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2009 Basser's Gift Guide

12/8/2009

The holidays are in full swing, which means — for bass anglers, at least — it's time to start sniffing around the tackle shop and putting together a wish list. We've compiled a few things we'd love to see under the tree this year and think you'll agree with our selections. In fact, feel free to print this list and leave it around the house.

Gifts for less than $15


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  • Plano 4642 Liqua-Bait Locker ($14.99)
    This nifty bait keeper by Plano is designed for simulated-live baits like Berkley Gulp! It (along with the whole Liqua-Bait line) features corrosion-proof latches and rubber O rings to seal in odors and liquids that would otherwise leave a funky smell in your boat. www.planomolding.com

  • Stick Jacket ($6.99)
    "Tame the tangle!" is what Stick Jacket says. These nifty sleeves fit over your rods and keeps your combos separate when transporting them. They also protect eyelets and tips when taking rods in and out of you truck or rod locker. www.stickjacket.com

  • Lazer Trokar flipping hook ($8.99)
    These are the highly-anticipated hooks that make a serious point. These surgically-sharpened hooks easily penetrate bass' jaws, and the unique keeper holds plastics in place until you decide to remove them. www.lazertrokar.com

Gifts from $15-$50


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  • Remembering George W. Perry ($19.95)
    This book is a must for big bass chasers and history buffs alike. Bill Babb — the preeminent historian on all things Perry and world record bass — details Perry's life before and after his world-record catch. www.whitefishpress.com

  • Ardent Reel Kleen reel cleaning kit ($19.99)
    This kit has everything you need to keep your reels in tip-top shape. It features a brush, Allen wrench, synthetic swabs, degreaser, Ardent's Reel Butter and Reel Grease and a silicone-treated cloth to keep them looking their best. www.ardentoutdoors.com

  • QVC LaserLure package ($34.99)
    On Friday, Dec. 4, Bassmaster Elite Series angler Mike Iaconelli will be on QVC (the home shopping network) offering a limited edition package containing two of Ike's signature color LaserLure baits (a deep diving crankbait and a floating jerkbait) in a Plano tacklebox with a letter from Ike himself. The package will be available from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m EST — when Ike is on! www.QVC.com

Gifts from $50-$100


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  • BASS Insider Membership ($59.88)
    With BASS Insider, you get exclusive content such as how-to articles, videos, blogs from top pros and Digital Bassmaster. Got a question? Ask the Experts gives you answers from Elite Series pros and experts in every field. Sign up today for a free trial: www.BASSInsider.com

  • Wright & McGill Tessera rod ($89.99)
    New from Wright & McGill is the Skeet Reese Tessera rod. These yellow rods take design cues from the old Eagle Claw rods, but everything about them is new. Bassmaster Classic champion Skeet Reese designed these rods to outperform sticks costing more than twice as much. www.wright-mcgill.com

  • Abu Garcia Vendetta rods ($79.95)
    These Abu Garcia rods adopt Japanese styling with split grips, no forward grip and an emphasis on balance to create a lightweight, easy handling rod tuned to Garcia's Revo series of reels. www.abugarcia.com

Gifts for $100 and up


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  • Costa Del Mar Zane ($139.00 - $239.00)
    Polarization is a must for angling shades, but looking good doesn't hurt, either. Costa Del Mar's newest addition is the Zane, available in multiple lens and frame combinations. www.costadelmar.com

  • Motor Guide Kayak trolling motor ($279.99)
    This short-shaft trolling motor gives 'yakkers and canoe-bound bassers more range than paddle power alone. It sports 45 pounds of thrust and Motor Guide's digital technology. www.motorguide.com

  • Abu Garcia Revo Premier ($279.00)
    These sleek new low-profile reels are Garcia's flagship for the new year. Gold trim, along with upgraded drag and braking systems, makes this reel a hot item for the holiday season. www.abugarcia.com