Are you currently gift shopping for a fishing enthusiast? Are you looking for something more meaningful than another singing fish that will just get stuffed in the closet? Here are some tips on how to pick out the perfect gift:
Find out their fishing preferences: Do they like to go fly fishing in a stream, lake fishing from a rowboat or maybe deep sea fishing? Each type of fishing has its own special gear and fishing tackle. A fisherman who likes to deep sea fish will have little use for a lightweight fly fishing rod. Similarly, someone who fishes in a little rowboat won't have any need for the heavier rods and reels used by someone who goes deep sea fishing. By knowing what kind of fishing they like to do, you'll have less risk of purchasing something that they are unable to use.
Ask them to explain their gear: If you're not interested in fishing, it can be difficult to tell whether a piece of equipment is worn out or whether it is simply comfortably broken in. Although you may not understand some of what they tell you about their fishing tackle, this will give you an excellent excuse to inspect and question what they have. While they are showing you their fishing tackle and other items, listen carefully to what they say about each piece. If their creel has a hole in it, they might mention wanting to buy a new one for the upcoming fishing season. If they mention having to repair a broken fiberglass rod, that may be a sign that they need a new one.
Give related non-fishing items: Someone who goes fly fishing might enjoy having a beach umbrella that they can rest under when not fishing. If they go deep sea fishing, they might be in need of a new ice chest to keep their favorite beverages cool when out on the boat. If you hear him or her complaining about being bitten by mosquitoes when fishing, they might appreciate a personal mosquito repelling device. No matter what type of fishing they do, they might like storage containers to hold their assorted fishing tackle and other gear.
Although it may initially seem difficult to pick out a gift for a fishing enthusiast, you don't have to resort to silly novelties. Simply listening to what they say about their last fishing trip will help you to decide whether to get them basic fishing tackle or whether something else would suit them better. For more ideas, seek out a bait and tackle shop like Berry's Bait & Tackle Ltd or others to help you get that perfect gift.