Christmas is just around the corner and if the fishermen in your family are hard to shop for here are a few ideas:
- For bass fishermen you can't go wrong with terminal tackle like Gamakatsu hooks and drop shot weights for stocking stuffers.
- Roboworms also work great because no matter what the season these worms catch bass and if you use them as much as I do you're always running out of some color. Hot color choices that work on all our local waters are New Ayu, Warmouth, Oxblood and Baby Bluegill.
- Crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwaters are also something that every bass fisherman could use.
- If the fishing enthusiast in your family is a crappie fanatic then you can't go wrong with grubs. The most popular local choices are Berkley pumpkin/ chartreuse and Christmas Lights or Kalin grubs in John Deere, black/blue/chartreuse, or blue/smoke.
- The biggest key for successful crappie fishing is line choice. Four pound test line gets a lot more bites than heavier lines. Another key is low stretch and high sensitivity. Berkley fireline covers all these bases.
There are an infinite number of other fishing gifts to choose from and it can be confusing to look through the tackle section in a store. If you want some specific help come see us at the Tackle Box at milepost 261 in Tonto Basin or you can call (928) 978-3518.
Apache: Fishing is fair to good. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits are producing some quality fish. Get there early to see the most action, but there are fish to be caught throughout the day if you keep on looking.
Canyon: Fishing is fair to good. Most of the action has been coming from smallmouth. Anglers have been successful with jerkbaits, inline spinners and drop shot worms.
Pleasant: Fishing is fair. Dropshotting worms has been productive at times. Spoons are also working well for largemouth, white bass and stripers.
Roosevelt: Fishing is good. Lots of big crappies have been biting in 15-20 feet. Trolling with Berkley or Kalin grubs has been the most productive method. Spooning has also been working well for both crappies and bass. Bass have been biting well on Yamamoto jigs, dropshot worms, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.
Saguaro: Fishing is fair. Jigs, worms and spoons have all been working for bass. Spoons and blade baits have been a good way to target yellow bass with the opportunity to catch lots of other species.