For some folks it’s a grind, others the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, holiday shopping can be all of that and more. That’s why every year here at The Fisherman, we try and make everyone’s December one to truly remember. If you’re struggling with the right gift, our Holiday Gift Guide has a few cool ideas at just about every price point imaginable, whether you’re looking for a couple of stocking stuffers to help ol’ Saint Nick, or you need that perfect present that everyone knows came from you.
Of course, you can’t forget about yourself either! Do as we do, grab a Sharpie, circle and star your very favorite selections and leave the glossy color pages pinned to the fridge, the cabinets, on car seats, lunch boxes, pillows and anywhere else loved ones are apt to find your very subtle hints!
Hands-down one of the hottest conventional reels this fall, the Accurate Tern TwinStarDrag reel is fast becoming a favorite of anglers everywhere. Available in three sizes, two different gear ratios and both left and right-hand retrieve. This is the first true star drag reel to feature Accurate’s patented twin drag technology, which packs 30-plus pounds of fish stopping drag power in a compact package. $279.95 – $299.95 depending on size and made right here in the USA.
HOOKER ELECTRIC REELS
The Hooker Electric 50 motor with level wind, digital back-lit line counter and auto stop feature is the most versatile electric reel on the market today. The compact and sleek design includes full variable speed, 12 and 24 VDC system, superior drag and low speed functional handle. The system is great for deep-dropping popular species like tile fish and swords, as well as high-speed trolling, kite fishing and more. Other models are available to fit PENN International and Shimano Tiagra reels, and custom colors available including silver, blue, black, green and gunmetal.
QUANTUM ACCURIST S3
Low profile reels like the Quantum Accurist S3 have taken the inshore saltwater world by storm. “Performance-Tuned” (PT) means they’re built to perform, but what’s most unique about the Accurist S3 is the Flippin’ Switch, great for dropping back on fluke or stripers. Press the thumb bar to drop back in free spool, then lift your thumb off and you’re back in gear without touching the reel handle. High speed or standard, right hand or left hand, it’s a reel winner at just $99.
OKUMA SURF 8K
They say that distance doesn’t matter in the surf until it does, and the all-new Okuma Surf8K long-casting surf spinning reel features the latest technology to give surfcasters the ultimate distance on every cast whether pitching big baits or heavy plugs into the surf.At just $99.99, the Surf8K contains six total stainless steel ball bearings and features a massive fish-stopping 40 pounds of drag pressure with its carbonite drag washers.
SHIMANO TEKOTA REEL
Shimano brings the HAGANE concept to the popular Tekota line in the new 500 and 600 reels. Now more compact, more ergonomic and lighter with Shimano’s S-Compact body design, both sizes are offered in right- and left-hand retrieve and standard and line-counter versions.All six reels feature durable cross carbon drags, shielded anti-rust bearings, and up to 24 pounds of max drag pressure. Whether you troll inshore or drop deep baits, the Tekota reel is a powerful option with the added convenience of a levelwind and an easy-to-swallow price tag of $209.99 for the 500 size and $219.99 for the 600.
FIN-NOR TROPHY SERIES
Fin-Nor Trophy Spinning Reels are lightweight, corrosion resistant, with a stainless steel main shaft and double-shielded ball bearings. With metal spool and large, oversized handle, these Fin-Nor reels provide heavy duty performance and an eye-popping price of just $50. Paired with a Fin-Nor Trophy rod of 7 to 10 feet in length for just $79, the Fin-Nor Trophy team is about the best value for the money you’ll find this holiday season.
STAR S7000 & S8000 GREENIE
Building on the popularity of the S-Series reels, the Limited Edition Greenie S7000 and S8000 reels from Star Fishing Tackle are a modernized version of a classic saltwater reel built specifically for surf fishermen. Built to shine in the harsh saltwater surf environment, these reels are a bargain as $199, loaded with features only found on high-end reels, and would make a great gift for that surfcaster in your life.
VAN STAAL VR 50 SPINNING REEL
Featured in last year’s Gift Guide but still in high demand is this ultimate gift for the light tackle angler who spends time chasing inshore gamefish like stripers, false albacore and bluefish here in the Northeast, and bonefish, tarpon, permit and redfish during forays to our south. Weighing in at just 8.9 ounces, it can easily handle any light tackle, inshore fishing situation you encounter here or wherever your fishing travel takes you. Suggested retail is $489.
