Father’s Day Gift Guide

21 great fishing gear and gift ideas for Dad.

May 14, 2021

Forget the tie or the golf balls, here are 21 fishing gift ideas that are guaranteed to elicit any angling Dad’s gushing praise. Father’s Day falls on June 20!

Huk Tide Point short-sleeve shirt for fishing
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Huk Tide Point

Equally at home on water or land, Huk’s Tide Point collection features long- and short-sleeve shirts. Hydrophobic fibers transport water and sweat away from the skin to the clothing’s exterior, where the moisture can evaporate. The shirt backs and underarms feature laser perforations for breathability. To protect your skin, Tide Point offers a 30+ UPF rating. The shirts also come with a mesh-backed chest pocket and a microfiber wipe for sunglasses. The polyester woven material delivers four-way stretch. Available in solid colors and fish plaid, and in sizes S through 3XL, the shirts cost $48 to $67.

AFTCO X Boker knives make filleting fish easy
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AFTCO’s 8-, 10- and 12-inch fillet knives (top three) and 7- and 9-inch flex filet knives were made in collaboration with Boker Germany and feature 4116 German stainless-steel blades with full-tang construction, an AFTCO gold TiN finish bonded to the blade, and an upswept design. The textured polypropylene/TPR grips provide maximum hold in wet conditions. The knives come with a sheath and cost $69 to $89.

Penn Fathom Low-Profile fishing reel
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Penn Fathom Low-Profile

Penn brought its popular Fathom brand into the realm of low-profile baitcasting reels for saltwater applications. The reels feature a full-metal body and right side plate, HT-100 drag system, and a brass main gear. They’re available in sizes 200, 300 and 400 with standard and high-speed options. Fathoms also come with a dual-action casting brake, TiN-coated levelwind system, and seven bearings. Max drags range from 24 to 30 pounds. Fathoms start at $250.

Rapala RAIN jacket and bibs protect while fishing
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Rapala RAIN

Waterproof and breathable, Rapala’s RAIN jacket and bibs feature two-layer, mid-weight fabric construction with a polyester mesh lining. Jackets come with adjustable drawstrings, a two-way hood, an outer chest zip pocket with an attached microfiber cloth, two D-rings, a magnetic flap on the main zipper, two hand-warmer pockets, and adjustable cuffs. The bibs come with adjustable suspenders and waist, hand warmer pockets, cargo-style leg pockets, an interior pouch pocket, two D-rings, magnetic zipper flap, zip-to-knee zippers, and a single snap-up hem. The jacket and bibs each cost $149.99.

Costa Blackfin Pro sunglasses protect your eyes while on the water
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Costa Blackfin Pro

An enhanced version of one of Costa’s most popular frames, the Blackfin Pro builds off the original look and fit with six new angler-focused additions. Along with a vented and fully-adjustable nose pad, sweat channels and eyewire drains help keep vision clear. Side shields and hooding keep the sun out, and new stickier Hydrolite grips keep the frames in place. The Blackfin Pro comes in three frame colors—matte gray, midnight blue, and matte black—with glass lenses in several colors including blue mirror, green mirror, gray mirror, copper silver mirror, and gray. They cost $249 to $269.

Gill Overton is water-resistant and lightweight
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Gill Overton

The lightweight, breathable Overton features Gill Fishing’s new XPEL water-, stain- and odor-resistance technology. Mesh-lined rear vents enhance comfort on hot days; use the built-in microfiber panel to clean sunglasses while sight fishing. The long-sleeve shirt comes with dual chest pockets; snag-proof stud fasteners; a fabric strip to hang glasses or a small tool, and roll-up sleeves with a retainer loop and button. Available in blue check or white and in sizes XS through 4XL, the shirt costs $59.95.

Shimano Twin Power XD is a tough spinning reel
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Shimano Twin Power XD

Shimano says Twin Power XD is the toughest model in its Magnumlite lineup of spinning reels. The Magnumlite rotor delivers ultra-fast line pickup and increased lure control in high winds. Shimano moved the bail-return mechanism from the line-roller side to the mounting-cam side to reduce overall weight and improve precision. The reels also feature MicroModule Gear II for smooth reeling and a rigid-aluminum Hagane body. Available in three sizes—3000, 4000, and 5000—the reels feature 6.4- or 6.2-to-1 gear ratios and handle 20- or 40-pound test, depending on size. They cost $449.99 to $479.99.

