Quail and Chukar Hunting Seminars - hunting seasons opening soon!!

Hunting for quail and chukar can be a multi-faceted process...especially if you are just getting started or newer to the sport.  Let Bass Pro and outdoor enthusiast Jim Matthews break it down for you!!

Jim is an accomplished outdoorsman and you know his name from his regular publication Outdoor News Service or from his writings in Western Birds, the Wingshooter's Newsletters.  Jim knows a ton on the topic and is ready to share all at his upcoming seminars at Bass Pro Shops.

Sign up directly with Jim by contacting him via phone (see flyer).  You'll be glad you did...he gives a very comprehensive presentation and you will walk away feeling well informed!

Bass Pro Shops can help with all the gear you need...firearms, ammo, calls, camoflage apparel...with knowledgeable associates to assist that have real experience with bird hunting!!

Call Jim for more details at the same phone number!

 

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Local Dove, Quail & Chukar Hunting Opportunities

Eurasian Collard Doves 

 Dove Hunting in California Sept 1 - Sept 15

September 1 Dove season opener is probably the most attended hunting event in SoCal. Mass migrations of dove hunters pour into the Imperial and Colorado River Valley bringing much needed economy to many farming towns. Generation after generation of dove hunters have hunted this vast area every year and are always welcome by the locals.

Weather is typically smoking Hot with the occasional thunder storm. Mosquito repellent is the standard deodorant of the day. This year is a little bit different. Starting Sept 1st in Imperial county the Eurasian collard dove’s bag limit is now unlimited and year round hunting.  With the season fast approaching you need to get all of your gear together. You can get everything you need from the firearm all the way down to the right boots, right here at The Bass Pro Shops!

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Navigation?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&searchTerm=dove+hunting

We’ve included this webpage link below so all of you hunters can Identify the Eurasian collard doves from the other doves.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/eurasian_collared-dove/id

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  • Eurasian Collared Dove
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  • The Eurasian Collared Dove most often simply called the Collared Dove, also sometimes hyphenated as Eurasian Collared-dove is a species of dove native to Asia and Europe, and also recently introduced in North America. Wikipedia
     
    Scientific name: Streptopelia decaocto
    Rank: Species
     
     
     
    Also be sure to check out our Public Land Quail & Chukar Hunting Seminars! This is a comprehensive seminar by Jim Matthews.

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Keeping Warm with Natural Reflections

dragonflyNatural Reflections has a new line of zip-fleece jackets available, just in time for fall! Made of 100% micro-fleece, the jackets in this collection come in a variety of colors, perfect for those cooler fall days.  The jackets are available in dragonfly, eggplant, black, pine bark, cloud cream and sangria.  eggplant

Features of the jacket include a zippered front, zippered hand pockets, and a toggle to adjust the hem on the bottom of the jacket to help protect against the wind.  The vibrant colors and inexpensive price, will take you through three seasons:  fall, winter and spring!

blackFleece is a versatile fabric, warm like and similar to wool. However, it's softer, lighter and easier to wash than actual wool. Any product that can be barkmade from wool can also be made from fleece. It is used in jackets, hats, sweat pants, blankets, and many other products. Fleece is water-repellant and wicks away sweat, so it is an ideal fabric for active wear.  The fabric is easily cared for by machine washing and tumble drying.

The variety of colors make them perfect for gift giving or back-to-sangriaschool needs. Stop by your local Bass Pro Shops and check out the latest offerings from Natural Reflections.cloud

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Hometown Festival - 100% FREE Event!

Bass Pro Shops prize wheel3 balloonsYou won’t have to wonder where the Hometown Festival is – we’re marking its location with pennants and balloons!

Lots of great family activities going on – inside! So no matter what the weather gives us that weekend, we’re sure to give you that Hometown Festival fit for the whole family. But our Festival is entirely FREE!
 

Four PRIZE WHEEL activities
(complete all four & spin the prize wheel!) 
 
•Bass Pro Shops BB Range
•Metal detector treasure hunt
•Casting buckets
•Duck Pond/pick a duck, win a prize

 

Pick a duck game pond at Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops / Daisy Shooting Range

 

yellow balloonSeminars:

•1:30pm Smokin’ – Tips for successful meat smoking
•2:30pm
Outdoor Grilling – Choosing the right grill
•3:30pm
Dutch Oven Cooking – Tips for outdoor cooking

Photo download image #14 Tony Stewart Car

 

 

Product Demos & Bass Pro Shops Food Samples 

Photo Op!

