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December 04, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Presents for your favorite fisherman from stocking stuffers to extra-special surprises

The holiday season causes the child in each of us to dream about new toys and gifts — both giving them and receiving them. If you’ve got a fisherman on your shopping list, or if you’re a fisherman asked to share your holiday ideas, here are potential gifts in a variety of price ranges.


Gifts Under $50


1. Mold Craft Reel Eel

Fishing LureMold Craft’s new Reel Eel comes in ­7- and 10-inch lengths in 10 colors. Pair the plastic tails with 3/8-, ½- and 1½-ounce gloss-black, powder-coated jig heads to cast for game fish such as cobia, snook and stripers, and jig for snapper, grouper, cod and halibut....


2. Hogy Blue Water Pliers

Hogy Lures says its Blue Water Split Ring Pliers can open the “biggest, nastiest split rings around” — up to 350-pound-test. The industrial-grade aluminum pliers feature replaceable stainless-steel jaws and replaceable tungsten-carbide cutters...



3. Halco Roosta Popper

Halco says it designed the Roosta Popper 160 to produce maximum noise and splash from a medium-size lure while retaining castability, strength and durability. The popper’s shape creates long bubble trails that stream from either side of the lure while the leading edges of the cupped face bite into the water to track straight...



4. Capt. Segull Inshore Fishing Charts

Kayak and small-boat anglers should appreciate Captain Segull’s new smaller — 12-by-18-inch — laminated, double-sided inshore fishing charts. The new charts are 7 inches smaller in width and length than ­traditional versions for easier storage...



5. Bomber 3-Wire Flash Multi-lure Rig

The multilure rigs that have ignited the bass world resemble saltwater umbrella rigs, but they cast rather than troll. To offer ocean anglers the same option, Bomber Saltwater Grade devised the castable 3-Wire Flash...



6. Saltyshores LifeProof Skin

Lifeproof phone caseSport Fishing photo contributor Sam Root designed his own protective phone and tablet cases this past summer, but he recently introduced a product he calls the Saltyshores LifeProof Skin for the waterproof LifeProof iPhone cases currently growing in popularity among anglers. Root printed his own fish photography onto the dye-sublimated aluminum skins, which are fixed to the back of the case with a waterproof adhesive. Designs include redfish, permit, tarpon, dolphin and sailfish. Price is $16.95. Visit


7. Toro Tamer Hollow Core Gel Spun Spliceable Super Braid

Toto Tamer Braided LineToro Tamer’s new Hollow Core Gel Spun Spliceable Super Braid boasts 16 strands for superior splicing capability. The company says the line is easier to work with, opens up better, and provides better grip to the leader when properly served or crimped. The white-colored line comes in 40-, 50-, 60-, 80-, 100- and 130-pound-tests. Twenty-five-meter spools cost $9.99; 1000-meter spools cost $199. Visit


8. Survival Straps Bracelets

Survival Straps BraceletsCreated with paracord, SurvivalStraps can be unwound and converted into a multipurpose rope for any emergency. The company even has a Guy Harvey line, using the artist’s fish imagery on a tag to personalize the bracelet. The handmade, American straps cost $19.95 to $35.95 and come in light- (10 feet of cord) regular- (16 feet of cord) and wide-band (24 feet of cord) sizes. Call 800-971-3360 or visit


9. Yo-Zuri Crystal 3-D Minnow

Yo-Zuri has added a new dimension to its popular Crystal Minnow lineup. The Crystal 3-D Minnow Series features a patented 3D prism finish that reflects like a faceted gem, flashing in every direction...


10. Denali Trophy Bones Collection

Denali shirtDenali Performance Apparel announces its Trophy Bones Collection of Teaser Shirts, which employs state-of-the-art dye-sublimation printing to assure resistance to sunlight fading of the ProtectUV Mega Solar fabric (UPF 50+). Denali also incorporates its WiKZ Moisture Management System, for rapid evaporation even on printed surfaces. The images for the Trophy Bones Collection come from marine artist Marcos Augusto. The long-sleeve shirts are available in seven designs — redfish, bonefish, tarpon, snook, dolphin, yellowfin and marlin — and in seven colors. Sized small to 2XL tall, they cost $45 to $49. Call 800-606-4003 or visit