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Well, the calendar says the holidays are just a few weeks away. The last issue talked about the gifts for the amateur angler on your shopping list; so this time: we should look into gift ideas for the more advanced angler on that list.

By next spring new tools will probably be needed for the tackle box: needle-nose pliers for hook removal, a flat file for hook sharpening, or stainless steel scissors for line trimming. Over the course of the past year these are the tools that got lost, rusted, stepped on, bent or dropped in the lake, so replacing them is important. Something else that gets lost a lot during an active year of fishing are jigs of all sizes – small panfish jigs, 1/8 -1/4 oz. walleye jigs, 3/8 oz. to 1/2 oz. bass jigs. Spending the cold weather months making jigs for the coming year can save a fisherman a lot of money. Online, www.do-itfishing.com has everything needed to start making fishing lures. The site has molds for every conceivable jig: hooks, melting pots, lead ingots and material to color the jigs when they are finished. The powder paint is quicker and longer-lasting in use. That site also has the materials to make spinnerbaits, sinkers of all shapes and sizes and hard paints for favorite color schemes.

If the fisherman is not into do-it-yourself fishing lures, gift cards from an amazing array of facilities are a great gift: Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, or West Marine. Most of these are available at the stores, or at Jewel, Dominick’s, CVS Pharmacy or Walgreens. Recipients will enjoy picking out their own items while the snow keeps them off the water until spring.

Enjoy the holidays. Until next time…keep a tight line.

Contact Dick at hookedonfishing@comcast.net.