Every year I receive numerous news releases about new products on the market that are intended to be of interest to sportsmen. Sometimes the "new" products are an improvement of an older version, but every year brings a few new and interesting items too. I've chosen to share a few of my favorites with you during this Christmas shopping season.
It should be remembered that it doesn't matter how innovative or interesting a product might be if a person has no need for it and doesn't utilize it. However, as I believe most sportsmen will readily attest, there is nothing better than a good product that is useful and is the subject of envy among fellow sportsmen. With that in mind, here are a few items that passed my "interest" test. I've included manufacturers claims on all items and selected a few for personal observations.
My first gift ideas is:
The company line: “’MICROspikes’ stretch over any footwear, providing a quick and easy solution to slippery situations. They’re ideal for anything from wet rocks to slick sidewalks to icy driveways, or even the added confidence that comes along with extra traction on the trail. Trusted by the U.S. Ice Fishing Team since 2010.”
In my opinion this is a good product. They are very easy to put on, easy to wear and work great on ice.
Take One Minnow Trap
The company line: "The 'Take One Minnow Trap' was designed to help all fishermen bait his hook faster. The Take One Minnow Trap is sure to revolutionize baiting your hook and will eliminate using a net or submerging your hand into the water to acquire a minnow. Guaranteed to give you one minnow every time, we believe this tool is an absolute must-have for the occasional, avid or professional fisherman. On those cold days, your hands will stay warm and the amount of water on your hands will be reduced to drops. No more chapped hands!"
This product performs as claimed, even better. Simply lean the Take One Minnow Trap against the side of a minnow bucket and pull it out when a minnow is needed. There will be a minnow in the tube every time.
I've used the Take One during winter fishing at the Tailrace. It eliminated the dreaded wet hands that usually occur when getting a minnow out of cold water. Keeping hands virtually dry was great! By attaching a short lead to one end of the Take One, it can easily be retrieved should it tip over in a minnow bucket or live well.
There's some unfortunate news about Take One, too. The distributor, (kasswinns.com), informed me that the nifty item was out of stock at the time of this writing. It was unknown when, or if, manufacturing would resume.