Embrace Your Inner Redneck

rednekYes, you read that right.  This summer, when you are relaxing at the beach, sitting next to a campfire or enjoying a weekend at home, break out the following gear for a guranteed good time! Head over to your Local Bass Pro Shops to find everything you need!

First, drinkware from Rednek is pretty much mandatory to set the atmosphere and ease you into the country state of mind.  There are five different types available:  the Rita Glass, the Guzzler, the Sipper, the Party Cup, and the Wine Glass. The glassware features real mason jars and candlestick bases.  Some models even come with screw-on lids and built-in straws. And there's the ever-popular red party cup on a candlestick base - it is a must have for any get-together. These are also terrific gift ideas for friends and family alike.

Don't forget the line of Swamp People barbecue sauces and marinades for that authentic "down in the bayou" experience.  If you are serving seafood, then the Swamp People Tree Shaka Cocktail Sauce, complete with a horseradish kick, is the perfect complement.  If steak is on the menu, then you will need the Swamp People Tree Breaka Cajun Steak Sauce. It's a traditional steak sauce enhanced with Cajun seasoning. If you're firing up the grill for the the wild game of your choice, pork or chicken, then you will want the Swamp People Mudda Fricka Horseradish Barbecue Sauce. You will find it is a mildly sweet sauce, speople"kicked up a notch" with horseradish.

Finally, take a stroll through our Apparel Department to make sure you are as comfortable as a country boy.  You will a huge variety of T-shirts and caps available including favorites from the crew at Duck Dynasty as well as the Swamp People. If understatement is more your style, then you are sure to find a Bass Pro Shops T-shirt or cap to suit every need.


No matter the occasion, let Bass Pro Shops help you do it in style!





Family Summer Camp

Most of us can recall the memories of summer--long, lazy days; warm summer nights.  Do you remember going camping with the family?  When you made s’mores or slept under the stars—even if it was just in a tent in your own backyard? Or, all the super fun times you had at summer camp?  This summer, Bass Pro Shops offers you the chance to recapture some of those great summer memories –absolutely free!

The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features free activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures that will last a lifetime.  It all begins Saturday, June 8th and continues through Sunday, July 14th!.

Saturdays and Sundays and Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon-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 activity each week (while supplies last).

Free Family Summer Camp Workshops will occur hourly Noon-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays and Sundays beginning June 8th.  The entire family will enjoy learning the basics of camping, fishing, archery and hunting.  Other workshops include bird watching, wildlife exploration, water safety, backyard exploration about plants and insects and outdoor discovery showing the importance of conservation.  All workshops are approximately 20 minutes in length and kids will get a free lanyard and then earn a free, collectable pin for every workshop completed (while supplies last).

Special Kids’ activities include catch and release fishing, archery, Daisy BB gun ranges, and more!  You can even have a souvenir photo made Saturdays and Sundays only Noon-5pm, June 8-9 & 15-16!  And, each Saturday, throughout the event, enjoy the great tradition of homemade ice cream sampling from 5-6pm. For a full list of dates and times you can visit www.basspro.com/summercamp and click on Bass Pro Shops--Columbia, MO! 

And, you can celebrate Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) Donation month at Bass Pro Shops during this time.  Visit the store, make a donation to QDMA and learn how to enter for a chance to win a $500 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card.

Also available at the Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp is a FREE Field & Stream Summer Fun Guide booklet full of different outdoor activities and tips, ideas and product checklists to help you make the most of your summer outdoor adventure.

While attending the Family Summer Camp events at your local store (U.S. store locations only) don’t forget to check out the exciting “Toyota Father’s Day Sweepstakes.” One lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will receive a two-year lease on a 2014 Toyota Tundra SR5 Double Cab 4x2 truck valued at approximately $16,800 (Toyota lease includes 25,000 miles/year and is subject to standard Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.’s ((“TMS”) lease or agreement terms.  See store for more details and to register or visit www.basspro.com/toyotasweeps for more details and to register.)

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!

Contact: Jon Curtis, Special Events Coordinator @ (573)886-7100.              


Summer Snacks for Every Occasion

Next time you are at your local Bass Pro Shops, swing by the Gifts Department and check out two of our most popular summer snack selections:  Uncle Buck's Taffy and Uncle Buck's Jerky.

taffyOur salt water taffy is a popular summer treat, reminiscent of a simpler time. Uncle Buck's Saltwater Taffy is available in a variety of flavors and flavor assortment packs: Assorted, Tropical Punch,  Banana, Cotton Candy, Happy Hour, Tropical Assorted, Vanilla, Peppermint, Chocolate, S'Mores,Strawberry-Banana, Watermelon, Blue Raspberry, Coffee Shop, All-American, and Huckleberry. Salt water taffy was developed in the late 1800s in Atlantic City and became a popular souvenir item. Taffy is so popular, it even has its own holiday.  National Taffy Day is celebrated on May 23.jerky

Jerky processing has been documented as far back as the mid-1500s and was practiced by the ancient Incans in South America, as well as Native Americans. We've come a long way from sun-drying strips of meat cured in salt. Uncle Buck's has a variety of jerky and meat snacks available.  Jerky is available in a number of flavors, including: Original, Maple Brown Sugar, Peppered, BBQ, Buffalo, Elk, Turkey, Bacon, Jalapeno, and Teriyaki.

