Great News For Coffee Addicts

Coffee has come a long way over time dating back to the early thirteenth century according to Wikipedia. Legend has it that people saw how the animals were acting after having eaten the strange berries from certain bushes, so they tried them. Being too bitter, they tried cooking them only to have them be too hard to eat. So, after boiling them and drinking the liquid result, coffee was born! Or so the tale goes....

The first coffee press was patented in 1929 most likely by a Frenchman, since they are known as French Coffee Presses. Even those have been changed many times over the centuries. Used to be you had a plunger and rod gizmo you had to try and use without spilling your coffee, but now, it can be as simple as putting one cup inside another. Allow me to introduce to you the new GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press aka; portable french coffee press. Instead of the aforementioned rod and plunger gizmo, you have an inner mug that creates  double wall insulation. The spill resistant flip top seals in heat and eliminates sloshing and spilling then conveniently unscrews to add cream, sugar or other flavorings or to simply stir.

The PLUS Foam sleeve adds even more insulation and adds a soft and secure grip. Add to that a non slip foot and a slim profile and your good to go with your new Java Press in your cars cup holder. The Commuter Java Press holds 15 oz and only weighs 10.4 oz.

To use, simply add 2-5 tablespoons of your favorite course ground coffee, depending on how strong you like it. Add 15 oz of water that is 200°, stir and allow to sit for approximately 4 minutes. After that, insert the inner mug, gently pressing the inner mug with the stainless screen filter down into the water until it stops. Remove the lid, add any flavorings, stir, replace the lid and enjoy! How much more simple can it be?!?!

I'm really excited about this little gadget and I know you will be too. Come on by here and let me show you just how simple and easy it is to use. Priced at only $19.99  it's a bargain you can't afford to pass up!

As always, Thanks for allowing me to share with you, what's new in the Camping Department.

Deedee Smith
Camping Team Lead
Sevierville Bass Pro Shops

 

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Night Time Summer Crappie Fishing

Crappie are by far one of the most popular fish across the country. Some reasons for that are: they are decent fighters on light line, they generally school up in large numbers, and they are absolutely delicious to eat. Another great thing about crappie is how predictable their movements are. While some fish are very difficult to track and keep up with the crappie normally are where they're supposed to be. This easy to pattern quality makes them a perfect species for a beginning angler to target.

While in the spring time they are generally shallow, during the summer months the majority of the crappie school up in deep water around the thermocline level, where the water is rich with oxygen which attracts small organisms like plankton, and in return attracts baitfish such as shad and other minnows. If you can find these ingredients then the crappie will not be far away. Crappie are aggressive feeders when you get them fired up and it is not uncommon to catch more 50 fish in one area. Crappie are common in the 7 to 11 inch range, but you never know when a 16 inch or bigger crappie might bite, and that is a blast to fight on light line.

The best time to target summer time crappie is definitely at night.  Now one of the keys for night time fishing is attracting the baitfish to your boat. The way to do this is by using a light of some some such as the Optronics Floating Fish-N-Lite or a Bass Pro Shops Submersible Fish Light. The baitfish will gather around your boat and like I said earlier the crappie will not be far behind. A lot of the time when fishing this way your boat will be sitting over 30 feet of water with the fish suspended feeding up off the bottom in about 10 to 15 feet.

I would recommend using either 4 or 6 pound test line. When fishing regular jigs with no flotation I prefer Trilene 100% Flourocarbon, it's low stretch, sensitive, and the fact that the line actually sinks is perfect for this presentation. Artificial baits will work great. The Bass Pro Shops Baby Shad in a variety of colors is my artificial bait of choice. Rig these soft plastics on a small 1/16 ounce jig head and simply drop the bait down into the school of fish. While artificials will catch alot of fish there is honestly nothing that will works quite as well as live minnows. Hook your minnow through the tip of the nose on a Gamakatsu Bait Holder Hook in a size 2 or 4 depending on the size of crappie you are catching. Pinch a reusable split shot about a foot up the line and you are ready to go. For this light line and light weight technique there is no better rod and reel setup then the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Combo. It is light weight and sensitive, yet still has a soft tip so that you won't tear the hook out of a crappies paper soft mouth.

If your looking to get into fishing this is a great way to start, and there is nothing better then providing for your family by putting fresh crappie on the dinner table. Make sure you always check your state regulations to find out what the size and quantity limits are in your local area, and most importantly enjoy yourself while spending time out in beautiful nature. I'll see you on the water!

Joey Nania

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Kayaks and more

Imagine it’s the weekend or holidays and you are finally at the lake, but you are still tense and are awake way too early. Quietly you get out of bed (or your sleeping bag) and head outside. Standing in the stillness you inhale the fresh air and take in the mist that rises over the glass-like water. It’s cool but light as the sun starts to make it’s journey in the sky.  The only sounds are the birds and water gently lapping against the shore. The serenity of the moment begins to work on all the muscles that you’ve been holding tense all week (or all month.. all year).  You feel all tension slipping away. As your soul begins to recharge you head to the beach where your kayak waits patiently. Once your pfd is donned. the kayak is carefully placed into the water. There is a slight wobble as you climb in.  Grasping your paddle in both hands you head off. Destination relaxation. As you paddle around the lake you see the world through new eyes as  your soul is filled with peace.

Does that sound idyllic?

Maybe it’s time to start looking into adding kayaking as a new addition to your life. Kayaks are not only great exercise but they allow you to go to different lakes or rivers. You don’t need a cottage or a weekend at a campground. Just pack a lunch and snacks, a few little essentials and just head to a local lake for a couple hours of stress relief.

We have kept our inventory focused on the popular Ascend kayaks this summer but we also have the tandem Twin Heron by Old Town,  the modular Apollo (can be solo or tandem depending on whether you go with two or three segments) by Point 65 or the Stealth 9 by Malibu, All Ascend kayaks are made of high density polyethylene, which is a very tough plastic. The Ascend Kayaks are a little wider then other kayaks which allows for more stability and comfort.

The first model is a budget friendly basic beginner level kayak called the A10. At 9’10”  long,  28.5” wide and weighing only 44 pounds  this kayak will suit most people.  It comes in red or blue with a removable steel framed mesh seat and storage area with a bungee support that will hold a 36 quart cooler.

Second in line is the D10. This kayak has the same dimensions as the A10 but has added features; foot braces, a removable steel frame padded seat, cushioned thigh pads and covered stern-well that will hold a 36 quart cooler. The colour choices are red/black or purple/black.

The D10T was introduced this year, a sit on kayak with a custom designed hull for great stability (you can even stand on it!!!) foot braces, adjustable padded seat and loads of storage space. It is 10’ long, 34” wide and only 52 pounds. It  comes in red/black or titanium grey.

Next we have the D12. Stretching out a full 12 feet, this 74 pound kayak has a specialized hull design for speed, better load carrying, easy paddling and good handling in rougher waters. It comes with foot braces, two storage areas (including a dry well), 5” deck plate storage hatch for small items like your wallet, fishing license, cell-phone and keys)  and bungee system to keep all your gear with you. Colour choices are blue/black or red/black.

