Boating Safety Basics

The heat is on…and it’s a great time to jump in your boat and hit the water. It’s a great feeling cruising on the water or heading to your favorite fishing hole. With more boats and boaters on the water now than ever, it’s critical to be prepared and safe to ensure a memorable time. Being stranded or not prepared for emergencies in your boat can be very frustrating, but with proper precautions this can be prevented.

Before your boat trips make sure your rig and trailer are in good working order and have had a recent service performed. Make sure you have all necessary safety equipment required by the Coast Guard. There are a few items not required but would greatly assist in emergencies. A first aid kit, a GPS, VHF radio, Cell phone, anchors, tow rope, knife, tools, boat hook, and of course an EPIRB are some to consider.

Preparation is the key to any boat excursion and boating safety. In Georgia there is a new Mandatory Education Law that requires anyone born after Jan. 1 1998 who operates a power boat must complete a DNR approved Boat Education Course. The Savannah/Chatham Marine Patrol will be conducting boating safety courses at the Savannah Mall training facility Aug. 17 and Sept. 21. You may contact the SCMPD at 912-353-1004 to register. Safe boating and have a great summer!

 

Bass Pro Shops Savannah

Boating/Marine Dept.

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Staying Safe While Hunting

Are you aware that each state has different requirements for the amount of hunter (blaze) orange to wear? Here in Georgia, the requirement reads as follows: 

"All deer, bear and feral hog hunters, and those accompanying them, during firearm deer seasons must wear at least 500 square inches of Hunter Orange on outer garments above the waist."
 
A standard safety vest will cover 400 square inches of the requirement.  Add an orange cap and you'll be all set! One of many options, at your local Bass Pro Shops is the Redhead Blaze Cap and Vest Combo.
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A number of different price points and options are available.  Vest models range from utilitarian to deluxe, with additional features including zippers, pockets, license loops, antimicrobial treatment, hook 'n' loop closures and even lighted caps.
 
Anytime you decide to hunt out of state, make sure you check the orange requirements before you head out.  You can locate those requirements on the International Hunter Education Association website.
 
Make sure you take the proper safety precautions before you head to the wood. You've checked your firearms and your camo - don't forget your safety gear!
 
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What I Am Rocking Out To

So about a month ago I was talking about rocking out. I had taken a poll of Bass Proers and seen what kind of music they were listening to and broke it down (semi-DJ like… *Chicka-chicka-word). I also made a basic game plan of how to make a perfect playlist for rockin’ out on a road trip. I tried to steer ya’ll in the right direction without too many specifics. But, this time I’ll list out exactly what songs I would choose for my playlist. Now keep in mind this will be for a trip with “the boys” to go fishing. (My playlist for a ride with my fiancé would be very different with a heavy emphasis on Enya or Michael Bolton or whatever she’s into. I’ll be the one raising the kids musically.) Music in a universal language and I have a heavy accent of 80’s hair-metal.

  1. Start off strong. Slow Ride by Foghat. “I’m in the mood, the feeling is right!”
  2. Keep it up. Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane. No offense Rascal Flatts, but step off. Tom made musical magic with this and there is no need to have any covers. Keep it classy.
  3. Sing along song. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum. Classic then, classic now. Divide the parts up.
  4. Take it easy. Take it Easy by The Eagles. Like I said, this is mandatory.
  5. 50’s. I Wonder Why by Dion & The Belmonts. Great 50’s song, awesome 50’s band. Also not that many people may know it, which will make it that much more addictive.
  6. 60’s. Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones. One of the greatest rock songs of all time. Great tune to belt out with a bunch of buddies.
  7. 70’s. Life’s Been Good to Me So Far by Joe Walsh. Member of The Eagles and great solo artist. This song will really put life into perspective for those in the car and really make the fact that you have time together appreciable. Life’s busy… but it aint evil. Just listen to the song you Negative Nancy-s.
  8. 80’s. Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi. You want 80’s? I’ll give you 80’s! VH1 even named this the #1 SONG of the 80’s!! It deserves a spot on this list.
  9. Slow it down. Don’t Come Around Here No More by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Yes, the music video is out of control. No, I don’t like his sideburns. Maybe you should just calm down. And yes Spell-check, that title is a fragment! Enough with the little green squigglies!!!!!
  10. Talk over. Cliffs of Dover by Eric Johnson. Acoustic songs are better for talking over, but this one you can also just sit in silence to.
  11. Personal. Why Can’t This be Love by Van Halen (Hagar, cough cough.) Why is this a personal song for me? Am I having pre-marital doubts?! No. Van Halen rocks. The end.
  12. For them. Highwayman by The Highwaymen. Yes, a young buck like me knows this song. Do not loose complete hope in humanity! This is “for them” because they each get to choose which part of the song they want to be.
  13. Back to basics. Centerfold by J. Geils Band. Who doesn’t love this song?! And you can have the “what would you do if…” discussion with this songs specific situation.
  14. Ridiculous. Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road by Loudon Wainwright III. You want ridiculousness? Just look at the title. This is a road-trip staple!
  15. Sweet Closure. More Than a Feeling by Boston. From the album also titled Boston! You can never go wrong with this one.

