Your Morning Jolt

Since the 15th century, people have been starting their day with coffee, in one form or another. Cultivated worldwide, in over 70 countries, coffee is the seventh largest agricultural export by value. The drink has achieved pop culture status with the opening of numerous businesses selling the brewed beverage.

goldYour local Bass Pro Shops has a wide variety of coffee mugs available for those of us that like to make our coffee at home.  One of the newest styles is the Giant Speckled Mug. Made of stoneware, the mug comes in an over-sized 22 oz. capacity, perfect to get you up and running in the morning.  The mugs come in a choice of four colors (Cobalt Blue, Gold, Gray and Pink), with a speckled finish reminiscent of speckled campware and features the Bass Pro Shops logo.wolf

Another option is the Trigger Mug.  A 16 oz. stoneware mug, it features custom artwork by the Hautman Brothers,  with a contrasting white interior and a "trigger"-style thumb rest. This mug comes in a variety of styles and colors:  sage green/moose; gray/bear; brown/buck; and sky blue/wolf.

deepwoodsIf a neutral color palette is better for you in the mornings, then take a look at the Deep Woods Mug. Finished in a deep brown glaze, the mug features a deer silhouette in white and a green filigree trim. The stoneware mug comes in a generous 21 oz. size and fits in perfectly with any outdoor or cabin theme.

Any of these mugs will make a perfect gift for the coffee, tea or hot cocoa drinker in your family. Head over to the Gifts Department and take a look at these and other mug options.


Fall Deer Hunting with Trail Cameras

Well summer has ended and it is time to get ready for the upcoming deer hunting season. One of the most important parts of preparing for deer season is scouting. Now if you are like me there are always too many demands on your time which limits you ability to get out in the woods and go scouting. With the cooler but comfortable days of early fall there is nothing I like better than to be out looking for deer sign and trying to locate the best spots to hunt in the approaching season. I do this as much as time allows as it the best way to locate deer. Unfortunately there just doesn’t seem to be enough time. Whitetail buck

An excellent tool that we have available to help us in our scouting efforts is the game camera. These cameras can monitor and pattern deer activity 24 hours a day seven days a week. Once you have identified an area where the deer are active, placing a game camera  there will not only identify the deer coming through there it will also tell you the exact time and date that they were there. There are many brands and models available with varying complexity, features and prices. Some of the more popular brands are Primos, Wildgame Innovations, Moultrie,  and Bushnell. Most of the basic units have infrared light for black and white night pictures along with the capability to take color pictures in the daylight. The infrared light  does not spook the deer as a white flash can sometimes do. I have actually got a beautiful close up picture of a deer’s nose this season on one of my cameras so obviously the infrared light did not spook it. Some of the cameras allow you to review the pictures right on the unit and others require the pictures to be viewed on a computer with a SD card. The units have different levels of mega pixels with the higher the mega pixels the clearer the pictures.Crush Cam 8

It is not really possible to cover all of the various features available here in the blog so just be sure to come visit your Bass Pro Shop and come see these and more of the different models we have in stock. Our knowledgeable hunting associates will be available to make recommendations and answer your questions about game cameras and their set up and use.

Hunt safe,

Don Nelson

Bass Pro Shops Hunting Associate



The Triple Crown Event

          Unfortunately the levels of the lakes in the Dallas Fort-Worth area are at an almost all time low again. The lack of rain is only preceded by the drought a few years back. This has caused many lakes and many boat ramps to become inaccessible to the avid tournament fisherman, and all the new boat owners. This leaves a sour end to the season. Although, not all hope is lost!

          Despite the low lake levels, there is a glimmer of light, a shining star at the end of the tunnel. Your local “Bass Pro Shops” Outdoor world has an event going on that will brighten your heart, and fill your wallets as well! This event is called, “The Triple Crown Event”. Not even the lack of rain can rain on this parade!

          What is the “Triple Crown Event” one may ask? Why it is the single most outstanding promotion that “Bass Pro Shops” has possibly ever offered, and may never come again! Just ask thy self, how do triple reward points for a single purchase sound? Or how about a free “Gear Guard” three year extended warranty on top of that? But it doesn’t stop there; “Bass Pro Shops” is also throwing in free installation through the “Power Pro’s” service center to make this the best deal of the century! (Please see for all details).    

