Bass Pro Shops High School Bass Fishing Challenge



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

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

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

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

Please email or call 865-932-5617 to RSVP.



New Fishing Classes for 2014!

The fishing team at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds is pleased to announce that we will be adding three new fishing classes this year! Starting February, anglers will have the opportunity to attend a variety of classes at our store. Check out the classes and information below. Mark your calendars now to attend one of these great new opportunities.

Beginning Kid's Fishing Class

The first Saturday of every month, our very own Mr. Buddy (from the reel counter) will teach a class about the basics of fishing. This class will be suitable for kids of all ages and will be held at 11 am in front of the aquarium. The class will include basic information about the different types of reels to fish with, different types of baits that work in various water conditions, where to go fishing, and when to go fishing. The class subject will change from Saturday to Saturday so that you can attend each month.


Advanced Bass Fishing Techniques

The advanced bass fishing techniques class will be offered on the second Thursday of every month. Professional fisherman, Joey Nania, will be leading this class and sharing his fishing secrets on how to make each fishing trip a successful one. Joey Nania is a two time Junior Bassmaster World Champion and will share tips on pitching, flipping, and other advanced tactics. This class will meet in front of the reel counter at 6:00pm and is open to any anglers who are looking for a few good tips.


Zackie's Crappie Class

Join David Zackie in the White River Fly Shop on the fourth Tuesday of every month for crappie fishing tips. Mr. Zackie's class will include information appropriate for any level of crappie fishing including information on lures, line, and lakes to fish. This class will cover a different topic each month so that you can return throughout the year to learn the most. This class will meet at 6:00 pm just inside the fishing department at the White River Fly shop.

Also, don't forget about the fly fishing classes offered the second and fourth Saturday of each month and the fly tying class offered the first and third Monday of each month. Call the store at (205) 702-7500 for more information.


Crappie Madness Event and Sale Info



Bass Pro Shops loves traditions, but this year we're starting something new! Join us for our first ever Crappie Madness event and sale February 7 & 8 and 14 & 15. We'll have pro Crappie seminars, a free photo download, giveaways and sweepstakes. See schedule below.

New items on sale include the Browning Midas Balck Bass Cast Reels, Crappie Maxx Signature Series Combos and many Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series soft plastics. Click here for list of sale items or grab a tab on your way in to our store. 


Here are some tips from fishing associate David to get you excited about Crappie fishing:

-Use light line- 4-6lb test line especially in clear water.

-When fishing around docks, use a shorter pole, if you're on a boat use a longer rod, and if you're fishing on the shore use a 10ft-16ft pole to reach certain areas.

-Fluorocarbon line disappears in water, use fluorescent green or blue line if you want to see line better.

-In warmer months, use crappie grub/tube.

-Everyone has favorite colors, but the most popular are black chartreuse, all chartreuse, pink and white, blue and white or exotic colors like electric chicken and John Deer green.

-In clear water use clear bait i.e. firecracker, smoke- black glittl, pumpkin or a more natural color i.e. minnow color.

-Fish around submerged brush, dock pilings, submerged tree tops, cedars and hard woods.

-Be versatile because they won't always bite on one color, try new targets.


5p.m.-8p.m. Free photo download
7p.m. Pro Crappie seminar

2p.m.-5p.m. fried fish sampling
Noon- 6p.m. Free photo download
11a.m. Pro Crappie seminar
2p.m. Pro Crappie seminar

Saturday, Feb. 8th 1p.m.-5p.m. catch and release pond

*The first 25 people to attend seminars will receive a free Bass Pro Shops travel mug


I Want To Be Just Like Dad!

Your little hunter wants to be just like his dad.  Too young for a gun but why not make his room into a young man cave for the next generation of hunters?    Here are a few ideas to decorate his room without breaking the bank.


For the little hunter how about  a Bass Pro Shop Plush Wall Headmount-Deer.  This soft but realistic headmount will look cool and adorable on the wall. 








Why not a Bass Pro Shop Plush Black Bear Rug.  Throw this on the floor.  Great for a nap or to watch TV in his room.  Your hunter will feel like he is in a lodge.










Now on to the real fun.  Check out the Bass Pro Shop Air Hunterz Z Tek Bow .  These were a hit over the Christmas season, easy to use and soft .  Partner it up with the  Bass Pro Shop Next Generation 3D Inflatable Deer TargetPractice makes perfect.


















How about a Coon Skin Cap?  Durable and realistic this is sure to be a hit.










