November 06, 2013
If you're looking for a present for someone on your list who is angler, you're probably not going to want to buy them new fishing gear like a rod, reel or some lures. Those are pretty personal items and any angler would be pretty specific about what he'd use on the water. So we've compiled a list of can't-miss presents you can buy and know they'd be appreciated by any angler. Well, we did throw in a Shakespeare combo in case your shopping for a kid. Other than that, you'll be the first to get a post-holiday thank you note.
Here are our top picks for our 2013 Holiday Gift Guide for the angler on your list:
JAR-BAIT CARRIER IS NEAT
Anglers who use jar baits know it's a pain to carry more than a few. Berkley now has two Jar Bait Folders to keep the baits at hand and make them easy to transport. Model 1170 holds 10 jars. Model 1490 holds 16. Both have various pockets and a D-ring for pliers.
SHADES IN BLADES
Speaking of Mossy Oak, Costa Sunglasses has released six of its styles in the Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades frame color. Available in Caballito, Fantail, Fisch, Hatch, Rockport and Tuna Alley frame styles and Costa's 580 lenses.
WARM ON THE WATER
HeatMax, the company that makes HotHands, now offers a line of fleece accessory garments with built-in pockets to hold HotHands packets, include mittens, socks, caps, balaclavas and gaitors. Perfect for early season fishing.
How about ordering a custom print of your friend's biggest fish for his or her phone case? Choose a blank cover and upload a photo. Or, give a gift voucher and family and friends can upload their big catch themselves. iPhone, iPad, Samsung and Blackberry models.
IT'S A DOG'S LIFE JACKET
If he's your best friend, you're going to want to keep him safe on the water. Kyjen dog life jackets sport high-visibility colors, reflective strips and easy-grab handles. Various colors and sizes.
LifeProof lightweight cases are made for different smart phones and pad devices, but the technology is the same. They are all waterproof, shock proof and dirt proof. They allow for total functionality with the case on. Most are offered in two versions, Nuud, which allows users to touch the actual smartphone screen and Fre, which provides a built-in scratch protector for users that want additional screen protection. New cases come in Realtree patterns.
The original Gear Grabbar is a unique way to hold lures and tools at the ready in boats. But the new Lure Hangar is a step beyond. This is a 12- by 16-1/2-inch plate, made to mount on your gunwale, that holds 16 or more lures. There's enough room for a selection of jig, plugs, topwaters or whatever other baits you want to hang.
MSRP $18.95 per pair
On-the-go anglers will find a lot to like in Plano's new Flex 'N Go Tackle Satchel. It features adjustable built-in storage with a deep bin on one side and framework for the pair of swappable Plano 3600 StowAway boxes on the other, each Stowaway held with a flexible strap.
Rapala's Digital Fish Gripper is made of high-grade stainless steel to stand up against fresh and saltwater. Max 50-pound scale. Waterproof. 600-hour run time powered by two AAA batteries.
COMBOS FOR FAMILY FUN
Shakespeare's new Micro Series Combos provide lightweight actions and are suited perfectly for panfish. They come in spinning and spincasting models with high-quality components and each is spooled with Stren monofilament.
Splash Mossy Oak Break-Up Infinity wireless speaker is a super-cool, Bluetooth sound system that links to your smart phone, Mac or PC to crank out your playlist, Pandora or other tunes. Take it on the boat with you because it's waterproof and dust-proof. You can also make and receive calls and operate the system remotely through your computer or phone. Includes rechargeable batteries.
RECIPES FOR SPORTSMEN
It was a brilliant idea to tap master chef and outdoorsman Charlie Palmer to write a book about getting the most out of your fish and game while still in the great outdoors. "Remington Camp Cooking" has 271 pages of options from simple (Camp Scramble, Page 29) to the ambitious (Brown Sugar and Bourbon-Cured Smoked Salmon, Page 78). This masterpiece is deservingly bound in leather and packed with beautiful photos and images from the Remington Arms Art Collection.
MSRP $39.95 remington.com
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