fuel cube so right out of the box, you're ready to go. It's made of electrolytic galvanized steel, only weighs 12.7 oz. and is small enough folded to fit in your pocket. It has two heat positions for low and high (direct heat). A real steal at only $9.99!

 

Now, you're of course going ot need extra fuel. I have Esbit Solid Fuel Cubes. These come 12 in a pack for only $7.99. Esbit fuel cubes are non- explosive and non- toxic which makes them a great fire starter! They are waterproof and get as hot as 1300°. Depending on conditions, one little cube (0.5 oz.) can heat water to a boil in about 8 minutes and when it's burned out, there's nothing to dispose of and no residue. These would be a great addition to your camping trip just so your camp fire will light a little easier and also would put off a little bit of heat for a short time in case of an emergency.

 

Lastly, there is the EmberLit Foldable Wood Stove for only $39.99.

This thing is AWESOME! It assembles in seconds, only weighs 11.3 oz. and folds down to 1/8" (folds thinner than an iPhone5) so it can fit easily into your pocket! Fuel for it is always available as it uses just a handful of sticks or anything else burnable that you picked up along the trail. This little puppy is very durable and stable and strong enough to hold a cast iron skillet or a dutch oven. The best part.....? It is 100% made in the USA!

We have alot new and exciting items here at the store and I'd love to show them to you. 2014 Camping season is going to be a great one if you judge it by all the new gadgets we have.

Come see me....

Thanks for allowing me to share once again.

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops
865-932-5600
ddasmith@basspro.com

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Reel Deal in Fishing !!!

 

As you may know, the Shimano Curado G Series baitcasting reels have been marked down from a regular price of $159.99, to $99.97.  This discount is to help make room for the new Curado I Series reels that are starting to trickle in to the store.  We have a few of the G Series reels left, only in a 5.5:1 gear ratio.  Slower gear ratio reels are ideal for crankbait fishing, and we have put together an incredible deal on a combo that will fit just about all of your cranking situations.

For a limited time, we will pair a 5.5:1 Curado G Series reel with a Bass Pro Shops Crankin’ Stick at the awesome price of $159.98!  This is the original price of the reel, with a Crankin’ Stick thrown in!  These combos are available with either a 6’6” medium action rod, or a 7’ medium-heavy rod.  The 6’6” rod is ideal for smaller crankbaits, jerkbaits, and even most topwaters.  The 7’ model is perfect for lipless crankbaits, larger square bill plugs and topwaters, and even deeper running baits for summertime fishing.

If you are not familiar with the Bass Pro Shops Crankin’ Stick, it is a composite rod that has the perfect action for treble hook lures.  It is a combination of an IM6 graphite blank, with a fiberglass tip section.  The graphite helps maintain maximum sensitivity, while the fiberglass allows for a little more flexibility in the tip of the rod.  All of this makes for the perfect rod for treble hook lures.  Sensitivity to be able to feel what the lure is doing at all times, but just the right amount of give that allows a fish to take the lure deeper into its mouth.  The more of the bait in the fishes mouth means a much higher percentage of strikes that end up in the boat.  The softer tip section also helps landing fish that aren’t hooked great.  This shock absorber will keep these fish hooked up without tearing off.

If you need some evidence, check out footage of the 2014 Bassmaster’s Classic on Lake Guntersville.  Bass Pro Shops professional angler Edwin Evers led the event after two days, eventually finishing in 3rd place.  He caught almost all of his fish on treble hooked lures using, you guessed it, Bass Pro Shops Crankin’ Sticks.

The 5.5:1 gear ratio of the Curado is perfect for fishing these lures.  This speed gives you the power to pull big plugs all day, or work shallower baits effectively through cover.  This reel contains 4 shielded stainless ball bearings and 1 roller bearing.  It also contains super-stopper infinite anti-reverse, and 1/8th turn-key internal access which allows the user to set it up for any types of lures.

We have a couple of these combos set up for you to get the feel of.  We will have this special available until we run out of reels!  So don’t wait!

See any of the associates in the fishing department for more information.

 

 

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Game Camera Basics


 
What is the best game and trail camera? What is so great about the $ 250.00 camera compared to the $79.00 one?  Which one gives me the best value for the buck? All common questions regularly asked here at Bass Pro.
 
