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Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 11:02 am | Updated: 9:47 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Having a hard time deciding what to get the outdoor enthusiast on your Christmas gift list? Here’s a short list of suggestions that will fit any budget.

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 when working it through brush and weeds.

Mann’s offers a special holiday package of five bags of HardNose baits including frogs, lizards, worms, craws and jerkbaits and a cap. It’s only available at www.mannsbait.com for $24.95 with free shipping, but you had better order now for Christmas.

The Leatherman Tool Group has added folding knives to their product line. Ten new models include both locking liners and traditional lock-backs. The locking liner versions employ Leatherman’s patent-pending Blade Launcher technology, and the larger lock-back models have one-handed, thumb stud opening mechanisms. In true Leatherman fashion, the knife collection exhibits superior blade quality, as well as a variety of tool enhancements. See the entire line of knives at www.leatherman.com. Suggested retail ranges from $40 to $110.

For the boater on your list, Yamaha Marine is offering an official Yamaha hitch cover and a handy metric tool kit. The polished aluminum hitch cover is designed for use on 1.25- or 2-inch receiver hitches and comes with a foam insert to help prevent rattles. The metric tool kit contains four combo wrenches, 8-inch adjustable wrench, locking wrench, 4-way Phillips/ 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 hitch cover is $34.95 and metric tool kit is $49.95.

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 all the time so they can identify the most productive hunting areas. The Trail Sentry uses a VGA camera to take highresolution 1.3 MP images. The camera is motion-activated with a passive infrared sensor to detect motion out to 45 feet. It can also record a 15-second video. The files can be downloaded to a computer for editing, saving or sharing. Suggested retail is $99.00. It’s available at Bushnell dealers.

For stocking stuffers, try a pack of hi-tech worm hooks, a couple of lures like crankbaits or spinnerbaits, or even a 2006 fishing license.

FISHING HOT SPOTS

Lake Pleasant: Knowledgeable anglers are tearing up the white bass and stripers by trolling in-line spinners and minnow-type crankbaits. Try for whites over the submerged creek channels in the northern part of the lake, such as Castle Creek, Humbug Cove, and Cole’s Bay. Also try near the intakes at the dam and the Agua Fria arm.

Keep in mind that a segment of the Agua Fria arm closes on Dec. 15 for the nesting bald eagles. Some anglers are also finding a few crappie surprises on the end of their trolled lines. For largemouth bass, drop-shotting is the technique of choice. Jigs, Carolina and Texas rigs are also producing.

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