Been good this year?Â Okay, well do you know any anglers who have been good? Â Then here are my personal recommendations for gift ideas.
Even for the crappie angler who thinks he/she knows it all (a-hem), there are enough hints, tips, and reminders in Keith Suttonâ€™s â€śThe Crappie Fishing Handbookâ€ťÂ to make this worthy of any fishermanâ€™s library.
With its beautiful photos, Pete McDonaldâ€™s fly fishing book on Atlantic migration, â€śThe Blitz,â€ť is a slick coffee table compliment and interesting read about fishing on the east coast.
Underwater photographer Eric Engbretson offers a calendar with a unique perspective. Â These fish of northern lakes are caught on camera in their natural habitat, not hooked.
Blogger Owl Jones creates some sharp topwater lures. His Zazzy Poppers are more than eye-candy to bass, sunfish, and stripers. My largest hybrid sunfish was caught on a bright â€śTraditionalâ€ť Zazzy model.
In a plastic world, Stanford Cedar Lures are refreshingly unique. â€ťHand tuned by Dieter Stanford himself,â€ť the craftsmanship is impressive, and most importantly, they catch fish.
I donâ€™t know how I ever managed to get along without organizing a handful of my next â€śgo toâ€ť lures on the magnetic Â Gear Grabbar. Â Sure beats having the lures on the seat beside you, standing to land a fish, and then accidentally sitting on all of them.
Or if you canâ€™t decide on one item, Fishy Gifts has gift baskets that are sure to put a smile on an angler big enough to rival any basket of cheese, sausage, and chocolate.
These small businesses offer just some of the products Iâ€™ve purchased/tested this year. Â There are many other great gift options out there. Â Hopefully these suggestions will mean less time shopping and more time fishing.