There you have it. My masterpiece. Like I said, I’ll be the one showing the little ones what good music is all about. Blastin’ Stereos with Blasted Sidewinders!! Yee-haw!

 

*Please do not expect any “Chicka-chicka”s to appear again anytime soon.

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Time For A Backyard Party With The Browning Cowboy Grill

Would you like to have the entire family over for a large BBQ?  Why not a large office party?    Well -you need to check out the Browning Cowboy Grill.   You can use this 108 pound unit as a grill or firepit.  730 square inches of heavy duty 4mm thick firebowl.  Uses wood or charcoal this unit is a must for any party.

The grate is double nickel plated and is 31" perfect for a few racks of ribs and more.  Why you can even put a roasting chicken on the height adjustable rotisserie while grilling  those ribs and dogs.  There is a adjustable pot hanger and a swivel work table.  Can you say long lasting, value for your money?  With all this,  you cannot miss a chance to stop on by to Bass Pro Shops and check it out today!

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

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Tis' The Season For Night Fishing

Every angler knows that the summer months can be one of the most difficult time periods to locate and catch bass, especially the big bass. Big fish can seem to be non existent at certain times throughout the summer, add this to the uncomfortably hot weather conditions, and extreme frustration is sure to follow. Just like us anglers the fish don't like the hot weather either, generally in the day time they will relate to deep structure such as ledges or brush piles seeking the deep cooler water, along with some fish that stay shallow relating to shade. While fish can be caught, the majority of the fish don't feed in the hottest parts of the day. If you don't have a day time tournament then the solution to finicky summer bass is not going fishing at all until the sun sets. Many anglers especially in the southern part of the United States prefer this much more comfortable time for fishing, and trust me they have some amazing results.

When the sun goes down many of the fish move to shallower cover. Picture this in the day time the big fish are holding out off the deep break on a river channel, well once the sun goes down those previously hard to catch fish will pull up on top of the ledge in shallow water and will feed aggressively. It seams like many fish in the summer almost become nocturnal, especially the big fish. Ten tournaments could go out of a lake in the day time with generally poor results and very few big fish caught. Now a night tournament could go out that very evening and you would be amazed and truly humbled by the numbers of quality fish that are weighed in.

When night fishing I feel it is very important to choose a bait that either has a bulky profile, or creates a lot of vibration. My go to bait for this very reason has always been a spinnerbait. I prefer a large heavy bait, generally something at least 1/2oz and often I'll throw a 3/4oz. Many brands make spinnerbaits designed specifically for night fishing applications. Two of my favorites are, War Eagle Spinnerbaits, and the  Strike King Rattlin' Midnight Special. Choosing a color is relatively simple, when fishing at night the color that I've found works best is something black, this creates a great silhouette with ambient artificial light, as well as moonlight that is usually present. Add some sort of trailer such as a Bass Pro Shops Triple Ripple Craw Trailer, this will help create a bigger profile and will add vibration. Now the biggest key to why a spinnerbait is such a great choice at night is the blade. Most night baits come with either a number 5 or 7 colorado blade, this makes for a ton of vibration. If you're reeling in your bait at night and you can't feel it thumping then something is wrong. I like to slow role my spinnerbaits right on the bottom and through the cover. So chuck it and wind it back slowly bumping the bottom, and hold on tight because you can get some ferocious bites by a big hungry fish using this technique.

Two more baits I like to use are Chatterbaits, and Big Jigs. The chatterbait is great for catching fish at night, anyone who's thrown one knows how much vibration it puts off, and that is the key to why it works so good. I would stick with the same color rule as the spinnerbait choosing black for the silhouette factor. Fish the chatterbait just like you do with the spinnerbait and you will have similar results. Now some nights they just don't seem to want something moving, when I encounter this the jig is always what I switch too. A large black jig worked slowly through the cover will catch finicky fish that didn't want to chase the moving baits. Many companies offer a good black jig, all will work great if they have one thing, a rattle. The rattle like the vibration of the moving baits is essential for helping the fish locate and eat the bait. If you have a jig that doesn't' t already have a rattle then you can pick up your own rattles at Bass Pro Shops, and very easily get them doctored up right yourself. A Northland Fishing Tackle Buck-Shot Rattle Ring is the rattle I use when doctoring up my own baits. Don't be afraid to add this to your spinnerbait or chatterbait as well.

