Great Gifts For Fishermen.
Take it from someone who could assemble an outfit where every component has an embroidered fish on it—good fishing gifts are precious, rare things. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best fishing-themed gifts available for Northeast anglers who fish small ponds for bass, go surfcasting for stripers, or troll offshore for tuna.
We started by asking everyone here in the On The Water office: What are the best gifts you’ve received, and what is on your wish list for this year? To round things out, we asked our advertising partners to recommend a few more gift ideas, and then sorted the list by type of angler.
We hope that you’ll find the perfect gift ideas for your fishing buddies and a few for yourself.
Gifts for the Striper Fisherman
Penn Battle III Combo
A full metal body, smooth but strong carbon-fiber drag system, and heavy-duty main gear means this reel is ready for anything the striper season has in store. The Penn Battle III Combo is available with a rugged spinning rod, anglers can choose a durable combo that best fits how they fish from the beach, boat, or backwaters.
Grundens 12-inch Deck Boss
The mid-range height makes this an all-season deck boot, suitable for spring, summer, fall, and holdover striper fishing. Razor siping keeps the Grundens 12-inch Deck Boss boot grippy on wet decks, a thick insole provides shock-absorption in big seas, and an anti-microbial cooling liner keeps feet comfortable while cutting odors.
Gerber Magniplier Salt
The ergonomic trigger grip of the Gerber Magniplier Salt is offset to keep the line of sight in tight places, while the finger choil offers maximum control in these saltwater-tough pliers.
Hyperlastics Sandyll Pro
Made from tear-resistant, bite-resistant soft-plastic material, this sand-eel-style swimbait can be cast and retrieved or jigged to provide an enticing tail-kicking action. The Hyperlastics Sandyll Pro‘s heavy-duty inverse-curve hook ensures even the biggest bass can’t bend it out.
Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook, Inline Point Value Pack
With non-offset circle-hook mandates going coastwide for striper fishing next season, fishermen will need a reliable hook when using eels, clams, bunker, and mackerel. The Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook Inline Point conforms to the new regulations while featuring a needle-sharp point and striper-strong construction. The new 25-hook value pack will set a striper fisherman up for the season.
Drifter Tackle Doc Live Image
From the surf to the three-mile line, from Jersey to Maine, the Drifter Tackle Doc Live Image‘s’ loud-knocking, wide-walking topwater plug brings bass to the surface. New styles include lifelike baitfish patterns, including bunker, sea herring, mackerel, and alewife.
Grundens BuoyX Jacket and Bib
With 3-layer fabric construction, the Grundens BuoyX foul-weather suit delivers an incredibly durable outer layer without the burden of added bulkiness, keeping striper fishermen as comfortable in nasty weather as their favorite species.
Old Town Sportsman Autopilot 136
The Old Town Sportsman Autopilot 136 motorized kayak was designed to handle bigger water. It’s powered by a saltwater-ready, 45-pound thrust, 12-volt Minn Kota tTrolling motor capable of using Spot Lock technology to hold the kayak in place without using an anchor.
Rapala X-Rap Magnum XRMAG 30
A large diving lip takes the Rapala X-Rap Magnum XRMAG 30 minnow plug down to 30 feet, where big, migrating stripers swim. A textured translucent body, internal holographic foil, and 3D holographic eyes add fish-attracting looks that other deep-divers lack.
Gifts for the Surfcaster
Sea Striker Balloon-Tire Fishing Cart
With 125-pound carrying capacity, 7 rod holders, and durable 13-inch balloon tires, the Sea Striker Balloon-Tire Fishing Cart effortlessly carries all the gear you could possibly need over the sand to the spot.
Beaches and Beans Montauk Coffee
To fuel late nights and early mornings in the surf, this medium-roast coffee made with 100% Arabica beans is USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade. Beaches and Beans is family owned and operated on the East End of Long Island, and the company works to support various foundations and organizations doing their parts to protect our oceans and local beaches.