Here's my first question and comment to almost everybody. What are you using it for? Is it wildlife, security, or both?  What is your budget?  My first comment is a reality check. This is technology. It changes every year, so buy the best that you can afford and plan to have the camera for 3-5 years. Mine is a Moultrie D-40 that still works and is at least 5 years old. It has virtually none of the features of today's cameras, but still is a well built camera. Common features : all are water resistant, have the ability to turn off flashes, some type of battery power, SD card, a port, and the most important feature,  ease of use.     
 
Most cameras are getting smaller. Moultrie has a variety of sizes from the Panoramic to the A5 providing a camera for every budget. Primos has the smallest camera and most extensive battery pack. This 24 AA pk. coupled with a 32gb SD card gives the user the ability to leave the camera alone and not contaminate the viewing area with human scent. Other manufacturers offer large battery packs or rechargeable batteries with solar chargers.
 
The size of megapixel is always a question. The larger the megapixel, the better the clarity, but at 5 megapixels your clarity is great even at night. Clarity at night is reduced with a digital camera, so that's why you see so many 8 mp or 12 mp cameras. Remember, animals aren't bothered by flashes, but a flash will show poachers or trespassers the location of your camera in the dark or in low light situations.

 

At this time of year, more cameras are sold for security reasons. They work great for this purpose. We sell cameras with a black out lens that do not give out any flash and have good low light capability. Other cameras have a low glow feature that works when the flash is off.
 

 

Trigger speed is important for getting pictures of animals on the move. If a deer walks by, 1 second is too slow. The faster trigger speed, the better. To capture the deer fully, try setting the camera at 3 or 5 frames per trigger. 3 frames at a time seem to work the best for me.
 

 

Moultrie, Primos, Cuddeback, Stealthcam, Bushnell, Eyecon, Wildgame, Reconyx, and Plotmaster will all be adding new and improved cameras at affordable prices between now and August. Once again with technology you get what you pay for. From the basic camera to the top of the line, you can be assured we here at  are here with quality and some of the newest cameras on the market, year in and year out.

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HS Fishing Tournament Challenge #1 - Cherokee Lake

                    Sunrise

8 am - March 22, 2014 on Cherokee Lake 43 boats blasted off and began the first of the three part tournament series in the inaugural Bass Pro Shops High School Fishing Tournament Challenge.

We will have three tournaments, March 22, April 19, and May 10. The playing fields will be Cherokee and Douglas Lakes. We will take the top 25 winners with the most weight from those tournaments and have a final Challenge on Douglas Lake on May 24, 2014.

Blast offWe are really encouraged by the number of entries and enthusiasm that these kids are showing. We have 9 schools participating in our first year with a total of 86 kids in the entire program so far. We hope to keep increasing those numbers with each tournament.

They blasted off at 8 am and fished until 2 pm. It was a beautiful, cool, sunny spring day in East Tennessee, perfect for fishing.

After weigh-in was complete the winning team was awarded a trophy and got to split a $400 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card. The 1st Place team was Craig Wilson and Trevor St. John from Campbell County High School. In 2nd Place was Paten Sweeney and Tavon Russell from Maryville High School, 3rd place team was Tyler Lawson/ Kaleb Dople from Jellico High School, and finally the 4th place team was James Miller/ Cody Langlen from Cumberland Gap High School.

I would like to thank the following schools for being open to participating in our first tournament series-

Campbell County, Jellico, Anderson County, Grainger County, Maryville, Wartburg Central, Karns High School, Cumberland Gap and Seymour High School.

And a HUGE thank you to BAIT Fishing Trail!!!

              WINNERS


For more information on the High School Series .... email gchesney2@basspro.com

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Turkey Talk (No, it's not Thanksgiving)

Since the beginning of time, men have hunted. Whether it be for dinosaurs, deer, or squirrels, we have always loved the rush of being able to take a wild creature home as a trophy. It's simply in our nature to want to seek out adventure and take a challenge, like hunting, hands on.

The most current season would be the ever growing turkey hunting period of the year. Adults, as well as children, love this time of the year due to the enjoyment that comes out of a turkey hunt! You get to use fun (and bizarre) calls, use expandable decoys, and of course, sit on your tush all day! (The sitting part is my favorite too) So to cover all things "seating wise" I'll show you some of our best vests for your next turkey hunting trip!

