Homemade Fishing Gift Ideas for a Boyfriend

Homemade Fishing Gift Ideas for a Boyfriend
Angling for fish requires the correct tackle and bait that's both flavorful and visually appealing enough to incite strikes. Every fisherman knows the most effective way of achieving both aims is by curing common baits such as salmon eggs, minnows and shrimp. If you want to give your angler boyfriend a gift he will appreciate, make a homemade bait cure kit for him, a gift that's sure to inspire superior strikes from bass, catfish and trout.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • 1 piece plywood
  • Borax
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Licorice powder
  • Food coloring or dye
  • Vegetable basket
  • Ribbons or thread
  • Paper boards
  • Hole punch
  • Construction paper or cut photo sheets
Step 1
Paint your boyfriend's name using acrylic paint and a paint brush at the top of a piece of plywood. Alternately, paint a message such as "My Love, Jim's Bait Board." Let stand overnight to dry.
Step 2
Gather common ingredients such as borax, salt, sugar, garlic, licorice powder and food coloring or dye. Purchase in bulk from a local grocer or tackle store. Keep in the original package and place inside a homemade basket, which you can craft from a 10-inch by 10-inch vegetable basket and several strands of ribbon.
Step 3
Stuff several plastic bags, which will be used by your boyfriend to store the cured bait, with handwritten recipes for bait cures. See Resources for details. Place the plastic bags inside the basket; preferably on top or tucked between the ingredients. Be aware of presentation for a more put-together look.
Step 4
Stack the basket on top of the piece of plywood and secure it with a bow. Using a string, attach a hand-crafted gift tag with a short message such as, "For another season of superior strikes. Love, [add name]."
Step 5
Pair the homemade bait cure kit with a homemade scrapbook or homemade photo album of your boyfriend's most prized catches. Cut paper boards to size and use for the covers. Cut equally sized sheets of construction paper or cut photo sheets to size. Punch a hole at the center, top and bottom of the covers and album pages using a hole punch. Secure the album with a string or thread.

Tips & Warnings

Add a goody bag filled with bite stimulants, fish attractants and fish oil sprays if your budget allows.
Vegetable baskets are available for free at local grocery stores.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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