How would you like to be in the driver's seat of the # 14 Tony Stewart car? Well, okay, can't help you there, but we can get you a free photo download that makes it look like you're behind the wheel!

 

We've Got Festival Food!

          Hot Dogs 1-4pm each day!
         
Homemade Ice Cream 4-5pm each day!
 

Color a duck craftGiveaways!

We're giving away THREE 25.00 Gift Cards each day
 

And even more Family Activities! yellow balloon

Face Painting
Craft
Coloring sheets


Hometown Festival Nascar Sprint Sweepstakes

 small balloon floats

Bass Pro Shops, East Peoria, IL

 

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Adorable Crocs Grippy Socks for the youngsters!

Have you seen these adorable Crocs Grippy Socks? They are for our youngest customers and we hope they enjoy them as they are learning to take their first steps. The grippy socks are great for learning to walk around the house. The grippy bottom is helpful when walking on those slippery floors. The design is unique by its look of the top looking like a sock and the bottom looking like a shoe. These can be worn by infants and toddlers. They would make a great gift idea for birthdays and much more! They are available at Bass Pro Shops for a low price of $16.99 and can be found in our children's area. Make sure you check these out and maybe buy a pair or two!

 

                         Here are all the details:

  • Croc socks come in 2 fun designs for girls and boys
  • They are made of 78% nylon/18% polyester/3% spandex/2% rubber
  • Flexible foot for easy play
  • Grippy out sole helps prevent slipping and falling
  • They have an elastic top cuff keeps socks in place
  • Easy on and off design
  • Wrapped rubber toe for safety
  • Durable and washable  
  • Size 5 fits shoe size 4-6 (1-2 years).
  • Size 8 fits shoe size 7-9 (2-4 years).

 

Crocs Grippy Socks:

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Floating Along in my Old Town

Floating Along in my Old Town

By: Suzie Mason

I just bought my first canoe!! It is a 14 foot Old Town Saranac 146, and it was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made!!  It’s fully loaded the front and rear seat comes with adjustable back rests, a 6” dry storage hatch, cup holders, and rod holders!  And if I feel like bringing a 3rd person along for the ride I have a bench seat in the middle with a small cooler under the seat, which I found fits a carton of night crawlers and some ice very nicely.  Only one problem I drive a very tiny 4 cylinder car, not really ideal for lugging a canoe around.  So every time I take out my awesome new canoe I have to drive from Fox Lake all the way to Wadsworth to pick up my dad’s van then back to Fox Lake again to load up the canoe, round trip that’s about an hour drive.  Determined to be in the outdoors I do this drive once or twice a week, but let me tell you it’s definitely worth it.

This last Sunday we loaded up my canoe along with my friends 16 foot Old Town canoe and headed over to Long Lake in Ingleside to hit the water.  It was a beautiful day and the water was very calm, perfect for some fishing.  We paddled across the lake to my lucky spot and it worked out, I caught about 8 blue gills, and a little bass.  After about an hour of fishing we decided to paddle across the lake to the little channel that we saw on the way in.  We had to paddle under this very short bridge with a bunch of spider webs that we had to duck under (which we almost had to turn around because of the fact we had some girly girls with us).  But thankfully the boys and myself were determined because once we got through it was so cool!!!  There were fallen trees we had to paddle around, and so many other obstacles we had to get out of the canoe a few times and carry it over logs and rocks.  The best part of the trip was at the end when a beaver ran out in front of us.  It scared us at first, but we were fortunate that it did because it made us aware of the dam he was making.  It was so big!!!  I’d say one of the biggest ones I’ve seen in this area.  At that point we had to turn around and call it a day. 

Next stop Des Plaines River!!!  We will be paddling about 6.2 miles from Sedge Meadow canoe launch to Gowe Park canoe launch, should take us about 3-4 hours.  Maybe I’ll see you out there!

If you have a passion for being outdoors like I do, you really should think about a canoe or kayak from Bass Pro Shops we have so many styles to choose from and speaking from personal experience it’s a great way to do some fishing, explore new areas, or just relax with friends and family.  Think about it, and trust me you will not regret it.

