Why are Costa Sunglasses the best?





Costa Del Mar Sunglasses is a designer and manufacture of high-end polarized sunglasses for use in water sports such as fishing, sailing, and surfing and everyday use. Costa was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Daytona Beach Florida. Costa Del Mar products are sold within Bass Pro Shops or online at the following site https://www.costadelmar.com/

Costa Del Mar was founded the same year that a NOAA nature sanctuary asked the company for a donation of polarized sunglasses. The first lens developed by Costa Del Mar was the Costa 400 material. In 1986, Costa Del Mar created the Costa 400 in a glass lens. Today the list of personalities that use Costa Del Mar keeps on expanding but some personalities that use Cost Del Mar sunglasses include Jose Wejebe, Cindy Garrison, Blair Wiggins.

Costa Del Mar provides 52 styles and 8 lens options of polarized eye wear, and 18 frame colors. The lenses are manufactured in three different materials: CR-39, Glass, and polycarbonate. Each of these lenses offer different attributes mainly focuses on durability, optical clarity, and scratch resistance. Every lens made by Costa is 100% polarized and offers 100% UVA, UVB, and UVC protection.

Costa Del Mar offers two quality lenses. The Costa 400 is offered in all three lens materials, and it eliminates glare at the 400 nanometer mark. This allows for clearer vision and reduces strain on eyes.

The Costa 580 is the companies premium lens collection. It was introduced in August 2000. This lens eliminates glare at the 580 nanometer mark. Specifically it reduces the amount of yellow light that penetrates the lens; yellow light is the hardest light for the eye to process. This nearly completely eliminates glare, allowing enhanced color saturation and definition. The 580 lens was originally only made in glass but are now available in polycarbonate.

Costa Del Mar are our number one selling sunglasses here at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds. We would love for you to come into the store and let one of our sunglasses specialist help you with your Costa needs. If you are shopping online please let us know if you see a style that you like, because if we do not have it in our current stock we will try our best to special order them in for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us for all your sunglasses needs. Thank you very much and have a wonderful day.


Phillip Barnes














Sizzling Summer Fun! 06/03/13 By: Stephanie Crede

Family get togethers, camping, fishing, bonfires, sunburn, BBQ's and relaxation...ahhhhhh the joys that summer has to offer! Now that it's already June, I am sure most of you are looking forward to some sort of vacation. Whether it's a huge family trip outside of the states, or maybe just a simple road trip to your favorite camping resort. Either way, we know what it's like to "get away." It's important for families to spend time together. Life is hectic, we know! Taking a few days to stop and smell the flowers can make all the difference in the world believe it or not. Bass Pro Shops encourages families to get outside and become active in the outdoors. What is your favorite spot to "stop and smell the flowers?"

For me, it's simple. My stress reliever is about a 7 hour drive to northern Wisconsin where my cabin sits. Hayward Wisconsin is my happy place I guess you could call it. It is my home away from home. I spent all of my summers there as a kid, and even as an adult. I am pretty sure the fish even know my name! I am thankful that my parents always took the time to take me to Hayward. Now as an adult I look back and can reflect on all the memories I had, and more importantly the quality time I got to spend outdoors. I hope to someday pass this on to my children.

Not everyone can just get up and get away though. This we know .Bass Pro Shops wants to make it easy for you, so we have created a great event called "Family Summer Camp" open to the public! Family Summer Camp is a great way for you and the family to participate in outdoor related activities...without driving 7 hours away! Starting June 8th-July 14th you can stop on in on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays for great need to know seminars, workshops, food demos, crafts, free photos, and even a scavenger hunt! The kids will love it, and won't walk away empty handed! For every scavenger hunt they participate in, they can receive a cool pin and lanyard! For more info on this, be sure to check out our website! Go to www.basspro.com, and click on the "Gurnee" store!

So don't stress about where to go this summer. What's important is that you are spending it with the ones you care about most. Stop into Bass Pro Shops, and let us do all the work! In the meantime, happy camping:)


Summer Family Camp


Summer Family Camp


It’s now my favorite time of year- SUMMER!!!

We all have memories of long, lazy days and warm summer nights- catching fire flies. Do you remember going camping with the family??? When you made homemade ice cream, slept under the stars- even if it was just in your backyard? Or maybe all the fun times you had at summer camp? This summer, Bass Pro Shops offers you the chance to recapture some of those great summer memories and share them with your kids, absolutely free!!!

It all begins on June 8 and continues thru July 14 at the Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, Tn. The Bass Pro Shops Summer Family Camp features free activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures that will last a lifetime.

Every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12-2 pm kids will enjoy free craft activities like designing their own compass,making Dad a bobber key chain, coloring their own slap bracelet, designing a lizard door hanger, creating a popsicle stick fish and painting a deer track- a different craft every week- while supplies last.Crafts














Free Summer Family Camp Workshops will occur hourly 12-4 pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, archery and hunting.  Other workshops will include bird watching, wildlife exploration, and water safety, backyard exploration about plants and insects and outdoor discovery showing the importance of conservation. All workshops are about 20 minutes long and the kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectable pin for every workshop completed.

