Americana Outdoors E-Magazine - December 2019

Enjoy the December 2019 edition of the Americana Outdoors E-Magazine! Filled with hunts, fishing updates, and more! Happy Holidays!




DEC 2019 - 24TH EDITION I n this issue ... Garmin Enhanced Shading Cartography Record Rack’s 2019 Bucks for the Brave Hunt Yamaha Marine announces Power Pay Contingency Bass Pro Shops School of the Year Presented By Abu Garcia Rankings Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Launches Youth Outdoor Adven- tures in 13 cities. Yamaha Outdoors 2019 Media Event

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Garmin’s Sons of Fishes are Back with Force™ Team Adams wins IFA Redfish Tour Championship “Rig” in the New Year with Big Bite Baits New Colors for SPRO’s Rk Crawler Crankbait




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I love this time of year because of the cooler temps and the fact that this time of year means that I’ve been chasing Whitetail Deer, Axis, even some hogs here in there, and more. This season has been especially excit- ing as our team has been able to try out a few products, hosting some great friends at deer camp, hunting with Performance Center Sweepstakes winner, and now we’re prepping for our annual Youth Hunt after Christmas. While we’re wrapping up 2019, I tend to look back at all the adventures I’ve had throughout the year – and there were some great ones. From epic fishing trips, a growing Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, turkey hunts, traveling to Africa and taking in that spectacular back- drop and even more amazing game animals, our annual Kentucky archery hunt, back to Kansas for the first time in years, and plenty of other experiences….this year was another great one for myself and the Americana Outdoors team. We are so fortunate and thankful every day that we get to do this and can share it with you. Hopefully by now, you’ve finished your holiday shopping (and if not, go to our Instagram page and check out the Holiday Gift Guide!). Though we’re winding down on the hunting aspect of things, that just means that the excite- ment of getting out on the water more often is just around to corner.






Happy Holidays and hope you’re filling the freezer!

Wade Middleton- President - CarecoTV

GARMIN OFFERS EXPANDED and enhanced high - resolution relief SHADING CARTOGRAPHY

Garmin International, Inc. announced significant cover- age and detail improvements of the high-resolution re- lief shading coverage and detail offered in its exclusive BlueChart g3 Vision and LakeVü g3 Ultra cartography prod- ucts for coastal and inland fishing and boating. Now avail- able with coverage for the entire continental U.S. coast line and more than 150 lakes, Garmin’s high-resolution relief shading combines color and shadow to bring an entirely new level of detail to the ocean floor and lake bottom. “We remain committed to giving our customers the high- est quality and most detailed, accurate charts and maps on the water, so we’re pleased to now offer the most com- prehensive U.S. coast line coverage available on the mar- ket today,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “By blending Garmin’s high-resolution relief shading with the fishing layer contours generated from the Navionics detail in our charts, anglers and divers will see a tremendous improvement both in freshwater and saltwater, making it easier than ever to find structure, arti- ficial reefs, underwater shelves and more.” The premium BlueChart g3 Vision and LakeVü g3 Ultra accessory cards and downloads include everything avail- able from Garmin’s latest g3 cartography offerings: indus- try-leading coverage, clarity and detail from blending the best of both Garmin and Navionics content together, and enhancements like built-in Auto Guidance technology that searches through relevant charts to create a suggested route based upon the user’s desired depth and overheard clearance.

In addition to high-resolution NOAA-based Relief Shading, BlueChart g3 Vision also includes high-resolution satellite imagery that provides the user with a realistic view of their surroundings. Unique 3-D views, including MarinerEye and FishEye, provide additional perspective both above and below the water line, and aerial photography shows exceptional detail of many ports, harbors and marinas, which is especially useful when entering unfamiliar ports. BlueChart g3 Vision also includes 1-foot contours tha provide a more accurate depiction of bottom structure, which can be overlaid on top of the high-resolution relief shading to provide the user with an unrivaled fishing chart detail. For inland customers, LakeVü g3 Ultra includes maps of more than 17,000 lakes with up to 1-foot contours. Of those, more than 150 are Garmin Elite surveyed lakes with high-resolution satellite imagery, multi-beam sonar views shore-to-shore, side scan photos and photos of notable spots above the water too. BlueChart g3 Vision and LakeVü g3 Ultra accessory cards and downloads are available now and vary in price from $249.99 to $449.99. The expanded high-resolution relief shading coverage will be available in December 2019. Existing customers with a BlueChart g3 Vision or LakeVü g3 Ultra card can use New Chart Guarantee to update their charts and maps to ensure they have the latest data avail- able.





