Is there a fishing enthusiast on your holiday shopping list? If so, finding the perfect present shouldn’t be too difficult. From practical, reasonably priced gifts to top-of-the-line electronic devices, you’ll find a variety of products both online and in stores. Here are just a few.
Quality Necessities for Under $100
For under $100, you can make your favorite fisherman’s experience on the lake a little easier with a practical gift this holiday season.
1. Filet Knife
Russ Kommer’s Big Eddy is one of the best fish filleting knives on the market. Made exclusively by CRKT, the Big Eddy has a sturdy handle with grips and a 6.75-inch serrated stainless steel blade specially ground for optimum performance. It’s available for under $30.
2. Tackle Bag
For a rugged tackle bag with plenty of storage space, it’s hard to beat Bass Pro Shop’s Extreme Qualifier. Made of water-repellent polyester, it has a reinforced bottom and enough room for 370 utility boxes. Multiple pockets provide even more space for gear. At under $40, it’s a practical and affordable gift he’ll enjoy for years to come.
What fisherman doesn’t need a waterproof jacket? For quality at a good price, there’s no better brand than Columbia, and few choices are more sturdy and practical than the Columbia Watertight Rain Jacket. Lightweight and easy to pack, it comes with a built-in adjustable hood and a security pocket. Best of all, it’s truly watertight, with a fully lined rainproof shell and sealed seams – all for about $60.
Luxury Gadgets for Over $100
4. Fish TV
Surprise the fisherman in your life with the FishTV 7 Underwater Viewing System. FishTV provides clear, black-and-white pictures of underwater life in real time. It comes with an anti-spook fish camera; an adjustable 7” monitor; a 12V, 7-amp battery with charger; and a 100’ heavy-duty cable – all neatly packed in a soft case.
FishTV is available through Bass Pro Shops, Capra’s Outdoors, and at http://www.getfishtv.com/. Prices vary from $159.99 to $199.99, so be sure to shop around before you buy!
5. Electronic Fishfinders
If your fisherman needs extra help finding that next big catch, get him a fishfinder. Several brands offer comparable products priced from $200 to $600.
The NAVMAN Fish 4607’s state-of-the-art digital sonar technology performs accurate readings at depths of up to 2,000 feet. Even in bright sun, its 6.4-inch color display screen is easy to read.
The 4607 comes with multiple viewing options, including split and full-screen zoom. You can even highlight specific species of fish by adjusting the color palette. It sells for a little over $600.
The Garmin Fishfinder 400C is another top-rated model that works well in freshwater and saltwater. It has a super bright, high resolution 4-inch color display screen and provides accurate reads at depths up to 1,500 feet. UltraScroll, which allows for quick screen updates, is one of its handier features. It’s also CANet compatible for sharing sonar information. Buy it directly from Garmin for $319.99.
The Lowrance Mark-5x is also a good gift choice, particularly for the fisherman who’s new to fishfinding equipment. It’s easy to use thanks to simplified menus and an automatic mode option. The Mark-5x is also a snap to upgrade. Its most unique feature, TrackBack, allows users to review multiple pages of fishfinder history.
Although the Mark-5x doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the NAVMAN Fish 4607, it gets the job done at depths of up to 800 feet in both salt and freshwater. Its high-resolution adjustable screen is easy to read, too, day and night.
These combos don’t include fries. They do, however, come with chartplotters and GPS fishfinders. Top-of-the-line choices like the Lowrance HDS-10 cost over $1000.
The HDS-10 has a large color screen, maps with phenomenal detail, wide-angle viewing, and numerous other features.
For under $1000 there’s the Humminbird 798c SI. It performs quick scans at depths of 1,500 feet as well as side imaging. It has a five-inch color screen as well as built-in maps of lakes, rivers, and coasts in the continental U.S.
Garmin’s GSMAP 546S GPS/Digital Sonar is an even better combo for about the same price. Certified by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), it scans at lightning speed and includes a worldwide marine base map. Like the Humminbird model, the Garmin 546S also has a 5-inch, easy-to-read color display screen.
Tim Evans is an Interactive Director in LakeLocate.com, the largest online community of lakes enthusiasts. He is an active blogger and a frequent speaker at conferences and events. LakeLocate is the most extensive user friendly lakes database online for family lake vacations, search for lakes, and discussion about lakes.
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