Christmas is dangerously close and now is the time to consider gifts for your loved ones. We have compiled 12 potential options for the budding angler or anglers in the family. Have a read and check out the links below to learn more.
1 2019 Shimano Stella 14000PG
No, it is not a typo. Shimano has finally made a PG version of their 14000 sized Stella, potentially making it the top reel choice for big game jigging anglers all over. We used to have the option of the 10000PG size as it has the best gear ratio for jigging and upgrade to a 14000 spool in order to get good line capacity for chasing most deep water game and yet light enough to use the whole day everyday for a week. The next option was the 20000 sized reels that had the line capacity but was a bit too big for some. So here we have the best of both worlds, light and comfortable to use, yet has the line capacity needed to fight big and angry predators of the deep!
2 Costa Sunglasses – Diego
Let’s go ahead and admit it, we have too many sunnies already, but we just have to get one more pair just in case. Apart from keeping our eyes safe and reducing glare and all that good stuff, Costa just launched one of their most advanced fishing focused frames to date, the Diego. We’ve all had fogging issues with other sunnies and with their new spring hinge vent system, airflow is maximized to prevent fogging while keeping things cool. It also has sweat management channels that wick away moisture! They have certainly figured things out over there at Costa. Get their 580G lenses and you have one of the best gifts for Christmas.
3 Penn Slammer III
Another reel in our list of great gift ideas, the Penn Slammer III has been our mainstay in our arsenal of charter gear. Trusted worldwide by charters as they are built to withstand the daily use and abuse of anglers and crew. We have used Slammers for the past few seasons and they are just indestructible. Full metal construction and they are also IPX6 sealed, making it one of the most durable reels out there. And they don’t cost an arm and a leg to get!
4 Yeti Hopper Flip 18
The man-bag every fisherman should fill their beers in. Big enough for 20 cans of beer (tried and true) plus ice to keep them nice and frosty, that should convince you to buy one already! The Yeti Hopper Flip 18 is durable, leakproof and is insulated so well that it can keep ice for days. Oh yeah, it can also hold some tools and accessories, but that’s what your other bag is for right?
5 Simrad GO XSE Fish Finder / Chartplotter Combo
These bad boys right here will be an amazing upgrade to your fishing machine. We’d go for the 9” screen ourselves but they also also come in 5” and 7” versions for smaller vessels or you can take it up to the 12” version for more brownie points from the mates. The Simrad GO XSE Fish Finder has touchscreen controls and you can pair it up to your smartphone or ipad so you can see all the marks anywhere on the boat. Go on, get yourself this amazing fish finder with gps and fish with confidence the next time you head out.
6 GoPro HERO8 Black
Yes, GoPro has improved their action cameras yet again. They just keep innovating and are always ahead of the competition. GoPro HERO8’s HyperSmooth 2.0 just brings their stabilization game to the next level, allowing us to take awesome stable footage on rocky boats even when the action is hot. It is already waterproof, so a bulky case is no longer needed. It has 4 digital lenses built in but the SuperView is our favorite as it is a super wide angle view which is great for shooting scenery while avoiding missing the action when the bite heats up. They have made changes to accommodate mods for a light, microphone and a screen for all you ‘vloggers’ out there. Get ready to change your action cam game on your next trip!
7 Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD
Getting my geeky side out for this one. Whenever you are on extended fishing trips, the chances of you wanting to copy photos from guides and the rest of the fishos are so great and this thingamabob is the perfect tool for just that purpose. The Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD is next level in terms of portability and speed so copying photos and video clips is a breeze and you can’t make up any more excuses for not bringing a thumb drive or an external hard drive. Its form factor is amazing as it can easily fit in your chest pocket! I’d go for the 2TB option any day.
8 Aquatech AxisGo IPhone Casing
Talked about this in our photo upgrades article last time but they now have the new models for the newer iphone 11s! Designed to protect your phone from the harshest weather conditions while enabling you to take awesome photos and videos when you are out on the water. The Aquatech AxisGo allows you to be creative with your photos and do split type shots without you worrying about your phone’s safety. A no brainer for fishermen who loves taking photos and videos with their iPhones.
9 Columbia Rostra PFG Flip Sandal
Nothing more comfortable than some fresh slops. Use the Columbia Rostra PFG Flip Sandal from the beach, the dock and even on your boat for maximum coziness. It is great to use on boats as they have the Omni-grip non-marking rubber outsole so you’re not slipping and sliding on the deck. The techlite footbed is nice and soft to keep your feet away from pain when the water is rough. You also get to choose between a mahi mahi or a marlin emblem on your slops to make them extra legit for fishing.
10 Fishflicks Subscription
All you Netflix fans out there, here is a fishing version perfect for when you can’t get out on the water. Fishflicks is an on-demand 24/7 fishing show streaming site that has no irritating ads (when you purchase a subscription) and has all your favorite fishing shows available to stream anywhere you are. Whether you are on an android or ios device, PC or Mac, you’ll get your dose of fishing without any worries.
11 Bee’s Knees Reel Spooler
Say goodbye to loose line spooling jobs and arguing with your mate about how much tension should be put on as you spool on line. The Bee’s Knees line spooler have been available to anglers the world over for a while now due to their great quality and workmanship. They have a carbontex drag system built in so smooth line feeding can be attained while keeping the right amount of tension for each spooling job. A definite game changer for serious fishermen who use braided line.
12 An Ocean Blue Remote Live On Board Adventure
What better gift than a live on board fishing adventure in Vanuatu— one of the most wild and remote fishing destinations in the South Pacific? Get yourself or your loved one on board Ocean Blue Fishing’s hosted trips for maximum enjoyment and you won’t regret it. Professional guides and hosts will take care of your fishing so it is best to take the experience in with open arms and just enjoy yourself to the fullest. We will be targeting monster giant trevallies, dogtooth tuna, mahi mahi, sailfish, wahoo, and a variety of other species.
Contact us now and get someone (or yourself) the best angler gift ever this Christmas!