Tsunami SaltX Rod and Reel
With the goal of providing high-performance tackle at accessible price points, the new surf offerings from Tsunami are unmatched in their price range. The SaltX surf rod features a unique eight-axis blank with D16 nanotech and IM7 carbon-fiber construction, providing ideal moderate action to load properly and retain strength. The rod is fitted with Fuji silicon carbide K-frame guides and Fuji graphite and stainless-steel reel seats with back-stop lock rings. Handles are wrapped with comfortable shrink-vinyl grips and there is a set of unique scale-textured stops at each end of the reel seat and on the butt cap. The SaltX spinning reel has a fully sealed (and totally submersible) aluminum body and rotor, digitally optimized stainless-steel main gear, and 14 additional seals to prevent intrusion by saltwater and sand.
JoeBaggs Tackle Swarter
The JoeBaggs Tackle Swarter acts as a hybrid between a swimming minnow plug and a darter, diving from 6 to 24 inches deep with a tight wiggle to attract predatory fish. On the cast, internal
shifting weights transfer to the back of the lure to increase distance.
Simms G4 Guide Waders/Boots
With an emphasis on durability thanks to a proprietary Gore-Tex fabric, the Simms G4 Guide Waders are built to last many seasons, even in the rough conditions dished out by the Atlantic surf. The matching Simms G4 Guide Boots are similarly strong, made with non-corrosive materials, a molded toe cap, and TPU overlays, while the design is meant to keep a surfcaster comfortable and agile over uneven terrain.
StormR Surf Top
Designed specifically for surfcasters, this semi-dry top keeps the focus on angler comfort. The StormR Surf Top‘s high-stretch windproof and waterproof materials, adjustable neoprene neck gasket, two-way adjustable waistband seal, and internal neoprene cuffs keep a surfcaster warm and dry in wind, rain, and rough surf.
Penn Battalion II Surf-Fishing Rod
A composite blanks provide a versatile moderate action on the budget-friendly Penn Battalion II Surf-Fishing Rod, while Fuji guides and reel seats plus a grippy rubber heat-shrink handle add to its value.
FishLab Mack Attack Hard Swimbait
Designed to fool big stripers that are in the mood for mackerel, the double-jointed FishLab Mack Attack Hard Swimbait has a classic swimming action that can be fished slowly, burned, or worked just under the surface to mimic escaping or wounded prey.
Gifts for the Freshwater Fisherman
Constructed with premium technologies that include a lightweight yet rigid body, quick response rotor, and super-smooth feel, the high-performance Shimano Vanford spinning reel is perfect for a wide variety of bass-fishing presentations, from finesse to power fishing.
Z-Man Bait LockerZ
Constructed from durable 600-denier waterproof fabric, the Z-Man Bait LockerZ tackle bag can house more than 50 packages of soft plastics. Adjustable dividers isolate bait types and file packages upright and securely. A rugged, rubberized base prevents deck slippage, and a lid handle and nylon shoulder strap allow for easy transport.
Pelican Bass Raider
The easily portable Pelican Bass Raider features two comfortable/removable/folding swivel seats, plus vertical rod holders, built-in motor mounts, and a 12V electrical outlet, drink holders, multiple storage compartments, and carrying handles.
This fluorocarbon-infused nylon co-polymer provides anglers with added abrasion resistance while still achieving optimal casting distance on either spinning or baitcasting reels. Berkley Fluoroshield combines the manageability of monofilament that many rely on with the abrasion resistance of fluorocarbon.
AFTCO Reaper Cold-Weather Sweatshirt
The AFTCO Reaper Cold-Weather Sweatshirt has an integrated face mask and neck warmer, perfect for cutting the chill. It features laser-cut ventilation on the mask and underarm areas, plus a hood with a cinch shock-cord anchoring system designed specifically for fishermen running at high speeds to reach the fish.
Al’s Goldfish Hook Bonnets Value Pack
Designed to keep treble-hooked lures from tangling when in storage, this value pack has enough Hook Bonnets to cover even the most avid fisherman’s lure collection.