By: Suzie Mason 8/20/13

 

 

 

 

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By Popular Demand - More Kids Fishing With The Pros!

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We always receive such great reviews on our Kids Fishing With The Pros Event, which allows kids an opportunity to have the fishing experience of their lives, right here at Bass Pro Shops, Dania. Spots fill up so quickly, that we've decided to now hold this event twice a month! Next month's events will be held on Saturday Sept. 14th @ 10am & Saturday Sept. 28th @ 10am. Registration begins on the 1st of September.

* As usual, we suggest that you call our store at 954-929-7710 on the 1st day of the month to register, as these spots fill up very quickly. Kids must be between the ages of six & sixteen. Be sure to wear closed shoes, no flip flops.

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Oakley Redfish Tour at Destin Bass Pro Shops

Join our first annual Destin Open - Oakley Redfish Tour at Destin's Bass Pro Shops on Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th  .All anglers are welcomed and registration will be on Friday, September 6th from 5 til 6 pm.  A Captains' Meeting will be held immediately after registration from 6 til 8 pm, where we will review all rules and tournament information.  Food will be served to all participants.

The first 50 teams to participate will receive a pair of Polarized Oakley sunglasses and a pair of Wright McGill inshore rods with a combined value of $600!  Entry fees are $500 per team.

All participating teams will launch on Saturday, September 7th, from Joe's Bayou ramp in Destin for this one day event.  Weigh-Ins will begin at 3 pm at the Destin Bass Pro Shops, 4301 Legendary Drive, Destin, Florida.

Based on a minimum of 50 teams, the following payouts are scheduled:

1.  Guaranteed MAKO LTS 18 ($30,000 value)

2.  $5,000

3.  $4,000

4.  $3,000

5.  $2,000

6.  $1,000

7.  $900

8.  $800

9.  $700

10. $600

ATX, "Big Fish"  $1,000

For ALL of you freshwater and saltwater fishing needs, come visit the Destin Bass Pro Shops!

Gary Feduccia

 

ATX "Big Fish"

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Quail Hunting in Good 'Ol Lake Wales

shootingI had the opportunity to go quail hunting in good ol' Lake Wales, FL. My experience hunting with buddies from work and their dogs was awesome!! The experience of watching the dog bolt for the bird after shooting was an excitement in itself. The weather was a little hot, but the birds were flying that day. We ended up with six quail in the bag, which four of those were shot by me. We also went on a snake hunt, but did not have any luck there. Maybe next time we'll have better luck. Back at the camp we sat around and talked about our hunt and how much fun we had. I can't wait to go back in the winter with the same motto, "If it flies, it dies".

Have you ever gone quail hunting? How old were you when you first went? Who did you go with? How many ended up in your bag?

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     Kyle Kenndey

     Hunting Department

     Bass Pro Shops Miami

 

Quail Hunting Season

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Zone Map:

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Quail Hunting Season Information from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation.  http://myfwc.com/hunting/season-dates

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Pre-Owned Inventory at BPS Leeds, Alabama

Summer's winding down and the temps are starting to cool off a little.  So just like late Winter into Spring, it's time to start thinking about some Fall fishing

A great way to do that if you are ready to get in to a reasonably priced boat is to take a look at our Pre-Owned Boat Corral located just outside the showroom to the left of our Power Pros service bays.

Right now we have 5 pre-owned boats ready for the right owner.  From a NauticStar 1910 Bay  Boat with a Yamaha 115 4Stroke with low hours to a great little beginner boat in a Tracker Pro V-17.  We have a Triton 17 Explorer with a 90HP Merc Optimax.  We even have an G-3 Aluminum boat rigged with a 40HP Yamaha JET drive outboard, ideal for fishing rocky areas near dams. And a really nice Fisher Marsh Hawk ready for those Fall croppie and bass.

Pre-Owned Line Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These boats are priced to sell, and ALL have been through our Power Pros'  32-point Check List. 

Stop by the next time you're out this way and check out our Pre-Owned Specials, as well as our MODEL YEAR CLEARANCE.