So you have the three key baits, and when I go out at night I leave just about everything else at home. Using these baits there are a few key things I target when searching for fish after dark. The first is rock, I don't care how hot the water is or how deep the rock is, if you get your bait around rock you have a good chance of getting bit. Many baitfish as well as crawfish use rock as protection year around. Often bass will hang out deep of the drop and at night will pull up into the rocks to feed on the wide variety of forage. When fishing southern reservoirs you will generally find rock around old flooded house foundations, road beds, and obviously rip rap banks. Another type of cover I like to target is brush piles. There is very little that I enjoy more then crawling my bait through a brush pile and feeling the rod nearly get yanked out of my hand. The easiest way to locate brush is around docks, many residents will sink brush around their docks for the purpose of attracting crappie and other panfish, this naturally will attract the predatory bass. The more difficult to find brush is located out on humps and off points in deep water. This can be overwhelming in complete darkness but a good set of electronics really helps. I use my Lowrance Gen 2 electronics to graph over offshore structure, when I see something that looks promising I will throw out a marker buoy with a light on it letting me know exactly where the structure is. The only thing left to do is figure out what angle the fish want and work your bait properly through the cover.

So don't be afraid to get out at in the dark and capitalize on the normally frustrating summer months. Safety is key any time you are on the water and especially at night. Make sure you keep your PFD on at all times as well as your running lights, and remember to take your time going from place to place. I truly love the peace and tranquility that comes with being on the water at night. Give it a try, chances are you will get hooked on it too. I'll see you on the water!!!

Joey Nania

 

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Product Spotlight: Ducks and Dogs

The infatuation with all things Duck Dynasty continues at Bass Pro Shops!  The Season 3 two-disc DVD is here featuring the Robertson family.  Season 3 was the most-watched series telecast in network history - the DVD includes five deleted scenes, five webisodes, five video mash-ups, and two music videos. 

Duck Dynasty Dog Treats

But, wait! There's MORE! 

Duck Dynasty DOG TREATS for real happy dogs!

From pint-sized pooches to big bruisers, these treats will satisfy every canine's craving. All natural and made in the USA...but, according to the box, it's really an easy recipe for these treats:

Duck Dynasty Dog Treats

Duck Dynasty's Southern Style Dog Treats come in two packaging sizes and most are in duck and chicken flavors!

6 oz Bag - Treats (6.99) 

Duck and Chicken Flavor - Soft-Baked Treats - soft little bone shapes easy for chewing!

                                                 Training Treats - little round kibble, perfect for training your dog to be happy, happy, happy!

Mint Flavor - Dental Treats - Gives your good pooch good breath!

24 oz Box - Biscuits (also only 6.99!)

The biscuits come in small and large sizes with that wonderful duck and chicken flavoring!

But why believe a person?  Take it from Riley, our 10-week-old canine customer, who loved the soft-baked treats and couldn't keep out of them:

Riley and Treats"Floor-lickin' good!"                                                           

"Where's the rest? Give me MORE!!!!"Duck Dynasty Dog Treats

 

 

 

 

 

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Be A Hero!

Be a Hero-With the GoPro!


Hey everyone. My name is Chris Kohnke, and I am very lucky to be apart of the Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff in Gurnee. My passion has always been fishing. Some say I am addicted to it. When I am not at my Firefighting job, I am out on the water. Everyone knows that it's important to bring a camera on the boat. After all, catching nice fish all day can create memories. Whether you are a pro fisherman like myself, or a beginner, I want to introduce you to one of the best inventions I have encountered. I am sure you have heard about it, and may have wondered "how does it work? Who is it for?" Well my friends, keep reading.

The GoPro is literally "The World's Most Versatile Camera." We were first introduced to it in 2004. With tons of different varieties to chose from , GoPro has made a camera to fit just about any outgoing, adventurous individual out there. Fishing, hiking, skydiving, snowboarding, you name it! With the GoPro, we can see what is happening from the individual's head, side of the boat, or anywhere it is placed. It's like being there yourself, experiencing it yourself!

GoPro's lineup of mount-anywhere cameras has been dazzling extreme sports enthusiasts for years. Now, GoPro has rolled out the Hero3, which packs even greater performance than its predecessors.
The gopro hero 3 is smaller, lighter, and more efficient than the hero 2. If you have a Hero 2 all of your mounting brackets and hardware will work with the Hero 3.The super cool thing about the Hero 3 is the addition of wifi. In a few easy steps you can activate the wifi on the GoPro to preview your video/photo shots on your smartphone. You will have to download the GoPro app to your phone but it's easy and FREE.


With the go pro app on your smartphone you can control virtually every feature on the GoPro. Including turning the camera on and off, starting and stopping of recordings, snaping photos, as well as watching videos that you have recorded and photos taken. You can also save videos and photos to your phone to share on social media. Overall this is a very fun and easy to use camera. The video and picture quality is unbelievable. The waterproof case ensures complete protection of the camera. The possibilities are endless!


