What to get your fisherman

Published 12:22 am Sunday, December 7, 2008

Every year I hear it from the ladies.

The phone rings with the question, “What do I need to buy him for Christmas this year? He has everything.”

Fishermen and fisherwomen are not that hard to buy for at all. There is so many products out there it is more confusing than anything.

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The latest accessory that I’m using is really neat. The product is called ‘Save Phase’. It’s more or less a modified paintball mask that keeps your head warm on those cold morning boat runs and keeps the bugs out of your eyes during the warmer months. They cost around $60 and come in several colors.

If you’re favorite fisherman likes to jig for perch consider getting them a graphite jig pole. Prices start at about $35.

The hottest selling gift so far this season is the combination sonar/GPS units. Prices start out at about $500.

Or you can take the easy way out. Purchase a gift certificate at your favorite marine or sporting goods store.

The Sportsman’s Lodge on Lake Concordia will host a big bass tournament December 13th. This event features a bi-hourly pay-out based on the contestant’s single largest bass. Three cash prizes will be awarded every two hours starting with the 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. weigh period and ending with the 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. period.

Lake Concordia is in good shape, and if this cold weather continues there will be some big bass brought to the scales. I fished Lake Concordia recently, and while the bass bite was off a bit, the striper bite was on.

While using my sonar around the Big Blue Hole area I noticed a lot of shad and big fish holding on a ledge that dropped from 15 to 20 to 40 feet.

Lake Concordia’s water temperatures Saturday averaged from 52 to 56 degrees.

The area where I found the stripers usually holds a few big largemouth bass, but when the aggressive stripers are around the bass are not.

Hopefully the stripers will move out before the December big bass tournament on Concordia