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$15,653
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
46
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, March 4 2015 11:38 PM UTC +00:00

About

FISHinc. patents, designs and manufactures innovative LED tackle storage systems for recreational saltwater and freshwater fishermen around the world. 

We are proud to introduce the world's first 4-function LED tackle system, the ProGlo+ (****PATENT PENDING****)

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Our story... 

WESTBOROUGH, MA – January 19, 2015 –Westborough’s ambitious 18-year-old co-founders of FISHinc. Tackle Systems, Adam Gibbs and Nick Bongi, prepare for the February, 2015 launch of their patent pending ProGlo+ LED lit tackle box on Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding platform that brings creative projects to life with pledged backers. FISHinc.’s groundbreaking idea originated in 2011 after experiencing and observing the frustration of fisherman while night fishing. The clumsy and somewhat unsuccessful process of illuminating equipment with flashlights and makeshift light sources sparked the attention of the two aspiring entrepreneurs, resulting in the creation of ProGlo+, a pioneering hands-free tackle box with a self-contained LED light that can rotate to irradiate a ten-foot surrounding area as well as detach and function as a separate flashlight or a fish light that can attach to a lanyard and submerse up to one hundred feet underwater to attract schools of fish. The ProGlo+ also features a USB cable port, providing backup battery power for handheld devices like smartphones. Gibbs’s and Bongi’s success as young entrepreneurs is truly remarkable. FISHinc. boasts buyout offers and a pending copyright, and they triumphed through three out of four rounds of scrutiny by business tycoons on ABC’s reality television show Shark Tank. With lack of sales as the sole factor prohibiting their advancement to the final round, they set out to conquer that hurdle with a Kickstarter campaign. Beginning in 2015, FISHinc. will initiate its Kickstarter campaign, providing a 30-day period for pledged donations to raise the $30,000 needed to put the tackle box on the market. FISHinc. offers a wide range of exciting reward packages such as ProGlo+ tackle boxes, a 2-day tropical fishing excursion and more depending on the amount of money pledged. A successful Kickstarter campaign will transform Gibbs’s and Bongi’s vision into a reality, and ultimately provide a crucial tool to night fishermen everywhere.

Here's how it all went down.... 

In 2011, we were night fishing on a dock in Florida when we SAW THE LIGHT…or lack thereof. Everyone was holding a flashlight in their teeth, or using the flashlight app on their iPhone to unhook fish, grab lures, cut fishing line…etc. In fact, our only flashlight rolled into the water and we sent an iPhone flying off the dock while trying to tie a knot. We did see someone with a headlamp, which is hands-free and provides a great direct beam of light, but a headlamp can’t illuminate a large area. The capper for us was the fact that most night fishing light sources are, ironically, not water resistant, and some do not provide adequate light.

Our frustration, plus our motivation, led us to a better solution and that's when FISHinc. was born.

The ProGlo+ is a traditional three tray tackle box, but it is unique because of its rotatable tubular 4-function LED light housed in the top tray. 

  • Three spacious trays along with a bottom bulk storage bin.
  • Color changing LED light housed in the top tray (White, Green and Black light settings with dimmer switch) 
  • Rotatable 300 lumen light fully illuminates each tray, as well as 10ft of space around each unit. 
  • The light is rechargeable via a USB cable. Outdoorsmen can use the light's 3.6 rechargeable battery pack as a backup power source for small devices, such as smartphone’s or iPods.
  • The light easily detaches from the box to be used as a torch/flashlight. 
  • Using the included lanyard and some fishing line, the light can be submersed in an ocean or lake to attract schools of baitfish, eliminating the need for a separate underwater fish light and marine battery.
  • The light is submersible up to about 100ft — perfect for illuminating bait wells. 
  • Comes in two different colors: Green and Blue

 From start to finish...

Why 30k?

$30,000 will be used to pay for tooling and manufacturing for the ProGlo+. This includes molds for the polypropylene plastic and tooling for the light itself. This funding amount also covers an initial production run of 500 units. 

