A few Christmas gift ideas

It’s pretty safe to say that winter is here to stay across Sunset Country.
It’s also probably time for all of us to start thinking about Christmas.
That means it’s time to get your shopping done now so you’re not stuck trying to put something together at the last minute, which is what usually happens with me.
This year I’m going to change things up a little bit and get everything done well in advance of Christmas (usually I even wait until a week before Christmas to write this gift idea column every year).
I’m sure many of you got your shopping done over the past “Black Friday” weekend. But for those of you who didn’t, I’m going to try and help by offering up a few ideas if you’re going to be doing some shopping for that someone special who likes to fish.
Since it’s ice-fishing season around here for the next four months, anything to do with this Great White North activity is okay. If you’re buying for somebody who does not appreciate dropping a line through a hole in the ice, open-water stuff is good, too.
Earlier this week, I spoke with Bryan Gustafson over at The Great Bear near Fort Frances to get some Christmas gift ideas from him on some of the fishing items they carry in their top-notch store.
For the bass angler on your list, The Great Bear has the best selection in Northwestern Ontario—and maybe even in Canada—for bass fishing tackle. Everything from jigs to soft plastics to the best hard-bodied baits all are available there.
Bryan makes sure all the latest and greatest bass tackle always is well-stocked.
He also mentioned they have a selection of ice-fishing gear from ice rods to tip-ups to line and tackle. Musky lures are available, as well, along with plenty of good stocking-stuffers!
If you really want to spoil somebody, you could get them a new Shimano fishing rod or reel (The Great Bear has the entire line stocked).
One of my fishing sponsors, KrugerFarms.com, is an online retail website for fishing and hunting gear. They have a wide selection of good stuff for great prices on their website, as well, with sales happening each week on different items.
Regardless of where you shop, there are plenty of items the angler on your list would love to see sitting under the tree Christmas morning. Beyond the items already mentioned, there are portable shelters, flashers, or augers for ice-fishing.
Still other gift ideas include nets, as well as culling tools like scales, markers, and measuring boards for the tournament angler, or new electronics like GPS units, underwater cameras, and trolling motors for the avid angler who likes to enjoy the multi-species fishing opportunities that exist across Sunset Country.
Does the person have good, quality rain gear or winter wear for fishing in nasty weather? A good rainsuit has saved the day for me many times over the years.
The fact remains, if you know somebody who likes to fish, finding a gift for them should be pretty easy.
Happy shopping!

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