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Atlas-Mike’s Rolls Out New Bait Products

Atlas-Mike’s, makers of scent and other fishing products, has rolled out a series of new bait brines, cures, dyes and more for steelhead, salmon and trout anglers.

Here are more details:

BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRIGHTENER 

  • UV Enhanced!
  • Adds Intense Shine to your Baits Instantly!
  • Catch More Fish!

UV enhanced, Atlas-Mike’s Brite & Tight Bait Brightener adds intense shine to your fresh baits and helps rejuvenate old or frozen baits. Bait Brightener works great on herring, sardines, anchovies, shad, minnows, alewife, eggs, prawns, etc.

19020-BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRIGHTENER 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190200

BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRINE

Preserves natural qualities and tightens bait scales!

  • Baits will look fresh, healthy and attractive to fish!
  • Toughens bait; stays on longer!
  • Revitalizes old or frozen baits!

Atlas-Mike’s Brite & Tight Bait Brine infuses your baits with powerful amino acids that magnify the smell and flavor of your baits – triggering more strikes! Preparing your fresh or frozen baits with our Special Formula Bait Brine is easy and effective! Excellent on herring, sardines, minnows, alewife, shrimp, prawns, chicken livers, etc…effective for all kinds of baits. Great cured baits every time.

18120 – BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRINE 20 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171181208

ATLAS-MIKE’S BORAX CURE

  • Cure Single Eggs or Egg Skeins!
  • Easy and Effective!
  • Special Formula that Locks in Fish Attracting Scents!

Atlas-Mike’s Borax Cure is great for curing eggs or egg skeins! Our special formula locks in fish attracting scents and creates eggs and clusters that milk in the water, improving your catch every time! Remember, the more cure, the drier your eggs! Great cured baits every time, so cure it right with Atlas-Mike’s Bait Cures and Catch More Fish!

 

65001 – ATLAS-MIKE’S BORAX CURE 24 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171650018

65041 – ATLAS-MIKE’S BORAX CURE 3 lb. Bag 4 ea./Case UPC 043171650414

ATLAS-MIKE’S ROCK SALT

  • Great for brining all types of bait!
  • Non-Iodized!
  • Perfect for Brining or Salting Baits!

Atlas-Mike’s Rock Salt is excellent on prawns, shrimp, herring, sardines, alewife, minnows, shiners, anchovies, chicken liver, etc…effective for all kinds of baits. Great cured baits every time!

 

18132 – ATLAS-MIKE’S ROCK SALT 32 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171181321

18140 – ATLAS-MIKE’S ROCK SALT 4 lb. Bag 4 ea./Case UPC 043171181406

ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM NITRITE

  • Technical Grade 99% Pure!
  • Cure Egg Skeins or Single Eggs!
  • Easy and Effective!

Atlas-Mike’s Sodium Nitrite is an anti-mold ingredient that works well in egg cures. Sets a deep natural reddish color into non-dyed salted eggs. Very effective in Shrimp and Prawn cures. Great cured baits every time, so cure it right with Atlas-Mike’s Bait Cures!

17132-ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM NITRITE 32 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171171322

ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM SULFITE

  • Technical Grade 99% Pure!
  • Cure Egg Skeins or Single Eggs!
  • Easy and Effective!

Atlas-Mike’s Sodium Sulfite is an excellent preservative that works well on salmon, trout, and steelhead eggs. It helps produce a heavy milking action egg. Especially effective for use in salmon cures. Great cured baits every time, so cure it right with Atlas-Mike’s Bait Cures and Catch More Fish!

16132-ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM SULFITE 32 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171161323

BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE

  • Bright Vibrant Colors!
  • Super Concentrated…won’t wash off!
  • UV Enhanced for greater visibility!

Atlas-Mike’s Brite & Tight Super Dye works great for most natural baits…herring, sardines, minnows, alewife, eggs, prawns, shrimp, anchovies, etc… Every angler is looking for an advantage. Spice up your baits with Brite & Tight Super Dye. Just add to your favorite bait cures or directly to bait…easy and effective. Available in four great fish catching colors: Hot Pink, Flame Red, Fl. Chartreuse and Vivid Blue.

 

19005-HOT PINK – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190057

19006-FLAME RED – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190064

19007-CHARTREUSE – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190071

19009-VIVID BLUE – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190095

ABOUT ATLAS-MIKE’S BAIT, INC.