DAIWA SALTIST STAR DRAG
Get your “mojo” rising this holiday season with the new Saltist Star Drag reel from Daiwa. There are actually 11 reels in the Saltist series, but in terms of trolling up big stripers, Daiwa dropped the gear ratio to 5.1:1 in the new Saltist “P” series to meet the needs of Northeast fishermen, particularly those trolling plugs and mojos for big stripers. The SALTIST50P star drag holds 390 yards of 50-pound Daiwa J-braid, provides 22 pounds of drag and retails at around $260.
ABU GARCIA REVO TORO BEAST
A great example of fresh/salt crossover in terms of gear with low profile reels; once exclusive to bass masters and muskie guys, the striper world is now embracing the low profile ergonomic feel and lightweight design. The Abu Garcia Revo Toro Beast is engineered to provide great strength and uncompromising performance in a unique, low profile package. Power Stack Carbon Matrix Drag System provides extreme drag pressures and smoothness, with aircraft grade aluminum spool for high strength. Starting at $399.
Hard to keep on shelves this fall is the new “Patriot” wrappedAvet Raptor series reel. Made in the U.S.A., Avet reels are precision machined from solid 6061-T6 marine grade aluminum, and solid stainless steel stock, with incredible strength and corrosion resistance. The performance of the AvetRaptor Two-Speed Lever Drag Casting Reel is incredible ($500), and the new American Flag Patriot wrap is truly one of a kind.
JIGGING WORLD COMBO
Pair Jigging World’s newest conventional reel, the Helios, with one of their bestselling rods like the Black Demon for a match made in bottomfishheaven. The Helios ($199.99) is a lightweight, aluminum body star drag that holds 200 yards of 50-pound braid, with a 5.1:1 gear ratio and 25 pounds of max drag. Match to a Black Demon spiral wrapped rod ($248.99) for the ultimate local combo whether you’re targeting cod, stripers, deepwater fluke or jumbo blackfish.
PENN PURSUIT III COMBOS
No doubt the PENN Spinfisher VI is about the hottest thing going this fall sized from the 2500 ($139.95) to 8500 ($249.95); so after you pick one up for yourself this month, add a PENN Pursuit III Combo to your cart for friends and relatives. Carefully paired rod and reel combinations by PENN product experts, each Pursuit III reel is matched with the rod that’s purpose-built as its counterpart. Outstanding gift combos from $79.99 to $99.99 (also available in LE – Ladies Edition).
VAN STAAL VF SERIES FLY REELS
Any fly fisherman will love the innovative design of these light, strong and durable reels. All six models feature a smooth and powerful carbon fiber drag system packed into a simple waterproof design. The LW (Light Weight) series featuresexceptional drag pressures and waterproof sealed protection. The HD (Heavy Duty) models are designed to battle big fish under the harshest conditions. All models are waterproof and anodized for protection.MSRP between $250 and $550 depending on size.
TSUNAMI TROPHY 2 SURF RODS
If you’re looking for a high-performance surf rod with all the features of a high-end rod, but without the high price tag, then look no further than the new Tsunami Trophy 2 surf rods! Ranging in price from $69 to $119, the high-density graphite fiber blanks are built with a 70/30 split, which produces the strength, feel and power generally only found in a 1-piece blank. Choose from 7-foot one-hand spin rods to 12-foot XH conventional to 8-1/2-foot distance spin models for almost any type of surf fishing application.
MAXEL PLATINUM SLOW PITCH RODS
Slow pitch style rods are all the rage with anglers targeting everything from blackfish to tuna, and the Maxel Platinum Slow Pitch Rod series provides extraordinary lifting and fighting power in a slim profile blank. Available in three spinning and three conventional versions, all rods are built with Fuji Alconite K frame guides and Fuji graphite reel seats with back stop lock. The conventional models are built with a spiral wrap guide layout for maximum performance under a heavy load. For just $139 for all six models, this is a tough rod deal to beat at any price!
CENTURY WEAPONS SERIES INSHORE RODS
Highly respected for their top of the line surf rods, Century is delivering the same high performance in their light weight, powerful and durable Weapons Series rods. Two models are currently available. The Weapon is 7 feet 6 inches with a lure range of 1/2 to 2.5 ounces and can handle lines to 80-pound test. The Weapon Jr. is a 7 footer with a range of 1/4 to 2 ounces and lines to 20-pound test. Both feature, graphite infused reinforced carbon blanks with a Textreme outer finish for extra power and durability, Fuji Torzite guides and Alps Rapid Fire reel seats. Retail around $500.
