Fishing & Boating News



by: Leslie Sundahl, Traditions Media

Photo by Courtesy Frabill
Photo by Courtesy Frabill
(Jul 8, 2016 - Plano,IL) The typical fishing tournament is anything but a relaxing day on the lake. Anglers race against the clock to catch the heaviest bag of fish possible – often under the worst possible weather conditions. And catching them is only part of the challenge; fish must be brought to weigh-in alive and healthy to avoid penalties. Throughout the day, competitors pamper their fish in high-tech livewells treated with expensive fish-care chemicals and devices that inject oxygen into the water at a molecular level – luxury health spas for fish, really – to ensure they remain in strong condition. Strangely, those fish are removed from their high-rent accommodations on the boat, and placed in what amount to oversized, leaky plastic freezer bags, constantly threatening to burst at the seams, for the final leg of their journey to the weigh-in.
That’s just not right.
Seizing the opportunity to seize the bass in a better and safer way, Frabill, manufacturers of trusted gear since 1938, has announced the all-new, breakthrough Frabill Weigh Bag System for 2017. It’s a clever, common-sense marriage of three components that combine to produce the finest live fish tote ever conceived – for tournament anglers or anyone else who needs a portable livewell.
Frabill’s three-part Weigh Bag System consists of an insulated and reinforced freestanding Weigh Bag, a removable inner Mesh Bag, and a compact portable aerator. Components will be available separately, or as an assembled system.
The exterior shell of the soft Weigh Bag is constructed of reinforced PVC tarpaulin. The flat bottom duffel-bag-design with internal reinforcing stands upright on it’s own. Oversized, padded handles wrap around the bag to fully support its contents, even when filled with up to 11.25 gallons of water and fish. An internal zippered pocket inside the lid holds G-Juice or other weigh-in supplies. The top of the Weigh Bag closes securely with an oversized zipper.
It’s been scientifically proven that extended periods in oxygen-poor weigh-in bags is the leading cause of tournament fish mortality. Frabill’s dedication to the cause continues with a small-yet-mighty portable aerator that tucks smartly into the Weigh Bag’s side pocket.
The lightweight and durable Frabill Mesh Bag fits neatly inside the Weigh Bag, and features a slick raindrop shape, ergonomic carry handles and a top Velcro closure. The Mesh Bag can be easily transferred from the Weigh Bag to the staging tub when the angler arrives at the weigh-in. Additionally, the versatile Frabill Mesh Bag is an economical and practical stuff-bag for raingear, fishing reels, sonar head units, planer boards and all manner of other bulky tackle items.
Model 446510 Frabill Mesh Bag
    •    Designed to fit inside Model 446511 Frabill Weigh Bag for tournament use or as a versatile carryall
    •    Durable, self-draining construction
    •    Easy in/out raindrop shape
    •    Velcro top closure
    •    Carry handles
    •    Dimensions: 21.50” x 9.25” x 9.50”
MSRP: $9.99
Model 446511 Frabill Weigh Bag
    •    Tournament weigh-bag or portable livewell
    •    Reinforced, flat-bottom duffel bag design is freestanding and self-supporting
    •    Insulated, reinforced PVC tarpaulin construction
    •    Oversized, padded wraparound carry handles
    •    Zippered top with zippered pocket inside lid flap
    •    External pocket for portable aerator
    •    11.25-gallon capacity
    •    Dimensions: 22.00” x 9.00” x 11.50”
MSRP: $59.99
Model 446512 Frabill Mesh and Weigh Bag
    •    Includes Frabill Mesh Bag and Frabill Weigh Bag
    •    Dimensions: 22.00” x 9.00” x 12.00”
MSRP: $69.99
Model 446513 Frabill Complete Weigh Bag System
    •    Includes Frabill Mesh Bag, Frabill Weigh Bag and Portable Frabill Aerator
    •    Dimensions: 22.00” x 9.00” x 12.00”
MSRP: $79.99
Frabill cares about fish and anglers, too. Weigh-ins can be stressful places for both. Stop rolling up a junky plastic sack and gripping it with white-knuckle fury, all the while praying it doesn’t bust. Up your tournament game with a new Frabill Weigh Bag System and at least pretend to relax. At least your fish will be.
Frabill, Inc. is in its 77th year of engineering premium, trusted fishing equipment. Frabill’s ice fishing product lineup consists of portable ice fishing shelters, rod and reel combos, tip-ups, bait containers, portable aeration, and premium ice fishing apparel. Open water products include landing nets, portable aeration, bait containers, bait care, bait traps and seines, accessories, and premium open water F Series Storm Gear.
Photo by Courtesy Frabill
Photo by Courtesy Frabill