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To many, fishing is the ultimate outdoor sport. You can do it practically anywhere in the world. In North America alone, there are dozens of species available to catch. There’s even a very low barrier to entry: you need a rod, reel, line, bait, and a valid fishing license.
The crux for many anglers, however, is simple: we never seem to have enough cool fishing stuff!
Luckily, Premier Angler has compiled a list of 12 fishing accessories that would make amazing Christmas gifts for the fishing enthusiast in your life!
Keep in mind that while any and all of these would make incredible Christmas gifts for your loved one, it’s also OK to splurge on yourself from time to time, too.
12 Awesome Christmas Fishing Accessories
Rapala is a brand synonymous with high-quality fishing lures and products. The digital scale and fish gripper is certainly no exception!
Some of the key features include:
- 50 lb Weight Capacity: Rest assured that this scale will hold the majority of freshwater fish
- One-Handed Operation: Not only great for convenience, but a must-have in the digital age — you can snap some quality selfies without posing a risk to yourself or your fish
- Over-sized Digital Display: Speaking of those selfies, you can erase all doubt and silence even the most hardened of internet trolls when these big, bold numbers show up for all to see
- 600 Hour Run Time: You can get an entire season of use out of the Rapala digital scale and fish gripper on just two AA batteries
- Different Measurements: Record your catch’s weight in lbs/oz, decimal lbs, or decimal kgs
- 2-Minute Auto Shutoff: This feature will conserve the device’s already outstanding battery longevity
So, let’s face reality here — even the most dedicated and experienced anglers in the world lose expensive lures to snags. Consider John Hoyer, who lost around 300 lures during a walleye fishing tournament at Devil’s Lake.
Hoyer took home a grand prize of over $97,000 for his win, meaning he can probably afford to replace his lost lures. For most of us, however, dropping $30-40 on a weekend can be crushing.
Thankfully, Bass Pro Shops has come up with an awesome product to help us recover some of those lures that would otherwise be lost forever.
The E-Z Lure Retriever comes with a 30-foot cord and two chains that can help untangle even the most tightly snagged hooks.
We all know that old pro who can tie any knot under the sun with complete ease. This is definitely not the gift for him!
For most anglers who take the water, however, there’s still a lot to learn. Instead of leaving them fumbling around, watching a YouTube tutorial on how to tie a new knot, consider this handy, ultra-practical tool for the fishing enthusiast in your life.
Simple, easy, and portable, this is great for the garage, the shore, or the boat.
If nothing else, knowing how to tie a variety of knots does wonders for one’s bragging rights!
Knots included on the cards include:
- Perfection End Loop
- Surgeon’s Knot
- Rapala Knot
- Palomar Knot
- Improved Clinch
- Dropper Loop
- Double Uni-Knot
- Albright Special
- Surgeon’s End Loop
- Blood Knot
- Snell Knot
If you’ve ever had the misfortune of going fishing without a reliable pair of pliers, we’re really sorry.
Rapala’s Stainless Steel Pliers, which come in both 6 1/2″ and 8 1/2″ models, are the go-to for many anglers, including the editors of this website. Why? Because they get the job done!
Whether you need to tune your lure, crimp your split shot, cut some line, or dislodge a deep hook, it’s hard to go wrong with these light, reliable, and affordable pliers.
Remember when we said the crux of most fishing enthusiasts is that we can never have enough gear? Well, fishing rods (and reels) are kind of like tattoos — once you get one, it’s only a matter of time until you get another!
Floor and mounted rod racks have been a staple in many homes, garages, dens, and “man caves” for generations. Hand-crafting a beautiful mounted rack was even a pastime for many crafty anglers during much of the 20th century. Unfortunately, with many anglers faced with the prospect of less time, less space, and fewer resources, creating your own rod rock has become a real challenge.
Luckily, Bass Pro Shops has released a series of spinning floor racks that are both affordable and attractive.
At 26-1/4″ x 17-1/2″, this rack is equipped to hold up to 24 rod-and-reel combos while allowing easy access to each. Its hardwood construction and russet finish also make it suitable for any room of the house.
Yeti has become one of — if not the — premier cooler brand in the United States in recent years. They sport an incredible range of high-quality products, and the Hopper BackFlip 24 Cooler is no different.
As the first Yeti cooler you can wear as a backpack, the Hopper Backflip is sturdy, versatile, and designed to distribute the weight of its contents evenly.
The cooler even comes equipped with ergonomic shoulder straps and a removable waist belt and chest strap!
