Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 4, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

A Nice List

This sunfish smashed a Zazzy Popper.

 

Been good this year?  Okay, well do you know any anglers who have been good?  Then here are my personal recommendations for gift ideas.

Even for the crappie angler who thinks he/she knows it all (a-hem), there are enough hints, tips, and reminders in Keith Sutton’s “The Crappie Fishing Handbook”  to make this worthy of any fisherman’s library.

With its beautiful photos, Pete McDonald’s fly fishing book on Atlantic migration, “The Blitz,” is a slick coffee table compliment and interesting read about fishing on the east coast.

Underwater photographer Eric Engbretson offers a calendar with a unique perspective.  These fish of northern lakes are caught on camera in their natural habitat, not hooked.

Blogger Owl Jones creates some sharp topwater lures. His Zazzy Poppers are more than eye-candy to bass, sunfish, and stripers. My largest hybrid sunfish was caught on a bright “Traditional” Zazzy model.

In a plastic world, Stanford Cedar Lures are refreshingly unique. ”Hand tuned by Dieter Stanford himself,” the craftsmanship is impressive, and most importantly, they catch fish.

I don’t know how I ever managed to get along without organizing a handful of my next “go to” lures on the magnetic  Gear Grabbar.  Sure beats having the lures on the seat beside you, standing to land a fish, and then accidentally sitting on all of them.

Or if you can’t decide on one item, Fishy Gifts has gift baskets that are sure to put a smile on an angler big enough to rival any basket of cheese, sausage, and chocolate.

These small businesses offer just some of the products I’ve purchased/tested this year.  There are many other great gift options out there.  Hopefully these suggestions will mean less time shopping and more time fishing.

 

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Oklahoma. Visit him at www.justkeepreeling.com.

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