2019 In-Fisherman Holiday Gift Guide
November 15, 2019
Beat the heat in this lightweight, breathable long-sleeve men’s UPF shirt, which offers superior SunSmart protection from the sun’s harmful rays. The wrinkle-resistant and moisture-wicking fabric keeps you cool and comfortable. L.L.Bean
The new Costa Diego frame is the most feature-laden, highly engineered performance sunglasses Costa Del Mar has ever produced. They feature an innovative vented spring hinge system to maximize airflow and enhance fit, plus sweat management channels that wick away moisture to cool and ensure all-day comfort. Costa color-enhancing 580® lens technology provides 100 percent UV protection and polarization. The specialty lens technology also filters out harsh yellow light for superior contrast and definition while absorbing high-energy blue light to cut haze and enhance sharpness. The shades also have a flexible, strap ready temple tips, and top and side shield details to eliminate light leak. $199 to $279 depending on lens selection. CostaSunglasses.com
Yeti Hopper M30
We cannot envision any scenario where the magnet closure on the new Yeti Hopper M30 will ever fail you. Yeti re-engineered the opening to offer a wide mouth for easy loading and unloading. It nearly closes on its own with their HydroShield Technology—a strip of ultra-strong magnets—then is secured with two Quick-Release Buckles to ensure it can withstand being tossed around. The design is incredibly dependable, waterproof, and easy to use. $300. YETI.com
StrikeMaster Lithium 40V Auger
The StrikeMaster Lithium 40v combines ice auger experience with leading edge design and power engineering. Its 40-volt, 5-amp hour lithium ion battery powers an electric DC brushless motor for reliable, constant speed and torque. A planetary gear system provides lightweight durability and high-power density for unmatched performance. Innovative high performance cutting via the legendary StrikeMaster. Lazer blades provide the fastest cutting edge, period. Custom impact-resistant handles with ergonomically placed opposing deadman/power switch and built-in LED lights. Forward/reverse control runs in forward for cutting and reverse to flush slush from hole. The 2-amp rapid charge battery charging station charges battery back to full charge in 2-1/2 hours. Available in 8” and 10” Drill. $549.99, rapala.com
Filson Ultralight Hooded Jacket
Made with a 1.4 ounce Cordura ripstop nylon shell and insulated with 60g PrimaLoft Gold, the Filson Ultra-Light Hooded Jacket is highly packable and surprisingly warm—made to be worn solo or as an insulating mid-layer in colder temperatures. Because PrimaLoft Gold retains 98-percent of its warmth when wet, it boasts unmatched versatility in any weather. The full-length zipper has a zipper garage, so it’s comfortable when zipped to the chin. The elastic cuffs and drawcord-adjustable hood and hem ensure a snug fit that seals in warmth, and zippered, Moleskin-lined handwarmer pockets add even more warmth and comfort. $225, filson.com
Ulterra with Built-In MEGA Side Imaging
The Ulterra from Minn Kota features auto stow/deploy and power trim, allowing anglers to precisely control their motor with unrivaled ease. Humminbird’s ultra-clear MEGA Imaging is the first Down and Side Imaging technology to enter the megahertz range with performance that’s nearly three times greater than traditional 455 kHz frequencies. With Built-In MEGA Side Imaging, the transducer is housed in the motor’s lower unit, and the wiring runs through the indestructible composite shaft providing clean rigging that is protected from damage over time. In addition, having the transducer integrated into the trolling motors allows anglers to see what is directly below the bow and to the side of the boat, rather than the transom, meaning anglers can make better-informed decisions in real-time.
Bubba Lithium Ion Electric
The Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Fillet Knife is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in your hand. It features our iconic non-slip grip handle and boasts the longest run time of any electric fillet knife on the market. The thoroughly engineered ventilation system has been designed to maximize motor transmission output, giving you an incredible amount of torque. The included blades are constructed out of high carbon stainless steel and coated with titanium nitride, making them extremely corrosion resistant. Also, incorporated is a safety lock and trigger guard for ultimate security. The electric fillet knife comes in a premium EVA molded carrying case, which allows you to break apart the storage units for easy cleaning. This knife contains a secondary replacement battery, charging cord, and all batteries include a battery life indicator. $159.95, bubbablade.com
ICE HELIX 7 G3N All Season
The ICE HELIX 7 CHIRP GPS G3N All Season unit gives ice anglers more mapping power than ever before by introducing AutoChart Live Ice. This new technology provides anglers the ability to quickly create a custom depth contour map on ice, for the first time, and eliminates the guesswork of finding a fishing spot. Additional features include Humminbird’s Dual Spectrum CHIRP sonar, providing the detail needed for finesse ice presentations, with target separation down to 3/4", CHIRP Interference Rejection to remove noise from nearby flashers, new Jig Charge Mode, and an internal GPS with microSD card slot for LakeMaster® map use. Also, the ICE HELIX 7 CHIRP GPS G3N All Season model comes with everything needed for use on a boat or portable applications right in the box, including a transom mount CHIRP transducer, optional transducer suction cup mount, power cable, and fish finder mounting bracket. humminbird.com
Updated onX App
Anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike can use their mobile phones as a GPS, tracking their movements, delving through different topographic maps with unique applications for hunting, fishing, hiking, and more. The maps, which encompass 985 million acres of public land and more than 121 million private properties, are accessible via a membership or can be used on a traditional GPS device with a purchased, pre-loaded chip. App features include public/private boundaries, a Wind & Weather feature, Offline Mode, a Historic Wildfire Layer, Shareable Markups, Photo Waypoints, and the ability to sync data across desktop, tablets, and mobile. The new Sharing feature allows you to share all onX Markup types (Waypoints, Lines, Shapes, and Tracks) with friends. All the Markup content is included in the share (name, notes, color, and more), allowing you to share notes and locations with buddies in the field easily. And, should you change your mind about sharing particular information, you can unshare the Markup as well, deleting it from the shared accounts while maintaining the Markup in your account. Prices: Premium Membership – $29.99 per year; Elite Membership – $99.99 per year, onxmaps.com
ECHOMAP UHD series
The 6-, 7- and 9-inch Garmin ECHOMAP UHD series chartplotters are preloaded with highly detailed LakeVü g3 inland maps with Navionics data and include Quickdraw Contours map drawing software. The ECHOMAP UHD “sv” combos are available with 7- and 9-inch keyed-assist touchscreen displays and include a transducer for high-wide CHIRP, Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonar. The 7-and 9-inch models support the Panoptix LiveScope System, and all models have built-in Wi-Fi to pair with the free ActiveCaptain app for access to OneChart to purchase and download new charts, smart notifications, software updates, Garmin QuickDraw Community data and more. The ECHOMAP UHD 7- and 9-inch combos are also compatible with the Garmin Force trolling motor for full control of the motor from the chartplotter screen, including the ability to route to waypoints, follow tracks and more. $499.99 to $1149.99, garmin.com
Long Snip Cheaters
The 3X-magnification lens and LED Light on the Boomerang Long Snip Cheaters make working with tiny tackle a breeze. A 36-inch retractable tether keeps the tool close at hand. The lens holds in various positions and stores out of the way. Cuts 50-pound braid, mono, and fluorocarbon lines—$21.99 (no light), $24.99 with light, boomerangtool.com
Combo Portable Charger
JumpSmart Portable Vehicle Jump Starter is a combo starter/1,100-lumen LED flashlight and power bank with a 37,000-mWh Lithium polymer battery with peak current of 400 amps. Powerful enough to jump start up to 8-cylinder 5-L engines and works on boats, ATVs, and more. Also charges USB devices, including phones and tablets—$119.99, limitlessinnovations.com
XTRATUF, famous for deck boots and other marine footwear, has lowered the line on their popular ankle deck boots to create a Men’s Waterproof Slip-On Deck Shoe, that’s waterproof (neoprene and rubber upper) and comfortable, with a slip-resistant chevron outsole. A unique liner keeps feet cool and dry. Weighing about 1.9 pounds—$85, xtratuf.com
Custom Bearings for Long Casts
The Abu Garcia Revo EXD casting reel features 11 high-performance bearings, including two custom EXD bearings on the spool shaft, in conjunction with a lighter-weight finesse spool that provides less start-up inertia, which means longer casts. Available in 5.4:1 and 8:1 gear ratios, the reel retails for $299.95. Check many more details at abugarcia.com.
Ice Rod Perfection
Fine-tuned and super sensitive, with exclusive Syncork handles that are lighter, stronger, less slippery, and more comfortable to handle than cork, the Elliott Rods Rippineyes measures 32 inches and is a solid carbon fiber design, medium-heavy power with a fast action to handle walleye fishing with lures in the Rippin’ Rap and Jigging Rap categories. Check eight other ice-rod options by noted rod designer Gregg Thorne and brother Paul, who started the graphite and glass ice-rod revolution in the 1980s—for stores and rod info, visit twobrothersinnovations.com.
A revolution in tackle box storage, four different Plano EDGE boxes are built for storage in standard, thin, or deep-box configurations. Additional boxes are designed for specific lure styles, such as spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Super sturdy, with clear lids, Rustrictor infusion to eliminate rust, and many more features, including a Water Wick system for water absorption—check pricing and more at planomolding.com.
Primer Shirt Plus Men’s
The Mobile Warming® Bluetooth®-enabled Primer Plus heated baselayer shirt offers light-weight performance and an integrated Far-Infrared heating system. The Primer baselayer delivers 7.4-volts of instant heat for hours through our exclusive Bluetooth®-enabled built-in touch control button. Use the free MW Connect™app to adjust the temperature or check battery levels. Choose from 4 heat settings to keep you warm and comfortable for hours. Its moisture-wicking, warmth, and stretch features make it a versatile baselayer in the winter, or a standalone shirt during outdoor activities in the Spring and Fall. It’s made from a four-way stretch anti-microbial polyester-spandex blend that provides a comfortable next-to-skin feel. Temperatures ranging from 135°F on high to 90°F on low. On high, expect 2.5 hours of heat, and on low, the Primer Plus can provide heat for up to 10 hours. $159.99, mobilewarming.com
Shimano Controlled Casting
Shimano SLX DC150 baitcasting reels offer I-DC4 digital-control technology relying on a microcomputer to control brake force throughout each cast. Right- and left-handed low-profile reels are available in gear ratios of 6.2:1, 7.4:1, and 8.5:1. Check more features and pricing at shimano.com.