April 21, 2021
Father's Day (June 20) comes at a great time for the fisherman Dad. The fishing’s hot nearly everywhere and a summer fishing trip with some new gear sounds absolutely terrific.
So, it makes sense to give him something he will love the rest of this summer and beyond. With input from Game & Fish editors, here's a list of gift ideas for Dads who love to wet a line.
Stanley Classic Easy-Pour Growler
Dad will be able to transport his favorite beverage in fully functional and iconic style with this 64-ounce growler. The extra-large size keeps liquids extra cold for up to 24 hours. Take control with a rugged handle for easier carrying and one-handed pouring. The wide mouth allows for quick filling, sharing, and cleaning. And that satisfying ‘pop’ you hear when you open the steel-lined lid is a sure sign your carbonated beverage is still fresh and bubbly. Offered in three colors: Matte Black, Nightfall and Hammertone Green.
$55 | stanley1913.com
Cox CXO300 Diesel Outboard
Designed from a blank sheet of paper for both commercial and recreational use, the CXO300 offers 25% better fuel efficiency compared to a 300hp gasoline outboard, a service life that is three times your average outboard, and highly competitive performance, including 479 lb.ft torque (650Nm) at 2250-3000 RPM. The CXO300 offers a new generation of diesel power, delivering the same performance and packaging of a gasoline outboard but with the fuel efficiency, and reliability of a diesel inboard. — GAF
Klymit KSB 20
Fishing and camping go together like moonshine and mason jars. After a long day on the water and a meal of fresh-caught filets cooked over a campfire, Dad will rest soundly in this uber-comfortable sleeping bag from Klymit. Loaded with 650-fill down on top and synthetic fill on the bottom, the KSB 20 offers an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio, packs down to just 14.25 x 9 x 9 inches and weighs just over 3 pounds. Expandable baffles and a built-out foot box allow for ease of movement, while a two-way zipper opens from both the top and bottom for easy control of air flow. — John Taranto
$229.95 | klymit.com
Lure Lock Roll Up Bag
Fishing is fun. However, keeping track of all your lures can be a challenge. Lure Lock has a new take on managing your gear, their Lure Lock Roll-Up storage system. The new design unrolls much like a sleeping bag. Once unrolled, place your favorite lures, tools or any other gear on the patented gel. This semi-tacky gel holds everything safely in place. To store your gear, simply roll the bag up and you're ready to go. Constructed of clear, rugged polyurethane, your lures and gear stored inside are easily seen. The 28” x 10” roll up is easy to clean as dirt, sand or even fish slime rinses right off with water. The Roll Up is compact and the gel leaves no odor on anything stored on it. — Dr. Todd A. Kuhn
$19.95 | lurelock.com
Frabill Conservation Ultralight Net
Catch and release has become increasingly common among anglers. For anglers hoping to safely release their fish, a sturdy, dependable net that effectively lands but also doesn’t damage fish is a must. Frabill’s new Conservation Ultralight Net is designed just for this purpose and features a flat-bottom design and a dipped, knotless, tangle-free micro-mesh netting that protects a fish’s slime coating and prevents hooks from getting caught up in the net. This net, in particular, is designed for easy one-handed use and has a lightweight 48-inch collapsible handle and a modern 18x21-inch scoop-shaped hoop that allows for simple storage inside rod lockers on most boats. Like all other nets in Frabill's Conservation series, the Ultralight utilizes new and improved PowR Lok yoke, which allows users to dependably open the net from the stowed position every time without worrying about it being locked into place. — Drew Warden
$129.99 | frabill.com
Streamlight Flipmate LED Rechargeable Light
Although Streamlight calls the Flipmate a work light, Dad will find it handy when he’s having fun on the boat, dock or bank. The Flipmate's light bar rotates 270 degrees to direct the beam where it’s needed most. Plus, its magnetic base and stowable hook allow the light to stand in place or hang, keeping hands free to attend to tasks.
