Whenever the holiday season draws near, people ask about the best bass fishing gifts to buy for avid freshwater anglers. While it may seem as if there are way too many baits and fishing tools to choose from, there are certain tackle and gear essentials that we can always use more of. Yep, the good news is that bass anglers are really pretty easy to buy for if you stick to practical items.
Bass Fishing Gifts Under $100
- Monofilament Fishing Line — If there is one thing anglers always need, it’s extra fishing line. Monofilament or “mono” stretches more easily than fluorocarbon, which means that it has a forgiveness factor that other lines can’t match. If your drag sticks or you set the hook too hard, mono will compensate by stretching up to 25 percent. Buy a few 300 yard spools of 12 to 14 lb Berkley Trilene at about $8 per spool.
- Offset Worm Hooks — Quality offset hooks will always be appreciated by anyone who fishes on a regular basis. Good hooks can be expensive, but they can also make a big difference when it comes it comes to landing (or losing) a lunker. I’m a big fan of Mustad Mega Bite Worm Hooks because they are made from chemically sharpened high-carbon steel that has optimum tensile strength. Stock up on a few packs in 2/0 or 3/0 sizes at $13.99 per pack.
- Soft Plastic Baits — Bass hit them, they get caught on branches, rocks and bottom or just get tore up. You can never have enough soft plastic baits. Some bass anglers prefer craws, some like lizards, and some use shad or frogs. Buy a few packs of Stinky Fingers soft plastic baits for about $5.99 per pack. Create a “hook and bait” combination gift set that includes offset hooks and soft plastic baits.
- Pliers with Line Cutters — Every bass angler should have a pair of sturdy pliers with built-in line cutters. Cuda Tools makes a pair of titanium-bonded 7.5″ pliers that can easily handle wire, mono or braid. They come with a nylon storage sheath, lanyard, and have non-slip handles.
- “SHUT UP AND FISH!” Shirts — These moisture-wicking performance fishing shirts make great gifts for any lady anglers on your list at $30 each.
If you are an avid angler, what other types of fishing gear or tackle do you most appreciate receiving? Share your favorite tackle or gear gifts on the Shefishes2 Facebook page to help family and friends choose fishing gifts that won’t end up going back to the store.