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MULL BLOG Slow Down for Ice-melt Walleyes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

So, we've recently covered the efficacy of trolling slowly with some of the new Rogue Perfect 10s when the water is cold. Here's another story about wrangling ice-water walleyes in the open water. Writer Mitch Eagan is always a good read. –Dave Mull  Read Full Story

Frabill Supersizes Popular Troll-along Minnow Bucket

Thursday, April 24, 2014

PLANO IL – We live in an era of supersizing – ala a precedent many blame on fast-food chains. But take away the surplus saturated fat and artery-clogging bad cholesterol, and some upsizing is actually positive.  Read Full Story

Free Frabill Ice Book Helps Catch Fish

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Frabill Bags Ice Gear

Friday, November 29, 2013

PLANO, IL  – So what’s the no-brainer this winter? Try Frabill hitting bait shop shelves with ice fishing specific tackle storage. When Plano, the masters of tackle storage solutions, took on the trusted leader in ice fishing gear, within mere weeks plans were hatched for the Frabill Softbag.  Read Full Story

Ice Flippin with Telescoping Jiggler Long Rod

Thursday, November 21, 2013

PLANO, IL  – When anglers discovered flippin’—that quick and quiet pitch into the bedrooms of big bass—it opened the doors to a whole new realm of shallow water success. Why zing long noisy casts at bass that are literally, sometimes, lying directly beneath the boat?  Read Full Story

New Snow Shoe Tip-Up Stays Atop Deep Snow

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

PLANO, IL – Ice fishing in some snow-belt regions can get downright daunting. Thick snow blankets the hoarfrost, making hole to hole travel an adventure in itself, let alone finding the right fishing equipment to handle the knee-deep bog of white frozen fun.  Read Full Story

The Bro Must Go On

Wednesday, November 06, 2013
PLANO, IL – We have our share of epic annual events. Topping that list might be the Big Easy’s Mardi Gras, replete with its audacious parade, Fat Tuesday and famously naughty beads. Marching north of the Creole and Zydeco to the Ice Belt, there’s another yearly ritual that finds its beads on dropper-rigs and fish fries on Fridays.  Read Full Story

Crankbait Net Keeps Flopping Fish from Tangling

Monday, October 28, 2013
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PLANO, IL – Heartening to know some new product ideas are still born on the water. Sure, modern design programs convert concepts into digital drawings and prototypes are passed around boardroom tables. But it’s finding solutions to real world fishing challenges that plant the seeds of true innovation.


Such was the case not many moons ago when Plano V.P. of Engineering Ryan Kleckner hit the water with his better half Heidi and Frabill pro staff Tom Neustrom. Objective: pry loose a few walleyes.   


That’s where the story begins.



“We were absolutely pounding the walleyes,” said Kleckner, harkening back to the amazing fishing they experienced on Minnesota’s Lake Winnibigoshish. In the interest of experimentation, however, the trio set aside the credentialed jig and minnow tandem and decided to do a little trolling. As it went, the grand march of walleyes continued, fish after fish smashing the crankbait offerings.


Could it get any better for the Kleckners and Neustrom? Probably not. How about worse? Well, yes…relatively speaking. “Almost every time we netted a walleye or pike it’d go into a death roll and the baits and their hooks would get totally tangled. It was frustrating. Really chewed up our fishing time.”


So like any good inventor, Kleckner sought a solution. He looked up from a cocooned crankbait into Neustrom’s animated eyes and said, “Tom, I’ll find a fix.”      


Back to the laboratory in Plano, Illinois, Kleckner went. And for the next 18-months, while Neustrom rigorously tested prototypes on the water, he watched a notion evolve into what is now the most advanced landing net in fishing.



What makes the current configuration so extraordinary? “Hooks don’t get snagged,” said Kleckner, sounding like Benjamin Franklin issuing a major ‘well, duh!’ “And even if the hooks go through the holes, they come right back out without knotting everything up.”


Those very holes are principle to the effectiveness of Frabill’s Crankbait Net. Rather than round or oval, they’re hexagonal. Kleckner and Neustrom tried every geometrical shape known to man, and found that a six-sided hole best staved off snags.


Those distinctively shaped holes are only half the story. The other primary objective is preventing the hook points from piercing the woven mesh fabric. Frabill has for years coated the mesh on its premium landing nets. Not only do the vinyl coatings fight snagging, they offer fish

TLC by saving protective slime coats and not battering fins, scales or gills.


For his signature Crankbait Net, however, Kleckner demanded a more substantial vinyl dipped coating. And on top of that, to further control the dipping process, the net material is treated before manufacturing. This superior technique is unique to Frabill landing nets.    


Frabill’s Crankbait Netting is available on five models within the Conservation Series, ranging in price from $59.99 to $109.99.


It’s said that ‘necessity’ is the mother of invention. But if you ask Kleckner and Neustrom, they’ll say it was ‘frustration.’



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