Daiwa Tatula SV TW103
The patented SV spool and Airbrake technology on the Daiwa Tatula SV TW103 baitcaster work together to minimize backlashes while allowing it to achieve maximum distance. The reel is formed around an aluminum frame that provides rigidity and a smooth performance, while the palmable size fits comfortably in the hand.
Plano Edge Flex Series Boxes
Available in two sizes, these boxes each include a fully customizable internal-divider system that allows anglers to tailor their tackle management systems to suit their needs. The Plano Edge Flex Series also feature tackle-saving rust-prevention technology molded into the base, a watertight seal that keeps tackle in pristine condition, a crystal-clear lid design for quick identification of contents, and heavy-duty steel-pin hinges for increased durability.
Mepps Comet Long Tail
With ample dressing on the treble hook, the Mepps Comet Long Tail spinner has a pulsating, bushy bucktail to aid the spinning blade in attracting trout and panfish to the hook. The Mepps Comet Long Tail design allows for easy hook changes, and anglers can even replace the dressed treble with a trailing snelled hook and a small body bait or fly.
Frabill Conservation PLD Ultralight
Designed for bass fishermen to use one-handed, the portable, Frabill Conservation PLD Ultralight landing net is fitted with tangle-free micro-mesh netting to go easy on fish and reduce hook tangles.
Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5
The perfect pedal-driven pond hopper, the Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 kayak is lightweight and compact while being sturdy and easily maneuvered for fishing the evening hatch on your favorite trout lake.
St. Croix Legend Xtreme Spinning Rod (XFS76MF)
Rated for use with 6- to 12-pound-test line and lures from 3/16 to 5/8 ounces, the St. Croix Legend Xtreme Spinning Rod is designed to be the ultimate utility player, capable of effectively fishing plastics, topwaters, jerkbaits, and jigs. The 7’6” length affords long, accurate casts, fast line pickup, and is also ideal for kayak use.
Gifts for The Offshore Angler
Revere USCG/SOLAS 6- to 8-person Life Raft
A key piece of equipment we hope you never have to use, this life raft features a dual-tube inflation system and Inflatable boarding ramp. The Revere USCG/SOLAS 6- to 8-person Life Raft is also weatherproof, has a double-zippered door, exterior locator light that automatically activates, and a self-erecting canopy with rainwater collector to help boaters stay safe and be found when the worst happens.
Shimano Saragosa SW A
Designed for the big-game angler, the Shimano Saragosa SW A spinning reel packs up to 44 pounds of drag to stop even the meanest offshore fish.
Shimano Trevala PX
Now incorporating technologies that were previously exclusive to top-of-the-line Shimano rod series, the Trevala PX increases overall strength and responsiveness while keeping the rod blank lightweight and comfortable to fish.
Calcutta Renegade Fish Cooler (68”x24”)
This cooler bag is made with a high-quality waterproof zipper and a wide opening for easy access when loading ice and fish. The Calcutta Renegade Fish Cooler is filled with open-cell foam insulation to keep the catch cool and fresh.
Garmin In Reach Mini
This lightweight, compact cellular communicator helps captains maintain contact with shore when out of cell range. The Garmin In Reach Mini also allows sharing fishing intel without alerting the entire fleet over VHF.
AFTCO x Boker Fishing Fillet Knife
Featuring 4116 German stainless-steel blades with full-tang construction and upsweep design, this blade is made with a sub-zero quench process that helps maintain blade sharpness and edge retention. The AFTCO x Boker Fishing Fillet Knife‘s handle features an over-molded, slip-free polypropylene/TPR surface that keeps the blade comfortable when processing the day’s catch.
Tsunami Carbon Shield II Boat Popping Rod
Made with lightweight IM7 graphite blanks with D16 nanotech and unique carbon-fiber design, Tsunami Carbon Shield II Boat Popping Rods are lightweight enough to cast and jig all day, responsive enough to work stickbaits and soft baits, and strong enough to stop a big tuna in its tracks.
