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OK, I promise, this is the last update. Lisa Suggs reminded me I’d promised to include a plug in SEOPA’s fund-raiser cookbook in the gift guide. So it’s added as a service to the association. Your help is appreciated. And, Hunter Cole at Mann’s Bait Co. is already full of the holiday spirit as he asked me to change his gift idea to include free shipping, nice gesture. So, thanks for considering any and all of these gift ideas in your pre-holiday coverage.

Simplify holiday shopping for outdoor enthusiasts
with these helpful gift ideas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 11/10/05 — Do you have outdoor enthusiasts on your holiday gift list, and you don’t know a hooksaver from a FoodSaver? Don’t worry. They love “outdoor stuff” so they’re easy to please. We’ve made it easy for you this year by picking a short list of “must have” gifts for any budget.

Gifts under $25

New soft plastics stay put on hook — Introduced only a few months ago, the Mann’s Bait Company HardNose™ series is the only one-piece soft plastic bait with a harder plastic head. This innovation solves the aggravating problem of soft plastic lures slipping down the hook. Because the head is harder, the eye of the hook stays firmly in place—even working through brush and weeds. For the first time, anglers don’t have to use special hooks, toothpicks or even glue to hold their baits in place! Surprise your favorite angler with this special holiday offer of 5 bags of HardNose™ baits and a cap. Included will be a bag of HardNose™ toads, lizards, worms, craws and jerkbaits in Mann’s most popular colors. Available only at <> for $24.95 with free shipping.

Go wild in the kitchen — If you like to roast, grill, stew or chill your wild game, get a copy of Wild Fare & Wise Words. This beautiful hard-back cookbook contains more than 200 recipes for fish, venison, game birds, waterfowl, small game and more. Amid recipes like “Dove Burgundy” and “Crappie Delight,” the cookbook is spiced with quotations from renowned outdoor writers. It has a special section of recipes using fruits, nuts and wild greens. Cost is $19.95 plus $3.95 shipping each. A discount of $2.00 per book applies to orders of three or more. Call 1-800-849-7367 to order by credit card, or send check or money order payable to SEOPA, to: SEOPA, P.O. Box 115, Badin, NC 28009. Proceeds benefit the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association.

Gifts from $25 — $100

Multi-function folding knives — Multi-tool pioneer Leatherman Tool Group has added folding knives to their product line, just in time for the holidays. With ten new models to start, they include both locking liners and traditional lockbacks. The locking liner versions employ Leatherman’s patent-pending Blade Launcher™ technology, and the larger lockback models have one-handed, thumb stud opening mechanisms. In true Leatherman fashion, the knife collection exhibits not only superior blade quality and construction, but also features enhancements such as bottle opener/carabiners (on certain models), various screwdrivers, removable pocket clips and bit drivers. These high-quality blades are a perfect gift for outdoor enthusiasts, military or trades people. As with all Leatherman products, they feature a 25-year limited warranty. See the entire line of knives and their unique features at <> . Suggested retail ranges from $40-$110. The knives are available online and at retailers nationwide.

It’s all about the accessories — If your holiday list includes a boating enthusiast, Yamaha Marine offers accessories, including the official Yamaha hitch cover and handy metric tool kit, that will be sure to delight your special someone. The official Yamaha hitch cover, made with high-quality, polished aluminum, is designed for use on 1-1/4 or 2-inch receiver hitches and comes with a foam insert to help prevent rattles. The metric tool kit contains four combo wrenches, an 8-inch adjustable wrench, locking wrench, 4-way Philips/standard screw driver, four Allen wrenches, spark plug wrench, spark plug gap gauge, black electrical tape, WD-40, tire pressure gauge, zip ties, wire, rag and zippered storage case. Suggested retail for the Yamaha hitch cover is $34.95 and metric tool kit is $49.95. Both are available at Yamaha Marine dealers nationwide. Call (800) 88-YAMAHA for location.

Keep watch on favorite hunting areas — For the deer hunter, consider the new Trail Sentry digital camera from Bushnell. The Trail Sentry lets hunters monitor game activity in their favorite hunting areas 24/7 so they can identify the most productive hunting areas. It uses a VGA camera to take high-resolution 1.3 MP images. It’s easy to set up and operate. The camera is motion-activated with a passive infrared sensor to detect motion out to 45 feet. When a full color image is captured, it is stamped with the date and time and saved on a removable SD card. For flexibility it can also record a 15-second video of the action. The files can then be downloaded to a computer for editing, saving or sharing. Suggested retail is $99.00. Available at Bushnell dealers nationwide.

