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Christmas Gifts for the Bass Angler

Pro-staff Contributor: Rich Lindgren

Continuing on our series of blog about buying gifts for hungers and anglers, I will cover some great gift ideas for bass anglers that you need to buy for.

Stocking StuffersFishing lures always make fantastic stocking stuffers, so here are a handful of must have baits for any bass angler:
Just about any bass angler likes to throw a wacky rigged stick worm, the Big Bite Baits Wacky Stick would be a treat for any angler, as they have molded the o-ring inside each worm for more natural and durable wacky rigging.

Square Bill crankbaits catch bass just about everywhere in the country, the new Arashi Series from Storm is definitely worth a look, with there self-tuning line tie and great fish catching colors, they are a perfect gift under $10.

Storm Arashi Square Bill

Storm Arashi Square Bill

There is no arguing that the most exciting way to catch smallmouth and largemouth bass is to land them on topwater baits.  Hard to go wrong with anything from the great topwater selection at, pick something that fits your budget and catches your eye!

Nice listSo if you have a fisherman in your life that deserves something a little nicer then what you can fit in their stocking, here are a few items priced $50 or less.

When I fish for bass, it often means all day excursions in the boat and sometimes in extremely hot conditions, so it is important for me to have a lot of fluids packed in my boat and I like my drinks chilled.  The Arctic Ice packs are a great gift idea and they will thank you for years to come as this stuff just lasts so much longer than bags of ice and they are reusable.

Arctic-Ice-Alaskan-SetsOn those same long hot days, sun protection is as important has hydration.  To protect my neck, I rely on an Under Armour Neck Gator to shed the heat rather than constantly bathing in sunscreen that I will eventually forget to reapply.  Plus, this doubles as a nice neck warmer on those cooler days, it is a very versatile piece of gear.

Fishing line is something that should be changed out at minimum at the beginning of every season, so high quality line like Sunline Sniper Fluorocarbon or FX2 Braid are great gifts as well.

very very Nice listFinally, if you need an extra special gift for somebody on the Very, Very Nice List, here are a couple if bigger ticket items!

Surprising your loved one with a new fishing rod will sure to get their attention on Christmas morning.  You really can’t go wrong with any rod in the Dobyns lineup, the have designed each rod with great attention to detail and balance.  Match your budget to the series and then pick a seven-foot rod in a medium heavy and that will be a do it all workhorse rod in their line-up.

My absolute favorite new reel of 2013 is the the Shimano Chronarch CI4+, if you have a bass enthusiast in your life this will make their eyes light up when they pull back the wrapping paper, an instant home run for sure!

Shimano_Chronarch_ci4_reelLastly, most of us bass fishermen, fish when we can, not when the conditions are perfect, so quality rain gear is a great asset for sure.  Check out the rain wear from Under Armour, all their stuff has excellent construction, very lightweight and breathes well.

Finally, hopefully this is helpful to you all and a Merry Christmas from us all at Kruger Farms!

Rich Lindgren is a tournament bass angler living in Lakeville, MN chasing bass all over Minnesota and its adjoining states. Bass blogger, podcaster and fishing promoter. You’ll see him fishing the Minnesota bass tournament scene representing and Dobyns Rods among others. You can like him on Facebook (

Christmas Gifts for the Walleye Angler

Pro-staff Contributor:  Dusty Minke

As a devoted walleye angler and outdoorsman, I know how great it is to get fishing gear at Christmas time.  Shopping for avid outdoor enthusiast can be a daunting task for many friends and spouses, so here are a few of my top picks to help you shop for your special walleye angler.

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Lures and baits a simple yet great stocking stuffer come Christmas, so here are some of my top walleye lure picks:
Jigging Rapalas
VMC Tingler Spoons
Northland Mimic Minnows
Spinner Rigs

JIggin' Raps

JIggin’ Raps

Many of these spoons and jigging raps double as great ice fishing lures as well!

Nice listLet’s face it, there are some deserving walleye fisher people out there, so if you are looking for some out of the box gifts for those on your nice list, you probably want to step it up a little.

I enjoy using and think any Rapala tools or fillet knives make a great item to receive at Christmas. The touch screen Rapala scale is a great pick as well!

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Polarized sun glasses are a must for all anglers, the SPY Optics Kash Polarized would be my top pick. Often times fisherman don’t want to spend the extra $$ on shades, but once they get them for a gift and see how nice they are on the water, they’ll be thinking of you every time they go fishing until the follow Christmas.

Also I strongly suggest any type of Muck boots – when I’m fishing in extreme condition I want my feet dry so that is why I wear these boots all year round especially in the boat during fishing season…


Or a Shimano Static CI4 in 1000 or 2500 spinning reel; this is a great real that any fisherman would love to have.

Fish On …
Dusty Minke
Pro Staff Contributor and Tournament Walleye Angler

Christmas Gifts for the retriever lover

Pro-staff Contributor:  Zach Raulie

Important not to forget your hardest worker in the field on Christmas morning!

Important not to forget your hardest worker in the field on Christmas morning!

It’s creeping up on us faster it seems every year; Christmas that is.  My wife and family members are always asking what I’d wish for this Christmas.  Another new puppy isn’t likely this year but outfitting our newest pup is.  We’re not easy people to shop for, us hunters.  I bet most hunters’ families agree that “he has it all, so what do I get him”.  Here are some great pre-holiday thoughts on my top picks that will be for both me and my retriever Finn, for Christmas 2013.

Stocking Stuffers

Avery EZB Mallard

Avery EZB Mallard

A retriever owner can never have too many training bumpers and this really goes without saying as each season we lose some, pups chews some up or a couple extra just to make sure you have what you need next training season.