LAMIGLAS BLACK INSHORE SERIES RODS
Lami’s new Black Inshore rod lineup is a high value, affordable series of five casting and five spinning models ideally suited to targeting key Northeast and Mid-Atlantic species like fluke, false albacore, blackfish, sea bass, cod, bluefish and striped bass. Models range from 6’11” to 7’6” with a range of actions from medium light to extra heavy. All models feature one piece graphite construction, Fuji Alconiteguides and Fuji reel seat, custom tapered cork handle and black trim withsilver inlays. Priced at just $124.95 to $144.95, these rods would make a great gift for any inshore angler.
TICA SAMIRA SURF RODS
Tica is known for great value at affordable prices and their Samira UEHD Surf Series is no different. Featuring high quality Fuji Alconite ring guides on high modulus graphite blanks and TICA graphite reel seats, these rods share some of the same features and provide similar performance to higher priced rods. Available in 12 models from 7 feet to 10 feet, they range in price from $89.95 to $125.95.
CROIX MOJO YAK RODS
Fresh off its win as the Best In Show in the saltwater rod category at ICAST this summer, St. Croix’s Mojo Yak delivers all of the features necessary to meet the unique demands of kayak fishing. Specifically designed for fishing within the confines of a kayak, these rods feature super durable Kigan Master Hand 3D guides, tacky and comfortable reel handles constructed with polymer grip technology for non-slip performance, a shorter split-grip for better handling, and high-modulus SCIII graphite blanks crafted with St. Croix’s Integrated Poly Curve® technology. Available in six spinning and two casting models, from 7 feet to 7 feet, 6 inches.Priced from $150 to $160. www.stcroixrods.com
GRUNDÉNS DECK BOSS BOOTS
Even the best day of fishing can quickly be ruined by cold, wet and uncomfortable feet, and fishermen have long known that quality footwear is as important to one’s success as is the right bait. The GrundénsDeck Boss boot has a strong following, and this year they added both a safety toe and an insulated version to the family. All three boots use Grundéns proprietary SRC rated Herkules Grip outsole for superior traction, the safety toe version ($154.99) adds an ASTM certified steel toe, and the insulated version ($159.99) utilizes 5mm of AeroGel insulation through the entire upper, providing superior warmth.
RAPALA ELEMENTS PERFORMANCE APPAREL
Inspired by the elements, Rapala’s new collection of long-sleeved performance shirts feature patterns inspired by earth, water and wind. Each shirt provides UV protection while also camouflaging the angler with multidirectional, photo-realistic images that disrupt the human outline, adding a new level of functionality to a sleek camo look. Stay cool, dry and comfortable all day long in these great performance shirts, starting at just $39.99.
Equally at home on the open seas as it is a frozen lake, the StormrStrykr series has been totally upgraded for the 2019 fishing season. Both the jacket and bibs are a full 25 percent lighter in weight and feature 20 percent more stretch for even more comfort and mobility. Stormr’s Neoprene Core Technology is both windproof and waterproof while providing superior insulating qualities against the harshest of elements. Both the jacket and bibs are available for $349.95 each.
Striper Hunter, Fluke Hunter, Blackfish Hunter – New Jersey based 444 Sportswear is designed and manufactured for local fishermen by local fishermen, and their apparel features unique designs and imagery of fish that matter to us locally. UPF 50+ performance designed to keep you cool and protected from the sun, with your favorite “hunter” target across the front at about $40. Available in stores with full line at
GUY COTTEN FISHING TOP
The latest Guy Cotten breathable waterproof fishing top made with Aquastar waterproof and breathable fabric features a hood with visor to help decrease spray in your face and comes in at just $126 for S to XL sizes, $138 for XXL. It’s a great price point this season on a top quality Guy Cotten waterproof top with elasticated cuffs with snap fastener, thermal taped seams and velcro over gusset. For that really special someone, for around $290 you can go with the Guy Cotten Surf 1200 Series and keep ‘em fishing all winter long.