The first vest to look at, and in my humble opinion, one of the best is the RedHead Striker Vest.

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Striker-Turkey-Vests-for-Men/product/13082106113916/

This vest is our number one seller and has a plethora of features. This vest has multiple call pockets from mouth calls to box calls as well as space to store and carry your decoys (or turkey!). Everything is easily accessible and fitted for maximum comfort along with a padded seat that snaps back on to your vest. 

Another great vest is the RedHead Classic Turkey Vest: http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Classic-Turkey-Vests-for-Men/product/11100805013011/

This vest features multiples pockets and slots and has a comfortable fold down padded seat. One Customer review states:

"i bought this about a week ago for my first turkey season. i thought id go for it because it was a decent price and i didn't know how much i would use it in the field. i soon found out that your vest is your best friend from holding all your equipment to saving your butt and back on the ground with the fold down pad. i would recommend this product for a first timer or a small kid learning to hunt. for an experienced hunter spend the extra ten to twenty bucks and get one with a few more pockets so your calls aren't rattling around while your walking. i know i will definitely be upgrading to the redhead strut zone turkey vest for next season. but overall its a great product for the money."
 
Bass Pro offers a wide selection of vests to cover any need you may have when it comes to turkey hunting. With such a wide selection it is nearly impossible to not be able to help every turkey hunter that comes into the camo department find that perfect vest to suit their needs and leave them happy!
 
Don't Forget!
Check out this blog on how to select the perfect Turkey Camo to disguise yourself:
 
Ask any of our hunting associates about what the best choices are to give your next hunt its most successful shot! (literally)
 
Ainsley Marie
Hunting Clothing Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro
865-932-5600
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Spring ahead in Ascend Style!

 

 

Ladies, Spring is here finally !!!!

Ascend has not disappointed me this year with their spring line of active-wear.

There is something for everyone! Shorts, capris, skorts, dresses- whatever you are doing outdoors you can look great in this season hottest colors and styles!

 

 

 

 

Ascend’s Burnout Tunic for ladies delivers comfort, style, and a great fit. This soft, stretchy burnout t-shirt features an intricate design with burnout detailing, short sleeves, and a hidden zip pocket in back to store essentials. $38.00

 

 

 

 

 

Stay ready for adventure in these Ascend Ripstop Active Shorts for ladies. Featuring classic 5-pocket styling and a 2-button waist, these durable shorts move with you, ensuring an excellent fit and superior mobility. $38.00

 

 

 

 

Our Ascend Sleeveless Hooded Travel Dress for ladies equips you for busy days on foot, train, or plane. Made of 47% cotton/47% modal/6% spandex, this sleeveless dress features a crossover neckline, an attached hood, and a built-in shelf bra. Raw edge detailing at the waist adds style while a right zip pocket stows essentials. The Ascend Sleeveless Travel Dress delivers a soft, supple fit for all-day–and into the night–comfort.$54.00

 

 

These are just a few of my favorite styles for this season. You can see the whole Ascend Spring Collection by visiting www.basspro.com .

 

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Easter @ Bass Pro Shops

Spring has sprung and Easter is on its way to your Sevierville Bass Pro Shops …..

The Easter Bunny will be here for FREE photos, crafts for the kids and even an old- fashioned Easter egg hunt.

 

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FREE 4x6 Photo with the Easter Bunny

  •                 Saturdays and Sundays                 April 12-13 & 19-20           11 am -4 pm
  •                 Monday-Thursday                          April 14-17                        6-8 pm
  •                 Friday                                           April 18                            2-7 pm

 

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FREE Easter Egg Hunt    

           Saturdays and Sundays               

           April 12-13 & 19-20          2-3 pm

Kids that find five eggs can return to registration and

exchange their eggs for candy.

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Another fun activity includes  free holiday crafts for the kids, including:

                         Color a plaster Easter Egg

             Saturday and Sunday,

             April 12-13     1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

 

 

 

                       Scratch Art Bunny Craft
                     Friday, April 18      4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Color a Bunny Frame                                                            

Saturday and Sunday                                    

April 19-20       1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

                                                                                        

 

 

Head to Bass Pro Shops April 12-20 where families can enjoy making special Easter memories. For more information visit http://www.basspro.com/easter/

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Will you be the one to catch this elusive creature?