Gamakatsu Nautilus HD with Solid Ring
The Nautilus hook features an offset point designed to increase hookups, and its forged construction with 30% heavier wire lends strength so it can take on every tuna from yellowfin in the canyons to bluefin off the Cape. A solid one-piece ring on the Gamakatsu Nautilus HD with Solid Ring allows live baits to swim more freely, adding more enticing action to trigger strikes. And because they’re less encumbered, baits stay frisky longer so you can spend more time fishing and less time re-baiting.
Simms Pro Dry Jacket and Bib
The Simms Pro Dry Jacket and Bib were built with a breathable fabric package that’s more waterproof and durable than any previous Pro Dry suits. In jacket areas that take the most abuse (hood, shoulders, and tops of the arms), a slightly heavier-denier Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric was used for outstanding durability. In the remaining areas, a lighter Pro Shell was incorporated for better range of motion, fit, and comfort. The bib was built with rugged 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric and its durability bolstered by abrasion-resistant nylon overlays in high-wear zones like the knees and bottom of the cuffs.
SiriusXM Fish Mapping
SiriusXM Fish Mapping provides marine weather data plus fishing-specific features like sea-surface temperature contours, fishing recommendations, weed-line locations, plankton concentration contours, and more, ensuring anglers head offshore with the most information possible.
PowerPro DepthHunter Offshore
This multi-colored braided fishing lines has a repeating pattern of five colors — blue, yellow, red, green and orange — that change every 100 feet for an angler to accurately gauge the amount of line let off the reel when deep-dropping or deploying baits and lures in a trolling spread. PowerPro DepthHunter Offshore is available in 65-, 80- and 130-pound test in spools of 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 yards.
Tigress All-Purpose Kite
Sturdy and dependable, this kite will fly steady in 10-15 mph winds with a simple adjustment to the bridle, eliminating the need to use different kites for different winds. The Tigress All-Purpose Kite lightweight spars are constructed of 100% carbon graphite.
West Marine Go Anywhere Bean Bag Chair
Comfortable, weather-resistant, water-repellent, with UV-resistant thread and color-matched piping, the West Marine Go Anywhere Bean Bag Chair is essential for kicking back on the long ride to the tuna grounds.
Okuma Alijos Lever Drag
The Alijos is a compact, two-speed lever-drag conventional reel perfect for tackling the small to mid-size tuna that flooded the Northeast last summer. Built with 6061-T6 machined aluminum, the one-piece frame continues around to the non-handle side, where the side plate has a cast-control system for precision spool control. The Okuma Alijos Lever Drag Reel is capable of jigging, trolling, and pitching live or cut baits.
Gifts for The Light Tackle Angler
Columbia PFG Force XII OutDry Extreme Jacket and Bib
Since some of the best inshore fishing happens in the worst weather, the Columbia PFG Force XII OutDry Extreme foul-weather suit is built with waterproof, breathable material, featuring watertight cuffs and cargo pockets to shield rain and boat spray. Abrasion-resistant overlays hold up to rugged use, and a rod holder gives anglers an extra hand when re-rigging.
Hyperlastics DartSpin Pro 3.5”
Sometimes, albies like fast-moving lures; other times, they want something that moves more slowly while giving off flash. The spinning blade of the hybrid soft-bait Hyperlastics DartSpin Pro gets a fish’s attention while its realistic profile, eyes, and colors seal the deal.
Native Slayer Propel Max 12.5
With an extended rudder for better tracking and turning, horizontal rod storage, and a rockered bow designed to conquer choppy conditions, the electronics-ready Native Slayer Propel Max 12.5 pedal kayak performs from back bays to the open ocean.
Fenwick HMG Inshore Rods
Built specifically for inshore anglers, Fenwick HMG Inshore Rods are carefully crafted with the power and control needed to handle tackle-testing false albacore and bonito.
