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Trot Lines

Trot Lines, Limb Lines, Jug Lines

November, 2019

Cast and retrieve. Repeat. That is what it takes to catch fish with a rod and reel. The idea is the more casts you make, the more fish you will catch.


Boat Capacity Label

Boat Capacity Plates Decoded

November, 2019

Do you ever look at the white boat capacity plate near the console of your boat? Probably not. You might think it’s there to justify a legal requirement by the manufacturer.


Nitro Boat being launched

Boating Etiquette

November, 2019

Don’t be that guy. You know, that guy who ties up the busy launch ramp by packing gear into his boat. Or that guy at the marina who cranks up the Led Zeppelin so loud you can’t hear yourself think.


Tahoe Boat driving into sunset

13 Weird Boating Superstitions

October, 2019

Ancient mariners endured great danger and uncertainties as they crossed the open ocean in search of new worlds. Faced with so many unknowns, sailors put their faith in superstitions, omens and luck.


Pacific Sturgin Saltwater fish

Weird Fish To Catch

October, 2019

Some strange species are elusive loners. You never know what’s on the end of the line until the fish appears on the surface. Others make spawning runs that are “save the date” angling events due to their numbers.


Striped Mulet, Southern Sting Ray, Lion Fish

Weird Saltwater Fish To Eat

October, 2019

The allure of saltwater angling is sometimes shrouded in mystery. You don’t know what kind of fish is on the hook until it appears at the surface.


Tracker Boat in water while men fish

Boat Parts Explained

October, 2019

You don’t need to go overboard when it comes to knowing the parts of a boat. What is a good idea, however, is understanding the basic functions of boat parts. Ideally, many of the vital parts and the functions they perform are all connected.


Sun Tracker while people enjoy the water

Trade In vs. Private Sale

October, 2019

You’ve had another great summer with your boat. In the back of your mind, though, is one thought—you want to upgrade to a newer model. But that winter boat show where you got the great deal before is a long way off, and that’s when you get the best pricing.


Boat Hull Graphic

Boat Hull Comparison

September, 2019

When boat shopping, the first question that comes to mind is how you plan to use it. Anglers want tackle storage, families like comfortable seating and wakeboarders need speed. With the needs and features checked off the list, what comes next? Most often it’s the price. There might be something missing from the list, though—the boat’s hull design.


Tahoe Deck Series

Model Comparisons-Tahoe Deck Series

September, 2019

Think of TAHOE Deck Series boats like today’s ever popular crossover SUVs. You get a smooth sedan-like ride with the roomy interior of a sport utility vehicle. What’s cool about these deck boats is they are designed for fishing and family entertainment.


Bass Pro Boating Batteries

Choosing a Battery

September, 2019

Marine batteries are the unsung heroes of boat accessories. They stay hidden in a dark compartment, mostly ignored by everyone onboard, as they quietly do their jobs. That is, until the engine fails to start or the trolling motor doesn’t work.


Man Jigging

Weird Fish To Eat

September, 2019

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” has an epicurean definition when it comes to what are called “trash fish” in the freshwater angling world. Some species get a bad rap based on their uncommonly bad looks. But like they say, looks aren’t everything.


Man pulling boat anchor out

How to Choose an Anchor

September, 2019

Does your boat have an anchor? If so, is it of sufficient size and strength to hold your boat in place? Believe it or not, many boat owners decide on which anchor to buy based on convenience and storage space.


Mako Boat running shot

Boating Jargon Cheat Sheet

August, 2019

The language of boating jargon has a logical purpose—shorten phrases into single words of uniformity that can be clearly communicated—and understood—by anyone involved in the navigation or tending to of the vessel.


Young Pro Fishermen on Nitro Boat

All About High School and Collegate Bass Fishing

August, 2019

High school team sports offer students the opportunity to compete for school pride and to earn college scholarships. Football, basketball and baseball are the all-too-familiar headliners. What about other sports, like bass fishing?


Saltwater Fish meal

Preparing Saltwater Fish For The Table

August, 2019

Even if you live on the coast, some of the tastiest fish in the sea are not available at the fish market. Why is that so? The answer is good news for boaters who catch their own saltwater fish to eat.


Man caught saltwater fish

Summer Saltwater Fish

August, 2019

Saltwater anglers have a good problem—there are so many species from which to choose. Catching them all could be a full-time job, which in fact, it is! Only charter captains have that luxury, so what about the rest of us?