Seminar Schedule

Extra special events will be available the first two weekends, June 8-9 and 15-16- including the catch and release pond and even a souvenir photo made 12-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday only. All of the other activities will be up and ready throughout the event- casting targets, archery, Daisy BB gun range and even the Wildlife Carousel!

Each Saturday, throughout the event, enjoy the great tradition of homemade ice cream from 5-6 pm.

So get together as a family this summer and make some great outdoor memories and traditions beginning with the Family Summer Camp at Bass Pro Shops!


National Daiquiri Day??

Who knew?  Before we start celebrating, let's take a quick look at the noble daiquiri.  Even though the drink is typically associated with author Ernest Hemingway, the drink was actually invented in 1898 in the Cuban mining town of Daiquiri. An engineer came up with the drink - a blend of lime juice, sugar and rum, over ice - as a morale booster for mine workers. Talk about employee benefits!!!

Here is the recipe for a Traditional Daiquiri:

3 parts rum

1 part lime juice

1/2 part sugar

Combine ingredients in an ice filled shaker. Shake and strain into glass over cracked or crushed ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

daiqSounds great, right?  But if you're having a party or relaxing by the pool this summer, who wants to squeeze all those limes (they're not particularly juicy).  Your local Bass Pro Shops can solve that problem for you with the Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker! The drink maker has four chambers - simply fill with the drink ingredients, select the drink you want with the selector button, sit back and enjoy!! If you're living on the edge, then select the "I Feel Lucky" option and the drink maker will fill your cup with a random choice. The Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker and Travel Bag can be found in the Camping Department.

Once you pick up the Drink Maker, head over to the Gifts Department to pick up some drink mixes.  Ass' Kickin' Margarita Mix has a touch of habanero pepper for an extra kick; add vodka to the Bloody Mary Mix from Hell for a Bloody Mary from Hell or add tequila for a Bloody Devil. If you don't want to go spicy, then try our Uncle Buck's Margarita Mix for a sweet and sour treat.

We can't all be world-famous authors, living an adventure-filled life in the Florida Keys, but we can pretend. A good place to start is with a daiquiri by the pool!





Fish for a Great Cause!!!!

Bass Tournament



Cast your line for the Goodwill Bass Tournament on June 8th!!!

Bass Pro Shops in Kodak has teamed up with Goodwill Industries of Knoxville and Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Ott DeFoe in the 1st Annual Goodwill Bass Tournament.

The tournament will be held Douglas Lake and will blast off from The Shady Grove Ramp in Dandridge, Tennessee. It will start at safe light and weigh-ins will begin at 3 pm. Anglers may register any day from now until June 7th at 4:30 pm. The registration fee is $100 per boat; late registration is available on the morning of the tournament for $125 per boat. Departure times are determined by order of registration.

The grand prize will be $1,200. Pay out for prizes will be one place for every six boats, based on a field of 40 boats.

Anglers interested in a chance to practice with Ott or to be his partner in the tournament should visit www.odfishing.net and enter for your chance to win!  Ott will donate all proceeds to Goodwill Industries-Knoxville, Inc.

Sponsors for this tournament include Ott DeFoe, B.A.I.T., Bass Pro Shops, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Pro Fishing Management, Onyx, Stowers, Swiftwick, WIVK and WVLT.

Proceeds raised from this tournament will support Goodwill’s mission of providing vocational training and employment opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment.


Visit Goodwill of Knoxville for a complete list of rules and regulations.


Time To Break Out The Grill


Now that we all enjoyed a memorial day weekend with friends and family, and remembering all the brave men and women who have given their all to keep us the land of the free because of the brave.....It is officially summertime.  That means get togethers with friends, family, and food. 

What's better than a nice summer day by the pool, at the park or at the beach with your closest friends.  Of course what is a gathering without yummy food? So breakout the grill and clean her up, replace a few parts, or even swing into your local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and check out our large selections of smokers and grills.  From the Smoke Canyon to Charbroil to Masterbuilt we have it all.  Don't need a new smoker, grill, or fryer? Well check out our great selection of grilling accessories from grill brushes to corn holders and even jalapeno racks

After cheking out our camping section to get your grills, fryers, and all your summertime cooking gadgets, head over to our Gifts and Nature section and check out the large selection of yard games from cornhole to yard toss and children's toys to include the BRAND NEW Bubble Gun or Bubble Bow. Plus blow your company away with a new recipe includung a Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce or Bob Timberlake sweet or spicy BBQ sauce.

So get everyone together and get ready to have a blast. Before you do though swing into your local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and let one of our great associates help you find everything you will need for your next get together.


Have You Checked Your Knives?