HODGMAN AESIS SONIC ZIP STOCKING FOOT WADERS
Whether shopping for a surfcaster or trout fisherman, these latest waders from Hodgmanfeature the latest innovations in wader technology and are sure to be a welcomed addition to any wading angler’s gear. They feature Sonic welded 2.0 seams; two micro–fleece lined hand warmer pockets with water resistant zippers; a suspender system that converts waders from chest to waist level without removing the suspenders; anatomically correct left and right neoprene booties; breathable 4-layer upper for moisture transfer; five-layer seat and legs with no inside seam to prevent leaks, and a tough exterior that eliminates rips and tears. MSRP $399.95.
SIMMS G-3 GUIDE BOOTFOOT WADERS
Looking for a top of the line wader for that special angler? Simms G-3 Guide Waders feature an upper of three-layer GORE-TEX Pro Shell, and four-layer GORE-TEX Pro Shell in seat and legsfor breathable all-day comfort and durability. Seven-mm neoprene insulation and a grid fleece lining in the boot ensure feet stay warm and dry. Cold weather trout and surf fishermen will appreciate the reach-through microfleece-lined hand-warmer chest pocket to keep their hands warm, and the flip out pocket for storing essential tools and items like leader wallets. MSRP $799.95. Stocking foot model available for $499.95.
CUDA PROFESSIONAL SNIPS
Whether you need to cut through wire, mono, braid, crabs, fins or just about anything else, Cuda Professional Snips should be the first tool that you reach for every time. These 8-inch snips use titanium non-stick coated German 4116 stainless steel and feature a micro-serrated edge for unparalleled sharpness and durability. The comfortable handles made of multi-layer, cold-molded Micarta provide a sure, non-slip grip every time. At just $59.99, the snips include a custom, hard-molded sheath and lanyard so they stay right where you leave them.
PLANO Z-SERIES TACKLE BACKPACK
Plano’s zipper-less, weather-endurable Z-Series Tackle Backpack is the ideal gift for any angler that needs to pack all the gear they need to reach those out of the way surf and shore spots. Features include specially designed, zipper-free tackle storage, high-performance Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) waterproof fabric construction with easy opening HDPE buckles and Velcro for flaps and pockets, roomy main compartment with four 3700-size StowAway tackle boxes, and three large pockets on the outside. Fully adjustable shoulder straps and padded lumbar support reduce the strain of heavy loads. Retails for $79.99.
ENGEL LIVE BAIT DRY BOX/COOLERS
Ahhh, remember the old days when we’d hang a bait box off the stern and do our best to remember it was still deployed each time we made a new drift? The powerful 2-speed 2X2 Air Pump on the Engel Live Bait Cooler keeps your water fully aerated, and the insulated cooler shields pricey bait from extreme temperatures. Plug into your boat or car’s cigarette lighter with a 12V adapter and run the pump overnight to keep bait fresh for the next morning. The 19-quart retails for around $89.
SKB 7200 TACKLE BOX
For the angler who has everything, how about the ultimate tackle box? The SKB 7200 Large Tackle Box features indestructible rotationally molded construction with stainless steel hardware and fasteners. The lid opens 90degrees or 180degrees with access through a clear acrylic door. Features include four storage boxes with dividers, ahanging jig area that can accommodate 40-plus jigs,two large pleated soft exterior pockets for accessories and a removable shoulder strap. Its interior measures 23inches long, 10inches wide and 15inches deep. Backed by an unconditional lifetime warranty. MSRP $329.99.
DEXTER RUSSELL V133 8″ FLEXIBLE FILLET KNIFE
No angler should be without a good fillet knife, and the Dexter V133-8 narrow fillet knife takes the chore out of filleting and skinning your catch. It’s ultra-sharp out of the package and has just the right amount of flex to glide over bones. Features include a V-Lo composite handle that fuses the comfort of Santoprenewith the firm control of a polypropylene core, providing great control along with slip resistance. Made of Dexter’s proprietary high carbon, high alloy, stain free DEXSTEEL in the U.S.A. Retails for $33.
