The is the difficult question we are going to try to tackle in this week’s post. We are going to take a look at 20 items that we think are the best fishing gifts. Hopefully this post will give you some good ideas when shopping for the one you love. Let’s begin…
20 of best gifts for the fisherman who has everything
I know it sounds simple, but us guys love t-shirts. And as you will see below, with so many different designs available, you truly can buy your friend a gift they will love.
Here are a few of my favorite designs:
“Just hook it” – a creative play on the Nike Swoosh.
The classic fishing heartbeat shirt.
My personal favorite is the shirt that says “just another beer drinker with a fishing problem”.
The important thing is to find a shirt that is going to match the personality of the person you are buying it for.
A new spinning reel
A great gift for the fisherman who has everything is a new spinning reel such as the Penn Torque II Spinning 5500 Reel.
This is a full metal body spinning reel with a 5.5:1 gear ratio bringing in 38 inches of per crank.
Besides the full metal body, my favorite thing about this reel is the IPX6 seal system designed to keep water out of the gear and drag system ensuring this reel will last your loved one many fishing seasons to come.
Ok, so maybe the person reading this doesn’t have a clue what all those specs even mean, but let me tell you, from a person that studies reels, this a great spinning reel and a great gift for any fisherman.
A cool looking cooler
The next on our list is the Big Bobber Floating Cooler. This a cooler that is shaped like a large bobber. The thing I love about this cooler is that this shape isn’t just some gimmick. This contraption actually floats.
Just imagine the next time your man wants to go fishing out on his float tube or kayak and wants to bring some drinks. All he has to do is tie his Big bobber cooler to his boat and he is ready to go.
He will always have a cold one within arm’s reach. It can hold several cans of beer or soda.
New fishing buff
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a new fishing buff with an ultra-cool looking design such as the: CocoCap Versatile Sports & Casual Headband.
If you aren’t in the fishing industry you may not have realized recently, just how popular fishing buffs have become. One reason they have become so popular is that they are so comfortable to wear. You no longer need to worry about putting a bunch of sunscreen on your face or to protect yourself from that strong sun.
This buff is made from a polyester microfiber cloth that is designed to block up to 95 % of harmful UV rays. It also can offer protection from the wind.
The best thing about this one is that there are a variety of different patterns available.
A unique fishing lure
Nothing (literally) says “I love you” like a great fishing lure.
Your father will be thinking of you every time he goes into his tackle box with the new O.RIYA Love You Dad Hand Stamped Lure Fisherman Gift. This is a fishing lure that is uniquely stamped with “love you dad”.
If you are looking for something that you can personalize you can check out the Custom Personalized Hook Fishing Lure Gift and add something like: ” You are the only fish for me…Love…”
However, I must say if he is going to actually use it to fish with, the custom lure will need a little added weight. My recommendation would be a 3/4 ounce weight, a great buy and a great lure (gift)!
A Pocket-Sized Multi-Tool
If your man spends most of his time outdoors he is going to love the Ninja Outdoorsman 11 in 1 Stainless Steel Credit Card Multi tool.
This is a survival multi-tool with all the tools you need, in the compact size of a credit card.
This small device contains 11 essential tools such as a can opener, a cutting edge, beer opener, screwdriver, four-position wrench, butterfly screw wrench, saw blade, water compass, two-position wrench, lanyard hole/keychain.
Yes, I know it is hard to believe, but these 11 tools fit into a small, stainless steel card, the size of a typical credit card.
It comes with directions and explains how to use the water compass as well.
A braid cutting ring
I must warn you, the next gift idea may require you to get down on one knee. No, not really, but it is a great gift.
It is the Line Cutterz Ring.
This is a ring that is designed to easily cut braid fishing line with a sharp edge all why protecting your loved ones from harm. It is uniquely designed to fit on your finger making it easily accessible and easy to use.
Don’t just get one! He is going to love this device. Get him a few.
Personal Water Filter
Let’s face it, we fishermen sometimes like to go way out in the sticks to find that perfect fishing spot. However, the last thing we want to be lugging around are bottles of water.
That is why our next gift idea for that fisherman in your life is the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter.
This device is a personal water filter that is designed to filter 99.9% of waterborne bacteria and parasites. It has the capability to filter up to 1,000 liters of water. It can do all of that in a small compact size of 2 ounces.
Instead of hauling bottles of heavy water around, he can just use this personal water filter and literally drink from the rivers and lakes he fishes.