Go out and enjoy the outdoors before summer is over. Record your precious moments with the new GoPro hero 3.

Chris Kohnke

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Our Largest Hunting Sale of the Season!!!!

It’s that time already!!!! It’s time for our Fall Hunting Sale and Event. Between the seminars, sales, trade-ins, and special savings too, you’re sure to feed your hunting fever and get yourself primed for the season. This 3 week event begins Friday, August 2 and runs through August 18, 2013!

TRADE IN Days Schedule: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Bass Pro Shops Bow & Crossbow Trade-In!

August 2-7    Bow Trade-In

August 8-13   Scope Trade-In

August 14-18  Binocular and
Range Finder Trade-In

Bow Trade in values

 

 

Bass Pro Shops Scope Trade In!Bass Pro Shops Binocular & Rangefinder Trade in! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Bass Pro Shops 2nd Amendment Instant Savings!~~~~~


Also, during the 2013 Fall Hunting Classic, customers who purchase any in-stock gun or safe using their Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards credit card August 2-11 are eligible to receive an instant discount equal to the tax rate on their gun or safe purchase.

 

If you don’t yet have a BPS Outdoor Rewards Credit Card, make sure to apply so that you will receive not only this benefit, but also 10% off your entire first purchase (after the tax rebate is applied).

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Hunting Pros appearances and seminars
for Sunday August 4, 2013
 

1pm    

Deceiving the Wild Turkey
with  BILLY YARGUS

MAD® Gold Staff Member   
2pm

Bowhunting Big Whitetails  
with BILL EPEARDS:

Mossy Oak® Pro Staff                   
3pm

Competition Shooting 
with DOUG KOENIG:

World's Best All-Around Shooter,
RedHead® Pro Hunting Team Member/2013 Member,
Team Safariland™     

            Bass Pro Shops Hunting Pros Schedule for East Peoria, IL

                             

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August 9, 10 & 11 is our Hunter’s Appreciation Weekend!

 

Friday, August 9
6:30 pm Tips for Bow Hunting
7: 30 pm Tactics for Hunting Deer
   
Saturday, August 10
1:30 pm Shed Hunting: How to Successfully Hunt for Sheds
2:30 pm From the Field to the Table: How to Cook Tender Deer Meat
3:30 pm Local Hunting Tips and Techniques
4:30 pm Exploring the Shooting Sports: Introduction to Competitive Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun and 3-Gun Shooting
 5:30 pm Now You See Me, Now You Don’t: Choosing the Correct Camouflage Clothing
   
Sunday, August 11
1:30 pm   Exploring the Shooting Sports: Introduction to Competitive Handgun, Rifle, Shotgun and 3-Gun Shooting
2:30 pm Tactics for Hunting Deer
3:30 pm Local Hunting Tips and Techniques
4:30 pm What’s new in Scent Control
5:30 pm Tips for Game Camera Placement


Bass Pro Shops Daily Specials during our biggest Hunting Sale!

 

Make sure to attend our Seminars
and take advantage of
the Daily Specials! 
     
     

Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting Classic East Peoria, IL Calendar

Bass Pro Shops Hunting Trip Sweeps

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Bass Pro Shops Next Generation Logo
Then August 17 & 18 is our Next Generation Weekend! A weekend set aside for the kids right here at
your
East Peoria, IL Bass Pro Shops!

 

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Basics of Fly Tying

 

 Have you ever thought you might want to tie fishing flies?  Folks, it's a lot easier than you might think.  If you can tie a half-hitch or can learn how, you are half way home!

 The phrase "fly tying" is a misnomer.  The only time we might tie an actual knot is when finishing the fly and in most cases it's a simple half hitch. I think fly wrapping would be a more accurate term. You may have heard phrases like, palmering, whip finishing, stacking or packing and a host of terms that, in my opinion, were coined back in the day of dragons, wizards and sorcerers to make fly tying seem like some mystical art.  It's not some dark art surrounded in mystery, but it is a wonderful way to exercise any creativity you may have. Granted, there is a little practice involved, but that's half the fun!  I have the very first wooly bugger I ever tied stuck in the brim of one of my fishing hats.  It's there to remind me that I wasn't always a good fly tier, at the beginning.  I'm sure glad I took the challenge and didn't put it off. 

 You already have most of the knowledge.  Have you ever taken a bird feather and bent it sideways? The individual feathers stuck up like quills on a porcupine didn't they?  Well, that's called hackle. That is the process where dry flies get part their floatation. When small feathers, are wrapped around hooks and wrapped into place with a fine thread, that makes the hook float.

 Most tails on flies are bits of feather, synthetic material or some piece or part of an animal. The tail is usually tied first, then a cornucopia of other materials can be chosen to complete the fly you are designing.

