Carhartt pro Matt Lee has treasured memories of Easter egg hunts with eight cousins on his Nan and Pop’s property that contained a pond full of 4-pound bass where he and brother Jordan fell in love with fishing.

Twenty years later, Lee hunts largemouth bass for a living, and with a Carhartt College Championship to his credit, along with numerous Top 20 finishes as a pro angler, he’s more than qualified to make thoughtful recommendations about what you or your favorite angler might hope the Easter bunny brings the first weekend of April.

Onyx A/M-24 Inflatable Life Vest “The one I love not only looks cool with Mossy Oak Elements camo on it, but more importantly, when I wear an inflatable life vest, I want one that fits my body really well like this one. I’ve worn several lesser-quality vest that don’t fit well. But this is a great one.”

Quantum Smoke S3 spinning reel – “This is the only spinning reel I use. I like the size 30. It’s super smooth with an awesome drag, doesn’t get dreaded line twists, and is very durable. No matter how hard core you are, everybody who fishes needs a great spinning reel, and this Smoke S3 is awesome.”

Lure Lock tackle tray – “What angler wouldn’t like to have another tackle storage box? So get a Lure Lock box with patented TakLogic™ sticky gel pads in it to keep your weights, lures, hooks, and even small spools of line better organized and firmly in place.”

Lee says the Easter Bunny was to be taken as seriously as Santa Claus growing up. And these days he days he takes his fishing equipment pretty darn serious too. So hopefully his three great recommended pieces of equipment above will lead to a treasured memory on your future trips to the lake.