November 18, 2021
If you have an angler on your Christmas shopping list—whether he or she is bonkers for bass, crazy about catfish or wild about walleyes—we can help you pick the right gift this season.
Below, the editors at Game & Fish Magazine offer up suggestions for Christmas gift buyers who want to bring smiles to their favorite anglers' faces.
From ICAST-winning gear, to great ways to pack tackle and more, to smart tools for the boat and fillet table, we’ve got you covered with fishing gifts to fit your budget.
Check back throughout the holiday season for additions to this list.
Game & Fish Holiday Gift Guide — Fishing
Here are our picks for Christmas 2021.
Ugly Stik Multi-Tool
A good multi-tool is a good gift for almost any occasion and a great stocking stuffer for Christmas. Ugly Stik's Ugly Tools Must-Tool has what anglers and boaters need — 11 functions, non-slip handles and rugged coatings. Keep it in your pocket, on a tether, in your tackle box, or stored in an easily accessible bin on your boat. Cut fishing line, open split rings, crack open a bottle and much more. — Scott Bernarde
The Ugly Stik® Multi-Tool includes; spring-loaded pliers, split ring pliers tip, crimping tool, cutter, mini-scissors, lock out knife, flat head screwdriver, phillips head screwdriver, jig eye cleaner, hook sharpener and bottle opener. Ideal stand alone tool when there is limited space for extra gear. Ugly Tools are designed for ugly conditions. Rugged non-slip handles give you control in wet and slimy environments, and rugged metals with hardy coatings ensure jaws and blades will not corrode or pit. Fish the way it’s meant to be done. Fish Ugly.
$39.99 | purefishing.com
Vaer C5 | Tradition Black USA Quartz | Custom Second Strap: Nylon - Khaki
Looking for an all-purpose field watch? Vaer builds durable, USA-assembled timepieces meant for everyday outdoor use. Boasting a guaranteed waterproof warranty, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and ultra-slim case design it's the perfect watch for your next fishing trip - or a night on the town.
$209 | vaerwatches.com
Yeti Camino 35
The gear an angler might need during a day of fishing goes well beyond rod, reel and lures. A catch-all bag in which he or she can tote a raincoat, a pair of flip flops, a water bottle, a spare set of sunglasses, sunscreen, a fishing license, a change of clothes and other sundries is crucial—and Yeti’s Camino 35 might be the epitome of the angler’s carryall bag.
The shell is made of a tough, puncture-resistant, waterproof material, and the EVA molded bottom ensures the bag remains upright while keeping water out. Inside, two zippered pockets and two collapsible dividers handle organizational duties. Externally, webbed loops offer additional places to clip gear and the carry straps and crossbar handles provide multiple ways to haul it. — John Taranto
$149.99 | yeti.com
Berkley Stunna Jerkbait
'Tis the season to give a jerkbait, and the Stunna is one built to expert specifications. Pro angler Hank Cherry knows what makes these baits work on bass; he used jerkbaits modified to his liking to win back-to-back Bassmaster Classics. Now Cherry has teamed up with Berkley to design the Stunna, a jerkbait that combines 180-degree turns on the twitch with a slow sink rate when paused to draw strikes from tightlipped fish.
A tungsten weight-transfer system at the back of the bait aids in long casts, while two brass weights in the midsection provide that just-right sink rate Cherry desires from his jerkbaits. Berkley Fusion 19 EWG hooks keep fish buttoned to the bait during battle. The 112 mm, 1/2-ounce Stunna is available in two swimming depths, 3 to 6 feet and 6 to 10 feet, and 14 colors. — Adam Heggenstaller
$14.99 | berkley-fishing.com
Game & Fish Subscription
No matter if the angler in your life fishes for bass, trout, catfish, crappies, walleyes, bluegills or muskies, he or she will learn how 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 finned foes. Articles on destinations point out where the bite is hot, and readers 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. Purchase now and get a year’s worth (10 issues) for just $8. That price includes access to the digital edition and represents a savings of nearly $42 when compared to the annual newsstand price. — Adam Heggenstaller
Simms Flyweight Wader
Anglers who hike to find unpressured waters will appreciate the mobility offered by the Simms Flyweight wader. The first Simms stockingfoot wader to feature Gore-Tex Pro Stretch fabric in the crotch and underarm gussets, the Flyweight is designed to flex and move with the body while traversing terrain to access areas off the beaten trail. Air-mesh suspender attachments and a lower top hem that sits at the sternum provide lightweight comfort, while the Gore-Tex Pro three-layer upper and four-layer lower maintain breathable durability.
