Friday, November 18, 2016

Christmas Shopping Wish List for the Outdoors-man in your life…



With the Christmas Season approaching, anglers and hunters of all ages look forward to giving and receiving outdoor related items each year. Outdoor gear is known to be an affordable gift to give a loved one. Fishing accessories are always well suited for any angler and most hunters always like to receive something to keep them warm in the woods or something they would never buy for themselves. I would like to help you out this year and share some of the top items I would suggestion you look at this Christmas season for gifts.
 
Costa sunglasses
One of the best Christmas gifts I have ever received was my first pair of Costa sunglasses 5 years ago. Since that time, I have owned 2 other different models. Currently, I am wearing the new Costa Motu sunglasses. They are the top of the line sunglasses for all my outdoor activities. No angler or hunter can be on the water or in the woods without their sunglasses. Costa’s Motu sunglasses feature a strong, rectangular shape to provide great protection from the elements, while the hypoallergenic rubberized temple tips and nose pads and optical spring hinge technology keep the sunglasses comfortably in place all day on the water or in the woods. The Motu’s are equipped with Costa’s 580 technology lenses that provide 100% UV blockage for maximum protection and 100% polarization to kill reflected glare. The 580 technology goes beyond polarization to produce the clearest lenses on the planet. It selectively filters out the harsh yellow and harmful high-energy ultraviolet blue light, making colors brighter and objects appear more defined. So no matter what you are doing under the sun, you’ll see it in stunning detail. MSRP $189.00


Bass Pro Shops Cool Daddy Insulated Tote
For $29.99 you can get one of the best tote coolers on the market. A very similar cooler from another company sells for $279.99. Keeping your drinks cold is easier than ever with the Bass Pro Shops Cool Daddy Insulated Tote. You can load it up with ice and your favorite beverage and you'll be all set for an all day on the water or in woods. It’s also great for tailgating, picnics, you name it as well. Its lightweight padded design travels with ease, protecting the items you've packed next to it, and is easier to stow than hard-side coolers. Top-loading design with insulated walls and lid; sealed liner prevents leakage. Both the self-joining side carry straps and padded shoulder strap are adjustable for maximum comfort. With its rugged construction and reinforced bottom, the Bass Pro Shops Cool Daddy Tote is sure to be an essential part of many future outings!


Lowrance Gen3 Multifunction Display – fishfinder & GPS with FREE SpotlightScan Sonar Transducer Offer...
Lowrance, the world-leading in fishing electronics since 1957, has just announced the year’s best deals on top-selling HDS Gen3 multifunction displays, starting November 10, 2016, with retail price reductions as much as $500.The HDS Gen3 series feature an easy-to-use, multi-touch, high-resolution display with Broadband Sounder™ and CHIRP sonar, plus built-in support for StructureScan 3D with SideScan and DownScan Imaging. Navigate with ease using proven Lowrance navigation technology and build a comprehensive system on any boat with the advanced integration capability of HDS Gen3 – offering support for Mercury® VesselView® Link, SmartSteer™ trolling motor/outboard motor control, Bluetooth® control of Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchors and more. HDS Gen3 also features the exclusive Network Analyzer and Service Assistant integrated service tools, full operation via touchscreen, keypad or both, and built-in wireless connectivity. Read more on their web site at: http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/News/Price-Drops-on-all-HDS-Gen3-Multifunction-Displays/ . To get more information on the FREE SpotlightScan Transducer go to: http://www.lowrance.com/en-US/specialoffers/Free-SpotlightScan/



LifeProof iPhone Case & LifeJacket
I don't know many outdoorsmen that will leave their iPhones at home during a fishing or hunting trip these days. I don’t take mine with me to talk to people. I take it to take photos of my catches or the beauty of the woods. Unlike other waterproof cases, LifeProof's isn't bulky, so it doesn't get caught up in your pocket. The cases can be submersible to nearly 7 feet and can stay that deep for up to 30 minutes. That means you could even take underwater photos and videos with your phone. There are lots of different colors and style to choose from. My favorite is the RealTree Xtra Lime. MSRP $89.99 Learn more about these phone cases at: http://www.lifeproof.com/



