Buying the right gift for the fisherman (or fisherwoman) in your life can be a little tricky. With so many fishing items and accessories out there, how do you narrow down the best gifts for fishermen?
Luckily, this list has a little something for everybody. Whether you’re buying a gift for a seasoned pro or a first-time angler, you’ll be able to find something they’ll love and cherish.
If you’re looking for a fishing-related gift for the angler who has everything, we’ve got that covered as well. I’ve scoured far and wide to find some of the most unique and interesting gifts for fishermen on the planet.
37 Best Gifts for Fishermen
Beyond the cool logo and attractive design, this slick little kit has everything you need to save your life in a survival scenario. It’s perfect for any type of outdoors enthusiast and fits perfectly in any bug out bag, glove box, or emergency kit.
It comes with over 260 feet of line (15lb and 30lb test), a variety of hooks, lures, bobbers, sinkers, swivels, leaders, a mini-multitool, and much more! All this comes in a sturdy watertight tin with a screw-on top.
Castable sonars are without a doubt one of the hottest items in the fishing world, and deeper makes the best of the best. Perfect for the shoreline, ice, and boat fishing, this castable sonar lets you make a detailed underwater map of the surrounding structure, vegetation, and fish.
No internet is needed to sync the sonar to your smartphone/tablet, instead, it uses Wi-Fi like a hotspot. Ultra-fast data transfer allows for 15 scans per second with a target separation of just 1-inch. The PRO+ has a range of 330 feet, so you can cover plenty of ground.
Like other fish finders, it features both a wide scan beam and a narrow beam for detailed scanning.
What’s this…a fishing rod holder with the aesthetics of a 50 Cal rifle bipod? Why, yes indeed.
This eye-catching rod holder is sure to be a hit with just about any angler, as it enables you to transport up to 5 fishing rods in one hand. The rig is perfect for transporting your rods in a truck, boat, SUV, or car.
Nearly any type of rod/reel combo will fit inside the rod holders, so you can carry baitcasters, spinning reels, fly reels, and even jumbo offshore conventional reels.
Easily one of the most practical gifts for fishermen on the list, this rod holder will transport your rods while turning heads!
The perfect gift for the whole family, this board game is a new spin on the classic property trading game that we all know and love. The game revolves around buying, trading, and selling fish and fishing gear.
Both a traditional opoly-style play and a one-version are included, so you can enjoy the game no matter how much time you have to spare. The game is played with 2 to 6 players, and for ages eight and up.
One of the most practical gifts for fishermen, these towels might not look like much – but they’re a serious game changer when it comes to handling fish and bait on the go. Each microfiber towel features an integrated carabineer clip that attaches to a belt loop on your waist.
This lets you wipe your hands clean after cutting or handling bait, handling and releasing fish, or any other task that leaves a mess on your hands. You won’t need to store the towel inside a pocket, so your fishing attire will remain clean and odor-free!
You really can’t go wrong with a mystery tackle box, and this bass fishing kit is no exception! Each box contains approximately $40 worth of high-end fishing lures including hard baits, skirted jigs, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, and more.
Designed specifically with the bass fisherman in mind, you’ll get exclusive and limited edition fishing products inside each box.
If you’re looking for a gift for the fisherman in your life – and don’t know where to start – you’ll have a hard time beating this well-constructed kit.
Is there such a thing as the perfect fishing gift?
Well, if you answered no, then you’re sadly mistaken. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what the peak fishing gift looks like.
Ok, all joking aside, these flip flops are a hilarious and well-made gift that’s sure to bring a smile to any fisherman or woman’s face. Five different colors and patterns are available, as well as men’s, women’s, and kid’s sizes.
Non-slip grip on the soles means they can be worn on the dock or boat, while one-piece construction means they’re tough enough to withstand serious use.
If you’re looking for a gift for that fly fisherman in your life, then look no further, you’ve found it. This premium collection of 122 hand-tied flies has just about everything you could think of when it comes to flies.
48 different patterns come included in the kit, including dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, terrestrials, streamers, eggs, and worms from size 8 to 18. Two 24 compartment fly boxes house all of the flies, which are sized to fit inside a sling, pack, or inside a jacket/chest pocket.
All flies are handmade in Utah, USA.
If your significant other comes home from fishing with their hands smelling like month old sushi – then this handy little bar is the perfect gift. It’s made from 100% stainless steel, which works to absorb and remove strong odors from hands.
AMCO makes the Rub-a-Way bar in a number of different shapes, including a fish, garlic, as well as a mini size. The bar also works well around the kitchen for removing garlic, onion, and other strong and persistent smells.
While it might not be fancy, this little bar is sure to be one of the best-recieved gifts for fishermen on the market.
