The Ultimate 2022 Fishing Gift Guide

Published on 05/17/2023 · 6 min readConventional Fishing Expert Danny Palmquist has crafted his top gift guide for 2022, so you can be sure to spoil the angler in your life this holiday season.
Danny Palmquist, Fishing Expert
By Fishing Expert Danny Palmquist

It’s that time of year again! As the days start getting shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, it’s time to slow down and start thinking about the things that matter most. As you start putting together your holiday lists, maybe you find yourself stuck on what to get for the fishing enthusiast in your life.

Fishing is a big category. Especially for those who don’t fish, it can be overwhelming to pick and choose amongst so many options. In this guide, I have put together something for everyone. Whether the angler in your life prefers fresh or saltwater, targets bass or panfish, or prefers spinning or casting gear, there is something on this list that is “curated” for them.

1. Penn Battle III Spinning Combo

For the saltwater angler on your list, the Penn Battle III Spinning Combo is a versatile combo that has the strength and sensitivity needed to easily handle any saltwater species. One of Penn’s most popular setups, the Battle III has been re-designed to offer anglers an even greater advantage when targeting a variety of saltwater gamefish.

This durable reel houses precision-cut gears, which means that the reel will operate smoothly for a long period of time. The corrosion-resistant frame will hold up against heavy use and aggressive fish while remaining lightweight and minimizing angler fatigue. The graphite rod has a strong backbone for solid hooksets, and its tip section makes it easy to present any lures or bait that anglers might encounter.

2. ProFISHiency KRAZY Baitcast Combo

This colorful casting combo is sure to make any angler stand out while out on the water. While the unique aesthetic of the ProFISHiency Krazy Baitcast Combo will grab your attention, it is also a serious fish-catching tool. The reel is built around a graphite frame and side plates, making it durable and lightweight. The graphite composite rod will allow anglers to have success while using any bass fishing tactic.

3. Orvis Bug Out Backpack

For fly anglers who love to travel, the Orvis Bug Out Backpack has room for everything they’ll need to make the most of their time on the water. This 25 Liter capacity bag includes a padded pocket perfect for a laptop or hydration bladder. The main compartment can be accessed via the top or the side, making it easy to get to your gear at any moment. The external water bottle/rod-tube holder will make it easy to access your water or store your rod while on a hike. Lastly, the soft, tricot-lined pocket will keep your phone or sunglasses safe and scratch-free.

4. TFO Tactical Inshore Rod

Available in spinning and casting models, the TFO Tactical Inshore Rod is the perfect option for performance-oriented saltwater anglers. The first thing that you’ll notice about these no-frills rods is the striking blue blank that they are built around. The corrosion-resistant Fuji guides keep the rods lightweight, while the Fuji Fazelite inserts allow anglers the ultimate casting distance and accuracy.

The soft, fast tip sections will allow anglers to make delicate presentations whether fishing popping corks for redfish or paddle tail swimbaits for snook and tarpon. With plenty of technique-specific models to choose from, the TFO Tactical Inshore series will allow anglers to catch more fish while enjoying the great outdoors.

5. Shimano SLX DC Baitcasting Reel

With its digitally controlled braking system, the Shimano SLX DC Baitcasting Reel makes the perfect gift for any serious bass angler. The SLX DC is an innovative casting reel that will allow anglers to spend more time fishing and less time fine-tuning their gear. Shimano makes some of the best fishing gear out there, and this is no exception.

What makes the SLX DC so unique is that it includes a digitally controlled braking system. An internal microchip monitors the speed of spool throughout the entire cast and makes small adjustments to maximize casting distance and minimize issues with backlash.

This lightweight, low-profile reel will pair well with any bass-focused rod. Coming in gear ratios of 6:3:1, 7:2:1, and 8:2:1, this reel will accommodate any individual angler’s needs.

6. Shimano’s SLX Casting Rod

The Shimano SLX Baitcasting Rod will pair beautifully with the SLX DC casting reel above. The Shimano SLX series of casting rods is one of the best-selling rods at the $100 price point. It is lightweight and sensitive and will enable anglers to perform a multitude of bass fishing presentations. The durable graphite rod blank has enough power for easy hooksets, and its perfectly designed tip sections offer anglers control of their lure presentation.

7. Pfleuger President XT/Fenwick HMX Spinning Combo

Freshwater fishers of all skill levels will find that the Pfleuger President XT/Fenwick HMX Spinning Combo is capable of handling a wide variety of species and techniques. The Pfleuger President is a classic spinning reel, and the President XT offers a stylish update to the time-tested reel.

The Fenwick HMX is a versatile spinning rod that’s used to fish for everything from panfish, to walleye, to bass. The rod blank is made of a high-modulus graphite material that is durable, lightweight, and sensitive. The rod features a cork grip with a powerful butt section designed to offer anglers the control and leverage needed to manage aggressively fighting fish with ease. Together, the Pfleuger President XT and Fenwick HMX are the perfect gift for any angler in your life.

8. Gary Yamamoto 5in Senko Lure

The Yamamoto Senko is arguably the most popular bass lure available. This soft stickbait creates a natural underwater action that bass can’t seem to resist. The versatile, soft-plastic worm can be used in a number of different ways. It can be rigged weedlessly on a 3/0 EWG hook, on a wacky rig, or twitched along the bottom on a shaky head jig. With a wide variety of color patterns, the Yamamoto Senko will make a perfect stocking stuffer for any angler.

9. Berkley GULP Saltwater Swimming Mullet

The Berkley GULP Saltwater Swimming Mullet is the perfect stocking stuffer for any saltwater angler. Berkeley’s GULP scent is a powerful attractant that calls to hungry fish from afar. This causes fish to bite down longer, giving anglers the time to reel in the slack line for a perfect hook set.

The swimming tail displaces a lot of water, causing a commotion that fish won’t be able to ignore. This versatile soft plastic lure can be fished on its own or on a jig head, and it is perfectly suited for catching most saltwater species. Available in 29 different color patterns, these soft plastic swimbaits will be effective in any saltwater fishing environment.

Final Thoughts

Well, there you have it! Now that you have read through this guide, you should have no problem finding the perfect gift for your friends and loved ones who enjoy this exciting sport!

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