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Five Great Gifts for Anglers

They’ll be ready for their next fishing outing with these essentials.

Have a budding angler on your holiday shopping list? Texans are yearning to get out on a pretty day to spend time with friends. Give them the gear that makes it easy to grab it and go to their favorite fishing hole.


Fishing Scale

A tackle box isn’t complete without a scale. The ConnectScale 3 is a digital scale that can weigh a catch up to 110 pounds. A stainless-steel hook attachment and clamp-style lip grip device hold the fish during the weighing process. The back cover of the scale is water resistant. The Bluetooth-compatible scale has a free companion app for Android and iOS to log and track your catches. You can join the Connect Fishing League Membership for $60 and get a brand new ConnectScale 3 free with a new membership in 2021. With the Connect Fishing League online, member-only, contingency bonus cash structure, you can compete for prize money.
www.connectscale.com • $69.99


Casting Reel

Some fishing techniques are better suited for a casting reel. Manufacturers are developing easier-to-use reels with features that make casting nearly effortless. Some innovations include technical digital controls or magnetic spool controls.

The Daiwa Zillion SV TW G casting reel with the SV Booster system falls in the latter category to deliver greater control with their SV (stress-free, versatile) concept. Any Daiwa SV reel makes controlling casting easier, but the system can also hamper casting distance. Previously, you had to choose between control and distance, but the new SV Booster adds longer casting distance without losing control.

The reel has the new hyper-drive (gears) design for an ultra-smooth retrieve and more winding power. The reel comes in right- and left-hand configurations and several gear ratios. This model is the mid-price point in the Daiwa lineup.
www.daiwa.com • $349.99


Utility Tackle Box

Rust prevention and durability are essential needs to store and protect tackle. The Plano Edge Professional 3600 utility tackle storage box has rust preventative molded into the base and a watertight seal to keep unwanted moisture out. The clear lid aids quick identification of contents, and the hinge features a heavy-duty, durable steel pin.

The stackable box is widely customizable, with anywhere from four to 32 divided compartments.

The vented dividers contain an absorbent desiccant to further reduce internal moisture.
www.planomolding.com • $21.99


Angler’s Backpack

Many anglers start out shore fishing. A backpack is often the best choice to carry gear. The new AFTCO Urban Angler Backpack is compact and well-built and has all the storage space you need. Made from recycled polyester, the backpack can hold a 3600 and a 3500-size tackle box with the added benefit of a 1.5-liter hydration bladder. Features include a pliers holder, rod holder, five plastic storage sleeves and a pocket for phones, wallets, keys or fishing licenses.

Lumbar support and an elevated back rest mean this small backpack is comfortable enough to wear all day and still carry everything you need.
www.aftco.com • $99


Subscription Tackle Box

No idea which gift is the right one? No need to fret over the selection if you choose a tackle box subscription. A box of “surprise” tackle, with a selection of baits and gear, arrives monthly. There are several options to match anglers’ interests.

Here’s one to consider: Major League Fishing Champions Club. Not only do you get pros’ hand-picked premium baits but you can learn from Bass Pro Tour anglers with access to exclusive content (such as in-depth how-to videos and interactive webinars with top anglers), collector photos of the champions and exclusive discount codes from major manufacturers.
majorleaguefishing.com/champions-club • $29.99/month

 Courtesy of manufacturers

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