2017 Holiday Gift Guide (Part3): Line, Terminal Tackle, Apparel and Accessories
Introduction: Welcome back to the final chapter in
this year's Holiday Gift Guide. Looks like we all survived the Black Friday
madness and the next thing you know here comes Cyber Monday, typically the biggest online shopping day
of the year. We rejoin Riley as she highlights our final picks in the line,
terminal tackle, apparel, and accessory categories.
Kicking things back up with the Nylon Mono Fishing Line
pick : Sunline Super Natural
Mono Fishing Line (Sunline Super Natural):
Sunline's Super Natural Nylon Monofilament continues to be one of our favorites year after year for its manageability and affordability. If you're looking to introduce that angler on your list to a dependable, quality, nylon monofilament, be sure to fill their stocking with a filler spool or two of Super Natural - available at
Fluorocarbon Fishing Line : Sunline Sniper
Fluorocarbon Fishing Line (Sunline Sniper): Sunline's Sniper Fluorocarbon line is one of the best selling fluorocarbon lines on the market today. It's cost to quality ratio is very high and it's a top choice by the company's pro-staff for one fluorocarbon line to do it all. Sniper is
TackleWarehouse in a variety of filler spool options.
Braided Fishing Line : Phenix HydraBraid
Braided Fishing Line (Phenix HydraBraid): When you're a rod company with a pretty complete suite of fishing rods, what do you do to grow interest in your brand? Well, if you're Phenix, you enter the fishing line market with a brand new eight strand braid! Hydra Braid is a smooth casting braid available in weights from 8lb test on up to 65lb test and in spools of 175 or 350 yards. We're in the early stages of testing this brand new line, but we like it enough so far to include it as our gift guide pick for this year. Hydra Braid is available right now at
Tool : Pitbull Tackle Cutter
Line Tool (Pitbull Tackle Cutter): Every angler needs a good tool to cut line. Whether it be mono, fluorocarbon or braid, you can rely on your teeth for only so long.
Pitbull Tackle's Cutter, reviewed in the early part of 2017, is one of the more capable cutters we have used in recent memory.
When it comes to
popularity word about the Pitbull Cutter has certainly spread as we've seen these same cutters on the decks of many BASS Elite Series and FLW pros over the past year.
If you're looking for something simple, reliable, and somewhat innocuous to stuff in the stocking of your favorite angler this holiday season, Pitbull Tackle's Cutter will be the best gift any angler never knew they needed until they use it. The Cutter is available at Outdoor Pro Shop for $19.99.
Finesse Hook : Gamakatsu AMart TGW Drop Shot Hook
Finesse Hook (Gamakatsu Aaron Martens TGW Drop Shot Hook): Another Editor's Choice Award winning product to make our gift guide list this year is
Gamakatsu's Aaron Martens TGW Drop Shot Hook. Not only does this product have one of the longest names on our list, it is actually an essential part of any dedicated drop shot angler's arsenal.
The nano coating Gamakatsu infuses onto these hooks really helps to ensure a solid hookset with almost every bite.
These Editor's Choice Award winning hooks are available four different sizes and sell for $3.99 per pack at
Treble Hook : Owner STX-38 ZoWire
Treble Hooks (Owner STX-38 Zo Wire): New from the leader in treble hook replacement products, Owner, is their STX-38 Zo Wire treble hooks. What better time to replace your treble hooks than during the winter and Owner has yet another treble hook option.
Owner's new Zo Wire material is 20% thinner than standard steel wire yet stronger. These smaller diameters mean better hook penetration yet the hooks will hold up because Zo Wire is stronger than standard steel.
Owner's STX-38 Zo Wire trebles are available in hook sizes 2 through 8 and sell for $9.99 per pack at
Standup Jig Head : Gamakatsu Alien Head
Standup Jig Head (Gamakatsu Alien Head): Interested in trying the Ned Rig but don't really want to buy a dedicated jig head? Looking for a weighted head that's a little more versatile? Gamakatsu's Alien Head jig heads may be just the ticket. Kind of a cross between a mushroom head and a traditional shakey head hook, these standup heads were made for fishing hard bottoms. They are available in two different colors (black or green pumpkin) and in four sizes from 1/8oz to 5/16oz. They sell for $6.99 per pack of four at
Worm Hook : Gamakatsu G-Finesse Light Wire w/ Tin Keeper
Worm Hook (Gamakatsu G-Finesse Light Wire Worm Hook w/ Tin Keeper): Are you or that angler on your list a proponent of "Bubba-Shotting"? That's using the drop shot rig on heavier than normal tackle and pitching it up adjacent to cover.
Up until now, it's been difficult to find just the right hook for this heavy cover, finesse technique. Well, with Gamakatsu's new G-Finesse Light Wire Worm Hook with Tin Keeper, now you can use a skinny hook for a slightly stealthier presentation and better hook penetration, and yes, it features that same G-Finesse nano-coating too.
Of course, this product also rivals the previously mentioned drop shot hook for longest name on our list. Gamakatsu's G-Finesse Light Wire Worm Hook with Tin Keeper is available in three sizes (1, 1/0, 2/0) and is available for $5.99 at
Great apparel gifts...