If you are an angler you will love the next four models in the Ascend line.

The FS10 is one of our most popular kayaks. It’s 10’2” length is perfect for most anglers. The wide cockpit allows for greater movement and stability. There are two flush rod mount holders and a fully adjustable rod tender (I don’t fish but the guys in the fishing department assure me this is a good thing to have). There are also two 4” cleats for anchoring a fish bucket or stringer. Dual bungee paddle keepers and a comfortable seat make this kayak a great choice for anglers who want to go to those tucked away places. It comes in camouflage or titanium Then we have the FS12. This 12 foot beauty is full of great features; integrated rod storage tube, full tackle rod tender on the starboard side and two rod holders behind the seat. It also has an adjustable anchor system, foot braces, cushioned thigh pads, 5” deck plate storage hatch, two big storage areas (one covered one dry) and a very comfortable seat.  You can chose from desert storm or camouflage.

Another option is the FS12T sit on kayak. This 68 pound kayak has an ultra stable hull for maximum comfort, stability and manoeuvrability. It has a moulded five position foot rest and padded seat for comfort. There are also two flush rod mount rod holders, full tackle rod tender, two storage areas and a catch all tray with two colour choices; sand or olive.

Finally we have the last in our Ascend line, a behemoth at 12 feet 8 inches in length; The FS128T. This kayak is a sit on like none we have had before. Available in camouflage or desert storm, this kayak is made to sit or stand  fish on with a tunnel hull design and solid casting platform. It also has a removable swivel seat, lots of storage, adjustable foot braces,  flush rod mounts and a rod tender.

If you prefer to have company when you meander around the lake you might want to look at canoes instead. The Old Town canoes start with the 3 person 14’ 6” Saranac then move into the 14’ Rockport and Rogue River. We also have a 16’ Saranac and 15’4” Rogue River square back.

If you think kayaking or canoeing sounds like it might be a good fit for you, visit our Vaughan store and check out our selection (the majority of boats are outside but we do have one of each Ascend model inside). If you have any questions about kayaking, canoeing or camping in general please see one of the camping associates.

Happy Paddling!

Melanie

Team Lead

Camping Department

Bass Pro Shops

Vaughan, Ontario

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Let's Frog!

By Teddy Carr


I like hot sticky weather for a good froggin’ bite, but of course that has been in short supply in Virginia thus far, but we have a ways to go before we give way to autumn. This weather scenario is also not an absolute or a hard and fast rule for froggin’ either there are plenty of fish being caught on a frogg right now.

Seeing how I like to proclaim myself somewhat an expert on this style of fishing (note self proclamation) I want to pass on to you some of my knowledge and techniques. First it should be called Breamin’ instead of froggin’ because the bite has nothing to do with a bass eating a frog. A frog bite has everything to do with bass feeding on bream as it all relates to emergent vegetation. Any strike or blow-up on a frog in open water is nothing more than a topwater bite. I don’t think I’ve ever used a soft bodied frog in any other situation other than over heavy vegetation such as milfoil, coontail, or pads etc. Focusing in on that premise lets explore my philosophy on the gig a little.  Because I fish the tidal Potomac more these days most of what I’m writing to you is how it relates to that particular body of water but I believe it carries over to other lakes and rivers as well. First bass have a lot to feed on during the summer but they have to make a choice on where they want to eat it or where they want to call home. Bass that want to feed on white perch and the soft bodied shad families will spend more time out in front of a grass bed or along the edge of a pad field. In other words they feel right at home in an open water environment. Bass that decide to call the confines of a weed bed it’s home feel right at home in the thick jungle of weeds and a menu of crayfish, yellow perch, small minnows, and bream is just fine by them.

Which frog, When?

I always start with a moving frog like a YUM Money Frog or a Bass Pro Humpin’ Toad, if I get bit I stay with it. The choice out of the gate is a simple one for me, I choose the moving frog because I’m a power fisherman and I like to cover as much water as I can as fast and efficiently as I can. The moving or swimming variety as some refer to it excels when the bass are on an active bream beat down. One of the tells that a beat down is happening or about to happen is when you hear that popping or sucking sound coming from the grass bed. That sound is coming from bream feeding on critters that are living on the under side of the vegetation. The preoccupied bream is an easy target for well concealed bass that is hungry. A moving frog taps into the reactionary nature of a bass in this situation, oh its a lovely thing! Also on a side note if the strike is violent probably means the bass was positioned under the bait on the bottom, if the strike is light or if the bass basically humps up on the lure means it was positioned just under the surface. I know I don’t have a life I just set around in my bass zone analyzing such things. If the bass are in a non aggressive mood then a popping frog or regular frog is probably the wiser choice. My favorite two are the Booyah Pad Crasher and the Booyah Pad Crasher Popper.

Colors

I always use darker colors like green-pumpkin, dark watermelon, or black. I like to accent them with some orange or yellow.

Gear

I use a 7′ 6″ med-hvy rod for all my frog presentations. The soft tip allows the fish to load up without detecting you and then you have the backbone to drive the hook home and the power to pull his head up and get the old boy coming your way. I use 65-pound Bass Pro braid as my fishing line of choice, heavy and no stretch attached to a 6/0 heavy off set shank hook if using a swimming frog. As for a reel you want one that has a real heavy duty drag system then lock that baby down so a freight train couldn’t pull line from it. Then go to work. We have begun our 4-hour frog trips if you’re interested contact us and we would be more than happy to show you up close and personal some breamin’

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New Species New Thrills

In the United States alone 1,154 native fish species can be found. This being said many anglers tend to focus all of there fishing attention on one or two species, often forgetting about what their local lakes and reservoirs have to offer. In the Southern part of the US Bass fishing is definitely king with with Crappie fishing a close second. Crappie and bass definitely take most of the attention. In this article I want to show you some different species that can sometimes be overlooked. What I like about angling for different species is the numerous challenges that they bring along with them. By challenging yourself with different species you will grow as an overall angler and gain a better understanding of how the entire echo system works in your local lake, river, or reservoir.

The catfish is a species that is probably 3rd behind the Crappie and Bass. While they are fairley popular many people consider them to be trash fish, or bottom feeders. In many cases that is not true. In any southern water system you will find a variety of catfish species such as channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish. While they are all in the same family they behave different from one another.

The Channel Catfish is the most abundant in the US. They are extremely tough fish and can survive in extremely low water qualities meaning you can find them in just about any pond, lake, creek, or river you can think of. They are great to eat and will also put up a very strong fight. Channel catfish are generally the species you are eating when you go to a restaurant and are often farm raised for this purpose. They can be caught on anything from earthworms, nightcrawlers, minnows, cut bream, and chicken livers. They also have a great sense of smell making them very vulnerable to stink baits. Channel Catfish spend almost all of their time on or near the bottom making a heavy weighted rig the best. If you are a bass fisherman you probably know about the Carolina Rig, a slightly modified version of this is a perfect rig for channel catfish as well. The rig starts by sliding a Bass Pro Shops Egg Sinker on your line. The weight of you sinker should be determined by 3 factors, the depth you are fishing, the amount of wind you are facing, and also if there is current. For ponds and small lakes a 1/4 to 1/2 oz should be plenty. In bigger rivers or reservoirs it might be necessary to use up to a 4 oz weight in order to keep the bait down on the bottom. Once you have you sinker in place you attach a swivel, followed by a short 12 to 24 inch leader and your hook of choice. 20 lb test Bass Pro Shops Excel Monofilament  will work great for this and a Gamakatsu Octopus Hook in a size 1 to 1/0 is perfect for most situations. Channel catfish are rarely caught over 25 pounds with most from the 1 to 6 pound range making them perfect size for the fryer.

