Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
December 4, 2012

Andy Whitcomb

A Nice List

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

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Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”. One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”... To the point it could be classified as borderline illness. Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie." Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up. Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US. He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well... And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.                                                                                Find out about the rest of Take Me Fishing Blog Authors.

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