The Christmas season should be a festive celebration where families come together, put busy lives on hold and enjoy sharing time, as well as the exchanging of gifts.
But isn't it ironic that a time of celebration also creates unusual stress in something we call Christmas shopping -- deciding on a perfect gift for that special person. If you have a family member who loves to fish, here are some tips to relieve that stress.
Knowing the kind of fishing that a person does is essential. An avid bass fisherman will use different equipment than the trout enthusiast. This difference in itself makes rod-and-reel selection unique.
For an example, a new model level wind baitcasting reel for a bass fisherman will certainly put a smile on his or her face Christmas morning. The price range can vary from about $50 to $250 depending on the quality and model.
One of the best names in fishing equipment is Shimano, because of the quality of workmanship and the warranty on all of their products. Cruxis, Citica, Curado or Chronarch are models that fit the bass enthusiasts on your Christmas list.
Now, if that fisherman in your life is more comfortable with a spinning outfit, Shimano also has the right reel for that trout, crappie or dropshot rod. The price range is similar and the two most popular spinning reels are the Sedona or Symmetre models, which are less that $80. They are a great buy for quality and performance.
If a fishing rod is on that gift list, there are numerous models Shimano puts out that are less than $70 for the casual fisherman. Again, quality and warranty are two key ingredients in their product, which makes this company very popular.
For the more serious angler, a Rogue rod is hard to beat. They are built in Oregon and are the fastest growing company in the country. They are built for fishermen by fishermen and their motto of "Feel the Bite" is exactly what these rods dictate. The precision and durability of a Rogue is second to none for those fishermen in pursuit of bass, trout, or crappies. Customer satisfaction is literally guaranteed with an excellent warranty. A Rogue rod sells for $150 to $250 and is worth every bit of that.
If the price range is $20 or less, the best bet for a bass fisherman would be a quality crankbait made by Lucky Craft. They are the hottest hard baits on the market because of their action in the water and color selections.
To have a Lucky Craft bait in the stocking or under the tree would be a real treat for any bass fisherman.
There are other accessories like sunglasses and hats for the person who likes to be in the outdoors or on the water.
I might mention sunglasses made by Costa del Mar or Cocoon are the perfect eyewear and those UV 50 hats made by Sunday Afternoon are really hard to beat.
If all else fails, a gift certificate will always allow that fisherman to make the choice later. This should give you some ideas for gifts if fishing is their passion.
Today, spend time with your family in the outdoors and enjoy God's creation.