Okuma SRT Inshore Elite fishing rods
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Okuma SRT Inshore Elite

For superlight all-day casting for snook, redfish and trout, Okuma created the SRT Inshore Elite spinning rods. These rods are built off a responsive 30-ton graphite blank and feature ultimate flex reinforcement tip technology. Available in seven models measuring 7 or 7 ½ feet, the rods weigh 5 to 5.4 ounces, with medium-light, medium, medium-heavy or heavy power. The rods feature tapered full-cork grips, Fuji TVS reel seats and Fuji K-Concept guides, and cost $129.99 to $139.99.

Garmin GPSMAP 86i includes satellite communication capabilities
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Garmin GPSMAP 86i

Garmin’s GPSMAP 86i floating handheld features a sunlight-readable 3-inch color display, a worldwide basemap, and inReach satellite communication capabilities, which enable two-way text messaging and interactive SOS. Share position using GPS-based location tracking. Wireless connectivity allows the unit to display boat data from compatible chartplotters and instruments. The 86i also functions as a remote control for Garmin autopilots and Fusion audio products. Its adjustable GPS filter smooths speed and heading indications over swells. The internal, rechargeable lithium battery provides up to 35 hours of operation in 10-minute tracking mode and up to 200 hours in expedition mode. The 86i costs $599.99; subscription costs range from $11.95 to $64.95 per month.

Toadfish Stowaway knife and cutting-board combo
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Toadfish Stowaway

Toadfish’s Stowaway knife and cutting-board combo bundles multiple qualities into a compact product. The folding filet knife features a 7-inch titanium-coated blade and other titanium, corrosion-resistant components, a non-slip rubber grip, and a stowaway carabiner. The cutting board is made from non-porous, high-density polyethylene and folds from 12-by-16 inches to 3-by-16 inches. Dishwasher-safe, the board comes with a magnetic closure, two-stage knife sharpener (with carbide and ceramic sections), and an anti-skid bottom. The set costs $96 and includes a neoprene case.

XtraTuf Canvas Sharkbyte deck shoe features breathable canvas
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XtraTuf Canvas Sharkbyte

The Sharkbyte deck shoe features a breathable canvas upper with a hint of suede, a non-marking, slip-resistant Chevron outsole, and a mesh lining. Xtratuf also adds a water-repellent coating for better protection. The shoes weigh about 0.5 pounds, and come in sizes 7 through 14. Colors include black camo (pictured), camo, black, peacoat blue, and burnt olive. They cost $75.

Plano Z-Series 3700 Tackle Bag
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Plano Z-Series 3700

Designed without zippers for serious saltwater use, Plano’s Z-Series 3700 Tackle Bag features a waterproof base, PVC fabric and easy-access attachment points. The bag comes with two 3700 StowAway utility boxes for customized interior storage. Exterior, mesh side pockets hold small leader spools and other necessities. The bag measures 10-by-18.8-by-10.2 inches and costs $79.99.

Columbia PFG Blood and Guts III delivers UPF protection
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Columbia PFG Blood and Guts III

Ultralight and designed to repel stains, Columbia’s PFG Blood and Guts III woven shirt is made from polyester twill. It delivers UPF50 sun protection and features a rod holder, sun-protection collar, sunglass-cleaning patch and vents. Available in sizes XS through XXL and in nine colors including carbon (pictured), the shirt costs $45 (short sleeve) and $55 (long sleeve).

Bubba Pro Series Electric knife delivers powerful cutting technology
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Bubba Pro Series Electric

Bubba designed its new Pro Series cordless electric fillet knife to meet the requirements of hardcore anglers by delivering powerful cutting efficiency. The brushless motor delivers 21 percent more torque, 22 percent more motor efficiency and up to 100 percent more power than competitors, Bubba says. The kit comes with 7- and 9-inch E-Flex and 9- and 12-inch E-Stiff high-carbon stainless-steel blades with titanium-nitride coating. The Pro Series also comes with two lithium-ion batteries; the Magnum Battery is sold separately and can be added for more power and runtime. The set costs $214.99.