This promotion applies to the hottest and best-selling units used on the water. The qualifying products range from the low priced, new “Lowrance Elite 5” series to the reliable and trusted “Garmin Sonar/fish finder” combos. Combined with the triple reward points and the free three year extended warranty, toppled with free credit on installation and service for the qualifying units, this is truly the best deal of the season!

Gear Guard


Knit Your Bit

Knit Your Bit

soxThe Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs recently held an informational meeting in conjunction with the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and their “Knit Your Bit” launch.  Knitting for American soldiers became very popular during World War I and World War II when citizens wanted to do their part.  The answer was to knit.  Thousands of Americans picked up their needles to knit socks, mufflers and sweaters to keep American soldiers warm and provide them with a handcrafted reminder of home.”  The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is currently accepting handmade scarves to be distributed to veterans this holiday season.  Knitters and crocheters of all experience levels and all ages are invited knitto attend the next meeting on November 12th, 2013 in the Seminar Room located on the 2nd floor.  The event is scheduled for 6pm to 9pm the second Tuesday of every month.  If you do not know how to knit or crochet, please attend anyway – there will be somebody there to teach you how.  For more information on the museum and the “Knit Your Bit” campaign, please visit  We would also like to thank Starbucks in Watson, LA for their donation of cookies and coffee for this event.  As always, their treats are yummy!



Denham Spring


Hunting Blinds for Beginners

There are many ways in which to hunt in the woods and in fields. First you can set up a tree stand near the field so you can see over a large area and track your quarry as it slowly gets closer. Second you can stalk your prey over the land and try to sneak close enough to get a shot off.  Finally you can set up a blind and hide from your prey till it is so close you can almost touch it and get that perfect shot. All three are great ways to challenge yourself, but hunting from a blind takes a different set of skills and some general know-how to work properly.

Finding the right blind is often a challenge for new hunters. There are so many different kinds of blinds and styles that are used it can often saturate your search. Here are some tips to finding the right blind. First find out if you are planning to go bow hunting or rifle hunting. Then find the corresponding blind, archery blinds often times have a place to hang your bow while rifle blinds are generally lacking this. Then find out how many people will be present in the blind. Once those two things have been established finding a blind that holds your maximum amount of people and is made for the type of hunting you will be doing finding the right blind will be fairly easy. An awesome blind to use for beginners is the Primos Double Bull Blind, because it is easy to assemble and is large enough to move around in if need be.

One of the first things you need to do upon getting your blind is make sure to spray it down with a scent neutralizer. This needs to be done outside the home and preferably after it has been transported to the approximate area where the blind is going to be set up. A great product to use is Scent-A-Way, it covers and neutralizes scent very efficiently. After spraying down the blind it is also a good idea to spray yourself down with the scent neutralizer so as to keep from getting your scent all over the blind while you are setting it up. This keeps your scent from leaving a “trail” right to your blind and spooking any animals in the area. Then move the blind to the appropriate area where you want to hunt. The best place for a ground blind is usually on the edge of a clearing or field. Once the blind is set up and in the right place it is time to brush in the blind. This is a process of using local foliage to break up the outline of the blind and make it look generally like a new brush pile. It is often a good idea to use evergreen brush to cover the blind this is because it is light and easy to cut and also aromatic making it cover the scent of a person a little more than other brush. While doing this make sure to go inside and check to make sure your brush is not covering your shooting lanes. One last thing to do is place a gauze sheet over the “windows” in the blind to eliminate the dark spot that deer will see when they are around the blind and can often spook them. This is not a problem for turkeys because they seem to be unaffected by the entire blind. After the blind is brushed in it is a good idea to go inside and spray down the blind with a scent neutralizer, then go to the outside and spray down the blind again. This will keep the scent of a person off the blind completely. This all needs to be done a week or two before the beginning of your preferred hunting season.

The day of the hunt make sure to spray yourself with scent neutralizer after you leave your vehicle and are on your way to the blind. Once in the blind again check to make sure that the shooting lanes you are going to use are not obscured by your brushing in. Once you are confident of your job brushing in the blind and having your lanes cleared it is time to start hunting. In a blind getting ready for the shot is a little different from a tree stand. As you get ready for the shot you either have to be ready to shoot through your gauze screen or you have to carefully move the screen aside without spooking the animal. Either way is an effective way of harvesting an animal. With a bow it is often a good idea if you are using a broad head to fire through the gauze while if you are using a mechanical head it is better to have a partner or yourself move the gauze aside as to not prematurely activate the arrowhead.