Man catching fish

Catch These Fish This Summer

July, 2019

Largemouth bass get most of the attention from freshwater anglers, and rightfully so. From local bass clubs up to the big leagues, there are tournaments that make chasing bass for cash very lucrative. At the top of the freshwater food chain, bass grow big and fight hard. 


Fried fresh water fish meal

Eating Freshwater Fish

July, 2019

Unless your grocery store is in a coastal area, finding truly fresh fish is pure fantasy. A visit to the seafood department reveals that most of the catch came from a far-flung continent. 


Coast guard logo over water

Coast Guard Rules Everyone Should Follow

July, 2019

Boaters in the 42 states with mandatory boater education laws must obey specific rules when boating on their home waters. If you live in those states, there are other rules to know and follow—the U.S. Coast Guard Rules of the Road.


Conservation river

Practice Green Boating With These Tips

July, 2019

Boating is your gateway to the fun of being on the water. Why not respect this precious resource with environmentally friendly boating practices?


Fireworks over Tahoe Boat

Watching Fireworks From The Boat

July, 2019

The Fourth of July is like Christmas Day for boaters. Nothing represents this celebratory summer holiday more than a cookout (on or by the water!), a lot of watersports fun and of course, fireworks!


Cooler filled with ice graphic

How To Pack A Cooler

July, 2019

At first, you might think delving into this topic is a waste of time. All it takes to pack a cooler is tossing in the goods and topping it off with ice, right? Not quite!


Truck pulling Nitro Boat out of water

Vacation Checklist For Trailered Boats

June, 2019

Do you sometimes want to be a kid again? You can by taking a real kid fishing. Children are curious about and fascinated with the outdoors. Even the simple things that you might have outgrown—like skipping rocks along the shoreline—excite young minds. You might even rediscover how those little things can make spending outdoors so satisfying and fun.


Cell phone on holder in boat

10 Best Apps For Boating

June, 2019

You might have heard the phrase, or even used it yourself to describe the ubiquitous mobile phone software that connects everyone with the cyberworld. Not surprisingly, there are apps for just about any boating need. Reserve a slip from your phone, find the best times to fish, file and share a float plan and check the marine weather. Yep, there are apps for ALL that.


Kids fishing off Sun Tracker

Tips For Fishing With Kids

June, 2019

Do you sometimes want to be a kid again? You can by taking a real kid fishing. Children are curious about and fascinated with the outdoors. Even the simple things that you might have outgrown—like skipping rocks along the shoreline—excite young minds. You might even rediscover how those little things can make spending outdoors so satisfying and fun.


Family enjoying water while cleaning Sun Tracker

At Home Boat Care Tips

June, 2019

What boater doesn’t like sunshine and water? Can there be too much of such good things? The final answer is yes—especially when it comes to keeping a boat in tiptop shape.


Waking boarding behind Tahoe Boat

Great Ideas For A Boating Vacation

May, 2019

Just as there are boats designed for every interest, the same goes for where to go and enjoy boating activities. You might already know the best places on your home lake for fishing. The truth is, though, some lakes are better than others, and that goes for just about any other activity in the boating world.


Two men discussing Tracker Boat

Getting To Know Your Best Friend On The Water

May, 2019

The dealership called and the boat of your dreams will arrive soon for you to pick up. This exciting news has you giddy and already making plans to rush to the dealership, hook up the boat and go to the lake for a maiden voyage.


Fish in livewell

Livewell Fish Care Tips

May, 2019

You catch, weigh and release bass in tournaments, giving little thought to what happens to the fish next. After all, bass are released into the wild to be caught another day in catch-and-release tournaments, right? Not necessarily and here is why.


Family enjoying fruit on boat table

Heat Safety

May, 2019

Nothing beats the heat like taking a refreshing dip in the lake on a hot summer day. Does that quick swim really cool you off, though? You might be surprised to know the answer is not really. There is more to keeping cool in the heat than just making a splash.


Wake boarding behind boat

Watersports for All Ages

April, 2019

Wakeboarding. Waterskiing. Tubing. All three watersports peg the fun needle for thrill-seeking boaters. What is so fun about watersports is anyone, regardless of age, gender or skill level can find a ride that suits their boating fancy.


Woman tying a knot

Knots To Know

April, 2019

Knots. Many are challenging to learn, let alone remember how to tie. Tying some knots takes time, too much of it, when you’d rather be fishing. In this day of instant gratification, you won’t find a packaged, ready-to-use Improved Clinch Knot at Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s. Too bad!


