If you’re a frequent fisher then you’re going to love this year’s collection of top accessories and gear to maximize your next fishing trip. From smartphone compatible fishfinders to ultra lightweight waiters, you’re going to find some of the most sought after and highly-reviewed products right here on our 2016 gear list.
We will kick off with a Bluetooth compatible fish and depth finder by RealSonar. Not only can you find and mark fish with this sucker, you can also map the water floor, check for depth and underwater obstructions, save hot spots from your trip and track ever changing conditions like weather, GPS location and water temperature. The iBobber also saves all of this information so you can compare the success of your future trips to your previous ones.
The iBobber is completely Bluetooth compatible and looks excellent on most iOS and Android devices, especially ones with large displays like the Samsung Galaxy S7, making finding fish a breeze. With bite alarms and a LED flasher, it’s hard to skip over this awesome, portable fish finder by Reel Sonar.
LL Bean Stowaway Ultralight Waders
The LL Bean Stowaway Ultralight Waders are without a doubt the most lightweight and packable wader on the market. They are the perfect choice for any off-grid fishing excursions you have planned and will prove to be just as comfortable as they are durable in any situation throughout the season.
This piece of gear comes highly recommended from many fishing enthusiasts and it’s no wonder when they weight under two pounds and cost less than $200. If you are a savvy shopper, you can always wait for the holiday sales to kick in before purchasing so you can get an even better price on this must-have item for your next fishing trip.
Densmore Fillet Knife
If you’re a serious fisherman then you should be serious about your knives. This piece of gear will be a game changer for you and it’s completely personalized. The Densmore Fillet Knife is a handcrafted and delicately designed fillet knife fit specifically to your hand. Not only will the knife be specialized to have the perfect fit and feel for each buyer, but the sheath and intricate wooden handle are equally as unique to each knife sold. Not to mention, they are made in America—Cape Cod to be exact—and that’s pretty hard to beat.
Bubba Blade Tapered Flex Knife
If a personalized fillet blade doesn’t fill your sails, then another knife to consider is the 7″ Bubba Blade Tapered Flex Knife. It has a seriously grippy handle so you’ll never need to worry about it getting away from you. It’s made out of full strength, lightweight high-carbon with an attractive steel coating, making it easy to clean and a perfect lightweight addition to your tackle box.
Global Star Phone GSP 1700
This next accessory can make or break your next fishing trip depending on the locations you generally find yourself fishing in. The Global Star Phone GSP 1700 can save you from unanticipated situations when cell reception drops and you have no way to contact shore from the water. From deep sea fishing to backcountry angling on high mountain streams and lakes, cell reception shouldn’t hold you back from that incredible catch; be prepared with the Global Star Phone.
If you don’t do enough out-of-range fishing and the Global Star is too steep in price for your taste, then go with something a little simpler that will keep your loved one’s in the know about your location and give you the peace of mind if the unexpected happens out on the water. The Spot Gen3 periodically tracks your movement with GPS pings and sends the data to an online dashboard for your loved ones to monitor when they haven’t heard from you in a while.
You can send a distress signal or call for help right from the handheld device and it offers an extended battery life so you never have to worry about getting stranded when you’re out on the water. Even Dave Carraro, from the TV show, Wicked Tuna, swears by this piece of gear for his fishing trips.
G-Cord Protective Cover Pouch Dry Bag
Let’s get real, for all this gear you’re going to need a dry place to store it. The top rated dry bag is the G-Cord Protective Cover Dry Sack by Unigear. Sizes range from 5L to 40L and you won’t be left wanting when it comes to color and design selection. Not only is the G-Cord waterproof, but it also protects your gear from other elements like sand, mud and dust particles.
Probably one of my favorite features of this products is the universally-sized, touch-friendly smartphone pouch that’s included with every bag you purchase. But by far, the most impressive feature of this product is its unbeatable waterproof guarantee for all of your gear from smartphones and tablets to cameras and clothes.
Duduma Premium Full Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses
At the end of the day you want gear that is effective and efficient, so what better than a pair of Duduma Premium Full Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses with Flash Mirror Lens. With UV400 protection, these fashionable lenses are capable of blocking light rays as small as 400 nanometers. These sunglasses come with a lifetime warranty, but you probably aren’t going to need it seeing as the lenses are made out of Polycarbonate, the same type of material used for many aircraft windshields and windows.
With the Duduma Premium Sunglasses, your vision will be free of any distortion so you can enjoy a crystal clear image thanks to the virtually scratch proof lens. With one of the highest customer ratings online, you can’t go wrong adding this essential piece of gear to next year’s list so you can keep your eye on the prize and not worry about breaking these durable and affordable sunglasses.