Trout, Salmon and Steelhead anglers have been counting on Atlas-Mike’s to help fill their stringers for years. Atlas-Mike’s Bait, Inc. has been field testing, developing and marketing quality products to fishermen for over 80 years and are still going strong! Salmon eggs, floating trout baits, marshmallow baits, fish attractants, bait cures, and salmon/steelhead accessories have long been a part of their product line up. In addition to all the tried and true products, check out all the new items too. Every angler is looking for an edge; tip the odds in your favor with Atlas-Mike’s!

 

 

Levi Morgan Back at Mathews

Ten-time Shooter of the Year, Levi Morgan, returns to Mathews’ Pro Staff more confident than ever.

levi-morgan“When you’re competing at this level, consistency is everything. I need to go into every tournament knowing my bow will hold its tune.” says Morgan. “That’s what I had with Mathews for 15 years. They make the best tuning, most accurate bows in the world.”

Born and raised in Rosman, North Carolina, Morgan began competing in archery tournaments at age six. Since first signing with Mathews at age 18, he has become one of the most decorated archers of all-time. His long list of accomplishments includes 8 World Championships, 40 National Championships, 10 Shooter of the Years, 3 Triple Crowns, and 10 World Records.

“I was super impressed with Mathews’ new target bows,” says Morgan, “I shot perfect scores on my first three rounds shooting the new TRX, which has made me more confident than ever going into this season.”

Morgan, and his wife Samantha, return to Mathews’ dominant Pro Staff just one month after 5 time World Cup Champion, Jesse Broadwater, also joined the team shooting the new TRX.

“Levi Morgan is the best 3D shooter of this century and we’re excited to have him back,” says Mathews Pro Staff Manager, Derek Phillips. “I think it speaks volumes to what we have created for our new target line. It’s catching a lot of attention from the best competitors in target archery.” The Morgans also return to Mathews’ Hunting Pro Staff, hosting the Sportsman Channel’s show, “Name the Game”.

On the hunting side, Morgan is shooting the new Halon 32, while Samantha is shooting the 2017 AVAIL, Mathews’ all-new women’s bow.

Follow Levi, Samantha and the rest of Team Mathews through the 2017 tournament season on Mathew’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Mathews Archery

Mathews Archery has been committed to elevating the archery experience for over 25 years. All Mathews bows are designed and built in Sparta, Wisconsin, U.S.A. and distributed through independent retailers around the world. Experience the full line of premier target and hunting bows at mathewsinc.com.

Leaders Of The ‘Pacs’

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An interview with Sam Kolb of Bullpacs hunting packs.

By Steve Joseph

Steve Joseph How did Bull Pacs get its start?

Sam Kolb About 20 years ago, some elk hunters out of Lewiston, Idaho, packed out an elk on some rickety old aluminum pack frames and swore there had to be better equipment out there for the job. Their search left them empty-handed, and since they ran a machine shop they decided they’d make their own. After several years and countless hours, they finally fine-tuned a frame that was super strong, pretty lightweight and much more comfortable for those long packs out of the mountains loaded with elk.

Though they weren’t really interested in making that part of their machine shop production, they had the production aspect all figured out. Their mother, Janice, moved back to Lewiston and was looking for work when the business idea was born; the shop would manufacture Bull Pacs and Janice began sewing the components, assembling packs and shipping orders. In 2014, Janice decided she wanted to retire from pack production, and after months of training and passing of the baton, our family moved Bull Pacs to Vancouver, Wash., where we have continued with pack production and started working on new accessories and ideas to go with the Bull Pacs.

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SJ What sets Bull Pacs apart from the other packs?

SK We’ve always had a passion for good, solid hunting gear. When I first laid eyes on the Bull Pacs, the solid design and workmanship definitely stood out. Once I tried it on, I loved the way it fit and was convinced it could comfortably handle any load I was able to shoulder. I couldn’t wait until the next season to try it out with a load of elk meat! That was 14 years ago and I have packed thousands of pounds of game on my original Bull Pac, with very few signs of wear and tear. I was actually surprised at just how tough and comfortable Bull Pacs really were, whether packing out elk quarters or just hiking the backcountry in pursuit of the next big adventure!

SJ What about accessories that are available?