Blind hunting can be one of the most fun types of hunting when done right. It gives you the ability to get so close to the game you can almost touch them while at the same time making you comfortable and generally out of the weather. After you have learned the basics of blind hunting it becomes easier to pick the right blind, find the perfect hunting spot, and brush in the blind properly. Click on the link to see the variety of hunting blinds we offer at Bass Pro Shops!  We hope you have fun hunting from blinds and good luck on the hunt!

Primos Double Bull



Tired of cold & wet boots? We have a solution for you!

Getting up in the morning to cold, damp boots is uncomfortable. Start everyday fresh with Bass Pro’s original PEET Boot Dryer! PEET Dry is Comfortable, healthier, odor eliminating, and extends the life of your gear!

 It works naturally, using gentle, thermal air to effectively remove wet, sweat, and odors from shoes, boots, and all types of footwear. Simply placing footwear (or other gear) on your PEET Dryer at bedtime means waking up to cozy, warm PEET Dry comfort. Studies show that damp footgear causes blisters and is an ideal environment for fungus growth that results in foot irritations and diseases, or mold and mildew that can cause premature deterioration of the materials from which your expensive footwear and gear are made. The PEET dryer removes perspiration and bacteria and, the odors they cause, which is good for you, and good for those who live with you! All PEET Dryer products, including DryPorts and Extensions, and glove ports to warm and dry your gloves! Made in the USA, they start at just $39.99!



When is the New Bass Pro Shop Opening in Hooksett N.H.?


We plan on opening the new location in Hooksett N.H. sometime next spring.  We hope you share in our excitement! Please see the official news release below for more information.

Bass Pro Shops to Open Mega Outdoors Store in Hooksett, (Manchester) New Hampshire
March 1, 2013



Hooksett, New Hampshire (March 1, 2013) Bass Pro Shops, America’s most popular outdoor store, will locate a new store in Hooksett (Manchester), New Hampshire.  The mega 149,000 square-foot Bass Pro Shops® Sportsman’s Center will be located at the intersection of I-93 and I-293.


Hooksett enjoys a rich history of outdoor sports as it is situated on the Merrimack River in south-central New Hampshire with easy access to the rugged beauty of the White Mountains via I-93.  The location is at the center of the main highways leading to New Hampshire’s northern recreational areas.  Approximately 9.9 million people within a 100 mile radius call this area home. 

“We are very excited to bring Bass Pro Shops to this premier site in Hooksett and to be a part of this great community,” stated Johnny Morris, Founder of Bass Pro Shops.  “This highly visible location is easily accessible and will allow us to bring Bass Pro Shops’ low prices and famous friendly, expert service to the many sportsmen and women in the Manchester region,” Morris continued.


Nationally, Bass Pro Shops will host over 120 million people visiting their 77 stores and marine centers across America and Canada this year; the average customer stays 2 ½ hours and drives an average distance of 50+ miles.  Bass Pro Shops was recently named by Advertising Age magazine as one of the Top 10 Hottest Brands in America along with name brands such as Old Spice, M&M’s, iPad and Droid.  Also, Bass Pro Shops has been recognized numerous times for their conservation and outdoor education efforts, as well as being recognized by J.D. Powers & Associates for their customer service excellence.


Bass Pro Shops’ unique, award-winning, mega-sized outdoor stores are known for combining retail with entertainment, conservation and outdoor education. More than just a fishing and hunting store, the Bass Pro Shops store will also offer equipment and clothing for hiking, backpacking, wildlife viewing, camping, outdoor cooking and more.  A gift and nature center will also serve up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture.


The expansive boat showroom will feature Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako boats built by Tracker Marine Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of fishing boats.


Bass Pro Shops’ unique exterior and interior motifs have branded them as visually appealing, high quality outdoor stores. The outdoors feel is brought indoors through massive log and rock work, large indoor aquariums and water features stocked with native fish species as well as an extensive collection of museum quality fish and wildlife mounts.  Historic photos and exhibits will pay tribute to the regions great outdoor heritage.



