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I get the Russ Bassdozer emails and I thought this was a good invention that was talked about in this ' news letter '

Find out what Ron Colby of GYCB had to say ( and some pictures )


This new product review just arrived from Team Yamamoto's
Ron Colby of Arizona.

Ron writes:

I've seen it happen, maybe you know someone it's happened
to, or maybe it's even happened to you. One things for sure,
it's not pretty.

Scene 1: You've just bagged your fish and you're heading for
the scales. You think you might have the winning weight! As
you step out of the boat it pushes away from the dock
causing you to take a longer step, and next thing you know,
you just can't straddle the distance. You miss the dock and
stumble. Falling backwards, you try to catch yourself . . .
and then it happens in slow motion. You let go of your
weigh-in bag and it lands on the dock and opens up. Your
fish are flopping around and making what seems to be a
maddening dash back to the water. Jumping up, you and other
anglers are scrambling to prevent the worst but it's a
nightmare, and too late. One, then two and three of your
fish are gone.

Scene 2: You've made it safely out of the boat this time and
are headed for the scales. You're using a borrowed bag or
one that has been reused and recycled by the tournament
director. Worse yet, you might be using an old bag that has
been sitting in your rod locker for who knows how long. As
you're walking up the dock the fish start getting restless
and begin thrashing around. A thorny dorsal fin punctures
the bag and because you've put extra water in your bag to
make sure the fish are in good shape at the scales, the bag
bursts open. A mad scramble ensues and again only a couple
of fish can be recovered. Alas, most make it back into the
water a bit earlier than you wanted to release them.

I've witnessed both of the above scenarios, almost everyone

I saw it happen just this past weekend during a team
tournament weigh-in. With a new Just Keepers Zip Bag from
Duncan Bags none of the poor guy's fish would have been
lost. These bags are virtually bullet-proof. They won't
prevent you from stumbling, falling down or dropping your
bag but they will keep your fish secure, as long as you do
the most simplest of things: zip up the zipper that is sewn
into the top of this heavy duty bag.

I met Randy Duncan, the creator of these awesome bags, last
year during ICAST. He was gracious enough to send me a
couple of his bags and I use them exclusively. They come in
black and semi-clear (an opaque white) and are so tough I
have filled them up with over 50 pounds of Yamamoto baits,
zipped them up and tossed them around and out of the truck,
and they've never broken open or ripped. I have so much
confidence in this bag that I've dropped my bag full of
water and fish into the water. Because the bag was zipped up
it sank into the water, then bobbed back up and turned onto
its side and floated for more than 30 seconds allowing us to
take pictures and allowing plenty of time to reach down and
recover the bag. Not one fish escaped and the winning weight
for my son Sheridan and I made it to the scales safe and sound.

You can see pictures of the Duncan bag survive a dunking at:

B.A.S.S. used the new Duncan bags as their official weigh
bags during the B.A.S.S. Open Championship this last fall. I
for one was glad they did. With all that was at stake, it
gave me a sense of security knowing that a bag failure was
out of the question. The small docks and steep stairs, where
a disaster was just waiting to happen, didn't trouble me in
the least as long as I had done my part and zipped the bag

These bags can be ordered from Randy Duncan directly. Call
him at 256-757-4747 or email him at [email protected].

You can see more photos of these weigh bags and see his new
Take it Easy rod bag at:

Thank you for reading, and never fumble a fish during
weigh-in again.

- Ron Colby, Arizona

Sounds like something that all anglers might want to invest in. Ron Colby is a very respected angler, so when he speaks, a lot of people listen.

It's also one of those things that you say, "Sheesh, I wish that I would have thought about that." ;)
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