Hunting season and field dressing may still be a few weeks away, but now is the time to check your knives and make sure you are ready for that trophy buck. Don't wait until you harvest a deer to find out (the hard way) your knives are broken, rusted, dull or missing.  I'll wait while you go check.....

knivesAh, you're back - that didn't take long.  And, as I suspected, you need to replace some or all of your knives.  Well, your local Bass Pro Shops can help you with that. First, head over to the Hunting Department and check out the knife sets from Outdoor Edge. The first set we're going to take a look at is the Butcher-Lite Kit. This lightweight, 8-piece set includes: caping knife, gut-hook skinner, boning/fillet knife, and wood/bone saw. It also includes a tungsten-carbide V-sharpener, gloves, nylon roll pack that converts to belt scabbard and a ribcage spreader. These are all the essential knives you need to quarter and debone big game, weighing in at less than 2.5 lbs.knives

Ah, you're an experienced outdoorsman and need more than just the basics? No problem - you need the Game Processor Kit. This is a 12-piece portable butchering kit.  You will have everything you need to process big game, turkey, waterfowl, small game and fish. Contents include: caping knife, gut-hook skinner, boning/fillet knife, Bowie-style butcher knife, game shears, wood/bone saw and tungsten-carbide V-sharpener. The kit also includes a ribcage spreader, carving fork, cutting board, gloves and hard side carrying case. The Game Processor kit has a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship.

Stop by Bass Pro Shops and check out the assortment of knives we have available.  You are sure to find the right ones for your game processing needs.




Lake Anna Bass Fishing and Trash Talking

                              Dennis Daniels & Hank Ruffin holding up a 20 lb plus 5 fish limitDennis Daniels & Hank Ruffin holding up a 20 lb plus 5 fish limit

I have several dozen pictures from the last three months that need to be posted and written about. I've met some really great people this spring. Most of the fishing trips have produced very nice catches... All of them have been fun!

I had to take a few minutes to share this one. I think the best way to describe this trip was competitive! Dennis has a way of lighting a competitive fire in all of his friends! I'm not sure if I can do it justice in this post, but I'll try. I have to start out by saying that both Hank and Dennis have been out (on separate occasions) earlier in the year. We caught some fish, but truly struggled in the previous trips. For example, Hanks last trip offered a 25 degree cold front, sleet, snow and he was already suffering from the flu! (The Bass Pro 100mph Gortex was awesome!) We managed to put together a decent limit in the past but I really wanted this trip to be a good one for both of them.

Dennis organized the day with 3 of his buddies... Walt, Darryl, and Hank (All pictured in Taylor's previous post). Taylor guided Walt and Darryl, while Dennis and Hank hopped in my boat. Most people take fishing trips to relax and wind down. Dennis and the gang chose to turn this into a vicious competition. There was trash talking at the ramp, on the phone, during lunch, between partners, between clients and guides, and on and on! There was never a dull moment. Each boat landed between 20-30 nice keeper bass during the course of the day. Dennis started early with a 3 pounder on a "skitter pop". Hank struck hard around 9 am with a 5 1/2 lb hawg that took "big fish" honors, shortly followed by a 4 pounder. Sometime around 4 o'clock Dennis landed another angry 4 1/2. And dropped plenty of high fives and explicit shouts in celebration. Towards the end of the day Darryl lost one on a crankbait that may have taken the lunker prize. It was one of those days where the next big bite could happen at any time.

Great day on the water... Looking forward to seeing these guys again at the end of June.

Quick reminder... 
We are doing "Happy Hour" fishing trips this summer, everyday from 5pm to dark.
These evening trips are a ton of fun and a great way to wind down after work! The boat traffic dies down and the temperature cools as the sun sets.  On average the trips produce a dozen or so angry Lake Anna Striped Bass from 5-15 lbs.

Feel free to call Taylor or me (Charlie) at 540-287-3591 to book a trip or learn more about Lake Anna. I've been a resident of Lake Anna  for over 25 years and have plenty of relationships with owners of rental properties, marinas, restaurants etc. We're happy to assist with lodging, large groups, boat rentals and more.

Tight lines!

Charlie Bowles



Fishing in May

This month usually offers more stable weather than the previous months and allows anglers to catch fish using many different approaches. At least a third of the fish have spawned and the subsequent spawns will happen within the next couple weeks. Some fish will be very aggressive as they are feeding or protecting their beds & fry, while others will be nearly impossible to catch because they are recovering from all of the stresses of laying eggs, fishing pressure, etc.


Bass spawn at different times during the spring. By the first week or so in May the early big fish spawns are finishing and the early stages of post spawn fishing are revealed. There will still be a couple waves of spawning but the playing field is changing. There will be fish that are thinking about going back to their summer brush piles and ledges but they haven’t quite made it out of the spawning grounds.  These fish will be roaming around on the flats and will get very hungry whenever they recover from the stress of reproducing.  My three favorite baits to find these fish are lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, and poppers. Spinnerbaits are also a good choice, especially in areas with sparse vegetation.  Since you are looking for transitional fish you are trying to cover a lot of water between the spawning areas and the summer hangouts. Once you get a couple strikes in an area you can slow down and present jigs, worms, or tubes to some of their nearby friends.


