Need a last-minute gift for your favorite angler or hunter? Consider these Christmas gift ideas and while you are looking, pick up something for yourself.
Berkley has created new Vanish Transition fluorocarbon fishing line, a unique and innovative fishing line three years in the making. The new Vanish Transition, when exposed to sunlight, turns to a high-visibility gold color for better line tracking and detection of bites. Once Transition dips into the water, it returns to its clear color, making the line virtually invisible below the surface. Transition is available in 4- to 50-pound test line sizes. ($15-$105).
Premium polarized Cocoons Sunwear sunglasses comfortably slip over 99 percent of today’s prescription eyewear and provide the best possible eye protection when outdoors. The Polar TXâ lens system eliminates glare and provides maximum UV protection. Five frame styles, four colors and three lens tints are available and the sunglasses feature a lifetime warranty. ($40)
The latest in Bottom Line fish finder technology, the new Tournament 320 MAX and Tournament 480 MAX, offer detailed clarity and super picture quality on their huge 5.6-inch diagonal screens. Both are designed to fit conveniently anywhere on the boat or installed in the console for that factory look. Surface water temperature and water depth are digitally displayed. ($150 and $180)
The Gerber Freemanä Exchange A-Blade ultimate hunting tool is available in two models, both featuring three interchangeable surgical stainless steel blades. The rugged push-button locking system lets you change blades quickly and easily. Freeman models feature a drop point blade and saw. One model includes a gut hook and the other a boning blade. ($100)
The new NightHawk night vision viewer from Bushnell 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 NightHawk viewer weighs only 12.4 ounces and features a built-in rechargeable battery, AC/DC power port, carrying case, wrist strap, battery charger and video output cables. ($200)
The new Ruger 10/22 Rifle, chambered for .22LR, features a restyled stock that shoulders quickly. The flat, synthetic butt pad and the absent barrel band distinguish the 10/22 Rifle from the Ruger 10/22 Carbine. The 10/22 Rifle includes a 20-inch tapered barrel with a new blade front sight and a new combination scope base adapter that accepts both 22 tip-off and Weaver-style accessory mounts. The rotary magazine holds 10 rounds. ($295).
FISHING HOT SPOT
Lake Pleasant: A portion of the Agua Fria arm closed last week for nesting bald eagles. You can access the upper end of the Agua Fria arm of the lake, past the closure, via Interstate 17. Get off at Table Mesa Road.
As is the case at all local lakes, largemouth bass fishing is tough. However, those that are being caught are usually deep, anywhere from 20-40 feet off ledges, and on drop-shot rigs and spoons. Jigs, Texas-rigs, and Carolina-rigs are also working.
White bass are being caught on fishing spoons and live shad along the submerged creek channels in the northern section of the lake.