Christmas is fast approaching and you can bet your favorite angler is thinking about all the great gear out there that they can use . Don’t disappoint this year with something boring that will get tossed in a closet or left in the shed. We’ve got the 25 best fishing gift ideas for you to get the angler in your life and really make this a Christmas season to remember!
25 Best Fishing Gifts for Christmas 2017
One type of fishing I hope to do more of next year is river and stream fishing. Finding an open spot on the banks of many of my local rivers and streams is hard, but if I have a pair of Hodgman Mackenzie Bootfoot Chest Waders, I can open myself up to any type of river or stream I want to fish in. These are designed with cleated PVC boots which are 25% more rugged than rubber. Because it’s made of nylon and PVC, it’s about 35% lighter than rubber so you don’t have to tire so easily wearing them. And that tough nylon fabric shell keeps water out as good as you could ask for. Find it on Amazon.
I first got a look at these rods while watching Charlie Moore on his television show in New England. Ever since I’ve been trying to find them to see them for myself and here they are. The Carrot Stix Wild Orange Spinning Rods are awesome! Made of Graphite and Nano Cellulose Bio Fibres, these spinning rods will give you great sensitivity, responsiveness, and a really light weight to keep you on the water longer with minimal fatigue. Offered in various different sizes to match the catch you’re looking for. Find it on Amazon.
If you’re tired of fumbling your way around a knot while you’re on a rocking boat or in the midst of a downpour, take a good hard look at the Tauten LineWelder. We did a thorough hands-on review of the product last month and loved everything about it. Many knots can take as long as a minute and over and you’re doing all the work. With the LineWelder, just place the line in the guide, close up the cap, and press a button and watch as your line welds together to form a strong, durable weld that you don’t have to worry about breaking. A great gift for any angler, novice or experienced. Find on Amazon.
What angler wouldn’t absolutely want a monthly subscription of new tackle, gear and other cool fishing stuff? Check out the Lucky Tackle Box Subscription for your favorite angler and sign them up. They offer several types of boxes depending on the types of fishing your favorite angler likes to do, so don’t feel like you won’t find the right one for them. Prices are extremely reasonable for the subscription and if you sign up using this link, you’re entitled to five dollars off at checkout! Find on LuckyTackleBox.com.
One of my favorite rabbit holes to go down into on YouTube are the amazing fishing videos. So many anglers are outfitting themselves with cameras and catching unbelievable fish. If your angler wants to record their fishing outings in hopes of capturing their next trophy on video, consider the Garmin VIRB Ultra 30. It’s light, records in ultra high def 4k video, and is as robust and excellent as any of the GoPro offerings. Best of all, this camera includes a 1.75 inch Color LCD touchscreen so producers can see what they’re filming as they’re filming! A great choice for any angler looking to film their trips. Find on Amazon.
I’ve bought and wasted more zip lock bags than I can count when going fishing. Or, I’ll ignore it and then whoops – that expensive non-waterproof phone just got splashed or even worse, into the knee deep water you’re fishing in. Don’t let that happen again without some protection. Simms makes a Tech Pouch that’s water tight, perfect for your phone or any electronic keys to your vehicle. Equipped with a lanyard you can hang this around your kneck to ensure it won’t leave your person. Find on Amazon.
Whether your angler is kayaking, wading, or even taking a hike, a comfortable boot makes all the difference. The Astral Rassler is a water shoe designed to be in the water. With draining eyelets this shoe drains to avoid that awful squishing feeling you normally get when you wear a wet shoe. This shoe provides good ankle support and is lightweight so you don’t have to feel like you’re wearing bricks on your feet. And it’s rugged enough for aggressive hikes. Definitely, if you’re an outdoorsy person, or the one you’re buying for is, take a long look at the Astral Rassler. Find on Amazon.
