December is finally here and it's almost time for Christmas! I absolutely love this time of year. Getting to see the faces of family and friends. Decorations hung in every window and my favorite songs are all playing on the radio. Christmas is a special time of year. I love getting to pick out presents for all those I care about it. Soon though I start to get asked what I want for Christmas? Or occasionally somebody will write and ask me what they should get for that special angler in their family. The internet is full of great articles recommending a myriad of gift ideas. I've probably read them all and although I'd love it if somebody would buy me the $500 fishing rod or new Nitro bass boat that these folks say will make my Christmas one to remember, I don't think many of these lists are very practical. So here is a list of 5 Great Fishing Gifts For Less Than $50. I already use each of these products and am happy to recommend them for that special angler in your life.
Silver Max Reel by Abu Garcia
|Abu Garcia Sliver Max Reel|
The Silver Max Reel by Abu Garcia is packed with features for the price. This reel has a graphite frame and side plates. A machined aluminum spool for strength. 6 total bearings for a silky smooth cast and retrieve. It's been recently upgraded and now uses the Power Disk drag system as well as Duragear and the MagTrax brake system to allow for infinite adjustment to aid the novice caster. Best of all this is all wrapped up in a low profile and well balanced package. It may be an entry level bait casting reel, but it's a reliable performer. Check it out here.
Lucid Fishing Grips by Lucid Fishing
|Lucid Fishing Grips|
Lucid Fishing is a sponsor of mine so let's just get that out of the way. Now on to the features. The grips are made out of stainless steel to prevent rust and corrosion even in saltwater. The EVA foam grip is robust and comfortable. It's rotating head makes them not only safer for your use, but much easier on the mouth of the fish. They're integrated scale is IGFA certifiable for all of you that are chasing records. Best of all? They're made right here in the Midwest! Lucid Fishing grips are a must have if you spend anytime pursuing critters with teeth. To order a set just follow the link here.
Berkley Gulp by Pure Fishing
Gulp fishing baits have been a force in the fishing industry over the last few years. I've personally developed so much faith in this product that I no longer use live bait. Through proteins, scents, flavoring, and who knows what else, Berkley Gulp puts science to work to help you catch fish. Whether you buy a couple small packs for a stocking stuffer or get the bucket for a season of angling awesomeness you can't go wrong with Gulp. You'll never have to worry about taking care of live bait again. Check out my favorite Gulp baits here and here.
Deluxe Fly Tying Kit by Scientific Anglers
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Looking for a fishing gift for a fly angler? Check out this deluxe fly tying kit. It comes with the fly tying vise, tools, materials, and a DVD to teaches how to tie a bunch of popular fly patterns. Whether you want to tie dries, nymphs, or streamers, this kit from Scientific Anglers has you covered. It's a good kit that will show you the basics and get you tying. Fly tying is great way to get deeper into the sport of fly fishing. Nothing beats the feeling of catching a fish on a fly you've tied yourself. To check out the specs or get one for the angler on your list follow the link here.
Echotail Bass Kit by Vibrations Tackle
|Echotail Bass Kit|
Again I added a product from a sponsor, but I used Echotails way before the company found me. You just can't find another lure that is more versatile. The Echotail is a blade bait that features a barb on one end. This barb allows you to attach ANY soft plastic bait. You can add scented baits, pearl baits, glitter baits, pork tails, ANY kind of soft plastic bait. SBH TIP: Add Berkley Gulp to any Echotail to catch more fish by offering scent and vibration at the same time! The Echotails come in a variety of sizes and rigging options, but a great way to get started with these lures is to order the bass fishing kit by clicking here.
These gifts are a sure fire way to put a smile on any anglers face this holiday season. Remember you don't need to spend a fortune to improve your loved ones fishing. The greatest gift you can give any angler is to ask them to take you fishing. Because the time we spend with each other is worth way more than any gift we could give. That said, I wouldn't think any less of you if you were to buy me that fancy bass boat.