It is an excellent source of protein, low in fat and calories, and has minimal carbohydrates per serving. It is a no mess snack, great for lunches, after school snacks, traveling and camping. Jerky also has a long shelf life, which makes it perfect for family preparedness kits. In addition to jerky, Uncle Buck's has other meat snacks as well, such as Pickled Sausage, Beef & Cheese Sticks, and Snack Sticks.

Stop by your local Bass Pro Shops and pick up some snacks this summer.  Whether you're looking for sweet or savory, you will find just the thing. 




Not Your Father's (or Mother's!) Summer Camp

Family Summer CampI never went to summer camp when I was young. Not complaining, just stating a fact. However, my family camped every summer, which made up for it in my book.

Now I'm catching up on all those lost summer camp opportunities by being a part of Bass Pro Shops' Family Summer Camp every year. But, this is not your father's summer camp...

Bass Pro Shops' Family Summer Camp combines learning with a dose of fun and rolls them into five-weeks of free activities for young people and their Famiy Summer Campcaretakers. At Bass Pro Shops Altoona we see large numbers of day care groups, babysitters and nannies with their young charges, dads, moms, or grandparents with the kids on weekdays, and on weekends, it is often a family outing.

Workshops geared towards children ages 6-12, free crafts, and activities are offered every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, starting June 8 through July 14.

From bird watching, to archery, to exploring wildlife around the world and the creepy crawlies in your backyard, our workshops introduce and enlighten children on the outdoor world around them, along with conservation and how they can play a part in preserving the great outdoors. Children also receive a special pin for each workshop they attend. 

As a workshop presenter, this is one of my favorite aspects of working at Bass Pro Shops. To see the same children coming back each week, eager to catch the workshops they may have missed and earn their next pin, excited to be here, and enthusiastic about learning. Likewise, I have learned from them that:

  1. A pin is very important.
  2. Fake scat has an "e-e-e-w-w" factor of 10, but it's funny at the same time and a great way to gross out your little sister.
  3. Apparently, there are an enormous number of robins outside bedroom windows that wake up little kids way too early in the summer.
  4. Change your socks after hiking - So your feet don't stink and your bedroom doesn't smell.
  5. Don't wear new shoes when hiking - NOT because you'll get blisters, but because they'll get dirty.Family Summer Camp - BB Range

I can't wait to find out what I learn from them this year!

At our summer camp, kids learn basics of archery, how to shoot a BB gun in our Daisy BB gun range, and get to ride on a wildlife carousel.

At our summer camp, you beat the heat, nix the sunburns, and dodge the mosquitoes.

At our summer camp, the wild animals are all around you, but won't hurt you.

At our summer camp, you can have homemade ice cream every Saturday at 5 p.m. for five weeks...and you don't have to be the one cranking the handle.

At our summer camp, parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, cousins, and caretakers are welcomed. The more the merrier!

At our summer camp there is no pre-registration. Walk-ins are welcomed and we have visitors from all over the country!


In this world of seemingly ever-growing expenses, especially when you have children, Family Summer Camp provides another opportunity for free, family-friendly fun in a comfortable environment. So, take a look at the calendar and plan your visits to our Family Summer Camp...and we'll see you at the workshops!

For a detailed listing of the Family Summer Camp events at the Bass Pro Shops nearest you, visit www.basspro.com and select your store location.

For a detailed listing of the Bass Pro Shops Altoona, Iowa, Family Summer Camp events, visit www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona or our store page.



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Water + Boat + Towables = Endless Summer Fun!

     It is officially time for summer fun and all the water sports that come with the season! The extreme heat of summer leads the majority of folks to the most popular lakes, rivers, or oceans in search of cooling down and the spectacular fun that only this time of year can bring. Despite the triple digit temperatures of summer, one can escape the heat and the pressures of the school year, by spending time on the water. And the opportunities are limitless!

     Bass Pro Shops in Garland is located on one of the most popular and largest recreational lakes in Texas, Lake Ray Hubbard. Every summer, hundreds flock to this lake to ski, kneeboard, wakeboard, and pull awesome tubes, to reach the extreme level of fun summer brings!

     Although one must consider safety, and the regulations that come along with the entertainment of summer. Such things like life jackets and air horns are vital to being legal and staying safe on the water. And these are only a couple of the necessary requirements. So where does one go to find all the gear and supplies that are needed to have a blast on the water this season? Why Bass Pro Shops of course! Come in this summer and check out our large assortment of towables and safety gear. Even if you are new to the water sporting world one of our knowledgeable associates is here to help.

