Vaccum package and save!

In just a few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving weekend and while there are some delicious sides, turkey always takes the spotlight on the table. Since I wrote about three of the ways to cook turkey last year, I am going to use a different angle and talk about leftovers.
It’s the end of the meal, everyone is happily groaning about how they are more stuffed then the turkey was. However, as much as everyone indulged, there is still a lot of food, especially turkey left. Thoughts now go to past post-Thanksgivings with endless rounds of turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pie, turkey tacos…so much turkey you think if you have any more, you will sprout feathers and start to gobble. Yikes!
Instead of filling your fridge with leftovers to the point that there only seems to be a wall of Tupperware with a short shelf life, why not invest in a vacuum sealer? That way you can have turkey throughout the year instead of trying to eat it all in a few days (turkey cranberry smoothie anyone? Ick!!). Plus you can use your vacuum sealer whenever you want so you can take advantage of the sales and bushels of vegetables at the farmers market. Game meat lasts for 3 years and fish lasts for 2 years! Save money, stop dealing with freezer burn and see less food ending up in your compost bin.
At Bass Pro Shops Vaughan, we carry 4 models of the Food Saver line; the Sport, Deluxe, Bronze and Silver. We also special order the LEM VacMax for more hardcore needs.
I will give you a brief rundown on each model to give you an idea of which model will suit your needs best.
The Sport is the most basic vacuum sealer and offers hands free operation.
It comes with an accessory port, vacuum hose, and Canister mode for sealing canisters. To get you started it also comes with one 11'' x 10' roll, one 8'' x 10' roll, five quart capacity bags, and five gallon capacity bags.
The Deluxe is a 2 speed vacuum sealer that has adjustable food settings, built-in bag storage and cutter and an accessory port for canisters or a marinator. Some of the additional features include an extra-wide sealing strip, touch pad control, easy-lock latch and a 10 year warranty.
The Bronze is a sturdy two speed machine with a
Mossy Oak® Break-Up® Infinity™ pattern for the avid outdoorsman/woman. It flips up vertically for compact storage which is great for hunt camp or the cottage. Features include easy to clean touchpad controls, built-in roll storage and cutter, accessory hose port, adjustable food setting, easy-lock latch, removable drip tray, and extra-wide sealing strip. Includes one 11" x 10' roll, one 8" x 10' roll, five 1-quart bags, five 1-gallon bags, and one accessory hose.
The Silver is the best one for on the road food preservation as it has dual power use with 110V AC or 12V DC adapters. It is a tough, powerful machine with a straight forward 2 button operation and progress lights to make sure you get the job done properly, whether you are in the bush, at the cottage or at home. It also has a built in carry handle, easy lock latch and lots of bags to get you started.
We carry rolls and bags in 8”, 11” and 15” widths to accommodate the catch of the day, moose roast or some turkey jerky for an autumn road trip. We also have the marinating canister so you don’t need to wait hours to get your steaks on the grill, a trio canister set and two individual sizes of jar sealers and a travel bag.
Sometimes we also get in the bonus packs which have a an extra pack of bags or a travel bag included with the unit.
Using the Food Saver vacuum is pretty easy. While I can tell you how easy it is to use, I found instructions on ehow.com which prove my point.
1. Put the food you are planning to seal into a vacuum sealing system bag. You can buy these bags or make them (if you are using a roll not a pre-made bag).
2. Leave at least three inches between the top of the food and the top of the bag.
3. Put the open end of the bag into the vacuum channel. The vacuum channel is the opening at the bottom of the front of the FoodSaver Sealer. Use both hands to put the end of the bag in the channel.
4. Push the open end of the bag far enough into the vacuum channel to start the motor. It will start automatically and the vacuum meter lights, on top of the machine, will light up.
5. Let go of the bag once the vacuum pump starts. You will be able to hear when the vacuum pump starts.
6. Remove the bag once the seal light on the display turns off

We also have been finding the LEM MaxVac to be a popular special order request, which may result in us getting it in as a regular stock item. This is a powerful unit can run for 10 continuous hours, perfect for the hardcore user. It is made of stainless steel and has vented front and rear panels with a detachable 6’ power cord. You can choose from automatic or manual seal settings with the digital control. It also has an auto sensor that shuts the pump off once full vacuum has been achieved as well as auto lid release for easy operation. It can use most national brand vacuum bags up to 14” wide and comes with 10 quart size and 10 gallon size bags with tear notch as well as a two year manufacturer's limited warranty.
So instead of trying to find over a dozen different ways to have turkey after Thanksgiving, why don’t you come to the Vaughan store and check out a food vacuum sealer so you can enjoy a variety of foods and save some money.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Melanie
Team Lead, Camping Department
Bass Pro Shops
Vaughan, ON

