Bass-Kicking Gifts! Perfect Gifts for the Bass Fisherman

By: Daniel Eggertsen

Looking for that perfect gift for the bass fisherman in your life? Well, don't fret. The choices are wide and many, ranging from the ultra-thoughtful, to super-tacky (I personally enjoy the tacky ones).

Gifts can be broken down into 3 major categories.
1. Something to wear
2. Something to look at
3. Something to use

The obvious first thought on something to wear is the ever-popular T-Shirt. They come printed with everything there is about bass fishing, real or imagined, ranging from masterpiece species drawings, to out-and-out piscatorial pornaography. Many of these would be sure ringers for a Most Tasteless T-Shirt contest. This is where really knowing the person you're buying for comes in handy. There are many places online to purchase these shirts, as well as Cabelas, Wal-Mart, and most malls. Some places will even custom-print you a shirt with your own photographs. You can also buy software and transfer paper and make your own custom T-Shirts.

Next on the list is the ubiquitous baseball style hat. They are printed much like T-Shirts, with the difference being in the limited billboard space. Very few, if any, fisherman do not own and wear at least one baseball hat. Most of us feel there is always room for one more hat. Ditto on printed ties. I love to go to Lodge meetings with a picture of a dead bass tied around my neck! In my neck of the woods, these are even considered appropriate church attire, as long as your bib over-alls are clean. That's with, or without the baseball hat.

Then, there are the serious fishing garments, offered by most outfitters. Specialty coats, rain coats, shorts, pants and shirts. These are great pieces of clothing, except that the normal uniform for bass fisherman is shorts, Trilene or Stren baseball hat, T-Shirt, sandals, sunglasses, and a $10,000-$40,000 bass boat! It could be a law; I don't know! But the nice clothes are still appreciated. We wear them to church! In the something to wear category, what I do for gifts for bass fishermen and women is to tie Bass fly patterns on safety pins. They can be used as tie bars, brooches, hat pins, hair pins, and are always appreciated. They are unique and usually unexpected. Many of my friends wear them to church! Knitting sweaters with bass on them are neat as well.

For something to look at, I'd suggest Bass Fishing Books, and videos. There are thousands to choose from and will provide hour and hours of entertainment and education for the Bass Angler in your life. Next, there are thousands of beautiful prints, sketches and paintings depicting all aspects of Bass Fishing. Many times, they can be had very reasonably.

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