Summer Fun In The Sun

Does packing for summer vacations overwhelm you? We all know how easy it is to forget something or not know exactly what to bring on your trip. Bass Pro Shops has everything you need for your summer vacation. Here are a few tips and must have items that are perfect for your vacation plans this summer.  


Don’t forget your Banana Boat sunscreen to protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.  It is important to consider sunscreen (SPF) or Sun Protection Factor. An SPF of 15 will block about 94% of the UVB rays, an SPF of 30 will block about 97% of UVB rays, and an SPF of 45 will block about 98% of rays. It’s best to apply sunscreen to dry skin fifteen minutes prior to going outdoors. It is good to reapply every two hours or follow the directions on the manufacturer’s bottle.  Another good tip to remember when purchasing sunscreen is that broad spectrum sunscreen not only protects from UVB rays, but it also protects from UVA rays.


What better way to relax on vacation then to sit down and enjoy the view? We have a variety of chairs in our camping department that are perfect for all occasions.

Sun Shade

Ever feel like you need a break from the sun? Well, we have the perfect solution for that. The Bass Pro Instant Shade Shelter can be used at just about any location and is easy to assemble. It has a water-resistant polyester roof and side panels that offer great shade protection. There are also large mesh panels that offer a nice breeze to come through. A carrying bag and stakes are included. The size of the shelter is 9”L x 5”11”D x 5”2”H and it weighs about 5lbs.


We carry a variety of cooler brands including Bass Pro Shops, Coleman, Igloo, and YETI. New for 2015 is Igloo’s Super Tough STX-120 Chest Cooler priced at $154.99.  The STX-120 is made in the USA, comes with a 3-year manufacturer warranty, and is rated at 5-day ice retention at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.


Towels are a must have when surrounded by water. We have a large selection of beach towels including Bass Pro, Browning, Red Head, Guy Harvey and Salt Life.


What better way to protect your eyes from the sun then a nice pair of sunglasses? We offer a variety of brands including Costa Del Mar, Maui Jim, Oakley, Wiley X, Under Armor, Ray Bands, Salt Life, XPS, Spy Optics, Body Glove, Strike King, Ironman Triathlon, Native Eyewear, and Smith Optics.  The Costa Blackfin 580P Polarized Sunglasses are a staple of any fisherman.  The polycarbonate lenses deliver quality eye protection and crisp vision in any conditions. You have to wear them to see and believe the difference! Costa lenses come in many colors for various light conditions.

Costa Lenses:

  • Blue Mirror Encapsulated mirrors deliver superior contrast and color in full sun and eliminate glare (gray base).
  • Amber Excellent all-around lens delivers the brightest field of vision.
  • Gray Maintains color saturation and natural contrast in medium to bright sun conditions.
  • Copper Cuts glare and enhances contrast and color in all conditions.
  • Green Mirror Encapsulated mirrors enhance visual acuity and eliminate glare (copper and amber base).
  • Silver Mirror Encapsulated mirrors enhance visual acuity and eliminate glare (copper and amber base).

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Floats are a perfect way to kick back and relax in the water. Whether you want to lie down or sit up, we have the perfect floats for you. The Intex 18 Pocket Suntanner Pool Lounge is a perfect float for lying down and relaxing around the pool and they come in two different colors. We also have tubes and kids wings available that provide comfort and safety for the summer.

Swim Goggles

Whether you’re swimming laps in the pool or exploring the coastline, we have you covered!  Speedos Vanquisher Mirrored goggles are comfortable to wear and mirrored design helps reduce brightness and glare on the water.  The hypo-allergenic, anti-fog lenses offer UV protection of 95+ and are PVC and latex free. For those looking to explore underwater, check out the Agua Lung Sport Magellan Purge Silicone Swim Mask.  This mask is loaded with great features including a double-window design with tempered glass lenses.  This is a mask you will want to take your next snorkeling adventure.

Swim Wear

The Bass Pro Shops Stripe Swim Shorts for men are 100% polyester allowing them to dry fast and be comfortable on the beach or on the boat! For ladies, we also have Natural Reflections bikini’s and tankini bathing suits.

Water Toys

Water toys are perfect to keep kids busy and entertained. We have a wide variety of water toys that can be for all ages. There are different toys such as Swim Way Toypedo’s, the Stream Machine Water Gun, and the Swim Ways Battle Reef Micros and Shark toys.



When you head to the water, don’t forget your footwear!  We have a great selection of men’s and women’s sandals!  The women’s Sanuk Yoga Sling 2 are very popular. The footbed is even made from real yoga mat with a rubber outsole! They are available in several colors and patterns.