What hunt is not complete without a call.  The Bass Pro Shop North American Call mimics the sound of 10 North American animals including deer.








So, when your little hunter wants to be just like Dad he can be, I bet this will even make dad a little jealous.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator 








"Show Time!"

By; Jerry L. Costabile

Here in the Midwest, we are having a very memorable winter. A steady cover of snow and cold like we have never seen, and it’s only the third week in January!

But the good news is that this is the time of the year that the boat dealers are taking their best buys and new models to boat shows all over the country. There are boat shows in every area that give potential buyers and boat lovers the opportunity to view the 2014 models with the newest and greatest features available.

I recently was with the TRACKER Marine team from the Gurnee, IL. TRACKER Boat Center, at the Chicago Boat Show. It was a great show with all of the competitors showing what they are made of!

I can honestly say that I was very happy with the response that we had with the TRACKER line of boats. There was interest in all of the boats that we showed, TRACKER Mod-V fishing boats, TRACKER Deep-V fishing boats, the NITRO performance fishing boats, the TAHOE line of runabouts and deck boats, and the MAKO off shore boats. It was a great display of the full line of TRACKER Boats.

With the thought of warm weather and open water (there is up to two feet of ice on the lakes right now!); there was excitement in the air for the boating season. The new feature for TRACKER line of aluminum boats for 2014 is the Diamond Coat™ Finish. It not only gives the boat the most durable, long lasting aluminum boat finish on the water, it just plain looks awesome!

The boat with the biggest excitement for 2014, the Pro Team 175TXW the #1 selling Mod-V in the country! TRACKER made this boat amazing for 2014; it has a list of new upgrades that includes the choice of two colors, Victory Red or TRACKER Black with the Diamond Coat Finish™. The list of new features is long for this boat and should keep it at the top of the rankings.

If the cold and snowy weather has you getting that illness we get here in the Midwest called cabin fever, look into attending one of the many boat shows in your area or stop in and say hello here at the TRACKER Boat Center inside Bass Pro Shops Gurnee, IL. store. It’s a great way to see the newest and greatest in boating and helps fight that cabin fever!


Spring Fishing Classic 2014

In my 55 plus years of fishing I have never caught a fish that was wearing a watch or carrying a calendar. I guess in a way fish might be considered lucky in that one respect. They are governed by nature to do very few tasks. They eat to survive, reproduce to continue their species and try to stay comfortable and uneaten while doing these tasks.

  If we will remember this simple list, we will catch more fish. We humans are governed by a host of things that do not apply to fish. We deal with clocks, daylight savings time and calendars to conduct our daily lives. Fish, to a large degree are governed by temperature, daylight, water content and the availability of food and that’s about it.

As Winter begins to slowly and reluctantly give was to Spring we find the days starting to get longer. This gradual process begins in January here in North Central Texas. The daylight hours get a little longer each day and the Sun travels a higher arc across the sky. As the northern hemisphere turns more and more toward the Sun the water begins to warm thus setting the reproductive cycle in progress on largemouth bass.

Sorry folks, but the bass don’t employ flowers, sweet phone calls or romance in any way. In a nutshell, the male bass starts to fan out a nest with his tail when the water temperature approaches 58 degrees. He then finds a female bass and coaxes her to the nest he has prepared. The female will come to the nest, deposit her eggs and stay in the area for a few days to protect them, but she soon moves on to her other duty of just being a bass. The male stays behind and defends the nest area against all intruders.

 This is one of the best times of year to catch that big mama bass. Many fishers don polarized sunglasses and patrol the shallows around cover looking for the large female tending her eggs. Some of the preferred baits for this tactic include soft baits that imitate natural egg predators like, salamanders, crawfish, and bream or perch. My personal favorite is a white floating lizard attached to a shaky head jig. Other good baits include, jigs with a trailer of pork or synthetic trailer designed to present a “threatening” profile to Ms. Bass. There are times when the big females will slam the bait, there are others when she will delicately pick the offending intruder up in her mouth and simply escort it out of her protective zone. Either way it’s time to set the hook!

Some other great spawn fishing lures include neutral buoyancy “twitch baits” like the suspending Rattling Rogue, and Bass Pro’s Excaliber  baits.

 When fishing for these early-season fish remember a couple of basic things. One is to understand that smaller bodies of water tend to “warm up” quicker than others. Ponds, or tanks here in the area will almost always warm to acceptable spawning temperatures than the main bodies of our favorite lakes. Those of us who don’t have access to private ponds should look  in the north ends of our lakes for the warmest water available that is close to cover and if possible close to deeper water.

