Ice Fisherman's Gift Guide
Shopping for someone who loves ice fishing? Our ice fishing buyer’s guide breaks down all the newest and best gear, making it easy for you to find the perfect gift. Remember to keep your eye out this Black Friday as some featured items will be going on sale!
Stocking stuffers and gifts under $20
Getting a great stocking stuffer for anyone who loves spending time on the ice is easy with our premium fishing lures and line. Here are some suggestions
New Jigging Rap Colours
This year get some of the most true-to-life finishes ever available in one of the most popular ice baits of all time - the Jigging Rap ($7.99). The ultra-realistic Live Series colours, include walleye, shad, herring, goby, gold shiner and more.
Jigging Rap Ice Jig Box
Custom-designed for storing and organizing No. 3, 5, 7 and 9 Jigging Raps, this box ($19.99) has a durable plastic tray and hook locking system for securing baits, while the easy to open/close clear plastic lid makes selection a synch.
Heavier Slab Rap
The new No. 6, 3/8-ounce Slab Rap ($9.99) will please any angler. This versatile, finesse-style lipless crankbait has a slow, wobbling fall that’s perfect at teasing strikes.
Custom Paint Rippin’ Rap
The Rippin’ Rap ($10.49) is another great ice lure and now comes in four new get-noticed “custom-paint patterns” guaranteed to be hot this ice season.
Fish can’t resist the vertical profile and exaggerated, wobbling action of the Tingler Spoon. Large holographic eyes and live baitfish patterns, including glow, amp-up this bait’s attraction.
Tungsten Bullfly Jig
Itty-bitty baits get bites when fishing is tough and the Tungsten Bullfly Jig is a perfect, pint-sized aquatic insect imitator. Using tungsten keeps the profile small, while delivering the weight needed to drop fast to fish. Comes in 1/64-, 1/32 and 1/16-ounces sizes and in nine proven colours.
Neon Moon Eye Jigs
Whether jigging a live minnow or using a finesse plastic, our Neon Moon Eye Jigs are the go-to delivery system for discerning ice anglers. The premium, hi-carbon steel hook provides excellent penetration and holding power, while an aspirin-shaped head quickens sink rate and boosts control. Available in 1/32- to 1-ounces sizes in UV finishes as well as black, blue gill and other new colours.
Sufix Advance Monofilament or Fluorocarbon
Don’t let the open-water spool size mislead you, our Sufix Advance Monofilament and Fluorocarbon ($) fishing line is as durable and sensitive in ice-cold water as it is in warmer temperatures. Look to mono as a great all-round choice, delivering plenty of stretch and shock strength. Fluoro is good for line shy fish as it’s nearly invisible underwater.
Being warm on the ice is about more than just about comfort. A cold angler is an inefficient one and will likely miss opportunities to catch fish. Our apparel uses leading-edge insulation and is built with angler movement in mind. Below are are few gift ideas but an array of quality winter gloves, balaclavas, boots and more are available at rapala.ca.
StrikeMaster Surface Suit
Our new Surface Suit is, literally, a lifesaver. Its jacket and bibs are filled with 40 grams of SOS (Stay on Surface) floatation, providing up to two hours of floatation when worn together. Anglers will stay toasty warm, too, thanks to the 120 grams of padded insulation and the windproof, waterproof, rugged nylon shell. Other features include a comfortable cut for unrestricted movement, fleece-lined, hand-warming pockets and zip-to-hip side zippers on bibs. As we write this blog, the Surface Suit is selling out online, but is available at select tackle retailers.
Help your favourite ice angler stay toasty while still looking stylish with our new toques ($22.99 - $24.99). Or, gift them a new black or red premium Rapala hat ($29.99) featuring the proven FlexFit comfort design.
Classic Logo Hoody
Tools and Accessories
Ice fishing is a lot more fun when you’re properly equipped with the right tools. The following items are sure to make any angler’s holiday.
Pinch Tool Combo
This compact combo ($19.99) boasts big functionality. It has a light, line clipper and jig eye paint buster - all of which stay easily accessible on the included lanyard.
