Searching for the perfect fishing gift? The In-Fisherman editors get to see hundreds of great new fishing products that would make great gifts, but have narrowed the search for you, here, with our 2015 Holiday Gifts For Anglers Guide.
— Costa del Mar scored with the Rooster, named for that eclectic member of the jack family. Their large frames and side shields block glare, while vents help prevent lens fogging. Frames are made of super-tough co-injected molded nylon, with sturdy hinges. The hypoallergenic rubberized interior lining and nose pad keep them comfortably in place. Available in an array of frame and lens colors in the company's patented color-enhancing polarized 580 lenses, $169.
Lazer Sharp Fillet Knife
— The Lazer Sharp Fillet Knife is made of stay-sharp stainless steel and features a rubber, slip-resistant grip. The magnetic sheath contains two sharpeners, for coarse and fine work, $22.99 and $24.99.
— The Frabill Stow Series raingear is superbly packable, folding up into the left pocket of the jacket or pants. The outer shell is of Nylon ripstop fabric over a waterproof membrane that's sealed with 3M Scotchgard. An adjustable hood and reinforced brim increase comfort of protection, $64.99 to $364.99.
FG1 Rain Jacket
— Gill has turned attention to fishing, with a variety of top products. Their FG rain Jacket is breathable, durable, and waterproof, and its Vortex Hood causes air to flow around the hood through a dedicated channel and out through collar vents. This eliminates the nagging and pulling effect felt at high speed, while keeping it tightly in place, $99.95.
Pro Magnesium Speed Spool
— Lew's Pro Magnesium Speed Spool baitcasters are designed to be lighter, faster, and stronger, with a one-piece magnesium frame, aircraft-grade Duralumin spool, and new brass gears packed into a 5.3-ounce package. A carbon-fiber handle provides comfort, while a Speed Dial Line Indicator indicates line test and type, and a Speed Keeper Hook Keeper holds hooks out of the way, $279.99.
— The G. Loomis E6X Series has 32 bass actions as well as inshore and steelhead models. Engineers have focused on the concept of 'swing weight ' to create the proper balance needed for tip-up techniques like jigging, soft jerkbaits, or drop-shot rigs, and tip-down presentations, such as crankbaits and swimbaits. Their Multi-Taper Technology accomplishes this, yielding light and sensitive rods that also pack power, at a price far lower than previous Loomis releases, $179.99 to $199.99.
Clash Spinning Reel
— The Penn Clash spinning reel boasts a CNC gear technology system, precision-built main gear and pinion for smooth operation in tough saltwater conditions. The sealed drag system is protected from corrosion and has a wave spring instead of the traditional coil spring, $179.95.
— Plano engineers took a new tack with the A--Series QuickTop Tackle Bags, a hybrid of soft and hard designs, accommodating 3600 and 3700 boxes in a variety of sizes and configurations. The QuickTop gives easy access but safe storage for cell phones, while a rugged waterproof base keeps tackle up and out of harm's way, $69.99 to $79.99.
— Abu Garcia's new Revo MGX spinning reel is the top dog of the Revo clan, with Carbon Matrix Drag, C6 Carbon body and rotor, and X-Mag Gear Box. It makes a handsome, light, and durable package. Among baitcasters, Revo Toro Beast is retooled to increase cranking power and line capacity to conquer the toughest fish in freshwater or salt. The Power Stack Carbon Matrix Drag allows immediate adjustments in the heat of battle, a unique feature among such reels. Aircraft-grade aluminum reduces weight, while its Duregear system, large EVA handle knobs, and 15 pound max drag complete the package, $299.
— The RinseKit is a slick tool to rinse tackle, boats and motors, waders, and more, removing grime, mud, and invasive species. It's a portable, pressurized freshwater source that's refilled with a Remove Refill Accessory or at a spigot, and needs no batteries, $90.
Rack 'em Up Rod Rack
— KastKing Rack 'em Up Rod Racks are versatile, cushioned racks that hold from 9 to 24 rods. Efficient designs hold big saltwater rods, too, and the carrying handle is neat, $76.98.
— The Stradic C3000HG-K spinning reel, built with the 'Hagane ' design concept. The Japanese term refers to toughness and durability, based on a cold-forged drive gear, large, precision-cut gears, and a Hagane body, built for rigidity and impact resistance, $199.99 to $229.99.
Storm Covert Pants
— Under Armour's entry into the fishing industry won fans, with their Storm Covert Pants. The Storm Technology involves a breathable DWR finish to repel water, keeping the wearer dry and the garment light, $79.99.
— WileyX brought several new styles, including the Tide, in the company's Climate Control Series, with removable Facial Cavity Seals that block wind, dust, and peripheral light. Available in colors for various fishing conditions, including a new gold mirror lens, $150.
— YETI's Hopper 20 is a portable cooler that easily fits in onboard storage areas, while offering durable construction to withstand the toughest fishing conditions, while delivering chilled drinks and food. D-Ring Tie-Downs allow attachment to kayaks or ATVs and a skid-proof bottom keeps it stable. A HydroLok waterproof zipper eliminates leaks, $299.99.
— The Session camera is 50-percent smaller and 40-percent lighter than GoPro's other HERO4 cameras. It features their tall perspective SuperView that allows users to easily capture both the subject and the surrounding scene. It automatically adjusts frame rates according to lighting conditions for enhanced low-light performance. The Session can also take still photos, racking up 10 images per second — perfect for fast-action photography, $299.99.
— Now, get the technology you want in a compact, lightweight and rechargeable design. Featuring our German-engineered OPTISENSE Technology™, the SEO 7R will sense the light level in your surrounding area and will adjust its brightness automatically to save battery life and give you light when you need it, without taking your hands from your task. A red LED preserves your night vision and helps to make sure you stay safe while enjoying the activities you love. Get it all with the SEO 7R, $90.
— The Huk Puffer Jacket is built to keep the heat in and the cold out. Built with a durable nylon Cordura outer shell, a water repellent finish sheds light precipitation. It also features an elastic binding on the sleeve cuffs and an adjustable drawcord at the waist create a comfortable seal, $124.99.