REEL OBSESSION Fishing Gift Guide
Any anglers on your holiday gift list this year? You’re in luck! REEL OBSESSION checks in with our Top Five picks to make their next fishing trip fabulous.
“REEL CLEAN” MICROFIBER BAIT TOWELS, sold in 3-packs and in a variety of colors, are lightweight and perfectly sized at 16” x 16” so as to not add unnecessary bulk to your gear. They come with a caribiner clip to attach to a belt loop, tackle box, fishing pole or inside a boat. The microfiber material is super-absorbent, durable, and anti-microbial, to efficiently remove bait, blood, slime and oils. The towels dry quickly to reduce the odor of mildew, and are durable enough for multiple washings.
The DR. METER PORTABLE DIGITAL FISHING SCALE is powered by two included AAA batteries and can weigh catches up to 110lbs./50g. within 5 or 10g. accuracy. The LCD screen displays weight in g/kg/lb/oz, and a built-in tape measure can measure fish up to 1 meter in length in centimeters, inches, and feet. The scale is built to last, with a stainless steel hook and a metal hand strap. The bright screen is easy to read at night, and the scale doubles as a luggage weight for travelers.
The WATERPROOF DRY BAG protects your gear from water, sand, dust, mud, and snow. The heavy-duty fabric is vinyl-coated and has welded seams, and the roll-down top provides a waterproof seal when closed. A reflective strip boosts nighttime visibility, and a zippered, splash-proof outer pocket is a great place to stash your phone, money, and ID. In multiple colors and two sizes: 10 liter and 20 liter.
The iBOBBER FISH FINDER uses patented sonar fish identifier technology to get accurate sonar readings to a depth of 135 feet. Anglers can use an iPhone or Android to mark fish, map depth contours, record and save water temperature, weather, and location, and fish species info, and designate hot spots that can be directly shared on social media. It works in both salt and freshwater and is even suitable for ice fishing. A free app lets you use Bluetooth Smart technology to sync with the device up to a distance of 100 feet, and has fish and strike alarms to alert you to a potential catch. A Trip Log lets you record your stats for future reference, and the Weather feature records temperature, wind, rain, and has a barometer. The compact device comes with a USB charger and carrying pouch.
For night fishing and camping, the LED HEADLAMP FLASHLIGHT provides a strong and bright light that lets you go hands-free. The easy-to-use lamp has four white-light modes, including an SOS signal, two red “night vision” modes, and a beam with an adjustable angle. Weighing in at just three ounces and sporting an elastic headband, the light is durable, comfortable, and stays in place during physical activity. It’s even waterproof, with an IPX6 rating. The headlamp comes in a variety of colors and includes three AAA batteries.