Our annual holiday gift guide poses a great question. Should you use it to buy gifts or treat yourself? We say do both. There are plenty of gift ideas you can share with the people in your life, friends or family. From stocking stuffers to wrapped gifts, we’ve chosen the latest goodies to give them hints on what you need to catch more and bigger bass. There are even a few that you can buy for yourself. Happy holidays!
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Abu Garcia Max Low Profile Reels and Combos
The Max line of X, STX and Pro reels feature 4+1, 5+1 and 7+1 stainless steel bearings, respectively, for increased smoothness and ease of use. Duragear brass gears, machined-aluminum spools and a Power Disk drag system provide more durability and versatility. Rods are made of 24-ton graphite and feature an integrated reel seat with a molded, polymer comfort grip. $54.99-84.99 (reels). $104.99-$114.99 (combos). Abugarcia.com
Why gift it: The combos remove the guesswork out of shopping for a rod that is balanced with the reel. Great gift idea for someone unfamiliar with the sport.
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AFTCO Barricade Jacket
Similar to the Barricade Elite, worn by AFTCO’s Bassmaster Elite pro staff, this iteration provides high end features at a competitive price. The jacket features AFTCO’s 3L polyester ripstop construction, with 20K water resistance, 15K breathability and YKK zippers for a reinforced zipper locking system. Zippered side pockets, D rings and AFTCO’s Speedvent hook are more features. Available in Green Camo, Black, Light Gray. $249. Aftco.com
Why gift it: If the Barricade Elite is out of your budget, this version has many of the same features.
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AFTCO Barricade Bib
Pair this with the Barricade Jacket and you’ve got the perfect matchup for facing any conditions. Similar to the Barricade Elite, you get many of the same features at a competitive price. The bib has 3L 100% polyester ripstop construction, 20K water resistance, 15K breathability and YKK zippers on the chest pocket. A plier pocket on the thigh with 500D nylon will make this a piece you can layer down when weather conditions warm up. Comfortable, signature AFTCO jacquard elastic adjustable shoulder straps with a waist-side adjustment system make this bib comfortable enough to wear as a layered garment, all day long. Available in Green Camo, Black, Light Gray. $229. Aftco.com
Why gift it: Pair it with the Barricade Jacket and you’ve got a top-shelf rainsuit that will last for years.
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AFTCO Urban Angler Backpack
An angling backpack for small waters that won’t fatigue but still has all the storage needed. The AFTCO Urban Angler Backpack can hold a 3600- and a 3500-size utility box, while still having room for a 1.5-liter hydration bladder. Numerous storage options allow the pack to be customized for the trip. Lumbar support and elevated back rest keep this small backpack comfortable enough to wear all day. $99. Aftco.com
Why gift it: The list of technical features is impressive. Plier holders, rod holders, 5 bait envelopes and a pocket for phones, wallets, keys or fishing licenses. You can lighten the load by packing just what you need for the day.
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Bassmaster Fishing 2022, the Official Video Game
Make your fantasy of competing Bassmaster events come to life through this video game played in true-to-life form. Players can jump into a custom-wrapped boat and get their game on as a unique character they create, or compete as one of 10 Elite Series pro anglers, including Hank Cherry or Scott Martin. Players start at the B.A.S.S. college level and then advance through the Opens and eventually the Elite Series. $44.99. Bassmasterthegame.com
Why gift it: Eight diverse top Elite Series fisheries (St. Lawrence River, Lake Chickamauga, Lake Guntersville and more) are replicated with the depths, habitat and other distinguishing features of each lake to make this fantasy game as real as it gets.
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Bassmaster Game Table Light
This officially licensed product of Bassmaster is the perfect addition to a game room, fan cave or cabin. Made of molded acrylic with a high gloss finish, it comes with hanging hardware and LED bulb. $164.99. thefan-brand.com
Why gift it: The light is part of an entire lineup of decorative accessories branded with the Bassmaster logo, making it an ideal gift for any angler or fan.