 To tie all these commonly-found materials into place we simply wrap thread around the material and the hook...that's what the mystics call palmering...and move on to the next step. Pretty simple so far?

 Bass Pro Shops has all the feathers and knowledge you might need to get started.  The basics you'll need are a fly tying vise, a bobbin (thread holder), thread, hooks and stuff to put on your hook. Your White River Fly Shop also has complete kits!  They contain all the items you'll need to start, tie several, several flies, and even contain an instructional video! Come  on in and see how easy it is to create your own flies, cast them, and land that trophy!

Tight Lines and Loops

"Fly"

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A Great Time For Lake Michigan Salmon/Trout Fishing!

Hi, My name is Harley Goodman.  I am a hunting team leader at Bass Bro Shops in Gurnee, IL. My experience started in the outdoors at a very young age.  I have been hunting, fishing, camping, hiking,and boating for over 20 years.

 I would like to share with you some of my experience on Lake Michigan trolling for salmon/trout.  For the past 10 years I have been a tournament angler fishing all over the Western side of Lake Michigan, but  the ports I frequently fish include Winthrop Harbor and Waukegan Illinois and Kenosha and Racine Wisconsin.  I've also been fortunate enough to be part of a few tournament winning teams over the past decade. 

This season has proved to be one of the best I can ever remember in regards to the size of the Chinook Salmon roaming the waters on the western side of the "big pond".  On July 31, 2013 during a morning tournament pre-fishing trip I was able to reel in my largest King Salmon to date from a boat, a 23.5 lb. giant.  Less than 5 minutes after that, another monster struck our lure and I battled a 19.75 lb. King Salmon to the net.

What lures and patterns are working the best you might be wondering?  Various segments of leadcore trolling line and Moonshine Spoons seem to be the best for me. My two favorite Moonshine Spoons are the Flounder Pounder and Happee Meal.  Also, during low light conditions I have been very successful with dodger/fly combinations ran off Dipsy Divers and  downriggers in white/green color patterns.  All of this can be found at Bass Pro Shops in Gurnee, IL.

What are you waiting for?  Get out there for some drag screaming action on the Great Lakes!

If you have any questions and/or looking to get out fishing on Lake Michigan  please ask and I will be glad to point you the right direction.

Good Fishing!

Harley Goodman

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A Day at Camp

I'd like to share a special moment with you.....

Imagine for a minute, where Kids with Cancer and other Illness can go and be kids for a week. No Doctors, No worries, Just fun.  A place where kids, can just be kids.

I had the recent opportunity to visit such a place. Camp Quality, a camp where kids, just for a week, can forget that they are dealing with life threatening illness and have loads of fun. The theme that week for camp was “Imaginarium”. As I spent Wednesday volunteering I was overwhelmed with emotion at the sight of all of the campers as well as companions doing what normal kids do. Having Fun. Activities included Fishing, Canoeing, Paddle Boating, Crafts, Face Painting, A Zip Line, A Game Room and many, many other fun activities. As a Fishing Lead here at Bass Pro Shops, I get to do a lot of fun and rewarding activities. But I can honestly say, none have been more rewarding than spending a few hours volunteering to help with the fishing activity. To be able to share a few hours in a Child's life, particularly one who is dealing with such traumatic issues, is by far the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I want to personally thank Ray Delia, Crystal, Joyce and ‘ALL ‘ of the other volunteers and companions as well as the Campers for allowing me to be a part of camp Quality and for allowing me to IMAGINE. 
                    
“No one can do anything about the quantity of one’s life, But, ALL of us can do something about the Quality “ 
Camp Quality         

 

Troy McKinney

Fishing Lead
 

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Geocaching for The Whole Family!

We here at the Bass Pro Shops are proud of our extensive line of GPS equipment. We are also active in the geocache field. Did you know there are 5 Geocaches within walking distance of our front door? Bass Pro Shops promotes and encourage family outdoor activities, and this is one of the fastest growing outdoor activities on the planet. Check out geocacheing on the web and find out what fun you are missing.

We have all the great GPS units you need for this super family activity including an extensive line of Garmin products, considered the best of the best in this field. Come in to the Harlingen Bass Pro Shops and ask for Rick in our Fishing department. He has a wide range of knowledge in geocacheing and can assist you in locating our Bass Pro Shops treasures.

You need to remember a few simple points while geocaching in south Texas. Always wear plenty of sunscreen as our South Texas sun is somewhat unforgiving. While searching for your treasures, be aware of animals such as snakes, spiders, and other critters which inhabit our landscape. For safety reasons, always take a buddy along and never wander far from established trails. Last, but not least, enjoy the great outdoors and share your adventures with friends and family.