Nothing compares to seeing a 35” inch striper crush a 10” shad on the surface, except for casting your super spook right on top of it..twitch..twitch..WHAM!!! On the right morning or late in the evening you can run into some of the most impressive feeding action available in fresh water. This Month, Big Stripers will begin to transition to main lake areas. They will feed heavily throughout the month on larger baits. If you miss the early morning action you will have to pull out to the deeper flats and channel edges to troll crankbaits, swimbaits and bucktails. If you are equipped with a nice bait well and are proficient at catching bait, you can use free lines, planar boards, and down lines to target Lake Anna Linesiders.


Nice size slabs can be found all over the lake. Bridges, docks, brush piles, beaver huts, and grass are home to thousands of Crappie. Many citations have been taken in the last couple of weeks.... One method is to try casting grubs, tubes, and beetle spins as close to whatever cover you are targeting. Another approach is to use a slip bobber above a #6 gold aberdeen hook tipped with a small minnow.


Charlie Bowles- Fishing Guide



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Costa del Mar: Summer in Style

If you like your sunglasses to be stylish as well as functional, then check some of the 2013 models from Costa del Mar.


First up is the Galveston. These sleek, rimless sunglasses are available in four frame/lens color combinations:  Black/Blue Mirror, Black/Gray, Tortoise/Copper and the ever-so-stylish Silver/Silver Mirror.


If you prefer a more traditional look, then the Saltbreak is for you. The Saltbreak has a more obvious frame and is available in five frame/lens color combinations:  Black/Blue Mirror, Silver/Blue Mirror, Tortoise/Green Mirror, Tortoise/Blue Mirror and White/Blue Mirror.

straightsOur next 2013 offering is the Straights.The Straights is a semi-rimless style combining the best of the Galveston and Saltbreak styles.  Three color combinations are available:  Black/Gray, White Gray, and Silver Copper.

Costa was founded in 1983, specifically to make sunglasses for use on the water.  These styles and more are availble via online shopping at basspro.com or at your local Bass Pro Shops. All Costa sunglasses come with a Lifetime Warranty.



Catching Bass On Beds

As water temps hit the 60 degree mark in the Chicago land area, big female bass start roaming the shallows searching for their spot to clear a nest to spawn on.  Once on beds this is a great time to catch a true giant!  Its simple fishing and we’ll discuss the gear and tactics it takes to catch these big spawning females.

The first and most crucial part of bed fishing is being able to see the beds as well as the bass.  There is no greater tool in your arsenal this time of year than a pair of polarized sun glasses.  On a cloudy day or at dawn and dusk we like to run a set of amber colored lenses.  This color lets in the most light under low light conditions and cuts the glare to allow us to see into the water.  On bright sunny days with mile high skies we will use the dark gray lenses.  These dim the light and cut glare to allow us to see in the water.

Now, probably the most known and most publicized way of bed fishing is using heavier gear, such as a flipping stick and pitching a jig or a plastic of some type and dragging or hopping it on a bass bed.  But today we want to talk about a more finesse approach.  Leave the flipping sticks in the trucks, and pull out the spinning rod!  It’s time to pitch a “Flick N’ Shimmy

A Flick N’ Shimmy is a new twist on a finesse worm and a new twist on whacky worming.  It’s a thin body worm with fatter heads on both ends of the worm.  They come in 4.8”, 5.8” and 6.8” and a wide variety of colors.  We rig them whacky style (Hooked one time right through the middle of the bait) with a Flick N’ Shimmy Head.  They come in sizes of 1/16, 3/32, 1/8, and 3/16 and are available in 3 colors; unpainted, Black and Green Pumpkin.

We throw these baits on a ML spinning rod.  Due to the short shank, wide gap hook, we want a little flex in the rod to keep from pulling that hook out of a bass’s mouth.  One of my favorite rods for this is the Johnny Morris CarbonLite 6’8” Med Light spinning rod.  It’s a very light rod to hold in your hand and easy to fish it all day long and unreal sensitivity to detect even the lightest bites.  Can also double as a good drop shot rod.

We team that rod up with the Johnny Morris CarbonLite spinning reel in the 750 size.  It’s light weight, durable and super smooth.  Its wide spool design cuts down on line twists and wind knots even when throwing fluorocarbon line.

Speaking of fluorocarbon line, yep, you guessed it, that’s the line we are using for this tactic.  Fluorocarbon line sinks so we get a better feel and is a tad smaller in diameter then mono and a little less stretch then mono.  Its best quality is that it is nearly invisible in water.  Bass Pro’s XPS fluorocarbon is smooth casting while still giving you some abrasion resistance to fish around cover.  8lb test gives us enough shock absorption on hook sets and enough tensile strength to handle just about any bedding bass.

