Bass Pro Shops Review: The Best in Fishing, Hunting and Boating Gear
Table of Contents
- 1 About basspro
- 2 Overview of basspro
- 3 Welcome to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
- 4 Big Cypress Lodge
- 5 Mississippi Terrace at the Pyramid
- 6 Fishing Reels
- 7 Fishing Rods
Welcome to the “granddaddy of all outdoor stores” and the number one tourist destination in Missouri, the original Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.
Located in our hometown of Springfield, Missouri, our national headquarters store offers more than 500,000 square-feet of immersive shopping fun and one of the largest assortments of outdoor gear, apparel and gifts under one roof.
Adjacent to the store is Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, the largest and most immersive conservation attraction of its kind anywhere in the world. The campus is also home to Hemingway’s restaurant, the John A and Genny Morris Conservation Education Center, White River Conference Center and Bass Pro Shops Angler’s Lodge.
Overview of basspro
Experience one of the largest, most immersive shopping destinations in the world
With over 22 million cubic feet of space inside a transformed sports arena in downtown Memphis, Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid has to be seen to be believed. Inside, the grand 105-room Big Cypress Lodge overlooks a recreated delta cypress swamp. Guests can ride the tallest freestanding elevator in North America to a cantilevered glass-floored observation deck overlooking the Mississippi River. The highly experiential store is home to two restaurants, an immersive underwater-themed bowling alley, and the Ducks Unlimited National Waterfowling Heritage Center, a free museum and conservation education center in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, the nation’s leader in wetlands conservation.
Welcome to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid
It’s a new national destination experience located inside the massive iconic Pyramid in Downtown Memphis, TN. This new, immersive retail experience offers something for everyone from the serious outdoor enthusiast to families looking to have fun. We are much more than just a store. Inside the expansive 535,000-square-foot pyramid are many experiences and features that offer something for everyone.
Big Cypress Lodge
Big Cypress Lodge, a 103-room wilderness-themed hotel, is the first hotel inside any Bass Pro Shops location. Most rooms offer a private screened-in porch that offers a commanding view of the sprawling cypress swamp below. The hotel also offers spaces for business meetings and celebrations.
Mississippi Terrace at the Pyramid
The Mississippi Terrace is the ultimate entertainment patio attached to the Pyramid. It features two fire pits, a full bar, a stage for live music, and a menu of small plate appetizers and hand-crafted cocktails.
Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center
Another signature experience inside the Pyramid is the new Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, an interactive wetlands education museum showcasing the history of waterfowling and wetlands conservation. Created in partnership with Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, the Center allows visitors to learn more about the incredible wildlife found along the Mississippi Flyway and the importance of conserving wetlands.
1.Shimano Curado DC Baitcast Reel
This is the reel the world has been waiting for! The Shimano Curado DC Baitcast Reel is the smart-casting, computerized version of one of the world’s most popular high-performance baitcasters. It’s equipped with Shimano’s unique Digital Control braking technology, a microcomputer-driven cast control system that monitors the reel’s spool speed 1,000 times per second and automatically applies the correct brake pressure to prevent backlash and maximize casting distance. What that means to you: regardless of your skill level, the Curado DC makes casting virtually effortless, more accurate, and trouble-free. Meanwhile, this is the Curado serious anglers swear by, with a top-quality feature list that includes a rigid, highly durable Hagane body crafted of lightweight CI4+ carbon alloy; X-Ship pinion support bearing with MicroModule gearing; 6+1 bearing system with S-ARB shielded stainless steel anti-rust ball bearings; the advanced I-DC4 digital control brake system; and smooth, dependable Cross Carbon Drag.
- omputerized version of the performance favorite
- Unique “Cast Smart” Digital Control technology
- System measures spool speed every 1,000th of a second
- Microcomputer adjusts brake pressure accordingly
- Prevents backlashes, maximizes casting distance
- Rigid, durable Hagane body
- Lightweight CI4+ carbon alloy construction
- X-Ship pinion support bearing
- MicroModule gearing
- 6+1 bearing system
- S-ARB shielded stainless steel anti-rust ball bearings
- I-DC4 digital control brake system
- Smooth, dependable Cross Carbon Drag
2.Bass Pro Shops CatMaxx 3000C Baitcast Reel
Hardcore cat wranglers have spoken! Our popular Bass Pro Shops® CatMaxx™ 3000C Baitcast Reel now sports beefed-up knobs and a larger-radius handle, not to mention a smokin’ new look. More than ever, this great-looking, beast-tested round reel is built like a tank to overpower gigantic catfish, even in swift current. The rigid, 1-pc. aluminum frame is the foundation—it houses a high-capacity, forged aluminum spool that is double-anodized for long-term durability. The lightweight aluminum sideplates house the high-strength brass gearing and a 4 bearing system with Powerlock™ instant anti reverse. The Bass Pro Shops magnetic braking system is quickly adjustable via an external dial, to ensure long casts without overruns. The drag system is a calibrated stack of 3 carbon fiber and 3 TPFE discs for ultra-smooth, powerful function. Equipped with a bait clicker switch, so you’ll know right away when something is moving off with your bait.