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Dehydrator Magic

With hunting season underway, our meat processing aisle is a pretty busy place which makes it a perfect opportunity to talk about dehydrators, especially our new Redhead line.
Dehydrators are not just for making jerky. You can easily make delicious (and healthy) dried fruit snacks like banana or apple chips, fruit leathers, preserve vegetables for a camp trip stew…even dried flowers for crafts or dough art. And they dry in hours not days!
Before I get into the new Redhead line, we carry three models of Open Country Dehydrators.
The first is the jerky maker which is perfect for those diehard jerky fans who only want to create their signature snack. This 7 tray dehydrator is a basic unit with a fan on the top, a simple on/off switch and a 350 watt motor. The plastic trays are easy to wash
Next we have a 500 watt dehydrator kit. This 4 tray top fan dehydrator has a thermostat that goes from 95F to 155F to allow more versatility. It also comes with a jerky gun with 3 tips, 2 spice and cure packets,
2 Fruit Roll-Up Sheets, 2 Clean-A-Screens® and a 39 Page Instruction/Recipe Booklet.
The third model is the Garden Master, with a powerful 1000 watt motor, this sturdy dehydrator is good value for frequent use. It has a metal base, thermostat and 4 wide BPA free plastic trays. It comes with a 52-page Recipe and Instruction book, 1 Solid Sheet, 1 Mesh Sheet, 1 packet of jerky spice and cure.
The new Redhead line has 4 models, 3 of which has plastic trays and 1 stainless steel model.
The first is a 6 tray 550 watt rectangular unit with
1,233 square inches of drying capacity. It has a digital time and temperature readout and a vented lid for dehydration control.
The second is an 8 tray 620 watt rectangular unit with a rear mounted fan has 1200 square inches of drying capacity. The digital timer allows up to 40 hours of dehydration and the thermostat ranges from 95F to 155F. It comes with 2 bonus mesh sheets and the trays are made of lightweight ABS thermoplastic.
Next in line is the 10 tray dehydrator. With 800 watts of power, this unit has a rear mounted fan and 1700 square inches of drying area. It also has a digital timer that shuts off when the preset time has elapsed and thermostat that ranges from 95F to 155F to accommodate different food drying needs. It comes with 2 bonus mesh sheets. It is made of lightweight ABS thermoplastic construction with aluminium alloy pillars for strength.
The last in the line is the 1000 watt stainless steel 10 tray dehydrator. It gives you 2300 square inches of drying space. It has a rear mounted fan and has fast even drying and does not need tray rotation. It has overheat protection, an adjustable thermostat that goes from 95F to 155F and an automatic shut off on the 15 hour timer. It comes with 1 roll of cut to fit mesh sheets and instructions.
There are also add a trays and 2 pack mesh sheets as well as cut to fit mesh rolls available at our US stores and US website
www.basspro.com. We have requested them to be part of our inventory, so you may see them in the near future on our shelves.
To give you an idea of some of the great things you can make, I will add some of the recipes I found on Open Country’s website. http://www.opencountrycampware.com/recipes
Applesauce Fruit Roll-Ups


3 cups applesauce
3 cups strawberries
or
2 cups applesauce
2 cups bananas

In a blender, puree all ingredients. Pour onto Solid Fruit Roll Sheets. Place in your Open Country® Dehydrator on dehydrator trays. Dry at 135º F. for 4 to 8 hours, or until leathery. Remove from sheets while still warm. Let cool.
Store in dark, dry, cool place or in freezer.

Granny Smith Granola
3 Granny Smith apples
2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon honey in 1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Place quartered, peeled, cored and coarsely grated apples in a bowl with other ingredients and thoroughly mix. Place mixture on Solid Fruit Roll Sheets. Position on Open Country® Dehydrator trays and dry for 2 to 3 hours or until crunchy. For a more tender granola, add 1/4 cup vegetable oil before drying. Store in an air-tight container.
Hot Dog Stew

Bring to a rolling boil in a large pot:
8 cups any variety stock or water
Stir in:
8 ounces farfalline (tiny bow) pasta
Return to a boil; then add:
3 beef, pork, turkey, or soy hot dogs, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, minced
Cook for 7 minutes, or until pasta is tender. Do not Drain.
Stir in:
3 cups spaghetti sauce
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3. Remove from heat and stir in:
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese
Spread on covered dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 6 hours at 145ºF
To rehydrate, cover with water just above level of food in pot, boil, stir, and serve
For more information and to see our dehydrators, jerky spices and other great products, come by the Vaughan store.
Have a great day!
Melanie
Team Lead, Camping Department
Bass Pro Shops
Vaughan, ON Dehydrator Magic
 