To use these baits is simple.  Pitch them out to the area’s we see that a bass has swept out with their tail or if you visibly see them sitting on the bed.  We can drag this bait across the bed, hop it, shake it, or even dead stick it.  When this baits at rest on the bottom, the two heads float up and can temp even the most disinterested bass into striking.

Be patient when fishing beds.  It’s not always hot and heavy action but it can sure produce some of the biggest bass of the year!  Good Luck and Tight Lines!



Fishing Lead

Bolingbrook’s Bass Pro Shops


Must-Haves for Summer

Is Mom still upset about the kitten sweater you gave her for her birthday? Did you forget about Father's Day and wind up giving Dad another tie? If so, you may be able to redeem yourself with some of the items shown below, available at your local Bass Pro Shops.  These are great to have anytime during the summer for any family member.

chairFirst up, take at the Portal Director's Chair w/Side Table & Cooler. This unique chair is comprised of a powder-coated steel frame, water-resistant fabric and nylon mesh for ventilation.  The side table, complete with drink holder locks into place when the chair is opened. It even comes with a fold-out zippered 8-can cooler.  Do away with the big ice chest that takes up all the room in your vehicle. These chairs allow each family member their own drink selection and fold down flat hammockfor easy storage. These are perfect for any outdoor activity - take them to the beach or the big game.

If relaxing is more your style, then take a look at the Bass Pro Shops Folding Hammock.  Easily portable, this is the perfect way to relax on the beach or in the backyard. Made of water-resistant polyester and steel tubing, and the hammock comes with storage compartment, pillow and carrying bag. The hammock is a roomy 94.8"L x 40"W x 25.6"H when opened and supports up to 225 lbs.

Visit the Camping Department at your local Bass Pro Shops and relax in style this summer!





Deep Summer Cranking

Summer is here and while many fish still live in shallow water the majority of the fish population spend most of the summer months on deep water structure. A wise man once said while fishing the bank 90% of the fish are behind you. This statement is generally true, and while deep water fishing can be overwhelming and difficult to master, it can also be very rewarding.

When fishing the bank generally you are looking for individual fish catching one here and there. Now when fishing off shore you are searching for the honey hole, a spot or area holding sometimes hundreds of fish. Some keys to look for when searching for deep water fish are points, humps, ledges, rock piles, shell beds, or man made brush piles. Having a good depth finder and GPS unit is very important to mastering deep water fishing. When I am looking for a school of fish offshore I generally will use my GPS on my Lowrance HDS-8 Gen2 Fishfinder to study and locate where drop offs or humps are located. Once I've chosen a couple different places to look I will drive my boat over the hump or drop off, while using my fishfinder to look for brush piles or rock piles. While searching I always have my Bass Pro Shops Marker Buoy in my hand ready to drop it where I see structure that looks promising. This will give you a perfect reference point so you can properly work the structure. The final key to look for while searching is bait fish, if you don't see balls of bait near the bottom you are probably not going to get bit and should search for a different area.

So all of this preparation and searching takes place before an angler has even made a cast. Deep water fishing is really more like hunting, where the preparation and searching is just as important as making a good shot. Once your preparation is complete and you have found an area with all of the proper ingredients then it is time to go to work. There are many different ways to catch offshore fish once you have them located, such as a, carolina rig, football jig, or a texas rigged worm, but my very favorite is a deep diving crankbait. Crankbaits allow you to make relatively quick casts fanning around the area searching for the proper angle to trigger a strike. What I mean by proper angle is, every fish has a certain presentation or cast that will be the best for triggering it to strike, and this can very from day to day or week to week, so keep an open mind. With your marker buoy in place a circle the wagon technique is hard to beat. Simply begin on one side of the structure and work your way around the buoy throwing casts from many different directions and at many different angles. Once you have triggered a fish to bite always throw back with the exact same cast. More often then not you will find that one specific cast through an exact spot will get you bit over and over again.

When deep cranking I like to use a 7'9" TFO Gary's Tactical Series Rod accompanied by a Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier Baitcast Reel with a 5.2:1 gear ratio. This slower gear ratio will make cranking in big billed crankbaits easier as well as allowing your bait to reach deeper depths with still a good amount of line out. With high speed reels by the time your bait hits the bottom your bait will be half way back to the boat. The slow winch type reel is the way to go. The bait that I have the most confidence in is the SPRO Little John DD Crankbait. Others such as the Strike King 6XD Series and the Bomber Fat Free Shad will also catch fish, and sometimes the fish can be very picky changing which one they prefer from day to day. To make the baits achieve their maximum depth potential, long casts and light line are very important. Generally I will use 10lb or 12lb Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. And don't forget the key to catching crankbait fish whether in shallow water or deep water is to make your bait hit the bottom and contact the cover.