     Whether it is a towable or a wakeboard, or even the safety items required one needs, Bass Pro Shops is your greatest supplier of water sports accessories, and all the elements of summer fun! So let the wake rip, and the water cool your soul this summertime, with the help of the greatest outdoor store, “Bass Pro Shops” in Garland Texas, were your adventure begins!

Check out the links below for a full selection of what Bass Pro Shops has to offer:

Towable Tubes- http://www.basspro.com/Towable-Tubes/_/S-12850004002

Water Skis & Wakeboards- http://www.basspro.com/Water-Skis-%26-Wakeboards/_/S-12850004003




Outdoor Cooking Primer - Walleye Wild Rice Cakes

My husband is a devoted fisherman.  He fishes (and hunts) for subsistence and puts this awesome food on our table. However, we are always looking for NEW ways to cook crappie and walleye...I found this recipe in the April 2013 Midwest Living magazine and it is also online.  Looks like Cindi Rockwell from Michigan won a contest they had with this recipe.  Good job, Cindi and we can't wait to try them!

Walleye Wild Rice Cakes

8 ounces skinned walleye, sole or Tilapia fillets, thawed if frozen

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)

1/2 cup cooked wild rice

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons finely chopped red sweet pepper

2 tablespoons canola oil mayonnaise or regular mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons canola oil

Mixed greens (optional)

1.Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. In a 2-quart baking dish, pour wine over fish. Bake in a 450 degrees F. oven, uncovered, 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness of fish, until fish flakes when tested with a fork. Drain and break into pieces.

2.In a medium bowl combine fish, egg, panko, cooked wild rice, onion, red sweet pepper, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Shape mixture into six 3/4-inch patties (about 1/3 cup each). Place patties on a baking sheet, cover and chill 2 hours.

3.In a 12-inch skillet, heat canola oil over medium heat. Add patties to skillet and cook 10 minutes, or until golden brown, turning once.

Cindi included a Wasabi Dressing to serve with the cakes. Being a Wasabi nut myself, I look forward to making this, too!Photo from MidwestLiving.come

Wasabi Dressing

1/4 cup canola oil mayonnaise or regular mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon prepared wasabi paste

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon soy sauce

Salt and ground black pepper

In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, the wasabi paste, sugar, and soy sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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Conservation Connections - Water Quality

To say it has been raining a lot in many areas of Iowa and the rest of the Midwest is a bit of an understatement.  The ground is saturated and water is looking for a place to go. The Pella Wildlife Company was at our store again recently with some critters, one of which is directly affected in his home location by how much water, or lack of water, occurs in Iowa. Here's Ron DeArmond from the PWC with this installment of Conservation Connections in which he explores water quality.

The Pella Wildlife Company will be at Bass Pro Shops coming up with more animals and topics for our Conservation Connection!  Keep an eye on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona, store web site, and the Pella Wildlife Company web site for future dates!

The Pella Wildlife Company, in Pella, Iowa, works to educate the public on this type of situation. The non-governmental organizations's founder and CEO Ron DeArmond has worked with mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds for many years. PWC works with such groups as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, wildlife education centers, zoos and through its own Academy of Wildlife Education, to focus on three areas of animal welfare – education, sustainability, and conservation.


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What You Rockin’ Out To?

How many times have you asked somebody that? There is a dirty delight in catching someone who is just jamming out to a song. Last holiday season I was walking around and singing to the Christmas tunes playing throughout the store. I turned the corner and bumped into a guy who was doing the same. We gave each other the nod. (You know the “I know you know what’s up” nod. In fact, you probably just did it.)

There was a time in my life where I had a playlist for just about everything. I had “Waking Up”, “Chubbsy Beddy-Bye-Bye” and a few dozen variations of “Drivin’” playlists. I had a “Drivin’” playlist for anything from fishing to date-night. I will not bring up my workout playlists… unless you want to get into why Valen Halen rocks, which I am totally cool with!

I was wondering though, what kind of music do Bass Proers (those that frequent Bass Pro, just added it to the dictionary) listen to when they drive on their outdoor adventures? So I went to the greatest source to find this information out. Facebook. If it’s not on Facebook, it’s not official.

And the winner is… Country! (Who would have guessed that?!) Yes by a large margin country took first to be followed by rock. Now a lot of people answered with a few different genres, because as we all know listening to the same thing over and over gets repetitive. Another thing to consider is how expansive each genre really is. It was actually cool to see certain artists called out specifically. (The Eagles, Pantera, George Strait) I love the fact that somebody posted “80’s Hair Metal”. If some Poison doesn’t get you jacked for a dove hunt, I don’t know what would!!

