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)
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).
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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