Offshore Angler Ocean Master IGFA Stand-Up Rod

Designed for “breaking records”—when it comes to catching tuna and marlin, that is—this baby is built for hardcore fishing. Among the amenities are machined-aluminum locking rod butts that provide maximum strength when reeling in large catches. (Bass Pro Shop; $369) 


Top Raider Topwater Hardbait

Bright colors, frantic top-water action, and a tail rudder make the Topwater a popular item with fishermen; it even creates a plopping sound that fish can’t resist. (Bass Pro Shops; $27.99)


Bilat Lures

Sure, we’re a bit biased, considering Bilat Lures—invented by Katy’s own Brian Bordosky—have been featured in this very magazine, but no other lure on the market mimics feeding game fish better. Throw in the lures’ durability and the fact that they’re locally made, and you can’t go wrong. (BilatLures.com; $349–$749)


Igloo Super Tough STX 165-qt Cooler

If the name alone doesn’t convince you, then perhaps this will: the Igloo includes something called “Cool Riser Technology.” Still not convinced? Where else are you going to find a cooler composed of high-density materials, stainless-steel hinges, and comfort grip handles? Nowhere, that’s where. (Academy; $219.99)

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