Weston #8 Heavy-Duty Electric Meat Grinder - Manufacturer model #: 33-0201-W.
Weston is known for its high quality meat grinding products. A meat grinder from Weston is an investment in quality. Buy one and crank out batch after batch of delicious homemade sausages in your own kitchen with the “new” Weston #8 Heavy-Duty Electric Meat Grinder. Powered by a capable 575 watt electric motor that can handle up to 2-3 lbs of meat a minute, this heavy-duty grinder makes a great choice for outdoorsmen wanting to process their own meat at home. Easy-to-attach sausage stuffing funnel makes home sausage making a breeze, allowing you to flavor your sausage exactly the way your family likes it. Grinder comes with 3 stainless steel grinding plates (fine, medium, and coarse), stainless steel grinding knife, and large grinder tray. Also included is a large meat stomper, which can double as a storage compartment for the grinder's accessories. The power cord stores out of sight in hidden compartment. MSRP $99.99



Seaguar Finesse Fluorocarbon Line
This will be the last finesse fluorocarbon line you will ever buy! “Light line. Big fish. No Problem.” Seaguar Finesse Fluorocarbon Line makes broken line and losing a big fish a problem of the past. This soft, supple, low memory fluorocarbon fishing line boasts Level Wind technology. This Seaguar Finesse 100% Fluorocarbon uses an exclusive double-structure process that combines two custom Seaguar fluorocarbon resins. This creates a line with smaller diameters, exceptional knot and tensile strength. Seaguar Finesse 100% Fluorocarbon is soft and supple with low memory, making it a great choice for finesse applications. The Finesse lines follow the successful introduction of Seaguar Flippin’ Braid and Flippin’ Fluoro, the first technique-specific lines introduced by Seaguar last year. Want to learn more, visit the web site: https://www.seaguar.com/


The Swedish FireKnife® Fixed Blade Knife
The Swedish FireKnife Fixed Blade Knife comes with an original FireSteel Scout fire starter that fits into the knife's handle. The fire starter is meant to use on the blade's spine, specifically ground for the purpose. The Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel blade has a Scandinavian grind that holds an edge and is easy to re-sharpen freehand at the correct angle. The anti-slip rubber handle provides a non-slip grip and optimum control while using the knife under harsh elements. A weatherproof polypropylene sheath carries the knife comfortable on your belt where it's always accessible. The handle's orange color minimizes the risk of dropping the knife on the forest floor and it disappearing. The FireSteel Scout fire starter lasts approximately 3,000 strikes, provides reliable performance and in cold weather. The Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife is a serious fixed blade knife, well suited for hunting and the integral fire starter makes it an ideal all round survival tool to get you through dire survival situations. MSRP $39.99


RedHead Camo Fleece Gloves for Men
RedHead® Camo Fleece Gloves for men deliver an ideal blend of performance features for hunting prey in any weather. These 100% polyester waterproof gloves stand up to any conditions and stay dry. The quiet fleece shell in RedHead Camo Fleece Gloves is perfect for deep-woods treks or lining up that unforgettable shot from the treestand. An elasticized wrist delivers a snug, comfortable fit. The gloves are machine washable. Keep those hands warm and stay in the woods or on the water longer. These gloves are available at all Bass Pro Shops retail locations. $24.99



My Christmas wish list is pretty simple this year; may God continue to bless you & your families. I also ask that the God will keep all of our soldiers safe and bring them all home alive really soon. 


THANKS FOR READING….. Branch


About the author:
Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and prostaffer for Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville, GA. He retired as a Lieutenant/Paramedic/Firefighter with Gwinnett County Fire, GA after 29 years of service in 2013. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the Southeastern Prostaff Coordinator. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab - Jake. They volunteer with Operation One Voice (501c3) (www.operationonevoice.org)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Fishing on Lake Lanier



Fall is some of the most exciting fishing on Lake Lanier. The large schools of striped bass & spotted bass start schooling on top and topwater lures are the tactic of choice. Some of these schools will have several hundred fish in them and will be very visible from long distances. The local term for this fishing is “Combat Fishing!”