At Ranger®, we give you more choic- es so you can craft the rig of your dreams. We offer a greater array of options, colors and upgrades so your boat is precisely what you want. Be- tween your style and desires and our legendary performance and designs, your Ranger will stand out from the sea of cookie cutters — not to men- tion blow them away.

Ranger® Boats Five Star Advantage® is the guarantee behind every boat that lets you know you’re getting an industry-leading product inev- ery aspect. Ranger® boats are the highest Quality, most Innovative, Safest boats with the best all-around Performance. These qualities mean that your Ranger will likely have the strongest Resale Value on the market.

As we enter our 51st year, we remain committed to building the high- est-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water, with acclaimed models and series in the bass, multi-species, fish ‘n’ play, saltwater, waterfowl utility and pontoon boat segments.





At Ranger®, we give you more choic- es so you can craft the rig of your dreams. We offer a greater array of options, colors and upgrades so your boat is precisely what you want. Be- tween your style and desires and our legendary performance and designs, your Ranger will stand out from the sea of cookie cutters — not to men- tion blow them away.

Ranger® Boats Five Star Advantage® is the guarantee behind every boat that lets you know you’re getting an industry-leading product inev- ery aspect. Ranger® boats are the highest Quality, most Innovative, Safest boats with the best all-around Performance. These qualities mean that your Ranger will likely have the strongest Resale Value on the market.

As we enter our 51st year, we remain committed to building the high- est-quality, strongest-performing boats on the water, with acclaimed models and series in the bass, multi-species, fish ‘n’ play, saltwater, waterfowl utility and pontoon boat segments.


Every year, Sportsman’s Choice® Record Rack thanks and honors all those who have served on the front lines in our armed forces, law enforcement and fire departments with their “Bucks for the Brave” hunt. These men and women have a job that requires them to sacrifice their own lives every day above all others. Not many of us can say that, nor understand what that tru- ly means – how these sacrifices have impacted them and their families. Bucks for the Brave allows the loved ones and communities that support these heroes to share their stories and unite us all in honoring and recognizing their service to our great nation. Bucks for the Brave accepts nominations of Veterans (no longer serving), Retired Firefighters and Law Enforcement Retirees to win the hunt of a lifetime!

This year, this all-inclusive hunt took place on Veteran’s Day Weekend, November 8-12, 2019, at Trinity Oak’s Thumbtack Ranch in Batesville, TX. One winner from each of these seven categories was awarded a hunt: Air Force Veteran, Army Veteran, Coast Guard Veteran, Marine Corps Veter- an, Navy Veteran, Retired Firefighter, Retired Law Enforce- ment. 7 HEROES WON A HUNT! After four days of hunting with heroes, their successes shone with a trophy Axis, Record Rack bucks, hogs, and more! Take a look at this gallery of images from this amaz- ing event – THANK YOU Record Rack for all that you do!

Watch highlights from Bucks for the Brave 2019 here .

Record Rack’s Hunt for the Brave Winners are headed out for a full day of hunting.

Navy Veteran and Bucks for the Brave winner, Brad Trogdon

Daniel Foley with his buck.

Air Force veteran, Ronald Hoyt after a successful hunt.