SK We have started producing a number of new accessories to outfit new or old packs. Our most popular addition is the rifle mount, which mounts securely to the Bull Pac frame and provides hands-free use when hiking or packing meat, but still allows quick access to ones rifle without removing the pack. We have also developed a decoy extension that allows a person to securely strap on super-tall loads that are otherwise unwieldy to haul around.  We have started carrying RAM Mount accessories to facilitate attachment/use of flashlights, Go Pro cameras, spotting scopes and cameras or other similarly threaded electronic equipment. We have a couple different sizes of game bags for bone-in quarters or boned-out meat. We also have Bull Pac Straps for quickly cinching download on the pack frame for hauling meat and/or gear. And we are just finishing up an axe mount similar to the rifle mount to facilitate safe axe hauling. We have several other ideas we are working on, with things to come in the future.

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SJ  Speaking of, where do you see Bull Pacs heading in the future?

SK We are excited to continue the company’s legacy that’s built on quality, durability and personal customer service that Bull Pacs has provided to the outdoor community for years. While we love the Bull Pac, we are also working on a number of accessories and other innovative adaptations that will make your Bull Pac useful in a number of different applications.  We hope to continue to grow as a grass roots pack company that represents solid, no-nonsense gear that gets the job done and doesn’t let you down, for the everyday hunter.

SJ You have a lifetime warranty. How important is that for your customers?

SK We do our best to produce products that will provide decades of worry-free use. What good is a warranty if it craps out on you in the bottom of the canyon? However, as we all know, anything mechanical can break. If you have something break, slip and land on a rock and bust a weld or have something you don’t think held up as it should have, we will happily take care of it and make it right! We pride ourselves on customer service that’s second to none.  We treat our customers how we’d want to be treated and don’t make excuses if an issue arises. More people like a company that stands behind their product, and we make sure our customers feel appreciated and are well taken care of!

Bullpacs.com (208) 798-3299

Introducing Mattracks’ New Products

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Mattracks, the original and No. 1 manufacturer of rubber track conversions, has expanded its track offerings for automotive/truck applications with the release of its 400M1A1 model. This expands the Mattracks automotive lineup by doubling the load capacity of the 200 series, which was the largest truck system prior to the 400 series release. The 400 series is ideal for use on commercial vehicles weighing up to 40,000 lbs that require off-road mobility. Designed for heavy loads and smooth rides, the 400M1A1 track conversion system features a 20” wide front track and 30” wide rear track. The 400 series is a hub mounted design in order to facilitate a fast conversion from tires to tracks with little to no vehicle modification. This model also features Mattracks exclusive, patented rubber torsion anti-torque system, steering assist option, rocker suspension, and rear external idler for optimum sprocket wrap and fender clearance.

Mattracks 400 series track conversion system adds versatility to commercial and industrial specialty vehicles such as drilling rigs, aerial devices, vacuum trucks, and other service/maintenance vehicles. Markets include, but not limited to: oil and gas, utility, agriculture, construction, mining, exploration, tourism, and search and rescue.

Located in Karlstad MN and established 22 years ago with inspiration from the founder’s 12 year old son Matt, Mattracks now manufactures over 100 different models of Rubber Track Conversion systems for ATV’s, UTV’s, Trucks, Tractors, Custom Harvesters, Swathers, Sprayers, Construction Equipment, Trailers, and more. Mattracks serves both the recreational and commercial markets, and provides mobility solutions to applications that need to either access off-road sites or minimize compaction in fields or other sensitive areas.

Additional information is available by contacting Mattracks, Inc. at 218-683-9800, 877-436-7800 (toll-free US & Canada) or 218-436-7000. Visit us online at www.mattracks.com, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or email us at sales@mattracks.com.

Clean Drain Dry App Strives To Prevent Invasive Species

 

The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever: 

 

Brooklyn Center, MN – For years, static signs posted at entry points and boat ramps have educated people on laws, rules and regulations. Rightfully so, to protect natural resources, but a new mobile app developed by Wildlife Forever and the Clean Drain Dry Initiative, works to change that using Augmented Reality (AR) technology to educate, inform and inspire conservation stewardship.

The Clean Drain Dry app uses unique campaign marketing materials and graphics to transport users to a video experience that informs and empowers positive actions to prevent invasive species. A pilot project, based in Minnesota with funding provided from the Outdoor Heritage Fund and administered by the Initiative Foundation, has created unique signage, empowered with AR that when scanned with the FREE app, takes the user through a brief survey and ultimately an educational video that reminds people to Clean Drain Dry to prevent invasive species.