Mike Frazier

Greeter

 

                                                    

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Guess What I Found In the Dark?

 I love the night bite that can happen in the heat of the summer.  On July 20, I fished a tournament with my daughter, Berklie.  We had a blast!  We started at 7 p.m. and ended at midnight.  It was windless and water temps were in the 80’s and the fishing started fast and furious.  I was fishing a black and blue Bass Pro Shops ¾ oz. Enticer Football Jig with a blue Zoom Super Chunk for a trailer.  The lake we were fishing on had that green algae bloom look to it, so we headed for the only current in the lake.  About ten flips into it, we had our limit of 4 fish. As the evening progressed, the fishing got even better.  We culled a lot of fish.  Then at dark, I was flipping the same jig, but I had changed to a green pumpkin color. It was so dark that I could not see a thing.  So I made a flip, and … nothing. As I was reeling it in, already in my mind changing to a different bait, just as I lifted it out of the water, a 2 ¾ lb. smallmouth smoked it. It almost scared me to death! So I decided to swim the jig like I do in the daytime. 

I was using my Extreme 7’6” Heavy Flipping Stick with 20 lb. mono line, maybe not the best choice for the technique, but I had never swam a jig at night before, so how could it be wrong?  Well, it was on.  I caught more giant smallmouth bass than I can ever remember in my life, and some really sweet largies.  Normally, my go-to at night is a buzzbait, spinnerbait, etc.  You know, the textbook baits that everyone says to use.  But, I tried them.  I threw a buzzer along the bank, and spinnerbait, and nothing would happen.  I stopped, grabbed the jig and swam it, and “bam,” giant! From that point, I never laid it down again, and the action never slowed.

We did not win, but we ended up in 4th, and got our entry money back. The best things that came of it were making fishing memories with my daughter and learning something new.  I’m not saying it will always work, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box.  Remember to spend as much time as you can with those you love.
Dan Hayes
 

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Georgia Sales Tax Holiday

Your local Bass Pro Shops may not come right to mind when you think of Back-to-School shopping, but it should this year.  The State of Georgia has designated August 9 - 10 as a two-day sales tax holiday!

This means no sales tax will be collected on most footwear and clothing (sold for $100 or less per item).  Accessories such as jewelry, watches, handbags, wallets and umbrellas are not not included. School supplies, such as backpacks/book bags are included, if they are under $20.

Head over to our Apparel Department and check out our huge selection of clothing items for all members of the family.  You'll find Bob Timberlake for Men, Bob Timberlake for Women, Redhead for Men and Women, Columbia, Natural Reflections, Carhartt and more.

redhead

Don't forget footwear to finish off your outfit! You will find a variety of styles available, from Natural Reflections, Redhead, Fila, World Wide Sportsman, Clark, Merrell, just to name a few! We have shoes for all needs, from tennis shoes to loafers.

Mark your calendar and head to Bass Pro Shops - Macon to take advantage of the two-days sales tax holiday. This is a great opportunity to finish up your Back-to-School shopping and save some hard-earned money, all at the same time!  Don't forget to check out the tremendous savings available during our Fall Hunting Classic!

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It's National Catfish Month!

Did you know President Reagan designated August as National Catfish Month?  It's true!  Catfish are found across the globe in every continent except Antartica. The freshwater fish have been caught and farmed for food for hundreds of years. Channel catfish and blue catfish are the two most commonly eaten species here in the United States, and are particularly popular in the South.

Catfish are becoming more and more popular as game fish as well.  One of our fishing pros, Jonathan Herndon, is currently filming his own television show called "Maximum Catfishing." They recently caught this 70 lb. blue catfish, while filming on Lake Guntersville, in Alabama.

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As mentioned above, catfish make for some good eatin'. The recipe shown below is considered a "standard" recipe and may be found Best of the Best from the Deep South Cookbook, available at your local Bass Pro Shops.

Mississippi Catfish Fillets

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1/4 cup self-rising flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne red pepper

2 pounds catfish fillets

Oil for frying

-Mix meal, flour, salt, pepper, garlic salt and cayenne. roll fish in mixture until well coated. Have oil hot, about 400 degrees. Add fish in single layer. Fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels or brown bag. Serve hot.

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Take a few minutes to celebrate the humble catfish. Visit one at your local aquarium or fry some up with a batch of hush puppies. You are sure to have a good time either way!

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Durango FFA Boots - Rebels with a Cause!

FA BootsFFA Boots

"Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve"

FFA Motto

It's the Iowa State Fair and that means NO better time for the arrival of the new Durango Rebel FFA boots at Bass Pro Shops! 

We're proud of our FFA organizations and the excellent agriculture education and positive leadership skills it has brought to so many students through the years. Being in the Midwest, we especially realize the immense impact of this student-lead organization and its 216 chapters around our state.