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Bassmaster Oval Slimline Lighted Wall Sign
This decorative wall sign has a high resolution digitally printed face with a photographic quality image and high gloss finish. The Bassmaster logo lights up the room with LED lighting to make it perfect for shining up a man cave. Also comes with a 6-foot power cord. $79.99. thefan-brand.com
Why gift it: This is part of a huge selection of signs and other branded accessories that will please any Bassmaster fan. Be the first to gift this newly released merchandise that is sure to be a hit.
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Rapala 15 lb. Touch Screen Scale Tournament Model
The Touch Screen Scale adds ease and convenience to weighing and tracking your catch. Large digital scale is packed with features, yet intuitive in use. Displaying weight in lbs./oz., decimal lbs. or kg., easily record and determine the position of current catch in your weight total. Simply hang catch from heavy-duty composite clamp, or included stainless steel hook to view weight. Tap on one of eight storage locations to enter fish into memory and add to total catch weight. Runs up to 400 hours on two AA batteries (not included). Back-up memory retains stored data in battery power is lost. TOURNAMENT MODEL features a 15lb. digital scale, plus an eight-piece culling system that allows easy management of your catch. $67.29. Rapala.com
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Bass Pro Shops Johnny Morris Signature Series Baitcast Reel
This tried-and-true reel is reconfigured in a smaller, more ergonomically fitted design that is 15% lighter than before. Built on a diecast aluminum frame and side plates with a full carbon-titanium deposition finish for ultimate protection against nicks and scratches. The double anodized aluminum spool floats on 2 dedicated bearings, part of a 100% double-shielded system with 10 Japanese stainless steel ball bearings and a Powerlock™ instant anti-reverse roller bearing. The Duralumin drive gear is super-light, yet space-age strong. A Dual Braking System syncs both magnetic and centrifugal cast control to make accurate, backlash-free casting almost second nature. $159.99. Basspro.com
Why gift it: Value for the price. You get premium materials and features that make it ideal if you need to add more than one reel to your arsenal.
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Bass Pro Shops Signature Series Casting Rod
Made with RTS graphite rod blanks using Bass Pro’s exclusive Carbon Coil technology. This combination maximizes rod strength and weight reduction, while minimizing rod blank diameter. Exclusive skeletonized reel seats transfer the lightest strikes directly to the angler’s hand by maximizing blank exposure. Fuji KR Concept guides with Alconite rings minimize friction for smooth, longer casts. A Line ID System on the rod butt makes line size identification easier with multiple rods on the deck. Basspro.com
Why gift it: You get a 10-Year Warranty, which is an indication of the quality in this lineup of rods.
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Berkley Rod Rack and Berkley Combo Storage
Two different models of rod-and-reel storage are space savers for crowded garages or tackle rooms. The Berkley Rod Rack is ideal for smaller inventories, with combos organized and fastened vertically or horizontally on the wall. The Berkley Space Saver holds up to 13 combs and can be pegged on a peg board of mounted directly to a wall stud. $9.99-$24.99 (Rod Rack). $49.99 Berkley-fishing.com
Why gift it: This space saver also protects expensive rods and reels by keeping them secured to the racks.
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Blackfish StormSkin Gale Pullover
Call this the jack-of-all-trades garment for its ability to be worn in all conditions and elements, including wind, rain and snow. Seams are taped for 100% waterproof protection, and there are multiple cinches to adjust it depending on the conditions. A long, nap fleece inner liner provides maximum comfort. $159. Blackfishgear.com
Why gift it: STORMSKIN Technology that combines a premium windproof and waterproof soft-shell fabric, with an inner liner that traps heat inside and creates a waterproof and thermal barrier.
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Bonafide Kayaks Bow Mount
The plate is thick enough (3/4") to use self-tapping screws, and sits high enough off the deck to use internal hardware. There are 3 accessory patterns that come pre-drilled (Micro Power Pole, MotorGuide quick release bracket, and the Motorguide 6 bolt pattern). All stainless-steel hardware is included to mount the plate to the kayak. As an added bonus, the plate does not inhibit the function of the boss strap and also acts as its own paddle park. $129. Bonafidekayaks.com
Why gift it: You get a versatile part that can be used for a variety of aftermarket accessories.
