What fishing or hunting father wouldn’t like to wake up on June 21 and find smiling relatives with colorfully wrapped presents for Father’s Day?
If that sounds like it would be a great idea, here are a few gifts that fishing and hunting dads might like to unwrap.
They are all reasonably priced and would be welcomed additions in any tackle box or hunting fanny pack.
Gamakatsu’s Spring Lock Monster swimbait hook
Bass fishermen are familiar with the concept of big baits producing big fish, but Gamakatsu, the company that produces some of the industry’s best hooks, has taken that to a new level.
If Dad is interested in a double-digit bass, a bull redfish, big striped bass or a super-sized speckled trout, its new Spring Lock Monster is an oversized swimbait hook that can hold the biggest soft-plastic bait imaginable.
The Spring Lock Monster features a 3/8- or 1/2-ounce weight near the bend of the forged, heavy wire hook. There’s a center-point spring lock to keep even the biggest bait in place through long casts, fast retrieves and jarring hooksets.
They’re the biggest swimbait hooks on the market, coming in 9/0 through 12/0 sizes.
Size 9/0 hooks come in 3/8-ounce, with a three-pack retailing for $7.98. Size 10/0 and 12/0 hooks come in 3/8- and 1/2-ounce models, with a two-pack retailing for $7.98.
Available at www.gamakatsu.com
Sportsman Hydrotech Neck Gaiter
We all want our loved ones to be safe on the water. That’s why we should make sure they are covered when it comes to sun protection. In addition to sunglasses and sunscreen, neck gaiters act as a protective shield against UV rays. The mesh-type fabric also allows the garment breathability and keeps the angler dry and comfortable. You can keep your neck, ears, mouth and nose hidden away from the sun, wind and even bugs. Once you go fishing with one of these, you’ll never go without one!
These new styles retail for $14.99.
Available at sportsmangear.com
Rayovac Sportsman Blood Tracking Flashlight
This 18-lumen, 3-in-1 LED flashlight will get you to your hunting stand safely in the darkness of early morning, and back to your truck after the sun goes down. And where it really shines is when you’re tracking a wounded animal in the dark.
The light has three modes: red, which allows you to see while staying undetected to game animals, white, for standard use, and blood tracking, helping you track and recover your quarry quickly.
It’s compact, water resistant, and comes with a holster and three AAA batteries.
SPRO’s Bronzeye Frog
How about a “birthday” present for Father’s Day?
If Dad is a bass fishermen, it’s perfect — and fitting.
SPRO’s Bronzeye Frog turns 15 this year, and it’s still one of the premier frog baits on the market after a decade-and-a-half.
Designed by bass pro Dean Rojas, it features a Gamakatsu 2X EWG Double Frog Hook, which allows fishermen to use heavy braid to pull big fish out of the thickest cover. It is weedless and moves through vegetation without hanging up, and it can be retrieved with a walk-the-dog cadence.
The Bronzeye Frog has a weight molded into the body that keeps it upright at all times, and the bait’s nose is anchored behind the line-tie eye to keep it level on retrieve. The legs are made of living rubber strands so they’ll wiggle even when the bait is paused.
The Bronzeye Frog is available in 60 and 65mm sizes, weighing 1/2- and 5/8-ounce, respectively. The 60 comes with a 3/0 hook, the 65 with a 4/0.
Bronzeye Frogs are available in two-dozen colors.
Available at www.spro.com
Hook-Eze Knot Tying Tool
This is a great addition to any dad’s tackle box!
This multi-function fishing tool helps you tie on a variety of tackle and get the perfect knot every time. All ages and skill levels can tie their own knots, quickly, safely and easily. Your father will never have to lose another fish from a faulty knot.
Hook-Eze fits hooks sized from a standard 4/0 hook down to the smallest No. 28. It also helps to tie swivels, jigheads and speed clips for attaching lures or other rigs including a small variety of Flies.
Ideal for cold weather conditions, numb or arthritic fingers and other disabilities to the hands.