Protecting Your Percussion Muzzle Loading Rifle from Storage Problems

By Stan Godlewski

The days are getting shorter and the night’s cooler, besides making those scouting treks into the woods to locate that big buck, you probably have pulled “Old Betsy” out of the gun safe and have taken her to range.  Just as last year, you ran a clean patch down her barrel and made sure she was clean and unloaded.  After placing your target down range and dropping your powder charge and projectile in the barrel, you place a cap on the rifles nipple, took aim at the target, and squeeze the trigger and the hammer fell on the cap.  All you got was a “POP” not the familiar “BANG.’  Okay, you kept the muzzle of your rifle pointed down range for three minutes.  The dreaded “misfire.”  You placed a fresh cap on the nipple. Brought the hammer to full cock, took aim, and squeeze the trigger again and another “POP.”  You asked yourself, what is going on here.  Again you went through the same ritual with no “BANG.”  Now you have a loaded firearm and no way to discharge it.  You cleared the charge by pouring water down the bore of the rifle to wet the gunpowder and make the piece safe to pull the projectile from the chamber.  After all is said and done, your local gunsmith informs you that the problem was a buildup of varnish in the flash hole.  You ask yourself “Varnish” how did that get in there!  The simple answer is, you put there.

Most novice black powder shooters coat their muzzle loaders bore with a layer of oil to prevent rust during storage.  Bass Pro Shops carries some excellent gun protections oils.  Rem Oil is just one of our many fine gun protection products that will not varnish.                                       

You probably stored the rifle muzzle up in your gun safe.  Now that is where the problem starts.  Over a period of time, standard gun oil can turn into a gummy like substance.  It can even cure to a solid.  To prevent this from occurring, old time muzzle loader shooters stored their rifles muzzle down in their storage lockers or gun safes.  They place some newspaper or paper towels down at the muzzle to absorb any excess oils. 

When you get to the range snap a few caps prior to loading the rifle.  You may ask, “what does that have to do with the price of tea in China.”  Well nothing, but It ensures that the shooter has a safe firearm to load.  The process goes like this.  Point the muzzle of the muzzle loading rifle in a safe direction (down range).  Point it toward the ground down range.  Pick out a tree leaf or a blade of grass.  Take the hammer to ½ cock, place a cap on the nipple, take the hammer to full cock.  Place the muzzle of the rifle near the objects and pull the trigger.  The cap should fire and cause the leaf to move or the blade of grass to dance.  Do this two more times for a total of three snapped caps.  The first snapped cap lets you know the nipple, flash hole and the rifle bore are clear.  The second fired cap burns off any excess oil from the bore and the third makes the bore nice and dry.  This process will give you confidence to load your charge and let you know your rifle is safe and will shoot.

Another problem some shooters have is a weak hammer spring “Not enough energy for the hammer to fire the cap.”  This problem is usually the result of storing the rifle with the hammer drawn to full cock.  Likewise, dry firing the gun without a cap on the nipple can deform the nipple to the point that it may not accept or hold a cap properly.  

The following links provides you with excellent muzzle loader cleaning and maintenance products.


This Month at Bass Pro

local heroes

We want to say Thank You to our Local Heroes by offering a 10% discount to Firefighters, EMTs, Police Officers, and Military Personel.  Must have your ID to receive the discount and Some Exclusions do apply.


It's Ducks Unlimited donation month also. As you are checking out let our associates inform you about making a contribution to Ducks Unlimited. Ducks Unlimited is the leading group in waterfowl conservation and by making a $2.00 donation, you will be entering yourself to win a $500.00!


Starting Saturday, October 19, 2013 and running through Thursday, October 31, 2013 we will be hosting our annual Halloween Event. We will have a costume parade, free photos, costume contest, coloring pages,  a variety of crafts, and trick or treating. 

So swing into Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hampton, Virginia for lots of fun in October!



The Return of "Seeker" Rods, Trout Season Approaches & Must See Seminars




Seeker Rods Are Back

 Currently the, "Blue Lighting" and "MGC" Rods                                  

 are in stock with more models in the future.

 The "Blue Lighting" an inshore rod designed for the angler

  targeting inshore species that tend to hide in structure.

 The "MGC" Rod features a mixture of military grade composite

  and resin blank giving the angler a lightweight, fast tapered rod

  ideal for the angler fishing a twilight trip to a 5 day trip.



jIrvine Lake Trout Season Opener

 As our weather cools are local trout season will feature the

 season opener for Irvine Lake.

 Their Season is set to open on November 1, 2013 and will feature a,

"VIP Day" October 31, 2013 featuring over 20,000 pounds of stocked,

"Trophy Trout."

 For more information contact Irvine Lakes or visit Bass Pro Shops and let our

 associates assist you in getting the right tackle to catch that, "Trophy Trout."




This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Calling All Goblins!

