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10 Last Minute Fishing Gift Ideas

Check out these perfect gift suggestions for the special angler on your list.

Well, it’s almost Christmas again. And like every year, I’m sure you’re scrambling to figure out the perfect gift for that special person in your life.

Whether that special person is a spouse, sibling, or parent, finding the right gift can be a challenge. However, if this special someone just so happens to be a fisherman (or fisherwoman), I’ve got ten great gift ideas that will guarantee a merry Christmas.

10. Fishing Reels

Let’s start with fishing reels. The best reel depends on what sort of fishing you want to do. The Nautilus CCF-X2 6/8 Reel is ideal for fly fishing, while the Shimano Stradic CI4+ is good for pure strength in reeling in difficult fish. However, both are pretty expensive with the former costing around $460 and the latter being $280.

For something a bit more affordable, I’d suggest Shimano’s Curado I Casting Reel which is only around $180. All three of these ones I’ve suggested have gotten good reviews and would be great gifts, but when it comes to reels, it might be worth doing your own research based on what the person you’re buying the gift for likes to fish.

9. Fishing Rods

Scott Fly Rods

My next suggestion would be a new fishing rod, which are usually quite a bit cheaper than a new reel. My first suggestion is the Seeker Bushido, which is top quality and costs a mere $100. For those with a lot more money to spend, I might suggest buying the Scott Radian 8’6″ 4-Weight Fly Rod. At $795, this all-purpose trout fishing rod is light and good for fishing at both short and long range. It’s also accurate and will set the line down almost exactly where you aim it every time.

Although both of these are good picks, like with the reels, you might want to do a little more research on your own based on the fishing habits of the person you’re buying for.

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8. Tackle Box

Moving on to something a bit cheaper, a new bait and tackle box is always a safe bet for anyone who enjoys fishing. They can range from the cheap to the expensive going anywhere from $20 to over $100. From experience, I can tell you that the more pricey ones are better designed to resist water and last longer as a result.

Other than that, there really isn’t much of a difference between the cheaper ones and the more expensive ones.

7. Outerwear

You wouldn’t think it, but the right outerwear can be a great gift for someone who likes to fish. When you’re sitting on the water for hours at a time, you’re going to want something comfortable, water resistant, and with a lot of pockets to hold all your supplies.

For that, a good suggestion might be the new Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot wader. Priced at $500, this wader is made out of a Gore-Tex five layer fabric and features a chest panel as well as many pockets for supplies. Really though, wader design hasn’t changed that much in years. The main difference between the old and the new is better fabric for water proofing and mobility. If you don’t want to shell out the big bucks for the newest, high-tech wader, you could always go with an older design for close to $60. A hat might also be nice as far as outerwear goes.

6. Sonar Module

For those with a more high-tech taste, a good addition to a fishing trip might be a sonar module. No, I’m not kidding. Sonar, the same thing used by the military to detect enemy submarines, is actually sold at a surprisingly affordable price for fishing purposes. Some of these devices are even compatible with GPS and mapping capabilities. For those who literally want to see the fish coming from a mile away, this is a great choice.

5. Livingston Lures


While we’re on the subject of high-tech fishing gifts, something that warrants mention is a new line of sound producing lures by Livingston. They’re lures that actually use sound to attract fish. By studying the sounds that bait fish make underwater, Livingston has actually made lures that trick fish into thinking the lure is prey.

Better yet, these lures are surprisingly affordable with some costing as low as $5. A set of these might just be the perfect fishing gift this Christmas.

4. Fishing Knives

Going from the high-tech to the low-tech, lets talk about fishing knives. Assuming the person you’re buying this stuff for enjoys cooking his own fish after catching them, a fish gutting knife is a great, moderately priced gift item. They range from a mere $30 for basic ones to $100 for the more fancy ones. Some of them even come with sheathes or carrying cases. Considering, gutting the fish is an essential task for cooking it, a knife is one of the more practical gifts you can buy.

3. Cooler


Speaking of practical gifts, another good idea might be a cooler. You need some place to keep your fish once you’ve caught them so getting a nice cooler or ice chest would be a good idea. Using a normal ice chest is probably the cheapest option while dedicated fishing coolers can range anywhere from $100 to $500 depending on the quality.

2. Time Spender

Most people wouldn’t think this, but any low activity recreational item could be a fishing gift. By this I mean things like iPads, portable music devices, or handheld video games. Fishing is an activity that’ll have you sitting still for a long periods of time. Anything that passes the time would be well appreciated.

1. Help and Guidance

Lastly, the best gift for the fisherman in your life is…you. When it comes to hobbies, there’s nothing better than being able to share them with the person you care about. Fishing is no different. My advice is to make time for you and the fishing enthusiast you know to get out there and start catching some fish.

Merry Christmas!

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