Great Lakes Angler Blog

Crankbait Net Keeps Flopping Fish from Tangling

Monday, October 28, 2013
  Read Full Story

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.’

 

 

Cranking ‘Eyes with Authority

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Slam dunk crankbaiting techniques for busting the backs of summer walleyes. By Tom Neustrom  Read Full Story



GlAngler Subscription

Recent Posts



Tags

Aluminum Deep V Series Cabela's Rugged Shark Lights Marine Radio Swim bait SOG Lowrance Ultimate Flannel Shirts exotic invader MATE USA Turning Point Props DSC ABT X-2 Countdown Chaco Fuel Oculus Insurance PRADCO www.bigweeniebrand.com Great Lakes Troller Fishing Homeport Marine Marketing Foul weather gear Yamaha Cliff Pace Ascend Trout Unlimited Olcott, NY Husky Jerk Costa Sunglasses Gary Giudice Rapala Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch Headgear Rippin' Lips EZ BoatPort Bug bite relief OHIO Topwater Vick iPilot BoatUS Angler BASSMASTER CLASSIC Soft Jigwobbler Angler Black Velvet B.A.S.S. Macho Minnow Bass Pro Shops Goby Thermacell Bad Elf Earth Day Salmon Unlimited of Illinois tree stand injury Oakley Sunglasses spoon Streams tackle storage Wisconsin Rain gear ONIX Boat maintenance Mack's Lure toilet MUSHING USCG Matt Straw Brian Brosdahl FRIDAY FUNNIES Gary Dollahon F-Series Storm Gear Costa Del Mar Rain suit RAT FINKEE Multi-species JVD Titan Chain Side Imaging Camera mount Odd'ball Fin Spin Skarlis Rig'N Tails Alaska Jerky Mazurek Z-Man Storage Flat Slider 75 Lake Huron Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Buff Stabenow jigs WileyX Matt Serbenski Muscle Squared 65 Kurt Mazurek Swim Whizz Kindle book Ranger Boats Nautical Telescoping JIggler Long Rod Snow-Shoe Tip-Up Lund Boats Contaminants Insect repellent Sport Shows jeffstackleshop.com Mark Chmura Tyee Corey Schmidt Traditions Media Reese LineSnubber SeaLife Cameras Plano Tackle Boxes Soul5 Tackle Labs Legend Extreme Practical Sailor Ravenswood Media Evolve Endura Todd Sokolow Lake Michigan Chatterbait Mack's Lures TRAC EZ Splice Fasteners Mr. Twister RedHead Rovermax LR 100 CLASSIC Hobie Pro Angler News/Social Sheldon's Onyx Army Corp of Engineers Boat lifts iPhone Shelter Pharmaceuticals Whistler Spoon Tom Neustrom Ice Fishing Northwest Indiana Steelheaders Extended Warranty Faria Kevin VanDam Delorme Fishing Clubs Multitools Spencer Yachts Mike Seymour Asian carp splice Bristol Bay One-Handle-Does-It-All System Tackle Bag Tournaments Size limits Yamaha ATV Dunkirk, NY mudsnail University of Buffalo Boat US Indiana DNR EZ Dock Technology Michigan DNR Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series Frigibar Walleye Side Thruster Gill NA cruzin Bug repellent Gene Larew Fort Wayne, Indiana Orca Fin System Venice, Louisiana Batteries Knives Owners tournament NAIFC Championship Muskie Lure NMEA Whale Pumps John E. Phillips Dave Mull blue marlin iPilot Link Balog Strike King Walleyes Davis Instruments iPad Smart Guide Publications Up Stream Hydration Back Pack Jonathon VanDam Weather Buoy Bass GPS for Lightning Connector Traditions Costa Conservation CMP Global binoculars Pro Polish Barry Brown Marine Patrick Hurst Kill switch Torpedo Divers Bro Brosdahl New Lures ATV Bheestie Bag Wind Power News Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter EVOLVE FISHING CO Catch & Cook Ditty bag InvisaSnap Contest Navigation inReach Custom Jigs & Spins Power JBL Clam USSA Tim Popfinger