But how would one create the perfect playlist? Well it really depends on the specific circumstance. Who you have riding with you and where you are going have a huge impact on the choices. Here are some basics that can apply to any playlist though:

1-Start off strong. Slow intro that builds up and up. Something to get the blood pumping. Think “Slow Ride” by Foghat.

2- Keep it up. No need to go quietly into the night yet.

3- Sing along song.  Just one of those fun songs to sing to. Who cares if you can’t hit that high note, neither can any of the original singers. Ahem, Journey.

4- Take It Easy. I’m not saying to start mellowing the mood, I am saying make sure Track #4 is “Take It Easy” by The Eagles.

Next comes the 5-6-7-8’s. And yes you must say it like you are a dance instructor. But here’s the jest: pick a song from the 50’s for Track #5, 60’s for Track #6 and so on. This way you get a wide spectrum of music, which is always half the fun.

9- Slow it down. Time to relax those vocal chords and put the air guitar up. Just enjoy the scenery and company.

10- Talk over. Pick a song you can make conversation over but should an awkward silence arise, you still have background music.

11- Personal. This is a song that speaks directly to the company you are with. Whether it be the song you danced to with your wife or the song you heard in the hospital when your kid was born. Make it endearing to show the thought put behind this musical endeavor.

12- For them. How do you top a song for them from you? With a song for them that you don’t really care for. It’ll show just how much you enjoy their company. After all, it is a group effort that got this trip going.

13- Back to basics. Bring in something everyone will know and can get back to jamming to.

14- Ridiculous. Just the goofiest song you have at your disposal. I’m talking “Sic Em on a Chicken” by Zac Brown Band status. No need to be too serious before the conclusion.

15- Sweet closure. This is it. The final number. Bring it home with a bang! Personally I would say “More Than A Feeling” by Boston. That song is so solid that penguins even stole a safari jeep to it!

Making mixes goes way beyond just having music playing. It shows how much you really enjoy everything going on; you took the time to make a musical masterpiece. And who doesn’t love hearing “Oh, I love this song!” from a passenger? Plum Tuckered for Plum Pucker. Yeehaw!


This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

This weekend we are taking a deep breath and getting ready for Family Summer Camp!  But stop in while you're out enjoying the much-needed sunshine...on your way to or from Adventureland? Dam to Dam Run?  The Principal Charity Classic?  Sotp in while you're out and about because we have great sales going on for Father's Day!

This Saturday we have our regular fish feeding on Saturday at 3:00 on Saturday.  Immediately following the fish feeding, Jay Green and his K9/Hospital Therapy dog Scout will be conducting a dog obedience demonstration in front of the aquarium.

Family Summer Camp!

Catch and Release PondworkshopsWHAT’S COMING UP NEXT? 

 Family Summer Camp - June 8-July 14 - Noon to 5 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday

Free crafts, special workshops for kids, and activities!

The Catch and Release Pond will be back for the first two weekends!

Check out the full schedule on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bpsaltoona or our store page.


Family Summer Camp 2013 !!!

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It's that time
of year!
It's time for
Family Summer Camp
right here at
Bass Pro Shops!

Every Saturday, Sunday,
Tuesday and Thursday

June 8 - July 14, 2013


12 – 5pm
unless otherwise noted

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Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp - Daisy bb gun shotting range

Bass Pro Shops Casting BusketsDaisy BB Gun
shooting range


Casting Buckets

 Bass Pro Shops Shooting Arcade
Soft Foam Shooting Arcade


Ice Cream Sampling

(See Schedule below)


Crafts (different craft each week)


Homemade Ice Cream Saturdays Only! 5-6pm


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 Each family will receive a Field and Stream Summer Sun Guide.Field and Stream Family Summer Guide Bass Pro Shops









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Each child will receive ONE free lanyard and then earn a FREE pin at the completion of every workshop they complete! There are 9 different workshops to attend, each is offered more than once per week to better accommodate everyone’s family schedule.


Tuesday's Schedule
Noon Bird Watching 
1:00 Fishing 
2:00 Archery
3:00 Outdoor Discovery 
4:00 Backyard Adventure 

Thursday’s Schedule
Noon Archery
1:00 Shooting & Hunting
2:00 Wildlife Exploration
3:00 Water Safety
4:00 Camping

Saturday’s Schedule 
Noon Fishing 
1:00 Water Safety 
2:00 Hunting & Shooting 
3:00 Outdoor Discovery 
4:00 Bird Watching 
Sunday’s Schedule
Noon Hunting & Shooting
1:00 Archery
2:00 Wildlife Adventure
3:00 Camping
4:00 Backyard Adventure


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Crafts !!!
A different craft every week! Craft hours 12-2 each day of camp.

Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp Crafts by week

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Additional Activities: Bass Pro Shops Catch and Release fishing pond



Catch and Release Pond
Bass Pro Shops FREE photos

Free Photo with Dad! (Dad is not required to have your photo taken and printed)

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Rain, rain, go ahead and stay?