- Rigid 1-pc. aluminum frame
- Light, tough aluminum sideplates
- TPFE and stainless 6-disc drag stack
- Double-anodized, forged aluminum spool
- High-strength brass gearing
- Rugged aluminum handle
- Externally adjustable magnetic braking system
- Powerful 5.2:1 gear ratio
- 4 bearing system with Powerlock instant anti-reverse
- Audible bait clicker
- Extended power handle with heavy-duty knobs
Shimano SLX DC Baitcast Reel
Specially equipped with Digital Control braking, the Shimano® SLX DC Baitcast Reel brings Shimano’s most advanced casting system ever into the realm of affordability. The brand’s legendary quality is unmistakable in the low-profile SLX DC, starting with its palm-friendly, all-metal Hagane® body; extremely tight and rigid, this design prevents body flex, ensuring smooth, balanced winding with exceptional cranking power. Altogether, it’s the perfect framework for the unmatched precision of Shimano’s extraordinary DC braking technology, a computerized cast control system that monitors the reel’s spool speed 1,000 times per second and automatically applies the correct brake pressure to prevent backlash and maximize casting distance. On the retrieve, you’ll find the 4+1 bearing system to be lean and efficient, while the sturdy drag system provides up to 11-12 lbs. of maximum drag – more than enough to turn any bass headed for cover. Extended handle for extra cranking power.
- Shimano quality at a great price
- Palm-friendly, all-metal Hagane body
- Smooth, balanced winding
- Advanced Digital Control braking
- Efficient 4+1 bearing system
- Sturdy drag; up to 11-12 lbs. of max drag
- Extended handle
1.Bass Pro Shops Crappie Maxx Signature Series Crappie Casting Rod – CSG60LC
Super-versatile and well-balanced, our Bass Pro Shops® Crappie Maxx® Signature Series Crappie Casting Rod will easily handle your favorite crappie-fishing techniques, from tight-lining to jigging to traditional live bait systems. The precision-crafted RT1 graphite rod blank is formulated to be strong and dependable; EVA grips provide a non-slip hold and enhance your control. Seaguide black stainless steel guide frames with black aluminum oxide rings reduce friction for smooth line flow. Durable graphite reel seat. You simply won’t find a better all-around rod series for targeting crappie!
- Purpose-built for catching crappie
- RT1 graphite blank
- Seaguide stainless steel guides
- Aluminum oxide rings
- Graphite reel seat
- EVA grips
2.Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris CarbonLite 2.0 Casting Rod
Looking for a competitive edge? Look no further than Bass Pro Shops® Johnny Morris CarbonLite™ 2.0 Casting Rod. They’re built with Carbon Coil Technology™, an advanced construction process that creates a double-helix configuration of materials for structural reinforcement. Made with RT4 Graphite, developed for the avid tournament angler, rod blanks are light and also very sensitive, so anglers can use them with confidence—even with a win on the line. Other features include a line ID system that allows anglers to keep track of and to easily identify the line weight used on each rod and reel setup. Fuji® FaZlite guides further enhance weight reduction. The CarbonLite 2.0 Casting Rod uses Winn® grips to deliver the ultimate in comfort, reducing stress in your hands and body leading to longer more accurate casts as the day goes on. A skeletonized Air reel seat improves sensitivity by maximizing blank exposure. Extraordinary 10 Year Warranty.
- Carbon Coil Technology
- RT4 Graphite blank
- A line ID system built into the rod butt
- Durable Fuji FaZlite guides
- Comfortable, non-slip Winn grips
- Skeletonized Air reel seat
- Extraordinary 10 Year Warranty
3.Ugly Stik Striper Casting Rod
Sensible anglers have chosen the versatile and value priced Ugly Stik® for its durability and sensitivity since the 1970s. Made with Ugly Tech™ Construction, a combination of graphite and fiberglass, the Striper Casting Rod provides tremendous strength in a rod that’s tough enough to withstand getting banged around a boat for years, yet is sensitive and well balanced. Ugly Stik rods feature one-piece Ugly Tuff™ guides, made of a single piece of stainless steel to eliminate ceramic guide inserts popping out and resist saltwater corrosion. Staying true to the original Ugly Stik Rod, the Striper Casting Rod has the legendary Clear Tip® to enhance strength and sensitivity. Durable EVA handles provide all-day casting and fish-fighting comfort.
- Ugly Tech Construction
- Tremendous strength and toughness
- One-piece Ugly Tuff stainless steel guides
- Legendary sensitive Clear Tip
- Durable EVA handles
On the Hunt for GIANT Bears in North Carolina (podcast)
In this Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World podcast episode from November 2019 with host Rob Keck he is focused on hunting and managing GIANT, record-book black bears.
Recorded in the midst of a hunt, step into the lodge with Rob Keck, Wes Seegars, a North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission member, and one of the nation’s top bear guides, Mike Johnson of Coastal Wildlife Consultants as they relive their encounter with a group of massive bears, and more North Carolina game hunting.
Alaska Fishing is for Fun so Plan Your Trip in Easy Steps
You won’t find better fishing in North America than that in Alaska. Not only are there more fish, but also there is more fishing opportunity and more variety in the types of fish than you’ll find elsewhere.
The thing about the 49th state is that it’s big: 2,400 miles east to west and 1,420 miles north to south. Even with that size, it takes planning to get the kind of fishing that’s on your bucket list. And with sports-show season underway, this is both a good time to do the research and a good time to get the best deals.
Alaska is set up for the fishing tourist, so it’s possible to do everything from a fly-in, self-guided raft trip to a full-service trip that will cover every thing from airport pickup to shipping your frozen fish home.
You also can create a do-it-yourself trip where you rent an SUV and hit the road, camping along the way. And there is a lot of opportunity between extremes.
Of course, money and time enter into the calculations, and both come before anything else. Once you’ve determined your budget and how much time you can spend on the trip (adding two days for air travel), the rest follows a basic plan.