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Keeping Dry for the Ducks

For a long time I have sat and listened to my father, brother, uncles and cousins talk about the amazing experiences they have had waterfowling on cool autumn days. At a young age I would sit around in the living room listening to stories about large swooping flocks of mallards, graceful formations of Canada geese and missed shots as well as triumph successful hunts. As I hung on to every word I picked up on a common theme. The best hunts and most fruitful outings occurred in weather that some would say is only fitting for a duck. Torrential down pours, screaming winds and bone chilling dampness would all be present when flocks of ducks would land in our family kept secret honey holes. I would look to my dad and say “I can’t wait until I can duck hunt, but that weather does not sound very enjoyable”. He would always reply with the same statement, “If you want the best, then you have to prepare for the worse.” As I got older and started collecting my own hunting gear I came to my own conclusion that comfort was the most important.
Recently I purchased a pair of Columbia Trophy Shot Bibs in Mossy Oak Infinity Break up pattern. This past weekend I put them through the ultimate test run. 3 Straight days of raining, cold and windy weather mixed while dredging around in knee high water were no match for the bibs. My lower extremities stayed dry, warm and most importantly comfy as I stood in my blind for over 7 hours each day. Their lightweight breathable material made moving from the blind to the boat and into the water a smooth and effortless endeavor. When each day was done, I would hang the bibs in my basement to dry and within a few hours it was as if they had never even been out facing the elements. The large pockets became a much needed essential for holding extra shells, spare duck calls and a variety of other odds and ends needed in the duck blind. As we made our final trip out of the pond on our final day, my bird hunting buddy looked at me and proclaimed that we had just battled through some of the harshest duck hunting weather he has seen in a long time. I simply smiled and said “I didn’t even notice it was cold.” The Columbia Trophy Shot bibs will continue to be in my arsenal of cold weather apparel. No matter what Mother Nature throws at me, I know have confidence that no undesirable weather condition will deter me.
 

 

The Duck Man;

Adam Field

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These Boots Are Made For Hunting!

 Are you looking for a new hunting boot as we head deep into the fall season?  Let me introduce you to the Red Head Big Horn II.

At $99.99 this hunting boot is a perfect example of Real Tree Camo and re-enforced leather and toe. With 200 grams of Thinsulate, this ideal fall Hunting boot will wear you well.

Not too warm, not too cold, just right for the fall gaming tread.  This new product to Bass Pro Canada is also available in Wide sizes which consistently fit far more comfortably than the standard M sizes.  As per Bass Pro reputation, the Big Horn is Waterproof and vigilant at keeping you dry.

 

Worried about your scent?  Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

The Pro Team Scent Control Sock eliminates odor that may cause your bacteria to talk to the animals. Our patented Silver Technology fibers will prevent sweat and odor from giving you away.

How could that be bad, in any situation? 

Bass Pro prides itself on this signature Scent Control sock for the odor conscious sportsman and sportswoman, allowing one’s stealthy camo appearances to remain undetected by targeted game.

These Pro Team Khaki socks are available in a regular Crew Length or taller 16” Lengths; And at $14.99 each in Medium, Large and Extra Large.

 

Last but not least, our ever present Red Head Expedition.

These boots remain one of our Customers’ favorites and mine as well!

A Mossy Oak Break up combined with Re enforced Leather Uppers. The Expedition is a taller and warmer boot which will keep you focused on your outdoor winter activities rather than cold and uncomfortable feet.

With 1000 grams of Thinsulate, this hardy and resilient boot is only equal to the Canadian Outdoors man and Outdoors woman who sport it.

Absolutely, we have Expeditions for women.  Not just for hunting but for outdoor play and sport of most kind.

I would know from experience, as I participate in a miasma of outdoor activities with my baby boys; A Mama duck would not tell a lie.  Trekking through any wooded adventure trail, be it wet, damp and or muddy the patented Bone Dry Waterproofing on these Expeditions will keep you focused on your journey and your ducklings. Not distracted by cold and wet feet. 

For $119.99 this boot will keep you warm, dry and free from wanting more.

Again this Red Head signature boot is also available in Wide Sizes.

 

Our Red Head Big Horn II Hunting Boots, Expeditions and Pro Scent Khakis are signature Red Head Brand and are bench mark products steeped in outdoor tradition, reputation and most significantly, Customer Satisfaction.

 

Sincerely yours,

Nancy

The Bass Pro Footwear, Sock Kween

And remember my friends, its one sock at a time….

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Cookin' in Corina's Kitchen-Harvest Blessing Sacks

Here's how to make Harvest Blessing Snack Mix:

1. Bugles- represent the cornucopia, a horn of plenty

2. Pretzels- represent the arms folded in thanks and prayer

3. Candy Corn or Corn Nuts- represents the allotted 5 kernels of corn per day given to the pilgrims the 1st winter as food was so scarce

4. Dried or Candied Fruit-represents the Thanksgiving -the celebration of the harvest

5. Peanuts or Sunflower Seeds- seeds represent the potential of a bountiful harvest for the next season if seeds are planted and well tended.

You make a tag with this written on it and Happy Thanksgiving on the other side. Punch a hole through the tag put you mixture in a bag and tie with string, attaching the tag.

 

Here's a little Harvest Blessing:

The 1st winter in Plymouth was very cold,

hunger abounded as the year unrolled.

Some days each only had 5 kernels of corn. 

Their lives were becoming sad and forlorn.

 

But when Spring came and their harvest grew.

The pilgrims began to thrive and their spirits did too!

But they never forgot the bleak times after they did abate.