It’s been raining a lot here in Columba, but that doesn’t stop most of you devoted outdoors people from going outside! In fact, it sometimes pays to be outside in the rain. For example, aside from getting a free shower, you are more likely to catch fish (in mild sprinkle, not torrential downpour). So, to help keep your devotion to the outdoors from getting too soggy, here are some products we offer for your hunting, fishing and camping needs.

Bass Pro Shops Bone Dry jacket

This is a really great rain jacket for men, and it’s on sale right now! It is the Bass Pro Shops High Performance Rainwear BONE-DRY Waterproof rain jacket. The name is a mouthful but basically it’s waterproof and breathable and has a hood with a flexible visor along with six very handy pockets. It’s $94.97 and is regularly $104.97.

Bas sPro Shops Bone Dry pants

Some of you may think you don’t need rain pants, but you’ll be a lot happier wearing them! Once you have the jacket don’t you want your legs and bottom to be dry too while spending time outside in the rain? Not to worry, these are on sale too for $74.97 and are regularly $84.97 bearing the same name as the jacket (Bass Pro Shops HPR BONE-DRY Waterproof Rain Pants for men). If you think you’re too cool for suspenders they are removable and have four pockets with hook ‘n’ loop ankle cuffs to help with keeping water and whatever else you’re stepping in out of your shoes.

Speaking of…good rain shoes are a must-have.


Our store offers a variety of great boots, but these are a good example. RedHead Guide 16” Waterproof Non-Insulated Rubber Boots for Men are good for the summer rain because they aren’t insulated but still give you great, light, protection. Along with durable rubber, this boot also has an ankle-fit design so it won’t slide off easily when your foot gets stuck in the mud. They are $99.99.

Now that the men are ready for their rainy outdoor adventures it’s time for the ladies.



We carry ladies’ boots as well but a great alternative is a waterproof shoe. It has great traction and keeps your foot completely dry with its neoprene collar. If you don’t like tucking your pants into your boots these are great, but don’t step too far into water without waterproof pants. These Pro Line Camper Waterproof Shoes for Ladies and Youth are $39.99.

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Bass Pro Shops Packable Rain Jacket for Ladies is a great lightweight option that you can fold real tiny and bring with you on your adventures. It has an attached hood with drawcords on the bottom, sleeves, and hood to seal out any rain. The best part? It comes in great colors like Blue Moon and Crimson for $29.99 with the regular price of $34.99.


Another easily squishable rain gear item to put in your pack is the Bass Pro Shops Packable Rain Pants for ladies. They don’t come in any other color, but that’s good because they go with anything. It’s very lightweight and made of durable ripstop nylon. The drawcord ankles and waist make sure you’ll stay extra dry for $19.99.

If you have any questions or can’t find these products in our store, just ask an associate. They can also give you other options and tips for staying dry going on outdoor adventures.


Slam Some Sunfish

I have been very fortunate in the adventures I have gotten to go on. I cherish my memories of: largemouth bass at my uncle’s farm pond in Arkansas, fly-fishing for trout in Lee’s Ferry, tearing into tuna out of San Diego, slaying walleye and northern pike in Canada and even fly-fishing for mako shark! But some of my favorite times fishing have been the absolute simplest. I’m talking about pan-fishing.

Pan-fish are a wide variety of different species. They usually include: bluegill, sunfish (the whole assortment of colors/variations they come in), pumpkinseed, crappie and perch. Other fish are considered pan-fish, but these are the most common.

It doesn’t take much to get into some pan-fish. Really the basics are basic. (Keeping things simple is half the fun of fishing.)

Besides a fishing pole with line you will need:

Hooks & Sinkers

Bobbers &  Bait!

Now a whole slew of baits work for these guys. Worms, mealworms, crickets, corn, bread and more will get them biting. Just like trout, you’ll want to have a few of these baits on hand. And here is another half-the-fun little fact, a number of the baits listed above come in a can!

That’s right! Just pop the top and dig in! Fisher’s Choice™ offers: wax worms, crickets, shrimp and superworms (pictured above). I like that you can reseal the top and keep these around for quick fishing excursions. I have no idea how well shrimp would work, but why not give it a whirl? Trying out new baits is more than likely half the fun of fishing.

Now beyond bait you can get into a whole slew of lures to catch them. Jigs, small crank-baits, spinners, etc. A lot of company sell little kits specifically for pan-fishing and will have a variety of tackle included. This way if you get tired of watching a bobber you can switch it up to something a little more active.

There is usually a local lake where one can catch these frisky fish. Once the bite gets going, it is a blast! It is just pure simple fun. A good friend and I were lucky enough to hit up a little pond before a wedding one day. He pulled out a few respectable bass and one really nice catfish, while I spent my time slamming some sunfish. Roughly twenty-seven fell victim to my angling abilities. Toss ‘em back for the next fisherman or keep a few to fry up at home. Just remember that having fun is half the fun. Great Horny Toads!