The bigger species in the catfish family are the flathead catfish and the blue catfish. The world record Flathead catfish weighed in at an incredible 123lbs and they are commonly caught from 10 to 30 lbs. The world record blue is 109.25lbs and are normally pretty big when you catch them. Unlike the channel cat flatheads and blues are predators. They eat all sorts of aquatic animals, such as bass, bream, crappie, shad, crawfish and even other catfish. For these catfish I recommend using fresh cut fish as well as live bait, fished on the bottom with the same carolina type rig you would use for channel cats just with heavier weights and bigger hooks. Make sure you use heavy line as well because these fish are extremely strong and have incredible stamina putting up a strong fight for a long period of time. I would suggest a heavy baitcasting combo such as the Bill Dance Catfish Baitcast Rod and Reel Combo in the 9 or 10 foot model. These will give you the strength you need to handle a true fish of a lifetime.

So if you want to search of something new on your local body of water the catfish has a ton to offer. But probably the most overlooked fish is the gar. There are three species of gar. The longnose, the spotted, and the alligator. Gar are generally considered to be trash fish but trust me they are a lot of fun catch. While the longnose are normally 1 to 3 feet long the alligator gar can grow up to 10 feet in length. The smaller species are much more common and can be found in many different lakes and river systems. Some of their main characteristics are their sharp needle like teeth and there extremely bony head and mouth. This poses a slight problem for hooking them with congenial fishing hooks. One of the best ways to catch a gar is with a small 1 to 3 inch piece of frayed rope. While the mouth is almost impossible to penetrate the rope will tangle in the teeth and allow you to bring them to the boat. Gar normally feed off the surface so no weight is the weigh to go. This can be difficult for spinning equipment so what I like to do is fly fish for them. Fly fishing allows you to cast a weightless bait long distances and also creates a great challenge when fighting a strong jumping gar. Give it a try and you will be hooked on what it has to offer. All of your angling needs can be found at Bass Pro Shops, and make sure to ask an associate if you have any questions! I'll see you on the water!

Joey Nania

 

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Gearing up for Walleye

Gearing Up for Walleye

By; Daniel Notarianni

            I’m not sure if it is the fight, the wide the distribution, or the great taste of walleye that make them one of Canada’s most popular fish, but most anglers target walleye the same old way….the good old jig. There is no doubt that you can get walleye on a simple jig head and live worm or minnow with just about any rod, but you are missing out on some great fishing action if that’s the only way you target walleye.

Having a high modulus graphite rod is important, especially when the walleye are biting subtle. Pairing it up with a light and powerful reel will put a finesse walleye machine in your hand.  I stress “light” because the lighter your rod and reel combo is the more sensitive it will be. The reason for this is based on the “law of differences”, to quickly explain that, imagine holding a brick and dropping a penny on top of it, you probably won’t feel the penny land. Now imagine holding a piece of paper and dropping a penny on that. No doubt that you will feel the penny land, now think of the penny as a hit from a fish and that brick being your old overweight rod and reel combo.

            If I had to choose only two rods to fish with for walleye, a six-foot medium fast action rod and a six-foot eight medium extra fast rod would be the top of my choice for any body of water where trolling is not on the menu.  A six-foot medium fast Bass Pro Shops® XPS® Extreme® is an ideal rod for bottom contact presentations like jigs, live bait split shooting and small crank-baits. A six-foot eight medium extra fast  Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Series is ideal for rip jigging, jerk-baits and buck-tail jigs. Pairing either of these rods up with a JCL500 Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris® CarbonLite™ Spinning Reel will keep the combo light, balanced, provide more than enough cranking power, and a super smooth drag to make sure once you hook up you land the walleye.

            Loading up your combo with a quality braid is ideal, braid is strong, sensitive, and extremely thin which is ideal for power finesse applications. There are two main options when it comes to braid, a floating braid or a slow sinking braid. A floating braid like Bass Pro Shops® XPS® 8 Advanced Braid is great for fishing crank-baits or fishing around weeds. The floating line will keep your line high in the water, reducing hang-ups and fouling in weeds. Using a sinking line like Sufix® 832 Advanced Superline™ is great for just about all of your other walleye tactics. The sinking line will not bow in the water; this allows you have less line between the tip of your rod and the bait increasing sensitivity. Attaching a two to four foot section of fluorocarbon to your line will improve the stealth of your presentation, and add just a little bit of stretch to your rig, helping to prevent ripping the hooks out of the walleyes mouth.

            There is no doubt that throwing a jig and grub tipped with live bait is an effective way to get into walleye, it is a passive way to fish and if the walleye are not around it may not provide hot and heavy action. More active ways to locate and catch walleye include rip jigging and throwing hard baits. In the Kawarthas and other smaller weedy lakes walleye will hold in the weed beds in shallow and deep water. You can target them by throwing small jerk-baits and crank-baits around the weed lines to trigger reaction strikes from walleye, but if the bite is slow or they are holding tight in the weeds, you should hop on the trolling motor, get over the weed beds and go dunking. Using an Enticer® Pro Series Smallmouth Jig, drop it down into the pockets of the weeds and once the bait hits the bottom give it a sharp snap or two then move to the next pocket. When doing this it is very important to watch your line, hits can come on the fall and sometimes all you see is a twitch in the line that signals a bite.

            A hand full of jig heads in different weights, a few colours of XPS® Single Tail Grubs and anchoring on a rock shoal is the old standard.  But chances are you are not reading this to simply go with the old standard, you are here to up your game. Give the techniques mentioned a shot, once you get some confidence in them you may not be so eager to just toss out the old ball and chain and hop a jig along.

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Fly Fishing in Central America by Harry Robertson

An exciting letter from Harry Robertson: 

Hey Bass Pro Team,


Please pardon the redundant report. Hampden-Sydney College where I
preform two seminars yearly asked for an after graduation trip to
Central America. This trip would be open to family members as well as
the students. A good opportunity for the father-son type trip or a great
graduation present for seniors. The dean of Students joined us and the
entire group had a marvelous time.

  
I had prearranged avenue with Dr. Alfredo Lopez, the CEO and on
location manager of Rio Indio Lodge along with Mike Lilla, fishing
manager to offer an educational calendar that would include half of each
day clearing paths in the jungle and half a day guided fishing. The path
would be available to the local Rama Indian tribe to take visitors on
nature walks explaining the jungle flora and fauna.