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Labor Day/Hometown Festival

Don't miss our Labor Day/Hometown Festival event on August 31-September 1. For more information, visit www.basspro.com

This event includes cooking seminars:

1:30 Smokin; - Tips for successful meat smoking

2:30 Outdoor Grilling - Choosing the right grill

3:30 Ductch Oven Cooking - Tips for outdoor cooking

 

Product demos

#14 Show Car Photo opportunity

Free Hot Dogs 1-4 pm*

Free Ice Cream 4-5 pm*

Bass Pro Shops Food Samples

Sweepstakes

Family Activities

Duck Pond

Bass Pro Shops BB Range

Metal detector treasure hunt

Casting buckets

Face painting

Crafts*

Coloring sheets

* While supplies last

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The Biolite Campstove

The BioLite stove is a compact, portable stove that burns sticks, twigs, pine cones, and other renewable resources instead of Biolite Stovepetroleum gas.  But here’s the kicker, it also functions as an off-grid electrical charger.  To be more precise, it is a fan-stoked rocket stove with a thermoelectric module that converts heat into electricity.  The fuel consists of twigs,pinecones, or small chunks of wood making it eco-friendly.  The thermoelectric module allows it to charge its own battery which operates the two speed fan that stokes the fire.  And via a USB cable will charge your cellphone, GPS, headlamp, rechargeable batteries and other gadgets.

One load of dry kindling will boil a liter of water in about four minutes.  Charging a cellphone however takes a little longer necessitating several loads of fuel to fully charge at 4 watts maximum output.  However charging it enough to make that one emergency call takes only a few minutes.

The original stove was built with backpackers in mind enabling them to both boil water for their coffee and dehydrated meals Biolite Stove with Grillwhile at the same time they could charge their electronic gadgets.  Recently, however, Biolite has debuted a grill attachment that is great for grilling hot dogs, hamburgers or veggies.  The grill attachment makes the stove a great addition for that remote campsite with its 55 square inches of grilling area.

The Biolite stove weighs in at a scant 33 ounces and measures a mere 8 1/4" high by 5' wide. So forget that heavy fuel.  Forget packing in extra batteries, forget all that heavy solar charging equipment.  All you need is the Biolite stove and a few twigs to cook that meal or charge that phone.

 

 

Phil Steele  

Camping Dept.

Store 49- Manteca   

Bass Pro Shops                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

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Late Summer Schooling In Session

As the temperatures slowly begin to drop across the country something happens to the bass. Many of the fish that were previously deep offshore on structure begin to make their annual migration back into the shallow water. With the water as well as the air cooling, large amounts of shad will make their way into the back of pockets and creeks. You can just about guarantee that with this movement many of the bass are going to follow. This is a great opportunity to catch bass on a variety of different techniques, and honestly who doesn't love to find a school of bass and catch multiple fish out of one area.

When searching for schooling activity the first step is to find large amounts of baitfish. Generally shad are very easy to find and you will often see them flicking and jumping out of the water. What I will do is run around to a few different promising areas where I have previous knowledge that fish and bait live nearby. Next I will slowly work my way toward the back of the pocket or creek looking for the baitfish on the surface, as well as on my Lowrance HDS-8 Gen2 Fishfinder. Now most pockets or creeks you idle in to will have shad in it, this can sometimes confuse and overwhelm people. Always remember that on a body of water where there is an abundance of bait fish just simply finding the bait fish does not always mean you will find the fish. There are more ingredients that you need to look for in able to have the opportunity to actually locate and trigger the bass into feeding, but the shad and baitfish is definitely the first piece of the puzzle.

Once you have a good amount of baitfish found it is very important that you find something specific to target to hold the fish. While sometimes the fish will be roaming open water through the schools of shad, I have found in order to catch multiple fish consistently some sort of structure needs to be found. I picture the fish waiting relaxing in the cover, such as a brush pile or small break line and waiting for the shad to come too close. At this point they will run out and attack. By using my GPS I will read my contour lines and find a small break or creek channel near the groups of baitfish, if you can then find some rocks or brush along that break then that is even better. Fishing can sometimes seem so random so any detail you can use to fine tune what you are doing will greatly increase your chances for success.