Every fisherman appreciates a good fillet knife, and this well-made titanium coated blade fits the bill nicely. It features a Ti-Nitride coated, rust resistant blade that slices through scales and fish bones with ease.
A belt loop sheath lets you store the knife on your waist for hands-free carry, while BUBBA’s excellent non-slip grip handle gives you superior grip and control over the knife. The blade features a medium level of flex, making it a good choice for most large to medium-sized fish.
The blade measures 15” overall, with a 9” long blade.
This handy little attachment from Carhartt turns any standard 5-gallon bucket into a fully-functioning cooler. Simply slide the insulated liner into position, fill it up with ice, and voila – you’ve got a cooler ready to fill with drinks, snacks, and more.
Mesh lining on the bottom of the liner ensures ice melts into the bottom of the bucket rather than pooling inside the cooler.
In addition to the main compartment, the cooler also features 9 external insulated pockets for keeping beverages frosty cold. A mesh-lined pocket on the underside of the lid lets you keep several items separate from the rest.
It’s one of the most versatile gifts for fishermen on this list, as it works well for ice fishing, shoreline fishing, or anywhere you might need a cooler on the go.
One of the best crafted gifts for fishermen on the market, this gorgeous leather wallet is hand-burnished for a unique vintage leather look. An embossed bass graphic on the wallet’s exterior creates a unique look that any fisherman would love.
The wallet interior is equally well-constructed, with 10 card slots, a flip-out ID pocket, and a bill compartment. Inside the corner of the main twill-lined bill compartment, ‘fish on’ is screen printed in a tasteful font.
You can never have enough pockets when it comes to transporting and storing fishing gear. This multi-functional fishing shoulder bag/sling features four different ways of wearing it including a chest bag, sling, crossbody backpack, and a hand bag.
Two rod belts let you stash multiple fishing rods, while 3 external zipper pockets allow you to store all kinds of tackle and gear. The main compartment features three separate sections for organizing all of your gear.
The exterior is made from water-resistant 1000D high-density nylon, which provides protection from rain and the occasional shallow submersion.
The humble 5-gallon bucket may be the unsung hero of the fishing world. It’s a workhorse when it comes to shoreline and ice fishing and always comes in handy when fishing from a boat.
YETI’s taken the classic 5-gallon bucket and ramped it up with their typical over-engineered style. A non-slip ring on the bucket bottom ensures it won’t slip no matter how slick the conditions get out there. High impact plastic makes the bucket virtually indestructible – so you won’t need to replace this bad boy anytime soon.
If you’re looking for more practical gifts for fishermen, then this bucket will fit the bill nicely.
One of the greatest gifts for fishermen out there, this handsome fish-shaped pocketknife is the perfect tool for any emergency situation. It comes with a small carabineer for attaching to keys, a belt loop, or a backpack. The blade comes razor sharp right out of the box, so it’s ready to cut the line without sharpening.
The knife features a 2.5” blade, a 3.25” long handle, and an overall length of 5.75”. The knife comes inside a charming tin box, making it a perfect gift for that fisherman in your life.
These kill bags are an absolute game-changer when it comes to keeping your catch fresh and protected from the elements. Kill bags are ideal when space is at a premium, and are far more versatile than bulky fishing coolers.
Reliable fishing products handcrafts each bag at their US manufacturing plant, and uses the highest quality materials with double stitched UV/mildew resistant thread. These bags are available in a wide variety of sizes, so you can easily find the ideal one for your boat/target species.
Keep in mind the bags are not 100% watertight – they’re designed to release a small amount of water – which actually results in your catch staying fresher for longer.
The GoFish Cam is, without a doubt, one of the coolest products to hit the fishing market in years. It’s basically a mini camera that attaches to your fishing line and syncs up with your smartphone or tablet. This enables you to see how fish are reacting to your lures or to create incredible fishing footage.
At just 4.5” long and weighing just 3.3 oz, it won’t disrupt your casting or fishing and can be used while trolling, float fishing, or even vertical jigging. You can also rig it up with a sinker and bottom fish.
Three stabilization fins ensure a steady image while trolling, while a small float lets you deploy it on the surface to livestream the water below. It also comes with a built-in green LED night vision for fishing in low light environments.
What do you get the angler who seemingly has everything? A pair of fish oven mitts of course!
These oven mitts come as a pair of two, with one trout and one bass design. They’re the perfect gag gift for any angler, and they actually work pretty well around the kitchen.
Each glove is 100% heavy cotton, is machine washable, and is perfect for handling hot items around the kitchen or grill.
While it might not be the most practical of all the gifts for fishermen, these oven mitts are sure to be well received.
