Kayak fishing season may be winding down for some, but the gift-giving season is just heating up. It’s not always easy to choose the perfect present, especially if you’re not into fishing yourself. Skip the socks if you really want to wow the kayak angler in your life.
Instead, pick from this holiday guide to 19 great, fishing-specific gifts selected by the fanatics in the Kayak Angler office.
[This article is part of our Holiday Gift Guide series. For more great gift ideas, see 14 Cool Fishing Gifts Under $50.]
Concept Z SLD
$279 | 13fishing.com
The Concept Z SLD from 13 Fishing pushes fishing reels forward again with its unique magnetic cast control system and advanced material design. Includes zero-corrosion CZB bearings, polymer drag system and carbon frame/side plates. Anglers, get reeled in by this groundbreaking piece of saltwater tackle.
The popular Angler Pro paddle from Bending Branches features advanced materials and eye-catching blade patterns chosen by their extensive pro team. The compression molded fiberglass blades and carbon shaft will help you eat up the miles with a smooth stroke. Includes integrated tape measure.
For more paddles that are worth a purchase, brush up on the Best Fishing Kayak Paddles For 2022.
$1099 | bonafidekayaks.com
Fish in comfort and style with the RS117 from Bonafide Kayaks, with the new, adjustable Stadium Seat. Packed full of premium features, the design includes YakAttack MightyMount XL tracks, a centralized storage pod, an integrated paddle pouch, a transducer-friendly scupper and much more. Get premium outfitting at a value price in the RS117. Read our full fishing kayak review for more.
Still searching for that perfect boat for the angler in your life? Weigh your options with our article on The Best Fishing Kayak Brands. And for first-time buyers, the Definitive Guide To Buying Your First Fishing Kayak has all the info you need to make the right choice.
NRX+ 843C MBR
$625 | gloomis.com
Custom-made for avid bass anglers, the NRX+ 843C MBR rod from G. Loomis draws on 40 years of design and technology innovation. Spiral X graphite construction provides superior sensitivity and ultra-fast recovery, all in a lightweight body. These rods are designed to boost an angler’s natural ability, with hybrid guide train to help you make long, accurate casts.
Striker Vivid 7sv
$499 | garmin.com
This easy-to-use color fishfinder features vivid sonar color palettes to help you distinguish fish and structure. The Vivid 7sv supports CHIRP side-scanning sonars from Garmin, with Wi-Fi connectivity and a highly sensitive GPS to keep you on track.
Our list of the 4 Best Kayak Fish Finder-GPS Combos has more of your best bets to find fish. For rigging, browse a wide selection of fish finder & sonar mounts and transducer arms in the Kayak Angler Buyer’s Guide.
Quatix 6 Boating Smartwatch
$699 | garmin.com
The stylish, rugged and feature-rich Quatix 6 smartwatch is a fishing wizard on your wrist. Use the included tide charts, marine cartography and preloaded activity profiles to track every aspect of your fishing adventures. Includes comprehensive connectivity with smartphone apps, compatible Garmin chartplotters and more.
$2,999 | hobie.com
High performance meets lightweight design in the pedal-pushing Mirage Lynx. Hobie’s MirageDrive 180 provides forward and reverse propulsion, combining sleek speed with excellent maneuverability. Weighing only 45 pounds, the boat is a breeze to transport and launch. Voters named it the year’s Best Touring/Recreational Kayak in the 2022 Paddling Awards, but the Mirage Lynx shines as a fishing boat too.
See the Best Fishing Kayaks With Pedals For 2023 for more great pedal-powered boats. Watch some of the top models go head-to-head in our Pedal Boat Olympics—Testing The Best Pedal Drive Fishing Kayaks.
Nomad Paddle Boot
$135 | kokatat.com
The Nomad paddle boot from Kokatat is perfect for kayak fishing, with serious water protection from top to bottom. Waterproofing includes double-lined neoprene boot, breathable upper gaiter and covered lacing system for precise fit. Get premium protection and comfort in a wide range of weather conditions.
