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Each holiday season this column tries to provide some ideas for something special for that favorite fisherperson. This time there will be two lists: one for smaller stocking-stuffer-type gifts, and one for larger gift ideas. This week’s suggestions are for stocking-stuffer gifts.

If your fisherperson is experienced, do not buy them fishing lures, since that is how they spend the long, cold winter months: hanging out in sporting goods stores and taking in sports shows. Get the experienced angler the things they need but somehow fail to buy for themselves (they’re probably distracted by all the lures). For example, every angler needs a good small pair of scissors that can be carried in a shirt pocket. Such scissors are great for trimming line, cutting bait and trimming baits. A fishing glove has become popular; they’re great for those people who have trouble handling fish. They are available in either left-handed or right-handed models. Many people’s long-nose pliers may need replacing because they rust up over the winter. These are always appreciated when taking out hooks and pinching down lead weights.  

Shopping for the novice fisherperson is much easier. The fishing tackle industries have developed a great many possibilities for the novice. To make it easier and more cost-effective, look for the “package” specials such as the rod/reel combination sets. If they have outgrown the “Snoopy” rod and reel, there are combination sets one or two steps up the scale at most tackle stores. They cost between $15 and $29. Another cost-effective possibility is tubs of Berkley Gulp Alive minnows or nightcrawlers. These artificial baits work better than live baits in many applications, are easier to transport and can be reused. Another choice could be a good pair of polarized sunglasses. These can cost between $35 and $100. The $35 glasses work just fine.

Enjoy Christmas shopping for your favorite angler. Next time we’ll raise the bar and look at what’s new and a bit more sizeable and expensive for the coming year. Until then keep a tight line.

Visit Dick Peach at hookedonfishing@comcast.net.