I’ve thought a lot about choosing three products I’m most excited for this year. So many great baits and variations, but if you’re looking for some awesome holiday fishing gifts, look no further than these three picks.
Surface lures catch giant smallmouth and largemouth here in the Northwest. While walk-the-dog type baits are great, you want to be different than the competition, and the BX Waking Minnow by Rapala fits the bill. It’s a hard bait that lunges side to side through your retrieve. It has a balsa core and a co-polymer shell for durability. At 5 ¼-inches long and weighs in in a ¾-ounce, it’s sure to set the mood for those summertime bites. Retail price: $12.99
Kayaks, canoes, jon boats, and the list goes on. There are so many small boat opportunities and I found a new sonar unit that works as advertised. It turns your smartphone into a fish finder. Buy the kit, install it on your boat and use your phone as your sonar screen. How cool is that? Well worth the money in my opinion. Retail price as tested: $149.95
When it comes to fishing on a realistic budget, many anglers find themselves looking at rods in the $100-$150 range. You want sensitivity, durability and styling. You’re exactly like me. I started fishing glass rods this year thanks to Lamiglas’ new Excell II lineup. I’m raving about the rod and so is Tyler Brinks over at TBrinksFishing.com. Find out why! Retail price: $99