Fat Cow Epoxy Resin Jig Fat Minnow
This lure is compact, realistic, and packed with detail designed to pass muster with picky albies. Coated with an extra tough and reflective finish, each Fat Cow Epoxy Resin Jig Fat Minnow has a 4X treble hook and an extra inline hook in every package.
Seaguar Smackdown Stealth Gray
This sleek, 8-strand braid of the Seaguar Smackdown Stealth Gray line maintains a perfectly round profile to minimize friction through the guides, maximizing casting distance, which is especially important when casting lighter lures to blitzing fish.
GameOn Exo Jig
Built with a durable, shatter-resistant exoskeleton, the GameOn Exo Jig has a natural translucent look with optimal light refraction. It can be cast and retrieved, jigged, or even trolled to fool stripers, blues, albies, bonito, and black sea bass.
Fish Snax Lures Albie Snax
These soft-plastic lures are designed to cast far and walk erratically, making Fish Snax Lures Albie Snax perfect for throwing at schoolies, albies, and even picky football tuna.
Gifts for The New Boater
Sea Tow Gold Card
The Sea Tow Gold Card membership provides the full suite of on-water assistance privileges for every boat a fisherman owns, rents, charters, leases, or borrows.
Windrider Pro Foul Weather Jacket
Adjustable inner cuffs to keep water from running down your sleeves, reflective logo on the front and back, large pockets, adjustable hem, and a double zipper make the Windrider Pro Foul Weather Jacket a reliable rain jacket for both fishermen and boaters.
Cobra MR HH600
This floating, handheld VHF radio with built-in GPS allows anglers to view exact coordinates, transmit their location, and use its Bluetooth capabilities to keep phones safe and dry. The added flashlight with emergency strobe on the Cobra MR HH600 ensures fishermen will be visible in an emergency.
Fenwick Eagle Rods
A favorite of freshwater fishermen for more than 70 years, this rod series has been redesigned for 2020. Each Fenwick Eagle Rod has premium cork and TAC grips, and upgraded stainless-steel guides with aluminum-oxide inserts to provide increased casting performance with less friction.
Havalon Talon Fish
The Havalon Talon Fish’s internal locking mechanism allows anglers to seamlessly change blades to best fit the catch of the day. It also features a removable back panel for easy cleanup after filleting and comes with a rugged nylon roll-pack to store a variety of blade styles and sizes.
Shimano Symetre Combo
The sleek Shimano Symetre rod-and-reel combo is the perfect option for anglers looking for an affordable combo to cover a wide variety of applications. Built on a high-quality graphite rod blank fitted with stainless-steel frame guides with aluminum-oxide inserts, the Symetre rods are available in a wide variety of lengths and power ratings conducive to both freshwater and inshore techniques. The Symetre spinning reel features proven Shimano design concepts, including a lightweight graphite G-Free body and a Propulsion Line-Management spool for comfortable use over extended periods.
Navionics Platinum +
Navionics Platinum + charts include all the content of Navionics+ enhanced with additional viewing options, including relief shading, satellite overlay with SonarChart Shading, 3D view, and panoramic photos. A one-year subscription to daily updates and advanced features is included when you purchase any new product.
Black Dog Harborside Boat Bag
Classic heavy-duty canvas body with contrast trims and genuine leather handles make the Black Dog Harborside Boat Bag a suitable bag for those boat trips when the cup holders get more use than the rod holders.
Abu Garcia Gen Ike Baitcast Combo
The Abu Garcia Gen Ike Baitcast Combo is designed for mid-level anglers who aren’t kids anymore and want to use modern equipment with appealing cosmetics. It comes pre-spooled with 10-pound-test on a machined aluminum spool, has a compact bent handle, and features recessed reel foot for maximum durability.
Nick Mayer Art Tough Phone Case
Display your favorite fish while protecting your phone with this durable Nick Mayer Art Tough Phone Case featuring the beautiful art of Nick Mayer. The nearly two-dozen species available include striped bass, false albacore, bluefin tuna, and brook trout.
