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As fishermen, we’re some of the hardest people to buy gifts for around the Holidays.  We’re too picky, too specific, too specialized in what we do.  There are although some key items that are sure to put a smile on those closest to you passionate about being on the water.  We’ve tried to pull a list together that will steer you or anyone doing the buying in the right direction.

Happy Holidays from the Crew at BD Outdoors.


ZOLEO is the affordable accessory that extends your smartphone messaging coverage to everywhere on Earth and provides a safety system you can count on.

No other present tells that special angler in your life you care about them like a ZOLEO.  Check in with your family, build a community and share information from anywhere on the water, get access to rescue and emergency services at any time.


  • Free app to smartphone connectivity
  • SOS alerting button
  • Dedicated ZOLEO SMS number and email and more
  • Price: ZOLEO: $149.00/ Service: $20.00 – 50.00 


Not all sandals are created equal, thankfully. The Atoll – Wide was specifically developed for the angler to maximize grip on deck while being completely amphibious.


  • Neoprene upper lining
  • EVA Footbed
  • Non-marking, siped outsole for maximum slip resistance
  • Price: $69.95


    The Fishdope is one of the most used tools for the offshore fisherman. By gathering daily fish reports from professional captains, sport boats, 6 pack and 4 pack charter boats, fly over planes, commercial fishermen, VHF and private anglers, members are able to better pinpoint fish aggregations and maximize their time on the water.  Catch more fish, burn less fuel!!


    • Daily reporting, during prime season twice a day
    • SST/ Cloud Free SST Charts / Chlorophyll Charts
    • Hot Bite Report Maps/ Bite Zone Maps
    • Price: $169.00/ Year


      The Panga® Backpack is an airtight bag.  No better way to protect your most valuable items on a fishing trip than in this 100% waterproof gear fortress.  It can even double as an inflatable in a pinch.


      • Outside: 7″ x 20″ 12. 5″
      • Empty Weight” 3.9 lbs.
      • Hydrolok zipper
      • Removable chest strap & waist belt
      • Price: $299.99


      Amadeo Bachar is an artist with a unique ability and connection to our fishing world. As a fisherman, spearfisherman and student of Marine Biology, he brings some of the most true-to-life art pieces into our home as a homage to our passion.


      • Each scene is available in multiple sizes and framing options
      • Prints are created using archival, fade-resistant pigment inks and heavyweight, quality canvas
      • Individually proofed and signed by Amadeo
      • Price: varies dependent on size and framing.

      Cedros sportfishing

      This gift would truly spoil the recipient, not just a fishing trip but an adventure.  Cedros Sportfishing brings anglers to the remote Cedros Island in Baja, MX where they can experience a world class fishery targeting yellowtail, calico bass, halibut, white seabass and a variety of Pelagics in the summer time months.


      • Price: $2800/ 5 Days


      Costa sunglasses are the leading performance sunglass for fisherman around the world.  Their lenses and ultra light frames have been proven time and again.  Recently Costa has added another level of value in the UNTANGLED COLLECTION, by producing the frames out of recycled fishing nets.  Sunglasses without guilt and a great gift option for any angler.


      • Styles: Pescador, Santiago, Pargo, Antille, Baffin
      • Lenses: Polarized Gray, Polarized Green Mirror.
      • Price: $139.00 – $226.00


      Suited for the elements, designed for looks.  Engineered to deliver comfort, performance and durability the Freeboard Leather Chukka features a rubber freeboard overlay for additional waterproofing and protection, full grain leather upper and a siped natural gum rubber outsole for exceptional grip on wet surfaces. Whether you’re working on a wet deck or navigating a slippery bar room floor.  A great gift for the unassuming angler.


      • Full Grain Natural Leather/ Air Mesh Lining material
      • Vulcanized with rubber waterproof overlay protection zone
      • Non-Marking Natural Gum Rubber Outsole
      • Price: $139.00

        DFG/ California lifetime fishing license

        This one should be at the top of everyone’s list. The Lifetime Fishing License entitles the angler to a sport fishing license each year for the remainder of his or her life.  We can’t think of a better gift for an avid angler, especially as license fees go up yearly.


        • Price range dependent on age of purchase: $595.00 – 973.00


        One thing we know as fishermen about boating is that you can’t set your clock to it, meaning boats can be unpredictable.  Make sure you and your network have a backup plan or peace of mind for the day that you need help. BoatU.S. is your one-stop shop to make sure you’re taken care of when things don’t go as planned.