Spending time outdoors with your family or friends is a great way to relax and visit new destinations! Whatever your plans are this summer, remember to bring along the fun!

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This Weekend @ BPS Altoona - Go Outdoors!

It's our Go Outdoors Event and this weekend is our Free Kid's Weekend Activities May 16 & 17, including the Catch and Release pond!

May 16 & 17 - Free Kids' Activities Weekend!

Free fun for kids on this special weekend! All events BOTH days!

11 a.m.- 4 p.m. - The free indoor Catch and Release Pond returns! We supply everything the kids need to try to catch a fish in our indoor pond!

11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Free photo download! Kids can choose to capture the moment with the fish they catch in our pond or be photobombed by a raccoon!

11 a.m.- 5 p.m. - Free kids' crafts!
1:30 - Boy Scout demonstrations
4 p.m. - Adventure Scavenger Hunt.

Free giveaway for the first 150 kids to complete a punch card each day - Kids' Outdoors Collection Bucket with magnifying glass - while supplies last!

Also on May 16:

10:00 a.m. - Community Conservation Series - Landscaping for Wildlife!

Stephanie Shepherd, Wildlife Diversity Biologist, Iowa DNR! Ever wish your yard could be the setting for an episode of Wild Kingdom? Or perhaps you'd just like more butterflies and other pollinators? This presentation will give you some tips on how you can transform your yard into a sanctuary for wildlife of all kinds. Not only will you be conserving and being a steward of Iowa's wildlife, you'll be creating an oasis for yourself that you can feel good about!

May 16

  • VFW post 738 Distributing Poppies for Memorial Day - come support our veterans!
  • Maui Jim Rep Ben Goforth is here - come learn more about Maui Jim sunglasses!

May 16 & 17

  • Catfish Seminars - May 16, 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. and May 17, 2 and 4 p.m.!

Coming Up

May 23-24 - Free Family Activities and How-To's for Family Outdoor Fun!

Saturday, May 23 - FREE seminars
11 a.m. - Capable Kayaking - The basics of family kayaking fun
2 p.m. - Local Trails & Treasures - Where to go for Family Outings - Parks, water trails, hiking trails, and more! With Melissa Schmeling, Polk County Conservation!

Sunday, May 24 - FREE seminars
11 a.m. - Conquering Campfire Cooking - Best practices, procedures, and cookware
2 p.m. - Kids and Camping - Make camping fun, comfortable, and exciting for kids.

Free cooking demos and sampling:
Saturday: Flossie's Funnel Cake Samples - 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Fish samples with Uncle Buck's Fish Batter, 2-5 p.m.
Sunday: Dutch Oven Cooking, 1-4 p.m.


Bass Pro Shops Tacoma's Go Outdoors Event

Beginning this weekend at your Tacoma Bass Pro Shops it’s the Go Outdoors Event. From Saturday, May 16 through Sunday, May 24 we’ll have events, seminars and food samples the whole family can enjoy.




Check out the schedule of events below:


Kid’s Activities May 16 & 17 

Bass Pro Shops Catch & Release ponds

Free Photo Download

Cooking Demos and Sampling

Scavenger Hunt Crafts


Family Activities May 23 & 24

How-To’s For Family Outdoor Fun!

Capable Kayaking

Local Trails & Treasures; Where to go for Family Outings

Conquering Campfire Cooking

Kids and Camping

The first 25 customers to attend the family fun seminars will receive a carabineer mug with a Bass Pro Shops logo!


Both Weekends (May 16 &17; May 23 & 24)

Bass Pro Shops guests can enjoy free cooking demos and food samples as well as enter to win an outdoors getaway. The grand prize is a trip to Crystal Coast, NC for winner and 3 guests.  First Place Prize is one pair of Maui Jim Sunglasses.

For more information about the events, visit Tacoma Bass Pro Shops Facebook page or call the store at 253-671-5700.

~Amanda Bretz




Come on down to the store for some out doors fun!

May 16th and 17th

-Catch & Release Pond @ 11a-4p
-Free Photo Download @ 11a-5p
-Boy Scout Demonstrations: Starting at 1:30
-Crafts @ 11a-5p
-Scavenger Hunt: Starting at 4p

May 23rd and 24th

-Family How-To's
     Capable Kayaking Saturday @ 11a
     Local Trails & Treasures Saturday 2p

     Conquering Campfire Cooking Sunday @ 11a
     Kids and Camping Sunday @ 2p

-On Saturdays there will be Funnel Cake sampling from 11a-2p and fish fry sampling 2p-5p!

