Father’s Day is right around the corner and to celebrate the fathers and father figures who taught you to bait a hook and cast a line, we put together some of our favorite gear items that will make any father who fishes a happy man this Father’s Day.
When dad’s got to get out of dodge for a few days on the water, the YETI Crossroads 60L Duffel is the perfect bug-out bag. Made of Yeti’s durable, lightweight Tuffskin Nylon the Crossroads Duffel is abrasion-resistant and water-repellent. Two Divider Panels separate the bag into three sections for easy organization, and structured foam walls to keep the bag from folding in on itself. Loaded with clothes and gear, the Crossroads Duffel is ready for dad’s next big fishing trip.
Easily packed for dad’s next adventure, the Gerber Controller 6-inch Folding Fillet Knife stows safely and keeps an edge for carving up the catch of the day. The intuitive GuideFins and tactile HydroTread Grip offer ultimate control of the knife for smooth, clean cuts, even in slippery conditions. Engineered to meet the needs of the saltwater fisherman, the Controller also offers superior protection against corrosion, wear, and tough environments.
Help Dad spend less time at the fillet table and more time enjoying the the day’s fresh catch with the Bubba Electric Cordless Fillet Knife. With Bubba’s iconic non-slip grip handle, and a lithium-ion battery has the longest run time of any electric fillet knife on the market, Dad can stack fillets from bony, tough to clean fish like porgies and panfish with ease. Included are four different blade styles, 7″; E-FLEX, 9″; E-FLEX, 9″; E-STIFF, and 12″; E-STIFF. These blades are constructed out of high carbon stainless steel and coated with titanium nitride making them extremely corrosion resistant.
Dad’s a legend, and so is the Penn Spinfisher. Get these two together with the PENN Spinfisher VI Heavy Spinning Combo. The newly renovated Spinfisher VI reel is combined with a factory matched Spinfisher VI graphite composite rod. In addition to the powerful HT-100 drag system, this set-up features an IPX5 rating, which uses seals in key locations to keep water out. Perfect for stripers, blues, and even albies and small tuna.
Upgrade Dad’s Koozie to the Toadfish Non-Tipping Insulated Can Cooler. This “un-spillable” beverage cooler has suction cup technology that sticks to any smooth surface while keeping its contents colder for longer.
The ENGEL HD-20 Heavy-Duty Soft Sided Cooler Tote Bag is entirely welded at all seams, keeping warm air out and dramatically increasing the life of the ice inside. The welded seams ensure there will be no air or water leaks, and allow the soft-sided HD-20 to keep beverages cold for 3.5 days, according to an independent review. The HD-20 boasts an outer shell composed of durable 840 denier fibers, which provide maximum strength and abrasion resistance. The front and back sides are laminated with a Thermal Plastic Urethane (TPU) film, adding another layer of strength and puncture resistance.With a welded waterproof and air resistant zipper that requires lubrication for optimum function, this cooler has a capacity of 22Qts and can be carried with tote handles or with a single padded strap. And the attached bottle opener is a nice touch.
Dad likes to work smarter, not harder, which makes the Sea Striker Deluxe Beach/Surf Fishing Cart the perfect gift. The versatile cart features a rugged powder-coated steel frame and big, wide pneumatic tires that easily roll over sand, and seven PVC rod/accessory holders. It holds up to a 54-quart cooler, and the frame is easy to assemble with the included tools; and the handle can be removed for easy storage.
Regardless of how the stripers were biting, capping off a day on the water with a premium whiskey is something just about every dad can get behind. Tincup Rye is inspired by the original frontiersmen of historic Tin Cup, Colorado and the whiskey they preferred: American Rye Whiskey. It’s been crafted to celebrate the original rye recipes that the Tin Cup miners enjoyed, with a taste that matches the bold spice and spirit of the Old West. Aged for three years and cut to proof with pure Rocky Mountain Water, TINCUP’s Straight Rye Whiskey brags tasting notes of sweet vanilla, fresh tobacco, and smooth caramel, saluting both Colorado and American history, and the golden age when rye whiskey won the west.
Give Dad a knife that’s perfectly molded to fit his hands with the Dexter UR Cut 6-inch Fillet Knife. It’s ultra-sharp out of the package and with just the right amount of flex to glide over the bones. The moldable handle material allows Dad to form the handle to his grip, making the handle more comfortable to use.
Versatile enough for boat and shore-bound missions, the Calcutta 3600 Explorer Tackle Bag carries the day’s worth of rigs lures and tackle, making organization easy for the Old Man. The main storage compartment includes four tackle trays, and external pockets provide additional storage. Exterior pliers holster on side pocket for easy tool access. Easy-grip zipper pulls for effortless opening, even with wet hands. Padded adjust able shoulder strap for hands-free transport.