  Another factor in water warmth is the clarity of water. Clearer water, though nicer to look at, warms slower than slightly stained water which absorbs the Sun’s rays. If you have a thermometer use it!

Remember that bass are simple creatures whose single job it is , is to survive and you will catch more and bigger ones earlier in the year. You also stand an even better chance of landing that bragging rights monster if you’ll stop by Bass Pro Shops of Garland Tx and talk to the pros who have the experience and knowledge. They are there to help you with all your fishing needs and may just give you that little tip that puts you on your personal best.

Tight Lines and bent rods to ya!

Enjoy Bass Pro Shops Spring Fishing Classic from February 28- March 16 2014!!


Spring Fishing Classic 2014



It's National Chocolate Cake Day!

cakeWho doesn't love a good chocolate cake? Varieties have been around for hundreds of years and it is currently the single most popular flavor. Pillsbury revolutionized chocolate cake baking when they introduced the first chocolate cake mix in 1948.

The Duck Commander family is no different when it comes to chocolate cake. In addition to the huge amount of merchandise available in toys, gifts and apparel, they also have a cookbook available. In the Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen cookbook, Kay Robertson presents a recipe for chocolate sheet cake, which is dessert staple in the south.

Chocolate Sheet Cake

Makes 1 (9x13-inch cake * 9x13-inch cake pan * Wax paper * Medium saucepan * Nonstick cooking spray, for the cake pan


2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

2 cups granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup buttermilk or sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 stick (1/4 pound) butter

1/2 cup shortening

1 cup water


1 stick (1/4 pound) butter

6 tablespoons evaporated milk (I use Pet)

1 tablespoon whole milk

1 package (16 ounces) powdered sugar

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F. Grease the cake pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with wax paper; grease the paper.
  2. Make the cake: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, then stir in the baking soda, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  4. Put the cocoa powder in the saucepan, add the butter and shortening, and melt over medium heat. Whisk in the water, bring to a boil, and pour over the flour mixture. add the egg mixture and mix thoroughly by hand.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan. Bake until the cake starts to pull away at the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack. Run a spatula around the sides and invert the cake onto a serving platter.
  7. While the cake is cooling, make the icing: In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter with both milks (do not boil). Remove from the heat and beat in the sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Stir in the pecans until well mixed. Spread over the cake immediately.

Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen cookbook is available in the Gifts Department at your local Bass Pro Shops. Pick up a copy the next time you're in and enjoy this recipe and many others, as well as Bible verses and inspirational stories written by Miss Kay.




Training Your Hunting Dog

As winter starts to break and spring time begins to roll in, we will be gifted with much warmer and prettier weather.  Spend that time outside with your companion. By companion I do mean your dog not your spouse.  Take them on walks, spoil them with treats and new toys, and perhaps enhance their outdoors knowledge with some dog training.  We also believe in helping dog owners with obedience training for their pets too.  Here at Bass Pro Shops we love dogs and in fact welcome them inside our store at any time.

Bass Pro Shops will carry dog training videos with specialty training such as puppy training, puppy pointer training, advanced retriever training and even shed hunting training.  A few videos are breed specific but most are tasks specific.  The premise of these videos is to give advice and perform demonstrations to help you the trainer as well as your pet companion. Some examples include “yard training” commands, tips for choosing a “gun dog,” field commands, as well as bird tracking. 

Bass Pro Shop employees can speak from experience or give reference to any question you may have.  Having hunted game birds for several years, I know that hunting with a well trained dog can make the difference in recovering birds and not recovering birds.  Aside from hunting, a well behaved dog inside the house can also be a blessing if there are guests or infants around. Our dog training assortment will also include gear like training dummies, whistles, bird/animal scents, life jackets and Kevlar vest and boots.  Obedience collars or shock collars are available as well and are a great tool for breaking dogs of bad habits or just being stubborn.  Come shop around and see how Bass Pro Shops can help with tips and training for you and your dog.


hunting dog




Chocolate Cherry February

Cherries JamboreeCherry  BingCherry CheesecakeCherry CordialWith the month of January quickly coming to an end, and February rapidly approaching, let's take some time to truly appreciate this sweet month!  Probably the most notable day of the month belongs to February 14th, where both sweethearts and sweet tooths alike celebrate the day with chocolate!  Did you know February is also Cherry Month?

George Washington may or may not have actually cut down the infamous cherry tree, but Cherry Month is here to build up the humble fruit, to celebrate its delectable deliciousness, and to make all possible forms of edible cherry delights.

