Bass FishermanThe holidays are steadily drawing near and while bass fishing has slowed to a slow crawl, if not a stand-still, in many parts of the country, it doesn’t mean that stocking up in preparation for the spring has. The angler in your family is undoubtedly dog-earing items in catalogues, spending extra minutes looking at new products in the store, and making a list of potential additions to his/her gear. If you’re struggling to come up with gift ideas for your bass angler this year, here are a few ideas that will hopefully point you in the right direction.

As I’ve stated in past articles, fishermen are picky. However, the one good thing about them is that when they find a product they want, they’re pretty clear on that fact. If you don’t have a particular rod or reel in mind, be sure to ask the retail associate questions, as they’ll be able to find one or two that match your angler’s style.

Lures are even harder to buy for others, but ask the retail associates what’s popular, what’s new on the market, or even what particular lure performed well in tournaments (Strike King’s KVD Square Bill Crankbaits, for example). A few of these make great stocking stuffers.

One alternative I always mention is a gift card. Because anglers are so picky, a gift card can be a great way to give them a shopping spree at their favorite retail store. Furthermore, if you do end up purchasing a product, such as a rod or reel, consider purchasing the store’s extended warranty plan. This provides extra years of coverage and provides peace of mind. Also, always, always, keep the receipt. Lastly, never count out subscriptions to fishing magazines such as Field and Stream or Bass Master. Good luck with your shopping this year and have a great holiday!