Whether by Mud River or Avery Outdoors these bags are fantastic for weekend hunting trips and overnight stays at the in-laws while you’re out of town keeping the dog food dry and transportable in an easy to tote bag.

You can never have enough.  Get a fluorescent color for upland game, one for waterfowling and another for the local playground.  Inexpensive and always useful in the day-to-day retriever world.

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My mother mentions that Christmas is a time when you gift something to someone that they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves.  Maybe the hunter in your life would like an item that they’ve done without for some time, but it sure would be nice to have.  Here are those items.

Maybe that new puppy you bought last Christmas is now ready for advanced training or maybe it has taken on a few bad habits that need some attention.  Whether for an upland bird dog or a new waterfowler SportDog has the right electronic collar for the job.  The Sportdog Wetland hunter is by far my pick of the litter.

Avery Jr. Ruff Stand

Retriever feeling extra comfortable Avery Jr. Ruff Stand and vest

A retriever never knew luxury could be so good until the Ruff Stand was developed.  This is a gift that every waterfowler has dreamt of and it sure makes waterfowling with your best friend a whole lot better experience whether in the marshes or the timber.  On many days this has provided a dry stable location for all my retrievers.

Products made by Avery Outdoors or Drake have years of experience in fine tuning the correct fit for man’s best friend.  A Dog Vest makes a great item for the retriever to insulate them on cold mornings in the blind and protect them from potential harm beneath the water’s surface.

Check out these and the entire selection of proven Guide Recommended Gear at

Christmas gifts for the Ice angler

Pro-staff Contributor: Jeff Gustafson

The direct message inboxes on my social media pages always start to get busy this time of year as the wives and girlfriends of my fishing and hunting buddies send me messages looking for ideas on what to get their “significant other” for Christmas.

For those of us that live in the north or in the “Ice Belt” as we like to refer to it, ice fishing is an activity that keeps us busy for four or five months out of the year.  Winter is long and there is no better way to spend time in the outdoors than by fishing on the ice.

Here are some great gift ideas to cover several price ranges for the hardwater angler on your list, all available on the ICE FISHING page at

Ontario Sunset Country Walleye

Gussy with a Ontario Sunset Country Walleye

Stocking StuffersFresh fishing line always helps catch more fish in open water and on the ice.  Power Pro Ice Tek is a top-notch braided line designed specifically for ice fishing.  It is specially coated to prevent freezing so anglers can fish without having to constantly clean ice off their line.

The Strikemaster Bait Puck is a handy little item that can be used to store things in our pockets.  I have used these for years for store tackle, live bait and other small items I want to keep dry or protect.  They are great for those remote, back country trips where packing light is a necessity.


Gussy Ice Jiggin’ for Crappie

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Tip-ups and Combos

Anglers can never have to many fishing rods – so a new combo is always welcomed.  Depending on what your gift recipient likes to fish for, there is an ice fishing rod and reel combo that will work for them.  Anglers that fish for panfish like perch, bluegills or crappies should consider light or medium light action rods.  Walleye anglers should look at medium action rods, while pike and lake trout anglers should be using medium-heavy or heavy action rods.

Many anglers use good quality fishing rods in winter but team them up with mediocre reels.  This is a mistake because if you hook into a big fish, you’ll want to have the quality drag that comes with a good reel.  I use Shimano Sedona 500 size reels on my panfish combos and 1000 size models on my walleye and trout rods.  These reels are still affordable, while offering a big upgrade from the reels the come with most rod and reel combos.

A fleet of tip-ups is always handy, especially if the angler on your list especially likes to fish for pike.  Fishing dead baits under a tip-up with a quick-strike rig remains the number one technique for catching big pike, no matter where you fish.  My favourite is the Frabill Thermal 10” Round Tip-Up because it helps prevent your hole from freezing and they are very easy to store in a regular five gallon bucket.

Monster Hard Water Northern Pike

Monster Hard Water Northern Pike

Keep’em Warm!

Like most winter outdoor activities, keeping warm is one of the biggest keys, but with ice fishing even more important, as you find yourself standing on a giant sheet of ice.  Two key things to keep you warm are to have good base layers and proper footwear.  Nothing keeps you warm and dry like Under Armour Base Layer products.  For that special someone’s feet, consider a good pair of insulated boots or wool socks.

very very Nice listIf you really want to spoil somebody with a great gift, can help you out.

Hans down, the best suit on the market for the serious ice angler is the Frabill SnoSuit.  I have worn this suit for several years and I can promise you that it is warm and extremely comfortable in any kind of nasty winter weather, and trust me, I get to test it out over the course of our long, Canadian winter.  It is well built with plenty of cool little features designed for ice fishing.  It will last for many years on the ice!

Most serious anglers own a flasher or depth finder of some sort (a fish finder/depth finder device) and most of them would probably not even consider hitting the ice without one.  They allow us to check the depth of the water, see fish that are below our hole and watch how fish interact with our lure.  For the past five years I have used the Humminbird ICE 55.  It is very easy to use and will increase any anglers catches on the ice.  If you think your angler could use an upgrade on their flasher, this is the one you want.

Ontario’s Sunset Country Region ( where I live is one of the top ice fishing destinations in North America.  With over 75,000 lakes across the region there is no shortage of water to fish!  If you would like the plan the dream ice fishing trip, visit the link above and you can find the lodge or outfitter to help you plan your trip.  Many of the top TV fishing shows, outdoor writers and photographers visit this region every winter to take advantage of all of the great fishing opportunities that exist here.  I promise a great trip!

Jeff Gustafson is a professional angler living in Kenora, Ontario on the shores of Lake of the Woods. Outdoor writer, fishing promoter and host of “Fishing with Gussy.” You’ll see him fishing the Walmart FLW Tour representing and Lund boats among others. You can follow him on Twitter (@GussyOutdoors) and like him on Facebook (