Since ancient times, cherries have been enjoyed for their yummy, sweet taste and their anti-inflammatory and pain-relief properties.  As it turns out, recent research adds to the cherry's resume highlights to include anti-oxidant, and heart disease and cancer fighting properties.  Cherries have been elevated to the super-fruit category!  Here at Bossier City Bass Pro, we are celebrating the month of the Cherry by adding several new flavors to our Fudge repertoire.

Cherry Cordial Fudge-  This is a rich, velvety chocolate fudge infused with cherry flavor and a faint whisper of Amaretto...just like a decadent chocolate covered cherry.



Portable Night Time Vision for Boaters

     With duck season being in full swing, people are getting their boats ready to hit the water. One thing that every boater is required to have when making the morning trek is bow lights and stern lights. In some cases smaller boats do not come equipped with the light sockets to attach these lights. With the new line of Bass Pro Shops portable pole lights this problem can easily be resolved. These units come with LED bulbs, which are designed to burn brighter and last longer. With the clamp on mounting bracket, they are designed to mount to virtually any boat (up to 2.4” thickness). You know have portable vision! This is a great unit that provides you with the necessary light needed while operating a small boat or tenders without 12-volt electrical systems. The lights only require three AAA batteries (not included, but available at Bass Pro Shops) and are small enough to easily be stored in most compartments. The portable light is water-resistant. The best part is not only do they come in a light gray color, but they are also available in camouflage for only $39.99. Stop by the marine department and let one our marine experts show you this exceptionally great new product.


**Don't forget to check out all of our blogs on our website! Make sure you read the one on winterizing your boat!


Photos of the Bass Pro Shops Portable Clamp-On LED Round Light



"When to Stay & When to Go"

          "When to stay and when to go"

By: Curt Samo

         I had the opportunity years ago to fish with the great angling legend Larry Nixon.  One of the things I will always remember him telling me is that the thing that separates the great fisherman from the average fisherman is the decision making process of when to stay on a spot or when to leave.  Just a few weeks ago, I was fishing a tournament on West Point Lake in central Alabama.  I was faced with this exact dilemma. 

           I had found a classic fall pattern with fish in the backs of major creeks.  The fish were in roughly 2 - 3 feet of water. The temperature in the back of the creek where I had found the fish was about 67 degrees.  That first practice day, I caught about 14 pounds of bass, which on this particular lake would normally be a winning weight.  Paying attention to the weather forecast for the week, I knew a huge cold front was scheduled to hit the area. On the second day of practice, I went back to those same areas to expand my pattern and locate more spots in the back of the creek.  I found a few more fish and felt comfortable with the quality of fish in this area.  During practice I was catching them on a Lucky Craft Redemption Spinner Bait.  I also caught a few on a Lucky Craft LVR 150 rattle bait.  After the second day of practice, the cold front really settled in.  On the third day of practice I decided to leave those areas alone and move to the main lake to locate some bonus hot spots to add to my creek pattern.  That night the temperature dropped to 31 degrees.  I felt this would affect the bite somewhat, since the fish were so shallow.  Yet I knew the fish were there, so I committed to go to the backs of those creeks.  

          When I arrived the first day, I found that the water temperature had dropped seven degrees overnight.  I thought that the bite would be slow in the morning, then pick up as the water temperature warmed during the afternoon.  I threw the spinnerbait most of the day, and though the bite was tough, I ended up with 4 fish and was sitting in 18th place after the first day.  That night, record cold temperatures came in.  I was nervous about the activity level of the fish in the back of those creeks with such a severe front.  I made the decision not to abandon this pattern based on the quality of fish in this area.  The big decision would be if I got to that location and didn't get bit at all:  should I abandon this area for warmer water, or commit to this area and find a presentation that would make the fish bite.

            I arrived to my spot on the morning of the second tournament day and was shocked to see that the water temperature had dropped to 54 degrees.  The fish would not bite a spinnerbait, so I tried several other presentations and caught 2 fish right away, to my surprise.  One was on a black/blue Chompers Tube and the other was on a white Chompers grub. Then the bite died.  I tried several more presentations and for the next 4 hours did not even have a bite.  Being a couple fish out from a check, I needed to make some decisions.  In the back of my mind, I knew that I only needed 1 or 2 more quality bites.  I decided to stay, thinking that the water temperature would rise a few degrees and increase my chance of getting a bite.  That never happened and I lived with the decision. There have been times in my tournament career when staying paid off, and times like this when it didn't.  I hope that I can learn from these decisions and put that information into my tournament archives. 

