49 Fishing Gifts That Are A Real Catch in 2019

Article by John Abrams. Last Updated: Friday, May 24, 2019.

Fishing isn’t just a hobby for some people, it’s a passion and a way of life. Whether you fish yourself or not, it’s not too hard to understand the appeal. Fishing can be approached in different ways, ranging from a hardcore sport to a lazy morning on the lake with a cooler full of beer.

Fishing goes hand in hand with all sorts of accessories and tools, all the way from the basic rod and reel, to the super fancy electronic fish-finders and GPS enabled apps. It can be confusing and intimidating trying to pick the perfect fishing gift if you’re less than an avid fisherman (or woman), but don’t worry! That’s where we come in!

Our team has performed extensive research, and compiled this huge list of the best fishing gifts for every occasion:

  1. Multifunction Fishing Pliers
  2. No fisherman's kit is complete without a great pair of pliers, and these are certainly it! They're are made out of rustproof materials, so can be used in both fresh and saltwater. The skidproof handles help to keep a secure grip, even when wet. They also include tungsten steel cutters which can cut kinds of line, wire, and even hooks.


  3. Fly Fishing Combo with Carry Bag
  4. The special techniques of fly fishing are easy to learn with the right gear. This starter kit includes everything you need to get rigged up and on the water. An 8 foot three piece fly rod, graphite reel, fly line, tapered leader, and two flies are included. A high quality carry bag is part of the set as we know how important it is to get your gear to the water safely and in good condition.


  5. Lake Map Fish Finder
  6. The Lowrance HOOK2 7 Fish Finder features auto-tuning sonar and phone-like menus giving you more time to spend fishing and less time dealing with settings. A single transducer can be mounted on the transom, inside the hull, on the trolling motor or through a scupper hole. Fish new water like a pro with preloaded US inland mapping that features 4,000 lakes with 1-foot contours. Narrow your search for productive water, easily locating fish-holding structure like ledges, drop offs and cover.


  7. A Personalized Fishing Cutting Board
  8. This is a great item to keep on the boat or at the family cabin! This personalized cutting board is meant for cleaning fish, and you can make it extra special by including a name or phrase that's important to the gift recipient. Perfect for any occasion!


  9. Ocean Reel Salt and Pepper Mills
  10. Bring a nautical touch to your table with these salt and pepper mills, patterned after a classic fishing reel. Great for any avid fisherman's home or boat, they bring a little something special even when you aren't able to be out on the water. Unique coversation pieces, but fully functional and elegant!


  11. A Water-Resistant Tackle Bag
  12. This awesome Tackle bag is water resistant and durable to help get the toughest jobs done. It's made of high quality nylon fabrics, and boasts tons of different compartments, straps, buckles, and everything else needed to land that next big catch!


  13. A Craft Beer Subscription
  14. Fishing and beer go together like peanut butter and jelly. But he doesn’t have to go with the boring old lager every day. Craftbeerclub.com is the best way for beer enthusiasts to enjoy fine quality brews from around the country! You can gift them with one or more deliveries spaced out monthly, every other month, or quarterly so they always have something fresh and exciting to try! All delivered right to their door, without having to worry about it!


  15. A Wide Brim Sun Hat
  16. This classic outdoor sun hat, is made from high quality, soft, and quick-drying maeterial for a cozy feel. It features UPF 50+ to block out 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays, to keep them protected when they're out on the water. It's great for all sorts of outdoor activities, including fishing, hiking, camping, travelling, hunting, gardening and more!


  17. Custom Lake Art Cribbage Board
  18. This cherry wood cribbage board game is custom laser-etched with a topographical map of your favorite lake. Choose from over 4,000 lakes, like Erie and Tahoe. It's an incredible personalized gift that anyone who has a favorite lake to fish is sure to love!


  19. Shark Socks
  20. Live every week like it's Shark Week with a Jaws-dropping pair of Shark Socks. These great socks are perfect for saltwater fishermen, or those who just love sharks of all kinds. A great stocking stuffer on Christmas morning, or anytime!


