The Bass Angler’s Holiday Gift Guide

shad
ZMan Pop ShadZ
A genuine best-of-both-worlds bait, this one excels at two of my favorite bass fishing tactics: topwater popping and swimming soft plastics over grass. With great detailing in this shad-like figure, the concave head catches water for a chugging, spitting action that calls up the big ones, while ZMan's durable ElaZtech material stands up well to an active bite. (3/$5.99; zmanfishing.com)
Strike King KVD 8.0 Squarebill
Sometimes you just gotta go big or go home and this hulking squarebill does just that. Expanding on its popular KVD 1.5 and 2.5 baits, Strike King offers a bait that doesn't just bump the cover – it shakes the house. When big, aggressive fish roam the area (i.e. prespawn), the KVD 8.0 shows them a meal worth chasing. Designed with an erratic "hunting" action, this 4 ½-inch, silent bait runs from 3 to 7 feet deep. ($12.99; tacklewarehouse.com)
coffin
Bass Mafia Bait Coffin
For baits and terminal tackle that stay tucked in a storage box on the boat, durability and water intrusion are constant concerns. The Bait Coffin eliminates these issues with a lid that includes a rubber gasket to keep water out, and a sturdy construction that's strong enough to withstand a direct step. Built on the standard 3700 configuration, this tray features 48 internal compartments that are fully customizable with stout dividers that stay where you put them to prevent terminal tackle mixing. ($27.99; bassmafiatackle.com)
banshee
T.H. Marine Banshee Boat Trailer Alarm Padlock
An affordable option to more elaborate alarm systems, the Banshee's padlock design includes a piercing sonic alert system that's ideal for locking anything from a full size bass boat to a securing that kayak you use to access those hidden honey holes. The motion-activated device delivers a short warning sound on first contact, but touch it again and the lock blasts out a piercing 110-decibel alarm that can only be turned off with the unit's key. ($29.99; thmarine.com).
Jack Trap tip ups
$60; jacktraps.com
Beginning with a small operation in the basement of his home, Tim Jackson has been perfecting the art of making tip ups for more than 35 years. With an emphasis on quality, Monmouth, Maine's Jack Traps tip-ups "possess a sturdiness and finish that rivals fine Mission furniture," said C.J. Chivers in the December issue of Outdoor Life. "A set of these will probably last deep into the next century." Jackson has been selling tip-ups to L.L. Bean, Kittery Trading Post and Indian Hill Outfitters for years. With a full line of accessories and more than 50 tip-up models to choose from, including a new camo line of traps, Jack Traps are also available in customized sets with laser engraving.
KVDbag
Plano Elite Kevin Van Dame Signature Series Bag
There are lots of great options out there, but Plano offers a well-designed bag that cures the common ill of disorganized tackle. Compact in design, but spacious where it counts, the bag keeps your favorite baits in easy reach with a pair of StowAway utility boxes secured in a molded top with an elastic tie down strap. Inside, the bag fits three 3700 Series ProLatch StowAway boxes, while side a front pockets hold tools, spare tackle and cell phone. There are even slots for jars of scented baits or dip-and-dye. ($79.99-$89.99; planomolding.com)
baitcast
Lew's American Hero Baitcast Combo
If you're having a hard time narrowing down which rod(s) and reel(s) to ask for, consider going with this 6-foot-10, medium-heavy, 7.1:1 package – as much for the theme, as the performance. Lew's thinks America's wounded veterans deserve to take home the tackle they fish with, so a portion of the proceeds from American Hero sales pays for tackle that's donated to those who've sacrificed for their nation. Serious tournament pros will want to move up a few notches, but for the casual angler, Lew's packs a lot of quality for a price that won't wreck a Christmas budget. Add to that that enrichment of supporting a noble cause and this one's a no-brainer. ($89.99; lews.com)
bucksplizzors
Buck Splizzors
They look more like something you'd have at your work bench, but Buck's smooth integration of scissors and pliers conveniently blends hook plucking and tackle gripping with braid cutting in a single tool. Made of high carbon stainless steel, with Dynaflex rubber handles, split shot crimpers, bottle opener, and lanyard ring, the Splizzors fit into a durable nylon sheath with belt clip and a pocket for spare blades. ($100; buckknives.com)
storm
STORMR STRYKR Jacket & Bibs
It looks more like a suit of armor than foul weather gear, but reports from bass pros who've worn this Stryker indicate superior warm and water repellence – two key factors for late fall through early spring fishing – as well as full mobility. STORMR's Neoprene Core Technology combines a thin layer of buoyant neoprene with moisture-wicking fleece and a windproof, water-repelling outer layer for incredible comfort and weather protection. (Jacket $325.95/bibs $299.95; stormrusa.com)
hbird
Humminbird 360 Imaging
No longer do we have to drive over or next to fish or habitat features to spot them. Thanks to Huminbird's nifty technology, anglers can get a complete picture of what lies beneath by spotting bass, structure and contour changes anywhere in the 300-foot diameter of the rotating 360-degree sonar beam and dropping a waypoint for thorough inspection. With the Transducer Deployment System mounted to the transom or trolling motor, Humminbird's 360 Imaging is compatible with any Ethernet-ready, Side Imaging-equipped Humminbird model. ($1,999.99; humminbird.com)
ranger
Ranger RT188c Aluminum Boat
Ranger has removed the subtle stigma of "tin boat" fishing with tournament-ready features like a raised from deck, recessed trolling motor pedal, spacious storage and rod lockers, performance instrumentation with soft touch switches and flush-mounted electronics on a fiberglass console. All-aluminum floors and decks with pultruded fiberglass reinforcement and no wood anywhere in the boat makes the RT188 as stable as the big guy's sleigh. And for hauling, each one comes with a Ranger Trail Trailer featuring deluxe wheels, swing-away tongue and waterproof lights. ($21,500, depending on rigging options; rangerboats.com)

We've got everything from stocking stuffers to big-ticket items to help you find the right present for the angler on your list.