Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Outdoors

Holiday gift guide for your favorite fishermen

Fishermen love tackle. They know what works and what doesn't. You can never have too many of the basics such as jig heads and live-bait hooks. Other supplies, such as needle-nose pliers, seem to have a way of falling overboard or winding up in your buddy's tackle box. So do your favorite angler a favor this Christmas. Buy him or her a present or a stocking stuffer that's actually useful. Here are a few suggestions.

Seaguar Premier Fluoro­carbon, $12-$44.99: Nobody likes buying leader material, but you have got to do it. Seaguar was the first com­pany to produce fluorocarbon, and years later, it's still No. 1. It withstands abrasion and is virtually invisible underwater. Buy 25-pound test for your inshore angler and 85-pound test for your offshore enthusiast.

Anglers Choice De Hooker, $5.29: Inshore or offshore, a good de-hooker is a great gift for any angler. If you keep your hands off a fish, you increase its chance for survival.

Calcutta Pliers Sheath, $6.99: Where did those dang pliers go? You will never have to ask that question again if you keep them on your belt.

Savage 3D Shrimp, $6.49: This artificial shrimp looks good enough to eat. This is the hottest-selling artificial lure of the season. The lifelike action mimics that of a live shrimp.

Paul Brown Soft Dine, $9.99: The soft dine is an exact replica of MirrOlure's MR17 Mirrodine. Snook, trout and redfish will not be able to let this bait go. It has great action and, best of all, it's as soft as real bait yet still durable.

MirrOlure She Pup Surface Walker, $8.99: Nothing brightens up Christmas morning like a stocking full of fishing lures. Winter is the perfect time to locate schools of mullet, and work surface lures for giant trout and redfish. The She Pup is the queen of topwater plugs.

Bubba Blade Fillet Knives, $59.99-$79.99: You can never have too many knives or flashlights. Enough said.

Quarrow Knife Sharpener, $16.99: Next to a green tarpon alongside a boat, nothing's more dangerous than a dull fillet knife. Keep 'em sharp with this little dandy.

Dogfish Inshore Slam Starter Kit, $39.99: Don't know much about fishing? These kits (one for inshore and one for pier anglers) give you what you need to get started.

WASP 9900 Waterproof Camera, $279: All fishermen are liars (except you and me), but this camera keeps the rest of our angling tribe honest.

Gift cards: Don't know what to get? Buy a gift card from your local tackle shop. Your favorite anglers might want to use it to put new fishing line on their reels.

     
   
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Published: 01/16/18

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Updated: 01/13/18

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