Bowfishing at sunset on Tracker Boat

Bowfishing Basics

April, 2019

Bow hunters begin limbering up for the whitetail deer season in summer by taking aim at practice targets in their backyards. That can get downright boring while sweltering in the summer heat when the season is months away.


Dog running after ball by Sun Tracker

Boating with Pets

April, 2019

Pretend for a moment that you are your dog taking a cruise on the family boat. The fresh air awakens the senses with myriad new smells—even more than sticking your head outside the window of the family car. As you lie on the aft lounge, the sun warms your coat and you drift off to blissful sleep. There is water, water, everywhere, and you can’t wait to take a flying leap into it!


Mako Boats

Mako Boat Comparison

March, 2019

The growing popularity of inshore and nearshore saltwater fishing is creating a demand by anglers for boats catering to their specific needs. Whether the pursuit is venturing into the backcountry to search for snook in the mangroves, intercepting migrating tarpon in the pass or stalking redfish in the marshes, there is a rig to meet your needs


Kids tubing behind Sun Tracker Boat

Choosing A Towable

March, 2019

Choosing watersports towables can be like deciding which thrill ride you want to take at a theme park. It all depends on your level of courage and how much you want to laugh and scream as your waterborne joyride is towed behind the boat.


Two people fishing off Tracker Boat

Tournament Etiquette

March, 2019

Are you fired up about the tournament season ahead? Of course! There’s a lot to be excited about when winter gives way to spring. New tackle, a clean slate and a winning attitude are all part of the game.


Three men fishing in the rain on Tracker Boat

New Boating Products

March, 2019

You update your wardrobe for spring and summer—so, why not your boat? Get ready for a season of fun on the water with these new products for 2019. From rainwear and other apparel to electronics and trolling motors, these are but a few of the offerings you can find online at Basspro.com and Cabelas.com and at select Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Boating Centers.  


Danyeal Sales woman posing on Tracker Boat

Meet The Team- Danyeal

March, 2019

If haggling back and forth with a salesperson over the price of a new boat isn’t your idea of fun, then you’re going to love Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Boating Centers. Believe it or not, the sales associates are trained not to hit you up first thing for a sale.


Tahoe Boat running shot

Choosing Between Outboard and Sterndrive Power

March, 2019

Life is good. You have just decided to buy a new TAHOE sport boat. There it sits in the showroom, ready to be all yours. You envision warm, sunny days on the water with the family in the boat of your dreams. There is nothing left to do but give the nod to the sales consultant and close the deal, right?


Nitro Pros Josh Bertrand Brian Snowden Ott Defoe

How the NITRO Pros Prepare For The Season

February, 2019

How do the pros spend the winter “off season” between tournament seasons? The answer is staying busy preparing for the next season. Boats are ordered, rigged with accessories and decked out with all the latest tricks of the trade. Christmas comes nearly every day. Shipments of the newest tackle arrive and must be unboxed, organized and prepped for duty.


Enjoying  the water around Sun Tracker Boat

Get Your Boat Ready For Spring

February, 2019

The winter of 2019 is nearing an end—thank goodness—as one for the record books. How many times during the cold, dark season did you daydream of getting out in your boat, basking in the warm sunshine?


Targa v19 combo and v19 WT

Targa Boat Comparison

February, 2019

When waves and wind roughen the surface on wide-open lakes, it’s hard to beat a Deep V aluminum boat. These lightweight rigs are equally at home in shallow water, too, making Deep Vs the ideal choice for anglers seeking versatility and value in a boat. 


Sun Tracker Fishing Barge, Party Barge and Sport Fish

Sun Tracker Model Comparisons

January, 2019

ATVs and UTVs are becoming increasingly popular for ice fishing because…why not? The same off-road vehicle used during the hunting season is highly adaptable for ice fishing.


Three men fishing on Nitro Boat

10 Winter Boating Tips

January, 2019

Soaking in the rays and spending long summer days on the water. Those are the dreams of boaters during winter. But, why wait when you can take a cruise now? Sunny, mild winter days are rare but perfect for getting your boating fix before summer finally arrives.


Woman putting lifejacket on little girl

Boating Safety Basics

January, 2019

You go boating to have fun. There is a serious side, though, that when overlooked can bring unwanted and/or tragic circumstances to your favorite pastime. The topic is boating safety, and it’s not as boring as you might think.