           It is worth noting that due to the major cold front, that many of the fish I did catch were barely hooked.  I feel like the rod and reel combo that I was using really helped me to land some of these light-biting fish.  Any time a reactionary bait is being used, it is important to use a rod that has a lot of give because this allows the fish to take the bait in without pulling it out of his mouth.  My favorite rod for this is the Bass Pro Shops Crankin Stix.   I was using a 7 foot, medium-action model, and I had it teamed up with a Johnny Morris Signature series reel and 17 pound XPS Flourocarbon line.  This combo definitely seemed to help me get a few more bites and land the fish that I did in the clear water that I was fishing.  Until next time, good fishin!  Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff, Curt Samo.


The 1860 Grizzly Sportsman for Bowfishing

by Tracker Marine Associate Justin Brown

As an experienced bowfisherman, I'm excited to introduce you to the new, ultimate bowfishing boat from the Tracker Marine Group - the Grizzly 1860 Sportsman! Here are some of the features this boat has to offer:

  • Of course, the first thing you notice will be the raised front platform with the railing.  There are two bike platformseats on it, as well as a bow holder and trap door for the trolling motor.  It's a quick-release platform, so we're not just talking can use it for regular fishing and duck hunting, too!
  • The decking and platform of the boat is covered with durable camo foam matting for comfort, so you can be out on the water all day either bowfishing for the big buffalo or casting a line to land that record bass! 
  • The boat comes with a foot-controlled Minn Kota Power Drive 12V 55lb thrust trolling motor allowing you to have both hands on the bow, but still go where you need to go! 
  • It also comes equipped with six spotlights to allow for plenty of light at night where the excitement is!  Grizzley Sportsman spotlightsNo worries on running the batteries down - it comes standard with a 2000 watt Honda generator that you can hardly hear!
  • You have a slide out drawer to keep all your arrows in, along with a large, hinged compartment to store the bows while in transport.
  • It has a front, aerated live well to keep the day's catch alive. 
  • When it comes to getting across the lake, it’s powered with a Mercury 90ELPT outboard with sponsons on the transom to quick get up on plane! 


I’ve been bowfishing for almost 10 years now and this boat has features I'd like to highlight that the beginner might overlook.  First, the foam flooring. The soft floor makes it a joy to be out on all day!

Next, the spotlights They're out of the way and the raised platform is the right distance to be able to take a nice shot! 

The on-board generator is a huge luxury because you’re able to use the lights without having the fear of your batteries going dead out on the water!

The storage - You have a separate pull-out drawer for the arrows and the storage compartment for the bows.  Slide out drawersAll that being said, you don’t have to give up your live well.

This boat is an all-round great boat for either bowfishing or just going out on the lake to catch some crappie or even to get out and duck hunt, since you can get this boat in a camo paint pattern!  Come on in to Bass Pro Shops Tracker Boat Department here in Altoona, IA, and see the certified sales team for details!


1860 Grizzley Sportsman for Bowfishing - Bass Pro Shops Altoona, Iowa

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Preparing For What Winter Can Bring

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

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

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

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

 Reliance® Aqua Tainer™ Water Jug

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

Mountain House® Freeze Dried Beef Stroganoff with Noodles Entrée                                                                                                                              

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

Nebo Wind-Up Flashlight

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

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

Bass Pro Shops® Extreme AA Alkaline Battery 8 Pack

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

Sportsman Series Grizzly Medical Kit

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

Bass Pro Shops® 5-in-1 Emergency Whistle

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

Coghlan's Can Opener

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

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

BioLite CampStove™

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

BioLite CampStove™ Portable Grill

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

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

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

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops


The Tent just for YOU

Choosing the correct tent for your next hiking or camping trip can be tricky depending on how big of a tent you need, or if it needs to be stuffed into a relatively small hiking backpack.  The tents that we offer here at Bass Pro Shops will give you a good variety to choose from for your needs.

If your looking for a less expensive option for your hiking trip, I would recommend the Hiker Biker Tent because of the lightweight factor, and does a relatively good job at keeping you warm throughout the night. For the more serious hikers in a colder climate, I would recommend the Ascend H2.2 Two-Person or Ascend H2.3V Three-Person, depending on how many people will be on this hiking trip.  While Bass Pro Shops does offer the Ascend H1.1V One Person Tent as well.

