As we all recover from Turkey Day, the next holiday looms large on the horizon: Christmas. Each year we try to provide a small gift-buying guide for the anglers in the family, young and old. This year will be no different.

Every year the tackle manufacturers really step up to try to encourage our younger family members to try fishing, hoping that they will enjoy it and pursue it for years to come. Shakespeare has a great introductory rod/reel combination for the beginning angler. It’s a 5-foot, 6-inch spinning rod matched with a Spincast reel and 6-pound test line, perfect for the young angler on the Christmas list (approx. $39). Plano makes a beginner tackle box, the Plano 5000 Take Me Fishing box that comes with floats, hooks, plastic baits, sinkers, just about everything you need to for that new fisherman(approx. $16). Both of these are durable and will last until the beginners are ready to set up to more sophisticated tackle.

For the advanced angler, we usually advise gift cards. As they get more into fishing, their tackle and equipment are very personal purchases for which gift cards are perfect. For those who insist having something other than a gift card, Lindy makes a great fishing glove that will protect hands from the fins and gills when landing fish. Tools are a good buy as well: Cabela’s five-piece tool kit should be a welcome gift for any angler.

All of these items are widely available from Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Amazon. We would encourage shopping local. Fish-Tec in Morton Grove has great products and a very knowledgeable staff.

Other possibilitiesare the upcoming sport/fishing shows. The Chicagoland, Fishing, Travel, and Outdoor Expo is coming to Schaumburg on Jan. 26-29. The Indianapolis Boat, Sport, and Travel Show, Feb. 17-26 is one the best shows in the Midwest, worth the drive. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show is March 8-12.  All of these have advanced tickets sales that would make great stocking stuffers. Enjoy the holidays, until next time…keep a tight line.

Contact Dick at Hookedonfishing@comcast.net.