With the beautiful blue coloring, intricate gold stitching and the FFA eagle emblem proudly displayed, the 11" Rebel Men's or Ladies Western Boots shout FFA!

At Bass Pro Shops Altoona we currently have the Lady Rebel in Black or Brown and the Men's in brown.

Lady Rebel

 

  • Oiled full-grain leather upper with FFA patch and detailed stitching on shaft
  • Removable contoured and ventilated cushion footbed
  • Molded EVA midsole
  • Dual-density, translucent FFA graphic outsole
  • 1-1/2'' Rebel heel
  • Rolled shank area
  • Square Toe
  • Durable double row welt stitch construction

 

  • Removable contoured and ventilated cushion footbedMen's FFA
  • Molded EVA midsole
  • Dual-density, translucent FFA graphic outsole
  • 1-1/2'' Rebel heel
  • Rolled shank area
  • Square Toe
  • Durable double row welt stitch construction

 

But, the BEST feature of these boots?  Rocky Brands, Inc. will donate at least $5 per pair sold of the Rebel FFA Boots to FFA, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $25,000.00!

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Trail Cameras 101

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While so many of us are grabbing whatever little bit of summer that is left by hanging out at the beach or the local swimming pool, there are those that are quietly preparing for the upcoming hunting season. These folks are trying to gain every little edge they can, which means more than just checking your equipment and wondering where in the basement you put your hunting boots or walking through your local Bass Pro Shops to see what sales are going on to buy the newest equipment for this season. Here is a great tip to help you gain an edge over your quarry, and over the other guy who just doesn’t think about putting in a bit more effort.

Bushnell Trail CamOK, so you're an experienced hunter. You’ve done all the "right things". You’ve scouted, you’ve read sign, and you’ve checked all the scenarios. Now you’re ready to go.  At least you thought you were. You've set up in a spot that's perfect for that big black bear, or deer. All the tell-tale signs are there, everything looks good, but you get skunked! Why? It could be just the "roll of the dice" (which happens), or maybe it's because you never really knew or found out what, if anything, is coming through the area you set up in that's worth hunting. That's changed.  Welcome to hunting in the 21st century.

Bushnell Trail Cam PictureYears ago, hunters would rig a simple string that they'd run across a trail and attach a clock and/or timer in a small box to it. An animal tripping the "string" would register on the timer, and you'd know WHEN that animal was there. Of course, you wouldn't know its size, or maybe not even the type of animal it was (a squirrel could trip that string as well as a deer or bear). Also, you'd have to reset the trail camera after each time it was tripped. That’s a lot of work for not much information.

In today's market, there are lots of different electronic devices -- and that includes trail cameras. We strongly advise doing very detailed research, speaking to hunters you know who have experience with these devices, and go to a reputable seller, where you can actually "see and feel" the equipment and get demo lessons. These types of electronics are always present at hunting trade shows as well. Do your homework before spending a dime!

Cuddeback Trail Cam PictureAs time has progressed, these electronic devices have improved – and today's main "attractions" are trail cameras. These cameras can be absolutely amazing. The quality of the imaging is incredible. And infra-red laser beams are incorporated to "trip" the mechanism in real time. By the way, you should make sure that there is no delay when the photo or video begins. Finding out the reaction time on these cameras once they're tripped is essential. If there's a delay, as with some point-and-shoot digital cameras, you may end up missing the animal and just see empty space. Trail cameras will take a single photo. They will take streaming video. They have batteries that can last for days. They have that little, simple SD cards that you can pull out of a slot in the camera in a nanosecond and then "read" on your computer or TV at home; OR they can be read right in the field. You'll know exactly the type of animal, its size, time it was there, and maybe some "habits."

Moultrie Trail Cam PictureAnd now -- the cost. You can get a still-photo trail camera for as low as $60. Then you can get video, or a combo of both still and video. Particular retail outlets have trail cameras that run around $600. We suggest Keeping It Simple. Meaning, buy only what you really need. You can always upgrade. You can usually add on "bells and whistles." Remember, you're not doing work for National Geographic. You want it simple. You want it to work. You want accuracy. So be cautious and be slow before you buy.

As we usually do here at Bass Pro, we like to pass on "real world" moneysaving ideas for everything that we talk about: When not using these cameras for hunting (which is most of the time), set them up in or around your home or valued storage areas as "security cameras." They work beautifully, are rugged, and will prevent theft – or worse! Remember, these cameras can and will trigger an alarm on your computer or other simple electronic set-up.

Meet all of your Fishing, Hunting, Boating & Outdoor needs at the Bass Pro Shops in Oklahoma City, OK. Follow our link for all store information, upcoming events & more.

Good luck and good "shooting" -- and that includes the use of your camera!

