Fishing gifts for the last minutes
Listen up. There are only a few days until Christmas. And maybe you haven't purchased all of the gifts...yet.
Need some ideas for the after-opening-the-present-you-get-a-hug type Christmas presents?
These are the no fail, can't go wrong, best gifts ever for the fishing addict in your life.
First, new ice auger blades. Most anglers that own an ice drill, whether it's manual (lots of sweat and cursing), powered (by propane or gas), or driven by battery power, most drills could use some honing of the blades. This equates to an efficient and fast cut with minimal effort.
Auger blades are a perfect gift so long as you know the size of the auger bit. Try this simple unassuming question, "So what size is your ice auger?" More specifically, "What size hole does your auger drill?"
If you need support to cover up your questioning, ask why that size hole is the best. "Have you ever had a fish on that couldn't fit up the hole?" Typically the answer is no.
Now you know the size of auger blade that you need to purchase. Next, you'll need to know what kind of blade it is.
There are shavers and ripper blades. Shaver blades have a straight edge like a knife. Ripper blades have jagged teeth. Both are effective at cutting through ice, but you can't put a ripper blade on an auger that is designed for a shaver blade.
Bit size, type of blade and finally, auger brand is imperative to finding the perfect fit.
If you get it right, this is the best present an angler can ask for. But either way, keep the receipt. That way if it's not the right fit, they can exchange the blades for the right one. Most auger blades range from $20-$50 and even if your ice fanatic doesn't need them on Christmas morning, they will at some time soon.
Another great gift for the angler in your life is a cast iron skillet or an electric frying pan. Deep fryers are cool, but you dedicate a lot of oil to each meal. A conventional cast iron skillet works well on the stove top, but be sure that you don't wash it with soap. The porous material can absorb the scent and taste of the cleanser. To clean a cast iron pan, fill it half-way with tap water, place it on the stove-top burner and bring the water to a boil. Use an abrasive sponge to scrub, than condition it with a light coat of oil. Your goal is to eliminate moisture, which can create oxidation (rust). A thin coat of oil, wiped off with a paper-towel or rag, works well for eliminating harmful effects from water.
SPF treated clothing is another good option. Ranging from shirts and pants to face and hand coverings, the effects of the sun are difficult to thwart.
Finally, a Food-saver is a great investment. Not just for fish, the self vacuum-packed machine ensures everything remains fresh in the freezer.