So on Thanksgiving they' d put 5 kernels on each plate.

 

The first kernel reminded them of the autumn beauty.

The second one of freedom that they hold dearly.

The third reminded them of their love and care for each other

And the fourth was for their dear friends like the Indian brother.

 

The fifth kernel reminded them of God's love and care for all.

So as you prepare and celebrate Thanksgving this fall,

Remember to put 5 kernels on each dinner plate

To honour the pilgrims and their thanks for our good fate.

 

                            Unknown

 

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Cookin' In Corina's Kitchen- Asian Chicken

Asian Chicken

 

  • 1 Pkg Torn mixed salad greens
  • 8oz Cooked Chicken- Cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/3 Cup bottled asian vinegrette salad dressing
  • 1 can (11oz) mandarine orange sections- Drained
  • 3 Tbsp sliced almonds, toasted

Combine salad and chicken in large bowl, add dressing and toss to coat.

Divide salad among plates and top with orange sections and toasted almonds

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Cookin' In Corina's Kitchen- Ham & Cheese Boats

Ham and Cheese Boats

 

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 6 tbsp ranch cream cheese dip
  • 6 slices ham

Slice peppers into quarters.

Top with 1 tbsp dip on peppers

Wrap with 1 ham slice and secure with a toothpick

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Cookin' in Corina's Kitchen- Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix

Homemade Dry Onion Soup Mix

 

  • 4 Tsp instant Beef Bouillon granuals
  • 8 Tsp minced dry onion
  • 1 Tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 Seasoning Salt

Combine all ingredients in a ziplock bag and shake!

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Cookin' in Corina's Kitchen- Cornel's Chicken

Cornel's Chicken

 

  • 1 Tbsp rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp oregano leaves
  • 1 tbsp powdered sage
  • 1 tbsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp majoram
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp dry mixed parsley
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic salt
  • 2 tbsp onion salt
  • 2 tbsp posdered chicken boullion
  • 1 package tiptons tomato cup of soup mix

Powderize all ingredients in a blender

Put in a ziplock bag or a jar

To use with flour add 1 ounce mix to 1 cup of flour for coating chicken

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Cookin' in Corina's Kitchen- Spices

Italian Seasoning Mix

 

  • 1/3 cup dry crushed oregano
  • 1/3 cup dry basil
  • 2 Tbsp Rosemary- Dried
  • 1/4 cup each thyme, sage and marjoran- dried

Combine and seal in ziplock bag

 

Copycat Mrs. Dash

 

  • 1 cup dried vegetable flakes
  • 4 tsp fine herbs mix
  • 4 tsp sweet paprika
  • 4 tsp parsley flakes
  • 4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried lemon peel
  • 1 tbsp citric acid powder
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1/4 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 dried tomato cut into slivers * not packed in oil*

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until well blended.

Seal in a clean jar or ziplock bag.

 

Salt Substitute

 

  • 2 Tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tsp basil
  • 1 Tsp dill weed
  • 1 Tsp oregano
  • 1 Tsp powdered lemon rind

Combine all ingredients in a blender until powdered.

Pour into salt shaker and excess into a ziplock bag- labeled

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Cookin' in Corina's Kitchen- Beef Coleslaw Pita

Beef Coleslaw Pita's

 

  • 6oz Deli roast beef slices, rolled and thinly sliced
  • 2 TBSP finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickle
  • 3 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup non-fat salad dressing
  • 1 Tsp creamed horesradish
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parley
  • 2 pita breads 8 inches cut in half

Toss beef, onions, pickle, cabbage and carrots into a bowl

Toss yogurt, dresssing, horse radish, sugar salt and parlsey into another bowl and combine.

Toss bowl with dressing into first bowl and combine

fill pita halves with 1 cup filling each

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The Great Controversy; Scent Control, does it work…?

The Great Controversy; Scent Control, does it work…?

 

Deer hunters are always having this debate, some hunters are of the mindset that scent control works to eliminate human scent while others disagree…

The reason that I believe that some hunters disagree is that they did not go through the proper stages or steps to eliminate the human scent.

 

Here are my suggestions:

  1. Wear a carbon lined suit, hood and gloves. It is proven that carbon masks human odours and maintain your suit according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Put your suit and accessories in a scent free air tight container until you get to your destination. Otherwise, you will pick up the odours from around you, vehicle, etc.
  3. Shower before leaving for the woods to eliminate as much of your body odours as you can; use scent control soaps, shampoo, and deodorant.
  4. Wear scent control socks and spray boots and all gear with a scent eliminating spray before you go into the woods.
  5. Chlorophyll pills and gum can also be used to reduce human odours.
  6. Make sure your area or lair is sprayed with scent control also.

 

The main reason is so that the deer think you are farther away than you really are, allowing you to take that special deer shot.

 

Happy Deer Hunting!!!

--Dexter Deer

P.S. YES, Scent control really works!!!