Deep in the woods lives an animal that is highly intelligent and grotesque. It's known for it's edgy, feathered body, it's long pointed snout with red flesh hanging off it's face, and the extensive claws that branch out like roots. There are many who have spotted the monstrocity and some have even had a chance to take aim and claim one for the taking. What is this dangerous sounding creature? It is called Meleagris gallopavo or better know as, 

The Turkey.

These creatures are worth the time and effort to hunt; the rewards being capturing a beautiful wild bird, the story of the hunt, and of course, a turkey sandwich for your lunch break.

Turkeys have amazing eyesight, including being able to see colors, ultra violets and have perfect vision. This makes it near impossible to be able to hide yourself from these birds, making the hunt even harder but all the more worth it. An extensive blog that can be found online discusses all the bits and pieces making up their eyesight, and can be found here:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2011/11/23/tom-turkeys-terrific-vision/

This page shows all the makings behind how it's vision is structured and how you can prepare for it.

My best advice, working in the camo department, is to go with the best pattern to hide from a turkey: Mossy Oak Obsession.

This pattern easily distorts a turkey's field of vision because it contains so much white. Adding this white into the branches and leaves gives the hunter a "3D illusion" making your figure impossible to see directly. This pattern also contains many shades of green helping blend you into the spring time scenery.

Here is a photo of this pattern in action:

Our RedHead brand carries many items in this pattern specifically designed with turkey hunting in mind. Here are a few of the best items we offer to help conceal you during your exciting hunt!

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-3D-Evolution-Hunting-Jackets-for-Men/product/1210311145/

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-Stalker-Lite-II-Camo-Shirts-for-Men-Long-Sleeve/product/10200338/

http://www.basspro.com/RedHead-SilentHide-Shirt-for-Men/product/12091805094126/

A very good site to check out as well is:

http://www.nwtf.org/for_hunters/hunting_tactics.html

It shows you tips and tricks to get the best luck out of your hunt!

Ainsley Marie

Camo Lead

Sevierville Bass Pro Shops

865-932-5600

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Local Pro Fishing Tips and Seminars

Join us this weekend for our FREE FISHING SEMINARS with our local Pro-Staff !!!

 

Spring Seminars

We will have many of our local pros on site to present these seminars and answer any questions you might have. Please visit www.basspro.com for a listing of all events.

 

March 7

   7 pm    Bowfishing for Beginners/Rigging for Bowfishing       

March 8                     

11 am   Locating Bass in New Waters

1 pm    Topwater Techniques for Bass

2 pm    Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass

3 pm    Does the color of your Bass Lure Matter?

4 pm   Become a Smallmouth Specialist

5 pm    Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Bass

March 9

11 am   Locating Bass in New Waters

1 pm    Topwater Techniques for Bass

2 pm    Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass

3 pm    Does the color of your Bass Lure Matter?

4 pm   Become a Smallmouth Specialist

5 pm    Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Bass

Local Pro Staff

 

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Spring Turkey Hunting Seminars

    Wild turkey       

I know spring is on the way….. As I sit in my office right now I can hear the one thing that is on everyone’s mind up here. AND NO it’s not fishing-

 

IT’S SPRING TURKEY HUNTING!!!!

 

On March 22, join our Red Head Field Staff as we help get you ready for spring hunting.

Advanced Spring Turkey Calling                1 pm

You’ve learned the basics; now learn advanced tips on the use of your turkey call and selecting the right call for your hunt.

Selecting the Right Turkey Decoys             2 pm

Our experts will help you make the right choice in turkey decoys and placement tips to help you bag that trophy turkey!

Avian

Attend either of these seminars and register for a chance to win a free Avian-X Turkey Decoy!

Drawing will be held at the completion of the last seminar at 3 pm. Must be present to win.

Visit basspro.com/stores for additional event information.

