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Holiday Gift Guide

2014 Holiday Gift Guide Part 3 : Wrap it Up and Put a Bow on It


Date: 12/4/14
Tackle type: Various
Manufacturer: Various
Reviewer: Team TackleTour



Introduction: It is time to wrap up our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and in our third and final installment Ms. Casey returns to highlight our picks in the line, terminal tackle, electronics, and apparel categories.


Nylon Mono Fishing Line : Sunline Defier Armilo - $17.99 at TackleWarehouse

Fishing Line - Nylon Mono (Sunline Defier Armilo): Defier Armilo by Sunline was developed at the behest of Bassmasters Elite Series Pro, Mirizo Shimizu. It is a low stretch nylon monofilament meaning it handles similar to fluorocarbon lines, but doesn't sink because it's nylon. This makes it a great choice for topwater applications, cranking, and big baits because it should have superior knot strength to fluorocarbon lines of similar ratings simply from the material difference. It is intriguing enough to be our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide pick and is available in spools of 165 yards for $17.99 at TackleWarehouse.

Fluorocarbon Fishing Line : Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon - Starting at $19.99 at TackleWarehouse


Fishing Line - Fluorocarbon (Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon): There are many benefits of Fluorocarbon including stealth and sensitivity but Fluorocarbon almost always costs more than traditional monofilament lines with some premium offerings costing many times more. The team at Berkley tried to develop a quality fluorocarbon line that is easy to cast, offers low stretch, abrasion resistant and still affordable. The result is their professional grade Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon which is one of the lines that we routinely use for a lot of our tests due to the product's excellent balance of performance and value. 200yd spools of 8lb line retails for only $19.99 and 10 and 12lb line costs only 2 dollars more. If you are looking for a high quality fluorocarbon at a great price Trilene has you covered with either clear and green versions of their "100%" Fluro.


Braided Line : Sunline FX2 - $16.99 - $34.99 at TackleWarehouse and Hi's Tackle Box

Fishing Line - Braid (Sunline FX2): Sunline's FX2 braid, developed with input from Dean Rojas is an 8 strand braided line designed specifically for frogging and flipping. It has a rougher texture than most 8 strand braided lines, but this is intentional to help it cut through weeds. It handles very well thanks to its round profile and is an excellent casting line. It's fast becoming a favorite of ours here at TackleTour and is this year's pick for the holidays. You can find Sunline's FX2 braided line at TackleWarehouse and Hi's Tackle Boxin spools of 125 yards or 300 yards for $16.99 and $34.99 respectively.

Terminal Tackle : Gamakatsu Aaron Martens TGW Drop Shot - $3.99 at TackleWarehouse and Hi's Tackle Box

Terminal Tackle (Gamakatsu GFinesse): One of the most famous finesse fisherman in bass fishing circles is Aaron Martens. His name is practically synonymous with drop shotting, so when Gamakatsu finally released his new drop shot hooks earlier this year, we were all over them. Aside from featuring the O'Shaugnessy bend Martens always talks about, these hooks come with a Teflon coating that not only protects the ultra-sharp tip of the hooks, the coating enhances hook penetration because the surface of the hook is more slick. Want to increase the hook up percentage of that finesse fisherman on your list? Gamakatsu's Aaron Martens TGW Drop Shot Hooks are a must try. They retail for $3.00 a 6 pack and are available at TackleWarehouse and Hi's Tackle Box.

Electronics : Water Wolf HD Underwater Camera - $199 at TackleWarehouse

Electronics (Water Wolf): The most exciting underwater camera this season is undoubtedly the new Water Wolf. This HD camera is able to get down to 330 feet depths without an external housing, recording high resolution color 1280 x 720p video at thirty frames per second. But what makes this camera so exciting is that it films exactly what is happening on the end of your line. Designed to film not only your lure  swimming but the actual approach and strike!   

The Water Wolf Accessory Kit allows anglers to mount the camera on many different surfaces for filming above the water line

The Water Wolf is tied directly onto your mainline or leader in front of your lure or bait can be cast and retrieved, trolled or even fished right on the bottom. It features an anti wobbling system to help deliver the very best footage and there are multiple brass keel weights bundled with the camera to enable anglers to fine tune the recording angle. The Water Wolf provides a view that anglers simply don't get the opportunity to witness, until now that is. This innovative camera retails for $199.99 at Tackle Warehouse. The camera can be used for recording above water as well and there is an available accessory kit for $59.99 that allows it to be mounted on the boat to record everything from running the boat to that epic cast and catch. 

Storage : Rod Quiver - $69.99 at TackleWarehouse

Storage (Tackle Warehouse Rod Quiver): Most anglers on your list probably already have a tackle bag, tackle box and maybe even a tackle backpack. But how many of them have one convenient way to carry all of their complete fishing outfits, rods, reels and more? Tackle Warehouse has a branded rod quiver that is designed to transport everything you need for fishing on the go. The large main compartment is easily accessible via a heavy-duty zipper and inside you can hold up to six complete combos. The rod quiver has zippered pockets along either side that can hold stowaway boxes, tools and bags of plastics. The entire Rod Quiver can be held via a conveniently located handle straps or worn either horizontally or vertically with the large over the shoulder strap. This is a great storage option for anglers that are co-angling, walking along the lake to your fishing destination or jumping on a party boat. The Tackle Warehouse Rod Quiver is available now for $69.99.

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