CITY FISHER INSERT The holidays are upon us once again
CITY FISHER INSERT #13 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE The holidays are upon us once again! If you are searching for gift ideas, The City Fisher has a few recommendations. Browse below for some suggestions that might fit the bill for your favorite fishin’ buddy . . . you might even find something for yourself! VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY KNIFE – The predecessor of modern multi- tools and multi-pliers, the Swiss Army Knife has been around for a long time and is still the smallest and most compact miniature tool set available. Onboard you’ll find such gadgets as knives, scissors, screwdrivers, can openers, and more. The cleverly-hidden spring steel tweezers, standard issue on every model, are the best I’ve found anywhere for removing splinters. A dizzying array of styles and sizes are available, including angler models. Perfect for tackle box or key chain. GERBER MULTI-PLIER – This compact multi-tool measures less than five inches when folded, but packs in a knife, scissors, screwdrivers, wire cutters, and other handy accessories. The pliers in particular make this a more versatile package than the Swiss Army Knife, although at a larger size. This will fit easily in nearly any tackle box, and can come in handy for emergency reel repairs, hook removal, or line cutting. Various models are available with different tools and plier styles. SCISSOR FORCEPS – A bit easier to use and handier than full-sized pliers or a multi-tool. A pair of locking scissor forceps can clip onto a belt loop and be readily available for unhooking fish, trimming line, or squeezing on split shot. These are a bit harder to find than regular forceps, but choose them for the added versatility of the scissors. PLANO 8606 AND 9606 TACKLE BOXES – These are the 10- gauge magnums of the tackle box world! Either one of these offers about as much room as any angler could need, with dozens of lure compartments and very generous bottom storage. Boat anglers can carry their entire lure collection with them! While some bank anglers might find these large boxes a bit difficult to transport far, both serve well as lure organizers and storage lockers from which to stock a more portable tackle box. The 8606 has up to 44 adjustable compartments, while the 9606 is larger and sports up to 76 compartments. PLANO STOWAWAY AND MICRO-MAGNUM SERIES TACKLE BOXES Fit even more gear into that 9606! The Stowaways are perfect for storing a lot of lures or terminal tackle into a compact space, and most will stack neatly in the bottom of the 8606 or 9606. Various single- and double-sided styles and sizes are available. These are also great for organizing various lure types—jigs, shallow runners, topwaters—into a single box. The Micro- Magnums in particular are great for efficient storage of tiny terminal tackle. HOOK HONE – Most anglers know that “out-of-the-package” hooks are rarely sharp enough. There are fancier styles of sharpeners available, but a simple, flat sharpening stone is almost as easy to use and will fit anywhere—tackle box, fishing vest, or shirt pocket. Work the hook point into a three-sided cutting edge; a groove for finishing the point helps. This small gift makes a great stocking stuffer. SPORT FISH OF FRESH WATER by Vic Dunaway – This author needs no introduction, with numerous local and national best-selling angling books to his credit. Hot off the presses, his latest endeavor covers just about all the freshwater sportfish to be found in North America, as well as many species of baitfish. Of particular interest should be the chapter on cichlids, which covers most of these exotics south Florida anglers might come across. Also included are “saltwater refugees”—traditional saltwater species, such as snook and tarpon, that enter fresh water. These features make this book unique, and a good reference for Florida anglers. Illustrations are full color, and text includes notes on identification, food value, suggested tackle, and recommended lures and baits. BAITS, RIGS, & TACKLE by Vic Dunaway – This book by the author above has become the best-selling angling how-to reference of all time, and with good reason. Covering both fresh and salt water, this tome addresses such topics as rods and reels, fishing lines, hooks and other terminal tackle, knots (including Mr. Dunaway’s own Uni-Knot system), leaders, and various rigs. Also treated are live baits and how to procure and handle them, cut baits, all classes of artificial lures, and angling accessories. Anyone looking for a one-stop reference on angling tackle and its proper use can stop searching! The newest edition, which should be available by the time you read this, features all-new full color illustrations. DUO-LOCK SNAPS (ALSO KNOWN AS FAST-LOCK OR INTERLOCK SNAPS) These are the perfect convenience for die-hard anglers that have always avoided connectors of all kinds because they might spook fish. Duo-Lock snaps are almost invisible and so small that even cynical skeptics won’t worry about using them. And don’t let the tiny size fool you—the interlocking wire design of the snaps makes them extremely strong. These are also light enough not to impair the action of the most sensitive lures or the smallest ultralight artificials. A labor-saving stocking stuffer for the partner that seems to spend more time tying than fishing. TACKLE SHOP GIFT CERTIFICATE – Still didn’t find anything for that favorite fishing pal? Many bait and tackle shops sell gift certificates, so the recipient can pick out their own gear. Especially handy when you aren’t able to sneak a decent look at the top-secret innards of your partner’s tackle box to find out what he’s already got!