-On Sundays there will be dutch oven cooking from 1p-4p!



The Power of Costa Fathoms!

Costa – Fathom are an Oldie but a Goodie

By: Tom Branch, Jr.


The Costa - Fathom Series Sunglasses are hardcore sunglasses for hardcore fishing junkies. Co-injected, cold-molded frames deliver a perfect flexible fit with the best polarized lenses on the planet to give you maximum comfort and vision on the water. A true sportsman is always prepared, so keep an extra pair in your tackle box. These sunglasses actually grip the skin the more you sweat for the ultimate hold. No more loose wearing sunglasses. The patented vented temples help keep your lenses from fogging up, so you can always get the most out of your lenses.


Costa’s advanced 580 lenses provide 100% UV protection plus unmatched clarity, contrast, and definition. The 580 lens technology takes lens performance to new heights by eliminating glare from yellow light and boosting red, blue, and green—resulting in deeper colors and sharper contrast. These lenses also feature both a water-repellent coating and an anti-reflective coating.


Costa del Mar Sunglass Company was started by a group of Florida anglers with the goal of building sunglasses that would perform in any situation or condition on the water. Each pair of Costa sunglasses are still fine tuned in the Costa Florida workshop to ensure that the utmost quality is preserved with each pair of sunglasses. Costa warrants these sunglasses against defects in materials or workmanship for the lifetime of the product…. Not for a year, but a lifetime. The sleek and stylish Costa Fathom Sunglasses won’t let you down!



Frame Fit: Medium 
Lens Size: Large

580G Lenses - Featuring exclusive Light Wave Glass technology, these are Costa most high-tech lenses. 20% thinner and 22% lighter than average polarized glass.

Grey - Maintains color saturation and natural contrast in medium to bright sunlight conditions. This color provides excellent versatility for sports on the water or the land.

Blue Mirror - Made for the open water. Encapsulated mirrors deliver maximum contrast and color in full sun, while eliminating glare.

Retail: $118.30 - $239.99


What customers are saying:

Daniel Dalfino, “On my 5th pair. I wear them 8-10 hours a day and they usually last two years. Great product.”

David Bui, “The only sets of sunglasses comparable to these are Maui Jims and Revos. I have had 4 pairs of these sunglasses and they are the best I have ever put on. Raybans are a joke and only a name like many sunglasses, but you are getting the best technology out there in my opinion.”


Tabitha Shuey, “My husband kept mentioning that he wanted a pair of Costas and after reading many reviews and researching them I finally bought these for my husband for father’s day. I had a hard time spending this much money on sunglasses! We love boating and he loves to fish, so we spend a lot of time on the water. These things are amazing on the water. Now.... I am trying to refrain from ordering myself a pair but just may have to give in! We will definitely own more in the future...maybe the near future.”


Read more about Costa sunglasses and Costa sponsoring the Kenny Chesney’s 2011 Goin’ Costal Summer Concert Tour at



About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and a full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 25 years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia. He is employed by, LLC as the Director of Marketing and Future Development. He and his wife Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their 2 labs “Jake” and “Scout”.


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Maui Jim Sunglasses

Whether sunny and 80 degrees or sunny and -10 temps, you need eye protection. The glare off bright, white snow, or icy lakes can be just as damaging as sun in the summer. There can even be glare on cloudy days that can make tasks as simple as driving down the interstate bothersome to the eyes.

We have many different brands of sunglasses at Bass Pro Shops. At the recent Spring Fishing Classic, Ben Goforth from Maui Jim Sunglasses highlighted the benefits of Maui Jims in this brief video clip:

Check out the full line of Maui Jim sunglasses available online at Bass Pro Shops, for the water, action, the road, or the trail!


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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - 2015 Spring Fishing Classic!

With all this snow, we're READY to talk spring! The Spring Fishing Classic kicks off this Friday, February 6! Ten days of deals, promotions, seminars and, of course, our Next Generation weekend just for kids!

Here's this weekend's line up!

Friday, February 6

The Spring Fishing Classic begins!

Throughout the Classic (Feb. 6-15) enjoy these promotions!

  • Rod and Reel Trade-In: Trade in your old reel and save even more on a new one! Trade in your old rod and save on a new one of those, too!  Not only does the event now last for the duration of the Classic, it also now includes fly rods and reels!

Rods and reels must not be broken...they are donated to Lake View Camp in Pella, Boy Scouts, the DNR, and Wounded Warriors.