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Drummond’s Waterfowl Clothing Update

Drummond’s Waterfowl Clothing Update

Drummond the duck here… To bring you the latest update on the NEW Redhead Waterfowl Clothing line; frankly, I just want to know what all the fuss is about. Back at the pond, my feathered relatives are in quite of a tizzy!!!

The Extreme Elements Waterfowl jacket is making a big splash in the areas of functionality and comfort departments. I hear that the 150 gram insulation coupled with their BONE-DRY waterproof/breathable membrane is all the rage for the duck hunters. You know what this means… warm, comfortable and dry which equals longer time for duck hunting – oh no!

The hood is adjustable, hand warmer pockets, waterproof chest pockets, inside mesh security pocket and a draw cord waist are also included. The jacket is 100% polyester and machine washable. Who would have guessed?

 

The Jones waxed insulated hunting cap will be spotted (probably too late) at all the major ponds this season.

This hat is very comfortable. It has a thinsulate lining – 40 grams to be exact, a front bill to keep the elements away, and ear flaps to guard against cold bitter winds.

 

There's one more addition that will have us ducks shivering, but will leave you warm and toasty. The Redhead Waterfowl down liner jacket. This jacket is so versatile; you can use it for milder weather on its own or pair it with a Redhead Parka on those cold days. This jacket is lightweight, warm – duck down insulation; so that’s what happened to my missing relatives!!

Wishing you a great deer season & a busy work schedule for duck season!

-Drummond the duck

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Cooking in Corina's Kitchen- Omi's Sunset Yogurt Salad

Omi’s Sunset Yogurt Salad

 

Ingredients

2 packages (4 oz. each) orange sugar free gelatin (jello)

2 cups boiling water

8 oz. plain low fat yogurt

¼ cup cold water

8 oz. can crushed pineapple in unsweetened juice, un-drained

1 cup shredded carrots

 

 

  • Dissolve: gelatin in boiling water. Measure one cup on gelatin into a medium mixing bowl, chill until slightly thickened.
  • Stir: in yogurt. Pour into medium serving bowl, chill until set but not firm.
  • Add cold water to remaining gelatin.
  • Stir: in pineapple, juice and carrots. Chill until slightly thickened. Spoon over gelatin  -- yogurt mixed in the bowl.
  • Chill: until firm – about 4 ½ hours. Garnish with carrot curl.
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Cookin' in Corina's Kitchen- Thai Beef Salad

Thai Beef Salad

 

Ingredients

¾ cup mayo

¾ cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 package ranch salad and seasoning mix

2 tbsp. lime juice

1 lb. thinly sliced roast beef

1 English cucumber

1 cup bamboo shoots (optional)

¼ cup cilantro leaves

¼ cup coarsely chopped peanuts

 

  • Combine: mayo, coconut milk, salad dressing and lime juice in a small bowl. Chill 30 minutes.
  • Arrange: beef, cucumber, bamboo shoots and cilantro on a large platter.
  • Pour: dressing in a thin stream over salad.
  • Sprinkle: with peanuts.
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Kayaks and more

Imagine it’s the weekend or holidays and you are finally at the lake, but you are still tense and are awake way too early. Quietly you get out of bed (or your sleeping bag) and head outside. Standing in the stillness you inhale the fresh air and take in the mist that rises over the glass-like water. It’s cool but light as the sun starts to make it’s journey in the sky.  The only sounds are the birds and water gently lapping against the shore. The serenity of the moment begins to work on all the muscles that you’ve been holding tense all week (or all month.. all year).  You feel all tension slipping away. As your soul begins to recharge you head to the beach where your kayak waits patiently. Once your pfd is donned. the kayak is carefully placed into the water. There is a slight wobble as you climb in.  Grasping your paddle in both hands you head off. Destination relaxation. As you paddle around the lake you see the world through new eyes as  your soul is filled with peace.

Does that sound idyllic?

Maybe it’s time to start looking into adding kayaking as a new addition to your life. Kayaks are not only great exercise but they allow you to go to different lakes or rivers. You don’t need a cottage or a weekend at a campground. Just pack a lunch and snacks, a few little essentials and just head to a local lake for a couple hours of stress relief.

We have kept our inventory focused on the popular Ascend kayaks this summer but we also have the tandem Twin Heron by Old Town,  the modular Apollo (can be solo or tandem depending on whether you go with two or three segments) by Point 65 or the Stealth 9 by Malibu, All Ascend kayaks are made of high density polyethylene, which is a very tough plastic. The Ascend Kayaks are a little wider then other kayaks which allows for more stability and comfort.

The first model is a budget friendly basic beginner level kayak called the A10. At 9’10”  long,  28.5” wide and weighing only 44 pounds  this kayak will suit most people.  It comes in red or blue with a removable steel framed mesh seat and storage area with a bungee support that will hold a 36 quart cooler.

Second in line is the D10. This kayak has the same dimensions as the A10 but has added features; foot braces, a removable steel frame padded seat, cushioned thigh pads and covered stern-well that will hold a 36 quart cooler. The colour choices are red/black or purple/black.