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Bonafide Kayaks Kayak Covers:
Bonafide Kayak covers are custom made to fit each model. Each cover includes a full set of cover tie-down straps (one for each loop set - 5 or 6), that can be used to secure the cover when traveling through the sewn in loops on the cover. All covers are made in USA and created with marine-grade anti-wick thread that includes double-stitched construction and 4-ply join seams. $174.99. Bonafidekayaks.com
Why gift it: The same reason bass boat owners cover their expensive rigs. You get protection from the weather, and security to protect your kayak with the cover tightly strapped down.
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EUKANUBA Premium Performance Dog Food
You can't forget about your four-legged friends this season, and a great gift for them is EUKANUBA. You can choose a nutrient level based on the activity for your dog, and every one of them supports their joints, brain function and building muscle. They even support post-exercise recovery after a long day of bank fishing. EUKANUBA.com
Why gift it: Nothing says you care more about your furry friend than giving them the best food to keep them active, healthy and satisfied.
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The Bass University Holiday Special
Jerkbait Flow with two-time Bassmaster Classic champion Hank Cherry. Tournament Practice with a Purpose with Gerald Swindle. Forward Facing Sonar & 360 Imaging with Patrick Walters. Those are just three of the more than 700 in-depth, comprehensive video training courses you have access to with Bass University TV. All deep dive into the topics as taught by the sport’s top pros. $49. Bassutv.com
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Carhartt Super Dux Active Jac
Super Dux has been around since 1930, and it was designed for hunters. Technical back then, but updated now, Super Dux has been reinvented after being in retirement for the past 4 decades. Relaxed fit. $159.99-$174.99. Carhartt.com
Why gift it:This Super Dux garment is water repellent, wind resistant, and lined with 3M Thinsulate for warmth. You get classic Carhartt style in a comfortable garment that will last for years.
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Carhartt Super Dux Insulated Bib Overall
Wear a bit of nostalgia with updated technical features in these Super Dux overalls. First invented in 1930, Super Dux was originally engineered as technical gear (back in the day) for hunters. It gained popularity outside the woods through the 70s, before spending the past 4 decades in retirement. Relaxed fit. $179.99-$199.99. Carhartt.com
Why gift it: This Super Dux is water repellent, wind resistant, and lined with 3M Thinsulate for warmth. You get classic Carhartt style in a comfortable garment that will last for years.
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Costa Untangled Santiago
The angler-specific Santiago features a protective, maximum coverage frame, and hooding with side shields to prevent light from leaking in. Keeper-ready temples and Hydrolite rubber grips keep frames locked in place, while vented nose pads help reduce fogging. Net Black frame. Blue Lightwave, Green Lightwave or Sunrise Silver Lightwave 580G Glass lenses. $226. Costadelmar.com
Why gift it: Untangled frames are made from discarded fishing nets collected from coastal communities in South America. The recycle process results in NetPlus pellets used to make the frames.
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Costa Untangled Caleta
The Caleta for women is one of the four new releases to the Untangled collection. Available in Net Plum and Net Black frames. Blue Lightwave 580G Polarized glass lenses. $226. Costadelmar.com
Why gift it: Impress the love of your life with Costa frames made from 97% recycled fishing nets collected from coastal communities in South America.
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Frabill Pow’R Source
The Pow’R Source 12-volt 10-amp hour charges tech devices off the grid, on the water, on the ice, or wherever power is needed. The Pow-R Source is enclosed in a durable case, is water-resistant and lightweight. Power is delivered through a 12v 10AH lithium battery that has an illuminated power gauge for displaying remaining battery life. USB ports, spade/lug connectors or a 12v cigarette lighter power adapter are the available charger connection options. A flashlight is also integrated into the case. 219.99. Frabill.com
Why gift it: The peace of mind, and practicality, of a long lasting, powerful and portable source of recharging power wrapped up in a rugged case.