As for the more casual campers with a relatively small party size, such as a family of 3-6 people, there are many tents that can be chosen from.  My personal two favorites being the Coleman Sundome Four-Person Tent and the Coleman Evanston Six-Person Tent.  While we also offer a different style of tent that comes equipped with a screen porch, such as the BPS Four-Person Dome Tent.

Coleman tent at nightAnd of course we did not forget about the bigger parties that go camping.  We offer two great cabin tents that come equipped with indoor lighting and fans.  The first one being the Coleman Prairie Breeze Nine-Person that has six windows and only has a carry weight of about 33 pounds.  The second cabin tent that we carry here at Manteca Bass Pro Shops, is the Coleman Vacationer Ten-Person Tent.  This tent comes with two rooms, with the middle wall being removable if needed, two hinged swinging doors on each side of the tent, and 8 large windows.

Feel free to come on in to your local Manteca Bass Pro Shops for any questions regarding any of the tents listed, or any others that you might be interesting in purchasing. Note: all tents listed above are tents regularly sold in the Manteca Bass Pro Store, with many others as well. Not all tents sold online, may be available in store.Tent in the woods

Tim T.

Manteca Bass Pro Shops


This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Cabin Fever Clearance Sale Bass Pro Shops AltoonaOur Cabin Fever Clearance continues! There are GREAT clearance items in all departments, especially Men's and Ladies Apparel!




Saturday, January 25, 2014

Winter Urban Trout Stocking at Lake Petocka

Looking for some family fun on Saturday?  Bundle up and bring the kids to out next door neighbors at Lake Petocka in 

Winter Urban Trout Stocking

Bondurant for the Winter Urban Trout Stocking family fishing event!

The City of Bondurant is hosting a Family Trout Fishing Day at Lake Petocka in Bondurant! The Iowa DNR will be stocking catchable trout between 11 a.m. and noon on January 25. Lunch will be served to the first 225 people and there will be drawings for Bass Pro Shops gift cards!

Come on out and join the fun!




Outdoor Cooking Primer - Crawfish and Shrimp Boil

Lance BakerWhat does a pro staff bass fisherman from Tennessee do during the Iowa winter months if they don't like to ice fish? They cook warm food! Bass Pro Shops Altoona Pro Staff member Lance Baker shares his "recipe" for his Crawfish and Shrimp Boil.

As Lance says, "The way us Southern folk cook is by TASTE, not recipe! Here is as close as I can get on directions!"


_________________________________Crawfish and Shrimp Boil

Crawfish and Shrimp Boil


2.5 Gallons of Water

6 Bay leaves

2 heads of garlic

2 tsps Zatarain's® liquid crab boil

3 bags of Zatarain's®  Crab Boil bags

3 lemons (quartered)

4 oranges (3 Quartered, 1 halved)

15 new potatoes (white or red)

10 Corn on the cob

2 Onions (quartered)

½ lb green beans

1-2 lbs of smoked sausage (cut in 1-2 inch strips)

3-5 lbs crawfish (fresh or precooked)

2-3 lbs shrimp 6-7 (medium to jumbo pre-cooked or fresh)

Hot sauce to taste (Lance uses Tabasco)

1 tsp vinegar

Lemon pepper seasoning




To make the stock

Fill 5-gallon stock pot with 2.5 gallons of water. Add bay leaves, garlic, salt and pepper, crab boil, seasoning bags, 3 of the quartered oranges, both halved lemons, and potatoes and bring to a boil and simmer for about 25 minutes.

While the stock is simmering, take all your sausage and brown it in a pan, so it doesn’t fall apart when added to the pot and stirred.

Add corn, onions, green beans and let simmer for about 15 minutes on high.

Add sausage and continue simmering for 10 minutes.

Add shrimp and crawfish and bring back to a boil. Add in your desired hot sauce and the teaspoon of vinegar, which helps the crawfish meat come out easier.

Let all ingredients boil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. This helps blend all the tastes together as one.

Now here's the fun part! Line a table with a PLASTIC tablecloth. Add newspaper right in the middle stacked up in a nice square to soak up water.

Drain all the liquid out of the pot, and the dump the food right in the center of the table. Take the remaining halved orange and squeeze the juice over the food. Sprinkle with the lemon pepper seasoning.

Then dig in! No utensils or plates required...just a lot of NAPKINS and COLD BEVERAGES!

Once the feast is complete just ROLL UP the entire plastic tablecloth and throw away! DISHES ARE DONE! That’ s a guy's way of cleaning up!


Editor's Notes:

This is a great idea for camping, backyard get-togethers, or family gatherings! 

