Holiday Kayak Angler Buying Guide 2020

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Are you looking for the perfect gift for the kayak angler in your life? Well you’re in luck! When it comes to fishing gear, you honestly can’t buy a bad gift. Trust me when I say, if they like to fish and they don’t have it, they want it, and if they already have one, they want two.

Here are some of my top gift ideas for every Canadian angler and every budget.

Under $50

Rapala Crankbaits – some of my most used lures are the Rapala Tail dancers for trolling walleye. Also new this year is the Rap-V Blade bait.

Len Thompson Spoons – the vast majority of spoons in my tackle box are “Lenny’s”. You can’t go wrong a selection from the Dimpled Series.

Pliers – Every kayak angler needs another set of pliers, likely because they’ve dropped their last pair overboard! This pair from Cuda is sure to please.

Fishing Buffs – Sun and wind protection is a must. The Original Buff is the headwear of choice of the discerning angler.

YakAttack – Some sweet sweet YakAttack gear makes great stocking stuffers

Hats – this hat from Patagonia is the most iconic

Yeti Mugs – theres nothing like a hot coffee on a cold paddle. These Yeti Mugs are sure to please.

Plano Edge Tackle Boxes – one of the hottest new releases this season was the Plano Edge Stowaway boxes.

Gloves – a good set of neoprene paddling gloves will make a great addition to any anglers kit

Under $100

Polarized Sunglasses – If you’re a kayak angler, you’ve lost your glasses to the drink. A good set of polarized sunglasses are always a great gift.

Backroad Mapbooks – When planning my next fishing adventure one my my most valuable resources is the Backroad Mapbooks, they are sure to make a great gift.

Piscifun Carbon X Reels – The Carbon X reel punches way above its weight class at a very affordable price. Choose size 2000 or 3000 for most applications, including pike and walleye.

Bump Boards – Another item kayak anglers unfortunately loose overboard. This board by Ketch Products is one of the finest around, and at 48″ long will measure all but the biggest Northern Pike!

Over $100

Fenwick HMG Rods – It’s tough to balance sensitivity and price but I think the HMG series from Fenwick really nails it.

Dakota Lithium Batteries – the new line-up of batteries from Dakota Lithium is the best way to power all your kayak electronics.

New PFD’s – The NRS Chinook PFD is one of the most popular fishing PFD’s on the market, but the line-up from Mustang Survival is also very comfortable.

Bending Branches Angler Paddle – The Angler Classic is Bending Branches most affordable kayak paddle. Choose 240-255cm for most sit on top fishing kayaks.

65L Dry Bag – the perfect size for weekend camping adventures, the NRS Bills Bag will keep your gear dry when you hit your destination.

C-Tug Kayak Cart – I have used the C-Tug Kayak Cart for years and it has been through the ringer and keeps on truckin’. It would definitely make a great gift!

Yeti Soft Cooler – The Yeti Hopper 12 is the perfect day trip cooler and fits great in most tank wells of sit on top kayaks.


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