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Daiwa Zillion SV TW
There are many reasons why the advancements and new features of this pproven reel earned it a 2021 ICAST Best of Show. Daiwa added a brand-new SV Booster System. It gives anglers total control with longer casting distance. The reel features Daiwa’s new Hyper Drive design for an ultra-smooth retrieve and powerful winding performance. Hyperdrive Digigear is a new gear design that makes the teeth of the gears more efficient at transferring power, therefore making the gear set feel smoother, more powerful and also reducing gear noise. Hyper Double Support is a two-bearing support system for the reel’s pinion gear which means no side-to-side movement and an ultra-smooth gear rotation and retrieve. $349.99. Daiwa.us.
Why gift it: The upgrades to this already proven reel make it stand out for greater casting distance, power and smoother and faster retrieves.
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Daiwa Tackle Barn
The Tackle Barn opens via double gull-wing doors, which immediately differentiate it from traditional square or rectangular shapes. Secured with convenient hook-and-loop attachments, those doors open laterally for quick access to interior tackle boxes and other items. Constructed with a waterproof base, the Tackle Barn comes with four Daiwa 370 utility boxes and four 360 utility boxes and holds another four 3700 or 3600 size boxes. Designed for systematic organization, this bag includes a built-in, retractable leader spool wheel, durable sunglasses holder, beverage holder, and water-resistant tool and cell phone pouches. Storage pouches include nylon zippers for rustproof operation. $199.99. Daiwa.us
Why gift it: Daiwa chose an appropriate name for its innovative tackle bag, as it mimics an actual barn in terms of its spacious design and ability to accommodate a lot of items. That’s a plus if you want more storage and access options than traditional square shapes.
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Huk Icon X Superior Bib
With durable, 100% polyester construction, the bib is 100% windproof and 100% waterproof. The bibs feature ever-adjust suspenders for mobility and fleece-lined hand pockets. A waterproof relief zipper and chest zip provide a barrier to external moisture, while leg zips make for easy on/off. $200 ($210 for 3XL). Hukgear.com
Why gift it: The Float Technology for added safety. Inserts located in the seat and knee offer buoyancy if needed and are easily removable, making it versatile for various winter activities.
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Huk Icon X Superior Hybrid Jacket
With durable, 100% polyester construction, the jacket is 100% windproof and 100% waterproof. The DWR finish repels water, and the jacket features abrasion-resistant wear areas, a two-piece hood, internal cuff gussets, body-mapped insulation, and magnetic pocket flaps. $290 ($300 for 3XL). Hukgear.com
Why gift it: The Float Technology for added safety. Inserts located in the chest and back offer buoyancy if needed and are easily removable, making the jacket versatile for a number of winter activities.
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Garmin g3 Cartography Update
Garmin just released it news mapping updates for LakeVu g3 inland maps, featuring over 400,000 updates to global chart content, NOAA rasters, high-resolution relief shading, new survey lakes, including Toledo Bend Reservoir and Clear Lake. Garmin.com
Why gift it: Gift it to yourself. The high-resolution relief shading is impressive, using a rich blend of color and shadow to create a multi-dimensional view of bottom structure to provide ultimate situational awareness.
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Halo Rods Rave 3 Casting
Tournament-grade graphite, a contoured finger grip integrated into the reel seat, braided line guides and finished with high-quality EVA handles. This rod from American Baitworks makes a strong statement about great quality for the price. Available in 7' medium, 7' medium/heavy and 7' heavy action. $74.99. Americanbaitworks.com
Why gift it: You get the same level of performance and premium features that are found in more expensive rods that are more budget friendly.