“This new app will be a great tool to engage younger audiences and anyone with a phone in their hand,” said Pat Conzemius, Conservation Director for Wildlife Forever. “This beta launch is just the beginning for a new dimension in communications and has tremendous appeal for regional and national outreach and education.”

Don Hickman, Vice President for Community and Workforce Development for the Initiative Foundation said, “Our goal is to press the envelope with new strategies that help prevent the spread of invasive species. The Clean Drain Dry app has great promise and I hope to see it take off.”

New signs will be posted at public boat ramps and entry points throughout northern Minnesota. Four styles will target different user groups all reiterating the common theme and campaign focus of the Clean Drain Dry Initiative. Wildlife Forever would like to thank the U.S. Forest Service and numerous partners for their forward-thinking support and continued investment in outreach and education.

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is the national outreach campaign to educate all outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Working with local, state, federal and the outdoor industry, coordinated invasive species messaging focuses on strategic content, marketing communications and outreach tools for how to prevent.  For more information and tips on how you can help, follow along at Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CleanDrainDry/

About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  For over 27 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. To join or learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.

News From Kittle’s

Break the Online Ammo Habit

Kittle’s has announced that it will meet or beat any Waterfowl Ammo price in the nation for the products in stock August 27th and 28th.

Those who compare will discover that Kittle’s does this on a consistent basis with Winchester, Kent, Fiocchi, and Hevi-Shot/Hevi-Metal.  No case quantity limits and some will have instant factory REBATE at the COUNTER on the 27th and 28th of August. Avoid the mail in paperwork and buy local.

As an incentive to come enjoy the annual Big Pre-Season Sale andCalifornia Calling Contest in the Park, Kittle’s Outdoor is offering“HOT BUY” specials on a few featured items from 9-Noon ONLYAugust 27th.  Ammo, Choke Tubes, Decoys, Gear and Clothing.  If you can’t make it – don’t sweat – With The Exception of “Hot Buy” the store wide PRE-SEASON sale goes for a week until September 3rd.
Fiocchi Waterfowl Steel 1 1/5 oz 12ga 3″ is regular price of $109.90 per case.  On sale for one week at $99.90 per case.
HOT BUY $89.90 per CASE!!
August 27th, 2016
  • 5am Store Opens
  • 8am Calling Contest Registration
  • 9am Calling 101 by Kelly Haydel
  • 9am HOT BUY specials go till Noon
  • 10am Contests Begin
For more information go to Kittlesoutdoor.com  or facebook California Duck Calling Championship

Larson Electronics Releases 25-Watt LED Spotlight With Pivoting Bar Clamp Mount

 

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Larson Electronics, an industrial lighting leader, has announced the release of a 25 watt LED spotlight equipped with a pivoting bar clamp mount ideal for boats and ATVs.

The SHBM-LED25WRE-CPR from Larson Electronics is a bar clamp mounted LED spotlight that features a pivoting mounting bracket, allowing operators to adjust the angle of the beam once the unit is mounted. This LED spotlight produces a powerful 2,750 lumen light output while utilizing 25 watts of power. It features a weatherproof nylon housing, a hardened glass lens, and produces a spot beam capable of reaching distances up to 1,000 feet. The light operates on any voltage ranging from 12 to 32 volts DC and is powered by an optional cord terminated in a cigarette plug, ring terminals, or battery clamps.

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The bar clamp mounting system is constructed of a durable, lightweight aluminum and is attached to pipes, rails, or bars with small machine screws that secure the bottom half of the clamp to the top half. The bar clamp is attached to a pivoting bracket that allows users to adjust the angle and direction of the light once the unit is mounted. The pivot mount incorporates a built-in level to ensure ideal mounting positioning when installing the unit. This adjustable LED spotlight is ideal for law enforcement agencies, search and rescue operations, hunting and fishing activities, and for other off-road activities that require a durable, powerful spotlight.

“The new mounting system that this unit incorporates makes it ideal for boats and ATVs that typically have rails or bars,” said Rob Bresnahan, CEO of Larson Electronics. “The unit provides a powerful 2,750 lumen light output while only drawing less than three amps.”