The Rama Indian guides in the jungle and on the water offered an insight
into the ECO lodges offerings....we left only footprints! the path
cleared will have a sign at its entrance with credit to the Beyond the
Hill participants. This denotes the college's intention to prepare the
students for how to assist those willing to help themselves to cope with
everyday life after college. It has worked extremely well in several
other Central American countries. There are plans to make this an annual
trip stretching the helpful activities to the nearby Rama Indian
village.


Now for the fishing, my part of the program. I had explained how the the
jungle species are found in different locations at different times of
year. The fish we targeted were Mojarra, Machaca and Guapote. When
waters are high during the rainey season the fish are scattered
throughout the vast jungle almost impossible to fish for. As the dry
season progresses the bait fish are driven into concentrations in
lagoons and rivers. The best season to target the aforementioned species
is March, April and May. We were on the end of the dry season and did
not expect excellent fishing...what a surprise!

We were armed with nine foot fly rods, high capacity reels, nine foot
leaders and a variety of surface flies that included grasshoppers and
popping bugs in various colors. The poppers in solid white or solid
black were the most successful. We would cast to shore cover near
the overhanging trees. All the gear was furnished by the Bass Pro
program and worked well. If you want to know models and and weights
please get in contact at www.hanoverfly.com.


There was no evidence that the Guapote I had enjoyed catching that month
were still around. A few Machaca were a nice addition to the afternoon
fishing with popping bugs. These fish are equipped with molars to crack
nuts, fruit, or masticate foliage and blossoms. This food source finds the
fish waiting below towering Fig Trees....but these fish are  also are
carnivores! There explosive, lightening fast strikes often result in
broken or cut leaders but if hooked put up a marvelous battle.

The Mojarra is a brute cousin of our North American Bream. The fish has
fins that end in delightful points making it look like it was styled in
India. These fish are much thicker than our bream and real street
fighters when hooked. They wait in ambush near logs and vegetation to
dart out to take naturals. They eat minnows as well as insects. They are
lovely in muted colors.


We had an instance when around a ten pound Snook tried to wrestle a hooked 

Mojarra from the line with no success but provided a
heart stopping moment for an entry level angler. The Snook are in the
same are in  sizes to twenty pounds a bit later in the year. In
September they are in evidence in the lagoons and rivers along with a
huge migratinfg run of Tarpon. Fishing for them while residing at the
lodge is minutes away where the Rio Indo River exits into the Caribbean
Sea. The sea is calm during that month.


I shall return with client friends in September and shall report on that
fishery after that. Now I must change the travel bag to accommodate gear
for first trip to Alaska where I will target the Coho ( Silver Salmon ) in early
August and later that month to Montana during the "Hopper Season", a
yearly favorite.


 

Harry Robertson



    
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Berkley Fishing!! Get in on the action at the Berkley Interactive Trailer Display!

The 60-foot trailer offers consumers fun, great deals and activities. It brings fishing education to all levels and skill sets of anglers.

The trailer has videos and interactive demonstrations along with seminars scheduled throughout the day.

Each stop always has special retail promotions only available while the trailer is at the location. These great offers not only include line and bait, but rods, reels and combos. The special offerings through the trailer can’t be missed.

“We are excited about having the Experience Trailer on the road in 2012 and stopping at many new locations across the country,” said Andrew Marks, Berkley Marketing Director. "Our Experience Trailer team is set to help anglers of all ages and skill levels learn about our broad spectrum of products and how best to use them to catch more fish.”

Other exciting elements include a knot tying contest and demonstration, where anglers can learn new knots and potentially win prizes. Under the tent, big screen videos help anglers experience the adventure with Berkley and display racks are filled with the latest products, giving consumers an opportunity to see what new and exciting products Berkley scientists have been working on throughout the year. The Berkley Experience staff is always on hand to help answer any questions that you have about our innovative products

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More Than A Gun Safe

RedHead 1856 Collection Gun SafeOne common misconception about a "gun" safe is just that, they are for and only for guns. While this may be true, there are several other uses for a gun safe other than guns. Yes, the most common safes are designed around guns but that should not restrict you from storing other valuables in the same area as your guns. Guns safes in production today offer ample storage for guns as well as other belongings. Let us think of it as a "Valuables safe" rather than a gun safe.

While guns are very valuable they may not be a top priority to some people like they are to others. A video of a childs first steps, black and white photographs taken by past generations, passports, birth certificates, tax documentation, jewelry, cash and electronics are just some examples of products other than guns that a safe would be excellent for.

RedHead Personal Fire Safe

 

Okay, now you might be asking "What am I keeping my valuables protected from?" Fire, theft and storms are the more common occurrences that one would think of. A safe can withstand a 1200 to 1400 degree fire anywhere from 30 minutes up to one hour. Safes are designed with burglars in mind with a combination lock and upwards of 13 steel rods to keep the door locked. This will have a burglar spending more time prying his hair out than prying on your safe. Safes are also heavy and this will help keep them put when a storm is present. Combine that with lag-bolts anchoring the safe to the floor and even the strongest storms will have trouble moving your gun safe. These are the common aspects that a safe can keep valuables protected from, but lets not forget about how a dog can turn a $1000 camera into a chew toy while you are out getting milk or how your son might mistake your baseball autographed by Bo Jackson for his practice ball to hit in the back yard.

Whether the valuables you are protecting are of monetary or sentimental value, a gun safe will keep them protected from lifes unfortunate events. Ranging in sizes from 9 cubic feet with a 10 gun capacity up to 45 cubic feet with a 51 gun capacity, varying outside dimensions and different levels of fire protection,  Bass Pro Shops has a wide variety of RedHead and Browning safes that will suit your needs. Stop by the hunting department of Bass Pro Shops and tell an associate that you want to look at our safes. We will be happy to assist you with choosing the right safe for your needs and answering any questions you might have.

Grayson Barnes

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Crank to New Depths with a Strike King 10XD

     It’s the time of year again when spring has run out and the heat of summer is bearing down on us.  The heat makes most of us want to sit inside and cool off in the air-conditioning for the better part of the day.  Bass are starting to get the same idea as the water heats up past 80 degrees.  Shallow fish are still being caught and there is early morning and late evening topwater bites as well.  Luckily, as the sun gets hotter and the fish move deeper, there is a tool to get you down to the depths the fish feel comfortable at.  Before now we have been able to get maybe 20 feet out of a crankbait on light line and a very long cast.  The new Strike King 10XD allows you to easily fish 25 feet and beyond.

                                         Here you can see the size difference of the 10XD and the 6XD, which had been one of the largest and deepest diving bats untill the 10XD came out.