  21. Portable Aluminum Fishing Rod Holder
  22. This sweet rack holds up to 24 rods for the avid angler with a large collection. Also perfect for the family who fishes together! This light-weight aluminum fishing rack is easy to assemble and occupies minimal floor space. Whether in your bedroom or garage, or as a rod holder for boats, a rod rack is great for protecting and organizing your fishing rod collection!


  23. Cleated Fishing Waders
  24. These comfortable and durable chest waders are every fly fisherman's dream! The nylon-reinforeced PVC upper with waterproof boot attachment and taped seams guarantee 100% waterproof reliability. Better yet, they come with a waterproof phone case to help ensure all their valuables are protected!


  25. Flaviar Whiskey Subscription
  26. For the whiskey enthusiast, consider this epic subscription box by Flaviar. They’ve compiled a database of over 15,000 different spirits and each year hundreds of craft distilleries open their doors for club members - all delivered direct to their door!


  27. Fishing Pole Campfire Roaster
  28. With a quick jig, these fun fishing-pole roasters flip your campfire fare for even toasting. It's the perfect gift for the avid outdoorsman who enjoys both camping and fishing! Perfect for marshmallows and hotdogs!


  29. A Hook Scale with Measuring Tape
  30. The Dr. Meter is the ultimate measure for accuracy! It comes with a big digital LCD display, and the electronic hanging scale is extremely precise. It has a built in tape measure which can be used for items up to 1 meter in length! What angler wouldn't love to find one of these under the tree on Christmas morning (or any time)!


  31. A Bluetooth Beanie Hat
  32. From the fusion of fashion and technology, come this 100% Super Soft Acrylic double knitted beanie with built in headphones! It allows you to keep your head & ears warm while listening to your music, podcasts, or whatever you're into! The wireless bluetooth stereo headphones brings you great sound quality, style, and comfort - a perfect gift for the avid fisherman.


  33. An American Angler Magazine Subscription
  34. American Angler, the Magazine of Fly Fishing and Fly Tying, provides expert advice and practical information about fly fishing techniques, fly tying tips, entomology, conservation and equipment. Its features cover both destinations and home waters. If you want complete information on fly fishing for trout, salmon, steelhead and other fish, as well as practical tips on the tactics, techniques, tackle and flies that will bring greater success and more enjoyment from your time on stream and at the tying vise, American Angler is the magazine for you!


  35. Fishing Tray Tackle Box
  36. This Tackle Box plus 55-piece Kit from Wakeman Outdoors is the perfect starter pack for any angler! Offering tremendous flexibility and storage space, this tackle box kit is essential to include with and help organize your fishing gear on your next trip to the lake.


  37. A Fishing Rod Carrier
  38. This amazing carrier holds 5 rods and reels on the outside and more rods, reels, tackle and equipment on the inside. It has a huge capacity, and the easy cary strap make it a must have fishing gift for any occasion. The bag is made of heavy duty high-tech polyester, and is expertly crafted to ensure long life and ease of use.


  39. My Arm is in a Cast T-Shirt
  40. This hillarious T-Shirt is great for the typical fisherman who would rather be down on the water than stuck behind a desk. He can wear it proudly while he plays hookie, and it's great for striking up a conversation and sharing a laugh or 2.


  41. A Bluetooth Smartphone Tracker
  42. The Bullseye is the fastest and easiest way to mark Interactive fishing GPS waypoints and fish catches. Clip, stick, or hang this trusty Bluetooth button anywhere and start building your fishing intelligence automatically with every click. Then, share fishing trips, fishing GPS waypoints, and your fishing report book privately or publicly with who you want.


  43. Nautical Cleat Mugs
  44. A Cleat inspired handle provides a sturdy grip and gives your morning joe a maritime touch. We can't be out on the water every morning, but with this great mug set, we can get just a little bit closer. Perfect for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in the morning or at night!


  45. A Fishing Line Cutter
  46. These innovative fishing line cutters cut through braid, mono, and fluoro lines in just one click- clean and smooth every time! These attach conveniently to your vest or belt loop, and have a durable retractor, keeping your line cutters secure and handy when you need them.