Auto Inflating PFD

Auto Inflating PFD

vest          Hi guys – Jettie here.  Well I don’t know how it is around where ya’ll live, but summer finally got here with a vengeance.  The high is going to be in the mid nineties with rain every day this week.  It doesn’t bother my husband a bit though.  Just as soon as he gets a minute free, that boat is attached to the back of his truck and out the driveway he goes.  We’ve been together a lot of years and it never used to bother me for him to go off fishing by himself cause I knew he was having a good time, but recently he had a little heart trouble and now I worry about him a little.  What if something happened and he fell overboard? 

            I wanted him to wear a lifejacket while he was fishing but I knew that there was no way he was going to agree to wear one of those big bulky ones.  He is too serious about his fishing and it would just get in the way.  I can just hear him complaining now.  I had seen those new auto inflatable life vests in the store and thought I might do some research and get all my ducks in a row and spring it all on him at one time.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought.  It seems he was having some of the same thoughts I was.  I guess when you’ve been married over 40 years you start thinking alike. 

            Anyway,  here’s some of the things I came up with that you need to know if you are considering getting a auto inflatable PFD (Personal Flotation Devise).

Auto-inflating PFDs come in several variations but they basically work the same way. A gas-tight bladder is folded into a compact shape and is covered with a durable shell. The shell is held closed with Velcro until the PFD is inflated. Attached to the bladder is an oral inflator tube and an auto-firing mechanism containing a CO2 cartridge. The vest is worn at all times by the user and may be inflated in any of three ways:


1) it will automatically inflate if the wearer enters the water,

2) it may be orally inflated by blowing into the oral inflator tube, or

3) it may be manually inflated by pulling on a “rip cord.”  


The auto inflator device has a spring-loaded firing pin that punctures the high pressure CO2 cartridge.  A “bobbin” in the mechanism keeps it from firing until needed.  Once wet however, the bobbin (sometimes called a ‘pill’) rapidly disintegrates, tripping the firing pin.  The manual “rip cord” also activates the firing pin.

If inflated by any method other than the oral inflation tube, the vest needs to be rearmed before it can be put back into service.  If the manual lever (pull cord) was used, then a new CO2 cartridge and possibly an indicator pin must be installed.  If the auto-inflator was used, then a new bobbin/pill must be installed as well as the CO2 bottle.  Everything you need to rearm these vests are available as kits from their manufacturers.

Most auto-inflator PFDs are classified as type V devices. This means that they meet federal carriage requirements for PFDs provided that they are used as directed, and that they are worn at all times while on board. In addition, they are not approved for persons less than 16 years of age.

            There are some things to consider before you switch to the Auto Inflators.

1) As opposed to conventional, inherently buoyant PFDs, these are high-tech devices.  They will not provide buoyancy until they’re inflated. This imposes a higher level of responsibility on the user. They MUST be carefully inspected before each use to see that the inflator mechanism is armed and in good condition. The bladder must not leak, and the user must be familiar with its use and operation. This is a big difference from using a conventional PFD. That's also why they’re not approved for use with persons less than 16 years old. 

2) They are not recommended for swift water sports (white water) or any activity where the user will probably get soaked (personal watercraft, sailboards). 

3) Cold weather adversely affects the operation of these PFDs.  While the CO2 cartridge will fully inflate the vest most of the year, in extremely cold temperatures the same amount of gas will not expand to the same volume, reducing the vest’s buoyancy. 

4) While they are designed to auto-inflate only when immersed in water and not by rain or high humidity, the ‘pill/bobbin’ material can break down under these conditions and activate the inflator. vest3

5) Inflatable PFDs provide no protection from hypothermia. 

6) Since there is a slight delay from immersion to inflation, they are not recommended for non-swimmers.

7) An inflatable MUST be worn as the outermost layer.  Never wear a coat or rain gear over these vests.


Come on by Bass Pro Shops and talk with our guys in the Marine Department and let them help you decide which PFD is best for you.


Jettie Whittington

Denham Springs




The Oakley Big Bass Tour


oakley Big BAss


We have 5 months until the next BIG fishing event comes into Bass Pro Shops, Sevierville and Douglas Lake!!!!

The OAKLEY BIG BASS TOUR will be here October 19-20 for the Rusty Wallace Big Bass Classic.....

If you missed it last year make sure you get in this year. All you need is one BIG FISH!!!!!

If you haven't fished an Oakley Big Bass Event before let me tell you- THIS is what fishing is all about!!!! This is an all amateur tournament, all about having that one big bass. There are hourly weigh-ins and HUGE payouts.

