Keep it Reel With Great Fishing Gifts and Gear
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Whether they catch and release or fish to eat it’s estimated that nearly 1 in 7 Americans take to the water with rod and reel in-hand. So, if you yourself aren’t much of a fisher chances are you have one or two in your life that deserves celebrating. Make a splash with the following gifts and gadgets for any fishing enthusiast whether they’re just getting their feet wet or a self-proclaimed master caster.
First things first. I’m pretty sure it’s mandated somewhere that to be an actual fisherman you need to have at least one PFG shirt in your wardrobe. And, judging from the 4.6-star rating, this short-sleeve shirt is the one that reigns supreme. Made of quick-dry nylon complete with built-in UPF 30, dual chest pockets with velcro closure for convenience and hidden vents to keep you comfortable, this is exactly what you want to be wearing when spending a day fishing.
If you prefer something a bit more form-fitting or you’re looking to layer-up for unpredictable weather, the Hanes Long Sleeve Cool Dri T-Shirt will cost you less than $20, has a UPF 50+ rating and boasts just under 11,000 happy reviewers on Amazon.
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This little fishing gizmo from Garmin is basically a holy grail for the avid fisherman. With an easy-to-use color fishfinder, depth-range scale with smooth scaling graphics and high-sensitivity GPS, the Garmin Striker 4 makes it easy to not only find fish but also to mark and track hot spots so they can be revisited. It even has a sonar history rewind option that lets you scroll back through sonar images to see if you missed any waypoints that you might want to check out another time.
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Because fishing is fun but having to spool a reel is not, this handy little machine helps you re-spool quickly and easily without having to ask anyone for help. All those upsetting line twists, jumbled-up knots and inevitable curse words are a thing of the past thanks to this must-have fishing tool. Lightweight and quality-made, this spooler machine is sure to save a whole bunch of time, hassle and frustration for any angler.
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Quality fishing pliers and a reliable scale with a tape measure are some of the most important components of any tackle box. Well, then again, so are scissors, a scale scraper, bottle opener (because fishing is thirsty work) and a couple of other things. But, thanks to this 10-in-1 multitool, heavy, cluttered tackle boxes are a thing of the past as it combines all the tools you need into a compact, foldable design so you can spend more time fishing and less time searching for tools.
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Talk about brilliant! These LED flashlight gloves are a game-changer for those that love to fish in the dark. The simple, lightweight design conforms comfortably to any size hand without getting in the way of whatever it is you’re doing. With an easy-to-tap on/off switch and LED lights placed quite literally right at your fingertips, these gloves shine bright where some head and neck lamps can fall short.
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Tackle, gear, rods and reels can really multiply once you get hooked on fishing and this storage rack is the perfect way to keep it all together while making the most of your space. Featuring 10 soft rods with dual clip storage, this rack can easily secure up to 14 rods (salt or freshwater) with plenty of space in between for multiple utility boxes.
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The design and durability of this tackle bag make it a top choice for any outdoor adventure but the 13 storage compartments and water-resistant nylon fabric make it perfect for fishing. It really has a place for everything: three components in the main pocket, three external zippered pockets, pocket for a water bottle, a buckled pocket for tools, rod belts and even more pockets! Plus, it can be worn as a sling bag, crossbody bag, chest bag, backpack or handbag thanks to the adjustable/detachable straps so you can carry it however is most comfortable for you when you change up your spot in search of better bites.
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This may not be the best thing to bring out on the boat but it’s a great way to bring the family together for a fun, fish-centric kinda’ time. Players get to buy, sell and trade their favorite fish and gear while learning some fun fishing facts along the way. Watch out for the SNAG though because if you get hung up you’re out the river for three whole turns.
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