     One thing immediately noticeable when you see the 10XD is its size.  Compared to a standard 6XD, it is huge!  The 6XD weighs in at 1 ounce while the 10XD completely doubles its size at 2 ounces.  In addition, the lip is about twice as wide on the 10XD.  The weight and bill changes many of the aspects of this bait, including giving it the ability to dive deep.  Along with that comes more drag in the water.  Standard cranking equipment probably won’t do the job with this monster of the deep.  You will have to have something with a lot more backbone than a standard cranking rod.  I would recommend a large flipping stick.  Something in the 7’6”-7’10’ range in a heavy action should suffice.  Check out the Bass Pro Shops Carbon Light, the Bass Pro Extreme, and the Duckett Fishing Micro Magic rod.   Also critical will be a reel beefy enough to handle the added drag.  You should look at a reel with a 5.1- 6.1 gear ratio to give you the extra power you need for hammering this bait through the depths.  Bass Pro Shops Pro Qualifier, Johnny Morris Signature Series, and Abu Garcia Revo reels would all make excellent choices for this technique. 

     Most deep cranking is done with lightweight 10-12 pound test fluorocarbon.  To throw the 10XD, you will need at least 14 pound fluorocarbon.  Don’t count out braid either.  Braid has very good castability, no stretch, and is super sensitive.  Braid may also save you a lure if you were to get hung up really deep.  Considering the depth that the 10XD is fished, I don’t believe fish will be able to readily see the braid and they should bite just as well as with fluorocarbon.  If you are concerned they may see it, consider using a heavy fluorocarbon leader with 17-20 pound test.  Attach your leader using a Modified Albright knot.  It is slender, easy to tie and a super strong way to attach fluorocarbon to braid.

     Never head to the lake in the summer without a lure knocker.  Anytime you fish deep, especially with a crankbait, a lure knocker is going to save you a ton of money.  It’s not a matter of if you’ll get hung up, it’s really a matter of when you get hung.  In my experience the Bass Pro Shops E-Z Lure Retriever is about 90% effective at getting your bait back.  To make it easier to use, I fill an old round reel with the nylon line that comes with the retriever.  Then I find an old broken rod to attach the reel to (if you don’t have one ask a buddy) and cut it down right above the first eye.  Run the line through the eye and attach your lure retriever to the line and you have a compact, neat, quick and easy to use lure retriever at your disposal.

     Summertime is a great time to catch a lot of big bass, so get out of the A/C and give it a shot.  With the tools outlined above, you should be able to have a successful trip and may catch the bag of a lifetime if you find a sweet spot with the 10XD.  Good luck and be safe on the water!

 

-Brian Eickholtz                                              

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Tackling Bass from a Kayak

Tackling Bass from a Kayak

            If having the proper tools is the key to success when you are fishing, than fishing from a kayak is no different. The ability to get into tight spaces with incredible stealth is one of the biggest advantages to fishing out of a kayak, but kayak fishing is more than just about advantages, there is the aspect of challenge. You are not as fast as a Nitro with a 220 on the back and you don’t have the same vantage point, but that’s what makes hooking up with giant bass that much more rewarding.

            Stout heavy rods, heavy lines, and weedless baits are the way to go if tackling bass in the shallows is the game you play. Having a lower vantage point out of a kayak, makes it harder to spot deeper weed lines, so top water fishing is one of the most popular techniques out of a kayak. Frog fishing is one of the most exciting ways to catch bass, having the water blow up around your frog is a life changing experience. If you are picking apart a lily pad field or slop, you can slow down with a Bass Pro Shops Kermy Frog. If you want to cover more water you can throw a Humping Toad rigged on an extra wide gap hook. Having the stealth capabilities that go along with targeting bass out of a kayak, slowing down and targeting visual structure is a very productive technique. Throwing a Stick-O or a Pro Series Enticer Flopping Jig around docks, laydowns and undercut banks you can slow down and really focus on high percentage areas.

Preparation is key when you are looking to get into some close combat bass fishing. First and foremost, be ready for a swim. Tipping is not all that common, but in the scenario that you do it should not ruin your day. Wearing quick drying clothing will keep you comfortable through out the day, especially if you go for a swim. Sitting in wet cotton all day will make your experience less enjoyable.

Having the rods and reels, your tackle boxes and boat bags strapped in will prevent you from loosing your gear if you do decide to go for a swim. Using a tackle box like the Plano Hydro-Flo will make sure that whatever gets wet, gets dry and not rusty. To protect items like cell phones, gps devices and cameras you may want to consider waterproof cases like the Plano Waterproof Stowaway that gives you a clear lid so you can still see what your electronics are trying to communicate, shock padding on the inside to prevent damage if it gets banged around, and a waterproof seal.

Preparation goes beyond anticipating a swim. Bad weather, a longer than expected trip or getting lost are all things you should prepare for. Mounting a GPS/Sonar combo on your kayak does double duty. The obvious, the sonar gives you the ability to find possible fishing location. But, more important is the mapping capabilities. Using the tracking feature to show you where you have been will help you get back safer. Efficiency is key when you are traveling in a kayak, and knowing that there is a prime bay just around the corner, or a way to get off the water quickly, in case of an emergency, makes an easy to use GPS/Sonar like the Lowrance® Elite-4 Combo a no brainer.

If you have never tried kayak bass fishing than it is hard to explain what it is that you are missing, well aside from an engine….but don’t dismiss it. Its not here to replace bass boats and fast motors, it is just another way to explore the habitat of our favorite aquatic animals.  Grab your paddles, a few rods, tackle and safety gear and get out on the water. There are new experiences waiting for you, get out and enjoy.

By Daniel Notarianni

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Sharing the Sport: Tips for Introducing Kids to Fishing

First fishing tripDads, take time to take your kids fishing.  Don’t put off another fishing trip with your son or daughter.  It can be the most rewarding thing that you have ever done. 

I had the opportunity to take my 2 year old for the first time about a month ago.  I had been waiting for this day for a long time.  We had a VERY successful first trip out! 

Almost every other cast had a fish on the end of the line and my son was screaming with glee;
“Lets get another one Daddy!!”. 
He held his fish up with pride and a sense of accomplishment.  It was one of the best days of my life as a father. 

Watching my son fall in love with this great sport was priceless!  There are some easy steps to make that first fishing trip memorable:

 

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1. Make sure that you take your child to a place that you know you can catch fish.  Sometimes this can be difficult, and it may take some advance scouting.  We are fortunate to have friends that have a fully stocked lake.  Make sure that you have easy access to the water also. I haven't been, but I've been told that Banner Marsh has a great fishing pond for kid's. They keep it well stocked and you can't fish there if you don't have a kid with you.

 

 

Taking the kids fishing. Looking at those faces let's you know that it was so worth the time.

 

 

2. Have Patience.  If the fishing is slow, don’t get frustrated.  Make sure that you keep a positive upbeat attitude or your child may become frustrated.

 

3. Don’t plan an all day trip.  Especially in young children, their attention span is short.  Make sure that you set aside a couple of hours in the morning or evening when the weather is not so hot.  Let the child dictate how long the trip will last.  When they are ready to go,  take them home,  don’t force them to stay.

 

4. Keep it simple.  A rod, reel, bobbers, and worms is all that you need.  Along with a pair of pliers and a fish basket if you’re keeping fish.

 

Take lots of photos.5. Don’t take a rod of your own.  This is probably the hardest step for most fathers.  Leave all of your personal rods at home and put all of the focus on your child.    Bait the hook for them if they can’t and make sure that you help them take the fish off and get used to holding and touching it.

