Posted by: Andy Whitcomb
June 11, 2013

Andy Whitcomb

Father’s Day Suggestions


I don’t know about you, but it is tough to buy gifts for my Dad. Chances are, he already has one or he does not need anything else cluttering up the tool bench. For me, my Dad introduced me to the wonders of fishing, and I’d like to return the favor with a fishing adventure for him. In fact, according to a 2013 nationwide survey, a family outing was named the best type of Father’s Day gift, beating out traditional sports tickets and power tools. Or if you prefer, maybe just a boating or fishing related gift. Here are some ideas to help you with June 16th.

1) Does he own a boat? How about a BoatUS gift membership? Valuable services, savings, and benefits.

2) Does he like reading about fishing? “The Blitz” by Pete McDonald is a fun romp of fly-fishing along the East Coast.  Perhaps Dad has embraced technology and reads E-books on a tablet. Titles of books in electronic form can be found by Patrick McManus, Keith Sutton, or even by Take Me Fishing contributors: Tom Keer, Kirk Deeter, and Yours Truly.

3) Is he into fishing art? Owl Jones has a bright, fun colorful style. Or there is Michael Stark’s marine, Polynesian influenced art. Fish replicas make great gifts too. All you need is a length and a photo of a fish.

4) There are always some great new fishing lures for him to try.  If you don’t want to go the grab bag route, perhaps there is a fitting gift basket.

5) Another option is a subscription to the Mystery Tackle Box. What’s in it? Who knows?! But I’ve received several and each has had some awesome, useful goodies. Sure beats that Fruit of the Month club! (It is too late to have orders arrive in time for the 16th, but a gift certificate for a subscription can be ordered, printed, and presented to Dad.)

6) Or just take him fishing. Especially for the kids, cut out this clever coupon and put it into his card, then plan your outing for that Sunday or the next.

Offer valid in every state. There is no expiration date. Fishing trip quantities are unlimited. Coupon may be matched by other relatives. See Mother for details.


Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad living in Pennsylvania. 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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