Bass Pro Boating Center Boats

Boat Show 101

January, 2019

Do you find yourself daydreaming about boating in the dead of winter? If you’re suffering from cabin fever, a cure awaits you at a boat show. The best news? There’s likely a show coming to a city near you in the coming months.


Invasive mussels

How To Avoid Spreading Invasive Species

December, 2018

A well-kept boat is the joy of any proud boat owner. There is more to keeping a boat clean, though, than just soapy water and good old-fashioned elbow grease—especially lately. 


Bass Pro Boating Center Boats

Buying A New vs. Used Boat

December, 2018

Is a new boat for you? Or is pre-owned more your style? Let us help with some tips to guide you toward the boat that is right for you, new or used!


Older couple enjoying hot beverage

10 Fun Fall Boating Activities

November, 2018

Fall signals the conclusion of boating season, or does it? Not really! Even in northern climes, there are fun boating activities—many you never thought of—that can extend the season for creating memories on the water. It’s time to break tradition and make boating part of your fall traditions. Waterways are less crowded, days are cooler, and above all else, changing leaves add a brilliant splash of color to the backdrop this time of year.


Regency Boat running shot

All New Boat Models For 2019

November, 2018

If you’re shopping for a new boat, these all-new dream rigs deserve a close look. Each of these boats are standouts in their class for quality, design, functionality and trust from longtime customers and owners who, like you, want the most from the boating lifestyle. 


Buying graphic

The Smart Buy In Boating

September, 2018

One-stop shopping—shoppers like it for the savings and convenience. You can fill a grocery cart at the supermarket. But the idea of finding everything needed in one stop to go boating seems unrealistic.


Family sitting on boat in showroom

Top 5 Questions From First-time Boat Buyers

September, 2018

This summer, did you spend weekends on the boats of friends or family, wishing you had your own? That’s not surprising. Along the way, you most likely discovered that boating takes the enjoyment of being outdoors to another level (if you didn’t, maybe you should consider trying again with different friends!).


Tracker 195 txw and Nitro z18

TRACKER 195 TXW And NITRO Z18 Model Comparison

September, 2018

Once upon a time, a wide gap separated fiberglass and aluminum bass boats. Performance, stability, durability and interior storage made fiberglass the front-runner on mainstream bass lakes. Lower prices, better fuel economy and getting to unpressured skinny water were short list advantages of lighter weight aluminum models.


Danyeal Posing next to Tracker Boat

Shopping Tips From A Boat Sales Consultant

September, 2018

Buying a boat is much different than an automobile for more than the obvious reasons. Getting you from one place to the next is the fundamental use of a vehicle. More than just a mode of transportation, a boat is your ticket to fun, from fishing and cruising to tubing, skiing and more.


Off Roading


 Tracker Off road 800 SX

10 Ideal Tasks For Off-Road Vehicles

November, 2019

You can easily come up with a list of reasons why off-road vehicles are ideal for hunting. A ride through the gnarly countryside to your deer stand might top the list, as it should. What about a list of non-hunting uses for your ATV or side-by-side?


Tracker Off road Cart

Tracker Off-Road Sport Carts

October, 2019

Once upon a time, making short runs to the corner store, heading to the neighborhood pool or visiting friends down the street meant squeezing into a golf cart. Trouble is, those vehicles are designed for carrying a couple of players and their golf bags from the front to the back nine. Golf carts aren’t ideally designed for carrying groceries, pool gear and food when making the rounds in the neighborhood. Nor are they street legal.


Hand holding Tracker off road picture on phone

Best Apps For Offroading

August, 2019

Your smartphone should rank low on the gear priority list for off-road adventuring, right? Nobody wants their chill time in the great outdoors interrupted by the annoying ding of incoming text messages. On the practical side, smartphone-powered apps can add convenience and fun to offroading.


Tracker Off road UTV

Conservation Duties For Offroaders

August, 2019

Offroading adds another exciting reason for enjoying the great outdoors. ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) and UTVs (utility vehicles) can take riders farther into the wilderness than any 4x4 truck. With that benefit comes a responsibility to respect the land and water that is centric to the offroading environment.


Tracker Off road ATVs

DIY Tips For Off-Road Vehicles

June, 2019

Off-road vehicles are built tough to take on whatever stands in their way. So why bother with home upkeep for something that is built like a tank?