Sebile has a very popular lure in the Magic Swimmer. One of the hottest selling, most popular swimbaits is available in a variety of colors. It’s multi-jointed construction gives it a very lifelike swim profile which makes it deadly effective either casting or trolling behind the boat. Any angler wants a few of these in their tacklebox, for sure. Find on Amazon.
My wife bought me one of these for my birthday one year and I loved it. If you haven’t heard of Man Crates, they are these fantastic gift packs shipped in a minature crate, complete with a crowbar. To get to the goodies inside you have to literally pry open the crate as if you’re opening the crate from A Christmas Story. Inside the box is a bunch of cool stuff any bass angler could use. Find on ManCrates.com.
Traditional tackle boxes are losing their popularity with anglers more every year. I remember, and I’m sure this has happened to many of us, walking over a mile on a trail to one of my favorite bass spots only to have my rod tip clip the latch, emptying the contents of said tackle box all over the trail. With the Spiderwire Wolf Tackle Bag, those days are over. This imported bag is made of 1680 denier material giving it a rugged exterior complete with a molded all weather bottom. It has pockets for days, with pockets for fishing line on either side, two front pockets with organizers, dual holders for pliers, and room for stacks of lure containers in the main pocket area. A great buy for every angler! Find on Amazon.
No angler can fish without a good set of pliers and the Piscifun Aluminum Pliers are some of the best. Machine cut aluminum handles provide better grip and reduced weight. Tungsten steel jaws and carbide cutters ensure clean cuts and tight, firm grips for years. Handle split rings and crimp and press lead weights with the custom designed jaws. Comes equipped with a clasp lanyard so you can let the pliers hang by your side conveniently while fishing. Find on Amazon.
Any angler who records themselves fishing will eventually want to make sure they’re in frame when recording. To do this they’ll need something to mount the camera to. Enter the Pedco UltraPod Go Tripod. Now, this isn’t a typical tripod. This tripod is designed with a pistol grip so the person recording and have maximum control on how they want to shoot their subject. But this can be mounted as a stationary shooting location giving the angler opportunity to get in frame. Single control knob offers 360 degree ball-mount adjustability. Powerstrap mounting system gives flexibility where you can hang the camera to get the optimal shot. Find on Amazon.
When I first saw this fish finder at the price point it’s at, I couldn’t believe it! This might be the best fish finder around $100 dollars. The Garmin Striker 4 has built in GPS so you can use it to track your locations while searching for fish using the advanced sonar technologies packed into this little device. Use it as a scanner, a gps tracker, and a flasher which is great for anglers ice fishing or vertical jigging. If your angler is missing a fish finder that they can take pretty much anywhere, on their kayak, boat or on the ice, get them the Garmin Striker 4. Find on Amazon.
Anglers need to protect their eyes when on the water. If you’re out on a bright sunny day that reflection on the water will fatigue you and potentially give you sunburn. Protect those eyes with Maui Jim Kanaha Sunglasses. They’re polarized so you can get a crystal clear view in the water when sightfishing. Sleek design, light and comfortable, this pair is a great accessory for your next outing. Find on Amazon.
Speaking of sun protection, a good buff makes sense to protect your head or face when out on the water. Why find some cheap knockoff when you can go with the original Buff Headband. These UV protective bands are multifunctional, 95% protective against harmful UV rays, and are stylish. Made of coolmax pro performance fiber you won’t feel overheated when you put one of these on. Find on Amazon.
Anytime you’re in the woods or on your boat you may need to use a knife for a variety of reasons. Don’t go out unprepared. The TAC-FORCE Spring Assisted Folding Knife is a great option for an all around knife that may need to be used in a variety of circumstances. Overkill for clipping fishing line, but you may need to cut rope from the propeller or clip some branches for a small fire. Whatever the need, make sure you have the right tool on you. Find on Amazon.
