BRIAN JOHNSON ON OUTDOORS — Christmas gift tips for your fisherman

Published 12:02 am Tuesday, December 10, 2019

With Christmas right around the corner, it is time for our annual fisherman’s wish list. If you are shopping for a fisherman this year, they are certain to be happy with one or more of these recommended gifts.

1). A custom fishing rod: All fisherman have at least one fishing rod while others may have dozens. However, when it comes to fishing rods, there is something special about having one that is custom made just for you. From the weight to the stiffness, and from the grip to the eyes, a custom rod is built for your personal preferences. A custom rod helps build confidence and assures that an angler will be at the top of his or her game. Custom rods start as low as $150 at and are sure to be a hit with any serious fisherman.

2). New boat cover: We all know boats are expensive. If your fisherman doesn’t have the luxury of keeping his boat inside of a garage, he will no doubt appreciate a boat cover. A cover will protect the boat from the damaging rays of the sun as well as the rain. Covers can be bought from $30 to well over $1000. Each cover fits a specific length and style boat so pay attention when you shop.

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3). Trolling motor: Whether you fish saltwater bays or freshwater lakes, there is a good chance that you will want a good trolling motor. Trolling motors come in various shapes and sizes with all different capabilities. Some are 12 volt and others are 24 or even 36 volt. Here again be sure the motor you purchase fits the boat you are buying it for. Cost ranges from $200-$2500.

4). Fish scale: These used to be called de-liars because they kept the fisherman from lying about how big their fish was. Scales come in various styles. Some are digital and others are not. You can get as fancy as your pocket book will allow. Some will even keep up with the weight of your five biggest fish for the day. A scale is a good thing to have and it keeps us all honest. Prices typically range from $10-$100.

5). Filet knife: While many bass fisherman are big fans of catch and release, there are times when a fellow wants to have a fish fry. It makes sense to have a good knife to clean the fish with. There is the classic Rapala filet knife or more recently the Bubba Blade, these are great fixed blade knifes that hold an edge well and can be trusted for years to come. My favorite is the electric filet knife. If there is electricity available, these are my hands-down favorite and they make cleaning fish fast and efficient. Costs of a knife will range from $20-$100 depending on the model you choose.

6). Fishing shirts: If you want a good safe bet, you can always go with a good fishing shirt.  These can be found at many retailers including Texas-based Academy Sports and Outdoors. Some favorite brands are Huk Fishing, Columbia, and the less expensive but still good quality Magellan brand. A good fishing shirt is comfortable, breathable, and a real blessing on a long day on the water.

7). Magazine Subscription: Every fisherman loves to read fishing articles. We are always looking for the latest tips and tactics to help us improve our angling success. Texas Fish and Game and BassMaster Magazine are two of my favorite magazines that should put a smile on your fisherman’s face.

I hope these suggestions are helpful when you do your shopping. However my best Christmas tip is this: Remember that Christmas is not all about the gifts that we purchase each other but rather about God giving us the Ultimate gift of His son Jesus Christ. Remember that Jesus is the reason for the season!

Brian Johnson, originally of Port Neches, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Winnie, owner of and outdoors writer for The News.