  • Instant Rebate - Use your Bass Pro Shops MasterCard to buy new gear and receive an instant rebate up to $100. Use any other MasterCard and receive an instant rebate up to $50. Details and limitations at!

Uncle Buck's Fish BatterSaturday, February 7

Fried Fish Sampling - 2-5 p.m. We're frying up fish using Uncle Buck's Fish Batter in Original, Mild, and Hot & Spicy (by the aquarium, while supplies last).

Try Before You Buy - Noon-4 p.m. Our Gifts Department will also be serving up samples of Uncle Buck's Summer Sausage with Cherith Valley Mustard (by the Sunglasses Counter, while supplies last).

Pro Staff - Pro Staff Lance Baker, representing Daiwa, and Kary Ray, representing Lowrance products, will be in the store to answer your questions!

Sunday, February 8

BassMaster University - 2 p.m.

We welcome National Pro and Walleye Champion Chase Parsons! Check out the link to hear what Chase will be talking about!

Try Before You Buy - Noon-4 p.m. The Gifts Department will handing out samples of our various Uncle Buck's Extra Large Virginia Peanuts (by the Sunglasses Counter, while supplies last)!

Maui Jim Vendor - Find out more about Maui Jim Sunglasses - 11 a.m.-4 p.m. - A vendor rep will be at the sunglasses counter to answer questions!

Legal Heat - Concealed Carry classes will be held Sunday. Visit to register!


Coming up for the second weekend of the Classic?

Next Generation Weekend, Women's Outdoor Cooking and Fishing Tips, and Local Pro Seminars!


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Labor Day Event

Come on down for our AWESOME Labor Day Event on Saturday and Sunday, August 30th and 31st!  There will be fun for the whole family!  We will be honoring our Hometown Heroes, as well as having free activities, free food, and giveaways!

On Saturday, August 30th from 2-4 we will be honoring our hometown heroes.  Some of these everyday heroes work tirelessly and seldom receive thanks for their hard work.  We more often complain about some of our heroes, like teachers and police officers, when they strive to educate us and keep us safe.  Veterans, soldiers and military personnel do not receive enough thanks for their sacrifices.  Please come out and thank them for all they do!

There are also many activities all weekend for the kids to participate in!  We will be having a duck pond, a metal detector treasure hunt and casting buckets; all with prizes!  There will also be face painting, crafts and coloring sheets!

Let’s not forget the adults!  On August 30th, from 2-4, we will be having drawings every hour, on the hour!

  • 2:00 – Bass Pro Shops $50.00 gift card
  • 3:00 – Maui Jim Sunglasses
  • 4:00 – Yeti Cooler

There will also be 2 $25.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card giveaways each day!  There will also be Free Hot Dogs from 1-4 and Free Homemade Ice Cream from 4-5 each day.  We will also be a Free #14 show car photo opportunity!  Both days we will have three outdoor cooking seminars! 

  • 1:30 – Stoked to Smoke: How to Smoke Meat Right
  • 2:30 – Backyard Chef: Picking the Right Grill
  • 3:30 – Going Dutch: Dutch Oven Cooking Made Easy

Come join us for a family, fun-packed weekend!


This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Bacon Ketchup!

There's always SOMETHING going on at our store on the weekend! While some weekends are a little quieter, like this one, that just means we're gearing up for another event down the road!Captain Thom's Slappin' Fat Bacon Ketchup

Saturday, August 23 - Try Before you Buy!

Our Gifts Department is offering up hush puppy samples made from  Uncle Buck’s Hush Puppy dip them in Captain Thom’s Slappin’ Fat Bacon Ketchup...YUM!  Everything tastes better with bacon in it!  Grab a hush puppy and dip it by the Sunglasses Counter between Noon & 4 p.m. 

Sunday, August 24 - Legal Heat Class

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the White River Fly Shop.Lega Heat

One class qualifies you to apply for permits in Iowa, Utah, and Arizona, expanding the states you can carry in to 36. Taught by nationally known Legal Heat, the class is about four hours long and only $75. Please register ahead of time at

Coming Up?

Labor Day Hometown Festival!It's a Hometown Festival for Labor Day! Two days of fun events for kids, plus free hot dogs and ice cream samples. Check out our Facebook page and store page at for details!

Saturday, August 30

We save two hourHometown Heroes Day!s JUST for our Hometown Heroes! A special two hours of drawings just for veterans, members of the armed forces and military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics, and teachers! Hourly drawings:

2 p.m. - $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card
3 p.m. - Maui Jim sunglasses - $250 value
4 p.m. - YETI cooler - $300 value!
Must show your respective ID to register for prizes. Fish fry samples, also!