Lance says this recipe serves about 10 people, but he has used containers as big as a garbage can before...just make sure to use a clean one! This is perfect to make with a Bass Pro Shops aluminum fish fryer over a propane cooker, too. You can do it over an open fire, too. Lance stresses the key is the simmering, so that everything has a chance to really come together flavor-wise.

You can use frozen or fresh crawfish and fresh or frozen shrimp (peel on or unpeeled). Of course, a true Iowan would strive to use good old Iowa sweet corn. Unless you've frozen whole corn on the cob in the summer, that's going to be hard to do in the winter.

Called a Low Country Boil in some parts, most recipes have variations on the theme...shrimp, crab, crawfish, smoked sausage, kielbasa, Old Bay , Zatarain's, or Tony Chachere's.



Nom, Nom IFC: Get Yo Gator On!

Let it be known throughout the land of Bass Pro Blogs that from this day forward the Bi-Weekly Bites will now be known as the Nom, Nom IFC blogs. Or as Capt. Picard would say… Make it so!

So let us start it right with a delicious bite! ALLIGATOR! It is no secret that I like alligator. Check back on my Redhead broad heads blogs and I go on a slight tangent about them.  Swamp People… awesome! That one scene in the old Davy Crockett shows, epic! Florida beating Ohio State twice in the BCS Bowls in the same year, AMEN!!!!

Alligator is a healthy choice for a protein. They are high in protein and low in calories and cholesterol. The IFC offers their alligator in several plates. There is the appetizer, appetizer sampler and meal. If they had chocolate drizzled alligator bites, I’d try them.

Alligator is one of those fun things that people should try. Whenever I am in-store and hear a customer mention the restaurant I always emphasize the gator!

Customer: “Alligator?! Really?!”

Me: “Yes, ma’am! It’s awesome!”

Customer: “It sounds gross.”

Me: “It’s delicious. Think of it like chicken and calamari put together and then deep fried!”

Customer: “That does sound delicious. How much do you leg press?”

Me: “Over 1000 pounds for several reps, but I’m engaged.”

Customer: “Habnamnit. Oh well, it sounds like tasty alligator bites can help mend a broken heart.”

Me: “It should help…”

I can’t even guess how many times that has happened to me here…

But in all seriousness, come on down and GET YO GATOR ON!!!

Catalogue Woman and a Cannon! Giddy-up!!

Previous Nibbles:

Grouper Sandwich


Clam strips




Outdoor Skills Tips: Preperation For Fishing ... A New Look

Outdoor Skills Tips

I have fished for years and thought I was pretty good at preparing for a season, or a trip. This winter I found out that for all these years I have been missing some of the most important things in preparation.

I always took the time in the winter to clean my reels, wipe down my rods and make sure my guides are in good shape. I re-spool all my reels and treat my line with reel magic. I go through all my crank baits and change out or sharpen hooks. I go through my pounds and pounds of plastic and re-organize and make a list of what I think I need. I go through my boat and give it a good cleaning, check all my connections and test my pumps. I make sure my trailer hubs are all lubed up, tires properly inflated and ready for a season of travel. I could go on and on, but I have still been missing the most important thing….my body…

I found out around Christmas that I had some melanoma on my back. For those who don’t know , melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer that is caused from sun exposure. When found early it is very treatable, but when left alone it can take your life. I have fair skin and a lot of freckles so the sun likes to cook me quickly. For years I was a life guard and have been a tournament and recreational fisherman for 25 years. Years of exposure to the sun finally took their toll. I use to joke about getting off the water with raccoon eyes, being able to see my flip flop tan, well now I know that there are repercussions for my actions. Many days I would forget to apply or re apply sunscreen. I “didn’t have time”, when in reality I was ignorant to what I was subjecting my body to.

I was lucky, and mine was found early by my wife. It was on my back and I may never have found it by myself. After my family doctor did a biopsy and it came back as melanoma my doctor sent me for removal the next day to a specialist. The rest is a long story and to save time I will tell you that I now have a 3.5 inch scar on my shoulder blade to remind me of the dangers of the sun. I get to go and be checked every 3 months for the years to come, because once found to have melanoma you are more likely to have it again.


All this being said I encourage all of us who spend time outdoors enjoying all the beautiful things on God’s green earth that we all take time and educate ourselves to the dangers of the sun. Today there are many ways to protect our skin from sunscreen lotions to clothing. Many tech shirts like our World Wide Sportsman Angler Shirts have upf built in from 20upf to 50upf.