Grand Prize

2013 Nitro Z7 with Mercury 150 HP motor, tandem axle trailer with dual console

Hourly Prizes

1st       $1000

2nd      $500

3rd       $300

4th       $200

5th       $150

*Hourly payouts based on 400 entrants


First 100 two day entrants to register early online receive a free custom Quantum rod. Value $149 *** 50 rods remaining ***

Thursday October 17th 4-7 PM Bass Pro Shops, 3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place
Kodak, TN 37764
Friday October 18th 12 - 7 PM The Point Resort, Restaurant & Marina
122 Boat Dock Drive
Dandridge, Tennessee 37725

Safe light

Hourly Big Bass

The Point Resort Lake Suites, Restaurant & Marina 122 Boat Dock Drive Dandridge, Tennessee 37725

8-9, 9-10, 10-11, 11-12, 12-1, 1-2, 2-3


Visit www.oakleybigbass.com  for all rules and regulations to register.


Oakley Tour


NC VS TN 704 Outdoors/Bass Pro Shops Archery Shootout Series!



With archery season a couple of months away, we have decided to dust off the ol' 3-D targets and set'em up out back for an old fashioned North Carolina vs Tennessee shoot out! We are teaming up with our sister store in Concord Mills and 704 Outdoors for a battle between states.....we need to show them who's #1! BASS PRO SHOPS in Sevierville- of course!

So grab your bow and arrows boys and girls and get ready !!!!

There will be 4 Tournaments in this series- 2 here and 2 at the BPS Concord Store.

The dates are as follows:

Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Location- June 8th & August 3rd

Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location- June 15th & August 17th

Championship Shootout at Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location- August 31st


 The Top shooters will be invited to shoot in the Championship Shootout hosted at Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location!

For Bass Pro Shops Charlotte Location:

* There are 4 classes: Men’s Class, Women’s Class, Traditional Class and Youth Class

* Registration starts at 10am. Cut off for registration is 8pm, however we will shoot until the last shooter has completed their session.

* Registration is $10 per session (You can shoot as many sessions as you want to better your score)

* There are 2 rounds within each session, the first round will consist of five 3D Pop Up targets and the second will have five 3D Pop Up targets with one stationary target. The stationary target must be shot sometime after the first 3D target pops up but before the last 3D target falls.

* It is an indoor range, all shots are within 25yds.


For Bass Pro Shops Sevierville Location:


* There are 4 classes: Men’s Class, Women’s Class, Traditional Class and Youth Class

* Registration starts at 10am. Cut off for registration is 8pm, however we will shoot until the last shooter has completed their session.

* Registration is $10 per session (You can shoot as many sessions as you want to better your score)

* There are 2 rounds within each session, the first timed round will consist of five 3D targets and the second timed round will have five 3D targets, with one motion target. The motion target must be shot sometime within the timed session.

* It is an outdoor range, all shots are within 25yds.


The prizes for each shoot will be announced before each shootout. We are getting different prizes from different sponsors so they will not be the same each shootout! Keep checking in to see what prizes are going to be awarded the Friday before each shootout! As for the Grand Prizes, you MUST attend 2 of the 3 regular Shootout Series before the Championship Shootout in order to be eligible for the Grand Prizes. The Grand Prizes for the 704 Outdoors/Bass Pro Shops 3D Pop Up Archery Shootout Series are:

Option one for Men’s, Women’s & Traditional Class: Georgia Hog Hunt with 704 Outdoor’s Hog Dogs! We will take care of your permits, licenses, food and all! You will get to hunt with us, using our Hog Dogs. We will take care of everything you need for the trip.

Option two for Men’s, Women’s & Traditional Class: 3 Day North Carolina Archery Deer Hunt with 704 Outdoors. We’ll take care of your food and lodging while you get to hunt with us in some of our hot spots here in NC! Dates to be worked out with the winner of the Championship.

Option three for Men’s, Women’s & Traditional Class: 3 Day North Carolina Archery Hog Hunt with 704 Outdoors. We’ll take care of your food and lodging while you get to hunt with us in some of our hog sites here in NC! We will furnish all the lights, bait and gear needed to lower the boom on a nice NC Wild Hog! Dates to be worked out with the winner of the Championship.

Youth Class Grand Prize NC Youth Turkey Hunt with 704 Outdoors. We will take you and your guardian on a youth turkey hunt. We will take care of the food, lodging and transportation to and from the places we will run & gun those thunder chickens!


Bass Pro Shops Sevierville, TN Location Information:BPS SHOOT OUT

3629 Outdoor Sportsman Pl

Kodak, TN 37764

Phone: (865) 932-5600



Bass Pro Shops Charlotte, NC Location Information

8181 Concord Mills Blvd

Concord, NC 28027

Phone: (704)979-2200





Better with Bacon

Bacon. Just typing it makes me hungry. I love this stuff. And as I am sure you have noticed, so does most of the United States. The “Bacon Craze” has been in full swing for the past few years. From online forums to TV programs, this delicious slice of heaven has been in the center of everyone’s attention.