Calling all goblins, baby chickies, and....crayons??

Halloween event

The Halloween fun starts this weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona!

Saturday, October 19

* Free 4 x 6 photo with the Peanuts characters in the pumpkin patch: Noon-5 p.m.
* Costume Parade - Saturday only, 4-5 p.m., October 19 - One winner receive a $10 gift card!
* Free craft: 1-5 p.m.

Sunday, October 20

* Free 4 x 6 photo with the Peanuts characters in the pumpkin patch: Noon-5 p.m.
* Scavenger Hunt - Sunday only, 2-3 p.m.
* Free craft 1-5 p.m.

Try Before You Buy!

Saturday - Uncle Buck's Hush Puppy Mix
Sunday - Uncle Buck's Two Step Potato Soup Mix

The Grill Shack is Open this Weekend!

Saturday and Sunday - Support the Southwestern Community College Shooting Sports team by grabbing a bite to eat at the grill shack outside our front doors!

Scouts Selling Popcorn

Saturday, October 19 - Scout troop #133 from Carlisle
Sunday, October 20 - Cub Scout Pack #463 from Altoona


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If you don't mind the breeze, Fall is the perfect time to be kayaking. Frisky Otter Tours on state route 28 is a great place to start. There are many different types of tours down the lake. They have early morning trips starting a half hour before sunrise(which may be a little chilly in late October) to the sunset tour watching the day wind down.

You are able to rent or bring your own kayak! If you're looking to purchase, Bass pro has many to choose from! For example, we have an Ascend top angler kayak. This kayak isn't just great for sight seeing, it is ideal for fishing, and traveling for hunting. It has a dry storage hatch for your bow! Take a look at it...

Ascend Top Angler

Another one of our popular Kayaks from Ascend is the Titanium. This Kayak has a removable seat that can be set on land. Bungee-secured storage in multipurpose sternwell and on bow, dual-position quick-hold paddle holders, deep molded dual cup holders and two molded-over rubber grip carry handles. They are so popular we can hardly keep them in stock!

The Titanium!






High School / College Road Trip

state championsAfter a long season waiting for the Western regional championships at Clear Lake California the road trip finally begins. I have had the great pleasure to mentor this years TBF Colorado state champions from Ellicott High School and watch former Fountain valley junior bass club members start a College fishing team at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs and qualify for the Western regionals. 

high school weigh in

The High school and College fishing teams are part of the FLW/TBF circuit. They compete in tournament bass fishing just like any other sport in high school and college. New to Colorado the high school and college fishing is growing statewide. Clubs are beginning to form in schools across the state. To look into starting your schools own club go to or FLWOUTDOORS.COM .Get in the game and make the love of bass fishing happen in your school.

Leaving Colorado hours later than planned we were finally on the road heading to Clear Lake California. No one has fished Clear Lake before and it has been years since I have been there so the boys had to do their research on line. They were excited to say the least and so was I. These kids are the future of the great sport of bass fishing and are part of the Fountain valley junior bass club and two now compete in the adult Fountain valley bass club here in Colorado springs. I have been the youth director for the local club and for the state for several years now and have seen these kids learn a lot in just a few years. Now I realize that all the time and dedication I put into it is worth it. It's about them. college weigh in

After twenty-one hours on the road we arrived at Clear lake just in time to watch the FLW circuit launch for their final western tournament. Meeting Ish Monroe in person was amazing for the kids they were in heaven. What a great guy to take time out before launching to chat with the kids...funny guy too. He couldn't believe we were in shorts and let us know it.

The rest of the day was preparing for the College tournament. They needed to make the top ten to qualify for the National championship in South Carolina next spring out of forty five college teams. They were as ready as they were going to get. Five AM came early and we headed to the ramp. The High school teams didn't fish till Sunday so we went to a few spots to practice until the noon cutoff. We headed back to watch the weigh in and saw some giants come in on the pro side. It was awesome. Clear lake bass are huge.

College launch

The college teams were starting to weigh in and some impressive weights were coming to the scales. I was rooting for UCCS and CSU to make the top ten. The college weigh in is so cool with all the different school jerseys and the crowd was big. After the dust settled the team from UCCS was sitting in eighth overall and they advanced to the final day along with qualifying for the National championship for 2014. Awesome.

college trophies

The final day for the top ten college teams and the one day shootout for the High school was Sunday. we started the day early and excitement was in the air. The boys launched and all I could do was wish them the best of luck. After a long day the teams started coming in for final weigh in. The boys did well.

high school trophies

I would like to congratulate Justin Solverson and Peter Decker from UCCS in qualifying for the Nationals and Graydon Brewer and Mike Warner from Ellicott High School for placing 3rd overall in the High school western division. They all took home trophies and had caught some of the biggest bass of their lives so far. This was the best road trip ever. I can't wait until next year.

