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Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats Founder Johnny Morris Named Retail Innovator of the Year

New York City---January 15, 2008---The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution named John L. (Johnny) Morris the Retail Innovator of the Year.

Johnny Morris, founder and creator of one of the most beloved and recognizable brands in the world, created Bass Pro Shops simply because of his love of bass fishing and the outdoors. After using his own bait and stocking it in his father’s liquor stores, John quickly began to recognize sports fishermen’s need for specialized equipment and grew the idea into what has become a major tourist destination in virtually every store location. Three decades later, Bass Pro Shops continues to invoke the fantasy of every outdoor sportsman.

Other recipients were Terry Lundgren, Chairman and CEO of Macy’s, Inc with the Gold Medal Award and Lane Crawford, an Asian retailer, with the International Retailer of the Year Award.

“This year’s retail award winners have continued to keep up with their customers by providing some of the most advanced, innovative ideas around to handle their demands,” said NRF President and CEO Tracy Mullin. “We are thrilled to honor these visionaries for all they’ve accomplished in the ever-changing world of retail.”

Contact: Larry Whiteley Bass Pro Shops office (417) 873-5022 cell (417) 689-1118

Yamamoto Plans Crappie and Panish Line for October 2008

Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits plans to do for crappie and panfish enthusiasts what they have already done for bass anglers - provide them with the best Yamamoto soft baits in the world.

Yamamoto's new crappie and panfish line will be available in October, 2008. Click on image for larger view.

New items include:
� 2" YamaMinnow ~ C105 series
� 2" Grub ~ C2J series
� 3" Ika ~ C92T series
� 1-3/4" Tube ~ C108 series

Chief George Braswell smiles over results achieved with GYB's new crappie and panfish line.

New 2" YamaMinnow ~ C105 series.

New 2" Grub ~ C2J series

The makings of a fine dinner at Chief George's house this evening!

New 3" Ika ~ C92T series.

Spring, summer, fall or winter. GYB's new crappie and panfish baits are designed to keep on catching - all season long.

New 1-3/4" Tube ~ C109 series.

For more information. Call 1-800-645-2248 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to find out more about Yamamoto's new line of crappie and panfish baits for October 2008.

Thank you.

Russ "Bassdozer" Comeau Editor, Gary Yamamoto's Ezine
Advertising/Promotion, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits
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For Health's Sake, Kids (and Adults) Need to 'Go Outdoors'

Springfield, Missouri—(April 29, 2009)—Once upon a time, not so long ago, kids went outside to play. Many a fort and treehouse were built, favorite swimming holes were enjoyed, and stringers of fish meant campfires and fish fries. Kids got bumped, scraped, bruised, stung, bit and sunburned. But, they got exercise and learned about the outdoors—how to fish, pitch a tent, make a campfire, identify which plants (and snakes) are poisonous and count the stars at night. It was the real world.

Today, kids don’t walk to school or anywhere else much for that matter. They and adults are inside spending countless hours in front of hand-held monitors or TV screens playing video games. They get caught in the artificial worlds of watching television shows, chatting on the Internet and text messaging. And, studies show that living in the daily urban world with all its distractions, stimuli, and confusion can seriously impair cognitive thinking and mental health in general. Bottom line, kids and adults are not getting enough time outdoors.

During the National Go Outdoors Event going on at 51 Bass Pro Shops store locations from May 16th through May 25th, the company is offering kids and adults all kinds of ways to get off their couches and go enjoy the great outdoors. Events include a life jacket trade-in, outdoor skill demonstrations, interactive activities and a chance to win a sweepstakes package with a retail value of approximately $11,000.00.

“One of the most exciting and invigorating places to go this summer is just beyond your front door,” said Larry Whiteley, Bass Pro Shops Manager of Communications. “Bass Pro Shops is committed to helping adults and children across the nation put away their laptops, video games, and cell phones this summer and head outdoors. Whether it’s fishing, hiking through a local park, or simply laying on your lawn watching the stars at night, there are so many great things to do outdoors this summer.”

Why is this important?

Bass Pro Shops’ National Go Outdoors Event is a way to give kids (and adults) the chance to learn about the outdoors and the reason why is simple. Kids need this chance to re-connect with the outdoors to learn valuable lessons —how to swim, how to camp, first aid, survival techniques, orienteering, conservation—but more importantly, to become good stewards of the land and its natural resources, to feel good about themselves and to improve their general health and well-being.