The D10T was introduced this year, a sit on kayak with a custom designed hull for great stability (you can even stand on it!!!) foot braces, adjustable padded seat and loads of storage space. It is 10’ long, 34” wide and only 52 pounds. It  comes in red/black or titanium grey.

Next we have the D12. Stretching out a full 12 feet, this 74 pound kayak has a specialized hull design for speed, better load carrying, easy paddling and good handling in rougher waters. It comes with foot braces, two storage areas (including a dry well), 5” deck plate storage hatch for small items like your wallet, fishing license, cell-phone and keys)  and bungee system to keep all your gear with you. Colour choices are blue/black or red/black.

If you are an angler you will love the next four models in the Ascend line.

The FS10 is one of our most popular kayaks. It’s 10’2” length is perfect for most anglers. The wide cockpit allows for greater movement and stability. There are two flush rod mount holders and a fully adjustable rod tender (I don’t fish but the guys in the fishing department assure me this is a good thing to have). There are also two 4” cleats for anchoring a fish bucket or stringer. Dual bungee paddle keepers and a comfortable seat make this kayak a great choice for anglers who want to go to those tucked away places. It comes in camouflage or titanium Then we have the FS12. This 12 foot beauty is full of great features; integrated rod storage tube, full tackle rod tender on the starboard side and two rod holders behind the seat. It also has an adjustable anchor system, foot braces, cushioned thigh pads, 5” deck plate storage hatch, two big storage areas (one covered one dry) and a very comfortable seat.  You can chose from desert storm or camouflage.

Another option is the FS12T sit on kayak. This 68 pound kayak has an ultra stable hull for maximum comfort, stability and manoeuvrability. It has a moulded five position foot rest and padded seat for comfort. There are also two flush rod mount rod holders, full tackle rod tender, two storage areas and a catch all tray with two colour choices; sand or olive.

Finally we have the last in our Ascend line, a behemoth at 12 feet 8 inches in length; The FS128T. This kayak is a sit on like none we have had before. Available in camouflage or desert storm, this kayak is made to sit or stand  fish on with a tunnel hull design and solid casting platform. It also has a removable swivel seat, lots of storage, adjustable foot braces,  flush rod mounts and a rod tender.

If you prefer to have company when you meander around the lake you might want to look at canoes instead. The Old Town canoes start with the 3 person 14’ 6” Saranac then move into the 14’ Rockport and Rogue River. We also have a 16’ Saranac and 15’4” Rogue River square back.

If you think kayaking or canoeing sounds like it might be a good fit for you, visit our Vaughan store and check out our selection (the majority of boats are outside but we do have one of each Ascend model inside). If you have any questions about kayaking, canoeing or camping in general please see one of the camping associates.

Happy Paddling!

Melanie

Team Lead

Camping Department

Bass Pro Shops

Vaughan, Ontario

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Gearing up for Walleye

Gearing Up for Walleye

By; Daniel Notarianni

            I’m not sure if it is the fight, the wide the distribution, or the great taste of walleye that make them one of Canada’s most popular fish, but most anglers target walleye the same old way….the good old jig. There is no doubt that you can get walleye on a simple jig head and live worm or minnow with just about any rod, but you are missing out on some great fishing action if that’s the only way you target walleye.

Having a high modulus graphite rod is important, especially when the walleye are biting subtle. Pairing it up with a light and powerful reel will put a finesse walleye machine in your hand.  I stress “light” because the lighter your rod and reel combo is the more sensitive it will be. The reason for this is based on the “law of differences”, to quickly explain that, imagine holding a brick and dropping a penny on top of it, you probably won’t feel the penny land. Now imagine holding a piece of paper and dropping a penny on that. No doubt that you will feel the penny land, now think of the penny as a hit from a fish and that brick being your old overweight rod and reel combo.

            If I had to choose only two rods to fish with for walleye, a six-foot medium fast action rod and a six-foot eight medium extra fast rod would be the top of my choice for any body of water where trolling is not on the menu.  A six-foot medium fast Bass Pro Shops® XPS® Extreme® is an ideal rod for bottom contact presentations like jigs, live bait split shooting and small crank-baits. A six-foot eight medium extra fast  Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Series is ideal for rip jigging, jerk-baits and buck-tail jigs. Pairing either of these rods up with a JCL500 Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Spinning Reel will keep the combo light, balanced, provide more than enough cranking power, and a super smooth drag to make sure once you hook up you land the walleye.

            Loading up your combo with a quality braid is ideal, braid is strong, sensitive, and extremely thin which is ideal for power finesse applications. There are two main options when it comes to braid, a floating braid or a slow sinking braid. A floating braid like Bass Pro Shops® XPS® 8 Advanced Braid is great for fishing crank-baits or fishing around weeds. The floating line will keep your line high in the water, reducing hang-ups and fouling in weeds. Using a sinking line like Sufix® 832 Advanced Superline™ is great for just about all of your other walleye tactics. The sinking line will not bow in the water; this allows you have less line between the tip of your rod and the bait increasing sensitivity. Attaching a two to four foot section of fluorocarbon to your line will improve the stealth of your presentation, and add just a little bit of stretch to your rig, helping to prevent ripping the hooks out of the walleyes mouth.