So now that you've found the bait as well of some sort cover or structure, the final piece of the puzzle is figuring out what bait they want to eat and what presentation you need to use. Fish can be very picky creatures at times so knowing in detail what they are reacting to is very important. One of my favorite baits to use in this situation is a SPRO Little John MD. This bait has a small profile and a very aggressive wobble that is extremely hard for a feeding fish to resist. Just give it a try and trust me you will be very impressed. Another great quality of the bait is its versatility; it can effectively be worked in extremely shallow 1 foot deep water, but can also reach depths of 8 feet deep on 10lb test Trilene 100% Flouro Carbon. This depth range will let you catch those super shallow roaming fish as well as the ones holding to cover on the bottom. It the fish seem to be off the bottom not relating to cover randomly chasing bait then a jerkbait is a great choice for triggering those suspended fish. Working baits such as the SPRO McStick 110, or a Lucky Craft Pointer SP, with an erratic stop and go quick twitching action is always something I will try in order to trigger fish into biting. One of the keys with these jerkbaits is the fact that they suspend letting them reach a little deeper depths and creating an easy meal for the fish to pick off in between twitches. Now if they are closer to the surface then a floating jerkbait might be a better way to go, or possibly even a topwater lure. So keep an open mind and don't be afraid to switch it up a little when you are trying to figure out what the fish want. Even Alabama Rigs can be deadly in the late summer to early fall transition so don't be afraid to chuck that big thing around as well.

Always remember the key pieces to the puzzle when searching for these schooling fish or really any fish in general no matter what time of year it is. You need to have bait fish, a population of bass, some sort of structure or cover for the fish to position on, and then simply find the bait that triggers them to strike, and you've got it made. So head over to Bass Pro Shops, no matter what you're trying to catch they have what you need to get you out on the water and putting fish in your boat. I'll see you on the water!!!

 

Joey Nania

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Big "E" Lands Some Big-Uns This Summer

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Eric Feltner of our Fishing Department has had a pretty good summer out on the local waterways. He caught the two huge grass carp above, that weighed in at 69 and 74 pounds each, in a local pond. The kicker is that he was using a fly rod and a fly he tied in our Fly Fishing shop here at the store....and only 4 POUND TEST LINE !!!! He said it took over an hour to get these big boys to the shore.

Eric with 3 pound bass

A couple weeks later he caught this nice 3 pound smallmouth bass in 4 Mile Creek on a white river five weight fly rod and a white hand-tied clouser minnow. Way to go Eric !!!

 

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Hometown Festival Labor Day Weekend

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Come join us Labor Day weekend for a fun family event and best of all, it's FREE !!! Our Hometown Festival, being held on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st from noon to 5pm, will be chock full of free family events, including the following:

Noon to 5pm: BB gun range, metal detector treasure hunt, duck pond, casting buckets, free photo opportunity, food sampling and prize wheel.

1pm to 5pm: Wood duck craft and coloring pages

1pm to 4pm - Free hot dogs

1:30pm - Smokin' workshop

2:30pm - Outdoor Grilling workshop

3:30pm - Dutch Oven Cooking

4pm to 5pm - Homemade ice cream sampling

2:00pm - $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Drawing

3:00pm - $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Drawing

4:00pm - $25 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Drawing

You will also have an opportunity to get registered to win a trip to the NASCAR Sprint Series Champion's Week in Las Vegas

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From Tippet to Stream

Experiencing the Blue River in OklahomaBlue River Photo 1

If you’ve never been there and you put on a blindfold and had someone drop you off at the Blue River, you would never guess you were in southern Oklahoma when you took it off. The Blue River looks like it belongs in Colorado, New Mexico, Arkansas or even eastern Oklahoma but not south-central Oklahoma.

The Blue River has swift, clear, braided stream that arises in Johnston County from the Arbuckle-Simpson aquifer, a giant underground water source. The headquarters of the spring-fed Blue River are southwest of Ada. The stream continues until it flows into the Red River in southeast Bryan County.

The most scenic part of the river is along the 6¼-mile stretch through the Blue River Public Hunting and Fishing Area. Here, the granite rocks of the Arbuckle outcrop come to surface and the river comes alive. Along these six miles, the river transforms from a lazy, meandering stream to cascading water that forks through granite and limestone formations. Over and around these rocks is the creation of horseshoe waterfalls and deep, slow-moving pools and fast-moving riffles.Blue River Paradise

The river channel often becomes braided, forming smaller streams with interspersed islands covered with unique seaside alders and native hardwoods. The seaside alders, which grow in clumps along the banks, waterfalls and islands, are typically found only along the Eastern Seaboard.