One thing we fishermen love to do is to tell good fishing stories. What better way to tell a story than with a camera. One such camera that has all the bells and whistle is the GoPro HERO7.
The feature that I like about it most and what possibly makes it the best GoPro for fishing is that it is 100% percent waterproof right out of the box. With older models, you always had to buy a separate waterproof case.
However, with the Hero 7 you can dunk it in the water right out of the box all the way down to 33 feet of water.
Yes, it is limited to 33 feet deep, but most fishermen are just going to be using it for the actual catch of the fish and perhaps for some sick underwater footage of the release.
It makes a great gift for fishermen who are prone to dropping things as it is completely waterproof through and through.
This super-compact device is able to take 4k video and the camera has the capability to take 12MP photos. It is extremely easy to use and offers an array of different functions including super-smooth video stabilization.
So the next time he starts telling you about his incredible catch, buy him a GoPro, because let’s face it- we all want proof!
You may also enjoy reading: An Angler’s Perspective On The Best Action Camera For Fishing – My Top 5 Picks
A Fillet Knife
Fishing doesn’t stop the second you get off the water. In fact, for many anglers that like to cook, it is only the beginning.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for the angler that loves to cook, get him a new fillet knife such as the Morakniv Fishing Comfort Fillet Knife.
This is a 6.1 stainless steel inch blade that is the perfect size for filleting most fish. If your man likes to catch a lot of panfish, it is also available in 3.5-inch option.
Let’s face it while filleting a fish things can get slimy and smelly.
For that reason, this knife comes with a high-friction grip handle so that you won’t lose grip when trying to cut a fillet.
The plastic sheath is made in a way that is both easy to clean and does not absorb odors.
A new baitcasting reel
What about getting your loved one the Lew’s Hypermag Speed Spool?
This is a sick reel and the perfect gift for any fisherman.
Let’s talk about the specs. This baitcaster has 11 ball bearings giving it a butter-like smooth turnover.
It is made with a one-piece magnesium frame with carbon side plates. It is important to keep in mind that it is a speed spool meaning it will have a quick gear ratio and let me tell you this reel does not disappoint.
It is equipped with an 8.3:1 gear ratio, bringing in 33 inches of line per crank.
Lastly, all of these great and unique features come in a body that only weighs 5.4 ounces. So if you are looking for that gift to impress, this just might be the one.
A New Fish Finder
The next on our list of the best fishing gifts for men is the Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+.
This is a portable, wireless, castable, easy to use fish finder that every angler should have.
Simply connect the device wirelessly to your tablet or phone. Next, attach the large ball (which is the sonar) to your fishing line and cast it out.
Your phone/tablet will act like the fish finder screen which will tell you such things as water temperature, how deep the water is, where the fish are and what kind of structure is on the bottom of the lake.
It can do all of that and more in bodies of water up to 260 feet deep.
Deeper has come out with a number of different models. This one is the Sonar Pro Plus. What makes it different from the rest is the GPS capabilities.
These GPS capabilities actually allow you to create your open maps both offshore as well as onshore.
You can now have a fish finder no matter where you go, ice fishing, kayak, fishing or bank fishing.
Learn more about what makes this series of fish finders so great in the following video :
A whopper plopper buzzbait
What in the world is a whopper plopper buzzbait?
A whopper plopper is a bass fishing lure has been around the fishing scene for some time now, but recently it has become very popular. It has become so popular that they sometimes can be difficult to find on the shelf.
The buzzbait version of this lure doesn’t have one whopper plopper, but two. Twice the action, twice the fun. The idea is to make more noise and get more attention.
What makes this lure so effective is that it is designed to float with a tail that moves as it is brought across the water. This makes a unique sound that gets the fish’s attention.
So if you are out of gift ideas, I would definitely recommend you pick up a River2Sea Double Plopper Buzzbait.
A new fly fishing reel
Are you having a hard time trying to find the perfect gift for a fly fisherman?
If so, look no further, we think we have found the answer. It is the Piscifun Platte Fly Fishing Reel.
Made from T6 aluminum, this reel is both extremely lightweight as well as durable. The best part about this particular model is that the drag system is completely sealed off.
What this means for you is that it is protected from the elements.
You will no longer have to worry about sand, gravel or dirt getting inside your reel and damaging your reel.