            There is no doubt that throwing a jig and grub tipped with live bait is an effective way to get into walleye, it is a passive way to fish and if the walleye are not around it may not provide hot and heavy action. More active ways to locate and catch walleye include rip jigging and throwing hard baits. In the Kawarthas and other smaller weedy lakes walleye will hold in the weed beds in shallow and deep water. You can target them by throwing small jerk-baits and crank-baits around the weed lines to trigger reaction strikes from walleye, but if the bite is slow or they are holding tight in the weeds, you should hop on the trolling motor, get over the weed beds and go dunking. Using an Enticer® Pro Series Smallmouth Jig, drop it down into the pockets of the weeds and once the bait hits the bottom give it a sharp snap or two then move to the next pocket. When doing this it is very important to watch your line, hits can come on the fall and sometimes all you see is a twitch in the line that signals a bite.

            A hand full of jig heads in different weights, a few colours of XPS® Single Tail Grubs and anchoring on a rock shoal is the old standard.  But chances are you are not reading this to simply go with the old standard, you are here to up your game. Give the techniques mentioned a shot, once you get some confidence in them you may not be so eager to just toss out the old ball and chain and hop a jig along.

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Tackling Bass from a Kayak

Tackling Bass from a Kayak

            If having the proper tools is the key to success when you are fishing, than fishing from a kayak is no different. The ability to get into tight spaces with incredible stealth is one of the biggest advantages to fishing out of a kayak, but kayak fishing is more than just about advantages, there is the aspect of challenge. You are not as fast as a Nitro with a 220 on the back and you don’t have the same vantage point, but that’s what makes hooking up with giant bass that much more rewarding.

            Stout heavy rods, heavy lines, and weedless baits are the way to go if tackling bass in the shallows is the game you play. Having a lower vantage point out of a kayak, makes it harder to spot deeper weed lines, so top water fishing is one of the most popular techniques out of a kayak. Frog fishing is one of the most exciting ways to catch bass, having the water blow up around your frog is a life changing experience. If you are picking apart a lily pad field or slop, you can slow down with a Bass Pro Shops Kermy Frog. If you want to cover more water you can throw a Humping Toad rigged on an extra wide gap hook. Having the stealth capabilities that go along with targeting bass out of a kayak, slowing down and targeting visual structure is a very productive technique. Throwing a Stick-O or a Pro Series Enticer Flopping Jig around docks, laydowns and undercut banks you can slow down and really focus on high percentage areas.

Preparation is key when you are looking to get into some close combat bass fishing. First and foremost, be ready for a swim. Tipping is not all that common, but in the scenario that you do it should not ruin your day. Wearing quick drying clothing will keep you comfortable through out the day, especially if you go for a swim. Sitting in wet cotton all day will make your experience less enjoyable.

Having the rods and reels, your tackle boxes and boat bags strapped in will prevent you from loosing your gear if you do decide to go for a swim. Using a tackle box like the Plano Hydro-Flo will make sure that whatever gets wet, gets dry and not rusty. To protect items like cell phones, gps devices and cameras you may want to consider waterproof cases like the Plano Waterproof Stowaway that gives you a clear lid so you can still see what your electronics are trying to communicate, shock padding on the inside to prevent damage if it gets banged around, and a waterproof seal.

Preparation goes beyond anticipating a swim. Bad weather, a longer than expected trip or getting lost are all things you should prepare for. Mounting a GPS/Sonar combo on your kayak does double duty. The obvious, the sonar gives you the ability to find possible fishing location. But, more important is the mapping capabilities. Using the tracking feature to show you where you have been will help you get back safer. Efficiency is key when you are traveling in a kayak, and knowing that there is a prime bay just around the corner, or a way to get off the water quickly, in case of an emergency, makes an easy to use GPS/Sonar like the Lowrance® Elite-4 Combo a no brainer.

If you have never tried kayak bass fishing than it is hard to explain what it is that you are missing, well aside from an engine….but don’t dismiss it. Its not here to replace bass boats and fast motors, it is just another way to explore the habitat of our favorite aquatic animals.  Grab your paddles, a few rods, tackle and safety gear and get out on the water. There are new experiences waiting for you, get out and enjoy.

By Daniel Notarianni

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Goodbye Mosquitoes and black flies

If I asked you to describe summer fun what are the first thoughts that come to mind? Did you think of spending the day splashing around in the lake? What about making s’mores and roasting hotdogs over the fire? Trying to finish a popsicle that is quickly melting all over your hand and made your tongue and mouth blue (or orange or pink or green). Perhaps camping in a serene spot within the forest where you can detox from the chaos of daily life?

Maybe summer does not happen at a lake for you. Maybe summer fun to you means working in the garden or having a barbeque with family and friends. It could be going for walks in the evening. Reading a good book on the deck. Having a nap in a hammock.

