Holiday season is upon us. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or having a few extra days to celebrate with family and friends, coming up with appropriate presents can be a challenge. The key to gift-giving is matching the gift to the individual. From fishing garb to hunting accessories, we've got you covered with unique, fool-proof gift choices for the whole family.
The Folds of Honor hoodie is more than just comfortable apparel; it's a symbol of deep respect for the sacrifices and service of American heroes. Designed for proud patriots who understand that freedom isn’t free, this pullover blends the standard comfort of a favorite pullover with an athletic fit and a two-ply hood, making it suitable for both workdays and weekends. By wearing this pullover, you not only enjoy its cozy features but also proudly support the Folds of Honor mission.
$65 | store.foldsofhonor.org
A whole new category of tackle bag, Atlas seamlessly blends the durability of a hard-sided tackle box with the convenient portability of a soft-sided bag. This outside is equipped with a bungee-cord rod holder, tool holders, magnetic Dropzone, and a water-resistant pocket for safeguarding your cellphone. Inside, you’ll find zippered mesh pockets and clamshell-style side pockets providing secure and protected storage for smaller items or 3700 size StowAway utility boxes (includes three).$239.99 | planooutdoors.com
Deep drop weights can easily damage teak or gelcoat as they roll around on deck. TIGRESS has come to the rescue with a smart storage insert designed to perfectly fit most standard 5-gallon buckets. Stores up to 14 individual weights of multiple sizes. Crafted from high-density polyethylene wit stainless-steel hardware.$161.99 | tigressoutriggers.com
At just over 13 feet, the Old Town Sportsman BigWater ePDL+ 132 provides unmatched versatility combining manual pedal propulsion, power-assisted pedal, and fully motorized cruise control. Full control of propulsion power settings is just a button push away using the intuitive keys and polarized sunglass-friendly display on the drive. A compact 36V lithium-ion battery comes included with the watercraft, supplying five levels of power assistance. Kayak weighs 143 pounds fully rigged. Shipping January 2024. Pre-orders currently at Old Town dealers.
TBD | oldtownwatercraft.johnsonoutdoors.com
This 11-inch boning knife features the perfect balance of flexibility and firmness. With a comfortable grip, full-tang 4116 stainless-steel construction coated with Dupont Teflon coating for easy cleaning and excellent corrosion resistance, this is an affordable and high-quality product anglers can rely on for years to come. Includes molded sheath with belt loop.
$24.99 | dancopliers.com
Garmin’s quatix 7 is a feature-packed smartwatch, offering an extensive collection of features for lifestyle activities, health monitoring, and boat interaction. It can be tailored to cater to individual preferences with a diverse selection of pre-installed activity profiles, including fishing, sailing, kayaking, surfing, and many others. This elegantly designed wearable boasts a 1.3-inch always-on color display, multi-band GPS functionality, a robust water rating of 10 ATM, and a rechargeable battery that delivers a remarkable 18 days of usage on a single charge.$599.99 | garmin.com
The Spinfisher VII Long Cast spinning reel features a taller and larger spool designed to provide surfcasters with unrivaled casting distance. This innovative spool design, coupled with advanced line lay technology, ensures that your line effortlessly shoots off during each cast, offering minimal resistance against the spool rim. The 6500 series has capacity for 330 yards of 15-pound test monofilament. IPX5 sealed body and spool design ensures protection from saltwater contaminants.