Outside the Tackle Box
GLOBAL FISH MOUNTS STRIPER MOUNT
No, not everyone deserves a trophy; but every angler who has put their own personal best onboard deserves a trophy Global Fish Mount. Striped bass, summer flounder, bluefish, black sea bass, mahi, tautog – if you’ve caught it, Global Fish Mounts can provide a realistic fish mount replica of it using a digital photo that you sent to help identify specific markings. Mounts start at $225. Browse the catalog at
HOBIE COMPASS AND OUTBACK
The two most popular pedal-driven kayaks in the Hobie line of fishing machines are the Compass and the Outback. For those looking for a big ticket item this season, you really can’t go wrong with either; though if you plan to do a lot of cartopping, the Hobie Compass may be just the thing. At 12 feet in length (9 inches less than the Outback) and just 68 pounds (17 pounds less than the Outback), the Compass is easier to manage off the water, and at a retail price of $1,949 will save you $700.
MUD HOLE ROD BUILDING CLASS
Here’s a unique gift idea, something truly educational. Mud Hole Tackle will be hosting a series of rod building classes again this winter taught by top builders sharing their extensive knowledge of state of the art techniques and components in rod building. The two-day class costs $199 but also includes over $100 in products you keep! Winter and spring courses coming to New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts in the New Year. RSVP early at
FRABILL MAGNUM BAIT STATION
Equally at home atop a frozen lake full of minnows, the back of your beach buggy loaded with eels, or your center console teeming with peanut bunker, the Frabill Magnum Bait station is sure to keep all your live baits lively and insulated from the elements. What’s even better, you can power the built-in aerator with a pair of D batteries or with the 12V power adapter. Available in 13-quart ($89.99) and 19-quart ($99.99) capacity.
KASTKING DAY TRIPPER BACKPACK
Designed for the angler on the go, the KastKing Day Tripper backpack fishing tackle bag is designed to efficiently manage tackle so you can stay mobile with the space to hold up to four 3600-size tackle trays. KastKing’s padded back pad, waist strap and shoulder strap help reduce fatigue, making those long fishing treks more enjoyable. Made from durable 420D rip-stop nylon, the KastKing Day Tripper is built to withstand the harsh conditions anglers encounter every day. Grab one today for $79.98 and hit the water!
LOWRANCE ELITE TI FISHFINDER/CHARTPLOTTER
The Lowrance Elite Ti series of fishfinder/chartplotters offer high-performance at excellent value. Features like easy-to-use touchscreen interface, Bluetooth and wireless connectivity, proven Lowrance navigation technology and high-performance sonar, including medium and high CHIRP sonar, StructureScan HD and DownScan Imaging, give the boating angler everything he or she needs to stay on top of the game at an affordable price. Prices range from $499 for the 4-inch to $1,999 for the 12-inch screen.
FURUNO GP1871F / 1971F GPS/PLOTTER/FISHFINDER
Furuno’s new touchscreen combo units, the GP1871F and GP1971F, featuring 7- and 9-inch color displays respectively, offer some amazing features for an affordable prize. Both utilize full-featured C-Map 4D charts, include a built-in single-band TruEcho Chirp, as well as a conventional fishfinder, which includes “RezBoost” data processing for an ultra-crisp, high-resolution picture. Other features include ACCU-FISH fish size assessment and a Bottom Discrimination function that will help your favorite fisherman zero in on the best fishing locations. MSRP on the 1871 is $1,095. MSRP on the 1971 is $1,595.
HUMMINBIRD SOLIX 12 G2
If you or a loved one is in the market for an electronics upgrade on the boat, look no further than the new Solix 12 Chirp Mega Si+ Gps G2 from Humminbird. It is loaded with features like Dual Spectrum CHIRP, AutoChart Live, NMEA 2000, Humminbird Basemap and new MEGA Imaging+, that provides crystal-clear viewing up to 200 feet on either side of your boat, 200 feet below your boat and 20% more detail than MEGA Side Imaging Sonar. Up to four independent viewing panes allow you to view multiple technologies at once on the generous 12.1-inch HD display.
SEA EAGLE FISHSKIFF 16
Want to be really good to that special person who thinks he or she has everything this holiday season?Sea Eagle’s revolutionary “Roll Up & Stow – Unroll & Go” 16-foot inflatable fishing skiff for one or two anglers rolls up and stows in most car trunks. Drop-stitch technology provides a rigid but lightweight hull. Power it with a 6hp Honda Motor Package, a bow mounted trolling motor, paddle or push pole. Virtually unsinkable and completely self-bailing with a 4-foot, 8-inch beam, the hull weighs 94 pounds with a load capacity of 1,765 pounds. Available in five packages starting at $1,799 with free shipping. Call 800-748-8066 or visit
FAT COW JIG STRIPS
Equally as productive in the surf for stripers and blues as it is in deeper water for sea bass and fluke, Fat Cow Jig Strips have filled if not exceeded the void left when pork rind production was cut several years ago. Available in four different shapes, six colors and six lengths from 3 inches to 9 inches, there is a Fat Cow Jig Strip option to suit your needs whether you fish freshwater or salt, surf, inshore or offshore.