Winners of the 2019 Bucks For The Brave Hunt with Professional Rodeo Cowboy Dakota Eldridge (right)

Yamaha Marine announced a new contingency program that provides a cash bonus to Yamaha anglers who place in sanctioned salt and freshwater tournaments. The new program, Power Pay, , gives anglers not currently under a supported contract with Yamaha, or its subsidiaries, the opportunity to receive compensation for running eligible Yamaha outboards. Eligible anglers running Yamaha outboards can sign up for the program by visiting All appli- cants are required to accept and adhere to the Yamaha An- gler Code of Ethics before completing the registration for the program. Once registered, the highest placing angler in specified Power Pay sanctioned tournaments that meets all eligibility requirements will be compensated by Yamaha accordingly. “Put Yamaha Power Pay on top of such a reliable product, and this becomes an awesome incentive that just makes sense for a ton of hardcore weekend bass anglers, as well as walleye and saltwater competitors. If anglers are not running it already, this program makes it a no brainer to choose Yamaha power,” said Brandon Palaniuk, 2017 Toy- ota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year and former B.A.S.S. Nation® Champion.

Some of the popular eligible Power Pay trails include the Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Angler of the Year, Bass- master Opens, B.A.S.S. Nation, Bassmaster Elites, Bass- master College Series, Bassmaster High School series, A.B.A. Bass Pro Shops® Open Series, Alabama Bass Trail, Bass Champs, MWC, The National Walleye Tour®, AIM® Walleye, Kingfish Cup, Flatsmasters and HT3 Redfish. “Power Pay broadens our brand and allows Yamaha and our dealers to support more anglers on a grassroots level,” said David Ittner, Manager, Tournaments, Sponsorships and Pro Staff, Yamaha Marine. “This initiative also underscores our Yamaha Angler Code of Ethics, which encourages conser- vation, environmental stewardship and exceptional sports- manship. We look forward to the positive impact Power Pay will have within the salt and freshwater tournament mar- kets.”

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SAM RAYBURN RESERVOIR FEBRUARY 22 ND , 2020 Registration 3-6pm on Friday @ Umphrey Pavilion Take off Safe Light @ Umphrey Pavilion Weigh in Starts @ 3pm @ Umphrey Pavilion

2020 SCHEDULE The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s recently unveiled the schedule for the 2020 season, which includes stops at some of the most popular tournament bass lakes in the country. The regular season will kick off February 22, 2020, at Sam Rayburn Reservoir – a favorite stop for many TXTT an- glers. The following month, the TXTT will return to Toledo Bend, which always produces heavy bags at the weigh-in. The TXTT will return to the site of its 2012 champi- onship with a stop at south Texas’ Amistad Reser- voir on April 18. The regular season will wrap up on May 9 at Lake Fork, which is known for its huge trophy bass. The two-day, entry-fee championship will be hosted at Sam Rayburn, June 6-7. The TXTT Lucas Oil Team of the Year will be decided at the championship event as well. The team that has accrued the highest amount of points from the reg- ular-season and championship events will win custom Lu- cas Oil rings and paid entry fees for the 2021 TXTT season.

TOLEDO BEND MARCH 21 ST , 2020 Registration 4-6pm on Friday @ Cypress Bend Take off Safe Light @ Cypress Bend Weigh in Starts @ 3pm @ Cypress Bend

LAKE AMISTAD APRIL 18 TH , 2020 Registration 4-6pm on Friday @ Diablo East Marina Take off Safe Light @ Diablo East Marina Weigh in Starts @ 3pm @ Diablo East Marina

LAKE FORK MAY 9 TH , 2020 Registration 4-6pm on Friday @ Lake Fork Marina Take off Safe Light @ Lake Fork Marina Weigh in Starts @ 3pm @ Lake Fork Marina


Registration on Friday 4-6pm Umphrey Pavilion Tournament Details (Saturday/Sunday event) Take off Safe Light (both days) @ Umphrey Pavilion Weigh in Starts @ 3pm (both days) @ Umphrey Pavilion

BJ Carothers & Thomas Wells Jr. hold up their 1st Place Trophies and a check for over $55,000 at the 2019 TxTT Championship


have access to outdoor recreation opportunities they might not have the chance to experience such as fishing, hiking, wildlife observation, kayaking, archery, exploration and more. “The memories I made as a boy fishing and exploring the outdoors made a lasting impact on me. I want every child to have the same opportunity to learn about the incredible natural resources we’re blessed to have all around us,” said Bass Pro Shops founder and noted conservationist Johnny Morris. “All kids love the outdoors, but it often takes some- one to introduce it to them. With Outdoor Adventurers, we’re making nature more accessible and inspiring a new generation who might not otherwise have the opportunity. Our goal is to help these kids fall in love with the great out- doors and become lifelong stewards for conservation.”