Likewise, adults need this ‘disconnect’ from their everyday urban life. An article that appeared in the Boston Globe January 2, 2009, cites studies scientists are conducting to examine how urban life affects the brain and our mental health. "The mind is a limited machine,"says Marc Berman, a psychologist at the University of Michigan and lead author of a new study that measured the cognitive deficits caused by a short urban walk. "And we're beginning to understand the different ways that a city can exceed those limitations." The article goes on to state that “natural settings are full of objects that automatically capture our attention, yet without triggering a negative emotional response -- unlike, say, a backfiring car. The mental machinery that directs attention can relax deeply, replenishing itself.”
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Listed below are some supporting facts and figures:
• Long-term health concerns among children are increasing. According to information from the US Fish and Wildlife Web site (, Americans, kids especially, spend less time playing outdoors than any preceding generation.
• Kids spend an average of 6.5 hours a day with television, computers and video games and are six times more likely to play a video game than ride a bike.
• In fact, of all the major recreational activities in 2006, bicycling suffered the worst in declining participant numbers (down 13.3% from last year) according to an annual report by the National Sporting Goods Association. (“Sports Participation Series I and II”)
• Stress, depression, obesity, and low self-esteem among children are on the rise.

Why is going outside good?
• According to information from the US Fish and Wildlife site, nature is good for your health. New research shows that children who feel connected to nature have better physical, mental, and emotional health. Berman’s study, as cited in the January 2nd article in the Boston Globe, states that, according to several studies, “children with attention-deficit disorder have fewer symptoms in natural settings. When surrounded by trees and animals, they are less likely to have behavioral problems and are better able to focus on a particular task.”
• Other various studies have shown that kids that engage in outdoor classrooms have improved grades and test scores.
• These same studies show that kids involved in the outdoors are more motivated to learn and achieve.
• Studies suggest that families that interact together outdoors create lasting bonds by making life-long memories.

As you look forward to this summer and begin to wonder what you will do with the kids while they are out of school, investigate summer programs that your local Park Board, YMCA, or Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts offer that will help them benefit from being outside. In the meantime, begin with Bass Pro Shops’ National Go Outdoors Event at your local Bass Pro Shops store location. Exciting events being offered to entice kids and adults to go outdoors include canoe and kayak demonstrations, casting contests, rock climbing walls, GPS classes, outdoor skills workshops on boating safety, Dutch oven cooking, outdoor survival training and much, much more. (Events will vary per store. Please visit and select individual store location for events listing.)

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will be on hand at most Bass Pro Shops store locations to answer questions on the proper fit of life jackets as well as to address water safety questions. You can even bring any old or non-fitting life jackets into your local Bass Pro Shops on Saturday and Sunday, May 16th and 17th, for recycling and receive an instant discount of $5 to $20 off the purchase of a new Bass Pro Shops or Stearns life jacket or SOSPENDERS® inflatable PFD.

While at Bass Pro Shops, register to win the “Experience the Great Outdoors Sweepstakes.” The National Grand Prize will be awarded to one winner nationwide and has a retail value of approximately $11,000.00. Each store location will select a first place winner who will receive a gift package with a retail value of $550.00. See store for more details.

This year, commit to getting outdoors with your kids for all your health’s sake. Visit Bass Pro Shops during the National Go Outdoors Event, interact with your family in the great outdoors and make some memories to last a lifetime.

About Bass Pro Shops

A major catalog and Internet retailer, Bass Pro Shops, headquartered in Springfield, MO, currently has 55 retail locations across the United States and Canada. The stores attract some 100 million visitors a year. In addition, Bass Pro Shops also provides products and services for thousands of independent dealers world wide through its subsidiary company, American Rod & Gun. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit

Fish Hook Removal

Our Fishhook Removal Kit is a must for every fisherman's tackle box. “How to Remove Fishhooks from People” has step-by-step instructions with color pictures that describe four ways to remove fishhooks from people, and how to properly clean and care for fishhook wounds. Our exclusive Fishhook Removal String, when used properly, will make removing hooks easy, safe and virtually painless. We also include the first aid supplies you'll need when you become hooked.

“Accidentally Hooked: A Guide to Human Fishhook Removal” is a 20 minute DVD that describes five different ways to remove fishhooks from people. We teach you how to evaluate, clean and properly care for fishhook wounds. We also discuss fishhooks, fishhook removal tools, and describe the anatomy of the hand. We recommend that fishermen view this video in the comfort of their homes, before going fishing, and learn how to properly remove fishhooks before they get hooked.

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Bandit Is Hard Bait Sponsor Of Crappie Masters

Bandit Lures is known for its top quality crankbaits in the bass fishing world. Most don’t know that Bandit is also the #1 trolled crankbait for crappie.
Bandit Lures is now the hard bait sponsors for Crappie Masters, which is the #1 crappie tournament trail that fish from Iowa to Florida.
Bandit is proud to announce that we have been working closely with our Crappie pro-staff and B & M Poles pro-staff manager Kent Driscoll on the colors since the early fall of 2009. The colors will be available in the spring of 2010 in the popular 300 series.

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