  47. A Fishing Wreath For The Door
  48. This wreath is constructed with 3 different types of mesh for a full layered effect. The base is a soft green/tan burlap mesh layered with rolls of hunter green mesh and natural burlap mesh. A 12 inch metal sign is front and center with "Gone Fishing" in a cute font. Embellishments abound on this design including a wood and metal fishing pole hooking an 8 inch realistic looking catch and 3 bobber picks.


  49. A Fishing Kayak
  50. The Sea Ghost series hulls focus on blending speed and stability for a perfect balance. Kayak anglers want to be able to get to where they are going with less effort and be able to stand when they get there. It's not always about the destination — it's about the journey, too!


  51. Polarized Sports Sunglasses
  52. These epic sunglasses are a must have for any angler. The ergonomic and super sturdy design ensures premium performance and comfort. Polarized sunglass lenses help eliminate reflected and scattered glares, which is just perfect for a day on the water.


  53. Outdoor Weather Indicator Watch
  54. Navigate your outdoor day with a water-resistant watch that has the 411 on the sun, moon, tides, and more. Special display technology makes it easy to see the readout in daylight on the trail—or no light, in your tent at night. Of course, it has a digital alarm, stopwatch, and countdown. Hang it anywhere with its tough but light aluminum carabiner.


  55. UV Protection Fishing Gloves
  56. Named for the Latin term for Sun Armor, the Sol Armis fingerless gloves were designed for protection, function, and fashion with the help of a team of elite anglers. These gloves are rated SPF 50 and are made to protect your skin from sun damage without having to lather up with sunscreen for every fishing expedition.


  57. Men's Fishing Shorts
  58. The Mossy Oak XTR Fishing Shorts are made of 100% nylon material, to provide long lasting durability for extreme fishing and outdoor use. It features a heavy duty double layer seat and ample storage with numerous pockets that are tucked away neatly for a clean look. The quick drying, lightweight fabric ensures that you'll stay dry and comfortable during all fishing and outdoor adventures.


  59. A One Handed Beer Opener
  60. Open a beer with one hand while you keep fishing, grilling, texting, or holding hands with the other. Impress your friends with your incredible ability to multitask, at least until you've had a few too many! Don't let that pesky bottlecap get in your way - make short work of it with this awesome opener!


  61. A Microfiber Quick Dry Travel Towel
  62. This quick dry travel towel can hold up to five times its weight in water, making it the most functional microfiber towel on the market. These microfiber towels dry up to ten times faster than normal terry cloth or cotton towels, to ensure they aren't left feeling damp. The microfiber fabric is produced to not prevent mildew and odors after use.


  63. Forest Treeline Angler T-Shirt
  64. If you're looking for a great shirt with a fish on it, or just a birthday present in general for that musky angler in your family, then look no further! This shirt is a forest treeline that blends with the shape of a muskie to remind you of all the trips for those trophy hunts!


  65. An Anglerfish Sculpture
  66. Playful metal artist Fred Conlon uses recycled parts to make a sculpture of the fearsome-looking anglerfish. It's beautiful and unique! Looks great in a den, office, garage, or wherever he goes to relax and unwind.


  67. A Portable Fish Finder
  68. This is a fantastic portable and easy to use fish finder your favorite fisherman (or woman) will love. It detects and displays water depth, approximate fish location, weeds, and rocks on the seabed. It's great for learning the depth of the lakes that don't have topographical maps, and this is the best value for the money.


  69. Beer Caddy with Bottle Opener
  70. Take you six-pack on the go with this stylish, convenient canvas case that includes a beer separator to keep brews cool an attached bottle opener. It's perfect for a day on the boat or anywhere else you might be headed with your trusty rod and reel!


  71. A Retractable Rubber Landing Net
  72. Protect your catch with this tangle free retractable rubber landing net from Wakeman. This high quality thermal plastic-rubber net will reduce or eliminate snagged hooks and fish injuries. Particular good for catch-and-release fisherman, the smooth rubber design ensures your fish will be handled gently and has very little chance of getting tangled or snagged in the net basket.