The Blue River is one of Oklahoma’s most beautiful places. It receives between 75,000 and 100,000 visitors each year. Most of them, an estimated 70 percent, travel to the Blue during the winter trout season which runs from November through March.Most are bait fishermen, but the Blue draws its share of spincasters and fly fishermen as well.

On the north end of Blue River Public Hunting and Fishing Area is a portion of the stream for the purists — a catch and release only area that requires the use of barbless hooks. Fly anglers gravitate to this stretch of the river where it’s usually easy to find some secluded water. The Blue River has more falls than any other river in Oklahoma.

Blue River Photo 4Beginning near Connerville in Johnston County, the Blue River flows southeast to the Red River.  This spring-fed river has a designated trout area in the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area. Other fishing opportunities exist for black bass, crappie, as well as channel and blue catfish. Camping facilities are available only at the Blue River Campground. Float trip opportunities by kayak are available on this Class II-III river, offering several falls and ledges, dependent on seasonal waterfall. No commercial outfitters along the river are allowed and public access points are limited. Supplies and information can be found at Scotty's Blue River One Stop, located at the entrance to the public hunting and fishing area. A Blue River Conservation Passport is required of all persons who enter or use the Blue River area, unless exempt.  Check with the Oklahoma Wildlife Department for availability and criteria.

 

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Blue River OklahomaWWS Fly Line

Fly Line:
We recommend a 5 weight, floating fly line for most all of the fly-fishing. We recommend a 6
weight, floating fly line for nymph fishing and streamers. There are some larger size trout that
are stocked in this stream.

Fly Rod
Fly Rod:
The five weight fly rod should be between eight and nine feet in length. A medium to moderate
action would be our choice. The 6 weight fly rod would be best in a nine foot length and a medium
fast action. A slightly stiffer tip would help with the nymphs and streamers.Fly Reel

Fly Reel:
The fly reel for either of these two rods should have a good drag.  Disc drags would be preferred.


TippetLeaders:
You should be using at least a 9 foot leader on the Blue River. A twelve foot length or even
longer length may be the right choice in some situations where the water is smooth. You
should have them in sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 6X for small dry flies. I wouldn't
go any lighter on this stream.Tippet



Tippet:
Carry extra tippet material in sizes ranging from 1X to 6X.

LisaWaders:
We suggest you wear waders or hip boots anytime you fish the Blue River. We prefer the
breathable type but the neoprene ones can help keep you warm if you fish during the cold
season.

Wading Boots:
Felt sole wading boots  would be our first choice but are quickly being replaced by the new rubber soles that may also work well.
 

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Flies:
Many fly fishers will agree that the Wooly Bugger is one of the best patterns on Blue River.  Best colors are olive, brown, and black.  Other patterns that work well include the red midge larva, zebra midge, hare's ear nymph,  pheasant tail nymphs, hare's ear soft hackle, brassies, and copper johns.  When the midges are on fly fishers will want to concentrate on size 20 and 22 midge patterns.

 

 

Fortunately the fishing is only going to get better as the Oklahoma weather cools off.  November on the Blue means big and aggressive trout just ready to slurp down a Wooly Booger

Last year we had the pleasure of fishing with a few very skilled anglers and we were able to target some of the larger fish at a stream just on the other side of the low water crossing.  We landed several fish in the four to six pound range and had some great action mid-afternoon.  If you would like to experience the Blue River, log onto blueriverok.com.

 

Getting Started

If you are interested in getting involved with fly fishing, you should check out the Bass Pro Shops website and the Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World in Oklahoma City. Ok.

We look forward to seeing you in our store and as always, thank you for shopping Bass Pro Shops. Good luck on the water.

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Saturday Fish Feeding Frenzy

Join us on the weekends for an up close view of fish at feeding time. At St Charles, MO Bass Pro Shop we do a fish feeding every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00p.m. This weekend Jim and Paul from our fishing department gave the crowd a nice show feeding live minnows, crawfish, baby carp, night crawlers, pellet food and protein based gel food.

Species of fish in our tank include:

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Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Spotted Bass

Hybrid Striped Bass

White Bass

Drum

Short nosed Spotted Gar

Channel Catfish

Black Crappie

Common Carp

Bluegill

Walleye

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kids enjoy it......