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Labor Day Event 2014

We may have just gotten done with our Next Generation Weekend for our Fall Hunting Classic, but that does not mean it is too early to look at our next free and family themed event: Hometown Festival!

We are going to close down the month of August with a bang! On August 30th and 31st we will be having our Hometown Festival here at our store in Mesa, Arizona!

We will have a variety of activities open to everyone this year! From Noon to 5PM, both days, we will have the following:

Pick a Duck Pond- Try your luck at picking a numbered duck! Winners will get a prize!*

Casting Buckets- Show us your casting skills! Participants who can get the casting plug into the target get a prize!*

Face Painting- Add some style to your face!

Craft- Color an Owl Backpack Clip!*

Metal Detector Treasure Hunt- Use a metal detector to search for hidden treasures!

Photo Download- Get your picture taken and see yourself sitting inside our Bass Pro Shops NASCAR race car!

The first 100 Kids to complete the Metal Detector, Casting Bucket and Photo Download activities and get their activity card punched each day, earn an awesome giveaway*!


We will also have these seminars on both Saturday and Sunday!

1:30PM- Stoked to Smoke: How to Smoke Meat Right

2:30PM- Backyard Chef- Picking the Right Grill

3:30PM- Going Dutch: Dutch Oven Cooking Made Easy


There will be Food Sampling going on both days from Noon-5PM*.

Saturday and Sunday:

Free Hot Dogs from 1PM-4PM*

Free Ice Cream Sampling from 4PM-5PM*


What is really cool is that on Saturday we will have some time and special things set aside for our Hometown Heroes. From 2PM-4PM we will be honoring them with Fish Fry Samples* and prize drawings.

 Our Hometown Heroes include:



Military Personnel


Fire Fighters



Prizes to be drawn:

2PM- $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

3PM- Maui Jim Sunglasses

4PM- YETI Cooler

Please have Valid ID present in order to participate!

So beat the heat and lets close this month down right! Grab the family and head on down for our Hometown Festival! Yee-Haww!!

*While Supplies Last



Honoring Our Hometown Heroes!!

hometown heroes

Join us on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 from 2:00 P.M. thru 4:00 P.M. as we offer a small thank you to honor our hometown heroes; Veterans, Soldiers, Military Personnel, Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Teachers, One Winner per hour per each store and winner must show a valid ID. 

2:00 P.M: Bass Pro Shops $50.00 Girft Card

3:00 P.M: Maui Jim Sunglasses; a $250.00 Value

4:00 P.M: Yeti Cooler; a $300.00 Value

Along with having prize drawings for our Hometown Heroes we will have lots of free fun for the entire family; face painting, owl craft, kid's drawstring bag, photo download, metal detector treasure hunt, casting buckets, duckpond, seminars, and so much more. So pack up all your friends and family and head down to Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World for some hometown fun.




2014 Labor Day Hometown Festival

Don't miss out on this years Labor Day Hometown Festival August 30th and 31st, noon until 5pm.

Honoring Our Hometown Heroes:

  • August 30th ONLY 2-4pm
  • Hourly Drawings
    • 2pm - BPS $50.00 gift card
    • 3pm - Maui Jim Sunglasses
    • 4pm - Yeti cooler
  • Fish Fry Samples


  • Saturday and Sunday, August 30th and 31st
    • 1:30pm - Stoked to Smoke: How to Smoke Meat Right
    • 2:30pm - Backyard Chef: Picking the Right Grill
    • 3:30pm - Going Dutch: Dutch Oven Cooking Made Easy

Product Demos:

  • Smokers and accessories
  • Grills and accessories
  • Dutch ovens and accessories

#14 Show car photo opportunity:

  • Don't miss your chance to get your photo taken with a free download!

Hot Dogs:

  • FREE Hot Dogs each day from 1-4pm
  • While supplies lasts

Ice Cream:

  • FREE Homemade Ice Cream sampleing each day from 4-5pm
  • While supplies lasts

Bass Pro Shops Food Samples:

  • Throughout the day BPS Food Samples will be provided to customers
  • Multiple samples per day so don't forget to try all of them!

Family Activites:

  • Gift Card Drawings
    • Two $25.00 BPS gift cards will be given away each day
    • Customer DOES NOT need to be present to win!
  • Pick a Duck pond
    • Kids will pick a floating duck from the pond to see if they win a prize!
  • Metal Detector Treasure Hunt
    • Using a metal detector kids will attempt to find hidden objects to win a prize!
  • Casting Buckets
    • Kids will have 3 chances to hit the target for a prize!
  • Face Painting
  • Craft
    • Color an owl back pack clip to take home with you!
    • Noon - 5pm
    • While supplies lasts
  • Coloring Pages
  • Giveaway
    • the first 100 kids each day to complete the photo opportunity, the casting buckets, and the metal detector treasure hunt will recieve a raccoon drawstring bag.

