Holiday Gift Tips for Boaters and Anglers

By: Terry Gibson


If you're struggling with gift ideas, and procrastinating until that perfect idea pops into your head, here are some ideas:

If you have a friend or relative who is a Florida resident, one of the most thoughtful of gifts is a lifetime Florida fishing license. All the proceeds go back into ensuring wise management of our state's spectacular natural resources.

The truth about Florida weather is that it's sunny and warm most days, year round. But afternoon thunder showers, the odd squall coming off the ocean and the occasional cold front can make a fun boatride back to the dock a long, cold and wet one. You need good rain gear in this climate – gear that is impermeable but also breathes so you don't soak in sweat instead. Columbia's Performance Fishing Gear (PFG) Supercell Jacket and PFG Supercell Bib make a tough, dry and breathable combo perfect for this climate.

There are two pieces of outdoor equipment that I rarely leave the house without: a three-piece Temple Fork medium-light action spinning rod and an Olympus Stylus Tough shockproof and waterproof point-and-shoot camera. The rod, designed by legendary angler Gary Loomis, breaks down into three segments so it's easy to travel with. It is the perfect weight to catch most small to mid-size Florida gamefish, like largemouth bass, redfish and speckled trout. You never know when you'll drive by a piece of water too fishy to pass up, or when you'll need the camera to show your better half the fish that caused you to be late for dinner. You also can't beat the warranties on these products.

The traveling angler also needs to be armed with lures that work almost anywhere, in almost any situation. Stuart-based D.O.A Lures makes some of the most effective and versatile soft-plastic lures, lures that work well in fresh and saltwater. The "B.O.B." kit, a.k.a the Best of the Best, offers a diversified collection.

It's been suggested that the word "boat" is actually an acronym for "bail out another thousand." Well, there are also two kinds of "health care" for boats – preventative and prescriptive. With the right tools and attention, you can spare yourself expensive trips to the boating version of the emergency room. As part of a holiday discount, West Marine is offerning a Channellock 132-piece tool kit designed for boaters – perfect for keeping your boat in good shape.

Happy Holidays!

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