Keep your bait down where the fish live and are feeding and find the proper angle, and then hold on tight. Deep water fish are generally big and healthy and i'd be willing to bet that the very biggest fish on your lake lives on deep structure in the summer months. Remember starting today May 28th and ending June 16th Bass Pro Shops Father's Day sale is going on. One of my favorite items on sale is the Bass Pro Shops Crankin Stick which is a perfect affordable rod to get started with crankbait fishing from deep water to shallow. This would also make a perfect gift for a fisherman looking to expand his arsenal and grow as an angler!

I'll see you on the water!

Joey Nania


Feature of the Week: May 27

Feature of the Week: Week of May 27

Department: Hunting

Item: QDMA

Bass Pro Shops dedicates the month of June to the QDMA.  QDMA stands for Quality Deer Management Association®.  The non-profit Quality Deer Management Association is committed to ensuring a high-quality and sustainable future for white-tailed deer and white-tailed deer hunting. 


Founded in 1988, the QDMA currently has more than 50,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries including many deer management professionals. The QDMA has developed numerous partnerships with state wildlife agencies, timber companies, hunting groups, and product manufacturers. These partnerships have increased both the awareness of the QDMA and participation in the Association’s management philosophy. Without question, the QDMA is rapidly becoming the most respected and influential white-tailed deer organization in the United States.


QDMA promotes:

  • Safe and ethical hunting
  • Adherence to wildlife and trespass laws
  • Adequate harvests of adult does
  • Restraint in harvesting young bucks
  • Hunter involvement in education and management
  • Cooperation with wildlife biologists and enforcement officers
  • Education of hunters and non-hunters toward a better understanding of wildlife management
  • Stewardship and appreciation of all wildlife

You can donate $2 to the QDMA when you are checking out at our store or even online! When you donate $2, you enter for a chance to win ONE of TEN $500 Bass Pro Shops gifts cards!

Follow this link to view donation online: http://www.basspro.com/Quality-Deer-Management-Association-Donation/product/101746/



Memories of a Lifetime

Big BassBig Bass 2Big Bass 3When I was a little kid I always wanted to just go fishing. I didn't care what it was I was fishing for as long as I could catch it I was happy. Now that I am much older that feeling is still going strong today. I have fishing on the brain 24-7. I had been taken back by one of my greatest experiences to date and I will share it with you.

I remember the days when my dad would take me out to a pond on Fort Carson I would get up early pack a lunch and grab a few rods and spend the entire day trying to catch fish before my dad would pick me up after he got off work. I spent countless hours trying to figure out each species of fish that were in the lake, where they hung out, how do they react to my baits, how spooky they were, watching them feed on minnows and bugs on the top of the water and all the crazy things they did throughout the day.

I pretty much had the bluegills figured out. A small piece of worm on a #10 eagle claw hook under a small bobber was all it took and after seeing the trout hit a grasshopper I scared off the bush as soon as it hit the water it didn't take me long to whack a bunch of them also every time I went out. It was that bass that would always get to me. The little green fish with the black stripe that continues to drive me crazy today. Not to mention its cousins the spotted and small mouth bass. 

The bass seemed to mezmorize me, They would hit that grasshopper I threw in the water but refused to hit the one on my hook.The trout didn't seem to mind it. I flipped a few rocks and threw crawdads at them and they would eat em up but not on my hook. Every now and then I would get a smaller bass to take a whole night crawler but those big ones crusing would just come up and look and just swim off. Stressful for a little kid.

Through the years I studied about bass. I read every book I could find in the library about them and would read every issue of Bassmaster magazine I could get my hands on. Now we have every resource available just by the touch of a button from the internet or a phone call to a buddy. The kids sure have it easy now it seems like.

I still go back to that lake that has been there for forty plus years. it's just ten minutes from my home in Fountain, Co. so a short after work trip is always good for the mind, body and soul. I have seen pictures of giant bass being caught at that old lake and I have yet to catch a good one for myself. I went out with a few of my youth club kids that have held some 4# plus and one 7# in the years earlier and this was more than enough to peak my intrest. Giant bass close to home is like a dream come true.

This year the weather has put the spawn behind and the bass are just now starting to come up. I was out in my Stealth 2000 duck boat looking for active fish and when I saw them I beached it and tried to sneak up on them from the bank. I told my buddy that I had just seen the biggest bass of my life, he laughed and said, "like the ones in the tank at Bass Pro Shops" exactly I said. I knew that was a giant bass I just needed to figure out how to catch it and take a picture with her.

I mentally marked the spot and snuck up to find her and another smaller male on a bed. I covered myself with dead bulrushes and settled in with my rods. I threw a drop shot rig with a BPS teaser tube and the male whacked it instantly. I set the hook and landed him and quickly put him back in the water and right back to the bed he went.