FishLab Tackle Bags have loads of cargo space
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FishLab Tackle Bags

FishLab Tackle Roller Bags are available in small and large sizes; both deliver loads of cargo space. They’re made from a heavy-duty water-resistant fabric and come standard with FishLab’s smoke-tinted tackle boxes, an extending arm for easy transport, four rod holders with straps, rust-resistant zippers, and a hidden rain screen. The FishLab Backpack features padded straps and a padded back. The backpack comes with or without boxes. Roller bags cost $169.99 and $189.99, and the Backpack costs $119.99 to 139.99.

Bajio Bales Beach sunglasses blocks 95 percent of blue light
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Bajio Bales Beach

New to the fishing market this year, Bajio introduces the Bales Beach wrap-around sunglasses molded with the company’s bio-based nylon for light weight and durability. The curved lenses come in six colors and employ patented polarizing technology that blocks 95 percent of blue light. The frames also deliver additional side coverage to block more light and glare on the water. Available in basalt matte, dark tort gloss, black matte, and green cerveza matte, the frames with glass lenses cost $249; frames with polycarbonate lenses cost $199.

Grundens Full Share is built for recreational fishermen
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Grundens Full Share

Grundens took a jacket used by commercial fishermen and adapted it to be more breathable and versatile for recreational anglers. The version pictured, in King Crab Orange (through a partnership with Yeti), includes gray accents. The rugged waterproof jacket also comes in high-vis yellow, black, and Opilio (red). Features include two zippered hand pockets, YKK Aquaguard zips, and adjustable cuffs and hood. Available in sizes XS through 3XL, Full Share costs $119.99 to $129.99.

Yeti Rambler 12-Ounce Colster keeps beverages cold
Yeti Rambler 12-Ounce Colster Courtesy Yeti

Yeti Rambler 12-Ounce Colster

Made from thick-gauge stainless steel, Yeti’s 12-ounce Colster can insulator features an updated gasket and double-wall vacuum insulation to keep beverages straight-from-the-cooler cold. The Colster measures 3 inches across and 4 ¾ inches high, and weighs 8.3 ounces empty. The design prevents condensation to keep your hands dry. Dishwasher safe, the Colster comes in multiple colors including the limited-edition King Crab Orange (pictured) and costs $24.99.

DEEP Eco Series Docktales is a long-sleeve performance shirt
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DEEP Eco Series Docktales

DEEP Apparel created its Eco Series Docktales long-sleeve performance shirt to go from boat to bar, with a conscience. Each polyester shirt is made from recycled bottles removed from the environment. With each purchase of a shirt, 15 percent of the proceeds goes to No Shoes Reefs and its partners The Reef Ball Foundation. Available in unisex sizes S through XXL and in royal blue, Docktales cost $48.

PK Grills PKGO is expandable to 400 square inches
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PK Grills PKGO

Built with cast aluminum, PK Grills’ PKGO features 200 square inches of cooking surface, expandable to 400 square inches with its FlipKit—the lid becomes a second hibachi-style grill. Features include dual water-shedding radial exhaust valves; a digital-probe access door; two-position, ceramic-boated cast-iron cooking grid; partitioned lower vents for airflow intake, and a heavy-duty stainless charcoal grate. A portion of PKGO sales is donated to No Kid Hungry. The grill costs $269.99.

Weego Jump Starter 44s is a portable jump starter
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Weego Jump Starter 44s

No bigger than most cell phones, the Weego Jump Starter 44s offers peak/cranking current of 1,700A/440A to start gas engines up to 7L or diesels up to 3.5L. The unit can last more than a year on standby power from a single charge; reliable operation should continue for 1,000 charging cycles. The starter’s lithium technology allows it to effectively jump a battery as low as 0.5 volts. Featuring Smarty Clamps, a micro-USB recharging cord, and a carry bag, the 44s is rated IP65 for water, dust and dirt resistance and costs $92.99.


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