Anglers are a unique breed, with their own language and an even more unique sense of humor. It can be challenging to find the perfect gift for them because many anglers, from the casual fishing fan to the hardcore fishing pro, already have lots of gear.
Having said that, they’re always looking for that next big thing, the latest and greatest fishing gear to up their game. So we put together this list of great fishing gifts for any budget. Whether you have someone on your list who's mad about marlin, crazy about crustaceans, or bonkers for bluefin tuna, we've got you covered.
But first, here are a few helpful tips to narrow down your search.
- To make sure you're getting something they'll use and appreciate, find out what kind of fishing the person you are shopping for does. Are they into fly fishing or freshwater bass fishing? Do they fish mostly in saltwater or freshwater? Do they care about sustainability? Knowing the answers to these questions will help ensure you don't go wrong with the gift you choose.
- Don't get something that is too expensive or too cheap. You don't want to break your budget and get something way out of line with how much money you have to spend on gifts this year. But at the same time, if it's super cheap and tacky looking, that could hurt their feelings (and yours), and it might even end up not getting any use at all.
- Don't get anything that isn't practical either. If it doesn't fit easily into their boat without taking up too much space or making them look ridiculous, don't buy it!
On to the gift guide:
Fishing tackle backpack
A fishing backpack is a great gift idea for the angler who has everything (and we mean that in the most loving way possible). A tackle backpack allows you to bring all of your gear along with you in one compact place, instead of having separate bags for organizing your tackle box items (hooks and lures), clothes, food and drink items-everything goes into one bag! It's like having an extra pair of hands when you're out on the water. The bag rests on their shoulders as they wade through waist-deep water or trek up a winding trail, carrying all their gear with them. Don't miss our tips on organizing your fishing tackle here.
The sun can be brutal when you’re out on the water, which is why it’s a good idea for anglers to wear a comfortable fishing shirt with UPF50+. Check out our wide range of designs and styles of shirts that provide excellent protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays and reduce your chance of getting burned. As an added bonus, our shirts are also made with recycled water bottles, so you’re helping keep plastic from ending up in landfills or bodies of water.
Rod and reel combo
This is a great gift for any fisherman because it's the two main things that they need to catch fish! Rods are used to cast out your bait and reel in the fish when you catch one. You can find a wide range of different types of fishing rods, including spinning rods and fly fishing rods. It’s best if you know exactly what type of fishing they like best, so they can actually get some great use out of the rod and reel.
A set of lures
When you're fishing, it's really nice to have a variety of different lures to choose from. Some fish are easier to catch with one kind of lure, and some are easier to catch with another. The great thing about lures is that there are some made specifically for their favorite fish, so if you know your loved one is a hardcore fan of walleye or trout, you can find lures that are perfect for those kinds of fish.
Personal flotation device
A personal flotation device lets anyone stay safe in the water and prevents them from drowning if they fall overboard or get pulled under by a strong current. Many of them are also waterproof and can be worn in a wide range of temperatures (from warm summer days to cold winter nights).
A multi-tool is an essential part of any angler’s gear. There are many different kinds, but the most useful ones are those that have a knife, pliers, wire cutters, and screwdrivers. This tool can help you cut line or thread your fishing reel when it gets tangled up!
A fish finder is a good and practical gift for anglers who want to get the most out of their time on the water. A fish finder shows you where to find fish using a structure mapping system, along with information like water depth and temperature. This device is especially great if your fishing buddy likes trolling, jigging, or bottom fishing.
This gift guide has something for every fisherman on your list. Whether it's a gift for the one who has everything or something that will make their next fishing trip more comfortable and enjoyable, you're bound to find something here to make the angler in your life smile.
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