Tracker Off road 570 and 800SX

TRACKER OFF ROAD Comparisons: 570 VS. 800SX

June, 2019

You might think of the all-terrain vehicle (ATV for short) as a sporty ride for off roaders, or a mode of transportation for hunters. It does a fine job of both! Yet there is much more the ATV is capable of doing thanks to advancements in this multitasking off road vehicle. Better yet, the same is true for the side-by-sides/UTVs that can go where pickups cannot.


Person riding Tracker Off road on trail

Safety Gear For ATVs & UTVs

April, 2019

Enjoying outdoor sports takes two things. Having fun and keeping it safe. Wearing protective gear designed for just about any activity is how you do both.


Tricking Out Your ATV/UTV For Ice Fishing

February, 2019

ATVs and UTVs are becoming increasingly popular for ice fishing because…why not? The same off-road vehicle used during the hunting season is highly adaptable for ice fishing.


Safety Gear For ATV/UTV Ice Fishing

February, 2019

Preventive maintenance and repairs, rigging new accessories and repowering your boat is what you expect to find at the service department of a boat dealership.


Tracker Off road ATV  going through water

10 Safety Tips For ATVs/UTVs

January, 2019

The enticement of accessing the wide open outdoors where you can’t drive even the most tricked out 4x4 pickup is the allure an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). You can take a hike, but why not go farther while easily packing everything you need for the adventure?


Tracker Off road ATV or UTV

Choosing an ATV or UTV

January, 2019

The enticement of accessing the wide open outdoors where you can’t drive even the most tricked out 4x4 pickup is the allure an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). You can take a hike, but why not go farther while easily packing everything you need for the adventure?


Service


Woman working on Tracker Boat

Repowering A Boat

September, 2019

Today’s well-built boats are made to last. That means repowering—or updating the engine—will eventually need to happen if your boat is a long-term investment. What is more, preowned boats need repowering sooner than new boats. In either case, repowering extends the life of a boat regardless of age. That’s a good thing, and so are the choices that can make your boat perform even better.


Bass Pro Boating Center Tim Thompson

Meet The Pros- Tim Thompson

May, 2019

Taking delivery of a new boat is just the beginning, not the end, of doing business at a Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Boating Center. Here, the experience continues at the service department for as long as you own the boat. 


Mercury Marine Technicians

Mercury Master Certified Technicians

April, 2019

As a boat owner, you want to spend more time on the water and less time at the dealership. Preventive maintenance and unplanned repairs are obviously givens, and where and who you choose to do the work can prolong those sunny days of fun on the water.


Bass Pro Boating Center Jody Graves

Meet The Pros-Jody Graves

February, 2019

Preventive maintenance and repairs, rigging new accessories and repowering your boat is what you expect to find at the service department of a boat dealership.


Bass Pro Boating Center Pro winterizing

Saltwater Winterization

February, 2019

Shorter days and chillier nights mean that winter is coming. Are you prepared for it? Before you put another log on the fire, take a seat and tune into a football game, remember that there are chores to do beyond stacking firewood.


Truck pulling Tracker Boat

Trailer Maintenance Tips and Checklist

December, 2018

For boaters, nothing is worse than a trip to the lake being cut short by a mechanical breakdown of the boat trailer. The sad—but true—fact is your boat spends more time on the trailer than on the water. The good news is that most problems can be avoided by taking precautionary steps at home.


Man winterizing boat

Should You Winterize Your Boat?

November, 2018

Winterizing the boat. Just the thought can send shivers down the spines of boat owners. For one, the timing generally means the end of a fun boating season. Plus, winterizing ranks low on the priority list of “fun” fall chores like raking leaves and cleaning gutters.Before blowing them all off, remember, those chores have a purpose. For boaters, winterizing keeps money in the fun budget, instead of being wasted on costly repairs.


Man winterizing boat

Fall Maintenance And Boat Winterization Tips

September, 2018

Winterizing the boat is an all-too-familiar autumn ritual for northern boaters. What about boaters living in warmer climates? Is it worth spending the time and money on a boat that won’t be used until next spring?

Quizzes


Find The Boat Brand for You!

Find the boat brand for you!

Are you more of an aluminum fishing boat person, a luxury pontooner or a sport boater? Takes this quiz to find the boat brand that fits your personality!


Fish swiming

Freshwater Fish Quiz

How many freshwater fish can you correctly name?


Swordfish

Saltwater Fish Quiz

How many saltwater fish can you correctly name?


Woman putting lifejacket on little girl

Boating Safety Quiz

How much do you know about boating safety? Take the quiz to find out!

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