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s announced Outdoor Ad- venturers , a nature-based education initiative aimed at introducing the wonders of the outdoors to kindergarten through fifth grade students from urban areas across the United States. The program, in partnership with the Na- tional Wildlife Federation and YMCA, will launch Outdoor Adventurers in Atlanta, Chicago and Houston this year with plans to expand to 13 American cities over the next three years. The three year-long Outdoor Adventurers program will en- gage more than 7,800 children and their families, providing educational outdoor experiences designed to help kids de- velop a lifelong appreciation for nature. Planned activities are designed to ensure all children

Alongside a fishing pond in the shadow of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Pearland, Texas, leadership from Bass Pro, the National Wildlife Federation and YMCA announced the Outdoor Adventurers program, outlining educational programming focused on introducing participants to the great outdoors. The National Wildlife Federation is the nation’s trusted leader in environment based learning programs, ground- ing its programming in the latest research on the types of outdoor activities that connect children to a lifelong love of nature, the outdoors and wildlife. Pulling from its long his- tory of inspiring the next generation of outdoor stewards through acclaimed nature education, the National Wildlife Federation is leveraging its expertise to ensure Outdoor Adventurers has a lasting impact on the thousands of kids participating in the program over the next three years.

Nothing is better than introducing the hunting world to our youth and getting them outdoors.

By instilling a lifelong love of nature in thousands of young Outdoor Adventurers, we will empower the next generation of conservationists to make a lasting difference in their communities for years to come. ” The Outdoor Adventurers program will provide urban youth with an opportunity to experience nature like never before. The program will focus on the concept of the “Green Hour,” with a goal of encouraging an hour per day for children to play/learn outdoors in nature, as regular positive experi- ences are the best way to connect young people to nature, wildlife and the outdoors. The National Wildlife Federation will train YMCA staff in the use of National Wildlife Fed- eration curriculum. The trainings will focus on play-based lessons that are short,

With the Outdoor Adventurers program, our youth are able to expeirence natue and the outdoors. Studies show outdoor time helps children learn and grow strong, enhances imaginations and attention spans, de- creases aggression, and boosts classroom performance. Additionally, children who spend time in nature regularly are shown to become better stewards of the environment. “ Growing up fishing, hiking, and camping instilled the con- servation ethic that fulfills and guides me today ,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “ As a dad, I see firsthand how connecting my daughters to nature is vital to their health, well-being, and overall development. Our partnership with Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and the YMCA is connecting thousands of kids with nature through outdoor events, after-school programs, and immersive experiences, like fishing and exploring.

With introducing the fishing and hunting world to the kids, you never know what passion they may pick up.

replicable and can build sequentially throughout the school year, fromday-to-day, week-to-week, andmonth-to-month. Content will include lessons that build on the outdoor ex- periences and also focus on family engagement. Bass Pro Shops and the National Wildlife Federation have been long-time partners in the outdoors, bonded by a shared mission to conserve critical wildlife and inspire the next generation of conservation stewards. In 2018, the Na- tional Wildlife Federation honored Johnny Morris with the organization’s highest honor – the distinguished Jay N. “Ding” Darling Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award – in recognition for his time, talent, passion and resourc- es dedicated to wildlife through advocacy, communication and on-the-ground conservation support. The National Wildlife Federation is America’s oldest, larg- est and most trusted conservation organization. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s are North America’s outdoor retail leaders helping families make lasting memories in nature. Working together to create the Outdoor Adventurers pro- grammakes the outdoors more accessible to kids in urban areas and delivers the mentorship to learn and appreciate the joys of nature. With children today spending half as much time outside as they did just two decades ago, Bass Pro Shops and Cabe- la’s play a significant role in introducing new audiences to the outdoors and fostering the next generation of conser- vation stewards. By hosting hundreds of in-store events, seminars and demonstrations, and sponsoring youth-en- gagement events, Bass Pro helps introduce millions of kids and new audiences to nature each year, and partners with dozens of local nonprofits in urban areas across the U.S. that connect new audiences to the outdoors – more than 250,000 items have been donated to youth-focused non- profits in the past five years. More than 100,000 kids catch a fish at Bass Pro Shops-sponsored events each year – many for the first time.

