25 Fishing Gifts for Dad – Make Father’s Day Special in 2023

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We’ve put together a list of fishing gifts for dad that will show him that you love him this Father’s Day. Any one of these items will surely bring a smile to his face!

25 Fishing Gifts Your Dad Will Enjoy in 2023

St Croix Triumph Spinning Rod

If your dad is as practical a man as mine is, he’ll love the St Croix Triumph spinning rod. This rod is durable and dependent in harsh conditions. The rod also boasts outstanding strength and has immense hook setting power, which makes it one of the best fisherman gifts you can get your dad. 

Shimano Stradic FL

If your pops loves to fish to destress, get him the Shimano Stradic FL for a smooth experience. This reel comes with a water repellent coating that can prevent penetration in crucial areas which may otherwise stick. Plus, it also boasts several drag settings and a G-free body that reduces fatigue and increases casting comfort at the same time. 

Gerber Controller 8 in Saltwater Fish Fillet Knife

A fisherman’s gift set for Father’s Day would be incomplete with the Gerber Controller 8 Saltwater filleting knife. If your dad is lucky, he’ll likely bring home a few fish for the family. Make his life easy with a quality fillet knife. The knife can take a beating and boasts a full tang blade that resists corrosion.

Plus, it also has guide fins that prevent it from slipping as your dad fillets slippery fish. 

Costa Del Mar Reefton Sunglasses

If your dad takes his appearance seriously, even when he is fishing, get him the Costa Del Mar Reefton Sunglasses. These stylish shades boast aggressive styling and a full temple design as well as three square hole venting that will make your dad look fly.

Huk Subphantis Double Header Vented Long Sleeve Shirt

What better gift to give to your dad than good-quality fishing shirts? Keep your dad stylish and uber practical Huk Subpantis Long Sleeve Shirt. The material is hydrophobic, which means that it dries faster than the average shirt, something your father will appreciate if his trip is ruined by rain. 

Lucky Craft Fishing Lure CIF Flash Minnow

If your dad prefers to spend his day inshore, he should have this lure in his tackle box at all times. This lure is popular with surf fishermen out in California but can be used wherever jerkbaits are popular. It weighs a mere 16.5 grams and can hang suspended in the water up to 2 feet deep.

Grunden’s Clipper Fishing Bib Pants

The best gift for Father’s Day for an offshore dad or any dad who likes to go hoop netting for lobsters is the Grunden’s Clipper Fishing Bib Pants. They are made from a material that is tough enough to withstand the harshest work environments.

The bib is cut higher than other commercial bibs, so it gives more protection to the chest area. The suspenders are also adjustable and fitted with clips that can be tied quickly and easily.

KastKing Tackle Boxes

If your dad is super organized, he would appreciate the KastKing Tackle Boxes as Father’s Day gifts. This tackle box has 3 to 18 adjustable compartments complete with pre-cut dividers, which can be used to organize plastic bait, thread, beads, screws, terminal tackle, and other essential paraphernalia, you know your dad uses.

The explicit material displays each item in the box, so he will spend more time and less time searching. 

YETI Tundra 45 Cooler

If your dad loves to spend a whole day out on the water, he needs a fishing cooler that can keep his catch fresh. The YETI Tundra 45 Cooler is one of the best gifts for a fisherman you can get for him.

It has extra thick walls that hold up to two inches of insulation and rotomolded construction, so it can take a lot of punishment without cracking under pressure. It also boasts special permafrost insulation, which keeps the ice from melting for hours. 

Gerber Magniplier Saltwater Fishing Pliers

Getting a hook out from a fish’s mouth can be dangerous. That is why these special pliers make such a great Father’s Day gift. Featuring BearHand Control and an ergonomic design, they are gentle on the hands and reduce fatigue. Their unrivaled strength is owed to their hot-forged aluminum construction. 

Eastaboga BogaGrip Fishing Scale

Give your dad the right to brag about his catch by giving him this gift. This scale can weigh fish up to 15 pounds accurately and weighs only 9 ounces, so it can be taken anywhere.

Designed to promote catch and release, it allows anglers to land, handle and weigh their catch without breaking momentum and without harming the fish, especially during winter, when the cold can make things difficult. 

Ruko F11 Pro Drone 4K

The best Father’s Day fishing gift for a dad who loves tech, the Ruko F11 is a drone he may fly in your backyard just for fun. The drone can be used to take high-res videos and images of his fishing trip from unique perspectives you may not even find online.

Once it is activated, the height and location are locked via GPS, preventing the drone from shaking and ruining the feed. Plus, it is designed to be compact so that it can be used on and offshore with ease. 

Must Read Fish Books

Dads who spend their free time fishing as a hobby will surely appreciate these books on Pacific fish as a Father’s Day fishing present. The books detail unique fish such as scorpionfish and rockfish, including details on each species, their ecology, feeding habits, and other tidbits of information that anglers can find interesting.

The books written by Milton S. Love are love letters to the fish he dedicated his life to researching as a marine biologist. 