Classic holiday style for men made simple — The Denim Jacket made famous by Wrangler Rugged Wear® makes a terrific holiday gift for the outdoorsman. Made with 100 percent cotton denim, the denim jacket features such premium details as two side slash pockets, two button-down front pockets, an adjustable waist and button-up cuffs. Its durable reinforced construction and traditional styling make a statement for the man who wears it, a statement of authenticity, ruggedness and practicality. Two classic denim finishes are available --- antique indigo and vintage indigo. Sizes run medium to 5X. Suggested retail is $36. Find the nearest retailers at or by calling (866) 784-8571.

Gifts over $100

The one appliance men (and women) love — Most sportsmen would never put an appliance on their Christmas list, but the new GameSaver Turbo from FoodSaver® is the exception. Getting fish or game ready for the freezer is quicker and easier with the new FoodSaver GameSaver Turbo. With two vacuum pumps instead of one, the new top-of-the-line GameSaver Turbo is designed for speedier, heavy-duty use right out of the box. It comes complete with FoodSaver Bags (five gallon size and five quart size), two FoodSaver Rolls (11 in. x 10 ft. and 8 in. x 10 ft.), the Accessory Port hose, User Manual/Quick Start Guide and an instructional video. Suggested retail is $299.00. Visit <> for your nearest dealer.


Gifts for the gadget-loving outdoorsman — West Marine offers 50,000 boating-related gifts sure to delight the boater, angler or outdoor adventurer in your life. This holiday season, West Marine’s new portable GPS units work on the highways and on the high seas. Other high-tech gadgets include a wireless weather forecaster, waterproof MP3 player and underwater camera. Not sure what to buy? Gift cards are a great choice, and if they're used between Christmas and New Years, West Marine will add 15% to the value. Suggested retail for waterproof MP3 player is $129.99, weather forecaster is $159.99, portable GPS is 699.99 and underwater cameras range from $104.99-399.99. For more information on West Marine's nearly 400 store locations, or to start shopping, visit <> or call 1-800-BOATING.


Enjoy flavorful smoke cooking indoors — By the holiday season, most sportsmen have freezers stocked with venison, waterfowl and other game. With the new indoor Smoker-Cooker from VillaWare, they can prepare flavorful, smoked foods on their stovetop. The Smoker-Cooker is a heavy-duty, 8-quart hand-cast aluminum roaster that easily holds a large venison roast, several fish fillets or two game birds. It’s simple to use. Just add woodchips in the bottom of the cooker; place the Drip Pan in the bottom; and then place the Meat Rack into the Drip Pan. Then, add the fish, game or chicken to the Meat Rack. Food cooks quickly, evenly and there is no visible smoke. Suggested retail is $129.00. Visit <> for nearest dealer.


Get a handle on the holidays — Whether cruising the nearest lake or navigating a favorite fishing hole, the boater on your Christmas list will be sure to enjoy Yamaha’s newly redesigned Multi-Function Tiller Handle. This industry innovation award-winning tiller handle has a sleek, ergonomic design that complements Yamaha’s modern cowling design. It has a composite-coated contoured shift lever that allows smooth, easy shifting, while offering a longer throttle grip for better leverage and maneuverability. The tiller handle can be adapted to a broad range of outboards including the F25, F40, F50, F60, F75, F90, F115 four-strokes, and 50, 70 and 90 two-strokes. Yamaha’s Variable Trolling Speed System (VTS) is available on the F50, F60, F75 and F90. Suggested retail is $512.95. Available at Yamaha Marine dealers nationwide. Call (800) 88-YAMAHA for location.


Give the gift of safety and security — Sailors, power boaters and offshore anglers can now add a new measure of safety and security to their boating activities with the new FastFind Plus from McMurdo, the world’s leading manufacturer of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB). The FastFind Plus is a small, lightweight and powerful 406 MHz Personal Location Beacon (PLB) that features built-in GPS capability giving rescue crews your location. Measuring less than six inches in length with a weight of nine ounces, it easily fits into a backpack, gear bag or vehicle. The FastFind Plus is waterproof and will even float. It comes with a lanyard and carrying case. Retail price is approximately $900. Visit <> for your nearest dealer.


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If you are checking your list and checking it twice and you find a fisherman or fisherwoman on your list, grab a Cabela's catalog and your credit card and let's go shopping!

Don't even try to buy rods, reels or lures for that special person unless you really now what you are doing! Fishing products catch just about as many fishermen as they do fish. A gift certificate to the catalog, internet or local tackle suppliers would be great!