 

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Spring Fishing with Flicker Shad

                                    Beerkley

With warmer weather rolling in Walleye anglers are hitting the water and the new Berkley Flicker Shad is helping them catch more fish.  The Flicker Shad is a minnow imitating lure that can be cast or trolled.  Trolling is by far the most popular technique for Walleye fishermen when using the Flicker Shad.  The bait has a tight, subtle action that is very effective with the cooler water temperatures now in the area.  These baits also have rattles, and many of the color patterns that are standard are perfect Walleye colors.   Bass Pro Shops has four sizes and a very large selection of colors to choose from, 11 of these colors are Bass Pro Shops exclusives selected by Walleye pro Gary Parsons. 

berkley flikr shad

 

Studies have shown Walleye will target small Shad even if they have larger forage available.  Therefore, this has made the Flicker Shad one of the most productive baits of our time.  With top of the line components you get a bait that will run correctly out of the package,  featuring strong hook attatchments and a wide range of colors.   On sale now for $3.97, and continuing through the Spring Fishing Classic,  plus an additional rebate available from Berkley, make the Flicker Shad a must have lure for springtime fishing.  Stop by our Fishing Department and see one of our dedicated Associates to help you stock up on all your Walleye Fishing needs.

 

 

Additional information on the colors and sizes available in the Flicker Shad, as well as all of the details on the many Berkley rebates, can be found at  basspro.com, or by calling us at the Sevierville, TN location.  We look forward to seeing you during our upcoming Spring Fishing Classic, February 28 – March 16.

flikr shad

 

 

Good fishing,

 

Jonathan Dyke

Fishing Team Lead

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Spring Fishing Classic

            SPRING FISHING CLASSIC

 

Are you ready for Spring Fishing???

I know I am!!

The official beginning of the season is coming soon. THE SPRING FISHING CLASSIC will begin on February 28, 2014. This is the biggest fishing event of the year!

March 1, 2014 we will welcome some of the best anglers in the industry to our store for BASSMASTER University. These three guys are some of the best- Tracy Adams, Jason Quinn and Boyd Duckett.

 

                 BASSMASTER University

 

BASS MASTER University Seminars

Tracy Adams   1 pm    Shallow Water Jig Fishing

Jason Quinn   2 pm    Topwater Versatility

Boyd Duckett   3 pm    Proper Combinations of Line, Reel, and Rod

 

March 7

                7 pm    Bowfishing for Beginners/Rigging for Bowfishing

March 8-9

2-4 pm  Fried fish Sampling

11 am   Locating Bass in New Waters

1 pm    Topwater Techniques for Bass

2 pm    Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass

3 pm    Does the color of your Bass Lure Matter?

4 pm   Become a Smallmouth Specialist

5 pm    Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Bass

March 15-16

Next Generation Weekend  12-5 pm

  • Free Kids Fishing Workshop                        2:30 and 4:30 pm
  • Free Crafts                                                       1-4:30 pm
  • Free Catch and Release Pond                    12-5 pm
  • Free photos                                                     12-5 pm

*Free Giveaway – to the first 150 kids that complete punch card each day

 

March 15

3 pm    Women’s Fishing Workshop- Women’s beginning fishing workshop

*Free giveaway to the first 50 women to attend this workshop Must be 18 yrs or older

 

There are so many Daily Specials on March 7-8 & 14-15 that I can’t mention them all!

Grab your sales ad, go to basspro.com- make your list ! Whatever you do make sure you check out all the great deals!

 

 

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Spring Cleaning ..... Getting Ready to Fly

trout

Fish that is. It's time. Yes, I know that the thermometer still hovers somewhere in the vicinity of the Arctic Circle and you may need to call in an ice breaker to get on your favorite trout stream, BUT the return of outstanding fly fishing is getting so close we can almost taste it. To ensure you're prepared for that first miracle day when the temperature rises, the water flows, and you have the day off, you need to get things ready now.

If you have been lusting after a new fly rod, now is the time to acquire it. A new rod is a great way to start the season and the perfect excuse to go fishing, as in “I have this new rod I really need to go try out” The same “excuse” works for that rod you got as a gift that has been sitting in the corner taunting you all winter.

If your “old favorite” rod and reel have been waiting patiently since you put them away last fall, they probably could use a little attention. A bit of candle wax rubbed on the male ends of the rod segments will refresh the joints and help that rod fit together snugly.