Zippered side gussets afford 4 inches of room for layering in colder weather, but the athletic fit of the wader eliminates extra fabric and weight. The 5.11 HexGrid attachment system on the chest is compatible with Flyweight pods and accessories to keep gear organized and close at hand. In size medium, the wader weighs just 36 ounces. — Adam Heggenstaller
$549.95 | simmsfishing.com
Toadfish Outfitters Coastal Kitchen Collection
Great seafood cutlery is a tough find. The Toadfish Coastal Kitchen Collection is a high-quality set with everything you’ll need to make quick work of seafood preparation. The set includes an oyster knife, shrimp cleaner and crab cutter. Each tool is thoughtfully designed and an ergonomic treat. Toadfish Outfitters contributes a portion of every sale to replant coastal oyster beds for future generations. — Dr. Todd A. Kuhn
$88 | toadfishoutfitters.com
Abu Garcia Veritas Spinning Combo
Looking for a good rod-and-reel setup this holiday season? Look no further than the Veritas Spinning Combo. The reel is butter-smooth, with 10 stainless steel ball bearings and 1 roller bearing. Meanwhile, the rod is 15 percent stronger and 5 percent lighter compared to previous generation Veritas rods due to an exclusive Powerlux 100 Nano resin. The rod is incredibly sensitive to pick up subtle finesse bites, and it casts light baits very well. — Drew Warden
$285 | abugarcia.com
PENN Battle III
We didn't forget saltwater anglers who might be looking for a smoother, more durable spinning reel. The ICAST 2020 Best-of-Category winner — ranging in sizes 1000 to 10000 — is an affordable line of spinning reels designed to handle what anglers dish out, from inshore to offshore. Features include: full-metal body/sideplate, proprietary CNC Gear technology, HT-100 carbon-fiber drag washers, 6 stainless steel ball bearings and line-capacity spools. — Scott Bernarde
Starting at $109.95 | pennfishing.com
X2Power BCI Group 31M 12V AGM Marine Battery
While marine battery may strike some as an odd holiday gift, rest assured, there is no better gift for the outdoorsmen who’s running low on boat or RV power. The X2Power 31M AGM battery offers users a 100AH capacity with a dramatic 1150 cold cranking amps. An incredible 48-month free replacement warranty will put your mind at ease too. — Dr. Todd A. Kuhn
$456.99 | batteriesplus.com
Berkley PowerBait Gilly
Any new fishing item winning the Best of Show award at the annual ICAST trade show draws attention. This year's winner, Berkley’s Gilly soft-plastic bluegill imitator, was even more noteworthy, given it was the first lure in two decades to win an award that usually goes to something that floats or is electronic.
The Gilly (starting at $6.45; packs of 2, 3, 4) is an ultra-realistic soft-plastic swimbait that looks like the real thing in and out of the water. The Gilly can be rigged a variety of ways: weightless, Texas rig, jig head, weighted swimbait hook, stinger hook and even a drop shot. Rig it sideways and swim the bait with a steady retrieve. Every bass angler will want to throw this as soon as they can to see all it can do. — Scott Bernarde
Starting at $6.45 | Berkley-fishing.com
SPRO Mesh Tackle Pouches
Need a stocking stuffer for a fishing addict? Consider SPRO’s new Mesh Bait Pouches. Ruggedly designed and featuring a water-resistant zipper, they can stand up to most general abuse you throw their way on the water. These pouches are available in a couple different sizes and are especially well suited for storing your soft plastics in a neat, orderly fashion. They’re also solid for some of your terminal tackle storage needs as well. — Drew Warden
$6-$7 | SPRO.com
Wyoming Whiskey National Parks Limited Edition
Enjoying a beverage after a day of fishing is a time-honored tradition, and if the angler on your list’s preferred tipple is whiskey, consider gifting him or her a bottle that benefits some of our nation’s most beloved public lands and the waterways that course through them. Wyoming Whiskey donates $5 from the sale of each bottle of its National Parks Limited Edition whiskey to the National Parks Foundation. The first in the series honors Grand Teton National Park. Warning: May lead to exaggerated size and numbers of fish caught. — John Taranto
$50 | wyomingwhiskey.com