Thanks Brian, I was wondering about these, always good too have options.
What is the price of this flexible basket?Thought I'd put this up since stripping baskets are a fairly common subject.
I got one a while back and really like it.@Stonefish I can second taking the Take basket out. I really liked it and have since ordered one. It will be ideal for travel and packing as well as being light weight and durable. The softer material makes racking your knuckles better and the elastic belt is nice because you can tighten it down easier than non-elastic belts while offering enough strength to hold a net. I will certainly be recommending this to other anglers, especially for the salt!
Right, but you must not have tried to use no basket on a pedal kayak! There are varying degrees of tangle problems, and no basket is probably worse than a mesh basket. I have a Linekurv for wading.@mtskibum16 I would give a word of caution to a mesh option. I say this because I have used one before and the line tends to tangle significantly more because there are no "finger" cones to help separate the line. Just a thought!
Yeah, I referenced this issue in an earlier post.I would give a word of caution to a mesh option. I say this because I have used one before and the line tends to tangle significantly more because there are no "finger" cones to help separate the line. Just a thought!
After reading the comments and doing some research on their website, I decided to pull the trigger on this. I travel a lot and think this could be a great option.Thought I'd put this up since stripping baskets are a fairly common subject.
Ryan at The Avid Angler ordered in a Take basket from Latvia and his crew asked me to give it a spin. I'm far from a expert in reviewing products. I just fish the salt a lot with a stripping basket and they wanted to know my thoughts on it.
I have no affiliation with the Take Tackle.
I fished with the basket for about ten hours over two days. I fished wading in 1-2' wind waves primarily using a two handed strip and the basket in front of me. It didn't bounce around much more then a hard basket when hit by a wave.
It might be a different story in a heavy surf, but we don't have that type of surf in on Puget Sound.
I like to add just a bit of water to my basket when fishing, which caused it to droop just a bit in the front.
I'm also a gatherer when I'm on the beach. I use my hard basket while fishing to gather crabs, clams, berries etc. I'm not sure how this would handle much weight that due to the flexible nature of the material.
Size wise I think it could be just a bit bigger, but that might not be feasible with the flexbile nature of the material.
I do like the fact it as 11 cones, which helps reduce tangles. It is fairly light and lighter then my Bean basket, which I like.
The soft material is easier on your knuckles and hands than a hard basket should you rap them on the basket while striping.
The flexbile material would likely be a plus for traveling with a basket. I can see some possible advantages of this also for fishing out of a boat or kayak. This might make releasing a fish over the gunnel of a boat much easier then a hard basket.
The Take basket has a elastic waist belt. The belt held my net in place when stuffed down the back of my waders. I do think the belt could benefit from being a bit wider.
Combined with the flexible material, it formed well to your body when turned to the side and stayed on your hip well.
After using the elastic belt, I may replace the stiff belt on one of my current Bean baskets to see how that works.
I have three of the old LL Bean baskets, so I don't need another.
This is another option to consider amongst Orvis, Linekurv, Whalesback and the new LL Bean basket or a homemade basket.
Overall I liked it and it would work well for the type of fishing I like to do.
I believe Ryan has some on order for the shop, so give them a call if you are interested.
Here are some pictures of it next to the old Bean basket for size comparison.
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Thanks for the tip Stonefish. As a follow up to the earlier post, I emailed Take and told them of my problem. I got a fairly quick reply indicating they still don't have the website set up for credit cards yet, (seems they could have indicated that) and suggested I use PayPal. So a thumbs up for their follow through. I do like the idea of fondling prior to purchase (rather than ordering from Europe) and will drop into Avid in the next few days.Jeff,
I believe Avid Angler has them in stock now.
Give them a call to confirm.
Might save you some frustration rather then trying to order one from Latvia and dealing with shipping etc.
It's easy to take along the hard baskets. Just put it in first in to your luggage, and fill it up with socks, smaller flexible items, etc. I took mine with me to Oahu at Thanskgiving.I will admit that this basket would probably be a better option for traveling than the mesh-style basket I took to Oahu last month.
In retrospect, I should have simply thrown my LineKurv into the luggage and used it as sort of a packing tray.
Because it was more family time (our daughter and SIL live there) than fishing time, I only tossed a line twice. We stayed with the daughter/SIL in Hawaii Kai for a week and then, for a bit more privacy, moved to a small studio just off the beach in Kailua.How was fishing in Oahu? Where did you stay?
Par for the course!Saw a couple of small bones but they weren't interested in what I had!