Industry experts say the coronavirus pandemic has created some 10 million new anglers in the United States this year. That means Santa – and folks like you – have even more anglers on this year’s holiday shopping list. Here are our top choices for can’t-miss fishing gifts this season.
Raymarine Axiom+ MFD
The successor to Raymarine’s award-winning Axiom® line of touch-control multifunction displays, next-generation Axiom+ MFDs take everything anglers love about Axiom and elevates the user experience with a brighter screen, greater accuracy, enhanced impact resistance, more precise control, and even more storage. Four built-in sonar channels including CHIRP sonar, DownVision, SideVision and RealVision 3D deliver comprehensive views of the underwater world from a single all-in-one transducer. Axiom+ is compatible with Navionics, C-MAP and LightHouse Charts, the latter of which provides enhanced fishing intelligence and functionality via Fishing Hot Spots® mapping and Fishidy Sync. Built for expansion, ethernet networking capability makes it easy to connect Axiom+ with engine sensors and other Raymarine partner technologies, other Axiom displays, or other Raymarine electronics. Axiom+ starts at $749 and is available from Raymarine dealers worldwide. All Axiom+ models are backed by Raymarine’s industry-leading 3-year warranty. Learn more at raymarine.com.
Northland Fishing Tackle Rattlin’ Puppet Minnow
New for 2020, the Northland Fishing Tackle Rattlin’ Puppet Minnow brings the noise with a glass rattle and acoustics that carry far through the water, while retaining the famous action of the original Puppet Minnow, darting and swimming like a dying minnow to trigger predatory reaction strikes. Its heavy zinc frame fishes with excellence while vertically jigged or when casted, making it a highly versatile choice for multiple species on the ice or open water. The Rattlin’ Puppet Minnow features both a treble hook and a wide-gap back hook for better hooksets and retention throughout the fight. Whether ice or open water, these changes to the hook framework are sure to result in more solid hookups and fish landed. The ¼-oz. Rattlin’ Puppet Minnow is available in 12 fish-catching UV and non-UV colors choices and retails for $7.99. Learn more at northlandtackle.com.
OZ NFuse Ozone Sprayer
The OZ NFuse Ozone Sprayer injects ozone molecules directly into ordinary water, transforming it into a powerful and highly economical means of destroying odors and bacteria through oxidation. Ideal for removing funky or fishy odors from fabrics, as well as bacteria and viruses from surfaces, the OZ NFuse Ozone Sprayer has been proven to reduce bacteria up to 99.9% at an accredited and independent 3rd party laboratory. The OZ NFuse Ozone Sprayer’s InfiniCote 360™ nozzle provides a generous coverage area with increased control and can even be used upside down. The fine liquid mist produced contains ozonated water, which immediately goes to work destroying odor-causing bacteria and other various microorganisms on fabrics, in livewells, coolers, fish boxes, bait-storage containers, on deck carpets, cutting boards, countertops and other food-prep surfaces at home. The OZ NFuse Ozone Sprayer delivers a renewable supply of completely organic, odor-destroying disinfecting spray. And because it uses no harmful chemicals and replaces multiple plastic bottles of conventional disinfecting spray, it’s also good for the environment. MSRP: $129.99. https://www.scentlok.com/nfuse-ozone-sprayer.
Daiwa Tackle Barn
Anglers already have a lot of great stuff. Give them an equally great place to store it all with Daiwa’s innovative Tackle Barn. The Tackle Barn’s brilliant topside gullwing doors give the bag a clever barn shape, which allows tackle utility boxes to be quickly and easily pulled out, swapped, and returned faster and more organized than recipe cards. The Tackle Barn’s durability and stormproof properties extend from the ground up. Its waterproof base is specially reinforced to withstand real-life handling, splashes and wet decks, always keeping contents dry. Shockingly spacious, the Tackle Barn comes complete with four Daiwa 370 utility boxes and four 360 utility boxes, and will accommodate another four 370 or 360 size boxes. Despite its cavernous size, the Tackle Barn easily stows under most boat consoles. Other ingenious features include a built-in, retractable leader spool wheel, durable sunglasses holder, beverage holder, and water-resistant tool and cell phone pouches, which open and close with #8 and #10 nylon zippers for a long, rustproof life. MSRP is $199.99. Learn more at https://daiwaproductshowcase.com/products/tackle-barn.