WWS Angler Shirt

  • 100% quick-dry nylon
  • Built-in UPF sun protection
  • Vented-cape back with mesh lining
  • Two large multi-function chest pockets
  • Handy rod loop
  • Roll-up collar for sun protection
  • Hidden button-down collar
  • Utility loop on the right pocket

Made of 100% quick-dry nylon enhanced for on-the-water action with built-in UPF sun protection. Features an improved vented-cape back with mesh lining for superior fit and performance. Includes two large multi-function chest pockets, handy rod loop, roll-up collar for sun protection, hidden button-down collar, and utility loop on the right pocket. Machine wash.


We have several Shorts and pants that have upf built in as well.

WWS Pants

  • NANO-tex® Resists Spills Technology for stain resistance
  • UPF 50+ sun protection
  • Zip-off legs convert pants to 9" shorts
  • Wrinkle-resistant 100% nylon construction
  • Half-elastic waist
  • Total of six pockets
  • Two security pockets with zippers
  • Reinforced belt loops
  • Double-stitched seams

Long days on the water call for versatile clothes like our Hybrid Angler Pant, which features NANO-tex Resists Spills Technology for stain resistance, UPF 50+ sun protection, and convenient zip-off legs that convert to 9" shorts. Wrinkle-resistant 100% nylon construction features a half-elastic waist for full freedom of movement, six pockets (including two security pockets with zippers), reinforced belt loops, and double-stitched seams. Machine wash. Imported.

Hats and fingerless gloves with sun protection, buff headwear and many more products protect your hands and head from damaging rays as well.

gloves and hat

BUFF head gear

I use to think that all that gear made you goofy. Lets think about are spending tons of money to chase a green fish around a big body of water, that you are going to try and catch and then put back in the water… that is really goofy. I now realize that looking cool is not as important as protecting my body so I can spend many more years with my family and spending time outdoors doing what I love….

Cover Up

Cover up, Have fun and be safe!

Thanks for the time, and I look forward to seeing you in the store or on the water….until next time.

Eric Winter

Store Manager 

Bass Pro Shop Concord NC







Keeping your Dogs safe in the Winter

Keeping your dogs safe this time of year is important.  Remember that many dogs feel the cold as much as their owners do. Keeping your dog warm during the winter months is important to keeping their health in tip top shape.

You need to understand your breed.  Some adapt well to the extreme cold such as huskies, yet a doberman or low hair dogs dont have the thick winter coat to protect them.  Giving your dog the appropriate shelter is important.  If you have a outside dog make sure his/her shelter and bedding is suitable.  Make sure there is plenty of insulation against the cold.  The roof of the outside shelter should have  a sloped roof and plenty of insulation to guard against the cold.  Bring outdoor dogs inside if the cold spell becomes exceptionally cold and long.

Even inside make sure your pets bed is away from drafts and keep a extra blanket or old clothing around the bed keeping it warm.

Using canine clothing is a option for certain dogs in the winter time.  If you see your dog shivering then he is cold.  Bass Pro has a variety of dog vests to look at.  One in particular is the Ruffwear Quinzee Insulated Dog JacketThis jacket is weather resistant and has a sewn in carry bag.  Very easy to remove with 2 sheltered buckles. 















If you enjoy taking long walks during the winter, consider getting your pet booties.  Your pets paws get irritated from the salt outside.  You may need to take some time getting your pet used to the booties it is not a natural feeling to have them on.  The Bark N Boots Grip Tex Dog Boots protect against bad weather and have air mesh uppers for a imporved fit.  They have reflective trim for night walking and have good traction and flexibility.  Also look into the Bark N Boot Liners for extra protection.  They enhance the comfort of the boot and wick moisture and insulate great in the cold.
































Last but not least take shorter walks when the cold is severe.  You want to keep exercising but play tug of war or hiding toys inside with your pet.  When walking outside with your dog it is best to keep your dog leashed.  With snowplows or ice on the lake your dog may wander and you want him/her to be safe.



Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator






Pearl, MS BBQ Cook-off




FEBRUARY 8-9, 2014


It’s getting close to that time of the year again, it’ll be here before we know it.  We are very excited about this year’s BBQ & Boats Cook-off, the last few years have been a lot of fun and we have loved getting to know all of our teams. We hope this year we will have an even bigger turn out and of course more wonderful BBQ and fun.  The Catch A Dream Foundation had a great event with all of your help and we are looking forward to helping even more children’s dreams come true this year.

For more information, please feel free to email our Tracker Department at:

Jeff Howerton 601- 933-3680 or email at

Erin Clegg 601-933-3632 or email at