The one thing you can get for your fishing friends is clothing! If they have a boat that matches their truck and their tackle box, then consideration to color coordinate their clothing should be made as well. A generally rule of thumb is black for winter, and white for summer.

Fishing has really changed since you were a kid. Visions of Andy Griffith walking a barefooted Opie with rolled up jeans or tobacco-chewing fat guys in tee shirts two sizes too small sitting on a drywall bucket sucking down warm beer waiting for a fish to come by, have been replaced by today's anglers who invest a lot of time and money in their sport. Looking good is very important, but comfort is essential.

Fortunately, high tech materials are being incorporated into practical designs. Waterproof and breathable materials like Gore-Tex (not invented by Al Gore) are sold under a variety of manufacturers labels. Wool and fleece still offer nature's best. "Long johns" have also come a long way. New fibers and weaves have made for lighter, warmer and more comfortable clothing. You don't need as many layers as you used to. You don't have to look like the Michelin man to be comfortable. Comfort and style have come together from head to toe.

From the bottom up, the most comfortable thing you can put on your feet is a TEVA sandal! (by the way, pronounced teh-vah, the Hebrew word for nature) These have replaced the basketball shoe as the footwear of choice weekend anglers and pros alike. Fishing is an all-day standing-up sport. I was skeptical at first, but now I wear my TEVAs nearly year round.

Wearing sandals in the winter and even in the rain is possible with Seal Skinz fleece-lined socks. These socks enable me to extend my sandal season to nearly year-round. Seal Skinz also makes gloves that are waterproof and breathable. These gloves have "Gripper dots" that enable you to feel and grip fishing equipment.

For a great year-round rain suit, check out Frogg Toggs. These are a lightweight, breathable waterproof jacket and pants set that also makes for a great outer layer on cool days. Frogg Toggs are windproof as well. Another big advantage is that this product is much cheaper than Gore-Tex.

For a great selection of shirts, pants and outer clothing, check out Woolrich. Founded in the 1830's, this company not only has traditional woolen products, but a wide variety of outdoors clothing and accessories. They even make pants that unzip above the knee to become shorts. Their vented long sleeve shirts have many pockets, vented backs and even UV protection. These shirts are comfortable year round.

Another gift item is sunglasses. For fishing, polarized sunglasses are a must! Not only do polarized glasses protect you from the suns' harmful rays, but also allow fishermen to see objects in the water. I like glass lenses because they are more scratch resistant and they offer better optics. I recommend Maui Jim sunglasses. There are two lenses that work for most fishing conditions. The HCL (high contrast lens) lens is what I wear in the summer. Most of the time, the sun is high and we are fishing in shadows. In the fall and winter months, the sun is at a lower angle and I opt for the darker gray lens.

There are small multi-purpose tools, like the LEATHERMAN, Squirt. This tool has scissors for line cutting and other tools for minor on-the-water repairs. Get a retractable ring to wear on a belt. If it is made by LEATHERMAN, expect quality and innovation.

Topping things off is the hat. This can be tricky. Some anglers have a "lucky" hat and no matter what you find, he or she may not wear it. Stay away from hats, unless it is imprinted with "This hat was a gift and I have to wear it".

Most of the products I have mentioned are available on-line or in catalogs. Add their embroidered name for a personal touch and you have a perfect gift that can't be returned. Wick's Sports Lettering in Alexandria, VA does a great job with this!

The best gift of all is to take a friend or child fishing. Water works wonders!


* The 2nd Edition Lure For a Cure Kit is the official lure kit for the
Angling Against Cancer Benefit Dinner and Tournament. Proceeds from each Lure For a Cure Kit go directly to the V Foundation For Cancer Research. Besides getting three great lures, you'll be helping stop this horrible disease.

Bomber Bait Company, the fishing industry's most revered manufacturer of plastic crankbaits and jerkbaits, has teamed with Kissimmee-St. Cloud Pro Angler Terry Segraves, and the V Foundation For Cancer Research to create this uniquely designed, special edition Lure For A Cure Kit, 2nd Edition.

Terry Segraves and Kissimmee-St. Cloud are making a difference in the fight against cancer. A highlight of Kissimmee-St. Cloud's annual Great Outdoor Days is the Angling Against Cancer Benefit Dinner and Tournament supported each year by the top names in professional bass fishing.

Bomber selected its Pro Model Suspending B14AP because it provides tough, true-running performance for a variety of freshwater and saltwater gamefish. At 3 1/2 inches and 3/8 ounces, the B14AP is just the right size to be cast or trolled for everything from bass to snook to walleye.