Z-Man SlingBladeZ™ Spinnerbait
Z-Man consulted with expert metallurgists to construct the SlingBladeZ Spinnerbait with high-grade 17-7 stainless steel wire, delivering superior reverberation, strength and resiliency. Riding on the SlingBladeZ’s trademarked low-vis LiveWire frame, blades are stamped from custom dies and electroplated with a flashy, jeweler-quality finish. The blades offer a lower-frequency pitch that bass hear best, vibrating harder and swinging wider on the retrieve. Z-Man’s StabiliTrack head channels water across the underside of the bait and along special side flanges for total stability at all retrieve speeds. The lure is finished with a 5/0 VMC O’Shaughnessy hook for improved hooksets and a wire trailer keeper. A 100-percent silicone skirt adheres tightly to the lure’s head with hand-tied copper wire for superior durability and longevity. Offered in double-willow leaf or tandem willow-Colorado blades and 3/8- and in ½-ounce and ¾-ounce sizes, each is available in eight dynamic color patterns. MSRP $7.99 or $8.99. https://zmanfishing.com/cms/products/spinners/
New St. Croix Triumph Travel Rod
Give the traveling angler on your list the gift of packable St. Croix performance! All-new St. Croix Triumph travel rods feature premium-quality SCII carbon, slim-profile ferules, premium-grade cork handles and Sea Guide Atlas Performance slim aluminum oxide guides. Flawlessly finished in a striking new Deep Run Blue color, four-piece Triumph Travel spinning rods range in length from 5’6” to 6’6” and cover ultra-light to medium-heavy powers to do battle with a wide variety of gamefish. Each fast-action Triumph Travel rod comes with a sturdy, padded nylon travel case and carries a 5-year warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service. Retail prices range from $140 to $150. https://stcroixrods.com/collections/freshwater/products/triumph®-travel-spinning-rods-2020
Upgraded with Glide Technology and Kick-Up Fins that automatically retract when they come into contact with an obstacle, the new Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 takes anglers anywhere they want to go with ease and world-class authority, from inland waters to the saltwater flats. Powered by Hobie’s famous MirageDrive, the Mirage Passport 10.5 is a highly manageable pedal kayak with serious fishing features like molded in rod holders, dual mounting tracks to keep accessories within reach, an 8” Twist-n-Seal Hatch to keep gear dry, and an easy-to-use steering system. Fully compatible with the vast line of Hobie fishing accessories, the easy-to-own Mirage Passport 10.5 allows anglers to access productive fishing waters unavailable to shore anglers or those in larger boats. MSRP is just $1,499. Learn more at hobie.com/kayaks.
Bagley Pro Sunny B Crankbait
An ideal stocking stuffer, the Bagley Pro Sunny B was designed to put a larger “pro-sized” fast-action balsa wood bait in the hands of anglers. The three-inch half-ounce squarebill Bagley Pro Sunny B is a precision weighted lure that casts easily and gets to a consistent 5-6 foot running depth every time. It has a higher body profile with tremendous buoyancy and a deliberately designed tighter action for when fish are more docile. The Pro Sunny B is the perfect cross between a round and flat-sided crankbait to produce this tight action. It’s equipped with a square lip, allowing it to work in the heavy cover and around laydowns where big bass tend to hang out. The Pro Sunny B is manufactured with Bagley’s exclusive Heat Compression Molding (HCM) process – a technological advancement in producing high-quality balsa lures – which allows for a welded through-wire design, delivering greater lure strength and durability. The HCM process also allows for precise internal weighting that results in easy, far casting and perfectly running baits, every time. Available in seven colors, MSRP is $9.99. Learn more at bagleybait.com.
Aqua-Vu micro Revolution 5.0
The ultimate in user-friendly underwater viewing, the Aqua-Vu micro Revolution 5.0 adds an industry-exclusive Integrated Camera Reel System (patent pending), providing effortless camera deployment and retrieval. An extra-bright 5” high resolution LCD is easy to read on bright, sunny conditions; the only (IP67 rated) completely waterproof monitor available for peace of mind and all-weather performance. MSRP is $369.99. Learn more at https://www.aquavu.com/AV-Micro-Revolution-5.0.