It's Hometown Festival Time at Bass Pro Shops !




The last event of the summer is here…..

Celebrate Labor Day with us in Bass Pro style…. It’s Hometown Festival!!!!!

We would like to take this time to honor our hometown heroes; OUR Firefighters, Police, Veterans, Military Personnel, Soldiers, Paramedics and Teachers. THANK YOU for all you do!!!

On August 30, 2-4 pm we will have hourly drawings:

2 pm      $50 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

3 pm      Maui Jim Sunglasses - $250 value

4 pm      YETI Cooler- $300 Value

**One winner each hour … must show valid ID**

Join in on our FREE Family Activities on August 30-31, 12-5 pm.     



  • Free Duck Pond

            Try your luck pick a duck for a chance to win a LED flashing lanyard!


  • Free Casting Buckets

            Hit the target for a prize


  • Free Face Painting


  • Free Crafts

            Color an Owl Backpack Clip


  • Free Metal Detector Treasure Hunt

            Can you find the hidden treasure?


  • Free Photo Download

            Unique photo opportunity with Tony Stewart’s #14 Bass Pro Shops car


  •  Free Homemade Ice Cream Samples     4-5 pm


  • Free Hot dogs and Food Samples and Fish Fry Samples


**First 100 kids to complete a punch card will receive a free drawstring bag**




1:30 pm          Stoked to Smoke: How to Smoke Meat Right

2:30 pm         Backyard Chef Picking the Right Grill

3:30 pm         Going Dutch: Dutch Oven Cooking Made Easy


It's hard to be sad that summer is gone while we are having all this fun! Check us out on facebook and our website for event updates.






Sunglass Spotlight


Here at Bass Pro Shops in Columbia we offer a wide selection of products you may need for your outdoor adventure from your head wear to your foot wear. An often overlooked but critical piece to help you enjoy the great outdoors are sunglasses, and here at Bass Pro Shops, we offer a wide variety of styles and brands like Strike King, Jimmy Houston and Bill Dance for fishing, and Smith Optics for shooting. Fish eyes, guidelines and all terrain are reader lenses, and XPS offers a wide variety of polar sensor lenses.

Haven and Cocoon will take care of your prescription glasses with clip ons, flip ups and fit over glasses. We continue our selection with NASCAR, Ironman and plenty of youth styles. In addition, we offer a high end selection including Maui Jim, Native and Costas sunglasses (We are one of two who sell Costas in Columbia). As always, we thank you for shopping at your local Bass Pro Shops, where you always receive more outdoors for your money.



Sunglass Basics - Lens Type and Color

Buying GOOD sunglasses can be overwhelming. There are so many features and benefits to choose from, let alone understanding all the terminology. Our Gifts and Sunglasses Lead Heather Morris breaks down some of the considerations for you when it comes to purchasing:

Lens Types - Glass vs. Polycarbonate


* Best clarity

* Holds up the best against scratches

* Very durable


* Lightweight

* Easy cleaning

* Impact resistant

* Scratch resistant


Mirrored have a coating on the outside of the lens to help cut down on glare. The differences between colored mirror lenses are:

* Blue mirror is one of two lenses that lets the least amount of light transmission through at 10%. It comes with a base color of grey.  Blue mirror lenses are best for full sun on open water and offshore.

* Green mirror is the other lens that will let the least amount of light transmission through at 10%. It comes with a copper or amber base.  Green mirror enhances vision as well as contrast for fishing inshore and on flats.

* Silver mirror has a 12% light transmission and comes with a copper base.  It's great for various lighting and works well in stream fishing.

In non-mirrored lenses, the grey lens is the darkest tint available without a mirror.  It is a great lens to use on a daily basis and all activities. The Amber lens is a good lens for those days of bright and low lights.

Quality polarized sunglasses have a film built in the lens that reduces glare from the sun, snow, and water.  Non-polarized sunglasses do not have this film and if you're going to buy a good quality pair of sunglasses Morris recommends they are polarized.

When purchasing sunglasses the biggest thing to consider, outside of your budget, is how you're going to use them. If you're getting them for  daily outdoor use for sports, fishing, or biking, Morris says consider a warranty, going with polarized lenses, and durability.  Of course, the fit is important, too!