What's next? 

For a project of this size and complexity we'll be using a pool of experts in the field to make sure the ProGlo+ lives up to it's name. 

We have partnered with manufacturer's who have built other tackle boxes, as well as high tech outdoor gear. They have an experienced team in the field to assist with quality control, shipping and a other logistics. 

We want you to have your ProGlo+ as soon as possible. Here’s our plan to achieve that:

  • January/February: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends, execute manufacturing agreements/standards.
  • March: Finalize the engineering and prototype iterations. Place the tooling orders.
  • April: Tooling build-out.
  • May: Pre-production builds.
  • June: Begin manufacturing for the injection molded and blow-molded parts.
  • July/August: Finalize the assembly and shipment process and begin fulfillment.

Risks and challenges

LACK OF FUNDING: FISHinc. lacks funding to support the development of a tackle bag. We are hopeful that Kickstarter and sales of our initial tackle box will provide FISHinc. with adequate funds to support the development of a line of tackle systems. We have two interested investors. We have also made it o the 3rd round of casting for ABC’s Shark Tank, where hopeful entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a group of wealthy businessmen and women.
PRICE PER UNIT: To reduce the price per unit, FISHinc has partnered with Avnet Electronics Company. We are confident that with scaled production, our first product will be competitively priced.
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. To minimize the possibility of manufacturing setbacks we will enter the manufacturing stage with at least one back-up supplier for each component.

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    BIG THANKS
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    One size fits all FISHinc. hat. (Black, white or camo)

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    ProGlo+ Light:
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    FISHinc. Cotton T-Shirt (black - freshwater edition or white - saltwater edition. Short sleeve or long sleeve)

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    FISHinc. UV Protection Microfiber Fishing Shirt (100% Polyester) (long sleeve only, black or white)

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    ProGlo+ Tackle System:
    FISHinc. ProGlo+ Blue or Green Edition Tackle System complete with box, integrated waterproof LED lighting system and USB charger.

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    ProGlo+ Tackle System (ANGLERS EDITION)
    Tell us your favorite type of fishing, fresh or saltwater, region and species, and we will work with professionals to pack a Blue or Green Edition FISHinc. ProGlo+ Tackle System (complete with box, light, and charger) with fishing gear to cater to your needs. Prepare to be surprised!

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    BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF:
    Two FISHinc. ProGlo+ Blue or Green Edition Tackle Systems complete with our LED lighting system and USB charger. Buy one, get one 50% off! ($90 value)

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    THE TRIO:
    Receive a Blue or Green Edition FISHinc. ProGlo+ Tackle System, a FISHinc. hat (black or white or camo), and a FISHinc. T-Shirt. (black or white/short sleeve or long sleeve)

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    THE TRIO (ANGLERS EDITION)
    Receive a FISHinc. ProGlo+ Tackle System packed to the gills with your favorite gear, a FISHinc. hat (black or white) and a FISHinc. T-Shirt. (black or white/short sleeve or long sleeve)

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    10 ProGlo+ Tackle Systems!! Maybe you own a small tackle shop or have a lot of friends who love to fish. Either way, you can buy 10 boxes and save a lot of money.

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    2-DAY TROPICAL ISLAND FISHING ADVENTURE
    Join me, Adam Gibbs, at the famous Jensen's Twin Palms Resort and Marina on Captiva Island, FL for two days of fishing on a 16' shallow-water skiff. I'll take you to the neighboring barrier islands: Cayo Costa, North Captiva and Boca Grande to name a few. We'll fish the deep water passes, wrecks, and mangrove flats in the area. Popular species include shark, redfish, snook, trout and grouper. After a day of fishing, grab dinner at Cabbage key or Barnacle Phil's and come back out at sunset for a night of shark fishing. The days are yours, so scout out the area beforehand and tell me where you want to go and what you want to do. Or, leave it up to me to surprise you. Lunch for all two days is on me. (Airfare and accommodations not included - I recommend staying at the Jensen's Marina Cottages.)

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