The passoinate team who are apart of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Conservation Program. In 2016, Morris and late President George H.W. Bush part- nered to launch Vamos a Pescar, an education fund creat- ed to bring conservation education and fishing and boating experiences to Hispanic families in key metro areas. The program works to help increase awareness of, and par- ticipation in, fishing, boating and conservation activities through grassroots educational programs and on-the-wa- ter activities held in high-density Hispanic communities. To learn more about Bass Pro’s commitment to conserva- tion, click here .

The kids enjoying the beautiful outdoors with some archery.


This past November the team at Americana Outdoors and Whitetail Diaries hosted what’s become an annual Yama- ha’s annual media event to showcase the variety of side x side units that many hunters and ranchers use nation- wide. This year we were joined by David Draper from Pe- tersen’s Hunting, two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw and by journalist Casey Cordeiro in camp. Much like past media events hosted by Yamaha there were numerous side-by-sides on the property ranging from two and four passenger Wolverines to six passenger Vikings. The goal to allow all the guest to see firsthand how all the units are used by the Whitetail Diaries and Amer- icana Outdoors staff in the field during hunts as well as how they use them for management and field work. In addition, on this hunt both David would be using a new Ten Point Crossbow model to be released in January of 2020 and TJ would be trying out Ten Point Nitro XRT. Finally, Casey who was on his very first hunt for a big game animal would be hunting with a Thompson Center Com- pass Rifle. With near perfect November hunting weather in Texas an- ticipation was high for success. TJ was first on the board with an awesome 8 point highlighted by large brow tines that was harvested at about 30 yards with the Nitro XRT out of an elevated Muddy Tripod stand alongside a bluff

and dry creek bed. Casey was next on the board taking his first buck ever after waiting for the perfect shot near a large mesquite flat after having to deal with several miscues by the camera team. To wrap up the hunt David was able to get a great buck on his last hunt nearby an oak lined dry creek bed while field testing that new Ten Point crossbow.

The particpants of Yamaha’s Annual Media Event ex- clusively used the Yamaha Wolverine X4 (above) and the Yamaha Viking VI Ranch Edition (next page) Side-by-Sides to travel to and from their stands and haul their quarry back to camp. Every driver walked away with smiles after expe- riencing the smooth, quiet, and comfortable ride that one can have in a Yamaha Side-by-Side.

Yamaha’s New 2020 Viking VI Ranch Edition x Side.

TJ’s tracking down his buck that he shot.

A little friend that was made on TJ’s tracking adventure!

Casey’s celebratory photo with his buck! A job well done!

David Draper poses with a great looking 10pt. Buck.

TJ holds up this 8pt. with MONSTER browtines! WOW!

Like any of these events it was exciting, filled with good food, lots of content creation, a few lies around the firepit and the making of new friends. Stay tuned for more coverage of this hunt on many of our digital and television networks!

THE SONS OF FISHES ARE BACK WITH FORCE™ Put your eyes on the revolutionary new trolling motor from Garmin. And the only one worthy of Bill Dance and the Sons of Fishes. What makes this beast of a machine better than anything else out there? We’re glad you asked. BIG-TIME POWER Force is the most powerful1 trolling motor on the water. That means you can burst through weeds and fight the winds and currents with ease. AMAZING EFFICIENCY Fish for longer. It’s that simple, friends. Force is more efficient at 24 V than the competition’s 36 V system. No lie. QUIET OPERATION It doesn’t scare fish and won’t fuzz up your sonar screens with static. In the official how-to guide, we call that “nearly undetectable sonar interference.” ULTIMATE CONTROL A wireless foot pedal works with the same feel as a cable-steered pedal. And a remote control lets you navigate to another spot on the water with a simple hand gesture. It’s like magic, y’all. TOTAL INTEGRATION And we mean “total.” Ultra High-Definition scanning sonar and CHIRP tradi- tional sonar are built-in and fully integrated. And get this – Force connects wirelessly to Garmin chartplotters to provide navigation, autopilot and anchor lock.

