Frabill® Hiber-Net™ Stowable Nets
I have had this net before. And I have broke this net twice. But I like the way it stores out of the way so you won't trip over it. It is difficult to open for someone that is not use to the net. If you are tournament fishing make sure you train your partner on how to open it so he is not so nervous when he trying to land a monster.
April 29, 2010
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