Cleaning ice holes is kind of like cleaning dishes, they’re not fun chores but need to get done. Our Mega Scoop ($19.99) makes quick work of cleaning holes, swallowing up slush and ice faster than a hungry lake trout can engulf a baitfish. The 34” handle eliminates the need to bend over or kneel and has measurement markers for checking ice depth and fish length. In a word, scoop-tacular!
Pliers and Fillet Knives
Pliers and fillet knives make great presents. The “open and ready” design of our Mag Spring Pliers ($37.99) are glove-friendly and great for ice fishing. Anglers who enjoy the succulent taste of fresh fish will fall in love with our ergonomic, full-tang bladed 6” Fish Pro Fillet Knife ($27.99).
Ice Rod Combos and Accessories
Help the angler in your life upgrade their ice fishing rod and reel selection with a reliable ice rod combo.
Flatstick Rod and Reel Ice Combos
These innovative yet affordable graphite ice rods feature Reflex-Tip, flat tip construction that are super sensitive and detect the lightest of bites. Available in 24” and 28” lengths in medium-light, medium and heavy actions. Combos ($) come in either spinning or 1:1 inline left/right hand reversible reels that are pre-spooled with premium Sufix Ice Magic monofilament.
IRC Series Ice Combo
Another can’t miss choice are our IRC Spinning Ice Combos ($74.99). Available in a 24” light or 28” medium-light, medium or medium-heavy options, these sensitive, high-modulus, solid-graphite blanks cover the needs of most ice anglers. Blank through handle construction bolsters strength, balance and sensitivity. Oversized guides prevent freeze-up. Left-right retrieve reels have a graphite frame, super-smooth drag and are pre-spooled with Sufix Ice Magic mono.
A rod locker is an essential for protecting rods and reels from damage and the elements. Our lockers ($34.99) come in three sizes for various rod lengths up to 42” and have individual sleeves and Velcro closures to hold each combo in place.
It’s good to own a reliable, lightweight, fast auger. StrikeMaster is an industry leader with plenty of drill options for any budget. Here are two of cutting-edge electric options.
StrikeMaster Lithium 40v Ice Drill
If you’re looking for the ultimate big gift, the 8” or 10” Lithium 40v Ice Drill ($749.99 and up ) is a sure bet. This leading edge drill’s brushless motor is powered by a 40-volt, 5-amp hour lithium ion battery, that provides reliable, constant speed and torque. The 8” drill is capable of cutting 100 holes through 16” ice while being as quiet as a hand auger. Forward/reverse control, legendary, quick cutting Lazer blades and custom, impact-resistant handles are some features of this no-nonsense, ice-shredding machine.
StrikeMaster Lite-Flite Lazer Drill Unit
For run-and-gun anglers who travel light, our new Lite-Flite Lazer Drill Unit ($249.99 and up) is the cream of the crop. Tipping the scales at 4.4-pounds for a 6” and 5.3-pounds for an 8”, these drills beat the competition in weight, durability, ice-cutting speed and price. The Drill Unit is designed to be used in combination with any professional quality 18v (or higher) brushless hand-held cordless electric 1/2” chuck drill or StrikeMaster ice auger power head.
Two Stage Drill Adaptor for Auger Drills
This adaptor ($26.99) will turn any professional quality 18v (or higher) brushless hand-held cordless electric 1/2"chuck drill into a power ice auger. Designed to work with both StrikeMaster hand and power auger drills. Pair it with the matching flange ($) to stop a drill from sinking down a hole in the rare instance of a chuck releasing the auger.
Our 2-person or 3-person pop-up Sherpa Shelters ($339.99 - $399.99) are designed to deploy and pack-up fast, making them the perfect present for someone without a portable ice house or wanting to upgrade from an old model. Built with rugged 300 Denier fabric, heavy-duty tubular frames and other premium components, Sherpa Shelters feature extra large doors, oversized windows and vast interior space. Shoulder carry bag included.Stop by your local sporting goods store or visit Rapala.ca to purchase these and other can’t-miss holiday gifts. Be sure to check out Rapala on Facebook at Facebook.com/RapalaCanada for special offers, tips and techniques, new product updates and much more.