P-Line Floroclear copolymer line is virtually invisible due to its fluorocarbon coating, but because it’s not a true 100 percentfluoro you get improved knot strength and better casting. Great for finesse techniques for largemouth or chasing winter stocked trout, but great in salt too for stripers in gin clear or water and weakfish sharpies who prefer copolymer over braid. A great stocking stuffer at $10.49 for 300 yards of 5-pound up to $11.49 for 300 yards of 15-pound.
EAGLE CLAW FLUKE RIGS
It’s never too early to start planning for the 2019 fluke season, and pre-packaged fluke rigs from Eagle Claw at $2 to $3 a pack will look great in the stocking. Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Fluke Spinner Green/Glitter Rigs (L909) are designed specifically for Atlantic coastal anglers and our favorite fish. You might also consider Eagle Claw’s Trokar Pro-V Bend Bucktails, perfect fluking and jigging stripers aswell.
FISHBITES BOB’S YOUR UNCLE SCENTED BAITS
It’s got a crazy name, but considering who is making it, the results will be crazy-good! Bob’s Your Uncle Scented Bait Strips are a new product from a very familiar name: Fishbites. It’s their answer to the now extinct—yet extremely popular—pork rind bait, but with a high-tech, hydrogel twisty-twist. Infused with Fishbites’s proven flavor/scent technology, they add needed dimensions to your favorite jig or rig. Made right here in the USA, each package of eight baits will only set you back $8.99.
GAMAKATSU OCTOPUS CIRCLE HOOK WITH OUTBARB
Many fisheries now require the use of circle hooks when using any type of bait. While circle hooks have a better track record of staying in a hooked fish, the standard design has its limitations. The new Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook with Outbarb keeps fish hooked, even on a slack line as the barb juts out in the opposite direction of the hook point and creates a 2x stronger hook point. At just $3.99 per pack and available in a wide variety of popular sizes, give them a shot this year and see the difference the outbarb makes in landing more fish!
SUFIX 832 COASTAL CAMO
Whether you gifted a new reel to your fishing partner, or picked one up for yourself, the next thing you need to do is to spool it up! Sufix 832 is already a top choice of for saltwater anglers, and now it’s available in a Coastal Camo pattern that is as cool as it is effective in blending in with the surrounding water. Available in spools ranging from 150 yards to 3,500 yards, and up to 80-pound test, this is a great choice for all of your saltwater fishing reels.
MAXIMA TUNA BLUE
Designed for offshore pursuits, but equally at home on the inshore grounds, Tuna Blue line from Maxima is available from 6- to 180-pound test. The superb abrasion resistance defends against razor-sharp teeth, while a new molecular structure delivers the industry’s toughest shock resistance to combat vicious strikes of big game species. You simply can’t go wrong when choosing to spool up with Tuna Blue. Available in spools from 300 to 3,300 yards.
POWERPRO SUPER 8 SLICK V2
Arguably one of the biggest advancements in modern fishing, braided line is hands-down the top choice for almost every fishing scenario from trout streams to tuna trolling. One of the most popular braids for about as long as we can remember, PowerPro debuted the new Super 8 Slick V2 this year with a “Best Fishing Line” win at ICAST 2018. Touted as being stronger and tougher while retaining the great castability and noise reduction PowerPro is known for, you can spool-up all of your reels with any of eight different line ratings from 8- to 80-pound test.
OWNER SINGLE INLINE HOOKS
Many fishermen are turning to these single replacement hooks from Owner to replace the treble hooks that most plugs come equipped with. They make releasing fish like striped bass and bluefish much easier and are less damaging to the fish. They also reduce the risk of an angler ending up with a hook in their hand. They are made with XXX-Strong Zo-Wire, resulting in finer diameter for better penetration. Features include vacuum-tinned finish for corrosion prevention, and super needle point.Available in sizes from 1/0 to 9/0 at $9 for 3- to 6-pack or $30 for 11- to 22-pack depending on hook size.