This slick-looking knife is designed for dispatching a large fish while spearfishing. While it performs admirably at this, it’s also an all-around great knife for fishing and diving, as its 420 stainless steel blade can slice through mono, braid, stainless steel cable, and just about anything else you happen to come across.
The blade comes with a sheath, knife keeper, and rubber leg straps, so you have a multitude of options when it comes to carrying the knife.
If you’re looking for a multi-purpose blade that can quickly and humanely dispatch fish, this is the one for you.
If you’re out fishing in the sun, the first thing you’ve got to do is cover up your head. Nobody wants to deal with nasty sunburns, so why not get a functional and stylish ballcap to cover up that dome.
Columbia makes the hat in a number of different colors and designs, with the American flag with fish stripes being an all-time favorite. The hat’s made out of 55% Polyester, 43% Cotton, and 2% Spandex to give you the perfect blend of comfort, breathability, and stretch.
The Omni-shade technology blocks both UVA and UVB rays – so your skin will remain protected from the sun’s rays.
A good pair of fishing pliers can be worth their weight in gold when you’re out on the water. Due to corrosion, you generally want to avoid using regular multi-tools or needle-nose pliers for fishing, especially for saltwater use.
These corrosion resistant pliers from KastKing are ideal for both salt and freshwater fishing. They feature ultra-hard tungsten carbide cutters for slicing through mono, braid, and fluorocarbon line like butter. Serrated jaws let you easily remove embedded fishhooks, while multiple crimping slots enable you to secure split shot instantly.
An ergonomic rubber handle provides a comfortable and sure grip, so you can use them single-handed without worrying. A leash and lanyard also come included – for quick attachment to a vest or belt loop.
Cuda makes some of the best fishing accessories on the market – and these well-made fish hook removers are no exception. The tool features a dehooking mechanism that lets reach into a fish’s mouth and remove a hook nearly effortlessly.
A 8.5” length makes it appropriate for most freshwater species, but Cuda also makes an 18” length model for targeting larger offshore species. Like other Cuda tools, the patented scale pattern grips provide a rock-solid grip even when soaking wet.
Unlike most other fish hook removers, the dehooking mechanism is made from bonded titanium. This means it won’t chip, crack, bend, or break when the going gets rough.
If you’re having a hard time narrowing down various gifts for fishermen, these de-hookers make a fine option.
Every angler needs a good quality headlamp – even if nighttime fishing isn’t on the itinerary. You never know when you might find yourself on the water after dark, which means having a powerful headlamp nearby can often come in handy.
This 1400 lumen headlamp is one of the most powerful on the market, with the spotlight illuminating up to 178 yards, while the floodlight providing wide-angle lighting up to 60 yards. The magnesium alloy frame is feather-light, weighing 32% less than comparable aluminum frames.
A rechargeable 3500mAH battery comes included with purchase, and an LED battery life indicator gives you an easy to read indication of the remaining battery life.
This isn’t your grandpa’s fishing net! EGO has changed the game when it comes to fishing nets by combining cutting edge materials, a telescoping handle, and a modular platform for interchangeability of attachments.
The net extends and retracts at the push of a button, and the head twists off allowing you to swap it out with attachments (sold separately) for gaffs, boat hooks, deck scrubbers, and more. EGO offers the net in a multitude of different mesh materials, including nylon, PVC, rubber, and rubber-coated nylon.
A good pair of shades is a must anytime you’re fishing in the beating sun. These Costa Del Mar polarized sunglasses are the perfect fit when you want high-end performance and features at a reasonable price point.
They come in a wide variety of lens and frame patterns/colors, so you can find the ideal one to match your style and preferences. The frames are made of high-tech resin, making them more than tough enough to withstand a few whacks or drops onto a boat’s deck.
If you’re looking for practical gifts for fishermen, you’ll have a hard time beating these shades!
This bait station makes a fantastic gift for any angler that regularly fishes with live bait. It’s basically a cooler with a built in aerator and lift out net liner for easily removing bait. The cooler itself features a heavy-duty injection molded base, commercial grade foam insulation, and a large carry handle for easy transport.
Frabill offers the bait station in three different sizes (13, 19, and 30 Quart), so you can easily find the right size for your needs. The two smaller sizes run on dual D batteries, while the larger one runs on 2 x D-cell batteries or the included 12V plug.
This nifty little multitool not only looks great on a keychain, it’s also highly functional on the water. About the size of a house key, the fish shaped tool serves as a line cutter, bottle opener, flathead screwdriver, as well as an S-clip carabineer.
The stainless steel tool is airport-friendly, and makes a great stocking stuffer!