Every angler needs new more tackle trays, and a gift of a few Plano Edge Pro 3700 Standard Tackle Boxes will seriously upgrade Dad’s tackle organization. Designed for the anglers who want superior protection for their fishing tackle, the Edge Pro base has Rustrictor technology and vented dividers to help prevent corrosion and rust on tackle. A one-handed cam closure latch and clear DuraView lid gives Dad easy access to the tackle, and a Water Wick divider with reusable packet helps dissipate moisture in the box.
If Dad fishes for fluke, then he’ll definitely appreciate a fresh batch of Berkley Gulp Alive Swimmin’ Mullets. These synthetic baits leave a scent trail that fluke follow, and the kicking tail seals the deal.
The Havalon REDI everyday carry knife features two semi-permanent drop point blades (one partially serrated) that effortlessly swap out when the job requires it. Changing out blades is an easy two step system. Just push the button, slide the fitment and the blade unlocks. The REDI features a spring assist open for easy one hand use. Dad’s uses for the REDI include cutting bait, bleeding fish, and trimming rigs.
On the water, “tax season” runs from June to September—help Dad avoid the tax man in the gray suit with the Sharkbanz Zeppelin. Using their patented magnetic technology researched and tested by marine biologists on predatory shark species, Sharkbanz Fishing tackle overwhelms a shark’s electroreception, creating a highly unpleasant sensation that’s intended to stop the shark in its tracks – protecting Dad’s catch, gear, and good time on the water. Sharkbanz tackle does not harm sharks or repel other fish.
Keep Dad cool and protected from the sun on the water with the Grundens Solstrale Hooded Shirt. Solstrale means “ray of sun light” in Swedish, reflecting this performance shirt’s design to prevent sunburn and long-term skin damage caused from harmful UVA and UVB rays that are often unavoidable. With a suite of HeiQ technologies including anti-odor, stain release, and thermo-regulating properties, Dad will stay cool, comfortable, and ultimately focused on catching fish.
Grundéns teamed up with SeaDek Marine Products to create the durable, shock absorbent Deck Boss Sandal. The SeaDek foot bed reduces fatigue created by standing on hard surfaces and provides exceptional traction on the top side of the sandal, combine with a molded EVA mid-sole for extra cushioning. This platform is built on a non-marking, siped gum rubber outsole that ensures superior traction on all surfaces, keeping you firmly planted to the deck during the most exciting moments of the day.
The AFTCO Original Fishing Short is built with comfort, durability, and movement in mind. Seven functional pockets—including a Cordura lined pliers pocket—ensure ample storage for Dad’s keys, phone, wallet, etc.
Sure, it’s summertime now, but when the fall run kicks off, help Dad stay warm while chasing migrating stripers, blues, and albies with the AFTCO Reaper Technical Sweatshirt.
Let Dad catch some z’s before catching fish, when making long rides to the tuna grounds with the West Marine Go Anywhere Marine Beanbag Chair. Weather-resistant and water-repellent, the chair’s heavy-duty supported marine vinyl cover, the same material found in OEM marine seating, features lock-stitch sewing with UV-resistant thread and color-matched piping for outstanding durability and style. Twin zipper design with interior pocket keeps beads secured inside the chair. Tough webbing handles for carrying and securing.
Sun protection is so important, and an easy-to-apply, reef-safe sunscreen like the Protekt SPF30 Mineral Sunscreen Stick is perfect for stocking up Dad’s boat, truck, and tackle box. The convenient applicator stick that goes on easy and rubs in clear, and the non-nano zinc oxide and other natural ingredients to guard against UVA and UVB rays while moisturizing the skin avoiding the rashes, irritation and stinging eyes.
Serious fishermen need fishing-specific sunglasses, like the Costa Blackfin Pro 580G. An enhanced version of one of Costa’s most trusted and well-loved frames, the Blackfin PRO builds off the original look and fit with six new angler-approved additions. Along with the polarized, color-enhancing 580 lens,
With the mid-shore tuna fishing the best in recent memory in parts of the Northeast, it’s a great time to inspire Dad to push a bit further offshore for some bigger game, with the help of a few trolling combos like the Shimano TLD25 Reel/Star Rod Stand-Up Conventional Combo. A workhorse of a reel, the TLD reel features four stainless steel ball bearings, gears, main shaft and spool, and a graphite and titanium body. Paired with Star Aerial rods, this combo is rugged and light in hand.
Crafted out of a proprietary C-FLEX3 stretch fabric, the Simms CX Rainsuit provides range of motion and complete foul-weather protection, keeping Dad dry and comfortable on those good fishing, bad weather days. The collection features a jacket and bib designed with waterproof/submersible pockets to keep essentials dry.
The OTW Striper Heavyweight Sweatshirt blends a super soft and comfortable feel with a chill cutting thickness, perfect for summer evenings, whether Dad spends them casting at the beach, hanging at home, or lingering at the dock to tell one last fish story.
Sinking at a foot per second, the Rapala Countdown Magnum will help dial in the striper bite, when the fish aren’t showing on the surface. At 7 inches and 2 3/8 ounces, this plug is a viable option for surf and boat. Let it sink to the desired depth and retrieve it slowly across the current.