It’s that time of year again. Time to buy your favorite angler a little something for Christmas. But anglers are surprisingly difficult to shop for. At first glance you probably think, I’ll just buy him some bass fishing gifts or something for fishing. But buying ‘something for fishing’ has a multi-billion dollar impact on our economy every year.
That’s a lot of somethings to choose from.
Sure, you could always go with a gift card. That’s pretty hard to beat actually. But if you’re one of those who likes to put a little more thought into it, I’ve compiled a list of 5 bass fishing gifts ranging from a $5 budget to a $100 budget. These are either products that I’ve used personally or they’re products that I have been recommended to try by friends that I trust in fully.
Here are my picks to help you narrow the search this holiday season.
Bass Fishing Gifts: $100 Budget
I have used this reel or its predecessor for several years now. Every year or two, Lew’s tweaks this model slightly and re-issues a new version of it, always keeping it at the $99.99 price point. And each time it gets a little lighter and a little stronger.
This is the primary reel in my arsenal that I use for 70% of my fishing. For heavy braid applications like frogging and punching, I’ll step up to a Lew’s Super Duty for around $180. But for every other baitcaster application, I prefer the LFS.
If you have an angler in your life that you’re looking to spend $100 on, this reel is hard to beat. I’ve fished with reels from a lot of other companies over the years and have never found one in the $100 range that compares. There will be a few different gear ratios to choose from, go with the SS1SHA (right-hand model) or SS1SHLA (left-hand model). These are both 7.5:1 gear ratio which is the best all-around reel in my opinion.
Bass Fishing Gifts: $50 Budget
This bait actually comes in under budget if you have $50 to work with. And compared to other glide baits, the Arashi Glide is a steal. A lot of these style swimbaits range from $100 to $200 with several selling for even more.
Brandon Palaniuk spent 3 years designing this bait for Storm and its pretty awesome. I recently purchased a couple of these myself and I have thrown one around a bit. It’s a little too cold for this style of fishing right now, but the action is fantastic.
What’s cool about this gift idea is that you can open up a whole new genre of fishing to the angler in your life. For years, a lot of people didn’t throw big swimbaits like this because they didn’t want to gamble $200 on a single bait to try out a new technique. But I can say from experience, getting a big bite on a big bait like this is well worth it. The good news is, now you can find out for only $37.99.
Bass Fishing Gifts: $20 Budget
This product comes in a little over budget for the angler you’re looking to spend $20 on, but it’s likely worth the couple extra bucks. Bass Mafia has been producing top of the line tackle storage systems for a few years now. They offer very high-end specialty boxes for things like deep diving crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and terminal tackle that sell for $40 to $60.
I have personally invested in a couple of these boxes. Though they are pricy, they do a very good job of protecting and organizing hundreds of dollars worth of baits that would be a jumbled up rusty mess in boxes I’ve used in the past.
But I’ve never considered converting all of my tackle boxes over to Bass Mafia because the expense would be enormous, until now.
The 3700 Deep 2.0 is new, and though I don’t have any yet personally, they look solid and I know they’re made by a company that knows what they’re doing. At 4-inches deep, you could store almost anything in them and they have a watertight seal like their higher-end boxes. They also boast 20% thicker walls than a lot of the competition.
All in all, this is a pretty safe bet and a gift any angler would be excited to receive.
Bass Fishing Gifts: $10 Budget
Here’s another product I haven’t personally used yet but one that I feel very comfortable recommending. One of the greatest spinnerbait fishermen out there designed it, Jason Christy, and one of the best fishermen I know personally, Tom Frink, recommenced it.
Frink, a buddy of mine since the college fishing days, back when he won a National Championship on Lake Chatuge, is a stickler for detail. He recommended this bait to me. I asked how he liked the hook and he said, “The first bite I got on it I boat flipped a 5-pounder and didn’t even have to fix the wire.”
For those of you unfamiliar with fishing, that’s pretty impressive. For the rest of you, you can see why this bait made the list for under $10.
Bass Fishing Gifts: $5 Budget
Here’s a stocking stuffer that is a little something different. Most hard baits carry a couple of treble hooks, but now we can add a little flash to those baits by swapping out the standard treble hooks for these bladed bad boys.
I’m unsure yet whether this product is going to be better at catching fish or fishermen, but it is something that conceptually makes a lot of sense to me and the product won Best of Show for terminal tackle at ICAST this year. So, for $6.29 it’s worth a try and definitely something interesting to find in your stocking.
Bass Fishing Gifts: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer
As a final note, don’t forget the ANGLR Bullseye, another great stocking stuffer for any angler. By pairing the Bullseye with the free ANGLR app, you open up a wide arrange of additional capabilities accessible by the remote click of a button. For more on the ANGLR Bullseye, click here.
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