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Halo Rods XDIII Pro Casting
Designed with high-quality, tournament blanks, the Halo Fishing XD III Pro Series Casting Rods feature EVA handles with Sensi-Touch Rings that provide improved grip and enhanced vibration to improve bite detection. The rod utilizes stainless steel guides with zirconia inserts for added strength and sensitivity. Complete with a semi-exposed reel seat for increased comfort and sensitivity. Available in 7' 3" and 7' 6" in medium, medium/heavy, heavy and extra heavy. $109.99. Americanbaitworks.com
Why gift it: The value for the price. You get high performance and premium features. There are no shortcuts with this rod.
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Plano Atlas Tackle Pack
The Atlas Tackle Pack is a durable tackle-carrying solution that combines the strength of a hard-sided tacklebox, with the lightweight portability of a soft-sided tackle bag. The body of the pack is surrounded by durable EVA panels for foundation and protection, which allows the pack to stand up and keep form. A bungee-cord rod holder, tool holders and a water-resistant cell phone storage add versatility. At the top is a patented, magnetic Dropzone, allowing quick access to tools and lures by keeping them in place with magnets. Includes three Plano 3700 StowAway utility boxes. $219.99. Planomolding.com
Why gift it: Like Plano does with everything else, the designers put much thought into making the ultimate shoreline/wading angling pack. Combining benefits of a hard-sided tacklebox with the lightweight portability of a soft-side tackle bag is impressive.
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Gill Fishing Men’s XPEL Tec Long Sleeve Top
The XPEL Tec Long Sleeve is a high-performance shirt built to keep the wearer dry, cool and clean all summer. Featuring Gill’s exclusive plant-based XPEL fabric technology, this breathable and moisture wicking shirt is guaranteed to repel water, oil, blood and other muck while naturally controlling odor. 50+ UV protection. Updated fit. Available in 11 new colors: Spicy Red, Twilight, Pewter, Citron, Shadow Camo, Pool Camo, Pewter Camo, Ice Camo, Glacier Camo, White. $49.95. www.gillfishing.com
Why gift it: Gill chooses not to partner with a branded fabric supplier, instead giving the brand the freedom to innovate without limitations. An example of that freedom is integrated in its XPEL finish covering each fiber of the outer fabric. Benefits include superior water repellency, stain resistance and odor control.
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Designed to sit in the tank well of almost any sit-on-top kayak, the versatile H-Crate comes with four integrated rod holders in each corner with bungee retainers for quickly securing rods. Hobie H-Rail sections across the top of all four sides function as carry handles and as a mounting system for any H-Rail accessory. The walls of each H-Crate have pre-drilled holes for mounting extra accessories without the need of a wrench. The H-Rail weighs six pounds and breaks down to a flat profile to take up less room. A tie-down point on each corner is used for attaching the included strap for securing to the kayak. $166. Hobie.com
Why gift it: Far more functional than a milk crate, the H-Crate offers many more advantage than a storage box. It’s foldable and breaks down flat for travel, and the rod holders and H-Rail make it even more useful.
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ALX Rods ENOX Series Rods
ENOX Series rods pair the perfect blend of 1100T Toray carbon fiber blanks with top quality components. Made in the USA with 1100T Carbon Fiber Blanks with Toughskin natural finish. Other features include Kigan 3D Zero Tangle guides, a Kigan hook keeper, 100% cork grips and anodized aluminum trim pieces. Exposed bland reel seats weight premium hood nut assemblies on casting rods improve feel and strike detection. 5-year warranty. $319.99. Alxrods.com
Why gift it: ENOX is specifically designed to increased fish landing percentages, using redesign features that improve feel for the lightest strikes.
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ALX Rods IKOS Series Rods
IKOS rods begin with a low resin, intermediate modulus carbon fiber that is precision rolled under intense pressure. The outcome creates the OS Hydra rod blank platform, which shines at detecting the lightest bites, while delivering exceptional hook-setting power. Specific components include premium Z Series Kigan mid-micro guides that are safe for braided lines, while passing leader knots with ease. Reel seat threads are trimmed to provide maximum comfort. $159.99. Alxrods.com
Why gift it: New features include trimmed reel seat threads, cork, blackout reel seat hood nut, and neon green accents and blacked-out features.