Having spent the past couple of months wrapped around the reel the line has likely acquired a bit of memory. Find yourself a smooth pole (like a basketball pole, not a tree… too rough). Spool off your line around the pole, grab both ends and walk back to the point where you’re stretching the line; not too taut, just enough to straighten it out. This works best on a reasonably warm day with the line at room temperature.

This is also a good time to inspect and clean that line. If your line is more than a couple of three years old it may be ready to be replaced. Look closely for cracks or breaks in the plastic. Damage such as this will let water into the core and the line will not float very well, if at all it deserves to be retired (I usually relegate my old lines to the rod I use for pond fishing for bluegill and bass). Assuming the line looks to be in decent shape, a good cleaning will ensure it’s ready to go.

I have heard many different perspectives on how to clean and treat a fly line. For some (like me) a simple cleaning with a damp rag and dishwashing soap (a gentle detergent) seems to work just fine. Others, afraid the soap will remove the secret-sauce line coating, wipe off the line with clean water and then treat it with one of the many line conditioners available. Should you have any questions about how to clean and treat your particular line; most line manufacturers have recommendations for their products on their websites. Backing, unless it’s about 100 years old, rarely requires any attention or maintenance (as long as you didn’t put that reel away soaking wet which will cause the backing to acquire a nice coating of mold and mildew).

It is likely that your leader needs refreshed. By the end of the season the last one I used looks pretty sad; short broken sections with wind knots, abrasions, and long pieces of tippet tied on the end (hey, the fish were rising, no time to tie on a new leader!). A fresh new tapered leader will get you started right this year.

Now is also a great time to review your outfit. No, I’m not suggesting you reassess your sense of style, but rather the great load of tools, supplies, and implements of destruction we carry forth each time we head for the water. By the end of the season I seem to have added enough stuff to my kit that when fully outfitted in my waders and chest pack I look like a haz-mat team from the waist down and hardware store from the waist up.

Clearly we need a few things. Extra leaders, some spools of tippet, and the basic tools- nippers, forceps, and a zinger to hang them on- are of course required. Dull nippers are nothing more than a frustration. Some nippers may be sharpened, others should simply be replaced. Forceps last forever. Zingers, however, do tend to wear out and will break at the least convenient and most overlooked times. I don’t know how many times over the years I’ve looked down only to discover my favorite and most needed tools have disappeared on the end of a broken zinger. Give them a good look to see if they are frayed and worn.

Rummage through all the pockets of your vest or pack to see what treasures may be lurking there unnoticed. That granola bar you stashed last July may need refreshing; if you find a Twinkie it’s probably still good to go. Strike indicators, split shot, floatant, and other miscellaneous supplies may need refreshed or discarded depending upon how often you actually used them. A lighter load makes you a more nimble angler.aquaseal

Waders and wading boots usually require a bit of attention. That annoying little leak was probably tolerable last September, but will feel pretty uncomfortable in April’s 50 degree water. Small leaks, either punctures or in the seams, may be repaired with products such as Aquaseal. Simply clean the areas with rubbing alcohol, let it dry, and apply a small amount of AquaSeal. Rubbing in the sealant with a q-tip works well on leaky seams. Larger rips or tears are harder to repair and may necessitate replacement.

Wading boots can take quite a beating. Check-out your laces and replace as necessary. Synthetic laces, not the cotton ones designed for hiking boots, work best and will not deteriorate in the water. If you notice any seams that have separated on your boots, there are still a few cobblers about who can repair them at a reasonable cost (there is a great old-time shoe repair place in Fountain City-they do great work). If the uppers of your boots are in good shape but you’ve worn off the felt soles, these may be refreshed by grinding off the remaining felt and installing felt sole replacements. I’ve done this a couple of times and, if you follow the instructions provided with the repair kit, it works really, really well. For those with studded soles, check to see if the studs are worn or missing. Replacement packs of the screw-in studs are readily available. Then again, it may be time for new boots.

Last but not least, you need to take stock of your supply of flies. Remember what worked best last year?? Do you have enough?? If not...get busy tying. If you don’t tie your own, get to the store sooner verses later...once the fishing turns-on the fly shops tend to run out, at least temporarily, of the most popular flies fairly quickly. You don’t want to hit the water for the first time this spring without your favorite flies.