As much as summer brings great memories and good times, it can also bring some negatives like sunburns and those pesky little mosquitoes and black flies.

Corina already did a fantastic blog on the bug shirts, jackets and pants so I just want to add to that with a blog about mosquito repellents, with a big focus on the thermaCELL.

Mosquitos, black flies and other biting insects are not just annoying as they buzz around but their bites can be very uncomfortable and they can carry diseases like West Nile and Malaria. To protect yourself and your loved ones, we have you covered for mosquito season.

We carry a variety of mosquito repellent related products. If you want DEET infused products we carry Muskol, DEET-EX and Ben’s in spray format and Muskol and McKirdy’s fly dope lotions. These are the more traditional style mosquito repellents which most people are familiar with.

 

If you prefer to not use DEET we also carry the Insect Defend Patch which is a specially designed patch that uses vitamin B1 to deter mosquitoes and other hungry insects. The discreet Insect Defend Patch can be worn while swimming, showering or covered in sunscreen. It lasts for up to 24 hours which means you can keep having fun without stopping to reapply sprays or lotions.

Two fun options we have are the fly shooter and Executioner. The fly Shooter is a colourful way to splat those bugs while the Executioner zaps them.

 

Now you may be saying, hey that’s great for single person use, but what about if I want to protect my family or friends while we enjoy the outdoors? Well, one option is the mosquito coils (holders are sold separately) and the ThermaCELL. If you are not familiar with the mosquito coil, it is a specially treated coil that repels pesky bugs with it’s smoke. This does work but only as far as the smoke goes and sometimes a renegade mosquito will sneak through the smoke for a snack. So you may need to put a couple coils out in strategic spots for maximum effectiveness.

This brings me to the ThermaCELL, a very effective, portable product with a wide range of protection. ThermaCELL comes in two models, the basic appliance and lantern. The basic appliance is available in three colour choices; olive, RealTree Camo and Basic Camo (prices vary) so you can take it pretty much anywhere which means it’s perfect for hunting, fishing, camping and hanging out in the backyard. It has a fantastic 4.5 metre (15 foot) radius which allows you to share the protection with those you love. It is like creating an invisible wall that keeps up to 98% of those vampire insects at bay.

 

One of our most frequently asked questions is “How does it work?”

The ThermaCELL appliances all work the same. They use butane (non refillable) to heat the metal grill where the treated blue pad is contained. The heat causes the repellent in the blue pad to vaporize into the air, creating the invisible wall of protection.

Another frequently asked question is “Is the repellent safe?”

In a nutshell, ThermaCELLs are pretty safe for humans and pets. The blue pads are treated with a repellent called Allethrin which is a reproduction of a repellent that naturally occurs in chrysanthemum flowers. But the appliance is a lot more convenient then carrying a basket of flowers everywhere you go.

And the third most asked question is “Does it really work?”

Yes it does. It is one of the best defences against mosquitoes, black flies, and no-see-ums.

The actual appliances are very simple to use. Just put the butane cartridge in the unit and place a treated blue pad in the slot then follow the steps to turn it on You will see an orange light in the little circle at the top which means it is working. You may also see a little puff of smoke, that is totally normal. When you are done with it turn it off until you need it.

Each appliance comes with one unit which gives you up to 12 hours of mosquito and biting insect protection. We carry refills in single units or economy 4 unit packs. We also carry a couple accessories like the clip on light, holster and extra butane cartridges to give you the most use out of your ThermaCELL.

If you happen to be coming to the Vaughan store this weekend we will be having a seminar on ThermCELL appliances. It will be held at one pm both days at the mosquito Defense focus area in the main aisle near the grill deck. If you aren’t able to come to the senimar then stop by the camping area and speak to one of the camping team associates for more information.

Now that I have given you the run down on mosquito defence, I hope that helps you make the best decision for you needs. After all, summer should be filled with watermelon, icy drinks, tubing, gazing at the stars, roasting hotdogs over a fire, laughter, fun and creating the best memories that can be squished in.

Have a Wonderful and Safe Summer J

Melanie

Team Lead

Camping Department

Bass Pro Shops

Vaughan ON

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Cookin in Corina's Kitchen- Easy Chicken Stock by Omi

Easy Chicken Stock- By Omi

 

3 ½ LB Chicken cut up

2-3 medium carrots- cut lengthwise

1 Medium Onion- Cut in half, skin on

1-2 Celery Ribs

1 Leek- Optional, cut, washed- cut lengthwise

1 Bay Leaf

1 Tsp Peppercorns

3 Quarts Water

  • Combine above ingredients into a large stockpot.
  • Bring to a boil- lower heat to simmer for 3 ½ hours
  • Skim off foam that rises
  • Strain soup through a fine sieve, discard the vegetables
  • Skin chicken- save and use for chicken salad or any other recipes
  • Omi  would freeze small containers about 1 cup portions for later use
  • Chill soup first then put in freezer for portions
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