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December 04, 2012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

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

Gifts $100 to $250



1. Grundens Fish On Jacket

Grundens USA has added the Fish On Jacket to its Gage Technical Gear line. The jacket combines a three-layer soft shell with a 500-denier nylon exterior for warmth and water-resistant protection. Features include the Halo Hood System, a full-length front zipper with a storm flap, adjustable hem and neoprene cuffs, two zippered hand-warmer pockets and an interior zippered chest pocket. Jackets come in tarragon/black or red/black and in sizes from XS to XXL (larger sizes available at slightly higher prices). Price is $149.99. Call 800-323-7327 or visit


2. Lowrance Link-5 VHF

Lowrance designed the new fixed-mount, Link-5 Class D DSC VHF ($179) radio for cost-conscious consumers. The unit features a 1‑by‑1.8‑inch LCD display for GPS lat/lon data, a microphone with six quick keys, an extra-large channel-16 key and a rotary knob for channel changing...



3. Penn Spinfisher V Spinning Reel

The full-metal body was built for saltwater use and features a watertight design with six seals (nine on the rear-mounted Live Liner models). The sealed HT-100 Slammer Drag system keeps internal parts dry...



4. Costa RealTree AP Camo Sunglasses

Costa RealTree AP Camo SunglassesCosta debuts new RealTree AP camo frame colors in styles that include Fantail, Blackfin, Double Haul and Zane. The limited-edition camo glasses are part of Costa’s core sunglass collection, meaning they offer a wrap shape to protect against glare, proprietary anti-fog vents in the frame front, sturdy integral hinges and co-injected nylon construction. The styles are also available in Costa’s patented 580™ lens technology. Lens colors include Costa’s new specialty sunrise option, as well as gray, copper, amber, blue mirror, green mirror and silver mirror. Prices start at $169. Call 800-447-3700 or visit


5. LifeProof Waterproof iPad Case

LifeProof Waterproof iPad CaseLifeProof, makers of a popular, waterproof iPhone case, has released a similar product for iPads. The LifeProof nüüd case is submersible to 6.6 feet, sealed from dirt and shockproof, withstanding drops from four feet. The case features O-rings that lock out moisture from all openings; its frame fits snugly over the iPad but leaves the actual screen uncovered. All iPad features remain fully functional; sound is actually enhanced by the case cavity. The nüüd gives anglers with Wi-Fi-capable electronics the option to use an iPad aboard open boats without worry. The case costs $149.99. A cover/stand costs $29.99. Call 888-533-0735 or visit


6. Sony Point-of-View Action Camera

Sony Point-of-View Action CameraWeighing about three ounces, Sony’s new Action Cam offers a compact, wearable point-of-view option for HD video and still captures. The Cam comes with a waterproof case submersible to 197 feet; a Wi-Fi-enabled version is also available for instant online/mobile sharing and remote control. The Action Cam features SteadyShot image stabilization and roll stability. An ultra-wide Carl Zeiss Tessar lens captures action in a 170-degree-wide field. Five modes include 4x slow motion and HD slow 2x/4x; the camera uses a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor that improves low-light shooting. The Action Cam ships with a rechargeable battery, waterproof case and adhesive mounts. Cost is $199.99 and $269.99 (Wi-Fi enabled). Call 239-768-7547 or visit


7. Maui Jim World Cup Sunglasses

Maui Jim Marlin SunglassesMaui’s new World Cup sunglasses feature a large-wrap, injected-nylon frame with rubber nose pads in four colors: matte-black rubber, chocolate-stripe fade, marlin and matte-green-stripe rubber. They use Maui’s SuperThin glass lenses — 20 percent thinner and lighter than conventional versions; they come with PolarizedPlus2 technology, featuring nine layers of protection. Available in neutral gray, HCL bronze and HT lens colors, World Cups cost $219. Call 888-628-4545 or visit


8. ExOfficio Storm Logic Sweater

ExOfficio Storm Logic SweaterOffered as an outer layer or a cozy mid-layer, ExOfficio’s Storm Logic Sweater is a new addition to the company’s Fall 2012 lineup. The sweater is a lighter, hooded version of the Storm Logic Jacket and converts into an adjustable travel neck pillow. The ripstop shell is insulated with Primaloft Sport and treated to repel moisture. It features micro-fleece-lined pockets and an internal pocket system. Available in black, ensign, granite and yam and in sizes S through XXL, the sweater costs $155. Call 800-644-7303 or visit


9. Penn Legion Inshore Rod

Penn has introduced 19 spinning and conventional rods, comprising the new Legion Inshore series. All are made from 30-ton graphite composite with Fuji stainless-steel guides, Hardloy aluminum-oxide inserts and Fuji graphite reel seats with aluminum hoods. 



10. Daiwa Seagate Reel

With five models from light to medium-heavy action, Daiwa’s new Seagate conventional reels cover numerous angling opportunities. The single-speed composite reels incorporate helical-cut brass gears, an aluminum spool, a carbon star-drag system and infinite anti-reverse. 



11. Columbia Tigershark Duffel

Columbia’s Tigershark technical fishing bag packs a lot into its 10 ½- by-14-by-11-inch frame for times when deck space is limited. The bag’s Techlite bottom provides lightweight structure and waterproof protection, and it’s non-marking. A roomy main compartment handles plenty of gear, including a few tackle boxes; moveable internal dividers allow for customization. A see-through zipped pocket on the top keeps tools in sight. External bungees provide a separate stash for wet, dirty towels. The beefy zippers are reinforced with neoprene barriers to help keep out moisture. The water-resistant Tigershark costs $139. Call 800-622-6953 or visit


12. FoodSaver GameSaver Silver G500

FoodSaver’s GameSaver Silver G500 vacuum-sealing system keeps fish and game fresh up to five times longer than the same meat stored in standard packaging, the company says.
For portability, the Silver G500 model comes with a 15-foot, 12-volt adaptor cord that can be plugged into any vehicle or boat battery port. The model also has a standard 6-foot power cord. The heavy-duty Silver G500 is built for larger fish- and game-processing jobs, features a grab-n-go handle and large buttons, and handles up to 25 repetitive seals. Cost is $199. Call 877-777-8042 or visit