StormR Cast Neoprene Gloves
Intended for use with braided line, the StormR Cast Neoprene Gloves have Kevlar index fingers and thumb tips, along with a durable high-grip palm and easy on/off design.
Thirty Fathoms Knot Puller Model A
The handy Thirty Fathoms Knot Puller Model A tool helps fishermen tie stronger knots while protecting their hands from braided lines.
Simple, compact, and easy to install, the DuraSafe E-LOCK replaces the factory knob and secures expensive electronics to the mounting bracket, eliminating the hassle of uninstalling and reinstalling equipment, saving time, and reducing wear and tear on plugs and wires.
Gorilla Grip + ANSI Level 5 Cut Protection Gloves
The Gorilla Grip + ANSI Level 5 Cut Protection Gloves resist cuts while allowing natural movement and a firm grip, even when wet or covered in fish slime, making them essential for cleaning fish, cutting bait, shucking oysters, and even leadering and gaffing tuna and other large gamefish.
West Marine eGift Card
With a broad selection of fishing, boating, and safety equipment, a West Marine eGift Card will help keep your favorite angler well stocked for the coming season.
AFTCO Fishway Tackle Boxers
No holiday season is complete without a new set of underwear. AFTCO Fishway Tackle Boxers are designed to be an angler’s lucky pair with their quick-dry, moisture-wicking material and antimicrobial treatment.
Gifts for The Adventurous Angler
YETI Trailhead Camp Chair
Designed for durability and comfort, the YETI Trailhead Camp Chair remains lightweight enough to fold down and take anywhere in its two-strap carry bag (included).
GoPro Hero 9
The GoPro Hero 9 action camera features a front display, waterproof rating to 33 feet, detachable lens, and 30% more battery life than previous generations.
St. Croix Triumph Travel Rod
The pandemic put a pause on fishing travel in 2020, but as things return to normal, fishermen will be eager to explore waters further from home. This four-piece St. Croix Triumph Travel Rod is available in four sizes that are ideal for fresh and inshore salt water. It also comes with a protective nylon travel case.
Gerber Controller Folding Fillet Knife
For those trips off the grid where space for gear is low but the odds of catching dinner is high, the easily packed Gerber Controller Folding Fillet Knife is an essential companion.
Uncharted Supply Co. The Zeus
With 20,000 mAh, the Uncharted Supply Co. The Zeus portable battery jumper boasts enough power to start even the largest trucks and boats multiple times. The Zeus can take your iPhone Plus from 0 to 100% battery life at least 10 times. When used as a flashlight, it supplies light for days on end.
Gifts for the Fisherman’s Home
The hybrid Xtratuf Homer slipper-shoe takes the rugged outsole of the Xtratuf Legacy boot and pairs it with a comfortable upper made of soft wool and full faux-shearling lining.
Yeti V Series Hard Cooler
Combining the cold-holding power of the Yeti Rambler drinkware with the Tundra cooler, the stainless-steel hybrid Yeti V Series Hard Cooler sports a classic look with next-level insulation technology.
Massachusetts-based artist Scottie McCulloch creates custom wood fish cutouts with the fisherman’s choice of landscape or favorite fishing spot to commemorate great catches and unforgettable trips. A Wood Recreations piece would make a great decoration for your shore house or lakeside cabin.
Mud Hole Basic Rod-Building Start-Up Supply Kit
The Mud Hole Basic Rod-Building Start-Up Supply Kit has every tool, supply, and instructional material needed to get started in DIY custom fishing-rod building and repair.
Rapala R12 Heavy-Duty Fillet Knife
This electric fillet knife comes with two sizes of stainless-steel, PTFE-coated non-stick blades (6-inch and 7.5-inch), a 2-amp rapid-charging base, and two 2 Ah lithium-ion battery packs. It’s outfitted with a built-in LED light for filleting in low-light conditions and comes with an EVA storage case.