 

6. Take lots of photos.  It is so important to capture memories with your children.  My sons love to look at pictures that we have taken on our phones.  It also gets them excited for the next trip.

 

I hope these tips have helped.  As always,  we are always here to help at the East Peoria, IL Bass Pro Shops.  Our team will be more than happy to assist in any fishing trip that you have coming up, big or small.

HAPPY FATHERS DAY
Josh Catour, Fishing/Camping GSM

I had been waiting for this day for a long time.

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Let There Be Light!

 

Light might just be one of the coolest things in the world. It affects life so drastically that it changes how nature functions. Light can tell us when to get up and when it is time to go to bed. (If you’re like me, a human iguana, you really don’t like getting up before the sun.) Light helps plants grow and changes animals’ habits. Without light, a Jedi would only have a saber! And light is so legit it makes up part of one of history’s greatest band’s name: Electric LIGHT Orchestra. (Don’t bring me down, Grroosss!*)

I polled the guys in camping about things that they would be sure to have in a backpack and they mentioned a light source. As noted then, there has been an increasing trend towards headlamps and other hands-free options. When I was planning a deer hunting trip, I was strongly advised to pack a headlamp along with a flashlight. (I wear glasses and can freely quote Jurassic Park so my inner-nerd quickly embraced this option.) So let’s go over some of the hands-free lighting options, shall we?

WARNING: Puns to follow.

Headlamps – These typically range from $20 to almost $200, with about everything in between. Most come with several different brightness levels and some offer “non-white light”. Studies have shown that red or green colored lights affect animals differently (and they make you feel like you are in a Predator movie). They can be a simple head band or have a secondary strap that gives more support over the head. Just remember that the secondary strap may affect any hat/beanie that you would be wearing. (I found this discovery to be illuminating.)

Hat Clip- We have all seen those hats with the built in lights, and those are even too dorky for me. The hat clip light is nice, because it can come off when not needed. (Like when stepping inside the local Denny’s after an all-night crappie trip.)This Browning model will do both white and green light. These will weigh down your cap, but not by anything too drastic. One should not be turned off by this.

Lanterns-  Coleman lantern on a fold-out table? Classic. These are a great option for illuminating a large area and not just what is in front of you.  No campsite is really complete without one. Set them on the ground or hang them from above and things just light up! Just remember to bring extra fuel sources and accessories. (Please note, when carrying these around Prospector Talk and Western Jargon are necessary.)

Pocket Light- These are newer to the market and like Van Halen, they rock! They are pen-shaped and have a clip on the back. Just click them on and stick them somewhere. These things are bright! My buddy’s dad gave me one and it really sheds some light on things. Personally I like to hang them from my backpack’s strap.  You can also pretend to be with M.I.B. when you turn it on right in front of somebody.

Experimental – Now these are “in the works” and should not be considered as viable sources of hands-free light… yet. The “Mr. T” is pretty cool if you ask me. Hook a floating fishing light to some sort of neck-apparatus and hang it in front of your chest. Bling-bling! The only drawback, carrying a battery to power it. But I’d pity the fool who doesn’t get one once they hit the market! The “Caveman’s Bluetooth” would have been the answer to their hands-free lighting problem. Strap on a saltwater fishing belt rig and instead of a fishing rod, a classic fire torch fits in! If that doesn’t say “BEHOLD!” I don’t know what does. Just make sure the width of the torch will fit into the belt rig perfectly, otherwise it will fall down and its lights out.

Well other than the experimental sources, I hope this has helped you chose a new solution to an old problem. I also hope none of this made you burn out. Hollerin’ on Hobby Horses!

*Had to Google that, I always thought it was “Bruce!”

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Bass Pro White River News

 

White River Fly Shop

 

 

Greetings from the Bass Pro Outdoor World White River Fly Shop in Kodak (Sevierville), Tennessee.

 

It has been a couple of glorious fly fishing days in the Great Smoky Mountains.  Perfect weather, perfect water, cooperative fish.

After drenching rains over the weekend that caused Little River to rise to over 900 CFS, the flow dropped quickly to relatively normal levels of around 200 CFS.  To my mind this is "just right" for fishing the Little River and its tributaries; infinitely wadeable, but enough water to keep the fish happy and feeding.

But first I headed up to fish the area above and below Chimney Tops.  The Little Pigeon River is medium sized through this stretch, and one of my favorites.  With the warm temperatures, both air and water, wet wading was the order of the day.  Really nice to have your feet in cool clear mountain water as the thermometer rises with the sunshine.  My Yellow Elk Hair Caddis was met with little enthusiasm so I switched to my old standby, the Parachute Adams.  Things started to pickup and I was rewarded with a good many small to medium rainbows.  Starting in the Chimneys Picnic area and continuing upstream is decent brook trout (spec's as they are also known) territory.  I didn't get any this time around, but judging by a red flash or two in the water I think I managed to catch the attention a couple of them.

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By mid-afternoon I headed off to claim my reserved home for the evening at the Cade's Cove Campground (this time of year the campground is on a reservations only status).  With my one-person tent erected a midst the massive motor homes and some time to kill before dinner, I wandered over to fish Anthony's Creek.  Running through the Cade's Cove picnic area this is small water and frequently overlooked.  However, this little creek is chock full of rainbows.  Within an hour I had caught 25 fish without even leaving the confines of the picnic grounds.  Yes, they are small, but surprisingly enough there are a few 10 to 12 inchers in that little creek and I caught several of them.

I was up early the next morning to bike ride the Cade's Cove loop road which is closed to vehicles on Wednesday and Saturday mornings until 10AM through September.  While not exactly easy, there are a few lung-busting hills, the ride does have its rewards.  Today those rewards included a number of black bear sightings, the most exciting of which was a mom and four cubs no more than 20 feet off the road.

Breaking camp I headed to Tremont, one fine fishing destination.  I put in just before the first one-lane bridge, tossing the Yellow Elk Hair Caddis yet again.  A couple of pools later with few hits and fewer takers prompted me to switch to a Royal Wulff, a fly that is easy to see in the dark shadowy pools where trout lurk.  Results improved somewhat with a number of small rainbows, but not what I would have expected under such excellent conditions.  Continuing to play "fly roulette" I switched to a Yellow Stimulator and immediately got some really nice hits by, apparently, pretty good sized fish.  However, a couple of pools later the action faded.  Somewhat mystified, I switched to the old standby, Parachute Adams.  This is my year-round go-to fly and always (mostly always) seems to draw out the trout.  This day was no exception and over the next several hours I managed to work my way upstream collecting (and releasing) a good number of rainbows ranging from small up to a few rod-benders in the 10-12 inch range.  At one point, and MUCH to my surprise, I looked up from my concentrated fly watching to see a fair-sized black bear directly across the stream from me.  Luckily he was working his way downstream and I was headed up, so with a mutual nod of our heads we went our separate ways.  Definitely the first time I've shared the stream with a bear.


By mid afternoon, under darkening skies, I decided I was tired of fishing (no, that's not possible....I was just tired) and headed home through one of the east Tennessee afternoon thunderstorms - lightning, thunder, and torrential the-wipers-can't-keep-up downpours.  All-in-all a good couple of days of outdoor adventuring.