This hilarious t-shirt is sure to put a smile on any anglers face. It’s a great gift for dads, husbands, or anyone who enjoys a good laugh.
Beyond cracking up your friends, the shirt is also comfortable and well-crafted. It’s made from 100% preshrunk cotton, and the logo is screen printed to ensure it lasts.
A fantastic gift for just about any angler, this winder/spooler allows you to swap the line on your spinning reel and baitcasters. The unit is small and lightweight enough to take with you on fishing outings, and doesn’t require mounting to a stable surface.
One of the nice features of this spooler is that it rotates the line as it spools it. This results in less line twist and makes the entire process much smoother. You can also adjust the level of tension on the line as you spool – resulting in consistent pressure across the entire spool.
One of the most useful gifts for fishermen, these little do-dads might not look like much, but they’re actually an exceptionally well designed tool to assist with tying fishing knots. They work well for joining line, tying hooks and jig heads, as well as tying improved clinch knots, bimini twists, double blood knots, and much more.
The tool also doubles as a fish hook cover for when you need to transport your rods around upholstery or other sensitive materials. HOOK-EZE manufactures the tool in both a large and small size, so you can tie knots on a wide variety of hook sizes.
If you’re stuck on what gift to get the angler in your life, you can never go wrong with a good pair of socks. These eye-catching socks come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, so you’ll have no problem finding the right ones.
Geometric fishing lures or flies blend in perfectly with office wear, so you’ll have no problem look sharp in them when you’re stuck at the office. A hidden message on the cuffs saying “I’d rather be fishing” makes them a great gift for anyone who loves to fish.
While these socks work well as gifts for any fishermen, they’ll also make a great stocking stuffer for any loved one!
These gloves may have been designed for handling lobster, but they also work well for handling spiny fish, crab, or filleting. They’re made of Kevlar fiber, making them both puncture resistant and highly durable.
Non-slip grip gives you a firm purchase on slippery surfaces, so you won’t need to worry about your trophy catch slipping away from you! While they offer a high degree of protection, the material remains light and highly flexible – so you won’t need to sacrifice comfort for protective ability.
The perfect gift for any angler that fishes in colder weather, these feature-packed rechargeable hand warmers will keep hands toasty warm no matter how low the temperature drops. The unit heats up within seconds, and provides three different levels of heat.
Three indicator lights give you a precise reading of your remaining battery life, while a 5200 mAh capacity gives you enough juice to last the whole day long. A cool feature of these hand warmers is they can also be used as a battery bank for charging phones, tablets, and other electronics.
An ideal gift for any fisherman with a boat, these high-performance dock lines will provide rock-solid performance for many years to come. They feature 24 strand braids, which is far more durable than typical 16 strand.
Double braided construction creates a strong and elastic line, as the outer core provides added strength as well as protection of the inner core. The line exterior is treated to withstand UV, saltwater, oil, and rot/mold.
The line is available in two sizes (3/8” and 5/8”), with the smaller size being appropriate for baots up to 27-feet, and the larger size for boats up to 45-feet.
A great gift for loved ones, this high-quality stainless steel spoon comes engraved with the message “you are my greatest catch”. Ideal for birthdays, anniversaries, valentine’s day, and Christmas, you’re sure to put a smile on the face of the angler in your life.
Keep in mind it’s not just an ornament gift, this spoon is a functioning lure, and will catch fish too!
Fishermen love to brag about the size of their catch – with this well-made and accurate scale, they’ll be able to back up the big talk! The digital scale and fish lip gripper combo gives you everything you need to hold, weight, and safely release a fish without causing injury.
The digital scale is packed with useful features – including an LED backlight, 9 memory stores, Lbs. and Kg. functionality, waterproof and floating construction, and a 360-degree swiveling steel hook. The fish lip gripper also floats, does not puncture the fish’s lip, and features a large split ring for attaching to the hook on the scale.
Stylish, well-crafted, and durable, this enamel-coated rolled steel mug makes the perfect gift for anglers, outdoorsmen, and camping enthusiasts. Two rustic patterns are available, one with fly fishing hooks, and one with various species of trout.
A little hook and line on the inside of the mug provide a nice detail, while the durable construction makes it great for use on camping and fishing trips. The enamel coating prevents microwave or dishwasher use, it’s meant for hand washing only.
Hopefully you have a better idea of the best gifts for fishermen available, and can narrow down your shopping list!
I’ve loved being in the outdoors for as long as I can remember. I grew up fishing, canoeing, and camping throughout the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. It’s what lead me to start this site and share my passions for fishing, diving, kayaking and more. Nowadays you can find me writing about my passions or (preferably!) preparing for my next outdoor adventure.