Maui Jim - Bass Pro Shops AltoonaHer personal preference of sunglasses?  Maui Jim!

"I have two pairs, one with a grey lens and the other with the amber.  I find that they both really enhance all the colors I see as well as block out the bright sunlight.  I never squint my eyes with my Mauis on!"

Currently, at Bass Pro Shops Altoona, we carry Under Armour, Native, Oakley, Maui Jim, Costa Del Mar, Browning, Wiley X (limited pairs). We carry Maui Jim and Costa Del Mar sunglasses in both glass and polycarbonate lenses.  We carry specific models in all of our brands, but we do offer special orders if there is a particular pair you want that we do not carry.KVD - Oakley


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The Sunglass Station

It’s widely known that here in Arizona the sun shines a bit brighter than in other places. So sunglasses are not only extremely convenient but can sometimes be necessary. And it’s just another one of those things we here at Bass Pro try to be there for you on. And we do a pretty darn stylish job of too!

These are a few of examples of the Costa brand sunglasses we carry. Costa was started in 1983 and has been making quality sunglasses for those with extreme outdoor adventure needs, as well as casual wear. They have a patented lens design that creates crystal clear vision for every situation.

These are a few from our friends at Maui Jim! Maui Jim is a company based in… you guessed it, Hawaii. They saw a need to protect your eyes without losing all the breathtaking color and life of the island. Perfect for everyday wear, they have a patented polarized lens technology that allows for maximum protection from harmful UVs.

Oakley sunglasses are always a good choice, for the hardcore athlete and the casual wearer alike. Founded in ‘75 they have been producing quality sunglasses that stand up to and laugh at intense use. If you haven’t heard the name then you are very, very new to the game.

Wiley-X started out making sunglasses for the military and in 1987 they made their product available to civilians. Great for outdoor enthusiasts and sports extremists alike, some models have been tested to withstand a 12-gauge shotgun blast from 10 yards away. Not bad Wiley… Not bad.

Ray-Ban… as if you didn’t already know. Started in 1937 specifically for army pilots at the time, the Aviator has been a classic and standard for all sunglass companies ever since. Also known for the Wayfarer, Ray-Ban is still at the top of their game.

XPS is a brand for the cost-conscientious consumer such as myself. They have a great selection of style and models, all of which are polarized and made to withstand everyday use.

Thank you for stopping by! Pendragon!


What's the story behind your sunglasses?

Let me give you a little history on Costa’s sunglasses.  Costa sunglasses were founded in Florida in 1983 by four fishermen who weren’t satisfied with ordinary sunglasses. That’s how Costa sunglasses began with their 400 lens that landed them in their market.  Costa Sunglasses are built by hand and backed for life.  All Costa Repair Shop calls are answered by a member of their staff in Florida.  Now, Costa sunglasses have 580 technologies and it goes beyond polarized.  There are many features of the 580 lenses. They block yellow light at 580 nanometers for greater comfort, less fatigue and enhance colors.  They also block Shortwave High-Energy Blue Light, which cuts haze and blur for crystal clarity.  They block 100% UV Light providing protection from the sun’s harmful rays and also provide 100% polarization, virtually eliminating reflected glare and reducing eye strain.  The 580’s allow you to see 2 to 3 feet deeper in water.  Come on in and try on a pair! You will love them just as much as many of our associates love them.

Did you know that the Maui Jim Sunglasses started as a vision-to create the most beautiful view under the sun?  They have several features that you will enjoy. They provide vision without glare or harmful UV.  They display a full and vibrant color. This vision has made Mai Jim Sunglasses the fastest-growing polarized sunglass company in the world. Maui Jim Sunglasses are sold worldwide and in over 25 countries.  Maui Jim Sunglasses enhance color; blues are truer. Greens are brighter. Reds are more vibrant. Maui Jim Sunglasses wipe out 99.9% of glare Blocks 100% of UV rays.  

I bet you didn’t know that Costa Sunglasses and Maui Jim Sunglasses are available in prescription or reading glasses. Costa Sunglasses come in 1.75 and 2.50 strength reading glasses and Maui Jims sunglasses come in 1.50, 2.00 and 2.50 reading glasses. 

 Whether you choose Costa Sunglasses or Maui Jim Sunglasses, I am sure you will be pleased. Come by and try on a pair and find that perfect fit.  Perfect for fishing, laying on the beach or driving around. We have a large selection of each to suit your needs.



The below photos show the detail and different styles on two of our associates.