Tournament Grade Circle Hooks Forage Minnow Rescue Apps Boats LOTSA Optima USCGA Wake Fishing Scholarship Honda Lock Hobie LakeMaster Western States Version Scott Martin Games DuraSafe Electronics Lock Swedish FireKnife Aquatic AV Milennia MIL-iDock Shoes LCWCC Iaconelli Sun protection VMC Air show Skamania Mania spinning rod Tommy Skarlis Fiberglass tiller Sharpeners Gear Normark Bristol Bay Salmon New York Blue Collar Outdoors Gull Lake Marine Marine Lighting Spreads Coast Guard Chronglobal Hunting Plano PLB Trade Shows Launch ramp ASA Brite Wash Boating safety Boat Covers National Guard dock lines Kayaks Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Lake Assault YUM Sportsman's rights Volvo Penta Quantum Safe boating treestand injury Okuma Bass lure Monel Metal Marsh Madness ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Acme Rippin Lips redfish Accessories Brandon Newby Bass Pro IGFA Berkley Michigan City, Indiana spreader light hardbaits Glorvigen Fish Hawk XD4 Ranger FLW Swanson-Russell Silver Horde Jeff Wenzel Promise Keeper BoatUS bimini top Beckson Lighting Bob Schmidt Gunnison, CO HELLA Slide Moor Whale Wild River series Glacier Glove Shurhold Innovative Outdoors yachtpaint.com Clay Dyer Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing Bait head McMurdo Mag Light Marine NewsWire Legend Gold KVD Holland Chicago barrier DuraSafe Serious Shine Mosquito repellent Tools Marcum Deep Sea Diver Frabill Port of Indiana Aqualuma Hevi-Beads Sunglasses Oshkosh Autotether The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls New Zealand Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Chargers Raritan Sunstream Boat Lifts Rods Mustad Airmar Gravity Soo Locks River Fishing Tracker Marine Invasive species Hamlin Steve Wood USO Evinrude marlin Alaskan Line Recycle Bin Martin-Flory Cannon weather Records Walleye tournament Seakeeper gyro Radio Salmon Tight Lines Jewelry South Haven, Michigan Shoremaster Line Manistee Ryan Kleckner WFN Rushton Gregory Shipping TRAC Ecological Lakemaster Lake Superior Interlux Aqua-Vu Black Earth Creek U.S.S.A. Youth Humminbird Fiberglass boat St. Croix Rods Uncle Norm's Kayak Jeff's Tackle Shop Prosepec Electronics Triton Boats Radial 1675 Pro Guide Accon Marine Safety Home Port Marine Marketing ShowSpan Green Bay, Wisconsin STRATTEC Dave Genz Brown trout Izaak Walton League Lake Ontario Tip-Up LineGrabber Marine Speakers Wedding Ring Pop-Up LED Bowlights Niagara Falls Northland Ryan Wilson Bibs PulseTech Wounded Warriors great lakes Wildlife Forever Footwear Knife sharpening Green Bay Keep Kool South Haven Fish America Foundation Ethanol BOLT Padlock Rough Weather Mark Zona Lead Bait Holder Grunden's AmVets Bait Rigs Downriggers 360 Angler 175T Dave Mull Blog Big Bear Products Michigan Lake Erie Andrew Semprevivo YUMphibian Crankbait Net Princecraft Dogs WeatherStation Jack Links Video St. Croix Traxstech Sphaera Lures Tides Alabama Rig Magnum Flow-Troll The Harry Lure Minn Kota clubs Larson Electronics Ranger VS1780 Audio Aqua Vu Moisture Muncher GPS Speedometer Catfish Team Aqua-Vu Betsy Shock Wave boat rental Speakers Rubrail Grady-White Ditch Lake trout Ice Features CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS On board Global Spectrum Reef Runner Bethel University Tournament exotic species eZSplice Synergy Outdoors Boating Lund ODNR BASSMASTER Ultracoat SeaEra QC ABT AKOYA Jeff Gustafson Electronics Church Tackle

Archive