And there you have it, from rod to reel and head to toe, the things we all should be doing to get ready for the best fishing of the year that’s lurking somewhere just over the horizon. If you have any questions about the state of your equipment or what flies to acquire, just stop by the shop...we’ll be glad to look things over and offer suggestions. While I wouldn't go sit by the stream fully wadered with your fly rod in hand just yet - we do need to live through the rest of February - its close enough we need to READY!

Local fishing continues to be challenging, although tail water fishing has improved of late. The Clinch River has seen some favorable generation schedules on the weekends and we’ve talked with quite a few anglers who planned to take advantage of the opportunities. The Holston has also been fishing well with wader-friendly schedules. Remember you can check the tail water schedules, updated around 6:00PM every evening, by looking at the TVA Website.

The national park waters were bone-numbing cold, but the rains over the past weekend have warmed the streams a bit. Unfortunately, we got a little too much rain and the streams were pretty blown-out. Little River rose from about 200 cubic feet per second to near 4,000 this past Monday (it’s down to 904 right now-still too high to fish). Unable to fish the park waters I headed to one of the stocked catch-and-release streams and managed to catch a few big dumb rainbows...not exactly the same as catching a wild trout, but in February sometimes “ya just gotta catch a fish”, if for no other reason than to keep your spirits up.

 

 

Bass Pro Outdoor World

White River Fly Shop

3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place

Kodak, TN 37764

865-932-5600

 

 

 

 

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Bass Pro Shops High School Bass Fishing Challenge

 

                                               BPSHTFS

Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, TN would like to invite all surrounding high school fishing teams to compete in a new tournament series created just for them, The BPS HS Tournament Challenge!  Cherokee and Douglas Lakes will be the playing fields for 3 qualifying fishing events. In the end, the teams in the top 25% in points standing will qualify to compete in the first ever- 2014 BPS HS Fishing Challenge Championship!!!!

  • No Entry Fee!!!
  • Weigh-In at Bass Pro Shops- just like the pro’s do!!!
  • Over $6,000 will be awarded throughout the series in prizes and gift cards!!!

All present and prospective fishing team coaches are urged to attend the introduction meeting on Jan 28, 2014 for all info and to answer any questions that you may have. Meeting will be at 7 pm located in the Lodge Room of Uncle Buck’s Grill.

If your school doesn't have a team but you are interested in starting one - join us on Tuesday, January 28 at 7 pm and find out how much fun and rewarding it can be for you and your school!!

Please email gchesney2@basspro.com or call 865-932-5617 to RSVP.

 

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Preparing For What Winter Can Bring

I recently visited www.ready.gov to see what they think we should gather up to prepare for whatever type of "disaster". With the weather here in east Tennessee as unpredictable as it gets, I thought I could help you get started on your kit, should you get snowed in or lose power during these upcoming cold months.

Ready.gov lists the following items;

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Now, please allow me to show you just how Bass Pro Shops can help you with these items.

1. Water- 3 gallons per person per day. How about the 7 gallon Reliance Aqua Tainer for only $17.99. That's enough water for 2 people for 3 days and it's BPA free!

 Reliance® Aqua Tainer™ Water Jug

2. A 3 day per person supply of non-perishable food. Why not try out some of our Mountain House dehydrated food. Prices start at 3.99 and they really are delicious!

Mountain House® Freeze Dried Beef Stroganoff with Noodles Entrée                                                                                                                              

3. A hand crank or battery operated flashlight. We have that too! It's a Nebo Wind-Up flashlight for only $14.99.

Nebo Wind-Up Flashlight

Of course we have regular battery operated flashlights as well and they start at $4.99 and go up in price from there.

4. If you choose to go the battery powered route, you'll need a supply of batteries. Our XPS Extreme batteries start at $4.99.

Bass Pro Shops® Extreme AA Alkaline Battery 8 Pack

5. First aid kit. You really need one of these around the house anyway because any day of the year could find a need for one. Our First aid kits start at $5.99 and go up to $125.00 depending on how big you want.

Sportsman Series Grizzly Medical Kit

6. A whistle to signal for help. Our 5 in 1 whistle will absolutely do the trick and for only $8.99.

Bass Pro Shops® 5-in-1 Emergency Whistle

7. Manual can opener. While I don't carry a normal household manual can opener in the camping Department, I do have something I think some of you will be familiar with and it's only $2.99.