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Wood Chip Madness

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Now a days cooking is about ease, making healthy food, and making tasty food.  Smokers allow you to cook food for long periods of time and only require being tied up in front of one cooking station.  However, using the right rubs, sauces, and marinades with the right chips for that particular meat is very important.

Alder: Fish

Apple: Pork, Chicken, Other Poultry, Turkey, Fish, and Lamb

Cherry: Pork, Other Poultry, Turkey, Fish, and Lamb

Hickory: Pork, Beef, Chicken, Other Poultry, and Turkey

Jack Daniels: Pork, Beef, Chicken, Other Poultry, Turkey, Fish, and Lamb

Maple: Pork, Chicken, Other Poultry, Turkey, Fish, and Lamb

Mesquite: Pork, Beef, and Chicken

Oak: Pork, Beef, Chicken, Other Poultry, Turkey, Fish, and Lamb

Orange: Chicken, Other Poultry, and Fish

Peach: Chicken, Other Poultry, and Fish

So whether you are cooking dinner for yourself, having a small get together with close family and friends, a neighborhood BBQ, a end of Summer BBQ Bonanza, or just cooking an everyday family dinner, then swing into your local Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and let one of our team of camping associates help you find the perfect wood chips for your next meal. http://www.westernbbqproducts.com/wood-chips.html

 

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Rainy Days, Warm Weather, Offer Great Fishing Opportunity!

Summer rain, and cloudy days offer many opportunities for Table Rock and Bulls Shoals fishermen! Any time rain or  the occasional cool front pass through the Branson area, bass move in closer to cove shoreline.  This instant migration normally happens only at night, during summer months, after the sun is off the water, and water oxygen levels improve.  Night fishing can be fantastic, but fishing during the day just prior to a front, or fishing during a day rain, can be just as magnificent!

The additional oxygen in shallow cove water that is provided during a day of rainy cloud cover from blistering sun, will allow hungry bass to feed in the shallows, where crawfish and shad are in abundance.  This makes it easier for anglers to find bass, and the result can be a fantastic day of angling! 

Almost any shallow running crank bait, spinnerbait,  plastic worm, or jig and pig, can be deadly during a day of rain, or just prior to a front.  Often, a bass feeding frenzy occurs in the few hours just before a cool front comes through, and many memorable days of fishing result! 

Every angler has great days, and many of them occur during, or just prior to, a weather event.  This time of the year, a look at a weekly weather forecast, often shows a chance of rain every day!  So, that can mean a chance of a unbelieveable day of fishing, every day of the week!  If there is a front coming in, or cloud cover is a sure bet all day, head for the lake!  This just might be THE day, you know ...the one that you will NEVER forget, ...the day you caught all those bass!!!

Table Rock and Bull Shoals offer many marvelous opportunities for fun!  Get out there, and make some "once in a lifetime" memories!!!

Steve Fritz

Fishing Lead

White River Outpost

Bass Pro Shops

Branson, MO

   

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The Power of Weber Grills

Weber grills, in my opinion, are among the highest quality charcoal and gas grills available for the money!  I have a 9 year-old Weber Gold charcoal grill that I still use every other week, when I want the flavor that only charcoal and some wood chips can produce.  The only maintenance it has required is an occasional cleaning and I did replace the grilling surface for a new chromed one and I have replaced the steel grid that holds the charcoal off the bottom.  New grid and grill surfaces makes a nearly new grill! 

It has now been over two years since I purchased the Weber Q-100 propane grill from Bass Pro Shops.  It still fires up on the first or second push of the piezo ignition button, heats up quickly and is ready for searing and cooking in about 5 minutes.  This grill is extremely frugal with propane and users should not expect a "rocket exhaust" of flaming propane as in many other gas grills.  The Q-100 has certainly met my expectations and has a more than adequate grilling area for my family of 3 and I have been able to cook for a few guests as well. Every few months I take my pressure washer to the Q-100 to remove the grease and crud that falls down inside of the body.  The grease trap functions very well and I just rinse it out with a little detergent and hot water.  Once I pressure wash the grill, I take a small needle or bent-open safety pin to re-open the tiny holes where the propane comes out.  This clears the holes of any debris that might be blocking them and assures an even burning across the tube.

My Wife, who is no big fan of cooking with charcoal, said the other day that she thought the Q-100 was the best gas grill we have ever owned.  She was not aware at the time that the grill is over two years old, since it shows no signs of wear or any corrosion. 

Check out the full line of Weber Gold and Silver model charcoal grills and the line of Weber Q propane grills at Bass Pro Shops.  You will save money on the initial purchase and save even more money over the extreme life of these grills because you won't have to replace them every couple of years!  Get to cookin' . . . Get a WEBER!

By the way, Bass Pro Shops now carries Citrus Wood Chips to add different subtle flavors to your favorite meats and seafoods.    

Gary Feduccia   

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