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Layla’s Big Bass
Looking for a Bassmaster approved book for the kids? Layla’s Big Bass inspires young children, and especially girls, to try fishing for family fun. The story follows Layla as she pursues her dreams of catching the biggest bass in the lake, while discovering nothing compares to the unmistakable tugging feeling on her line. $12.95 paperback; $19.95 hardback. Amazon.com
Why gift it: This book focuses on giving girls inspiration about another alternative activity beside dance, pageants and cheerleading to identify with as they grow up.
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Native Kayak Ketch X Board
Beyond the fun and Zen of just being out in nature on the water, kayak fishing success is usually measured in the length of the catch, not so much the weight. This measuring board features tether holes that are CNC machined on the fence end, a widened fence, and tournament numbers on top of the Kradle edge for more precise measuring of fish. Available in 26" and 32" lengths. $69.99. Nativekayak.com
Why gift it: This measuring board stands out with the clear inch-line markings, the trough design and virtually unbreakable aluminum construction.
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Native Watercraft Kayak Covers
Native Watercraft kayak covers are custom made to fit each model. Each cover includes a full set of cover tie-down straps (one for each loop set - 5 or 6), that can be used to secure the cover when traveling through the sewn in loops on the cover. All covers are made in USA and created with marine-grade anti-wick thread that includes double-stitched construction and 4-ply join seams. $174.99. Nativekayak.com
Why gift it: The same reason bass boat owners cover their expensive rigs. You get protection from the weather, and security to protect your kayak with the cover tightly strapped down.
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Nebo Transcend 1500 Headlamp
The Transcend 1500 gets high marks from reviewers and anglers for its powerful 1,500 lumen Turbo Mode that lights up storage boxes and anywhere else you need low light illumination. A Mode Selector Dial and Smart Power Control enable the Transcend to seamlessly transition through the different light modes. USB C rechargeable. $69.99 Nebo.com
Why gift it: The light head can be removed from the headlamp bracket and used as a flashlight. It’s even magnetic on one end, so you can slap it on a metal surface for tight, close-up jobs. What else is cool is the battery status indicator that glows red when power drops below 25 percent.
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Old Town Bass Hoodie
Rep your allegiance to Old Town with this comfy hoodie made with 9-ounce cotton/poly sueded French terry. Custom Old Town Bass artwork adorns the front. Rib knit side panels offer added stretch for increased range of casting motion. The shoulders are rolled forward for more comfort. There’s also plenty of storage with a front pouch pocket. $59.99. Oldtowncanoe.com
Why gift it: The French terry is a step up in fabric and style from your old school hoodie.
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Old Town Treble Sportsman PFD
This unique vest is designed with thin-back construction for comfortable integration with various kayak seats. Multiple utility attachments include lash tab, e-ring, and a Hypalon attachment. There are two zippered pockets for securing tackle and gear, and an envelope pocket for a GPS receiver. Two slip pockets round out the abundant storage of this versatile vest. One size fits all. $104.99. Oldtowncanoe.com
Why gift it: A well thought design with features that are geared for a kayak or canoe angler. The storage and thin-back design come to mind as stand out features that would appeal to any kayak angler.
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Plano Edge FLEX
The foundation of 3600 and 3700 FLEX boxes is the proprietary divider system, making it the first utility box to allow the user to fully customize the interior. Each box comes with five 4X Dividers, six 3X Dividers, nine 2X Dividers and 18 1X Dividers. The interlocking, pre-cut dividers can be configured in any possible configuration. Create small or large, short or long and any combination of storage compartments. FLEX boxes contain Rustrictor, Dri-Loc watertight seal, and Water Wick to ward off moisture. $44.99 (3600). Planomolding.com
Why gift it: The customization feature that allows the user to configure the compartments to fit their needs. You carry fewer boxes by consolidating baits and terminal tackle for a given lure type in the same box.