Other features of note include:
- DryHide™ Shell: Have the comfort of knowing that your bag (and its contents) can survive all types of terrain and conditions
- Superior Ice Retention: It’s no secret — ice lasts longer in a Yeti cooler
- 20-Can Capacity: Thirst will not be an issue with the Hopper BackFlip — carry nearly two dozen cans at a time!
Earlier in the list, we talked about the excellent Rapala digital scale and fish gripper. Now, if you already have a quality digital scale or are simply looking for a reliable fish gripper at an affordable price, look no further.
The Bass Pro Shops Lunker Lock Gripper is sturdy, allowing you to safely and securely handle even the largest freshwater fish. This is an incredibly handy tool for anglers who may not be comfortable holding fish (especially ones with teeth) for catch-and-release photos yet.
The fishing industry has come a long way since Roland Martin brought folded maps with him to Percy Priest Lake during the 1972 Bassmaster Classic.
Now, we aren’t suggesting that maps aren’t useful in this era — they can still be great for recognizing contour lines, potential structure, and more. But the ability to find fish has become so much easier!
Lowrance has been one of the premier names in electronic fish finders for many years and their Hook2 9 TripleShot offers an excellent mixture of cutting-edge technology and affordability.
For starters, the 9″ SolarMAX screen offers great visibility whether you are fishing from a boat or a kayak. Add in a wide-angle sonar system and a high-sensitivity GPS antenna and you’ll be able to find fish with astounding accuracy.
The Hook2 9 TripleShot also comes equipped high precision contoured maps of 3,000 of North America’s most popular lakes, allowing this device to practically do everything for you except actually catching the fish!
You can find reliable rod holders a bit cheaper, and there are plenty with sleeker, more modern designs. That said, when it comes to weight capacity, durability, and consistency, it’s hard to go wrong with the Down-East Salty S-10 Rod Holder. If you plan on trolling for walleye, muskie, or catfish, then this is the rod holder for you!
The go-to rod holder for many big fish anglers across several decades now, Down-East’s S-10 allows for quick rod retrieval and hook-set, is easily adjustable, and features a non-rusting alloy casting that is treated for corrosion resistance.
The fact that every angler doesn’t have access to a high quality fishing boat is a sad-but-true “First World Problem.”
For those folks who spend most of their time fishing from the shore, however, there’s a silver lining. Bass Pro Shops’ Lunker Lounger Fishing Chair makes those days of casting from the bank a little more comfortable!
Equipped with two adjustable fishing rod holders, two cup holders, and padded headrests and armrests, this really is the Cadillac of shore fishing setups. Easily portable, the Lunker Lounger also makes for a great campfire chair.
Also, it’s worth noting that the Lunker Lounger’s strong steel frame can hold up to 400 lbs., making this the fishing chair of choice for even our sturdiest anglers!
Pop Quiz: What’s worse that getting a fish to the side of the boat and having your line snap before you can bring him in?
Now, we don’t expect you to actually answer that question. If this has happened to you, however, we feel your pain!
To prevent this from ever happening again, we recommend the EGO S1/S2 Landing Net Hoop.
The net is crafted with black anodized extruded aluminum that allows it to be both durable and incredibly light. It also features a scoop design that makes it easy to retrieve your fish.
These interchangeable hoops are designed to fit both the EGO S1 Genesis and EGO S2 Slider landing net systems.
The EGO S1/S2 Landing Net Hoop also comes in a variety of sizes and four different net materials:
- Nylon Mesh
- Rubber Mesh
- Rubber Coated Nylon Mesh
- PVC Coated Nylon Mesh
Sometimes the only thing that can make a good fishing trip better is adding a little camping! Unfortunately, a weekend excursion often means our most cherished electronic devices (see: our lifelines) are destined to lose charge.
If you love access to the modern world as much as you do a few days on the water, the good folks at Wild River have you covered!
The Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted Backpack is, simply put, a really awesome bag. Not only does it have ample room to hold your fishing gear and tackle, but it can also help extend the battery life of your portable electronics.
Some of the key features include:
- 3-Level LED Light System: Available in green and white light options, you can easily find your contents within the bag or even use the bag itself as a support light for night fishing
- 5000mAh Rechargeable USB Power Supply: Plenty of power to extend the life of your cell phone, tablet, or other small electronic devices
- 4 Power Adapter Tips and USB Cable: The Tackle Tek Nomad XP supports Apple Lightning, Apple 30-pin, USB micro, and USB mini devices
- Tackle Tray Capacity: There’s room in here — store six 3600 tackle trays or four 3500 tackle trays