A great jacket with 25 pockets inside and out. Frogg Toggs Wading Jacket is made of ToadSkinz breathable and waterproof material that allows you to stay cool while also staying dry. It’s outfitted with an adjust waistband as well as a fold away rod holder. Pretty much the swiss army knife of wading jackets. Find on Amazon.
Anglers really require special shoes when fishing. The first and foremost priority is a shoe that won’t stay wet all day, because we inevitably get them soaked. The Columbia Drainmaker III is a hybrid trail shoe that is completely drainable and breathable giving anglers something solid to put on their feet but not keep their feet wet. A nice omni-grip non marking rubber outsole makes this shoe boat friendly so they don’t have to worry about scuffing. Light, quick drying, stylish and very comfortable. This is a great shoe for boating. Find on Amazon.
Easily the most expensive item on this list, the Abu Garcia MGX Baitcaster is worth every penny. If your angler likes baitcasters, take a look at this list of the best baitcasting reels but I’d really give this reel a hard look. The MGX Baitcaster is super light thanks to its carbon sideplate construction, reducing weight significantly. It’s also equipped with 8 ball bearings ensuring a smooth easy retrieve. This reel also rips through 32 inches of line per rotation on the handle. Impressive! Find on Amazon.
The hope is that every time an angler goes fishing, they require the use of a fishing net. Rather than wish they had one, you would be extra helpful to pick up the MadBite Fishing Safe Catch & Release Net for your favorite angler! This net is ultra portable as its foldable, collapsible, and easy to stow. It’s lightweight and most importantly constructed with a coated fine mesh net that’s safe for fish scales. They come in three sizes that can get as long as a 62 inch handle! Find on Amazon.
Maybe your favorite angler prefers a more traditional tackle box. Something solidly built, with two trays allowing for 132 pieces of tackle to be stored. Something with a top tray for sinkers, hooks and jigs and also a guide on tips and tricks for the beginner or novice angler. If that’s the case, you should probably grab the Ready 2 Fish Tackle Box by Plano. Find on Amazon.
Penn fishing reels are synonymous with big game fishing. If you watch any of the big deep sea excursion fishing shows on tv they’re more than likely battling monsters with a Penn. Therefore it makes sense to include one of the best spinning reels of all time on our list, the Penn Battle 2. We’ve talked about the Battle 2 in great length elsewhere on the site, but it’s worth repeating. Power, silky smooth drag, great comfortable retrieve are all characteristics of the Penn Battle 2. A worthy spinning reel for all anglers. Find on Amazon.
The Booms Fishing Multi Tool is a great little utility that every angler needs in their arsenal. Even with the pliers mentioned earlier, a multi tool is different enough to have for a variety of reasons. It can do a lot of the things really good pliers can do but so much more that make it a wonderful tool to have. 13 uses in one compacting tool. Find on Amazon.
Considering the holiday season occurs in the winter months, why not get your favorite angler something they can use right away (if you live in the north)? The Eskimo Quick Fish Ice Auger will get them drilling holes in the ice as fast and easy as possible. You can look at the essential ice fishing gear any angler needs to see other great examples, but I recommend the Eskimo Quick Fish Auger. Find on Amazon.
Finally, what anglers’ Christmas would be complete without brand new fishing line? I’ve written a nice report on the best braided fishing line out there, but I can tell you my absolute favorite is the Sufix 832 Advanced Superline. It’s the best braided fishing line on the market. Smooth, made of 8 high performance fibers and woven with 32 weaves per inch, which is the essence for the name 832. It spools nicely, holds up over time, and outfishes all other brands I’ve ever used. I love this braided fishing line and so will your angler. Find on Amazon.
25 Best Fishing Gifts for Christmas 2017
Good luck shopping for your favorite angler this Christmas. Remember, it’s not the amount you spend, it’s the thought that counts. Take this list as a guide but ask your favorite angler what they’d like to use for next season. They may give you ideas you can’t find on this list. Have fun hunting for that perfect gift and from BaitRodReel.com, Merry Christmas!