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2020 Game & Fish Angler's Holiday Gift Guide

12 awesome ideas for your favorite fishing fanatics.

2020 Game & Fish Angler's Holiday Gift Guide

Whether the angler on your shopping list is bonkers for bass, crazy about catfish or wild about walleyes, you’re sure to find something here that will bring a smile to his or her face this holiday season. From a nicely priced fly fishing combo and a bombproof electric fillet knife to stylish sunglasses and the hottest lure in fishing (plus a bonus stocking stuffer at the bottom), we’ve got you covered with gifts to fit any budget.


Bart's Bay Armor Protective Wading Boots

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Made from state of the art, newly developed, cut and puncture-resistant material that is patent pending, these boots from Bart's Bay Armor make a great gift for anglers. They are protective from the very top to the bottom, even under the sole, and the rubberized lower makes the most vulnerable areas even more protective. These boots are so comfortable they will revolutionize wade fishing. Since 99% of all wading injuries occur from the ankle down, Bart's Bay Armor made the boot mid-calf to reduce unnecessary weight with extra protection where it counts. Gift a pair for summer and a pair a couple of sizes larger to wear with waders in the cool months. $189.00 – $199.00, barts-bay-armor.com

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Tactacam Fish-i

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Developed specifically for the fishing market, Tactacam Fish-i offers anglers the perfect compact action camera package to film their experience. Fish-I is the only action camera featuring loop-recording technology that allows anglers to film all day and easily mark and keep catch footage at their fingertips. Waterproof up to 30 feet, Fish-i also has a 360-degree microphone, a low-light sensor, and films in HD. Tactacam also offers a replaceable back-cap for all-day power and now ultra-wide, and 2x zoom lenses for this one-of-a-kind camera. Easy to use and light enough to easily attach to your boat, fishing pole, or body, this compact camera is made to perform on and under the water giving anglers the opportunity to film and share their best angling moments. $199, tactacam.com

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Plano Guide Series Tackle Bag 3700

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With enough room in the main compartment to hold five 3700 StowAway utility boxes, plus a front compartment that accepts a 3600 StowAway box, this Guide Series bag will keep anglers prepared no matter the conditions. The neatest feature, however, is the magnetic Dropzone panel on the lid. Throw anything metallic on the Dropzone, and it stays in place for quick access (the panel holds items weighing as much as a pair a pliers). The bag is constructed of PVC-backed 168-denier fabric and has a rigid, non-slip injection-molded base. It also includes a removable waterproof cell phone pouch and MOLLE attachment points for adding accessories. ($119.99; planomolding.com)

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Costa Del Mar WaterWoman 2

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Fashion and function fuse in Costa Del Mar’s WaterWoman 2 polarized women’s sunglasses. Costa, long a top brand in chic outdoor shades, has come out with a design that gets high marks in early reviews for its comfort and fit, particularly for those who find some sunglasses to be binding or tight. Like many Costa sunglasses, the WaterWoman 2 smoothly transitions from on-the-water to on-the-town. They are sturdy enough to hold up on a fishing boat, but stylish in causal social settings. The WaterWoman 2 comes in a variety of lens and frame colors that can be custom matched. ($189–$269; costadelmar.com).

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Fenwick Nighthawk X Flyfishing Combo

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The brand-new Fenwick Nighthawk X Combo from Pure Fishing is the perfect gift for both new anglers who want a balanced, complete set-up and veteran fly fishermen looking for an all-in-one rod, reel and line combo. The Nighthawk X is available in a 5-weight, medium-action freshwater configuration and an 8-weight saltwater configuration, both in 9-foot lengths. The reels are spooled with Dacron backing, weight-forward floating line and a tapered leader. The four-piece travel rods come with a rod-and-reel combo case and composite reel. Available in early November. ($129.95; fenwickfishing.com)

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Bubba Lithium Ion Cordless Fillet Knife