 

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The Adults enjoy it.........

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And the fish always enjoy it!

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“Rock Out” Anywhere!

Rock Out!!!!

Whether fishing, camping or just hanging out on the back porch I’ve always enjoyed listening to music in the outdoors.  Growing up toting a portable am radio everywhere, I was thrilled when I got my first cassette playing Sony Walkman!  From that day forward my greatest struggle has been trying to enjoy decent sound quality without headphones or ear plugs.  I’ve finally found the perfect solution in the Goal Zero Rock Out Speakers for $39.99 in our Marine Department.

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These terrific little speakers provide great sound and are completely portable.  Unlike the portable speakers I’ve purchased before at the drugstore, these are powered and so can push much greater volume.  Goal Zero advertises a “bass booster technology” and the speakers are encased in a wooden sound box so the tones are rich and not tinny at all.  Listening to classic rock I enjoyed hearing the bass and being able to distinguish the different drums in the kit, not just the general tapping sound I’ve grown used to with cheaply made speakers.  I was most impressed, though, when I was listening to a jazz trio; appreciating the subtlety of brushes rubbing on the snare drum and grazing the cymbal.

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To add volume and fill up a bigger space with sound you can chain sets of the “Rock Outs” together using the audio out jack in the back.  The speaker box is wrapped in a cushioned mesh and zips open to reveal an inner pocket to hold the charging cord.  A brightly colored shock cord is used not only as an attractive trim but also to provide a handle for carrying or hanging.  The foot long audio in cable is enough length to keep my iPod or phone protected in a pocket of my pack or inside my tackle box and just leave the speaker exposed.

Along with the portability and sound quality, the feature of the Goal Zero Rock Out Speakers that has convinced me to buy them is the charge life on the lithium battery.  I have yet to run them out of juice!  Goal Zero advertises up to 40 hours on a single charge.  I have used them for well over twenty hours on a charge myself with no degradation in sound quality.  Around the house the speakers charge easily with their usb connection.  Away from home is where Goal Zero built their reputation.  The Rock Out Speakers are one of many accessories to Goal Zero’s full line of solar chargers, priced from $79.99.

Whether you’re looking for a full line of solar charging options for a month on the Appalachian Trail or just a high quality compact speaker set for your desk at work, The Goal Zero Rock Out Speakers will keep you in tunes!

 

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Recognize a Pattern - Catch More Fish!

Successful anglers are great at observing!  The fisherperson who can put together a pattern of what is working and why, and duplicate it, will have a great advantage over other anglers.  That first fish caught, may not be by chance.  A pattern may be responsible for that success.  If so, the faster it is identified, the greater the success will be.  An angler who puts together a pattern to match a great day of fishing, will be able to duplicate that great day, when the same pattern occurs again, on another day.

How does an angler recognize a pattern?  What must an angler observe, and how does an angler put together an outline of the characteristics of a day, and form a pattern to remember for a similar day, on a future trip?  Observation is the key, and here are some of the characteristics which must be noted, when putting together a pattern:

First, sun light or moon light, and the intensity of that light (cloudy or clear sky), plus the angle of that light to the water, are factors that should be considered.  Is the next bank in shadow, like the one that just held keeper largemouth?  What is the angle of the sun to this bank, and, is it a similar angle to the bank just fished, the one that held the fish just caught?

Second, wind, current, and angle of the bottom fished, are important.  The sides of points, as they extend away from the shoreline, have angled bottom structure, and that angle can be the key to more fish.  What is that angle?  What direction was the wind coming from, on the bank where the big fish were caught (into or away from the bank, or parallel to the bank?  Were they pulling water (usually, this means generating power) when the fish were caught?  Are they still generating?  Bass stack up, particularly on main lake points, when current causes shad to school up.  The lure of plentiful and readily available food can result in a feeding frenzy!   Watch for the angle of the bottom where the fish hold, and make a note of where the fish are holding on the point.

Next, water depth, clarity, and temperature (surface) are important to establishing a pattern for success.  At what depth was that last fish caught, was the water murky, muddy, or clear, and what was the water surface temperature?  When choosing a lure color, depth and water clarity must are important, since different colors disappear at different depths.  Fish move to comfortable water temperatures, and their comfort has a lot to do with plentiful oxygen.  Check the finder on your boat, and mark the depth of the thermocline. 