Coghlan's Can Opener

8. Local maps. I don't have local maps per se but I do have area maps and Atlas', with maps starting at $11.95.

9. Cellphone charger. Now, if you find yourself without electricity, a charger isn't going to do you a bit of good! What I have to show you though, is a multi-tool of sorts. You can cook with it, heat by it and also charge your phone. It's the BioLite Camp Stove and is only $129.95. You can burn anything in this stove....doesn't have to be a type of liquid fuel. It can actually burn pinecones! The best part of all??? It has a USB port to charge your electronics!

BioLite CampStove™

The BioLite Stove also has a grill attachment so you can even cook meat on it. It retails for $59.95.

BioLite CampStove™ Portable Grill

While everything on the ready.gov list can't be purchased here at Bass Pro, we sure can get you started! If there is anything else you would like to add to this list, by all means, make it your own and customize it to your needs and desires.

Come on in and allow me to help you with thoughts and ideas of what you would like to put in yours!

As always, thanks for allowing me to share my goodies with you. Hope to see you soon!

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops
865-932-5600

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It's CRAPPIE MADNESS!!!

 

crappie madness

 

 

We are starting 2014 in a big way at Bass Pro Shops ... With CRAPPIE MADNESS!!!!

 

Whether you are a crappie fisherman or just want to know more about how to get started, join us for two weekends of Crappie Madness!

 

 

 

Fridays- Feb 7 and 14

5-8 pm            FREE Photo download - You on the cover of Crappie Magazine!

7 pm                Pro Crappie Seminars

                         Learn tips and techniques of various styles of Crappie Fishing from local and top professionals!

                         FREE GIVEAWAY- to the first 25 people to attend seminars!!!!

 

Saturdays- Feb 8 and 15

11am & 2 pm   Pro Crappie Seminars

                           Learn tips and techniques of various styles of Crappie Fishing from local and top professionals!

                           FREE GIVEAWAY- to the first 25 people to attend seminars!!!!

12-6 pm            FREE Photo download- You on the cover of Crappie Magazine!

1-5 pm              Catch and Release Pond

2-5 pm              Fried Fish Demo  

 

Plus! Seminar attendees enter for your chance to win a Crappie rigged 2014 Tracker Pro Team 175 TF!

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Local Hero Night

 

Santa's Wonderland

 

This holiday season we are taking time out to salute our Local Heroes..... We will host a special after hours event on December 15, 7-10 pm.

 Local Heroes include Police, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, War Veterans, Soldiers and Military Personnel, those that put their lives on the line everyday for you and me.

Just bring your ID with you into the store and you get 10% off on regular priced items (some restrictions apply).

The first 100 Heroes will receive a FREE Santa's Wonderland Bass Pro Shops Holiday Ornament.

In Santa's Wonderland we will have a special FREE craft for the kids- while supplies last!

And get a FREE photo with Santa from 7-9 pm, plus you will save 10% on all photo packages that evening.

We will also have a drawing for a $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card every 30 minutes from 7:30-9 pm - be sure to register while you are in Santa's Wonderland....

So come on out on Dec 15, and get a Free ornament, the kids can visit with Santa~ finish your holiday shopping all while saving 10%, and maybe you will snag one of those gift cards.

Thank you for your service, for protecting us ~ every day!

Merry Christmas!

Gayle Chesney

BPS Special Events Coordinator

 

 

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Toys for Tots.....

                                                     Toys for Tots

Join forces with Bass Pro Shops and Toys for Tots this holiday season…

Saturday and Sunday, November 30 & December 1, for one weekend only –

Bring in a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots and receive a coupon good for 1 free Special Toy Donation Photo Package valued at $20.

The free photo package includes:

  • (2) 6x8 prints
  • 5x 7 Prints
  • (2)4x6 Prints
  • Digital Download

 

*ONE COUPON PER FAMILY – COUPONS ARE REDEEMABLE November 30 – DECEMBER 7

 

What a great way to get the family involved in our community efforts to make sure everyone has a Happy Holiday Season!

Santa Hours

November 27     3-8 pmSantas Wonderland

November 28     10am-5pm

November 29     10am-8pm

November 30     10am-8pm

December 1        12-5 pm

 

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