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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Huge Bass Pro Shops in Tacoma packs plenty of Northwest related gear and more

photo (8)Another “Big Box” outdoor store has arrived in the greater Puget Sound region selling everything from fishing and hunting gear, all types of clothing, outdoor-related gear from tents to backpacks to sleeping bags, outdoor cooking equipment and even gummy bears or a fishing lure mailbox.

The new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Store at 7905 South Hosmer Street and 72nd in Tacoma opened its door this past Wednesday to a big fanfare with a line that went out the door.

I chose to avoid the opening day mayhem, but found it just as crowded the day after with folks waiting to grab the next parking spot on Thursday morning.

The sweeping woodwork entrance has a Pacific Northwest theme, and is covered with wildlife animals and mounts, murals, artwork, and framed pictures of well you guessed it anglers holding fish and hunters with their prized animals.

There is a rustic look to the vast 142,000-square-foot store that once housed a Lowe’s Store, but the place that caught my attention was Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill, and the humongous 16-lane bowling alley just adjacent to the eatery and bar.

The huge space also offers two private rooms with or without bowling to host birthday party packages, corporate events, team building, anniversaries, reunions, parties. There is also a banquet buffet or menu available.

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Being a food lover I decided to try out the grill and after a 25 minute I was greeted by a very attentive waitress who got my drink and bacon burger out to my table in less than 10 minutes. The menu featured burgers, sandwiches, flatbread and pizzas, seafood, steak and ribs as well as soups and salads.

There was also a wide range of 10 appetizers to choose from including deep-fried breaded alligator.

After getting my fill in the grill I cruised the store, and near the front of the store I found a full display of clothing from Columbia, North Face, Bob Timberlake, RedHead and many other name brand companies for men, women and kids. The shoe area also featured a wide range to choose from.

Just outside of the grill is the novelty merchandise that had bird feeders, candy, toys, sunglasses, and even a variety of brightly-colored, funny looking mailboxes that resembled bass-type lures or fish.

The hunting section was enormous and had everything for the hunter, archer along with a wide selection of knives, binoculars and scopes.

Near the back of the store is a 12,000-gallon freshwater aquarium filled with local fish species, and has a waterfall and a mural of Mount Rainier in the background. The top of the rockery above the tank has mountain lions and big horn sheep along with other wildlife.

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I made my way past all the cooking gear, tents, sleeping bags and backpacks to what interests me the most and that is the “Fishing Center,” which much to my surprise was loaded with local name brand products and gear related to the Pacific Northwest fisheries.

I found the hook aisle loaded with a wide variety of hooks (20 percent off opening day sale on select Gamakatsu hooks), two aisles with razor clam and crabbing products, an aisle dedicated to kokanee gear, wall of fishing line and good numbers of name-brand rods and reels.

The White River Fly Shop also featured the latest fly gear as well as antique and collectible fly fishing items.

Boaters can also find a marine and boat service center with Bass Pro Shops Tracker, Nitro, Tahoe, Sun Tracker and Mako boats.

The store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For details, call 253-671-5700 or http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=95.

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