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BOAT HULL COMPARISONS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ALL ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGIATE 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?

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.

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.

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.

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?

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. 

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 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.

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?

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!

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!

DIY TIPS FOR OFF-ROAD VEHICLE UPKEEP

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?

VACATION CHECKLIST FOR TRAILERED BOATS

JUNE 2019

Your boating vacation checklist is nearly complete. The family tow vehicle was serviced for the road trip, as was the boat trailer. The service centers gave you the thumbs up that everything was in tip-top shape. All that remains on the list is getting packed and hitting the road, right?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NEW 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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. 

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

Modern ice fishing is light years ahead of the sport’s Ice Ages, when anglers shivered in the frigid cold, using crude tackle while relying mostly on luck to get a bite.

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?

SUN TRACKER MODEL COMPARISONS

January 2019

Not all pontoons are created equal, even though many share common features and sport similar layouts. The good news for pontoon lovers is the most versatile models are designed so everyone can do their thing from the same boat, all day long.

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.

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.

REGENCY MODELS COMPARISON

January 2019

What stands out about the REGENCY LE3 Sport, LE3 and DL3 pontoon boats? That’s an easy answer. Head-turning luxury and style is obvious from bow to stern, inside and out.

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.

Saltwater Winterization

January 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.

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.

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. 

Choosing an ATV or UTV

DECEMBER 2018

Need help choosing the right off-road vehicle for your needs? Spencer Helms, a Certified Sales Consultant with Bass Pro Shops Boating Centers shares advice on selecting the best ATV or UTV for you.

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!

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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!).

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?

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. 

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.

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