Fronts, and the change in barometric pressure associated with them, are factors that must be considered.  Strong fronts can cause heavy fish feeding as they pass over the lake.  Make note of the change in barometric pressure, and remember how it related to the fish bite.  At what reading did the fish bite the best?

Finally, bass in particular are structure oriented ambushers.  Predators, they use the cover of stumps, timber, bushes, boulders, chunk rock, ledges, and any man-made obstacles, to aid the hunt.  What type of structure was there, when that fish almost pulled the rod and reel out of the boat and into the water? 

When you can answer some of the above questions, you are on your way to creating a pattern that will help you catch fish right then, and on subsequent trips, when you encounter similar circumstances.  Don’t wait!  Get out there!  Greater success is waiting for you right now!  I’ll see you on the lake!!!

Steve Fritz

Fishing Lead

White River Outpost

Bass Pro Shops

Branson, MO

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Now you see me, Now you don't...

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  Do you know your camouflage patterns? Well, do you? Most of the people I meet in a day have the same, simple answer to this question: No!

Why is this? Camouflage is the second most important thing for hunting. Why second? Because a weapon would have to be first for hunting! (No bear wrestling please)

Regardless, camo is important because it literally  HIDES you from what you're hunting, like a forest ninja. So I am going to give you the quick shortcuts and tips to picking out your camo outfit for the best advantage in hunting.

     There are several different types of camouflage, but there are two basics to begin with that are highly recognizable. The two are Realtree and Mossy Oak. After these two titles will come your sub categories, for example, Mossy Oak Breakup Infinity. See how it started with the title and then broke it down? This is how it works in the camo world.

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Starting with Realtree Brand the newest patterns this year are Realtree Xtra and Realtree Xtra Green. These patterns are replacing the common camos like AP and APG. Below is a picture of Realtree Xtra, how can you tell? The huge golden leaves. Yes, that's it!

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     Now the next, Realtree Xtra Green. The only difference between it and the Xtra is the big greenleaves that spring out of the branches and replace the golden leaves. See the white that is spotted on the branches? This is there to help break up your figure since deer can't see this very well along with the pattern. These are great Realtree patterns to use for Deer, Bear, and general hunting

     Since these patterns are brand new they are still transitioning from the AP and APG colors. AP is like Xtra only no golden leaves. This is similiar with APG since it is just like Xtra Green only the greens are a little bit lighter and not as "HD" looking. 

    These are great patterns for all year since you can transition from the browner looks for the upcoming fall and winter with Realtree Xtra and with Realtree Xtra Green get that perfect spring and summer blend. 

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  Now for the other Camo "branch" ( Ok, no more puns) Mossy oak is the other huge pattern we carry in our hunting apparel department at Bass Pro.  

    Mossy Oak is a bit darker in their camos but it is just as efficient for hunting.

   

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To start there is Mossy Oak Break Up and Mossy Oak Break Up Infinity. Mossy oak break up (MOBU) is a very dark and white spotted pattern. The tell tale is the bluish-gray color you can see along with the muted leaves.

 

 

 

The second to discuss is Mossy Oak Breakup Infinity (MOBU INF) This pattern is similar but instead of themobu inf blue tint there is more of a gold-green tint to give it that "sun lit", woodsy appearance. These are also great patterns to use for hunting all year round and can be found in our camouflage department.

   

     

 

 

 

 

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The last Mossy Oak pattern I will discuss is Mossy Oak Obsession. This pattern is PERFECT for turkey season and I would recommend it for turkey and early spring season only. It works to blend even better since turkey can see color and it is the best pattern you can get for turkey season. It is easy to pick out since it is always the brightest, with lots of green leaves and white in their branches and through out the pattern.

   

 

 

Hopefully these few tips can help make your hunting experience better and easier! You can challenge yourself with your pattern knowledge at http://www.basspro.com/Hunting-Clothing/_/T-12600004000 as well as see the new hunting apparel and patterns we are getting all the time at our Bass Pro!  What camouflage patterns can you pick out?  

For any and all camouflage questions contact me and I'll do the absolute best I can!

 

Ainsley, Camo Lead

at the Bass Pro

in Sevierville, TN 

865-932-5600

 

 

 

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