Big Christmas Buys for Modest Money
| November 29, 2016
Fishing-centric gift ideas that put matter over money, range around the $25 mark
What do you buy for the angler that has everything? First off, there's no such thing as "the angler who has everything." There's always space to cram a new, must-have lure in the StowAway®. Or maybe add a fully inventoried box altogether. Better yet, get an entirely new tackle bag and stuff it to the gills. Point being, if there's an angler on your Christmas list, trust that they don't own everything, and will always appreciate a fishing-gear-gift.
Now Uncle Joe and Cousin Cletus mightn't be deserving of a new boat, motor and trailer this season. But seeing that they're blood, and put you on a pile of crappies this fall, they have some value, so to speak. Maybe keep it around 25 bones? Sounds fair.
Gifts for $25-ish-ish
Custom Jigs & Spins has kitted-up 8 of their quaking B3 Blade Baits. Available in ¼ and ½ ounce sizes, and 9 choice patterns – including the popular Glow Pink and Red Tiger – the B3 can be put to immediate use on the ice, jigging deep reservoir bass or ripping crappies off brush. Classic fish triggering devices, blade baits evoke instinctive strikes when intuition says to fish slow and sleepy. The B3 Blade Bait kit can be snagged online, manufacturer direct for $22.99.
Arguably the hottest new release of the year is the award-winning Trapper Hook from Trapper Tackle. The revolutionary hook physique address two persistent problems anglers face using antiquated J-shaped hooks: First, J-hooks rock and rotate in a fish's mouth as the fish fights for freedom. The thrashing expands the initial point of entry and creates a path to escape. Second, the round bend of J-hooks allows soft plastics and live baits to slide freely as the bait is cast and retrieved. The patent-protected design of the Trapper Hook addresses these problems with two right-angle bends at the base of the hook shank, creating the Trapper Box, which locks fish – and baits – in place. Depending on hook-style (5-varieties), prices for 5-packs range from $3.79 to $6.79 25-hook bulk sacks from $14.99 to $34.79.
Build your own custom Fin-Wing spoon gift set. Mix and match colors and sizes, easily bobbing and weaving around the $25 mark. The Fin-Wing's distinctive stamped shape—time tested since 1948, with "wings" that flare out at just the right angle as well a hole placed perfectly in the bait's main body— gives this gift-able spoon its realistic swimming moves. Nothing more complex than a large, sweeping jigging motion brings the Fin-Wing to life through the ice. Simply lift the rod tip a foot or so and let the lure freefall on a limp line. Simple as that. Fin-Wings are wicked on the troll and cast, too, enticing freshwater and saltwater fishes. DEFINITELY include some of the new glow patterns. Individuals range from $5.49 to $9.99 and can be purchased factory direct.
The swimbait craze is alive and well, and rightly so. These ridiculously realistic lookers and swimmers are certified fish slayers. And nobody is better qualified than LIVETARGET to sculpt clone-quality swimbaits, either. Beyond their realistic profiles and patterns, each member of LIVETARGET's Swimbait Series is fraught with highly engineered features, including internal weighting for true-running, integrated low-profile, extra wide-gap hook, dorsal fin shield to thwart snags, accessory pin to add hooks or blades and customized oscillating tail that generates species-specific swimming actions. Freshwater LIVETARGET Swimbaits are available in Threadfin Shad, Gizzard Shad, Blueback Herring, Trout Parr, Adult Trout, Golden Shiner and Yellow Perch saltwater species include Mullet, Pinfish and Sardine. MSRPs range between $9.99 and $18.49.