Frabill Hiber-Net Stowable Nets
Great Concept, Poor Design
When I first saw this net I thought it was a great way to store it, and it is a really good concept. However....
The way this thing is designed is terrible. First of all, you have to be a bodybuilder to open and lock the net in place. I am 6'3" and muscular, and I still have trouble opening it with two hands. You have to hold the net facing downward and ram the grip forward to lock it in place.
Then closing it is another issue. If the net mesh is not perfectly seated around the soft frame, it won't collapse. You have to stop, adjust the mesh, and then guide it back in to close. Often the mesh gets stuck in the hinge and that also impedes opening and closing.
Because of the sticking issue the mesh is starting to tear and I'll likely have a hole in my net soon. Also, there is metal-on-metal wear at the head of the net where metal parts are scraping against the inside of the tube. I fish both fresh and saltwater, and I'm already seeing some corrosion issues because of this.
Another thing to keep in mind- because opening the net requires two hands and a lot of effort, you have to remember to open it before you start fishing. If you are trying to land a fish and forgot to open it- you're out of luck.
Next time I will get a folding net.
March 8, 2010
Handiest tool I've bought in years
I bought this net pretty much to use for carp fishing. I fish all over Pennsylvania and some in NJ for carp and have learned to catch some pretty beefy fish. Two years ago I struggled to land bigger fish by hand often winding up a muddy, slimy mess. This didn't do the fish any good either. I camp and fish from a small motorhome where there is not a lot of room for a bulky net so when I saw this I felt it was perfect.
I used this net all summer to net fish to 30 lbs. It works great! You need to make sure it is hanging properly around the rim when you fold it but that is pretty simple.
January 9, 2011
One of the best new ideas in years
I received this as a birthday gift from wife, who got the idea from a fishing buddy she asked for help. It's well made, a very practical idea and appears that it will hold up well, but that's yet to be seen as I just received it recently and have used it that much as of yet.
Not having to have a net under foot in the boat or catching on everything it can, is a terrific solution to an age old problem. I’m sure there will be copycat nets on the market soon (all good ideas are copied, some improved on some just to reduce the price), but for now this is really all you could ask for.
April 15, 2011
Frabill Hiber net
Very well made compact enough to carry in my Bass Boat . I have never carried a net before because it would have been in the way and probably would have thrown it in the lake
July 13, 2010