 Take a kid fishing. That how it starts. They are the future of our sport.

                                                 Best of Luck, Sam Heckman / Pro Staff






First Responders


Most of us carry out our everyday lives without worrying about much more than how we are going to pay our bills or what’s for dinner. We take what’s going on around us for granted. By that, I mean that we aren’t the men and women being called into dangerous situations, putting our lives at risk at a moments notice. Instead, we are the ones who see them on the streets everyday, passing us by in an ambulance, fire truck, or police cruiser with their lights on and sirens blaring, not realizing the risk they might be driving themselves towards.

So please, welcome Bass Pro Shops of Ft. Myers, as we offer local Fire Fighters, Police Officers and Emergency Medical Technicians a 10% discount on regularly priced items around the store from October 1st and lasting until October 31st. Certain items do not apply, so please call ahead (239-461-7800) and see if the item you are interested in is approved for this discount. We look forward to returning a small part of the favor that these great men and women offer us everyday.

-Kevin Ballantine


Hunting Seminars

Hunting Seminars!

Be sure to join us October 26th and October 27th for Tips on Archery Basics and Scent Control!

Our Hunting Experts will be teaching the following seminars:

Archery Basics
October 26 & 27 11am: We’ll discuss bow basics, arrow choices, reliable releases, and selecting the right broad head.

Scent Control
October 26 & 27 Noon: We’ll discuss the latest in scent technology for a successful hunting season. Learn where and how to use cover scents, rut scents, and more

Be sure to stop by Olathe Bass Pro to get some last minute tips for your hunting season!


The Excitement of Fall Fishing in Rhode Island

Gibbs Lures Danny Plug

Fall is now becoming a thing of reality, crisp air, with the leaves starting to turn and the fall bait/game fish migration is kicking in. Hundreds of thousands of bait fish are making their way to open water from salt ponds and marshes where they were spawned to the delight of our salty game fish species. Striped Bass, Bluefish, False Albacore and Bonito are ramping up for the arrival of these morsels.

    I am a native Rhode Islander and this time of year really gets the blood flowing. Most anglers venture to the hallowed fishing areas of Narragansett, Point Judith, and Charleston and all the way down the coast to Westerly. Chasing and throwing eels, plugs and spoons to hook and hopefully land one of the many denizens that are strapping on the feed bag. However you really don't have to make the long trip to the south coast to catch and I mean catch quality fish. The other day, right in downtown Providence at India Point Park I managed to raise and catch several decent sized stripers and many bluefish as well. I was fishing a 9' Loomis plug rod loaded up with 65lb Power Pro braid on an Ambassador 7000 reel with a 20lb Seaguar fluorocarbon leader. I threw an assortment of baits but my personal favorites were and are a Gibbs pencil popper fished with a "walk the dog" action...color was yellow as well as blue. My all time go to plug though is the Danny Plug, fished slowly so the plug would wake and the strikes were explosive. Gibbs plugs are made of wood. I am still casting some that I have for over 25 years and they are working like they were brand new. My suggestion for tackle for any part of the bay would be an 8 to 10 foot surf rod either conventional or spinning spooled with between 20-30lb monofilament or 40-65lb Power Pro braid. My leader consisted of about 3 feet of 25lb fluorocarbon with a cross lock snap on the end to attach the lure. Above the leader I used a #2, 310lb stainless barrel swivel and was ready to go. Tides at this time of year are still something to be aware of as also the time of day, however these fish are becoming more active during daylight hours unlike the summer time when night time was the only time when fishing from shore.

I hope that this information will be helpful and look forward to seeing a bend in your rod.

Tight Lines,

Lundin Coward




What Does Family Mean To You

I usually talk about new little gadgets we see here in the Camping Department, but lately my heart has been heavy about family and just what it means to different people.

What is your definition?