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With the longest running lithium-ion battery on the market (according to Bubba, anyway) and four high-carbon stainless steel blades, this electric fillet knife will see you a cooler full of fish and then some. Two blades have a tapered flex, two are stiff and all are coated with titanium nitride for corrosion resistance. The knife employs the company’s iconic non-slip-grip handle and has a safety lock and trigger guard. It comes in a premium EVA molded carrying case with a replacement battery and charging cord. All batteries have a battery life indicator. ($169.99; bubba.com)

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Z-Man Ned Rig Kit

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Who doesn’t fish a Ned Rig these days? It’s quickly become the top finesse presentation for bass in waters across the nation. Z-Man packs all an angler needs to get bit into this convenient kit. The package includes three types of 10X Tough ElaZtech soft baits—eight Finesse TRD baits, eight TRD TicklerZ and six TRD CrawZ—along with five 1/10-ounce and five 1/6-ounce Finesse ShroomZ jigheads. Baits and jigheads are offered in the best-selling Green Pumpkin color. This kit makes the Ned Rig as easy to, well, rig as it is to fish. ($19.99; zmanfishing.com)

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Penn Battle III Combos

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Anyone who’s tried to find a reasonably priced, perfectly matched saltwater combo knows it’s a tough assignment. Penn has come to the rescue with its Penn Battle III combos. Battle III reels feature CNC-machined gears for durability and a stout carbon fiber drag system to land big fish. The reels are matched to graphite composite rods with premium cork/EVA handles and proprietary one-piece stainless steel Dura-Guides. These guides eliminate insert pop outs, one of the most common issues with traditional saltwater rod guides. Combos are available for light inshore, surf, nearshore and heavy offshore applications. Travel models are also available. ($134.99–$169.99; pennfishing.com)

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Frabill Floating Trout Net

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Gone are the days of clumsily trying to extricate a flailing trout from an oversized net in an effort to safely return it to the water. Frabill’s new Floating Trout Net makes the handling of fish simple and stress-free thanks to a hoop that floats gently on the surface of the water. The rubber handle has a lanyard with carabiner, while the dipped, tangle-free micro-mesh netting with flat-bottom design is über fish-friendly. The net will come in 5 sizes and is scheduled for release on December 1. ($24.99–$37.99; frabill.com)

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Bolt Receiver Lock

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We all have a lot on our minds these days, so any time we can eliminate something from the seemingly endless list of things that require valuable memory, we probably ought to do so. Like, for instance, the whereabouts of the trailer hitch receiver lock key. With a Bolt Receiver Lock, the key is always with you because it is your vehicle’s ignition key. As with all Bolt locks, just insert your truck key into the slot, turn it once and the key is memorized. The Bolt Receiver Lock comes in 1/2- and 5/8-inch sizes, features a double-ball bearing locking mechanism and is completely weatherproof. ($34.99; boltlock.com)

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Clam Outdoors Straight Drop Combo

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When things get tough on the ice, finicky panfish often require a smooth, twist-free presentation. This combo from Clam Outdoors delivers with a straight-line presentation courtesy of its lightweight, 1-bearing inline reel, which is paired with a super-lightweight and sensitive glass rod. It has an abbreviated EVA handle that features an ergonomic taper toward the blank for increased sensitivity. The combo is available in five different light and ultra-light actions, as well as a noodle rod. ($59.99; clamoutdoors.com)

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Gamakatsu Fishing Pliers Stainless 7”

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Fishing pliers are something every angler needs but doesn’t think much about until his bargain-bin set fails at the worst possible time. Fortunately, Gamakatsu offers a robust 7-inch pair that can handle just about any fishing task, and at a very reasonable price. These pliers have a rugged PTFE coating that enhances the stainless steel’s corrosion resistance. A bright blue non-slip grip offers a great grab even when wet and makes them easy to find on the bottom of a boat or in a cluttered tackle box. The spring-loaded jaws are ready to crimp, tend to split rings, cut fishing lines (via side cutter) and complete just about any other job you throw at it. A sheath and lanyard are included. ($26.22; gamakatsu.com)

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Subscription to Game & Fish

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No matter what species the angler in your life fishes for, he or she will 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 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.

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