        • Water towing
        • Fuel delivery
        • Jump starts
        • Ungroundings
        • Price: $179.00/ Year


        As outdoorsmen we are continually exposed to the elements and sun.  By now it’s no surprise that harmful rays from the sun can lead to skin cancer. As a result it’s necessary to use a high end sunscreen and VERTRA is just that, developed for watermen and ocean lovers alike.  VERTRA offers proven durability, smooth application for use in and around the ocean.


        • Reef-safe, Octinoxate & Oxybenzone free
        • 80-minute FDA water and sweat resistance ratings
        • Offered in clear or skin tone
        • Price: $20.00


          Accurate is known for making some of the best reels in the industry, but they also make some great accessories like their plier, knot pullers.  Applicable for just about any fisherman in diverse fisheries.  Two items every fisherman should have which gets over thought.

          Pro Contributor Pick: Ben Secrest


          • Split tip option
          • 3″ or 4″ option knot pullers
          • Price: $159.00

          Rapala/ long cast shallow stickbait

          There’s a few things that you never forget to take with you on a fishing trip and this is one of them. Proven time and again this simple stickbait is one of the most reliable casting lures around from inshore to offshore, it literally catches just about everything.

          Pro Contributor pick: Ali Hussainy


          • VMC Tin Finish 4X Inline Single Hooks
          • Long Casting Dives 1′ – 2′
          • Sinking Flutters On Fall
          • Price: ZOLEO: $15.00 – 18.00


              Winter’s here and outerwear is something stays top of mind during these months.  This jacket is completely designed and tested by hardcore fisherman.  Reaper windproof zip up Jacket comes as a zip up for men with built-in facemask that is sewn in to the back where the jacket meets the hood. A comfortable solution when you are putting on the jacket and can place the facemask on or around your neck.

              Pro Contributor pick: Benny Ortiz


              • 90% Polyester / 10% Spandex 3L Ripstop Stretch Softshell
              • Lycra cuff stretch gussets
              • Designed for warmth in colder temperatures on the water
              • Price: $119.00


                For any serious Southern California angler a California Flyer is a must.  I never leave the dock without one.  Stoke level will be high with one of these as a present.

                Pro Contributor pick: Duane Diego Mellor


                • 10x sets of replacement wings
                • Rigged with 11/0 Jobu and 6/0 STX Owner hooks
                • Rubber hook retainer bands
                • Price: $199.99

                      PENN/ FATHOM LOW PROFILE REEL

                      249.99 – 279.99As fishermen we tend to get stuck on the ideal of having a different tool for every task, but this is one tool that can wear many hats.  The Penn Fathom Low Profile series has exceeded our expectations from casting the lightest jigs inshore to going head to head with school size bluefin and yellowfin. Additionally, the price point is quite easy on the wallet in comparison to competitor price points.


                      • Fully metal body and crank side plate
                      • Lycra cuff stretch gussets
                      • 6+1 stainless steel bearing system
                      • HT-100™ drag system
                      • TiN Coated Level Wind System
                      • Dual Action Casting Brake
                      • Brass main gear and bearing supported bronze pinion
                      • Price: $249.99 – 279.99

                        YETI/ RAMBLER 12 OZ BOTTLE WITH HOTSHOT CAP

                        On-the-go caffeine enthusiasts, meet the ultimate drinking vessel for filling up and hitting the road. While this 12 oz. Rambler® Bottle is conveniently light, it holds more than enough joe to jump-start your day, whether you’re gearing up for an early morning trip or need an energy boost before a day outdoors. Why we’re giving this Rambler extra kudos? It’s topped with a unique, 360-drinking, 100% leakproof HotShot Cap that lives up to its name by letting you sip from any side while locking in piping-hot temperatures for hours on end.

                        Pro Contributor pick: Ali Hussainy


                        • Made with kitchen-grade stainless steel, so they’re puncture- and rust-resistant.
                        • Double wall vacuum insulation, Keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot until the last sip.
                        • Dishwasher safe
                        • Price: 24.99

                        GRUNDENS/ GAMBLER PANT/ JACKET COMBO

                        Want a jacket and pant combo that will endure any weather condition as well as last a lifetime.  Look no further, the Gambler is here to keep you out of the elements.  A perfect gift for the fisherman that will fish in all conditions.


                        • 80d 100% Nylon Face with GORE-TEX® C-Knit Backer
                        • GORE-TEX® TOPO Stretch Panels
                        • Submersible Shingled Cuff Design
                        • Stow-away hood design for use in an open boat
                        • Reflective Grundéns Logos – optimized for on-camera and tournament visibility
                        • Reflective Safety Overlays for low light on-water visibility
                        • Price: $479.00 – 499.99

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