Gift givers: Snag kudos from your angler

Christmas is just a week away and you haven't started shopping for your favorite angler. But have no worries. It's easy to shop for fishermen. Just stop by a tackle shop and watch what other people are buying. Don't be afraid to ask a few questions. And be prepared with a few answers of your own. Inshore or offshore? Freshwater or salt? Trout or tarpon? With a little help from a tackle shop expert, you will find something guaranteed to please. Here are a few favorites:

Quad Rodz

Sick of trying to carrying multiple fishing outfits to your favorite bridge or pier? This handy device allows you to tote multiple rod and reel combinations as one unit for convenient mobility and storage. $19.99

Aluminum pliers

Everybody needs a good set of pliers, especially now that federal regulations require offshore fishermen to carry a dehooking device. These corrosion-resistant pliers come with a replaceable cutter and jaws. These pliers work great for braided lines as well as mono. $45.99

Open water tackle bag

Soft tackle boxes are all the rage these days, and this particular bag is suited for serious fishermen because of the oversized corrosion-proof zippers and waterproof, 600-denier polyester construction. This bag is ideal for saltwater use. $69.99

Reel Innovations rod racks

Keep your rods and reel neat, organized and in the living room where they belong with this furniture-quality storage system. Handmade and available to hold 32 to 48 rods and reels, these racks are made from real wood and water-resistant materials. $234

Dogfish Stick College Series rods

Show your support for your favorite team, even if it didn't make it to the national championship game. These high-quality offshore rods come in school colors for the University of Miami, Florida State, USF and last year's BCS champs, the University of Florida. Customize it with your name and year of graduation. $129-$139

Buffs head wear

Save yourself a trip to the dermatologist and protect yourself from the sun by covering up with a Buff. This lightweight, ultraviolet protective cloth can fit around the neck or over the head and ears. Soft and breathable, Buffs are must for every Florida fisherman. $23.99

The 2010 Florida Sportsman Planner

Keep ahead of the tides and the seasons with this inexpensive, tackle-box-sized book. Helpful for every boater and angler, the Florida Sportsman Planner is a great stocking stuffer. $10.95

St. Croix Avid Pearl Inshore rod

Finally, a fishing rod a lady can love. Men aren't the only people that fish, that's why St. Croix has introduced an entire line dedicated to women. These rods have all the features of the standard St. Croix, but are a tad smaller, lighter and, of course, prettier. Check out the abalone shell built into the handle. $199

Old Harbor microfiber shirt

After searching far and wide for the perfect fishing shirt, we finally found it. This long-sleeve T-shirt has high ultraviolet protection, but it is also quick-drying, stain-resistant, wrinkle-resistant and the antimicrobial fabric means you won't stink after a long day. $34.99

Products courtesy of Dogfish Tackle, 8750 Park Blvd., Seminole, (727) 393-2102, www.dogfishtacklecompany.com

Gift givers: Snag kudos from your angler 12/17/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 17, 2009 6:49pm]

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