SEAGUAR GOLD LABEL FLUORO LEADER
Leader material is always a welcomed addition to any angler’s stocking and what better than a spool of Seaguar’s Gold Label fluorocarbon? Gold Label is as much as 23-percent thinner than any other 100 percent fluorocarbon leader made by Seaguar, and featuresexceptional knot and tensile strength, along with tremendous abrasion resistance. Gold Label ismanufactured with Seaguar’sco-extrusion process, which results in a double-structure leader, combining two different fluorocarbon resins – a strong, sensitive fluorocarbon core with a soft, supple, fluorocarbon exterior. Available in 15- to 40-pound test on 25-yard spools. MSRP $18.99 to $34.99.
CAPT. BRUCE’S OTTER TAILS
Otter Tails are the original pork rind alternative, having been designed, tested and perfected in the field by the top anglers on the East Coast and beyond since long before pork trailers left the market and anglers began scrambling for a replacement. Available in 10 different sizes and shapes from 2.5 inches up to 13 inches long, and available in nine different fish-catching colors and growing. Otter Tails are the perfect match for an Otter Tube, bunker spoon, Mojo rig, bucktail, spinner bait, flounder rig, porgy rig, sea bass rig, diamond jig, plug, tube and more!
GRAND SLAM BLUEWATER FLUOROCARBON LEADER
Grand Slam Bluewater 100% Fluorocarbon Leader brings another level of invisibility to flouro leaders. Its exclusive blue color and proprietary coloring process also softens the leader and makes it more manageable, without reducing the extreme abrasion resistance Grand Slam leader material is known for. The result is a leader that gives lures better action while blending into the bluewater environment. Available from 40 to 175-pound test on 25yard spools. Prices range from $18.49 to $61.49.
BERKLEY FUSION 19 BUCKTAILS
The folks at Berkley have just built the better bucktail in their new line of Berkley Fusion19 Bucktails boasting a double line tie – top and forward – so you can use it for either vertical jigging or cast and retrieve. A bait keeper keeps your Gulp baits and plastics firmly in place and unique flat bottom allows the bucktail to stay upright in tough conditions. A dozen sizes from 1/8- ($3.99) to 8-ounce ($9.99) and a variety of colors.
TSUNAMI SURFACE BLASTERS
New Platinum Surface Blasters from Tsunami would look great hanging from the family tree (colors include electro school bus, bone white, blue mackerel, green mackerel, pink back/silver and Wonder Bread), but even better hanging from the mouth of a striper or bluefin. Through-wire construction, extra strong VMC hooks, 3D eyes and vivid patterns, these Surface Blasters are big splash poppers designed for long casts and trophy fish.
SPOONS AND MOJOS
Maja or Mojo? Tony “Maja” has you covered with a line of spoons and mojo rigs to keep you trolling well into 2019. Maja custom bunker spoons range from #1 for peanuts ($29) to #4 adult bunker match ($39) that are deadly on big stripers on the troll. For those looking to lay out the big bucktail and shad with plug or spoon trailer, Tony’s “Magic Mojo” ($27) is also worth a look. Keep an eye out for the Maja Custom Mojo Rod coming out early spring; Tony said “it’s a beaut.”
SEBILE BULL MINNOW
Legendary lure designer Patrick Sebile is known for developing some of the most realistic looking lures in the world of sportfishing. One of the hottest hard baits Sebile has for striper fans in particular is the Sebile Bull Minnow. A versatile lure with a 360-degree rotating belly hook and tail-weighted design, the Bull Minnow can be jerked or retrieved steadily depending on the situation. Available in 2-ounce floating, 2-1/8-ounce sinking and 2-7/8-ounce “rocket” version for super long casts from $9.99 to $14.99.
MUSTAD VERTICAL JIGS
With three different styles, the new line of vertical and casting jigs from Mustad are a great choice for your next saltwater outing. The Zippy is a small, bottom-weighted jig that can be cast at albies or dropped down to black sea bass. The Daggerman is front-weighted and rips through the water on a stop-and-go retrieve that tuna simply cannot ignore. The Moonriser has a slim profile, perfect when stripers or cod are feasting on sand eels. All three styles are available in 10 different colors and all feature a prominent eye for gamefish to hone in on and strike.