Around the fly shop we are restocking shelves after a busy couple of weeks supplying visitors with equipment and local fly fishing information.  If you have not fished the national park before or if it's been a long time, please stop by.  Thanks to the national park staff we have a supply of the park's fishing brochure that includes all the rules and regulations as well as a map of the park's rivers and streams.  We will be happy to show you some fine fly fishing destinations, including the ones mentioned in this report.  Also, remember that this Sunday is Father's Day and it's not too late to drop a few hints about that coveted piece of fly fishing gear that has captured your eye.

Fishing in the park

 

Bass Pro Outdoor World

White River Fly Shop

3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place
Kodak, TN 37764
865-932-5600

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The Double Slammin’ D’s

It was just your typical Arizona day out on Lake Pleasant. Most people remember it as: April 28th, 2013… but for two young anglers it will always be remembered as: Destiny!

The Arizona Bassmaster program holds youth fishing tournaments as a way to get the youth involved in the sport. (Check out their site for more information.) It is a great program and anybody looking for a way to get their kids engaged should contact the program. We all know it is going to be up to the next generation to protect and preserve our great outdoor heritage.

The winners of this event were Dusty and Dixon. These two troublemakers showed up as contestants and left as conquerors.

Dusty won the Junior Side with a bag of three fish. The total bag weight was 6.16#, with the big fish being 2.23#.

Dixon took the High School Division two solid fish. The total bag weight was 3.13#, with his big fish weighing 2.11#.

Due to their diligence these dudes have earned the designation of: The Double Slammin’ D’s!!! Along with their trophies, they took home a rod and reel combo from our store. Other fishermen and charlatans best be wary when crossing paths with these two! Let it be known that nothing will get in their way of a good day of fishin’! Congratulations, boys!

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Mark Your Calendars, A Lot

A little while back I mentioned that Family Summer Camp was comin’ to town! Well, today is the first official day of this event! From now until July 14th, Bass Pro Shops is calling all kids to come learn some great skills and make some amazing memories. And it’s ALL FREE!

Summer seems to be when some of the best memories are made. Life goes by a little slower and everything seems a little simpler. We like that and think you should mark in some good old fashioned fun on your calendars. With everything that we have going on you will want to mark in several dates so you can enjoy all the activities throughout the summer!

Workshops will go from Noon – 4PM. This is good stuff for the whole family! Learn the basics of: camping, fishing, hunting and archery, bird watching, wildlife exploration, water safety, backyard exploration and outdoor discovery. These last two will focus on the little and big pictures of the great outdoors. They will range from the little bugs crawling in our backyards to the importance of conservation. The workshops will change hourly, and for every one completed you will receive a collectable pin to attach to your Bass Pro Shops Summer Camp Lanyard. Warning: The lanyard and pins are free.  Make sure to set aside several dates on your calendar for these! That way you can have fun throughout  the summer break and by the time school starts, you will have lots on new information to share with all your friends!

Summer Camp will be held every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the event and will be comprised of fun activities, crafts, workshops and more! Oh and did I mention the price tag? FREE-ninety nine!

Our daily activates will run from Noon – 5PM. Have fun learning how to cast a fishing rod at our casting buckets or proper gun and bow safety at our Daisy BB Gun and archery ranges! For our little guys, we will have our Zing Toys shooting gallery. We will also have our carousel up and running for those of you who love a good ol’ fashion carousel ride.

Crafts will be held from Noon – 2PM. The crafts will include: designing a compass, making a bobber key chain (perfect gift for Dad), coloring a slap bracelet, designing a lizard door hanger, creating a popsicle stick fish and painting a deer track. That is a different craft every week and only while supplies last. So be sure to factor that in when planning to participate.

June 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th from Noon – 5PM come celebrate Father’s Day with us by having our catch and release pond set up where you can catch your first fish or just show off your great fishing abilities! And free photos will also be taken on these dates as well. Be sure to make it down as after these weekends are gone, so are the fish and photos!

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Memories of a Lifetime

Big BassBig Bass 2Big Bass 3When I was a little kid I always wanted to just go fishing. I didn't care what it was I was fishing for as long as I could catch it I was happy. Now that I am much older that feeling is still going strong today. I have fishing on the brain 24-7. I had been taken back by one of my greatest experiences to date and I will share it with you.

I remember the days when my dad would take me out to a pond on Fort Carson I would get up early pack a lunch and grab a few rods and spend the entire day trying to catch fish before my dad would pick me up after he got off work. I spent countless hours trying to figure out each species of fish that were in the lake, where they hung out, how do they react to my baits, how spooky they were, watching them feed on minnows and bugs on the top of the water and all the crazy things they did throughout the day.

I pretty much had the bluegills figured out. A small piece of worm on a #10 eagle claw hook under a small bobber was all it took and after seeing the trout hit a grasshopper I scared off the bush as soon as it hit the water it didn't take me long to whack a bunch of them also every time I went out. It was that bass that would always get to me. The little green fish with the black stripe that continues to drive me crazy today. Not to mention its cousins the spotted and small mouth bass. 

The bass seemed to mezmorize me, They would hit that grasshopper I threw in the water but refused to hit the one on my hook.The trout didn't seem to mind it. I flipped a few rocks and threw crawdads at them and they would eat em up but not on my hook. Every now and then I would get a smaller bass to take a whole night crawler but those big ones crusing would just come up and look and just swim off. Stressful for a little kid.

Through the years I studied about bass. I read every book I could find in the library about them and would read every issue of Bassmaster magazine I could get my hands on. Now we have every resource available just by the touch of a button from the internet or a phone call to a buddy. The kids sure have it easy now it seems like.

I still go back to that lake that has been there for forty plus years. it's just ten minutes from my home in Fountain, Co. so a short after work trip is always good for the mind, body and soul. I have seen pictures of giant bass being caught at that old lake and I have yet to catch a good one for myself. I went out with a few of my youth club kids that have held some 4# plus and one 7# in the years earlier and this was more than enough to peak my intrest. Giant bass close to home is like a dream come true.

This year the weather has put the spawn behind and the bass are just now starting to come up. I was out in my Stealth 2000 duck boat looking for active fish and when I saw them I beached it and tried to sneak up on them from the bank. I told my buddy that I had just seen the biggest bass of my life, he laughed and said, "like the ones in the tank at Bass Pro Shops" exactly I said. I knew that was a giant bass I just needed to figure out how to catch it and take a picture with her.

I mentally marked the spot and snuck up to find her and another smaller male on a bed. I covered myself with dead bulrushes and settled in with my rods. I threw a drop shot rig with a BPS teaser tube and the male whacked it instantly. I set the hook and landed him and quickly put him back in the water and right back to the bed he went.