Larson Electronics carries an extensive line of LED light towers, portable power distribution systems, explosion proof lights for hazardous locations, portable work lights and industrial grade LED area lights. You can view the company’s entire line of lighting products by visiting them on the web at Larsonelectronics.com. You can also call 1-800-369-6671 to learn more or call1-214-616-6180 for international inquiries.

 

LIFE PROOF BOATS LAUNCHES NEW 500HP CENTER-CONSOLE DIESEL INBOARD LINE

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM LIFE PROOF BOATS

We are proud to announce the launching of our new diesel inboard center console line. With the heart of the platform in the form of a 6.6L Duramax Diesel putting out 500HP, and delivering the power through a Hamilton waterjet. At just under 6,300 lbs wet, the incredible power to weight ratio allows the boat to achieve sprint speeds in excess of 50 MPH.

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This is one of the first of many following high profile aluminum RIB’s that will change the way the marine industry looks at RIB’s. That is because it incorporates our new hybrid collar technology. With 20% air and 80% foam in the collar, your senses will tell you this is a typical inflatable. But the zipper running the whole length of the collar is a giveaway there is more to this boat. The zipper system gives the user ultimate control over servicing the collar. It is a game changer for the amount of control it gives the user in the event the separate, internal bladder is compromised. Because the other collar materials only protect the internal bladder from abrasion and UV rays, the lifespan of the collar itself is increased far beyond a conventional RIB.

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Also incorporated into the platform are the latest military grade suspension seats from Shockwave. The S3 mid back drop down seats incorporate 8? of suspension via Fox Float H2O shocks. And with the optional seat height adjustment package and drop down bolster seat, they allow the user to have the ultimate comfort in either a seated or standing position.

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While the displacement might be identical to your on road GMC pickup this engine has been massaged to give more power and handle the harsh marine environment. Coupled to a ZF transmission with optional push-button transmission selection and a drive line from Portland Drives lines, this power plant is incredibly quite and responsive. With one of the most remarkable aspects of the engine being its fuel economy, cruise on the platform seams to be around 32 mph while burning approx. 13 gallons/hr.

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Other fun features of the boat include the twin 7,000 lumen LED flood lights from PTLX, the electronically actuated windscreen, 5 ton flush mounted pick points, and Aquatrac PVC laminated foam decking.

Boat Characteristics
Speed: 
………………………………………  50MPH W/ 500HP 6.6L Duramax
Hull Lengths Available: …………….  28?
Beam with Collar: …………………….  10?-6? Inflated, 10? Road Width
Deadrise at Transom: ……………….  22 Degrees
Deadrise at Entry: …………………….  48 Degrees
All Aluminum Construction: …….  Alloy 5086 H116
Fuel Capacity: …………………………..  85 Gallons

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WindPaddle Develops Hands-Free Net

 

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM WINDPADDLE

WindPaddle, a manufacturer of sails and sun shades for kayaks and canoes, has taken their technology to kayak fishing — introducing the WindPaddle “Release Right” hands-free floating fish net.

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WindPaddle’s core technology is developing products that are instantly deployed, light weight, and functional in a multitude of situations. They now bring that technology to those who fish from their kayaks and canoes by means of a quick-release, hands-free fish net that floats!

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WindPaddle’s Release Right is a big 29-inch-wide net, yet comes stowed in a coiled three-ring shape only 11 inches wide, and at only 12 ounces, you can store it almost anywhere.

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Deploy the net by simply tossing it out over the water. It opens and lands floating  with a 24-inch-deep holding well to keep your catch.

Now the angler has both hands free to play and land the fish, take a picture or two, weigh that prize catch, then keep it or release it with minimal or no handling.

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The net attaches to the side of your boat so it’s not going anywhere, nor is your catch!

No worries about your prize catch jumping out because directly beneath the floating frame of the WindPaddle Release Right is a 9-inch solid black curtain. This dark ring just below the water’s surface drives the fish deep down into the bottom net material that reaches to 24 inches below the surface.

No more fish tales about who got the biggest. Just leave the net attached to your boat and tow it along with all your fish in it! Fish stay in the net while paddling, even towed with fish while running Class II/III rapids. Great for “Biggest Fish” tournaments!

Size: 29” deployed, 12” coiled and stowed.
Weight: 12 oz.
Color: black
Cost: $59.95 (MSRP)

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