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Best Father’s Day Gifts 2020

10 great saltwater fishing gifts for any dad.

May 16, 2020
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Best Father’s Day Gifts 2020
These top fishing gifts should please any dad. SF Staff

Dads who love saltwater fishing also love fishing gear. That makes it easy to find a great Father’s Day gift for the fishing dad in your life. This year on June 21, give Pops a new reel, rod, lure, spool of line, fillet knife or angling-related electronics and watch his face light up as he imagines using his new gear to catch more fish on the ocean, bay or coastal river this summer.

In fact, he might just duck out of Father’s Day festivities early to cast a line and try out his new gifts. And that’s OK: It is his day, and he get to do what he wants.

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Sport Fishing has assembled an array of potential presents—with a wide price range—to help you home in on the perfect idea for dads who make saltwater fishing a way of life. As you pore over these products, remember that angling dads can never have too much love… or fishing gear. These Father’s Day gifts deliver both.

AFTCO Fillet Knives

AFTCO Fillet Knives
AFTCO Fillet Knives Courtesy AFTCO

Fishing dads love new knives, and so one of AFTCO’s 8-, 10- or 12-inch fish fillet knives will make a great gift. Built in collaboration with Böker Germany, these knives deliver premium blade options for fish processing. All feature stainless-steel blades with full-tang construction and an upswept design. The AFTCO gold titanium finish is bonded to the blade for corrosion resistance. Over-molded, slip-free polypropylene handles ensure a secure grip. The knives start at about $70.

Okuma Cavalla 12II-N Conventional Reel

Okuma Cavalla 12II-N Conventional Reel
Okuma Cavalla 12II-N Conventional Reel Courtesy Okuma

Any dad who fishes in salt water will appreciate Okuma’s new Cavalla 12II-N conventional reel. It incorporates machined-aluminum construction, advanced lever-drag design and two-speed technology in a compact, affordable package. The narrow-frame design makes it comfortable to lay against your wrist while retrieving line or battling fish. It features four ball bearings, silent retrieve and a corrosion-resistant silver-anodized finish. Maximum drag pressure is 15.4 pounds. The reel retails for $319.99.

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Frabill Trophy Haul Landing Net

Frabill Trophy Haul Landing Net
Frabill Trophy Haul Landing Net Courtesy Frabill

Don’t leave Dad without a net, a landing net that is. The Frabill Trophy Haul series features a handled yoke that equalizes pressure to improve balance and remove extra stress when lifting heavy fish; conservation netting protects fish destined for release. The handle extends for extra length and retracts for stowage. The anodized-aluminum finish fends off corrosion in salt water. Available in multiple hoop sizes and handle lengths, net prices start at $89.99.

Penn Fierce III 6000 LL Spinning Reel

Penn Fierce III 6000 LL Spinning Reel
Penn Fierce III 6000 LL Spinning Reel Courtesy Penn

Dads really like spinning reels, so take a look at Penn’s Fierce III 6000 LL, which comes with a lever to allow a fish to run with a bait and feel no pressure until the angler flips the lever forward or turns the handle. Sized for species such as bluefish, cobia, snapper, tautog and school tuna, the 6000 LL features a full metal body and side plate with a Techno-Balanced rotor and four stainless-steel ball bearings for smooth retrieves. Penn’s HT-100 carbon-fiber drag washers smoothly stop the most powerful fish. The reel holds 310 yards of 25-pound monofilament, and it’s priced at $109.99.

Shimano SP-Orca FB Sinking Pencil Baits

Shimano SP-Orca FB Sinking Pencil Baits
Shimano SP-Orca FB Sinking Pencil Baits Courtesy Shimano

If your dad is all about flash, perhaps you should buy him Shimano’s new SP-Orca FB 150S sinking pencil bait, with Flash Boost technology. Shimano suspended foil on small springs inside of the lure’s body, allowing it to constantly emit an attractive flash, even as it pauses during the retrieve. The placement and movement of the foil makes it mimic the movements of an injured baitfish. These lures come with 3X hooks and split rings, through-wire construction, and Shimano’s Propulsion Weight Transfer system for increased casting distance, and cost $22.99.

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Spiderwire Ultracast x8 Braid

Spiderwire Ultracast x8 Braid
Spiderwire Ultracast x8 Braid Jim Hendricks

Dads always appreciate top-quality fishing line such as Spiderwire’s Ultracast x8 braid, now available in low-visibility Inshore Camo and high-visibility Aqua Camo. The smooth, eight-fiber braid is engineered for extremely long casts and offers a high-strength-to-diameter ratio. The Aqua Camo allows Dad to track his line and see every strike, while the Inshore Camo blends with the underwater world for fooling line-wary lunkers. Available in 4- to 100-pound test in a variety of spool sizes, the braid starts at $18.99.

Garmin qautix 6 Marine GPS Smartwatch

Garmin qautix 6 Marine GPS Smartwatch
Garmin qautix 6 Marine GPS Smartwatch Courtesy Garmin

Garmin’s latest-generation marine smartwatch particularly targets techy dads. The quatix 6 combines features of Garmin’s fenix 6 GPS smartwatch with boating and fishing capabilities, including connectivity with compatible Garmin chart plotters and other marine electronics. It offers support for optional BlueChart g3 coastal charts and LakeVu inland maps to serve as a navigation tool. The watch has a 1.3-inch color display and GPS mode and comes in two versions: one with stainless-steel hardware and a silicone band for $699.99, and the quatix 6 Titanium with a sapphire-crystal lens, titanium hardware and watchband for $999.99.

XtraTuf Wheelhouse Deck Boots

XtraTuf Wheelhouse Deck Boots
XtraTuf Wheelhouse Deck Boots Courtesy Xtratuf

The older Dad gets, the more he appreciates comfortable footwear. The XtraTuf Wheelhouse ankle deck boots not only keep feet dry but they also feature a wider design to accommodate swelling from standing long hours on deck. The upper is reinforced in the toe and heel for maximum durability. An EVA/PU-blend insole offers all-day comfort, and an SRC-rated outsole provides industry-leading traction on wet decks. Available in men’s sizes 7 to 15 and in brown, gray camo, white and navy blue, the boots cost $130 a pair.

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Ocean Born Saltwater Lures

Ocean Born Saltwater Lures
Ocean Born Saltwater Lures Courtesy Band of Anglers

Ocean Born multiaction saltwater lures can pop, spit, walk the dog or create a bubble trail—and even swim like a billed minnow. The lures come in three designs: Floating, Sinking and Super Long Distance. Dad can fish these versatile lures by popping or ripping them along the surface, walking the dog, or swimming them like a swimbait; the SLD model can even be jigged on the bottom. Prices start at $22.

Bubba Blade Electric Knife Set

Bubba Blade Electric Knife Set
Bubba Blade Electric Knife Set Courtesy Bubba Blade

If Dad prefers an electric knife, take a look at this cordless fillet knife from Bubba Blade. The set comes with four different blades made from high-carbon stainless steel and coated with titanium nitride for corrosion resistance. The knife and blades arrive in an EVA-molded case that includes two batteries and a charging cord. Bubba Blade boasts that this product features the longest run time of any electric fillet knife on the market. The set costs $125.99.

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