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Lew’s BB1 Pro LFS Baitcasting Reel
Upgrades to the ever-popular BB1 add an ergonomically, tapered and lightweight aluminum frame with graphite side plates and Lew’s new custom paddle grips. What sets the BB1 Pro LFS apart is the performance of the 27-position QuietCast Adjustable Centrifugal Braking System, delivering precise control of spool breaking and exceptional casting. An additional feature on the BB1 Pro LFS is the dual stage titanium-coated line guide, which is positioned farther away from the spool for reduced line friction and maximized casting performance. The new BB1 Pro LFS Baitcast reel is available in three gear ratios. The PRO1H model sports a 6.2:1 ratio. $199.99. Lews.com
Why gift it: The ever-popular BB1 just got even better. Upgrades add an ergonomically, tapered and lightweight aluminum frame with graphite side plates and Lew’s new custom paddle grips.
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Rapala Compact Line Remover
Measuring only 5 inches long, the Rapala Compact Line Remover is convenient to have close at hand and for easy stowing. The high torque motor removes 6 feet of line per second, and the dual-direction design allows for left or right-handed operation. Uses 2 AA batteries with an easy access battery compartment. $24.99 www.rapala.com
Why gift it: The blistering speed of line stripping that makes an otherwise tedious task quicker and more efficient.
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St. Croix Rods Bass X Series
Handcrafted using St. Croix’s most durable material SCII, yet sensitive to detect the lightest strikes, the Bass X lineup offers choices from finesse drop shot to big swimbaits. Bass C is reimagined with features including carbon fiber reel seat inserts on select models, a hybrid guide platform, and technique specific handle configurations, with a new spinning handle allowing for multiple hand positions to better fish different techniques. Available in 6' 6" to 7' 10" models and medium/fast to heavy fast actions. $120-$150. Stcroixrods.com
Why gift it: The unmistakable St. Croix quality for the price.
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St. Croix Rods Victory Rods
Designed and handcrafted in Park Falls, Wis., Victory utilizes the combination of St. Croix’s proprietary SCVI and SCIII carbon fibers in a hybrid pattern blended to create SCIII+. Designed with the inputs of Bassheads nationwide, Victory features 25 balanced models focused on techniques, comfort, and the ultimate in fish ability and affordability backed by a 15-year transferable warranty. Built in the USA. $180-$200. Stcroixrods.com
Why gift it: The unmistakable St. Croix quality for the price.
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Striker Denali Insulated Rain Suit
The Denali features body-mapped Primaloft Silver insulation with a unique HeatMap reflective ceramic lining. A Hydrapore Pro Waterproof 10,000mm/Breathable 10,000g rating provides a durable barrier of protection in wet or snowy conditions. A 3-point adjustable hood and internal neoprene cuffs lock out the elements completely in challenging conditions. Waist-high zippers and an adjustable waist cinch feature allow for custom fit, while preventing shoulder fatigue from fishing all day. Also available in tall and extended sizes. From $599.99, or $299.99 for the jacket; $299.99 for bib. Strikerbrands.com
Why gift it: The Primaloft Silver insulation keeps you warm and toasty without the bulk, allowing more freedom of movement.
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T-H Marine G-Force Eliminator Prop Nut
How can a nut make a trolling motor perform better, longer and quieter you say? This innovation does it all. With a patent pending design to lessen prop noise and vibration, this pat stabilizes the prop by providing a larger contact point. In addition, it acts as a heat sink and has built-in cooling ports that reduce the operating temperature for longer battery and trolling motor life. Made to fit most Minn Kota and Motorguide trolling motors as well as the Garmin Force and Lowrance Ghost, the Eliminator comes in an assortment of colors to provide a sleek, matching aesthetic. $58.99. Thmarinesupplies.com
Why gift it: Any trolling motor will last longer and perform better. So much good in a small package. Put it at the top of your shopping list for stocking stuffers.
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Toyota Tundra All-Weather Floor Liners
Muddy, wet feet on the floorboard are givens. These all-weather mats are engineered and molded to fit precisely into the floor to prevent water from running off into the carpet. The liners feature ribbed channels to better hold moisture, and a skid resistant backing and driver side quarter-turn fasteners keep mats in place. Includes two rear liners for complete front and back seat coverage. MSRP $169. Available through Toyota dealers.