  73. A Digital Fishing Scale
  74. The incredible new KastKing Digital Scale with Ruler is extremely accurate to 1/10th of a pound and includes a retractable ruler that is 38" long. Accurately weigh fish, luggage or packages up to 110 lbs. or 50 kg. The lightweight and water-resistant ABS frame has a slip-resistant TPR handle and sides.


  75. Hooked the Best Daddy Onesie
  76. If you know an special new dad who loves to fish, this is a great baby shower, Father's Day, or Christmas gift! Help him get his new kiddo on the right track, and ensure that when they're a little older, he's able to pass on his favorite hobby!


  77. The Compleat Angler (Hardcover)
  78. This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.


  79. Tablet & Phone Defender Bag
  80. Slide your phone and tablet inside these pouches that float on water, and don't worry about losing them to the depths below or an errant splash any longer! The bags are made of high quality materials and craftsmanship for a long life that will put your mind at ease!


  81. An Electric Fillet Knife
  82. American Angler's newest electric fillet knife, the PRO EFK, is the most powerful knife yet. With 2X the torque and smooth and consistent filleting, the only thing slowing this knife down is how long it takes to land your catch!


Homemade and DIY Fishing Gifts

  • These great fishing lures are cheap to make, but with the right choice of beverage are sure to become his favorite. The process for making them is simple, and bonus: you can drink the beer yourself if you’re so inclined!


  • If he needs a new tackle box this year, spice it up a bit by filling it with some of his favorite gummy worms, swedish fish, or other themed candies. It’s a great way to add a little pizazz, and if you have little ones, the kids will love helping put it together!


  • Spending days on the water with a few cold ones is basically heaven to most fishermen (and women). Put those empties to good use, by rounding up the bottle caps to create an authentic homemade wind chime! They look great, and are a fun way to show off a great collection of unique and interesting beers.


  • Feeling crafty, or have little ones who are? This is a great way to show any angler some love! Perfect for Father’s day, but with some small tweaks, can also be used for a birthday, Christmas, Graduation, or just about any gift-giving occasion.


  • If woodworking is a passion, consider building something that’s as useful as it is beautiful in this fantastic rolling Fishing Rod Holder with extra storage. Help them declutter the garage or shed, and ensure all their fishing gear is close at hand and well organized! It’s a fairly easy project, but you will need a handful of tools.


  • If Bass fishing is his (or her) game, keeping lures organized and easy to access can be a major pain point. This awesome DIY lure binder is a piece of cake to make, and is super functional. Give them a great gift that will help them get the job done every time they go out on the water!


  • This awesome project is functional, but also makes a great display piece to hang on the wall or in a shadow box frame. It’s a hand carved halibut hook in the style used by Native Americans. It’s a bit more involved and time consuming than some of the other great items on this list, but the payoff is huge!


  • A DIY Fisherman Gift Basket is another great, simple, and cheap option when you’re looking for the perfect thing for that special someone. This basket is made from a cooler they can use to hold their favorite 6-pack, and contains all kinds of useful items. Use this as inspiration and craft something perfectly suited to the special person you’re shopping for!


    The Best Fishing Gifts For Every Angler

    Fishing is a hobby near and dear to the hearts of people around the world. Whether it’s deep sea fishing, bass fishing, fly fishing, or just a day down by the local pond with a 6 pack, there are as many ways to enjoy the sport as there are items to help enhance the experience.

    With a ton of devoted people, and lots of cool gadgets to choose from, fishing gifts are a great option at all sorts of occasions. Whether it’s Christmas, Father’s Day, a Birthday, or just about anything else, fishing themed gear is a great choice!

    Here are our top 10 Best Fishing Gifts:

    • A new rod and reel
    • An electronic depth finder for the boat
    • A tackle box with lots of goodies inside
    • Items to store and carry their gear
    • Gone Fishing - themed home decor
    • Hats, Gloves, and other Fishing apparel
    • A digital fish scale
    • Tools for working with fishing lines and lures
    • Beer gift boxes and coolers
    • UV blocking sunglasses

    Fishing Gifts for Christmas

    Even though the cold winter months don’t usually go hand-in-hand with fishing, it’s still a great opportunity for presents that will help them enjoy their time on the water when the season rolls around.

