On June 19, we honor fathers everywhere. And what better way to tell a fishing dad “thanks” than by giving him something he can really use, whether he’s on or even off the water. Here are 12 gift ideas for this Father’s Day.
Williams RX Flipper
A folding knife is a must-have everyday companion tool. The Williams RX Flipper features all the right qualities for constant carry: a sharp drop-point blade that will retain its edge; a textured G-10 handle; a lanyard loop and clip; and an extended oval for one-hand opening. The RX Flipper measures 8 inches long; its CPM154 steel blade measures 3 ¼ inches. The knife comes in blackout or tan and costs $99.
Garmin quatix 7
The latest iteration of Garmin’s marine smartwatch—the quatix 7—delivers even more onboard control for select Garmin displays as well as multiple features for use on and off the boat. The quatix 7 comes in three models—Standard, Sapphire, and Solar—all come with touchscreen and button controls. They’re compatible with and can control (not just mirror) many GPSMAP units and can include optional BlueChart g3 coastal and LakeVu g3 charts. With internal GPS, the watch monitors a wide variety of activities and sports and is loaded with more than 42,000 golf courses. Health resources include 24/7 heart-rate monitoring, pulse ox, sleep score and energy monitoring. Users can receive smart notifications, use Garmin Pay and personalize everything through the Connect IQ app. The watches range in price from $699.99 to $1,199.99
Guy Harvey Groove Life Rings
Silicone wedding bands have gained great popularity among anglers who are concerned about the safety of metal rings during the sometimes-frenzied circumstances of the sport. As a result, Guy Harvey has partnered with Groove Life to create a line of marine-themed, medical-grade silicone rings. Groove Life’s patented technology enables air to flow in and moisture to flow out, preventing ring rash and sweaty fingers. Anglers can buy Guy Harvey designs such as mahi skin or slammed (billfish). Sizes range from 4 to 14, and prices start at $34.95.
Bajio’s extra-large, bio-based Roca sunglass frames offer complete protection and coverage on the water, reducing glare and light intrusion without fogging, thanks to the vented side shields. Blue-light-blocking technology minimizes eye fatigue and strain. Roca frames are available in shoal tort matte, black matte, and dark tort gloss with either polycarbonate or glass lenses in seven colors. They cost $199 and $249.
Penn Slammer IV
Penn’s new Slammer IV spinning reel features an improved IPX6 sealed body and spool as well as a redesigned drag system with Dura-Drag. Penn added all-brass CNC gear technology, an 8+1 stainless-steel bearing system, and a hydrophobic line roller bearing. Slammer IV reels are available in sizes 2500 to 10500 (weighing 11 to 42.9 ounces); gear ratios range from 4.2-to1 to 7-to-1. The reels cost $259.95 to $379.95.
Grundens SeaKnit Performance Boat Shoe
The lace-up SeaKnit boat shoe features a seamless knit upper and a unique polyurethane overlay that provides light water resistance on wet surfaces. The shoe also comes with a non-marking, natural-gum-rubber outsole with razor-cut siping for traction. A shock-absorbing EVA midsole and comfort footbed provide cushioning. Proprietary fabric treatments resist odor and stains. SeaKnit shoes come in five colors and in sizes 8 through 11 1/2. They cost $109.99.
Bubba Tidal Inshore Rods
Bubba has introduced three inshore rod models—Tidal, Tidal Select and Tidal Pro. Tidal rods feature 24-ton graphite construction, split reel seats and stainless-steel guides. They come in lengths from 6 feet 10 inches to 7 feet 6 inches, in spin or casting models, and cost $129.99. Tidal Selects ($199.99) are made from 24/30-ton Toray graphite and come with Fuji graphite reel seats and Fuji BC Concept-O guides (aluminum-oxide inserts). Spin and baitcast models range from 7 feet to 7 feet 6 inches. Tidal Pros feature 30-ton Toray graphite, Fuji graphite reel seats and Fuji K-Series guides (Alconite inserts). Available in 7-foot or 7-foot-6-inch lengths, and in casting and spinning models, they cost $329.99.
Gill Pro Expedition Shorts
Designed for diehard anglers, Gill’s Pro Expedition Shorts dry quickly and provide full mobility with four-way stretch. The wicking fabric, made from 92 percent polyester and 8 percent elastance, repels water, blood, and other stains and naturally controls odor due to Gill’s XPEL technology. The shorts feature deep side pockets, a zippered tool pocket on the thigh, and double hook-and-loop-closure rear pockets. Side waist adjustment offers extra comfort. Available in sizes XS through 4XL and in graphite, medium gray and pool blue, the shorts cost $79.95.
Fire & Smoke Society Rubs
Fire & Smoke Society started a few years ago in the kitchen of James Beard Award-winner Paula Disbrowe. Each of the brand’s 23 spice blends were developed and refined before they were produced at a larger scale. The rubs include an angler favorite—Fish Monger—a blend of Himalayan pink salt, garlic, herbs, lemon and orange peel. But blends are also available for a variety of meats, and for pork, steak, ribs, tacos, chicken wings and even potatoes. The 10.7-ounce shakers cost $12.99.
Shimano Ultegra XSE
Shimano engineers fortified the Ultegra XSE surf reel to enhance its power and durability. The ultra-rigid CI4+ body reduces flex and directly translates angler effort into winding, and the cold-forged HAGANE Gear offers lasting strength. Shimano’s X-Ship system maintains precise pinion-gear alignment with the drive gear by supporting the pinion gear with bearings on both ends. An exclusive combination of water-repellent coatings and water-channeling construction shrugs off the salt environment’s corrosive elements. Available in the popular 14000 size, the XSE holds 330 yards of 20-pound-test monofilament. The reel is expected to debut in mid-June; pre-orders from select sites are available now at $214.99.
The Lido delivers Costa’s core performance features yet it sports a more modern design geared toward West Coast anglers. The bio-resin frames include vented, adjustable Hydrolite nose pads, top and side shields, sweat channels, spring hinges and thin temples that fit beneath hats. Lido is available in three colors and comes with 580 glass or polycarbonate lenses. The sunglasses cost $197 to $277.
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Noble Oak Bourbon
Noble Oak says its brand was created to offer a great whiskey that gives back—every bottle plants a tree. To celebrate Earth Month in April, the company decided to double that offer by planting two trees for every bottle purchased through June. Noble Oak whiskeys are double-oak matured—first aged in charred new American white oak barrels followed by a trademarked WoodCraft finish for body and flavor. The bourbon costs $36.99; rye costs $41.99.