Spotted Bass
The Main lake humps and points still holding some very nice groups of spotted bass. Target these areas that are 15 to 30 feet deep, on the main lake or back in the creeks. 

*Top waters


*Under spins


*spoons





Crappie
Brush or docks with brush remain the structure of choice. Look for the Crappie to suspend over the brush 6 to 10 feet. 

*Soft plastic baits 


*jigs


*live minnows.




Striped Bass
Deep water patterns that are still producing.

Stripers move into the creeks and up on the submerged islands and points. 
*Pulling the umbrellas over the submerged islands has been a strong technique. The Captain Mack’s 4 arm 3 oz. buck tail rig, pulled 140 to 160 feet behind the boat has been a good combo.*Herring on the down rod or under a floating down line are also very effective. Adjust your depth to the depth of the bottom or based on where the sonar shows the greatest activity. 




*Tossing a free lined Herring off the stern is also a good addition, weighting it down with a small split shot is even better. 

Another pattern that is also very effective in October is night fishing. This after hour’s pattern is historically best with water temp from 75 degrees falling down to 60 degrees. Target shallow sand bars, saddles between islands, or flat shallow points.
*Long A Bombers - blue, silver, pink




About the author:
Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and prostaffer for Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville, GA. He retired as a Lieutenant/Paramedic/Firefighter with Gwinnett County Fire, GA after 29 years of service in 2013. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the Southeastern Prostaff Coordinator. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab Jake. They volunteer with Operation One Voice (501c3) (www.operationonevoice.org)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Your shins will thank me!



At the 2016 ICAST show this year there was a lot of press on Gator Guards “NEW” product – The Hitch Guard. Sue and Scott Smith owners of Gator Guards make several products to protect your boat. They have now created a new personal favorite of mine. 


It’s happened to just about all of us. You’re walking around you’re the back of your truck and bang! Suddenly a severe pain comes from your shin striking into the trailer hitch mount. Gator Guards recently came out with a simple fix to painful incident. The Hitch Guard is a full-coverage that goes around the hitch, by using an automotive-grade polymer cover for single hitches. It stays soft from minus-70 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. It has low-profile design which allows for unrestricted use of trailers and equipment attaching to your pull vehicle. It’s very simple to install, slide the Hitch Guard onto the existing trailer hitch and secure with an include zip tie. I promise it is instant shin protection! Your shins will thank you the next time you accidentally bump into your trailer hitch…


MSRP: black; $15.99/glow-in-the-dark $19.99



About the author:
Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and Prostaffer for Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Lawrenceville, GA. He retired as a Lieutenant/Paramedic/Firefighter with Gwinnett County Fire, GA after 29 years of service in 2013. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the Southeastern Prostaff Coordinator. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab Jake.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

It's not Happy Memorial Day...

The Old Guard transports Sergeant Major George W. Dunaway at Arlington.
I’m frustrated by people all over the country who view the day as anything but a day to remember our WAR DEAD. I hate hearing people say “Happy Memorial Day.”
It’s not Veterans Day. It’s not military appreciation day. Don’t thank a veteran for their service on this day. It’s take the time to pay homage to the men and women who died while wearing the cloth of this great nation you’re so freely enjoying today and every day.
So yeah. I’m frustrated by Memorial Day. And I’m angry about apathy, but see I wear this bracelet every day so I will never forget my heroes.

What do you do on Memorial Day to honor those that gave you your freedom?

About the author: 
 Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and a retired Lieutenant/Paramedic/Firefighter with Gwinnett County Fire, GA after 29 years of service in 2013. He is currently a contracted employee with NAVICO/Lowrance working as the Southeastern Prostaff Coordinator. He has been working in the Outdoor Industry for over 20 years. He and his beautiful wife, Kim live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab Jake. They volunteer with Operation One Voice (501c3) (www.operationonevoice.org)