One of our Costa Style Sunglasses:


One of our Maui Style Sunglasses:



This Weekend at Bass Pro Shops Altoona - Bobcats and Bows

Welcome to all the Drake Relays fans who are in town...Mother Nature is promising beautiful weather this weekend for all outdoor activities!Bobcat - Photo from National GeographicCanadian Lynx - Photo from USDA Forest Service


Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Pella Wildlife Company joins us with a live bobcat and Canadian lynx!  Pella Wildlife Company is a non-profit organization established to focus on three areas of animal welfare – education, sustainability and conservation. Founder and CEO Ron DeAarmond will be on hand to answer questions and educate you about the animals and the PWC's efforts.


Our Kids' Outdoor Skills Challenge weekend continues!

April 27-28
Noon - 4
Crafts 1-4 p.m.

This free family event gives children the opportunity to learn new skills in several basic outdoor challenges...and have FUN!Kids' Challenge

  • Knot Tying – Learning to tie a proper knot is essential when camping or enjoying the outdoors. However, it also simply comes in hand round the house! Kids will learn some basic knots and receive one knot-tying instruction card while supplies last.
  • Packing a Backpack - Kids are given the opportunity to properly pack a backpack, learning to determine what is essential and non-essential.
  • Archery - Kids can test their skills hands-on at the outdoor archery range, learning the proper stance, how to aim, and safety.
  • Casting - Children will learn how to cast at our portable catch and release pond. But there are no fish...just the opportunity for them to practice their aim and casting technique. 

All participating kids will get a punch card...the first 100 kids to complete a punch card will receive a Bass Pro Shops flashing wristband!  All kids get to take a spin at the prize wheel, too!


Ladies' NightSunday, April 28, 7-9 p.m.

Ladies' After Hours Event!

Hey, ladies, this is your night! We want to introduce ALL women to what Bass Pro Shops offers...not just the outdoor enthusiasts, but any woman who likes apparel, cooking, home décor, and outdoor living decor. So, bring your friends for a special night of shopping! We'll have over 25 specialty vendors like Pampered Chef, Miche Bags, Lia Sophia, Grace Adele, and more! Food samples from Bass Pro Shops, Uncle Buck's Fish Bowl and Grill, gift basket giveaways and a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses from Bass Pro Shops!  Grab your girlfriends and come join the fun!




2013 Spring Family Fun Event

As we approach the 2 year anniversary of the horrific April 27th tornadoes, Bass Pro Shops in Leeds decided to hold a special event. We are going to have our very first Spring Family Fun Event from 1 pm until 4 pm! This event will be a partnership to the Kids Outdoor Skills Challenge event held at the store. Make plans now to join us for this fun filled day. Below are all of the details and activities we will have going on:

-Spring Fashion show from the Apparel Department to show off our latest and greatest spring collections.


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A representative from Maui Jim Sunglasses will be in the store all day with GWP and will be available for any customer needs.





CBS 42 will be in the store from 1-3pm to do Weather Radio programming. This date is the two year anniversary of the Tuscaloosa tornado, and CBS is excited to come out prepare you for the next storm. Bass Pro Shops will have weather radios available for you to purchase.






Also the Birmingham Zoo will be here that day as well from 1-3pm with their Zoo to You program. This is a time where Kids/Adults can interact with 4-5 different animals that the zoo brings out for that day.





The Kids' Outdoor Skills Challenge includes: packing a backpack, archery, casting pond, and crafts! Another blog will be coming soon with all of these details!




Maui Jim Sunglasses

The sun is year round so that means all seasons need eye protection. Let Maui Jim be your flavor for eyewear. Maui Jim was created on the Hawaiian Island with names of the sunglasses having a meaning that pertains to the islands. Each pair of sunglasses have a patented Polarized 2 lens for brilliant color which gives a crisp and cleaner appearance glasseswithout the glare. Each leans has a multiple layers offering anti-reflection treatment, polarizing film, the lens color, scratch resistant layer on both sides, a Bi-Gradient mirror and a waterproof coating on both sides. The Bi-Gradient mirror is on the top and bottom of the lens which is to create a squint in the lens to knock the glare out and the waterproof on both sides helps with finger smudges. Maui Jim is offered in a large array of styles with up to 4 lens colors per style. Amongst the lens colors there are 3 different lens types such as: an evolution glass, polycarbonate (shatter proof), and a super thin (ST) glass which is a 20% thinner lens for a lighter feel. Maui Jim also offers readers in 3 different strengths. The many styles of Maui Jim range from rimless to wire frame to plastic frames in multi colors. Maui Jim has a style to fit every lifestyle.

Duwanna Counce

Apparel Lead

Denham Springs