Need recommendation on fishing gear

rlcollins043October 3, 2006

Looking for a gift for my dad for Christmas. He loves to fish -- mostly in the Great Lakes. He seems to have every piece of gear known to man (according to my mother), but I'd like to get him something unusual or something he might not buy for himself. Is there something new or cool out there that has piqued your interest? Or something you really love? Price range would be about $200.

Thanks!

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hotdiggetydam

Bank fishing, boat, pier?

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 3:29PM
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rlcollins043

Yes, yes and yes. LOL

Probably mostly boat.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2006 at 3:42PM
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hotdiggetydam

Reel covers are a nice gift. Saves on cleaning when in storage

    Bookmark   October 5, 2006 at 9:44AM
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jazmynsmom

Does your dad have a meat smoker yet?

    Bookmark   October 5, 2006 at 6:47PM
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bill_vincent

If your dad does alot of fishing by boat, GPS would be the BEST thing you could get him if he doesn't have it already. If he finds a hotspot, all he has to do is create a waypoint on the GPS, and it'll bring him right back within 10 feet of so, every time.

(I know if it were me, that's what I'D want in that price range!! LOL)

    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 11:43PM
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hotdiggetydam

Tell me where you got a good GPS for $200?

    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 5:54PM
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bill_vincent

Check Bass Pro Shops. I mean, we're not talking NASA quality for that much, but it'll bring you back to a remote hump or brush pile out on the lake!!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 6:23PM
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hotdiggetydam

ahhhh... i dont fish lakes

    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 8:47PM
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muskyhopeful

Lowrance IFinder H2O Hand held GPS. $169. Cool piece of equipment. I haven't figured mine out yet. LOL.

Really nice polarized sunglasses are also a fantastic gift for a fisherman.

Kevin

I like muskies, everything else is just bait.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 8:50PM
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hotdiggetydam

Muskies make good Marlin bait LOL

    Bookmark   October 13, 2006 at 10:22AM
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skeetermagnet

A vacuum sealer is a must have for fishermen. You can get a very nice one for 200. Another suggestion would be a vintage tackle box from his boyhood era.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2006 at 4:08PM
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bill_vincent

hotdiggety-- you got your OWN version of muskies-- they're called BARRACUDA!! :-)

    Bookmark   October 13, 2006 at 6:37PM
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koszta_kid

I was going to say vacuum bagger also. MY DH would be hard to buy for . I think we have been to every boat and fishing show lately. So have new rods and reels. Fish mostly lakes here in Iowa. And have fishing gear catalog. Say friend wants to buy for her boyfriend. See what he wants.. Look through his tackle box-take a picture. Anyone at good sporting shop could tell by that what he would like.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2006 at 9:55PM
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hotdiggetydam

Bill, We fish for Snapper Ling King Marlin Dorado Shark Tuna and grouper

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 4:03AM
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joepyeweed

so hotdiggetydam, have you ever fished Lake Michigan?

Its just like fishing the ocean, except there is no salt in the water so it doesn't corrode our your gear as much, and there are no sharks....

    Bookmark   October 19, 2006 at 4:28PM
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hotdiggetydam

if its not salty and loaded with sharks its not fishing

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 6:45AM
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joepyeweed

How do you know, if you've never done it.

You sound like one of those people who think inland seas are just lakes...

http://www.sailnet.com/sailing/02/f&bdec02.htm

    Bookmark   October 20, 2006 at 11:34AM
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hotdiggetydam

Been there , done that, moved on............

    Bookmark   October 21, 2006 at 2:09PM
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joepyeweed

I have found typically that people who diss the Great Inland Seas of North America, have never fished or sailed there, which is why I asked.

My last fishing trip to Florida was a bit of bust because the darn hurricane (that never came close to shore) had created such big seas, that there were small craft advisories the entire week that I was there. I had two charters scheduled for that week and both were cancelled due to waves. The surfing was great but fishing was off. I don't surf, but had fun watching.

Because the sea was not cooperating, We did do some intercoastal waterway fishing. Got into the speckled trout which was fun. Didn't get any redfish this trip though.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2006 at 10:45AM
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