For anglers, dealing with the sun and hot temperatures is part of summer fishing. Like most things outdoors, one's comfort and safety in hot weather are directly related to planning and preparedness. It's important to take the time to get organized when heading out into hot weather to ensure you don't get dehydrated, sunburnt or succumb to heat stroke. Here are some tips to keep you cool during hot days on the water.          1. Staying Hydrated         Perspiration is one way your body regulates its temperature. In hot and humid conditions, you need to frequently…
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Did you ever wonder how the flashlight got its name? Early models were powered by energy-inefficient carbon-filament bulbs that "rested" periodically for short intervals. They could be used only in brief flashes, and thus were called flashlights.   The flashlight's inventor was David Misell of Great Britain. In 1899, he patented the first — just a paper tube containing "D" batteries, with the light bulb and a rough brass reflector at the end. The devices didn't gain popularity, however, until 1904 when the development of improved batteries and the more efficient tungsten-filament bulb made flashlights more useful and popular. Today's…
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Mark Zona's brand-new TV show for Outdoor Channel Mark Zona, host of Outdoor Channel’s, “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show,” is featured on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. Joining Zona is Pat Nolde the general manager for the new Anchorage, Alaska Bass Pro Shops store. The show will air Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80. Zona, professional angler and TV show host, gives us a behind the scenes look at producing a fishing show for TV as well as the ins and outs of tournament fishing. Also featured are the…
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The red and white bobber bobbed on the surface of the small pond.  Although it was still early in the day, summer insects buzzed and whirred in the warm, still air.  But, my eyes were glued to that fishing bobber until they were almost crossed. Fishing is the perfect summer activity for kids. Then it happened.  The unmistakable ‘plop’ of the bobber going under and the slight tug on my line that meant I had a fish.  I was six; it was summer; and I was fishing with my mom.  What could be better? When looking for things to do,…
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Power-Pole pro Skip Johnson takes home the victory at Kentucky Lake FLW Heading into this morning, pro Skip Johnson was very confident. In fact, he let folks know that he was on the winning fish. This wasn't just boastful dock talk, nope, Johnson put the smackdown on the FLW Tour Top 10 and the Kentucky Lake bass to bring home his first Tour win in and a fat check worth $100,000. Johnson's Championship Sunday limit weighed 24 pounds, bringing his four-day total to (88-10). In second, just over a pound behind Johnson, was Mercury pro Jason Lambert with (87-8). Rounding…
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President George H. W. Bush is honored for his extraordinary record of supporting conservation and fishing in America and beyond. Front row: President George H. W. BushBack row left to right: Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops; Matt Connolly, president of the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust; George Dunklin, Jr., president of Ducks Unlimited; Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing AssociationParticipating by phone: Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Helping former President George H. W. Bush continue to celebrate his 90th birthday, a group of conservation leaders, headed…
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YouTube screen grab   If you're looking for some extreme fishing, the crew at MorningTide Fishing brings you a breathtaking look at land-based game fishing. If you've never heard of land-based game fishing, check out the video to see for yourself. According to the International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association, land-based fishing is a form of extreme sport fishing that takes place from rocky platforms instead of on the beach or in boats. It's also restricted to only a few countries around the world, such as South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, which is home to the MorningTide Fishing crew. While…
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Brenda Valentine, First Lady of Hunting and longtime member of the RedHead Pro Hunting team, and Frank Peterson, president and CEO of Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, will appear on Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World radio. Valentine, a dedicated hunter and conservationist, champion archer and award-winning TV show host, will share inspirational and funny stories about her life in the hunting industry. Peterson will discuss bold new strategies to introduce fishing to new audiences. Also joining the show is Laramie Lowe, general manager for KCOZ 91.7 College of the Ozarks Contemporary Christian radio station. He’ll be discussing how the Big…
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When a violent earthquake struck the Mississippi River valley during the bitter cold winter of 1811, aftershocks rumbled throughout a 2,000-square-mile area for months. Forty-five square miles of the Mississippi's floodplain sank over 30 feet, and the river poured into the newly-formed basin, creating a lake that stretches 18 miles long by 2.5 miles wide. Despite its violent inception, northwest Tennessee's Reelfoot Lake soon became known as a place of beauty and peacefulness, a place where placid waters could provide relaxation and terrific fishing. Cypress and tupelo thrive in the shallow backwater lake. Weeds such as water lily, elephant ear…
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Maybe you’ve seen the large surfboard-looking things on the floor of a Bass Pro Shops or even watched as an angler stood enviably on a small platform in a lake, casting to fish as easily as if he were standing on the deck of a bass boat. "What IS that?" you wonder. Goofy looking contraption, but, well, seems to work pretty well… Stand up paddle boards, known by the acronym SUP, were invented in Hawaii as an off-season training device for surfers. They allow paddlers to travel quickly over water and give a great full-body workout. From those surfer roots,…
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