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Gift ideas for an avid fisherman?

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My brother-in-law loves fishing. He’s already got a multitude of rods, lines, reels etc. I’d like to get him something fishing-related for christmas, but I really have no idea what to get. He fishes along with pier and shore, and has a boat for deep sea fishing. He fishes for anything and everything – any gift ideas would be a great help.

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  1. Adam on Dec 20, 2012 Reply

    How about a microfiber fishing shirt? They have got built in UPF protection, so they’re great for a full day of fishing. I think it’s a much better idea to buy him something like this instead of an expensive piece of gear which he might not want or already own.

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  2. Brian on Dec 20, 2012 Reply

    I agree – I wouldn’t buy tackle unless I knew exactly what to get. As a fisherman, I don’t really want people picking stuff out for me, because it’s usually not right and just a waste of money.

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  3. Dave on Dec 21, 2012 Reply

    Get a Boga Grip – it’s that tool that helps you handle toothy fish without getting too close. Can be quite pricy but I love mine!

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  4. Gregg on Dec 22, 2012 Reply

    Think outside the box – does he travel to fish? Does he camp while fishing? Does he fish all year round? Perhaps a parka or thermal underwear for winter fishing. Or camping gear: a tent, sleeping bag, cooler etc.

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  5. Harrold B. on Dec 22, 2012 Reply

    If you’re willing to spend the money, how about a fish-finding gadget? A depth finder or fish finder makes a great gift.

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  6. Ralph Black on Dec 24, 2012 Reply

    Multi-pliers or some other kind of multi-tool might be a good gift, unless he’s already got a pair that he swears by. Even then, a spare pair might go over well.

    Gift certificates for his favorite sporting goods outlet are a decent idea, too. Or just Cabela’s. Even if he doesn’t buy stuff from it now, he’ll be sure to find something that he’ll want.

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  7. Ty on Feb 03, 2013 Reply

    What about a rod organizer? You get great ones made out of stainless steel that hold your rods, plyers and other tools.

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