* For those anglers with a sense of humor, Bill Dance Bloopers and MemorableMoments Volume 3 DVD provides more than 100 minutes of never-before-seen classics and hilarious goof-ups which have occurred during filming over the past ten years. Plus, it's interlaced with some of Bill's most memorable, funny moments with friends, family, crew and such notable fishing buddies as Terry Bradshaw, Mel Tillis, Porter Waggoner, Tanya Tucker and more.

* Sure to cover the wish list of any angler, Bill Dance's Ultimate Gift
package includes Bill Dance Bloopers Volume 3 DVD (over 100 minutes), a
package of the easy-to-fish YUM Dingers, a BOOYAH Blade Spinnerbait, a
Bomber Model A crankbait, six branded Team decals, and a package of YUM Chunks. Everything in the Bill Dance Ultimate Gift package comes in a Plano tacklebox.

* Arbogast continues its 75th Anniversary celebration with the introduction of a new color to one of its timeless classics.

The Arbogast Blueback Herring Jitterbug provides a shad imitating color to
the Jitterbug series. The Jitterbug's classic topwater action has induced
topwater strikes for many decades. This Jitterbug's high gloss pearl sides,
lifelike gills and scale pattern back give fans and collectors a new option
in this series of topwater classics.

The Jitterbug has been known as the No. 1 nighttime topwater lure of all
time. Blueback Herring is destined to become a classic for anytime of day.
The double-cupped lip, placed at an angle to ensure proper action, creates a loud paddling sound that's proven irresistible to fish for more than 50 years. Many anglers are now using the Jitterbug when fishing over schooling fish or in situations where others might use a buzzbait. On days when fish won't touch a fast moving topwater, the Jitterbug can still cause its trademark gurgling commotion when retrieved at a slow speed. The Blueback Herring Jitterbug gives a shad color to match their presentation. Even pro anglers are beginning to gravitate towards this bait ... after all, who hasn't caught fish on a Jitterbug?

The Blueback Herring Jitterbug is an Internet exclusive and can be found
only at

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE for the Hard-To-Shop-For Outdoor Sports Enthusiast

Gifts Under $25

Free secrets to cooking wild game. Ducks Unlimited and Lawry's are in the second year of a successful new partnership. DU is one the world's leading conservation organizations and Lawry's is the industry leader in spices, marinades and rubs. And since holidays are a special time to prepare wild game for family and friends, experienced cooks can turn to DU's line of marinades and spices to enhance the flavors of these holiday feasts. Choose from flavors like Lemon & Lime Pepper Rub and Seasoned Hickory Marinade plus other rubs and marinades designed to bring out the natural flavor of wild game and fish. All are great stocking stuffers and are now available at most supermarkets. DU is offering a free recipe booklet with wild game recipes from Scott Leysath, better known as the Sporting Chef, for duck, trout, elk, dove, pheasant and others. For a free copy, write to: DU Wild Game Recipes, P.O. Box 14390, Scottsdale, AZ 85267.

Smooth out your boating experience. Yamalube is specially blended for use with Yamaha's two- or four-stroke outboards. These lubricants protect the engine's hard-working internal components and meet the marine industry's strictest standards of quality. Yamalube 2-M, for two-strokes, features corrosion inhibitors and additives that prevent ring sticking, varnish, and excessive wear. For four-strokes, Yamalube 4-M also protects during cold-start and extended operation under heavy loads. Ring Free removes carbon build-up, which can rob power and cause excessive wear if left untreated. Yamaha's pro anglers, on the road up to 200 days a year, swear by Ring Free for their tow vehicles as well as their outboards for improved engine performance and fuel economy. Available from Yamaha marine dealers. Call (800) 88-YAMAHA for location. Prices start at about $5 for quarts of 2-M and $4 for 4-M. A 12-oz. bottle of Ring Free costs about $9.95.