$239.95 | pennfishing.com
Most boats have built-in livewells, but many anglers still prefer a portable baitwell to ensure convenient access to specialty baits like shrimp and crabs. This bait cooler stands out as the premium choice, boasting a lithium-ion rechargeable aerator that guarantees an impressive 48 hours of battery life. Additionally, its stainless-steel hinges and latches, practical carry handles, and an integrated shoulder strap make transportation a breeze. A removable pull net simplifies the handling of live bait, and a reliable gasket seal ensures that water remains where it belongs.$159.99 | engelcoolers.com
Any Florida angler who needs a waterproof jacket, or even already owns a jacket, will be thrilled to get a lightweight, versatile shell like Grunden’s Charter Gore-Tex Jacket. This one’s a 2-layer, unlined, breathable jacket perfect for Florida’s weather. Add a fleece under it for cold days, or wear it over a fishing shirt on most days. The interior finish is designed to resist contaminants like oil and gas. It has a back bent for max air flow, Raglan sleeves for range of motion, and a kill switch anchor for the helmsman. Men’s and women’s sizes small to 3XL, in five colors for men and three for women.$299.99 | grundens.com
Any boater would be stoked to get these two products in a stocking: The Star brite Non-Skid Deck Cleaner is hands-down the best product for lifting baked-in dirt and stains from nonskid deck surfaces. It requires a lot less muscle to scrub, yet doesn’t contain corrosive chemicals. The product leaves a protective barrier to maintain the clean, but following up with an occasional application of Star brite Non-Skid Deck Wax is a great way to protect the nonskid gelcoat from long-term UV degradation and nuisance stains. This wax, unlike others, leaves a non-slippery coating. Ordinary boat wax is a no-no for nonskid.
$12.99-$29.81 | amazon.com
This is not a flashlight—it’s instant daylight, any time you need it. Streamlight makes all kinds of high-tech, durable illumination devices and the BearTrap is one that any outdoorsman would be grateful to own. It’s a work/area light that can sit on its own, rotated 270 degrees for different angles, or can be clamped to a variety of surfaces. There’s also a wire which can be used for hanging, and a magnet array for placing on a metal surface as needed. In other words, you can set this thing to shine wherever needed—saving your butt when fixing a trailer at night, doing repairs around camp, lighting up a backyard BBQ, you name it. The gasket-sealed, cool white LED array offers three modes in spotlight and three in flood. At the brightest, 2,000-lumens in flood, runtime is 2 ½ hours; longest runtime is 12 ½ hours in low spot (concentrated beam). It’s 7 ½ inches long, 6 ½ inches wide and about 3 inches thick, and weighs 2 pounds Thermoplastic construction, IPX4 water resistance. The lithium-ion battery fully recharges in 5 ½ hours, or you can get continuous runtime plugged into AC power (cords included).
$173.21 | palmettostatearmory.com
Lew’s pretty much invented the modern low-profile baitcaster, and they’ve been on top of innovation for all these years. One of the latest models, the Custom Speed Spool SLP, is a great all-around bass reel in a compact package. The XH model with the upgraded retrieve—8.3:1—in left- or right-hand retrieve, is a good choice for general Florida bass action. With attentive freshwater rinse, it’ll make a good backcountry snook reel, too. The SLP has 10 bearings, stainless steel double-shielded. It’s a tiny reel but the 32mm aluminum spool spins quick for long, effortless casts. A reel like this makes you want to fish more and fish longer!
$179.99 | lews.com
Long a brand favored among Florida inshore anglers, St. Croix this year rolled out a new series sure to include a stick that would look great behind the Christmas tree. The St. Croix Avid Inshore series includes 17 spinning and 6 casting rods, all handcrafted in the USA on stronger and lighter SCIII+ hybrid carbon blanks. Angler-driven ergonomic improvements include all-new full-handled grip designs crafted from new, ultra-durable agglomerated cork. Lengths, powers, and actions have also been updated to better support popular and emerging inshore techniques and presentations. All models come with a 15-year warranty.
$240-$445 | sportsmans.com
Great for casual wear or layering during transitioning weather, Salt Life's newly released Offshore Quest pants are the ultimate performance pants built to go from the beach to the bar. They are composed of stretch-rip nylon and equipped with a durable water-repellent coating as well as a fixed front with an elasticized back and a welt pocket with a hidden zipper. The Offshore Quest Pant is available in a 28- to 42-inch waist and comes in olive or ebony.
$84 | saltlife.com
Give the gift of peace of mind and stress-free navigation with the Humminbird CoastMaster Premium Florida Charts which provide incredibly accurate and detailed coverage for all Florida waters. These charts boast easy-to-read contours in both shallow and deep waters, tidal and current tracking, highlighted depth ranges and a 2D shaded relief layer as well as a bottom hardness layer. These features provide users the tools they'll need to identify the spots that are guaranteed to hold fish and ensure they get there and back safely.
