Fishings the Dope
After his promising baseball career was cut short by injuries, Brian “Dope” Dopirak turned his attention to becoming a fishing guide. He has quickly reached fishing’s major leagues. Dope is the son of the legendary tarpon guide, Al Dopirak, and what’s going on here is something similar to baseball’s Boones, Griffeys and Guerreros: The undeniable talent is in the blood. Dope guides from near his home in Clearwater, Florida, up the coast to Homosassa, targeting redfish, snook and tarpon. For my money, the best place to book him would be in Homosassa from May until early July, where Dope has a bead on the huge tarpon that swim in that legendary spot. Dope can be booked through his website for around $650 a day.
Dogfish Head Craft Beer
Quick, what’s the first thing you reach for after a day on the water? OK, what’s the first thing you reach for after a quick scan of all of the texts and emails that piled up while you were making casts? That’s right: A cold beer. I don’t know about you, but after a long day in the sun, I prefer a beer that’s not too heavy and that doesn’t pack too powerful of an ABV punch. The people at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (located near some very good fishing in Delaware Bay, by the way) have created just that beer for those of us who like the hoppy taste of an IPA: The Slightly Mighty, which has just 95 calories and an ABV of 4%. $10-$12 for a six-pack.
Fishing School for Trout
Is dad a trout fisherman? Does he want to become one? I can't think of a better way to either learn the sport or enhance existing skills than getting a Masters degree with the folks at the School of Trout. The school, which offers both a basic and advanced class, is held in one of the most hallowed trout settings in the world: The banks of the Henry's Fork in Idaho. The "classes" include seminars on trout behavior, equipment, knots, casting and hooking and releasing fish. And the professors? This might be the best thing about the school. A partial list includes Tom Rosenbauer, Hilary Hutcheson and Craig Matthews, who will teach you how to fish. Kirk Deeter, the editor of TROUT magazine, will fish you and give you tips on writing and editing. The artist, Bob White, will introduce you to the colorful palettes of the trout world. Photographer, Tim Romano, will teach you how to get just the right shot. And Conservation Hawks founder, Todd Tanner, will help you understand why it's all worth it!
Large Mouth Bass Mailbox
If your dad loved it when you bought him Big Mouth Billy Bass years ago, he’s sure to be thrilled with this lunker of a mailbox. It measures 40-inches long and 16-inches high—bigger than the best largemouth he’s ever caught and guaranteed to fit the next Bass ProShops catalog. It might not be strong enough to withstand repeated drivebys from the snowplow, but it’s plenty tough and realistically painted. It even features taxidermy-style eyes. All hardware is included - River's Edge.com
Fish Face Funny Fishing Shirts
Last but not least! A Fish Face Goods t-shirt of course. I sell smiles in all sizes, shapes and colors. My tees make a great gift and come gift wrapped in a fun and clever way. All you need to do is sit back and watch the smile grow on dads face from ear to ear.