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Summertime Gift Ideas for the Outdoors Dad

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With Father’s Day fast approaching, retailers are already stocking displays and store shelves with the perfect gifts for the outdoors dad. Options vary from car-topping watercraft to penny-sized panfish lures, but no matter your budget, these gifts are guaranteed to help your customers bring a smile to dad’s face. 

Custom Jigs & Spins Rotating Power Minnow

Want to help Dad put more fish in the boat (or on the ice)? The Custom Jigs & Spins’ Rotating Power Minnow (RPM) catches everything that swims. Plus, it’s simple as pie to fish whether casting, vertical jigging, or slow-trolling. And unlike some balance jig category baits, the RPM features a unique eyelet that keeps your line from twisting, while imparting lifelike, forage-matching action. Choose from two sizes — the ¼ oz. RPM3 or 3/8 oz. RPM5 — both available in 16 different fish-catching patterns for about $5 apiece.

Panfish Products for Pop offers perhaps the most impressive collection of hard-to-find, undeniably effective panfish products on the planet. If Dad doesn’t own a Panfish Toothpick ($2.49) for example, he’s working too hard to remove deeply lodged hooks and jigs. This ingenious, simple device saves fish and preserves his expensive tackle. Check their Fiskas tungsten lures and Little Atom Plastics, too—panfish catchers to the nth degree.


Is yours a cool dad? (Or at least thinks he is?) Play into his hands this Father’s Day with fun and multifunctional headwear. BUFF® UV multifunctional headwear delivers all the functionality of the Original multifunctional headwear, then adds built-in-sun protection that blocks up to 95% of UV rays. The COOLMAX® PRO fiber wicks moisture and dries fast for comfort on the move and the Polygiene® treatment resists odors so you can wear it more and wash it less. The ingenious seamless design minimizes irritation for long-term comfort. Exceptionally adaptable, BUFF® UV multifunctional headwear can be worn 12 different ways – from cap to balaclava, neck gaiter to hair tie – for optimal performance and protection, personalized style, and a perfect fit. Retails for around $25.


These water-activated pucks actively draw biting fish into Dad’s fishing location, employing powerful scent, sound and sight elements that generate active feeding behavior. Toss a BaitCloud puck into the water and an immediate eruption of flashy fish scales, amino acid attractants and other environmentally safe, proprietary ingredients trigger nearby fish to investigate. BaitCloud 3-packs ($10.99 each) are sold in seven different scent formulas, including Bass, Panfish, Crawfish, Shad, Walleye, Predatory and Carp.

Seaguar AbrazX Fluorocarbon Line

Protect Dad from the frustration of break-offs with a few spools of the same line that helped Jordan Lee win the 2017 Bassmaster Classic – Seaguar’s AbrazX Fluorocarbon. Featuring extreme abrasion resistance and virtual invisibility, AbrazX can whack wood, rocks and dock posts without fear of breakoffs when Dad’s tied into a good’un. AbrazX is available in 200- and 1,000-yard spools of 2- through 25-pound test for any fishing situation. Retail prices start below $20.

Plano 3700 Guide Series Tackle Bag

Give Dad the ultimate soft tackle bag from the company that’s been on the cutting edge of tackle storage for over 65 years. Plano’s 3700 Guide Series Tackle Bag boasts massive tackle-toting ability via space for six large StowAway Utility Boxes (five are included), four zippered pockets, two mesh slip pockets, external tool holders and Plano’s unique Utili-Tackle Rail System top and bottom. Failsafe looped zipper pulls, an adjustable padded shoulder strap, durable fabrics and a classy aesthetic make this the bag that Dad will be proud to carry on angling adventures for years to come. MSRP is $109.99.


Dad isn’t getting any younger… Yes, there are aches and pains that go along with fishing – besides being told you can’t go because the neighborhood is talking about your disastrous yard. “Angler’s elbow” is real…and so is the solution. ClinicallyFIT has developed a system to ease the pain of angler’s elbow and rehabilitate your precious casting limb. The Elbow Pain Relief Kit integrates the four essential components all injuries require for consistent accelerated healing. In order to heal from most injuries, it’s important to prevent further injury, treat the symptoms, address the cause of the problem and improve blood flow to deliver nutrients in the blood to the injured muscles and tendons accelerating the healing process and minimizing reoccurrences. Purchase online for $44.95.

iBall Wireless Trailer Hitch Camera

Make the process of connecting Dad’s trailer to his truck exponentially easier with an iBall Wireless Trailer Hitch Camera. Eliminate Pop’s towing woes and boat ramp angst and help him become a trailering pro, simply by snapping an iBall to his bumper. Inside the vehicle, the 5-inch color LCD plugs into any auxiliary power port, providing a crystal clear view of anything behind the tailgate. Operating on a 5.8GHz wireless frequency, iBall won’t interfere with other wireless devices and transmits a clear video signal up to 100-feet. The iBall camera features an industrial strength magnet for instant mounting and removal, and is durable and weather resistant. It even works at night, thanks to infrared lighting. MSRP is $169.96.

Raymarine Dragonfly 5PRO

Help Dad fully outfit his boat, kayak, or canoe this summer with a Raymarine Dragonfly 5PRO! It’s the little engine that could — an unobtrusive piece of fishing electronics with all the bells and whistles of a pro fishfinder many times its size, like a fast 10Hz GP chartplotter for navigation, CHIRP Sonar, CHIRP DownVision, built-in Wi-Fi to stream data to smartphones, plus the ability to map your own waters with the Navionics SonarChart Live app. Plus, the Dragonfly 5PRO’s compact ball-and-socket mounting system makes installation fast and simple. Win-win! Prices start at $369.99.

Old Town Next

Dad will be delighted with this light, single-seat, solo watercraft that integrates Old Town’s top canoe and kayak features from 100-plus-years of paddlesport experience. A mere 53 pounds and 11.5 feet long, car topping is a breeze, making daytrips fast and easy. And maneuverability? This canoe/kayak hybrid is perfect for both single- and double-bladed paddles, with a low profile and pronounced tumblehome for easy, natural paddling. The NEXT 3-layer hull, renowned for its performance and durability, has a subtle rocker for straight, smooth tacking. It also features Old Town’s removable Element seating system for all-day comfort and performance. The award-winning Old Town NEXT is available in four vivid colors: blue, purple, orange, and lemongrass. Average retail is $849.99.

St. Croix SOLE

Is Dad a fly…guy? If not, St. Croix can help. The award-winning SOLE fly rod is completely unique in design and provides a new path to one-piece performance. SOLE is based on a single, slim ferrule concept with its location 28” from the tip – previously unheard of. This design provides true one-piece performance while removing much of the difficulty transporting a 9’, one-piece rod. Fly rod aficionado, Brooks Montgomery, says, “The SOLE uses super-high modulus SCIV and ART graphite, and St. Croix’s exclusive fortified super resin (FRS), making for the strongest blanks available. SOLE performs so well, you will have to get used to the sound of the backing knot ticking out of your guides on long-distance casts.” Retails from $340 to $360.


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