I worked those fish for over two hours and the male kept pushing that big girl back and holding his ground. He picked up my baits several times and I just let him spit them out. The female kept coming closer and closer and as soon as she looked like she was going to hit my bait the male would chase her off. We played this game over and over. I decided I was going to stick the male again just to shake him up a little more and threw in one of my hand tied football jigs with a Lazer Trokar 3/0 hook and as soon as it hit the bed he came up and sucked it in and I swung and missed. I regrouped and pitched back in and he spun around and then just grabbed the tail of my YUM Money Craw trailer and spit it out. I hopped it back on the bed and the female bolted in from the side and crushed it.

I set the hook and the fight was on. I yelled over at my buddy and he and a few others came running over to check out what all the fuss was about and when I finally lipped her I started to shake. I have caught big bass in my travels and my biggest to date was an 8# 2oz.. I didn't have a scale and there was no way I was going to keep or hurt this majestic fish but I know it was my biggest bass ever. I had a few photos taken and put her back in the water and watched her swim away. I always preach "CPR" catch, photo and release. I hope someday she will be caught again and be much bigger.

I have been truly blessed to have landed such a giant bass so close to home.This is one I will never forget. I am glad I have the opportunity to share it with all of you. I thank my dad for teaching me how to fish and I hope all my youth club kids share their knowledge and teach kids how to fish so they can have their own memories of a lifetime....

                                                                           Best of Luck,

                                                                                                   Sam Heckman / Pro Staff


Mark Your Calendars, A Lot

A little while back I mentioned that Family Summer Camp was comin’ to town! Well, today is the first official day of this event! From now until July 14th, Bass Pro Shops is calling all kids to come learn some great skills and make some amazing memories. And it’s ALL FREE!

Summer seems to be when some of the best memories are made. Life goes by a little slower and everything seems a little simpler. We like that and think you should mark in some good old fashioned fun on your calendars. With everything that we have going on you will want to mark in several dates so you can enjoy all the activities throughout the summer!

Workshops will go from Noon – 4PM. This is good stuff for the whole family! Learn the basics of: camping, fishing, hunting and archery, bird watching, wildlife exploration, water safety, backyard exploration and outdoor discovery. These last two will focus on the little and big pictures of the great outdoors. They will range from the little bugs crawling in our backyards to the importance of conservation. The workshops will change hourly, and for every one completed you will receive a collectable pin to attach to your Bass Pro Shops Summer Camp Lanyard. Warning: The lanyard and pins are free.  Make sure to set aside several dates on your calendar for these! That way you can have fun throughout  the summer break and by the time school starts, you will have lots on new information to share with all your friends!

Summer Camp will be held every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the event and will be comprised of fun activities, crafts, workshops and more! Oh and did I mention the price tag? FREE-ninety nine!

Our daily activates will run from Noon – 5PM. Have fun learning how to cast a fishing rod at our casting buckets or proper gun and bow safety at our Daisy BB Gun and archery ranges! For our little guys, we will have our Zing Toys shooting gallery. We will also have our carousel up and running for those of you who love a good ol’ fashion carousel ride.

Crafts will be held from Noon – 2PM. The crafts will include: designing a compass, making a bobber key chain (perfect gift for Dad), coloring a slap bracelet, designing a lizard door hanger, creating a popsicle stick fish and painting a deer track. That is a different craft every week and only while supplies last. So be sure to factor that in when planning to participate.

June 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th from Noon – 5PM come celebrate Father’s Day with us by having our catch and release pond set up where you can catch your first fish or just show off your great fishing abilities! And free photos will also be taken on these dates as well. Be sure to make it down as after these weekends are gone, so are the fish and photos!


Shopping for Father's Day Just Got Easier!

Looking for the perfect gift for Dad? Look no further, Bass Pro Shops has just the thing! Men's Redhead pocket t-shirt or Henley. We have the right size at the right RedHead logoprice for bigger, taller guys. Both styles feature:

  • Short sleeves
  • 100% cotton jersey construction
  • Pre-washed for instant comfort
  • Left chest pocket
  • Henley - 3-button placket
  • Machine washable
  • Sizes Small - 2XL 2 for $20
  • Sizes 3XL-5LX 2 for $26
  • Prices good through June 16, 2013


Come to a Bass Pro Shops near you and let our  associates show you all of the great sales just in time for Father's Day. If you're not sure what to get Dad, a Bass Pro Shops gift card is always a good choice, and they never expire!


Pat F.

Apparel Manager


Outdoor Cooking Primer - Sweet Basil Rub

Recently, I had the wonderful experience of representing Bass Pro Shops Altoona has a judge for a Dutch Oven Cook-off.  The gathering was sponsored by the Iowa Prairie Rose Dutch Oven Society and was held in Pella, Iowa. Given Pella's Dutch heritage, the cook-off was officially called the "Go Dutch Dutch Oven Cook-off and Gathering." Dutch Oven cookingA lot of words for "GREAT FOOD!"