Aqua-Vu Mo-Pod 3
The Motorized Ice Pod 3 holds your underwater camera stable at any depth, and allows you to rotate the camera with a wireless remote control to follow the action or locate your lure. Fits ice fishing holes up to 15” diameter. Operates on 2 AA batteries (not included). MSRP is $59.99. Learn more at https://www.aquavu.com/Aqua-Vu-Mo-Pod-3
Daiwa Laguna LT Reel
Daiwa’s Laguna LT spinning reel is built for anglers seeking high levels of performance and value. Abbreviated “LT” for “light” and “tough”, Laguna LT is available in six sizes – from a pocket-sized 1000 model for panfish and smaller freshwater fish to the Laguna LT5000-C, which fits the bill for inshore saltwater applications and larger freshwater pursuits. The reels feature a carbon frame, ABS aluminum spool, and DIGIGEAR® technology, which means machined, digitally cut gears that are polished to increase smoothness and gear meshing. Daiwa’s Laguna LT is designed with an Air Rotor System that improves balance and reduces rotor weight by 15%, while a 3+1 bearing system provides silky smooth performance. Considerably more resistant to wear than similarly priced reels, the new Laguna LT family is also lighter than earlier models with distinctive charcoal, gold and silver aesthetics that will look great on any fishing rod. Retail price is $39.99 – $49.99. Learn more at daiwa.com/us.
Blade baits are a top choice for wintertime fishing – for walleye and crappie on the ice, bass on the open waters of southern reservoirs, or numerous saltwater species up and down the coasts – but these versatile baits excel throughout the year. The Original SteelShad is the blade bait the anglers on your list want. Explore SteelShad’s Gift Guide for great deals on packages. Choose from a variety of strike-provoking colors including Silver, Gold, Trout, Firetiger, Red/Crawfish, Sexy Shad, Kentucky Shad, Original Tennessee Shad, White Shad, Yellow Shad and new glow patterns. New Mini-Series and Heavy-Series baits are also available. Learn more at steelshad.com.
XTRATUF 6” Ankle Deck Boots
These versatile 6” Ankle Deck Boots have been crafted specifically for sport and recreational fisherman. Anglers are athletes and they need proper footwear to help them perform at their best. Available in a wide variety of colors for both men and women, the 6” Ankle Deck Boot pairs a lightweight silhouette with the same non-marking, slip resistant Chevron outsole as the iconic XTRATUF Legacy Boot, worn by commercial fisherman in Alaska. This versatile and comfortable footwear combines protection from wet surfaces with slip-on-and-go convenience that can be worn on or off the boat with 100% waterproof protection. The interior boasts a highly durable fabric that allows the foot to breath for long days on the water. Retail price is $95 to $125. Learn more and order at xtratuf.com.
Z-Man Bait LockerZ™
Constructed from durable 600 denier waterproof fabbric, the oversized Bait LockerZ offers ample room to house over 50 packages of ElaZtech® softbaits. Adjustable dividers isolate bait types and file packages upright and securely. Top flaps with magnetic closures prevent the lid from blowing open while locking water out. Interior clear storage compartments with hook-and-loop closures grant additional jighead, hook and lure storage. An exterior mesh pocket holds larger items like tools and leader spools. A rugged rubberized base prevents deck slippage. For easy transport, the Bait LockerZ features a lid handle and nylon shoulder strap. The LockerZ is totally metal free, ensuring zero issues with rust or corrosion. MSRP $59.99. https://zmanfishing.com/cms/products/bait_lockerz/
J-Braid x8 Line
Anglers appreciate having the best fishing line, but – as with a good pair of socks – don’t always look forward to buying it. Here’s your chance to be a hero: J-Braid x8 line is a high quality 8 carrier braid made of the finest materials from Japan. 8 Strands of tightly woven fibers make for a perfectly round profile. The result is a much stronger, softer and smoother line that is more sensitive and farther casting. Available in four color choices and a variety of spool sizes in 6- to 120-lb test, J-Braid is one of the best quality and value braided lines on the market. Pick up a 165-yard spool of 8-lb J-Braid x8 line in chartreuse for about $15. Learn more at daiwa.com/us.
Want to coax a loved one into a visit? Buy them a fishing license in your state! Each state has their own regulations and offers daily, short-term, annual or lifetime licenses. In addition to being required to fish, fishing licenses also financially support fisheries research and management, as well as wildlife law enforcement in the state where they’re sold. Even if the anglers on your list don’t make a visit, they will appreciate knowing that your gift of a fishing license is helping to support fisheries management across your state in their name. Visit the link below and click on your state to find out where and how to buy a fishing license. https://www.takemefishing.org/get-a-fishing-license/