FISH SNAX LURES DA’ SQUID
Squid are feasted upon by just about every gamefish species in our waters, and the new Fish Snax Lures Da’ Squid is a dead-ringer for our ink-shooting friends. Measuring 7-1/2 inches and weighing about 1-1/2 ounces, you can rig this versatile soft plastic on a jig head, swimbait hook or as part of your tuna trolling spread. Da’ Squid is available in three lifelike color patterns, and comes three to a pack for $11.99. Keep an eye out for pre-rigged tuna squid bars in 2019, too!
ROCK FISH CANDY MOJO TANDEM
With anglers outside the Chesapeake finally taking notice of the striper-catching ability of the mojo, the demand for mojo rigs has skyrocketed. The Mojo Tandem from Rock Fish Candy comes pre-rigged and ready to fish right out of the package with a top-quality three-way swivel and 100-pound test monofilament. Available in a variety of sizes and colors to work in any depth and water clarity, they are priced right at $24.99 to $49.99 depending on weight combination.
SAVAGE GEAR 3D MACKEREL STICK BAIT
Designed to perfectly replicate a mackerel from its inception by being based off a computer scan of a live mackerel, the Savage Gear 3D Mackerel Stick Bait is going to be a killer bait for everything from striped bass to tuna with sizes to mimic spikes to adults. More than just a fancy exterior, the guts are built strong with a through-wire that is welded at each end to make sure you land that trophy once you hook it! At just $14.99 – $21.99 depending on size, you can stock up on all five color patterns to meet the changing conditions.
YO-ZURI HYDRO MINNOW LC
Fishing lures make great stocking stuffers and Yo-Zuri’s Hydro Minnow, the latest addition to their very popular fish catching Hydro Series, would be a welcomed addition to any saltwater angler’s arsenal. Available in 6- and 6-3/4-inchmodels with a new weight transfer system that makes it one of the best casting minnow-type plugs on the market, even into a stiff headwind. Fitted with quality 3X strong treble hooks and heavy duty stainless steel split rings. Available in 12 popular finishes, including the latest school bus yellow and blurple.
SPRO POWER BUCKTAIL
Whether casting to big stripers in the surf, or three-waying for cow bass in a deep rip, the Spro Power bucktail is designed from front to back to exceed your needs and expectations in a bucktail. Built on a heavy duty hook, these jigs are tied with extra-thick bucktail for increased buoyancy and to present a larger profile. Available in 1-, 1.5-, 2- and 3-ounce models as well as white and chartreuse (more colors to be added), they may well be the perfect bucktail for targeting coastal striped bass! Retailing for $8.99 to $10.99 apiece.
SMITH OPTICS GUIDE’S CHOICE WITH CHROMAPOP LENSES
Whether you’re on the road driving to the water, working the surf or heading out for a day on the boat, a pair of Smith Optics Guide’s Choice frames fitted with ChromaPop lenses are a must-have item! The glass ChromaPop polarized lenses provide 12x the scratch-resistance than standard polymer lenses while weighing a full 20 percent lighter than traditional glass lenses. With unmatched clarity above and “into” the water, there is a polarized tint and frame perfect for your needs.
SALT LIFE POLARIZED SUNGLASSES
A good pair of quality sunglasses makes a fine gift that can be appreciated all year long for any outdoorsman. Salt Life’s polarized lenses have a special filter that reduces reflective light providing excellent glare reduction and minimizing color distortions, especially when on the water.Their anti-reflective five-layer coatingreduces reflected glare, which reduces eye strain and allows you to see more clearly. Available in glass, polycarbonate and prescription lenses are available in a wide range of colors and styles. Prices range from $169 to $229.
For the hunter/angler, check out the Vapor 3.0 frames from Unsinkable Polarized, a super comfortable wrap-around that’s great for shooting and fishing – best of all they float. Available at $139 for Colorblast lens (10 percent visual light transmission) in polarized brown or grey lenses. Plenty of other frame selections for both men and women starting at just $99 for the Core polarized (12 percent visual light transmission) and incredible return policy.
Costa lenses are unparalleled, and their frames have been uniquely well-designed for sportsmen. In terms of frame color, Costa has always been quick to react to hunters/anglers (adding RealTreeXtra Camo in recent years) as well, which is why the new Costa Moss color should be well-received this season. Available in the most popular fishing favorite frames including Blackfin, Fantail, Half Moon, Reefton and Rincon, the polarized plastic lenses start at $179 while polarized glass is $259.