$299.99 | humminbird.johnsonoutdoors.com
A great consideration for the live bait fisherperson in your life, the Daiwa Free Swimmer Series is a powerhouse development when it comes to free-spooling and free-lining. The Free Swimmer series sports Daiwa’s Air Rotor design, balanced and arched for smoothness and lighter weight. The drag system is waterproof, with carbon washers and an improved low-viscosity grease. The 23 Free Swimmer comes in 3000 and 5000 sizes and 23 Free Swimmer EX series offers larger 8000 and 10000 options.
$149.99 – 299.99 | daiwa.us
There are some things in life that just make your day, and a bass absolutely crushing a topwater frog is one of them. Designed by Berkley Labs in partnership with expert frog fisherman and 2022 Major League Fishing Redcrest Champion Bobby Lane, the Berkley Swamp Lord is the true frog king of fishing. It features optimally angled, sticky sharp Berkley Fusion19 hooks with sealed shanks and a soft yet extremely durable body that easily collapses for a better hookup ratio. Available in 12 enticing colors as well as both standard and popping models, the Swamp Lord conquers any environment to elicit only the most explosive of topwater blowups.
$9.99 | scheels.com
Cozy up with Salt Life's No Limit performance heather knit joggers which allow for a wide range of motion without sacrificing comfort. They are comprised of double-face performance fleece with an elastic waistband with exterior drawcord and feature moisture-wicking and anti-microbial properties. The No Limit Joggers come in Forest and Navy for both men and women.
If you want to go even lighter weight, opt for the Juno and Stride Jogger sets instead which are buttery smooth, ultra-thin and breathable. These are a personal favorite of a member of our digital staff and she gave them two thumbs way up. These are available in Blue Heather and Black Heather in both solid print and camo options.
$54 - 66 | saltlife.com
Elevate your angling experience with the new Ultrex Quest Trolling Motor, a groundbreaking fusion of ultra-responsive steering and GPS-powered automatic boat control. Designed to excel in the harshest conditions, the Quest Series of dual 24- to 36-volt brushless trolling motors boasts a programmable foot pedal, re-engineered motor and mount, advanced GPS functionality, and an eco-mode for extended battery life, ensuring relentless performance and uncompromising reliability. Say goodbye to limitations and embrace the future of fishing with the Ultrex Quest Trolling Motor, your ultimate companion for precision and control on the water.
$3,699.99 - $4,199.99 | minnkota.johnsonoutdoors.com
In nature, a King Tide requires the perfect alignment of Earth and moon to create once-in-a-lifetime views and opportunities for anglers. Like their namesake, the King Tide 8 is designed to give you the ultimate advantage on the water. Made for elite anglers who demand the most from every cast, the King Tide 8 features a full wrap with removable side shields for optimal viewing on and off the water. Shark-inspired venting achieves a near-impossible zero-fog effect. Top-of-the-line sweat management and drains keep your view dry and unobstructed. Non-skid hooding means they stay in place on any surface wet or dry. All this has made King Tide 8 the crowning achievement of Costa’s 40 years on the water, utilizing the research and innovations from every frame that came before it.
$369 | scheels.com
Never been a better time in history than this year to gift someone with a Florida fishing or hunting license! A Lifetime Sportsman license, Gold Sportsman license or Florida State Park pass (annual) is a superb holiday present. Beginning in mid-October, 2023 and running through Jan. 13, 2024, Florida State Parks Annual Passes will have a 50% discount and will be available at the following rates:
Family Annual Pass - $60, plus tax | Individual Annual Pass - $30, plus tax.
The following FWC Gold Sportsman licenses, which include the saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, hunting privileges and all associated permits, will also be discounted by 50% and will be available at the following rates, plus applicable fees:
Annual Gold Sportsman - $50.75 | Five-year Gold Sportsman - $247.75
Lifetime Sportsman License
Age 4 or younger - $201.50
Ages 5–12 - $351.50
Ages 13 and older - $501.50
To find a park near you, visit: www.FloridaStateParks.org, or for more on the Parks pass discount see https://www.floridastateparks.org/Learn/Great-Outdoors-Initiative. To find more information on fishing and hunting licenses in Florida, visit: www.MyFWC.com/license/recreational.
Varying | gooutdoorsflorida.com