    Here’s our list of the Best Fishing Gifts For Christmas:

    • A rod and reel carry case
    • An electronic fish finder
    • A GPS enabled logging app
    • A digital fish scale and measure
    • A new tackle box filled with lures, etc
    • A bluetooth beanie hat
    • A new cooler for their favorite beverage
    • New waders or other clothing

    Fishing Gifts For Father’s Day

    If Dad loves to fish, there’s a pretty good chance he’d love an awesome fishing present this Father’s Day. June is a prime time of year for Fishing, so it just makes sense!

    Our picks for the Best Fishing Gifts For Father’s Day are:

    • A new rod or reel
    • A craft beer gift box
    • New UV protection sunglasses
    • A new tackle box with accessories
    • A multitool for working with line and lures
    • A portable cooler for hauling in his catch
    • An electronic fish scale
    • A homemade fishing gift basket

    Fishing Gifts For Her

    Why should guys have all the fun? The world is full or gals who enjoy the sport as much as any guy, and their need for great fishing gear and accessories is just as huge.

    We’ve outlined some great options that are great for both guys and girls above, but here are our favorite Fishing Gifts For Her:

    • Fashionable sun protecting hat and gloves
    • Personalized fishing lures
    • A tackle box with lots of goodies
    • A rod holder for her truck
    • Fishing themed home decor
    • Gone Fishin Wine Glasses
    • A framed photo of her biggest catch
    • A funny fishing T-Shirt

    Personalized Fishing Gifts

    Adding a touch of personalization to an otherwise ordinary item can turn it into an awesome gift. Fishing tools and accessories are no exception to this rule! From lures to cutting boards, there are a ton of options!

    Our favorite Personalized Fishing Gifts are:

    • Fishing lures personalized with their name
    • A laser engraved cutting board
    • A multitool featuring their name or initials
    • An embroidered sun protecting hat
    • A rod and reel bag with their initials
    • A personalized DIY fishing gift basket
    • A personalized frame with photo of a big catch
    • A wall hanging for their boat

    How To Find The Perfect Gift For Someone Who Loves Fishing

    Fishing is a hobby and a passion for many men and women alike. It can be meditative, a workout, or just a great way to enjoy a beer and a bit of peace and quiet. If you know someone who loves fishing, it may strike you that it’d be a great option for gifting, and you’d be absolutely right!

    If you don’t know much about fishing, it can be intimidating trying to pick out a good gift. There are tons of items out there, but they definitely aren’t all winners. Luckily, that’s where we come in! We’ve rounded up some of the best options from top stores across the internet to help you find something they’ll love.

    But those are just a starting point! To get the most from our gift guides, they should be used as inspiration to get your own creative juices flowing. After all, nobody knows the person you’re buying for like you do! Here are some other tips to help you come up with a perfect gift idea:

    1) Check out their social media…

    If they’re on social media, odds are good they’ve followed or interacted with fishing related brands or pages. These can be a virtual treasure-trove of great ideas if you get lucky here, since there are so many brands out there it can help to know their favorite!

    2) Ask their fishing buddies…

    If they have a go-to group of buddies that share in their hobby, it can be another great source of ideas. Odds are good they’ve complained about a particular pain point to them, or they know of some item their kit is missing.

    3) Consider giving an experience…

    Not all gifts need to be bought at a store, and that’s true for fishing in particular. Consider gifting them an awesome fishing experience - anything from a homemade coupon for a morning on the lake of their choosing, to a sea fishing tour, to a full blown get-away fishing vacation.

    Our Time Tested Gifting Principles

    Beyond the brainstorming basics, there are a few guiding principles you should keep in mind:

    1. Price isn’t everything - sometimes the best gifts are handmade, inexpensive, or free.
    2. Practical isn’t always best - treating him to something he may not buy for himself is always a good idea.
    3. Give from the heart - something that holds deeper meaning for him is sure to make a lasting impression.
    4. Be inventive - truly unique and creative presents mean thinking outside the box.

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