Dutch Oven BreadsI've never experienced an official Dutch Oven gathering and was more than honored to be a judge. The nine competing teams could make three Dutch Oven dishes each - a bread, main dish, and a dessert. There were a couple of teams that had two dishes, instead of three. Oh, and let's throw in the two dishes made by two young ladies (Team Double Dutch Duo) who were first-time cookers, but not competing. That's a total of 27 dishes we sampled. Yes, 27...over about three hours.

Yes, they were small bites, but you have to eat more than one bite to experience the dish. Then there are the saltines and grapes in between to cleanse the palate...and let's not forget the bottled water, since it was 90 degrees in the shade. Needless to say, I was filled to the rim with great food when I left, with what I was sure was a 20 pound weight gain. But, the memories of the amazing dishes linger on and it gave me even more desire to go deeper into Dutch Oven cooking...and to judge again next year.

I discovered that many of the recipes and methods used were created by the cook. Some were from regular recipes (anything you can cook in an oven CAN be cooked in a Dutch Oven), and some where from actual Dutch Oven cookbooks.

Here is a very simple rub used by one of the competing teams.  Boy Scout leaders from local Troop 373 out of Pella. They used this moist rub on a Turkey Breast and it was NOT too overwhelming with basil...at least in this judge's opinion! Thanks to the leaders for sharing this recipe.

Kamela's Sweet Basil Rub

Mix together:

1 Tbsp Salt

2 tsp Sugar

1/4 tsp Onion Powder

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Paprika

1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice


Then Add:

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1 Tbsp Whole Basil

2 Tbsp Olive Oil


Enjoy and watch for more of the great dishes enjoyed at this cook-off! 


Outdoor Cooking Headquarters

jamesOne of our recent in-store promotions called for cooking demonstrations. Our Camping Manager, James Fleullan, really showed off his cooking skills over the four-day event, preparing sample size portions of chicken nuggets, chicken wings, chicken tenders, french fries and jalapeno poppers, using equipment, spices and condiments sold at your local Bass Pro Shops!

The unique Orion Cooker was a big hit. The combnation smoker/convection cooker uses indirect heating methods to create convection currents, producing moist, tender meat. Our Camping Department also used the Bass Pro Shops Fish Fry Kit for their deep-fried options.  The 12" fry basket held a generous amount  of food, particularly french fries!  We used Cajun Injector Turkey  Gold peanut oil blend (cholesterol-free and no trans fat). The oil blend has a neutral flavor, so you can use it to fry any item and the properties of the blended oil keeps it from breaking down or burning at high heat.

We had a number of our barbecue sauces available for sampling as well.  Some of the more popular brands included sriracha, Budweiser Smoked BBQ Sauce,  and the Bob Timberlake Apple Cinnamon and Habanero Honey barbecue sauces. The fries and chicken were seasoned with KC Butt Spice (featuring brown sugar and savory spices) and Plow Boys BBQ Fin & Feather Grill Rub (featuring garlic, onion and chili pepper), as well as Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning.crowd

The cooking demos were a huge success during the event and gave our shoppers the opportunity to see the equipment  being used.  This gave us the ability to answer detailed questions about the use of the products, how they work, etc.  The sampling and use of different equipment, such as the Bass Pro Shops Better Breader Pan, allowed our guests to touch and literally taste some of our products.  For more information on any of these products, visit the Camping Department at your local Bass Pro Shops.



The Perfect Time To Take a Child Fishing

It looks, and feels like summer is finally here. The kids are out of school and the weather is absolutely perfect for getting them outdoors, and specifically on the water. In this early summer time frame many different things are happening on our southern reservoir systems. The annual migration of Bluegill are now making their nests in the shallow sandy areas as well as the billions of shad that are spawning around seawalls and marina docks. Making this time of year perfect for taking your children fishing.

Just like other species, when bluegill are on their nests they are extremely aggressive, and the best way to get a child hooked on fishing is for them to catch numerous fish. I like many other anglers fuelled their love of fishing at a very young age catching countless numbers of bream and never getting tired of it. To this day I still love watching a fish pull my bobber under the surface. It is just something that never gets old. The way I used to catch them was very simple, and you can get everything you will need at Bass Pro Shops! A simple Bass Pro Shops Round Plastic Float with a small Bass Pro Shops Premium Reusable Split Shot Weight above a Bass Pro Shops Baitholder Hook and your ready to go. Baits such as live red worms work great, and if you prefer artificial bait the Berkley PowerBait Micro Power Wiggler is a perfect choice. Also, if your children need a beginners rod and reel setup Bass Pro Shops has that too at a very affordable price.

So take the time to come on in to Bass Pro Shops and give your children the opportunity to fall in love with the outdoors just like I had growing up. Chances are you will create a passion that will stay with your child for the rest of their lives as well as a family bond that will never be forgotten. Take them out with the right equipment and let them catch as many fish as they want while still not making them stay out longer then they want and the rest is history!

I'll see you on the water!

Joey Nania