Why gift it: Good looks, durability and Tundra badging make these a practical, long-lasting gift any Tundra owner will appreciate.
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Ugly Stik Multi-Tool
This tool is designed to fulfill 11 essential angling functions in a multi-tool bundle contained inside Ugly Stik-tough stainless-steel construction. Key functions include spring-loaded pliers, split ring plier, crimping, cutting, Flat and Phillips screwdrivers, a hook sharpener and more. $39.99. Purefishing.com
Why gift it: The perfect stocking stuffer in a gift that will go a long way on the water.
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XTRATUF Ankle Deck Boot Sport
The all new XTRATUF Ankle Deck Boot Sport in a sportfishing specific silhouette is up to 30% lighter than other 6" boots in the category. The ADB Sport is built from PRO LITE, a new high-performance foam which is ultra-durable and slip resistant, with a one-piece outsole. This boot MSRP $130.00. http://www.xtratuf.com
Why gift it: The PRO LITE foam that delivers the comfort and agility of a sneaker with long cushion life, while offering the same traction benefits of a full rubber boot. Our choice for this gift idea was validated by it winning 2021 ICAST Best of Show in the footwear category.
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Yeti Camino 35 Carryall
The latest version of this durable tote bag now features deployable dividers and two interior zippered pockets. Waterproof, and easy to clean, this bag keeps wet boots and waders contained, while protecting dry gear from getting wet. Available in Harvest Red, Highlands Olive, Navy, Storm Gray. $149.99 Yeti.com
Why gift it: It’s not a cooler but a tough and versatile bag for keeping gear dry and organized. You can simply tuck away the dividers when not in use to create one large compartment.
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13 Fishing Origin R1
The new Origin R1 has a strong 18 pounds of Max Drag, a Magnetic Control System for more casting control, and a Fastback Frame Design for better handling and performance. The reel is loaded with other features, including instant stop anti-reverse, an Arrowhead Casting System, and its Trick Shop Compatible. $59.99 13fishing.com
Why gift it: 13 Fishing’s Trick Shop allows anglers to easily personalize their reels using compatible and interchangeable parts.
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Shimano World Minnow 115SP
If it’s possible to make a tech-loaded jerkbait, this is it. FLASH BOOST technology emits life-life shimmer and flash while the bait is in motion, while JET BOOST enhances casting distance, up to 22% farther with a stable, natural-looking posture upon landing on the surface. SCALE BOOST adds and even more realistic appearance with an industry-exclusive composite-pitch hologram. The World Minnow dives 4- to 6-feet on the retrieve. Available in 10 colors. Dimensions: 4.5 inches long, 5/8-ounce. $19.99. Shimano.com
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Shimano Curado MGL 150
The tournament-tested Curado adds a 150-sized spool version with the MagnumLite (MGL) spool technology, allowing anglers to fish different techniques with various lure categories and sizes with ease, with greater casting distance and accuracy.
Precision gearing, X-Ship, MicroModule Gearing and SilentTune all create an unmatched reeling experience. $199.99. Shimano.com
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G.Loomis GCX Rods
Handcrafted in Woodland, Wash., the new G. Loomis GCX blends graphite of different modulus with impact-resistant resin materials to create a series of bass rods designed to maximize lure presentation, rod and reel performance for specific techniques. New SeaGuide RA ceramic ring inserts are 30% harder, with 60% more impact resistance than traditional aluminum oxide rings, while also weighing 13% less. Multi-Taper Design technology enhances durability while further decreasing the blank’s weight. A series of “micro tapers” within the overall taper of the rod, the exclusive Multi-Taper Design process enables rod engineers to use more material on potential stress points and less material everywhere else. The result is a broad library of precisely defined rod lengths, powers, and actions that strike the perfect balance between durability and performance. $249.99-$279.99. Gloomis.com