Shimano Casitas 150 Casting Reel
At only $119, the Shimano Casitas 150 slots in right below their Citica in this year’s lineup of low profile offerings. At 6.7 ounces, and featuring an aggressive but ergonomic frame design, the Casitas pairs well with a light weight rod for day’s worth of comfortable bass fishing. They come in two gear ratios, 6.3:1 and 7.2:1 and feature Shimano’s SVS Infinity cast control system which can be easily adjusted without opening the reel’s sideplate. These have just been released to stores within the last week, so availability may be low due to the high demand created by their ultra-affordable price point.
River2Sea Whopper Plopper
The River2Sea Whopper Plopper is one of those must-have baits that I bet still aren’t found in many bass anglers’ tackle boxes around here. The Whopper Plopper made such a splash in the Fall of 2014 that we featured it in our list of the top 10 bass lures of 2014. But it’s been just as hot in 2015, and belongs in the hands of every bass angler in town. The Whopper Plopper comes in 3 sizes (starting at $12.99) and over a dozen enticing colors. Check them out online, or visit a local tackle store to find them in town.
iRod Genesis II Rods
California angler Matt Newman is the brainchild behind the iRod company, and he has created an affordable and all encompassing line of Genesis II rods with the help of some of the biggest names in bass fishing. At only $150 and backed by a limited lifetime warranty, the Genesis II rods represent an incredible value for a high performance fishing rod. While there are well over 20 Genesis II models available (both casting and spinning) – there are 4 swimbait rod models that are particularly interesting. Despite owning much more expensive rods, I personally use the IRG794SB model as my go-to swimbait rod for baits that are between 4 and 7 ounces (Huddlestons, Deps Slideswimmer 250s, etc..). Check them out at Anglers Marine or East County Bait and Tackle.
Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Backpack
The “Caddy” or fishing backpacks, Wild River’s Tackle Tek Nomad XP is loaded with cool and practical features. Among the most impressive features are an integrated rechargeable USB power supply to keep your phone or other small devices charged while you’re on the lake, a rotating LED light system to help you retie and find your tackle in the dark, and even an optional clip-on solar panel to ensure you’re able to keep your phone charged even on a multi-day fishing trip in the backcountry. At nearly $180, the Nomad XP isn’t cheap – but you won’t find a bag that offers more. Check them out online at Amazon or Bass Pro Shops.
13 Fishing Omen Black 2 Rods
13 Fishing’s line of Omen Black 2 rods represent one of the best “bang for your buck” options in freshwater bass rods. Priced between $100 and $140, the Omen Black 2 has comparable features and build quality to rods costing twice that much. You can check out 13 Fishing products in town at Anglers Choice Tackle and East County Bait and Tackle or online at 13fishing.com.
GoPro Hero4 Session
A GoPro is pretty much an essential item now for every angler. Not only is it cool to relive those awesome topwater strikes, but they’re great tools to document your fishing trips and retain information for future trips. GoPro’s Hero4 Session camera is the lightest, smallest GoPro yet – making it perfect for recording your fishing trip while attached to your head or mounted to your boat. GoPro has recently reduced the price on their Hero4 Session, dropping it down to $199! Buy the GoPro Hero4 Session online here.
Thanks for reading our 2015 Fisherman’s Holiday Gift Guide! We hope this list has provided some inspiration to finish up your shopping this season, or reward yourself for another year of hard work.