The Oxford Dictionary says family means a group of people related to one another by blood or marriage. I have the same definition with a few added extras. I think its all of the above PLUS alot more than just bloodlines and marriage. For instance, people consider their pets as family, whether it be the usual dog, cat, bird, goldfish or some of the ones we see here at BPS monkeys, beavers and the occassional snake. But what about the great friends you have that you would absolutely give your life for? I even consider my ex-inlaws family still (although I'm sure some people would NOT!)  I also consider the people here at the Sevierville Bass Pro my family. We've gone through everything a blood/marriage family would go through...marrriages, births, divorces, death, sickness and all kinds of other struggles that life sometimes hands us. We are all always here for one another.

You may be wondering why I chose to write about this (or you may not be) but the reason is because of a recent tradgedy that happened not too far from this store. There was a horrible bus crash on the interstate just up the road where 8 people lost their lives. Even though none of us actually knew anyone in that crash, it still affected us in some way. Some of us wondered if they had stopped here at "our house"  before they headed back home to North Carolina. Did we give them the customer service that each and every person that comes through the door deserves? Were they excited about being here and experiencing all that we have to offer? I dont know, and never will know, if they were here, but one thing is for sure, if they were, we absolutely treated them like family! We don't know any other way!

I don't mean to ramble on endlessly and/or bore you. I just wanted to take a moment to remind you just how inportant family is, albeit blood, marriage, pets, friends, coworkers or even those sometimes dreaded inlaws. Chersih your time with these individuals because we never know when or where we will no longer have that priveledge.


I think about the survivors of that deadly crash, the families that lost loved ones and even my own family. Have we all shown them our love and appreciation enough that they will feel it even when we're not around? Have we left words unsaid, feelings unchecked and were there lives unfinished that day?  I try my best everyday to make sure my love and appreciation shows. I don't ever want anyone to wonder about that.


My family here at Sevierville Bass Pro has always been there to pick each other up when we are down. That's why this is truly the best place to work! We try to always treat each other AND each customer like they're a part of our family.


So, hug your kids and your spouse, call your parents and siblings and visit that old friend you parted ways on bad terms with and let them know just how much they mean to you. Life is way too short to put it off any longer. We are not promised another day, so waiting could be the costliest mistake you'll ever make.


Thanks, as always, for allowing me to share with you. I hope to see you and your family here at my Bass Pro home soon.


Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops.


Under Armour Cold Gear - New INFRARED technology!!




Under Armour’s latest innovative technology creates a living, breathing body warmer in its ColdGear: Infrared Base Layers– keeping you warmer, longer.

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The Squirrel that Scoped Me Out!

Well, with rifle season just beginning, be sure that your scope for your rifle is A. functional, and B. its sighted in properly! 

     Here's the scenario I recently experienced... I decided to go squirrel hunting last weekend, something I have not done in several years!  So I walked across the road to a small patch of woods right across from my house between the old country road and a cotton field, which is PERFECT squirrel territory!  Just as I entered the patch of woods, I sat down on a log with my Thermocell, I thank God for the inventor of THAT handy little device! Since I wasn't busy swatting mosquitoes away from my hands and face, I was able to sit still and wait for the furry little tree rodents to come out!  It wasn't but about 5 minutes before I saw a big fat squirrel running up and down the tree right behind me!  Now I realize it's only a small furry creature, but I still get all excited and a little bit shaky's not as hyper  as the feeling you get when you see a huge buck, but it's still exciting, nonetheless!  So I calmed myself down, took a deep breath, let it out, focused right on the critter, slowly pulled the trigger, and Mr. Squirrel ran straight up to the top of the tree, turned around and gave me a real dirty look!  I put my sights back on him, centered him, slowly pulled the trigger while all the time I'm thinking to myself, "I'll show you what dirty looks will get you, Mr. Squirrel!  You are about to end up in my crock pot for supper!" Again, NOTHING!  This time Mr. Squirrel glanced behind him, then I'm not sure but I think he threw a pecan at me!  So I ended up shooting AT Mr. Squirrel 8 times and got nothing but a good fussing from him!  Needless to say, I left the woods, head down and my tail tucked between my legs assuming since I have grown older, perhaps my eyesight has failed me!  

     Nikon P-22 AR Riflescope

After walking home I set up a target and realized it was NOT my eyesight, but my scope was damaged, causing it to shoot about a foot to the left!  I decided at that point that Mr. Squirrel wasn't fussing at me, he was laughing at me!  I went to Bass Pro and bought a new Nikon P-22 Rimfire AR Optic scope!  It's a very nice scope, and Eddie even sighted my equipment in for me!  All I can say is, "Mr. Squirrel, your laughing and pecan throwing days are numbered....because as Arnold Schwartzenegger says..."I'LL BE BACK!"