Minimalist Inflatable Belt Pack
$124 | mustangsurvival.com
Designed for inshore fishing, Mustang Survival’s Minimalist Inflatable Belt Pack provides 18.9 pounds of buoyancy when inflated. The soft fabric pouch hangs at your waist and won’t interfere with fishing or paddling. Note: inflatable PFDs are not legal for whitewater paddling in Canada.
Not sure which type of PFD to choose? Read our article on the relative merits of Foam Vs. Hybrid Vs. Inflatable PFDs For Kayak Fishing.
$189 | nrs.com
Get premium protection from wind, waves and rain with the Champion Jacket from NRS. Made of lightweight material, this jacket is waterproof, breathable and stowable. It includes an adjustable hood, two self-draining pockets and wrist enclosures to keep water out while you paddle.
If you want more wardrobe options, What To Wear Fishing peels back the layers on fishing apparel.
$4,499 | oldtowncanoe.com
The Sportsman AutoPilot 136 from Old Town takes motorized kayaking to new heights. Stay on the fish with the reliable Minn Kota motor’s Spot-Lock technology, and steer with ease via foot braces or Bluetooth-connected i-Pilot remote. With robust design and premium outfitting, it’s easy to see why voters named it Best Fishing Boat Or Board in the 2022 Paddling Awards.
Looking for more on motorized kayaks? Check out the Best Fishing Kayaks With Motors For 2023.
$69 | planomolding.com
The Soft Crate from Plano is a soft, lightweight tackle bag custom designed to fit inside a kayak crate or on the deck of your boat. Compatible with Plano’s line of utility cases, with easily removable sections to customize your storage arrangement.
Find the storage solution that fits just right with the Top 5 Tackle Storage And Kayak Fishing Crates.
$599 | power-pole.com
Travel into tight spaces and stay there with the Micro Spike Driver from Power-Pole. This all-electric, ultra-compact anchor system dances in the holiday dreams of many kayak anglers. Get big stopping power and a silent, secure hold that won’t scare away the fish.
See the 5 Best Kayak Anchor Systems For Anglers for more options to hold a kayak fast.
Touch Screen Tourney Scale 15lb
$69 | rapala.com
This water-resistant fish scale from Rapala makes it easier than ever to weigh and track your catch. Featuring a large touchscreen and heavy-duty hook, plus culling system to help keep track of maximum total weight. Includes three weight display options, ambient temperature and back light.
544K Kayak Pump With Float
$40 | scotty.com
Be ready for anything with the 544K Kayak Pump from Scotty. Constructed with stainless steel piston rod and large handle, this pump is both sturdy and easy to use—and the included float means it won’t end up in Davy Jones’ Locker. Disassembles for easy cleaning, covered by a lifetime warranty.
QR-2 Quick Release Rod Holder
$39 | stealthrodholders.com
Stealth’s QR-2 rod holder is wider and stronger to accommodate large fishing rod handles. Reinforced composite construction and one-motion release make it perfect for targeting large species. Even better, the QR-2 comes with a lifetime warranty.
Adjustable, flush mount, horizontal or vertical? Learn about all your options in the Guide To Kayak Rod Holders: Mounts, Brands, Reviews & More.
$159 | stohlquist.com
The Fisherman PFD from Stohlquist is an exceptionally comfortable, low-profile PFD perfect for paddlers of all sizes. A cross-chest cinch keeps the vest in place while you move. It features two fold-down pockets and a wide array of attachment points for fishing tools and accessories.
Don’t let your loved one go out on the water without the most important piece of safety equipment. See our Best Life Jackets For Kayak Fishing In 2022 if they’re still fishing for a proper PFD.
Solar Panels For Charging Kayak Electronics
$79 | wildernesssystems.com
Don’t run out of juice next time you’re on the water! These powerful, kayak-capable solar panels from Wilderness Systems will keep your batteries charged. The rigid, waterproof, foldable design includes built-in charging meter. Compatible with kayak track systems.
Learn the ins and outs of rigging for kayak electronics in The Best Battery Setup For Your Fishing Kayak.
$19 | kayakanglermag.com
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