I worked those fish for over two hours and the male kept pushing that big girl back and holding his ground. He picked up my baits several times and I just let him spit them out. The female kept coming closer and closer and as soon as she looked like she was going to hit my bait the male would chase her off. We played this game over and over. I decided I was going to stick the male again just to shake him up a little more and threw in one of my hand tied football jigs with a Lazer Trokar 3/0 hook and as soon as it hit the bed he came up and sucked it in and I swung and missed. I regrouped and pitched back in and he spun around and then just grabbed the tail of my YUM Money Craw trailer and spit it out. I hopped it back on the bed and the female bolted in from the side and crushed it.

I set the hook and the fight was on. I yelled over at my buddy and he and a few others came running over to check out what all the fuss was about and when I finally lipped her I started to shake. I have caught big bass in my travels and my biggest to date was an 8# 2oz.. I didn't have a scale and there was no way I was going to keep or hurt this majestic fish but I know it was my biggest bass ever. I had a few photos taken and put her back in the water and watched her swim away. I always preach "CPR" catch, photo and release. I hope someday she will be caught again and be much bigger.

I have been truly blessed to have landed such a giant bass so close to home.This is one I will never forget. I am glad I have the opportunity to share it with all of you. I thank my dad for teaching me how to fish and I hope all my youth club kids share their knowledge and teach kids how to fish so they can have their own memories of a lifetime....

                                                                           Best of Luck,

                                                                                                   Sam Heckman / Pro Staff

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Fishing for Trout and Salmon in the Finger Lakes

Fishing in the Finger Lakes offers a variety of different species to catch.  The most popular fish  people go for, are trout and salmon.  There are different systems of fishing the Finger Lakes, and here are a few you may just be interested in.

 

Trolling:  Trolling is the most popular for trout and salmon.  For this type of fishing you can put up to 5 lures per line, and slowly pull or troll behind a boat.  The positive side to trolling over the casting method is, it allows multiple rods rigged with different lures that are set up at different depths.  Trolling does require special equipment and can be very maddening during periods when the waterfleas are plenty.  A good trolling motor to look in to is the Minnkota Terrova Bow Mount Trolling Motor with Universal Sonar 2.   The Minnkota  has a factory installed I-Pilot wireless GPS trolling system which allows you to store and retrieve location and paths on water.  Added, is the co-pilot wireless function to navigate and position your boat which allows you to focus on fishing.  Easy to use and very durable.

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Trolling with lures near the surface is referred to as flat lining.  This technique works great with landlocked salmon (best when water is cool).  The best lures to use are stickbaits, streamers and spoons.  During the warm months you need to get lures deeper for the trout and salmon.  Sometimes as deep as 100 feet or more.  A few methods to get lures down deep is a downrigger.  A downrigger is a heavy weight attached to steel cable that lowers and raises by a winch and pulley system.  One downrigger that works well is the Cannon Tournament Series DigiTroll 5TSThe stainless steel spool allows you to re-spool monofilament or superlines.  It has a swival base and integrated LCD screen and touch pad which provides a real time date and is simple to operate.  Best part is its electric.

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Divers:  This device is attached to your line.  This will get your lure down to the depth you want.  Divers are a great option for beginning trollers.  They are cheaper than downriggers and there is no installation to your boat.

WireLine:  This method has become very popular over the years.  When used with a diving device, the bait goes deeper.

Copperline:  This system has been popular for many years in the Finger Lakes area.  Lake trout are the favorite to catch with copper.  Another term people use is "pulling copper".  One tugs the copper by hand using a heavy spoon.  Some people modify an old victrola record player to wind the copper on.

Lures that are popular for trolling salmonids are spoons, plugs, and flies.  Three main styles of attractors are spinners, dodgers, and flashers.

Vertical Jigging:  A very popular method of catching lake trout is vertical jigging.  This method entails lowering the jig to the bottom a few times and then reeling it up rapidly off the bottom for a short distance, before dropping it again and repeating.  This is a nice alternative to trolling when you have water fleas or weed matts.  You also do not need any special rod or reel.

Natural Bait:  Minnows are extremely popular to use.  Make sure you use only certified bait or bait caught from the lake you are fishing on.  Other popular baits are alewives (also called sawbellies or mooneyes), egg sacs, and marshmallow and worm rigs.  The marshmallow and worm rigs are extremely popular on Skaneateles Lake.  The colored marshmallow helps float the worm off the bottom and the bright color of the marshmallow acts like a attractor.  Some people skip the worm and just use the marshmallow. 

So have a relaxing and fun time out fishing on the Finger Lakes, and remember if you need anything we are just a short distance away.

 

Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'll Have One Of Everything

Midas CichlidFly fishing has obviously become a disease for some of us, myself included. Unfortunately for those uninfected, they’ll never understand what it is that makes us keep going back again, and again, and again.

I’ve been on a quest to catch as many species as possible on the fly rod ever since I first threw one, 17 or so years ago.  And I know many other guys that feel the same way.  It isn’t enough to say we caught some of the premier species available, but rather we want to land as many different species as possible, even those that most people would call trash fish or undesirables.  Gar, bowfin, Grass Carp, Tilapia may be less than what we would call sportsman’s dreams, but they each present their own challenge. 

Compare it to Chuck Adams a world renowned bow hunter.  “On January 4, 1990, Chuck became the first archer in history to harvest all 27 varieties of North American big game--a feat called the Super Slam.”  Although it’s unlikely I’ll ever be famous for catching a bunch of fish, it’s nice to consider the accomplishment and the effort it takes in the same light.  Maybe if I could catch a world class specimen of each then it would make the achievement more noteworthy, and although catching one on conventional tackle is nice, they don’t count for me until they fall to the fly.

I took up the fly rod because I desired to catch fish using a technique I thought was a little more old fashioned and intricate than conventional tackle fishing.  Creating and throwing a fly for a target species requires some research and dedication to the craft as well as the fish you’re pursuing.  I love that part of the journey and will spend hours searching the internet, pouring over maps, and toiling at the tying bench, lining up places to go and things to throw.

A Midas Cichlid was the most recent fish to be checked off the list and although I was a bit surprised at the number of them inhabiting the canal systems of south Florida, catching one wasn’t like shooting fish in a barrel.  It took some time but the result was worth it.  Another beautiful fish came to hand, to be followed by a few more, proving it wasn’t totally by accident.  I can check off another one. Good friend and coworker Scott also landed his first Midas as well as a beautiful Spotted Tilapia that took some time to identify.  He was ecstatic when he learned that another species had been landed.

There are many more yet to be caught and I have no desire to stop searching for worthy quarry.  Oscars, and snakeheads are high on the list but once again, we’ll have to travel south to find them.  Let’s hope the search doesn’t take another 17 years.  Maybe you too can create a list of your own and start checking them off one at a time.  Keep records, take pictures, and enjoy the journey….  It’s worth it.

Brian “Beastman” Eastman

White River Fly Shop

Outdoor World Orlando

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The Oakley Big Bass Tour

 

oakley Big BAss

 

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

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

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

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

Grand Prize

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

Hourly Prizes

1st       $1000

2nd      $500

3rd       $300

4th       $200

5th       $150

*Hourly payouts based on 400 entrants

 

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

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

Safe light

Hourly Big Bass

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

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

 

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

 

Oakley Tour

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