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Ohio Bass Fishing Wish List

Ohio is a brilliant state for fishing all year round, from bluegill ice fishing in the winter to rainbow trout in the fall, channel catfish in the summer to walleye in the spring, and Lake Erie yellow perch throughout the entire calendar year. Still, in the fishing world, a state's fishing scene is measured in its preponderance of bass, and Ohio offers respectable opportunities for catching largemouth specimens toward the end of every summer or the beginning of the fall.

The Ohio River has even played host to the world-renowned Bassmaster Classic a number of times, making it a destination for anglers looking to test their skills against the statistics of the pros.

If you are shopping for an Ohio outdoorsman or woman this holiday season, chances are pretty good that they have tried their hand at bass fishing on a number of occasions, and the following guide is designed to walk you through the gifts that can help to turn them from hobbyists to champions.

Simms ProDry GORE-TEX Fishing Jacket ($499.99): In Ohio and the rest of the Great Lakes states, no one never quite knows what the weather is going to look like. Since fall fishing days can easily range from sunny conditions and 70-degree temperatures to clouds, rain, and bitter cold, a good fishing jacket is a must for an Ohio bass fisherman. This Simms ProDry jacket is pricy, but comfortable, watertight, windproof, and warm. In other words, it's perfect for the job.

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Clam Corp IceArmor Outdoor Gloves for Men ($16.99): In the same vein as the jacket, it is key for a bass angler to have a durable, flexible, and warm pair of gloves. These Clam Corp gloves fill the void, with a flexible neoprene design and palm and fingertip reinforcements designed to add extra warmth and grip.

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Bass Pro Shops Digital Fish Scale with Culling System ($39.99): One of the most fun things about fishing in a spot like the Ohio River, where the greats have worked their magic in the Bassmaster Classic, is to keep track of your own weight total throughout a day of fishing to see how you measure up to the best of the best. With this digital scale, Ohio anglers can weigh their bass and store up to nine previous weights in the device's memory.

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Abu Garcia Ambassadeur SX Baitcast Reel ($79.99): While Ohio is a great place for bass fishing, the state's angling opportunities are actually quite versatile. As such an Ohio bass angler will want a reel capable of bringing in all variety of fish species, and the Abu Garcia Ambassadeur SX can do the job quite nicely. Abu Garcia says this reel is ideal for everything "from bass to striper, catfish to redfish."

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Bass Pro Shops Line Conditioner ($6.99): Reels, scales, and jackets are all great gift ideas, but if you are working on a shoestring budget, then a bottle of Bass Pro Shops line conditioner can work as a nice stocking stuffer. Used for improved casting distance, reduced line backlash and memory, and protection against ultraviolet light and water minerals, line conditioner can help double the life of virtually any fishing line - saving the angler in your life a nice chunk of change in the long run.

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Ohio Bass Fishing Wish List