Finding the perfect gift for a fisherman is hard. You don’t want to buy them fishing rods, lures, or other tackle and equipment. All anglers are very picky with this and know exactly what htey want. Picking it out yourself and feeling them in your hands is all part of the experience!
So instead, you should look at the gifts below! They are all things that a fisherman needs, won’t think about buying themselves and will make them extremely happy this holiday season. I’m sure you’ll find something perfect for that angler in your life!
Why guess where to find fish? See exactly where they’re hiding with the Garmin® STRIKER and connect to the app. Just download the STRIKER Cast app, pair your mobile device with the sonar, and go fishing in minutes. Cast from shore, dock, or water.
The Simms® BugStopper® Long-Sleeve Fishing Shirt for Men delivers bug repellency along with cool sun protection, making this fishing shirt the perfect option for sunny days on the water. Built with Insect Shield® tightly bonded to the fabric so it won’t wash out, this Simms shirt repels biting pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers, plus the stretch woven nylon brrr°® construction combines cooling fibers, moisture-wicking performance, and quick-drying action to deliver a Triple Chill Effect.
Oakley® Holbrook™ Polarized Sunglasses are inspired by movie star sunglasses of the 50s and 60s, and enhanced with 21st-century technology. High Definition Optics® (HDO®) meet or exceed American National Standards Institute testing.
The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing by Thomas McGuane
“Certain to entertain fellow enthusiasts and fans of his writing…. McGuane casts not only his fishing line, but also his magic at turning a precise phrase and evoking a delightful image.” —Publishers Weekly
Fishermen spend a lot of time preparing their poles for fishing trips. Consider getting them something that can make that process a whole lot easier.
Fishing line spoolers are great for quickly getting many fishing reels lined up without any loops or knots. A Berkley Portable Line Spooler Max is one of the gifts that most fishermen will never buy themselves, but will get tons of use from!
An angler who brings home his fish for cleaning would really enjoy an electric filet knife this holiday season. Cleaning dozens of fish can take hours. But if you upgrade to an electric filet knife you could cut that time in half!
The Bubba® Lithium-Ion Cordless Fillet Knife covers all the bases for filleting your catch quickly and easily, and offers the convenience of premium rechargeable technology.
When you catch the fish of a lifetime, you don’t want it getting away!
That’s where fish grips come into play. They will tightly hold a fish by their lips so they can be put back in the water to breathe. The Boga Grip™ Fishing Tools are high-quality fish landing, handling, and weighing tools.
Every fisherman has a pair of pliers. They help with cutting line, getting hooks out of fish’s mouths and adjusting lures.
Ugly Stik® 90° Pliers are designed with the angler and outdoor conditions in mind. The triggered, 90° handle gives the angler more control in any condition. High-carbon-steel jaws provide exceptional grip.
Most fisherman are on the water for many hours or all day, a good boat and outdoor cooler allows for fish to stay cold until you get back home or to camp and plenty of room for beverages and food!
Tougher than an angry bear and proven to keep ice frozen for days, Cabela’s® Polar Cap® Equalizer 100-Quart Cooler gives outdoorsmen serious performance over the long haul.
Indecisive weather calls for an unfazed ally. With intuitive fishing features and ample on-the-go storage, Simms® Challenger Bibs for Men keep you warm, dry, and on-target through it all. The 100% polyester 2-layer Toray® body fabric delivers waterproof/windproof protection, with a durable water-repellent finish to bead and shed light surface moisture.
Fishermen often specialize in one area, specie, or type of fishing. So a great way to treat a fisherman is to take them out with an expert who does something completely different!
That’s why booking a charter for even an experienced fisherman can be a great gift. If they enjoy the experience and learn from the instructor, they are even likely to find a new type of fishing to go out and enjoy.
Fishing gloves are necessary for warm and cold situations. So whether you live in Arizona or Minnesota – your angler could probably use a pair. Gloves help protect the hands from weather, fishing line, hooks, etc.
Don’t risk serious sun damage. Protect your hands while fishing, without impeding your dexterity, with a pair of Columbia® Terminal Tackle™ Fishing Gloves. Made of breathable, ultra-thin 100% polyester, they’re about as light and comfortable as a bare-handed angler can imagine – you’ll hardly know they’re there.
Gift cards may not be the most exciting gift to buy your loved ones, but they’re almost always useful.
This is especially the case for fishermen. Specific rods, reels, lures are much better picked out by the angler than given as a gift. Plus, if you buy the gift card to Bass Pro Shops, just going to the store and walking through the endless aisles is an adventure in itself. Bass Pro Shops offers in store and e-gift card purchasing.
The winter months can be cold on the water, especially for boaters. This wool gaiter will keep the fisherman in your life warm so the can enjoy their day out fishing!
The Cabela’s® Instinct Merino Wool Neck Gaiter would be a great stocking stuffer, your angler is sure to love.
We all have heard fishing stories of how big the last catch was. So buy something that will let your angler prove how big their catch was.
The fishing world’s most popular deluxe digital scale just keeps getting better. The Rapala® Digital Scale and Fish Gripper is designed for easy 1-handed operation, so you can safely lift, weigh, photograph, and release your catch without harming yourself or the fish.
#16 Fish Fryer
Everyone knows the best part of being close with an angler is the ability to eat freshly caught fish!
But cooking fish can be really messy, and some cooks don’t like their pans being used for wild fish. If that’s you – consider buying your angler a fish fryer for the holidays this year. It contains all of the oil in the basin and lets you have one utensil to cook all your wild caught fish. If you go camping, this is a must have!
#17 Fishing Board Games
As much as most anglers would like to, you can’t go fishing everyday. Sometimes you have to stay in with family and find something fun to do.
Fishing based board games are a fun way to invite your fisher friends inside for a good game that they’ll get a kick out of. Everyone likes monopoly, and this version (Fishin’ Opoly) is sure to make for fun times and laughs where the normal properties are replaced with fish and different types of fishing gear.
#18 Mystery Tackle Box Subscription
Just because you don’t know what a fisherman might like this holiday season doesn’t mean no one does. Trust the team at Mystery Tackle Box to hand select the best baits on the market and send it monthly to your fisherman’s home!
The beauty of this gift is that it keeps on giving throughout the year. Plus, it’s a way to get great baits into any angler’s hands they may not have tried before. So if you’re buying for someone new to fishing, you might introduce them to their new favorite bait!
#19 Wireless Speaker
Some anglers like to be alone on the water and just hear the beautiful silence of nature. Others, like me, use it as a time to relax with music or even a podcast.
But fishing with headphones is dangerous and other speakers aren’t portable. A great wireless speaker is an out of the box idea that your fisherman may love, especially if they go fishing on a boat often. But even shore anglers could stick this in a backpack pocket to have tunes on the water.
#20 Rod Case
When you travel with fishing rods, it can be quite the hassle. Particularly if you are an ice fisherman since you often have quite a bit of gear to haul to your hole.
For these anglers, consider buying a good rod case. They are lightweight, easy to care, and keep fishing poles nice and secure until they’re ready to be used. It’s a simple gift that any ice angler in particular will get good use from!