Not only are you getting a good fly fishing reel, but you are getting one that will last many fishing seasons to come.
Hey, even if he does have everything, I don’t know a fisherman who would say no to a new reel.
A fishing watch
I have a confession to make. I love the next gift idea on our list it is the Suunto Core All Black Military Men’s Outdoor Sports Watch.
This watch has everything a fisherman would want to have on the water, plus it is built to last. As we know, fish tend to bite just before a storm rolls or in or just after it.
To catch fish you need to time things right. What better way than with this watch.
It is equipped with an altimeter, barometer, weather indicator and compass. The best feature of this watch, in my opinion, is that it has a built-in alarm that will notify you when the air pressure drops and a storm is approaching.
This is almost like having an alarm to tell you when the fish will be biting.
(For a list of some of our favorite fishing watches, check out a previous post found here.)
A Waterproof Dry Bag
Looking for a way to keep those valuables dry while out on the water? The Earth Pak -Waterproof Dry Bag is the way to go!
It is made from heavy materials that are meant to last for years and comes in 6 cool colors that make it stick out among its competitors.
Not only does it come in different sizes ranging from 10L to 40L, but it also comes with a waterproof phone case, which will fit even the largest of screens on the market today.
(What I personally love about this case, is that unlike other waterproof cases which only protect those frequent sprays, this one actually allows you to take photos while still in the case. A must-have for any avid fisherman, if I do say so myself!)
Polarized Fishing Sunglasses
Every fisherman is on the look-out for his next great catch, so be sure he doesn’t miss it in these super-stylish polarized sunglasses from Costa Del Mar. Polarized sunnies are the standard in watersports today and are strictly worn by devoted fishermen.
They not only provide excellent protection for those strong rays but help to see your next hook.
These Blackfin shades from Costa Del Mar are one of the best on the market with a built-in non-slip grip due to the hydro lite co-injected lining and (added bonus!) the TR-90 nylon making them resistant to hot and cold.
But best of all- they are extremely comfortable and undoubtedly stylish.
Not sure what to get the fisherman who has (almost) everything? Well, how about a pair of socks?
“Socks?”- You may say, but wait, these aren’t just any pair of socks, these are the Randy Sun Waterproof Socks.
There is nothing worse than having wet feet, wouldn’t you agree?
We generally tend to think about waterproof shoes or boots (an excellent buy, by the way) however, we never really think about keeping our actual legs dry until they are so soaked that the waterproof shoes seemed like a waste.
Don’t let that happen to you nor your friends- check out these knee-high waterproof socks from Randy Sun. They not only can be worn with boots, but they can also be won with a short sneaker as well.
The inner layer helps keeps your feet moisture-free throughout the day, while the middle layer prevents h2o from seeping through.
What I personally like about them is unlike many other waterproof socks on the market that are more like “wetsuits” for your feet, these actually allow your feet to breathe, meaning a more comfortable way to stay dry while out on the water.
A good mug
Ok, next on our list is the ever-so-important mug. Yes, I said mug.
A day on the water -whether fishing for snapper in the Florida Keys or ice-fishing on the Kennebec in Maine- a great mug is a necessity and the Yeti 18oz Rambler is the solution.
Remember those days of waking up at 5:00 am to head into the office, only to find out an hour later your once thought of “hot” coffee is a little less than “warm” to say the least?
Not with the Yeti. Yeti Ramblers are known to be the best in its class due to their stainless steel vacuum insulated technology. They are dishwasher safe, BPA free and won’t sweat, so no worrying about a sleeve.
Also, though the tumblers come in different sizes, they fit in a standard size cup holder, so no wedging it between your legs on your drive to the dock, it will fit just fine in your console.
Oh-and want to know the best part about it? Your piping hot coffee or your icey-cold water will stay that way for hours on end!
What does every fisherman need? A place to put all of his tools of course! The Wild River Backpack by CLC Custom is an obvious choice.
With plenty of storage for trays, tools and more and a built-in LED lighting system, this backpack comes in handy day or night.
No need to worry about getting it wet either- the protective cover can easily shield your contents from any weather condition.
And two great bonus features that are especially handy are the built-in sunglass case to keep those new sunnies protected and the removable plier holder, allowing you to attach it to your belt for fast, easy access.
With all these perks and more, your fish-loving friend will undoubtedly love all this bag has to offer.
There you go! Our list of fishing gift ideas for gifts for the fisherman who has everything.