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2016 Holiday Gifts for Fishermen

Unique Gifts for Fishermen This Christmas

December 2, 2016

Cuda Professional Knives

Cuda Brand Professional Fishing Knives
Cuda Professional knives range in length from 6 to 10 inches. Courtesy of Cuda Brand

Cuda’s Professional fishing knives are great gifts for fishermen, spanning an array of seven models, from a 6-inch fillet knife to a 10-inch breaking knife. The knives are constructed from U.S.-made stainless Carpenter Steel that’s titanium-bonded for hardness, sharpness and corrosion resistance. The knives are then layered with a nonstick coating. The handles are made from Micarta (a super-high-end, co-molded canvas). The full-tang knives come with hard sheaths and range in price from $49.99 to $94.99. Visit cudabrand.com.

FishHunter Directional 3D Fish Finder

FishHunter Directional 3D Fish Finder
FishHunter’s Directional 3D fish finder features five transducers. Courtesy of FishHunter

FishHunter’s Directional 3D portable wireless fish finder has five tri-frequency transducers that show your depth — up to 160 feet — as you slow-troll or reel the unit back. At the same time, those transducers create detailed bathymetric and 3D charts of your favorite hot spots. The 300-watt FishHunter 3D also comes with a directional casting view that tells you where to toss your bait in relation to the floating sonar, which transmits up to 200 feet. The round bobber-shaped unit weighs 6½ ounces and pairs to your smartphone or tablet using Wi-Fi. Gifts for fishermen don’t get any better than this! The rechargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours. Price is $249.99 at fishunter.com.

Grundens Dark & Stormy Jacket and Bib

Grundens Dark & Stormy Jacket and Bib
Grundens Dark & Stormy foul-weather gear Courtesy of Grundens

Made from waterproof and breathable eVent fabric, Grundens new Dark & Stormy Jacket and Bib offer full-featured weather protection. The jacket comes with a stretch wind/water skirt, waterproof front zipper, adjustable-hem cord locks, adjustable neoprene cuffs and five large, zippered chest pockets. Two zippered hand pockets keep wet fingers warm, and a rear zippered and bellowed game pocket offers room to store large items. The bib come with adjustable suspenders and a waist cinch, a stretch side/back panel, cargo pockets, chest-high handwarming pockets, and a waterproof crotch zipper. Available in dark slate (pictured) and olive night and in sizes S to 3X, the jacket costs $380 and the bib, $350. Visit grundens.com.

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Hogy Pro Tail Series

Hogy Lures Pro Tail Series
Hogy’s Pro Tail paddletail and eel lures come in multiple sizes and colors for inshore fishing. Courtesy of Hogy Lures

Designed for serious anglers targeting species such as striped bass, tarpon, bluefin tuna and snook, the Hogy Pro Tail Series soft-plastic lures come prerigged in two styles: paddles and eels. Paddles come with 2 to 5 ounces of weight and in five colors; they cost $8.95 to $12.95. Eels measure 7 or 9 inches and are available in three colors for $5.95 and $6.95. Both feature a UV-infused body for increased visibility and a 3X 10/0 VMC Barbarian jig hook. Bulk packs of 10 baits in either style cost $39.95 to $59.95. Visit hogylures.com.

Huk Packable Rain Jacket

Huk Packable Rain Jacket
Huk’s lightweight packable foul-weather jacket Courtesy of Huk

Huk’s new Packable Rain Jacket is 100 percent water- and windproof while remaining breathable and quick-drying. The lightweight stretch jacket features taped seams, a three-piece elastic draw-cord hood and draw-cord hem, Velcro cuffs, and underarm zip vents, which let additional humidity out when needed. Available in black or charcoal gray and in sizes S to XXXL, the jacket packs into its own pocket and costs $99.99 at hukgear.com.

Tauten LineWelder

Tauten LineWelder Tool
Tauten’s LineWelder makes secure line connections. Courtesy of Tauten

When an angler ties a knot in mono, braid or fluorocarbon, the line must bend, which weakens the material. Tauten’s LineWelder creates a connection without bending the line, resulting in virtually no strength loss. Run the line through the hook eye and back over the LineWelder. Push a button and the line welds to itself in seconds; it’s a process used by doctors to tie surgical knots. The LineWelder operates using replaceable polymer cartridges that can each create 12 welds. The LineWelder costs $199.95; buy three replacement cartridges for $11.99 at tauten.com.

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XTRATUF 6-Inch Ankle Deck Boot

XTRATUF 6-Inch Ankle Deck Boots
XTRATUF 6-inch boots come in seven different colors and in sizes 7 to 14. Courtesy of XTRATUF

XTRATUF designed the 6-inch ankle deck boot specifically for sport fishermen. The waterproof boot is lightweight and features XTRATUF’s proprietary evaporative XpressCool liner, which wicks away moisture and creates a cooling sensation as your feet start to sweat. Chevron outsoles grip surfaces without leaving scuffs or marks. The boots come in sizes 7 to 14 and cost $79.99; $89.99 for Kryptek camouflage versions. The Pontus and Yeti Kryptek versions will be available February 2017, while the Black and Mandrake options will be available August 2017. Visit XTRATUF.

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