One-of-a-kind calendar. Here's an unusual gift the boater in your life will
need and appreciate this year. It's Bentboat.com1s 2005 calendar featuring images of the damage sustained by numerous boats in 20041s hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Each month includes a large, four-color photograph highlighting the storm-damaged boats where they were anchored when the storms hit and features aerial photographs, as well. The calendar documents destruction in areas like Florida, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas and provides a fresh look on the uncontrollable force of nature that is our weather. Instead of images reflecting sadness and horror, focuses on the wonder and amazement of how powerful Mother Nature can be. Each calendar costs $11.95, plus shipping and handling and is available at

Gifts From $25 - $100

Fleece me, baby. Santa wears a fleece suit. Taking a lesson from the North Pole pro, Wrangler Rugged Wear has added fleece to its famous jeans and created the warmest, softest, 100-percent cotton denim jeans ever for outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen. The Wrangler Rugged Wear Fleece Jean is the ideal his-or-her holiday gift. It combines Wrangler's durable denim outer shell with a warm, soft, pine-green fleece liner. Deep (very) front pockets, also fleece-lined, make great hand-warmers. Large leg openings fit over boots. The Fleece Jean is machine washable. The Wrangler Rugged Wear Fleece Jean has a suggested list price of $55. You can try it on at specialty outdoor retailers and you can find the nearest retailer on the official website,, or by calling (888) 784-8571.

Hands-free fishing at last! For the onshore bait fisherman, whether
seasoned or beginner, the Restin' Ready fishing rod holder is the ultimate
convenience. New this season, it is specifically engineered to work at any
onshore location (lake or river bank, pier, dock or on ice) with all types
of conventional rods and reels. It prevents equipment loss, holding your rod at a normal fishing angle, while permitting instantaneous and unfettered rod retrieval to set the hook and reel in your catch. Fishing with two or more lines in the water has never been so easy and secure. Compact, lightweight and made of stainless steel, it1s guaranteed for a lifetime and makes the perfect gift for all the anglers on your list. Suggested retail is $59.95. To order, visit

Gifts Over $100

Change the way you see at night. For the camper, hiker or marine navigator on your list, the new NightHawk night vision viewer from Bushnell® makes the perfect gift. The NightHawk viewer uses advanced digital technology to enhance the quality and performance of the viewer, as well as eliminating the image intensifiers and photocathode tubes used in older night vision products. The operator enjoys the convenience of a compact viewer, while getting crisp, high-resolution images. The NightHawk viewer fits comfortablyin the hand and weighs only 12.4 ounces. It features a built-in rechargeable battery, AC/DC power port, carrying case, wrist strap, battery charger and video output cables. Suggested retail is $199.99. It1s available at Bushnell dealers nationwide.

The only appliance a sportsman will ever need. Most sportsmen would never put an appliance on their Christmas list, but the new GameSaver Turbo from FoodSaver® is the exception to the rule. Getting their fish or game ready for the freezer is now quicker and easier with the new FoodSaver GameSaver Turbo. With two vacuum pumps instead of one, the new top-of-the-line GameSaver Turbo is designed for speedier, heavy-duty use. With the additional vacuum pump and heavy duty Teflon-coated sealing strip, the GameSaver Turbo can seal up to 50 packages without overheating. Perfect for use at home or hunting camp, this makes vacuum packaging large game animals, such as deer, elk or moose, a quick and easy process. The FoodSaver®GameSaver Turbo is ready to use right out of the box. It comes withFoodSaver Bags (five gallon size and five quart size), two FoodSaver Rolls (11 in. x 10 ft. and 8 in. x 10 ft.), the Accessory Port hose, User Manual/Quick Start Guide and an instructional video. Suggested retail is $299. Visit for your nearest dealer.

Music to find your soul and GPS to find your destination. The new Lowrance iWay 500C is one of the best values in a color, turn-by-turn precision GPS navigation system and it even features a stereo MP3 player. Pick your destination and it displays the best route, while guiding you with voice and visual directions every turn of the way. And if you miss a turn, it automatically re-plots your route for you. The built-in 20GB hard drive features high-detail mapping with easy viewing on the 5" high-res color TFT touch-screen display. Also a stereo music system, there1s 10GB of free space to load thousands of MP3 music files. The iWay 500C comes complete with a full complement of accessories for $999.00 suggested retail. For more: or (800) 324-1356.

Slow down...or speed up...this holiday season. Anglers who troll for fish
or who backtroll to stay on top of any gamefish they might find need as much control over engine speed as they can get. Yamaha responds to this need by introducing the all-new Variable Trolling Speed System (VTS) available now on all 2005 four-stroke tiller-handle outboards from F50 through F90. VTS allows the angler to increase or reduce engine speed by 50 RPM by using the simple, tiller-mounted UP/DOWN switch. The following outboards, including high-thrust and Jetdrive models, feature VTS for added throttle control: F90 including the new 25-inch shaft F90, F90 Jetdrive, F75, F60, T60, F60 Jetdrive, F50 and T50. Suggested retail starts at $6,700 to $9,640 for the models listed. Visit for your nearest dealer.

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