Tip-Ups go Turnkey
Category: new products
Dec 3rd, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Dec 3rd, 2009 at 12:00 AM
Jackson, Wis. ” When Frabill introduced the original Pro-Thermal tip-up over a decade ago, it quickly became a favorite tool among hardcore anglers and wintertime guides alike. Its simple never-fail design resonated with tip-up fans everywhere. Today, Frabill has gone a step further, adding the 1662 Pro-Thermal, an all inclusive tip-up â€œsystemâ€ that anglers have been waiting for.
â€œThe insulated Pro-Thermal creates a solid barrier over the ice hole, sealing it like manhole cover,â€ says Captain Pat Kalmerton, tip-up wizard and professional fishing guide. â€œThere is no other tip-up that is insulated like the Pro-Thermals ” None. They are the original thermal tip-up and still the best, most insulated models anywhere. â€œThis thing is winter-tough, too,â€ he adds. â€œWe’ve run over them with trucks, snowmobiles, you name it. These tip-ups just keep right on working. Plus, I love that I can grab a 5-gallon pail, and stack eight of them inside, all without tangling a line.â€
Kalmerton adds: â€œWhen Frabill told me about this new 1662 Pro-Thermal, I thought now that’s ingenious ” a system complete with all the fixings. It’s everything you need to catch fish with a tip-up, right out of the package. Everything except the bait, that is.â€
â€œIn order to make any tip-up work,â€ offers Frabill pro Eric Haataja, â€œyou need to fill the spool with quality line, and determine the precise depth of your bait. Then you need the means to quickly return a bait to the right depth. And for low-light fishing, a strike-triggered tip-up light is an indispensable tool. With the 1662, I don’t have to buy all these items separately “they’re all included. And for no more cost than most barebones tip-ups on the market today. One more thing is that it’s black and absorbs the sunlight to help keep you holes from freezing up.â€
Indeed, the 1662 system comes with 50-yards of Dacron tip-up line, a clip-on depthfinder weight, a mini line marker and Frabill’s new Lil’ Shiner Tip-Up Light, which is valued at $15 itself. When the flag trips, an environmentally safe non-mercury switch activates a flashing LED inside the Lil’ Shiner Light, signaling a strike. â€œOn a dark frozen lake, this light flashes like a strobe” you can probably see it from more than a mile away,â€ says Haataja. â€œIt’s made a huge difference during my nighttime walleye excursions.â€
For Kalmerton, it’s all about functionality, which the 1662 has in spades. â€œThis is the smoothest tip-up out there,â€ he asserts. â€œIt has no dry spots on the shaft, so fish feel zero resistance on a bite. It never freezes, nor does the hole. Heck, they’re the only tip-ups smooth enough to be used for light-biting panfish.
â€œFor beginners or experts, this tip-up has everything they need to catch fish” and they don’t have to worry about quality. It’s got the Frabill name on it, which is the same as saying â€˜trusted gear.”