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“As a new player in the trolling motor market, Garmin is dedicated to deliver- ing a motor that’s as innovative as it is reliable, yet still whisper quiet. Not only is the Force trolling motor at the forefront of power and efficiency, its robust, reliable design was built to withstand strenuous use, season after season, and the result is a trolling motor that’s second to none.” - Dan Bartel Garmin Worldwide Vice President of Consumer Sales


Jimmy Adams and Angela Adams, both of Sarasota, Flor- ida, weighed four redfish that totaled 34.36 pounds to win the 2019 championship event for the IFA Redfish Tour pre- sented by Cabela’s on October 19 at Venice, Louisiana. The teamwon a fully rigged Ranger 2260 Ranger Bay Boat prize package powered by a 150-horsepower Mercury outboard valued at $47,620 for first place. The team stayed close to the takeoff each day, only run- ning 20 minutes to find their spot. Day one brought rain and wind with the second day being dry but cloudy with winds. “We had to slow down and cast a lot on day one,” said Jim- my Adams. “The water was dirty the second day, but we just kept casting.”

The duo finished the first day with 17.24 pounds and the lead going into day two. Both days, the anglers fished Berk- ley Gulp! 4-inch shrimp under a popping cork, targeting redfish located around the hydrilla. “We had a plan and stuck to it,” said Jimmy Adams. “It paid off with good team work. We had a lot of fun out there.” Second-place finishers Kristian Robert, of Pearl River, Louisiana, and Fred Peterman, of New Orleans, Louisiana, weighed a two-day total of 34.12 pounds to win a Ranger RB190 with a 90-horsepower Mercury outboard. The anglers sight-fished soft plastics in the Venice area and also ran into unexpected high winds.

Angela Adams and her winning redfish.

IFA 2019 Championship 2rd Place winners. Kristian Robert (Left) Fred Peterman (Right)

Joe Wortham, of Oak Hill, Florida, and Harvey Cox, of Yu- lee, Florida, weighed a total of 33.25 pounds to take third place. The team fished the Wagon Wheel both days with soft plastics. Going into the championship, Wortham and Cox had ac- crued 364 points in the Louisiana division. While a ways behind many teams in the Team of the Year race, a strong showing in Venice vaulted them to the top, earning the 2019 IFA Redfish Tour Team of the Year title. The anglers received $5,000 in cash for their title, courtesy of Cabela’s, along with paid entry fees for the 2020 season. All togeth- er, the team took home $11,045 in winnings.

Celebratory hug with the Adams as the first place winners were announced.

IFA 2019 Championship 3rd Place winners. Joe Worthman (Left) Harvey Cox (Right)

IFA 2019 Championship 1st Place winners. Jimmy Adams (Left) Angela Adams (Right)


Pro Swimmer A uniquely soft, scent-infused plastic formula combined with our great color options make the Pro Swimmer a must-have lure.

Tour Swim Worm Combining a swimming worm style bait with a buzzing tail like the Tour Toad and a ringed body like the Coontail, this bait is a fish catching machine.

Neko Wacky Stick Big Bite Baits’ new softer Neko wacky sticks have an o-ring already manufactured into the middle of the bait’s body. Just insert your hook into the ring and you are ready to use a Texas style as well as wacky.

Suicide Buzz Rigged with a Suicide Shad it creates the ultimate bait- fish profile on the surface. The blade has the perfect “squeak” and can easily be tuned to “clack” the head for added noise.


The Rk Crawler MD 55 crankbait was de- sighned by B.A.S.S. Elite Series Angler Mike McClelland. The RkCrawler MD 55 features all the benefits of the RkCrawler 55. With a shallower dive angle, this bait will be able to come through rock s more like a square bill crankbait to deflect off cover and draw more strikes. When the fish are shallow- er then 7 feet, the RkCrawler MD should be your go-to RkCrawler.

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