When shoppers think about buying gifts for anglers, they mostly think about rods, reels, lures, and braided lines. After all, that’s the stuff catching the fish.
But there’s other gear just as important — and it won’t break your bank, like a $250 rod or reel.
It doesn’t matter where you fish, during the spring and summer months the sun can be a hazard. Many anglers only apply sunscreen on certain areas, like their face and neck. That’s until the back of their hands get a nasty sunburn. These gloves solve the problem. They have a UPF rating of 50 and the finger tips are uncovered, so tying knots is a breeze. And they only cost around $19.
Anyone that fishes with braided line knows, you can’t cut the stuff with regular scissors or pliers. That makes tying knots a hassle. The tag end is never trimmed neatly — and that causes problems. These scissors bite right through braid — and they’re only five inches in length. They also come with a sheath. All for $6.50.
Pliers are a must. And these float, so when they inevitably get dropped into the water, they can be rescued. Berkeley’s pliers are corrosion resistant and they have tungsten carbide cutters that cut braid and mono lines. Their cost is around $15.
Hats are are like rods and reels, they always accompany anglers when they’re fishing. This hat is made from 100% water repellent cotton. It also has circulation holes, which makes a huge difference in the heat. Another neat feature is the chin cord. It costs about $9.
Fishing sunglasses can cost over $500. That’s overkill — unless you fish for a living or tournament fish professionally. These sunglasses are sturdy, have 100% polarized lenses (a must-have feature) and are cool looking. They also come with a 1-year guarantee. You can get them on sale for around $23.