Ashley Walford

Bossier City, La.                                       

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The Jerkbait, A Year Around Fish Catcher?

When trying to imitate a wounded shad their are very few presentations better than jerkbait fishing. Typically the jerkbait is thought of as a winter and early spring time bait, and while it does shine in that specific time period the jerkbait can cover a far wider range of seasons. Growing up in the Northwest jerkbait fishing was very limited and not as effective based on the fact that there are no shad. In much of the country however shad are the primary forage for bass throughout the year. While certain seasons are more effective that others this abundance of shad in many of our lakes and reservoirs makes the jerkbait a very effective technique no matter what the water temperature. While the technique doesn't change the style of jerkbait I prefer, and the way I work my bait does from season to season.

The peak season for jerkbait fishing in most anglers minds is late winter on through to early spring. With cold water temperatures a large amount of the shad population will die off. When this happens you will visibly notice shad slowly twitching around just below the surface. This is a dead giveaway that you need to have a jerkbait in your hand. There are two jerkbaits I will have tied on in this cold water situation, a Spro McStick, as well as a Smithwick Rogue. While the McStick suspends the original Smithwick will actually float slowly, rising when you pause it. The suspending quality of the McStick is what makes me choose it about 90% of the time. In cold water I will fish this bait extremely slow, giving the bait quick sharp twitches and then letting the bait sit for a long pause. During this pause is when a suspending bait works it's magic. Remember bass are cold blooded so when the water is cold their metabolism is slow making them weary about expending to much energy. The suspended bait offers an opportunity that is difficult for a cold hungry bass to resist, they can slowly move up towards the bait using very little energy and lightly attack the bait. In extreme cold conditions a pause of 30 seconds or longer is sometimes necessary. Keep an open mind and very your retrieve to figure out what they are keying in on from day to day. Also don't be afraid to alternate to the slow floating rogue, this slow float will sometimes trigger more aggressive fish into biting.

As the water warms and the annual spawn begins to happen the jerkbait bite, while you can still catch some fish on it, tends to slow down. It's the post spawn feeding period when I pick my jerkbait back up and start to hammer down on them again. What I look for is schools of bass that are aggressively feeding up on shad, in order to replenish their weakened bodies after a long spawn. While topwater baits such as Super Spooks and Bass Pro Shops XPS Professional Series Walkers work great for this situation, a jerkbait can also be very effective. I normally find my schools of bass near a spawning pocket or flat on some sort of secondary point or break line. The bass will stop at these points throughout the lake to feed up before heading out to the main channel. Often you will find these late spring fish suspended as well. I have had some great success working a deeper diving Spro McRip through fish suspended at around the ten foot depth range. For this style of jerkbait fishing I like to work my bait with a fast aggressive retrieve with short pauses throughout the cast. To get the bait to reach deeper suspended fish I will work it on a spinning rod with 8lb test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. This technique will continue to catch fish all throughout the summer so always keep ready to go if you see suspended fish on your depth finder.

As the summer ends and the water starts to cool my jerkbait is always on the front deck of my Nitro Z-8 boat. During the fall months is when the shad make their annual movement into shallow pockets and flats in the back of creeks. These feeding fish will hammer a suspending jerkbait worked around the cover they are holding on. Seawalls, points, flats, and docks, are all great key shallow water structures to focus on. A good thing about fall fishing is when you find one fish, it's normally not the only one in the area, so it is possible to hit a stretch where you catch multiple all very close to each other. As well as the fact that generally these fall fish are easy to pattern and find success doing the same thing in similar areas all up and down the lake or reservoir. Just look for the key ingredients, shallow water pockets and flats, an abundance of cover, an abundance of shad and then hold on tight, because when you put those factors together the predatory bass are almost guaranteed to be close by. I will generally rely on my McStick 110 just like in the late winter to early spring time period.

In my opinion for those of you blessed enough to live on a body of water that has a large shad population, some sort of jerkbait should always be readily available. The jerkbait can be a winning pattern in certain times of the year, especially in the late winter to early spring, but no matter what the season it's a bait that should be in your arsenal and will put more fish in your boat. For more blogs about how to add more tricks to your repertoire, check out my blog, Expand Your Fishing Arsenal. And if you ever have any questions you can go to my website,, and write me an email, I'd love to help in any way possible. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania