The Bass Addict’s Holiday Gift Guide
10 ideas for the angler on your list obsessed with largemouths and smallmouths
There are many different levels of being a bass addict. Whether you have a super-expensive Nitro with all the bells and whistles, or prefer to stalk the edges of a quiet farm pond on foot, the obsession is the same. No matter how the bass fisherman on your shopping list gets busy on the water, here are 10 gift ideas that will up their game.
Arbogast is one of the oldest lure brands in America, and there’s a reason why baits like their Jitterbug and Hula Popper are still around; they have never stopped slaying giant bass. Whether you’re shopping for an old-school bass guy that already knows the power of these lures, or a new-school angler that you think needs to try something with some history, the Triple Threat 3-Pack has them covered.
FireLine was one of the original superlines on the market, and has long been proven an asset in the bass game. The new Ultra 8 Carrier formula, however, makes this tried-and-true line even more dependable. The fused 8-strand design makes it four times more abrasion resistant than the original, while a more rounded profile boasts longer, smoother casting.
Featuring a comfort bead running down the center, this new rod overwrap from Winn will kick your rod grips up a notch. Designed to work over cork or EVA grips, you’ll never have to worry about your hand slipping in cold, wet, or windy conditions, helping you maintain control of the battle when that true hog bites. The overwrap can be used with full- or split-grip rods.
A unique spring system keeps these pliers open and ready, while the offset design and soft handles make them easy to work with, even when your hands are wet. Available in three sizes, the next time a big bass comes in with a face full of a crankbait trebles, the Mag Spring Pliers will make quick work of the mess and get you back in the game fast.
Whether you need it in the garage or at fish camp, this new portable charger from Minn Kota is an affordable way to keep your trolling motor and accessory batteries juiced. Featuring fully automatic 3-stage charging, as well as short circuit and reverse polarity protection, this reliable charger will keep your bass fishing going full steam.
The Winch was designed to be a no nonsense workhorse. With a 4.7:1 gear ratio, this reel was made to rip crankbaits and burn swimbaits all day, and also have the overbuilt guts and drag capabilities to handle that ten-pound behemoth bass when it hits. Try as you might, you won’t be able to get this reel to torque, seize, or loosen up; the tight tolerances on this tank just won’t allow it.
Lots of companies are producing technique-specific bass rods these days, and many will cost you a pretty penny. St. Croix’s new Bass X series bucks that trend, offering 14 models starting at a reasonable $100. From flipping to frogging, drop-shotting to cranking, the premium SCII graphite blanks and quality components used to create this series will perform like sticks with much higher price tags
Fiberglass rods are traditionally much heavier than graphite rods, making them more taxing to throw all day. That’s not the case with St. Croix’s Legend Glass series. Made from new-age S-Glass blanks, these sticks are super light, yet they still provide the classic moderate action of old-school glass, which is a huge benefit when working lures like deep-diving crankbaits that have a lot of resistance in the water.
If you’re shopping for the bass angler that’s all about going big or going home in terms of lure selection, this is his reel. The new TranX boasts a whopping 18 pounds of drag pressure to wrench a hog out of the gnarliest cover. Available with single or double grips on the handle, this beast is made to chuck giant swimbaits from sun up to sun down, and then stop this biggest bass in the lake when it finally latches on.
In a nutshell, Mid Boat Shoes from Simms are like a comfy pair of sneakers that are specifically made to kick butt on the water. With an athletic design, Simms’ unique Right Angle Footbed, and all-weather construction, your feet will stay dry during the sloppiest ride across the lake, and your dogs won’t be barking after long sessions casting and working the trolling motor on the bow.