With the Christmas music cranking up and temperatures dropping, it’s time to think about what gifts you’ll give your loved ones this holiday. If you’re searching for the perfect presents for the anglers in your life, here are a few great gifts they’ll appreciate.
Winter is usually when anglers think about changing line on all their reels after a long fishing season, and several spools of line would make great gifts. The line choices are almost endless. Braided line has been a staple on the Gulf Coast for years, and Power Pro has been an industry leader, although just about every line company has a braid as well. I suggest going with the lightest line possible because fish can become line-shy. I like a 10- to 15-pound braid with a monofilament or fluorocarbon leader. The monofilament will provide a little stretch when fighting a big fish, while fluorocarbon virtually disappears in the water. If you dislike braid, go with monofilament or fluorocarbon for the main line. I usually don’t go larger than a 10-pound test on fluorocarbon because the line can get slightly stiff. Seagur is the leader in fluorocarbon, but Berkley and P-Line also make great products.
If you’re not familiar with the fishing habits of your family or friends, head down to one of the great tackle shops on the Alabama Gulf Coast, like J&M Tackle or Hooked Up Bait and Tackle and tell the folks at the counter what kind of fish is preferred. They’ll help you find a variety of terminal tackle, hooks and baits you’ll need for the target species.
You also can’t go wrong by adding a pair of quality sunglasses to the stocking. There are plenty of local shops in the area, like Sun Ray Sunglasses Center and Shades Sunglasses, where you can purchase a pair. Make sure the lenses are polarized, which is a must for anglers.