What is the Difference?
There are currently 4 models of The Ballyhoop hoop net, Aluminum, Stealth, Flex & the latest and greatest Blade Model. Now many people ask if they all catch live bait, they definitely do! Baits such as Ballyhoo, Cigar Minnows, Speedos, Pin Fish, Pilchards are often caught by customers with Ballyhoop’s and they do it efficiently and effectively. The main difference between each model is the way they collapse and store when not being used. So how do they collapse differently is the question you may be asking yourself, let's dive into it. Each model is the same size when fully assembled / uncollapsed (4ft).
First up is the first model we created, the Aluminum model. It collapses in half by being pulled apart at the two unions, one curved rod slides into the other making it simple but strong. The collapsed size is a 4-foot half-circle or D shape, that then goes into the provided storage bag easily fitting in your center console or large hatch.
Next is the Stealth model, in which the hoop is made out of a semi-clear resin rod which is slightly harder to see in the water than the others and it stores in a 6-foot long bag. The way it joins is similar to the aluminum but it retains its straightness when not joined together. Most anglers store this model in the gunnels, center console, rod lockers, or even rod holders next to the T-Top.
Now on to the Flex model which is made out of Fiberglass, it stores down to half its diameter in a 24 inch round bag. The way this is possible is by being able to collapse into a figure 8 and then fold in half. This can be placed in various hatches, gunnels, center consoles, etc.
Last but not least, the latest and greatest Ballyhoop, the Blade model! So thin it cuts through the water like butter, the rods or no longer round on this model they are flat and about a centimeter wide. This gives it the rigidity when you are pulling on it but the flexibility to collapse into our smallest size yet, an 18-inch circle. Once you get the hang of collapsing it this is sure to be your goto. Also, this is so small that you can now travel with it in your carry-on! Catch your own live bait on your next fishing trip!