Cool white LEDs provide 500 lumens of bright white light on high (2 1/2 hours of runtime) or 250 lumens on low (5 3/4 hours). In addition, the Flipmate has 90 CRI LEDs with Streamlight’s Color-Rite technology, which aids vision across the color spectrum so Dad will be able to see the difference between a dark purple worm and a dark blue one when rigging up before dawn. The CRI LEDs provide 400 lumens on high (2 1/2 hours) or 200 lumens on low (6 hours). The Flipmate’s IPX4-rated water-resistant body is machined from aluminum and is a compact 4 1/2 inches long when folded. Its USB-rechargeable lithium-ion battery returns to full status in 4 1/2 hours. — Adam Heggenstaller
$125 | streamlight.com
HUK Shirt Tide Point Shirt
Having a favorite, lucky fishing shirt helps you catch more fish, or so we would like to believe. The HUK Tide Point shirt is sure to become a classic among fishing Dads everywhere. The Tide Point is constructed of 100 percent woven polyester—a material which dries quickly—helping with sweat management. The four-way stretch material makes moving about in the confines of a boat easy. The Tide Point is SPF rated, helping block harmful UVA and UVB rays. A single mesh-backed pocket offers storage for glasses or even cell phone. An under-sleeve interior eyewear wipe is included to keep your polarized glasses squeaky clean. Available in both long and short sleeved versions, the Tide Point shirt comes in a dizzying array of fish catching colors. — TK
$42/SS; $62/LS (add $5 for XXXL) | hukgear.com
Pure Fishing Ugly Tools
Fishing is a blast when you’re well-prepared, and a quality set of fishing tools are key component of a well-equipped fishing arsenal. Ugly Tools were designed and developed by the folks that brought us the unimaginably tough Ugly Stik fishing rod. With this sort of pedigree, you can believe these fishing tools are rugged and built to last. The exhaustive line of tools is made from rugged steel and have generous corrosion protection coatings. Ugly Tuff Grips offer superior ergonomics and a fantastic grip when handling in wet or slimy conditions. The Ugly Tool lineup includes: 9-inch pliers with cutter ($29.99), 90-degree pliers (my favorite at $29.99), fish skinners (great for catfish at $19.99), marine shears ($24.95) and five (5) assorted knives ($19.99-$29.99). All Ugly Tools come with a 7-year warranty. — TK
$19.99-$29.99 | purefishing.com
Eagle Claw Ultimate Kits
Whether you're a new angler or a veteran, there’s a lot to appreciate with Eagle Claw’s new Ultimate Kits. There are four different kits available: Ultimate Terminal Tackle Kit, Ultimate Bass Tackle Kit, Ultimate Trout Tackle Kit and the Ultimate Saltwater Tackle Kit. The terminal kit has an assortment of hooks, sinkers, swivels, snells, rigs, floats and other terminal tackle to tackle a wide range of freshwater species; the saltwater kit has the same for specific saltwater applications. The bass kit contains just about everything a bass angler could want in terms of terminal tackle (worm hooks, swimbait hooks, beads, worm weights, drop-shot weights, etc.). Trout addicts should, of course, find everything they need in the trout kit. All hooks in the kits are American-made ready for their intended purposes. For those who want just about everything they need in one place, these kits are hard to pass up. — DW
$24.99 | eagleclaw.com
Plano Edge Flex Tackle Boxes
It’s easy to love Dad's old-school ways, but it's time for him to ditch that clunky old tackle box for something more modern—and convenient. Edge Flex boxes come with 38 pre-cut dividers in four sizes that snap in and out to form compartments based on an angler's needs. Each box allows complete customization and will organize everything from tools to small weights.
Edge Flex boxes are available in 3600 and 3700 sizes, and include Rustrictor rust-preventing technology, a Dri-Loc watertight seal and Water Wick desiccant dividers. A label system and clear DuraView lid let Dad quickly identify contents when choosing his next bait. — AH
$29.99-$39.99 | planomolding.com
Bubba Multi-Flex Interchangeable Fillet Knife Set
If you're looking for adjustability in a fillet knife for Dad, Bubba has one to consider. Bubba's Multi-Flex Interchangeable Set is the ultimate fillet knife, featuring four different full-tang blades (7" Tapered Flex, 8" Ultra Flex, 9" Serrated Flex, 9" Stiff). An easy-to-use squeeze-and-slide mechanism makes switching between blades easy, and the Flex-Change locking system keeps the blade safe and secure. Features: Iconic non-slip grip, titanium-nitride coating, full-tange locking system, premium Eva-molded carrying case.
$125.99 | bubba.com
Game & Fish Subscription
Whether Dad fishes for bass, trout, catfish, walleyes, muskies, crappies, bluegills or some other finned quarry, he'll learn how and where to catch more of them with a one-year subscription to Game & Fish. Every issue is full of region-specific info from local experts who offer tips and techniques for targeting a wide range of fish species.
Articles on destinations point out where the bite is hot, and Dad will also get the inside scoop on new rods, reels, tackle and gear through reviews, on-the-water tests and buyers guides. In addition, Game & Fish delivers information on top fishing opportunities and strategies throughout the U.S. for those who want to explore new waters. — AH
Special price: $8 (includes access to the digital edition) | gafmag.com