Two Christmases ago both my best friend’s family and my future in-laws bought me bacon air fresheners. When I would pull out of the driveway every dog down the street would follow me for a few blocks. Kind of cool. That was also the year I was introduced to one of the greatest concepts: Uncle Buck’s Bacon Jerky. I received two bags of it, which were quickly destroyed. I believe it is of no coincidence that I started working at Bass Pro Shops a few months later.

Now I’ve been a bacon-addict since I could eat the stuff, which makes me something of an expert. For instance I understand how bacon can improve the following:







International Treaties


Childhood Memories

Overall Motor Engine Performance

But back to the bacon jerky. It is literally BACON IN A BAG. Open it up and D.U.N. Done! It is good to go! Snack on it straight from the bag or stash a few pieces in your sandwich for lunch. A young buck named Matt recently went on a camping trip. He took a couple bags and tore some pieces up for the eggs he was making. Guess what? It quickly became the greatest camping trip he had ever taken. The simplicity and versatility of this stuff is something to be nominated for the next Academy Awards.

“And the award for Best Leading Male goes to…. Uncle Buck’s Bacon Jerky for its role in the motion picture of: life!”

Pretty bold statement, right? Well, its bacon and that’s all the justification I need for such brazenness. Oh and get this, it comes in maple glazed too!

So next time you are heading out for a fishing trip or any other outdoor adventure, snag a bag or two. Whatever companion you have with you will love it. And if they don’t, why would you want to go outdoors with them in the first place? Runnin’ Roads with Roadrunners! Giddy Up!


Sunny Saturday Sensation

Sunny Saturday Sensation

kidsThe kids are out of school now and I know you parents are always looking for things you can do with them that are 1) Fun, 2) Exciting and 3) Free.  Right?  So now you are asking yourself and me “Where do I find this Oh so wonderful place where I can take my kids for the day and let them play?”fish

            Bass Pro Shops sponsors a Free Kids Fishing Rodeo every year at Waddill Pond in Baton Rouge.  This year the rodeo will be on June 8th from 8 am until 11 am with the awards ceremony to follow. 




When:  Saturday, June 08, 2013

Time:    7:00 – 11:00 am     Registration:  7:00 - 8:30 am

Place:    Waddill Ponds         4142 N. Flannery Rd.  Baton Rouge, LA


Children ages 6 & under


  • 1st Place    Prize to be determined
  • 2nd Place    Prize to be determined
  • 3rd Place    Prize to be determined


Children ages 7 – 9


  • 1st Place    Prize to be determined
  • 2nd Place    Prize to be determined
  • 3rd Place    Prize to be determined


Children ages 10 – 14


  • 1st Place    Prize to be determined
  • 2nd Place    Prize to be determined
  • 3rd Place    Prize to be determined


prizesWe will supply the bait and cane poles or you may bring your own rod.

Weigh in at 11:00 am with prizes awarded after judges have tallied all final results.

Drinks will be provided for this event.


Rules and Regulations will be handed out at the time of registration.


Contact us at (225) 271-3100 for any questions



Camping in Texas State Parks

Have you ever wanted to take your family camping, but did not know where to go?

Texans need not wonder with the availability of Texas State Parks.  The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) operates 114 state parks/historical sites, 51 wildlife management areas, eight fish hatcheries, and numerous field offices state wide.  No matter what your interests are there is a State Park that can fill your needs. Activities range from biking and hiking to rock climbing and swimming.

Texas State Parks have accommodations for all types of needs.  You can backpack into primitive areas or pull a RV in to a spot with full hookups.  There are many parks convenient to the DFW metro area.

Some of the most popular are:

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park contains some of the best preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. The dinosaur tracks are located in the riverbed, so please call ahead to check on river conditions. There are two fiberglass models, a 70-foot Apatosaurus and a 45-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Cedar Hill State Park

Located along the shores of Joe Pool Lake, this popular 1,800-acre state park offers a variety of outdoor activities. There are 355 campsites, perfect for family fun. While you are here, enjoy fishing opportunities and then grill your catch on one of the park grills. Miles and miles of trails for biking and hiking, as well as boat ramps, a marina, playgrounds, a swimming beach and even a volleyball court ensure you will always have something to do here. Showers and restrooms are also available.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC)

This is a great place for a full day of family adventure.  The kids can learn all about fish and conservation of our Texas lakes. There is a fishing lake located on the property for the kids to fish, all equipment is there to use. There is an aquarium that kids can watch divers feed trophy bass.

The center, located in Athens, Texas, is only about 25 minutes from Purtis Creek State Park is a great weekend for the family.

Passes can be purchased at all parks that will allow entrance to all State parks on an annual basis.

With so many parks in Texas there is something for every family.


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:)