Garmin Striker 4 with Transducer

This high-tech fish finder is perfect for all those dads who like to hunt their catch proactively. The color fishfinder has an in-built GPS, marking fish and hot spots they can return to later. The simple-to-use device includes a CHIRP sonar transducer, and your dad can also use it to find his way back to the boat ramp.

It also comes with a portable kit that protects it from damage, so your dad can also take it on a canoe, a kayak, or when he goes ice fishing.

Humminbird HELIX 7

If your dad loves to fish for bass, you know he will appreciate this fish finder. The Humminbird Helix 7 comes with split-screen view options and offers unprecedented underwater clarity up to 125 feet below the boat. So before he casts, he will know exactly what he is fishing for and make his trip more fruitful. 

Earth Products Ultimate Outdoor-Fishing Chair

This outdoor chair will make a great Father’s Day fishing gift for the dad who loves to fish outdoors and take a nap in between. The portable, reclining folding chair has swivel mud feet that keep it stable on uneven ground.

It also has an in-built rod holder complete with a shoulder strap along with a padded seat and back that can give your dad a relaxing fishing experience. If he likes to take his coffee or beer with him, he can just slip them into the cup holders, so they don’t spill.

Restcloud Fishing Net

If your dad prefers to catch and release fishing, give him the Restcloud fishing net as a gift this Father’s Day. The sturdy net contains slippery catches without harming them and can fold up quickly for easy transport.

The 10″ net can accommodate large fish, and the telescopic handle can stretch up to 36″, just enough to get to the struggling fish and nab it. The net can be locked in place with a flip of the handle as well. 

KastKing Mountain Mist Fishing Gloves

Ideal for dads who like to fish during the winter, these sturdy gloves will keep the cold at bay and enhance fishing performance on the ice at the same time. These have open finger slots for additional dexterity and smartphone-friendly fingertips and are made from non-slip material for a sturdy hold.

The finger slots expose two fingers and the thumb, and you can easily fold the flaps out of the way when you want to replace bait or use the phone.

Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops Folding Knife

It’s always handy to have a folding knife close by while on the water. This compact and foldable blade is made from high-carbon stainless steel and features an aluminum handle.

It comes with an in-built pocket clip for instant access and features ambidextrous thumb knobs for easy carrying and use.

Rush Creek Creations Storage Rack

This rod storage rack can make a great present. It can store up to 16 rod and reel combos simultaneously, and since it is made from wood, it can blend in easily with the decor.

The solid wood center post is at the perfect height for rod support and includes clips that can keep them in place and can be adjusted according to rod height. One should do, but if he has a collection of rods, you should buy more.  

Redington VICE Fly Fishing Outfit

The perfect companion for a dad who’s thinking about getting into fly fishing is the Redington VICE fly outfit. It comes with every piece of gear he would need. This includes a fast action rod that makes casting easy and an I.D. reel Rio mainstream fly line, as well as a super stylish rod and reel case.

The reel seat is made from anodized machined aluminum, which makes it ideal for all water conditions. If your dad loves fly fishing, add a fly fishing sling pack

Abu Garcia Revo S LTD Combo

One of the best fishing rod and reel combo out there, the Abu Garcia Revo S LTD Combo boasts Winn advanced polymer Dri-Tac grips for a sturdy grip and an X2 Craftic alloy frame that makes it last for years.

This impressive-looking rod and reel combo also features stainless steel guides complete with zirconium-coated inserts and a Carbon Matrix drag system your father will really appreciate.

GearTOP Fishing Hat

The sun can be brutal, more so for men who are experiencing hair loss or like to keep their heads shaved during the summer. If your dad faces the same issue, then the GearTOP Fishing Hat is one of the best fishing hats you can give as a present to him.

Made from 100% polyester, it offers complete protection from the sun by blocking UVA and UVB rays from your face, head, and ears completely. So whether your dad is going fishing, hiking, or even gardening, this hat will prevent him from burning up in the sun.

Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Key Tool

Ideal for the father who thinks less is more. The Nite Ize DoohicKey FishKey Key Tool is a multipurpose keychain that any angler will love to have. It features a serrated edge your father can use to cut through the fishing line, a bottle opener for when he wants to drink ice-cold beer, a flathead screwdriver, and a handy S-Biner, which can be used to attach or reattach the keychain.

The petite tool can fit in any pocket, purse, or bag easily and will prove to be a reliable companion on a trip.

CrazyFire LED Headlamp

If your dad likes kayak fishing at night and doesn’t want to interrupt his fishing to grab a flashlight or wants to keep his hands free while hiking to a fishing spot, you need to buy him one CrazyFire LED Headlamp. It is fitted with three headband buckles that can be adjusted for a comfortable fit, and the lamp only weighs 7.03 oz, so that it won’t feel heavy.

The head of the lamp is adjustable up to 90 degrees and features a zoom function that your dad can use to focus the beam of light.

Jon Stenstrom
Founder & Angler
Jon Stenstrom is a fishing enthusiast. He has over 25 years of fishing experience, and 6 years of spearfishing experience, and is currently learning how to boat. Jon has his Open Water PADI Certification and FII Freediver Level 1 Certification. Jon has traveled the world to fish and dive, most notably in the Great Barrier Reef, Baja Mexico, Thailand, and Malaysia. More Articles
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