This project's funding goal was not reached on April 7, 2014.
About this project
Project Update #1 - See FAQ Section for International shipping.
Project Update #2 - Fishing Tackle Retailer Magazine Article -
Click the link below....http://fishingtackleretailer.com/this-guy-started-a-banana-strings-kickstarter-to-clean-up-your-tackle-box/
4/25/14 New Article
Another Article Outdoorhub
Hi my name is Andy. I'm here to introduce you to a new product that all fishing enthusiasts will appreciate.
I have been fishing a long time and have found that there are many products used in the sport where improvement could and should be made. Areas in which the anglers stress can be reduced or eliminated.
A reduction in stress would make the fishing trip much more enjoyable. And isn't that what all anglers want, to focus on the fishing and not the gear.
Over the past few years I have been looking for products that would make my time spent fishing more enjoyable and fun.
I started looking at what products where available in the stores of past attempts made by other inventors to address our needs. Unfortunately for everyone I didn’t find much in the way of an effective or efficient products.
So I started analyzing some of my past trips focusing in on the areas that I believed could be improved with proper equipment. I started looking at the way we store our hook & leaders.
You may be asking why this product?
I choose to start here 1st because for more years then I care to remember and as other anglers can attest, we have always had a problem with storing our hook & leaders in a way that the hooks would not rust and the line did not kink.
I always felt like the tackle manufactures we’re getting one over on me. I felt like I was throwing away money on hooks because I was essentially throwing away several hooks from every purchase.
Did you ever notice that you take out 1 hook and the rest of the leaders would tangle and kink or the open pack is left on the bottom of your tackle box and usually winds up rusting. Rusted hooks are dangerous and damaged leaders lose big fish.
Think of it, you buy a pack of 5 hook & leaders and you use 2-3 on the trip, and throw the rest into your tackle box. The hooks sit in your tackle box for a short time and the moister in the box starts the rust cycle. The leaders get tangled and kink and you wind up throwing them out, money down the drain.
So as they say “if you can build a better mouse trap”.
Well I believe I have built a better hook & leader holder. After several years and many attempts I finally created a product I felt was worthy of anglers everywhere, and set out to have it made. I submitted my patent application in early 2010 and was granted a patent on my product design in November of 2010.
I re-engineered the Hook & Leader Holder to enhance the fishing experience for anglers everywhere.
It is the easiest and most versatile holder you will ever use. You simply place the hook on the head of the holder pull the leader around the holder as many times as necessary and set the leader into the rubber line holder, it is that easy.
The “BananaStrings” Hook & Leader Holder has been designed to hold up to 2 dozen hook & leaders of various sizes.
I choose a bright yellow color to insure that whether on a boat, in the surf or on the shoreline, if the holder wound up in the water you could always locate it.
The color is easy to see from a distance and it is designed to float.
The product is highly resistant to the natural elements, specifically the 2 most damaging of all, sunlight and saltwater .
I created this product to last, it has been tested in high temp storage areas of 200F, sub freezing temperature storage areas at 20F and extended exposure to sunlight.
What I need to do now.
The product has 2 parts that need to be manufactured and then assembled.
The yellow body (which is called the blank) was the focus for the first 2 years testing and developing using plastic composition and a prototype run. At a significant cost.
The second part is the rubber line gripper, I have developed some samples but more testing is needed and sourcing a reliable manufacturer has been ongoing.
Which is the reason I have come to kickstarter, I have gone as far as I can on my own and am now asking the kickstarter community for help.
The finances needed to bring my dream to a reality require me to seek out and ask for your help.
I believe this is the 1st step in pursuing additional products to be re-engineered.
I need to raise $20,000 which will be used to complete the required development and production.
I would like to thank you for listening to my idea and any support you decide to extend.
Please read the following topics
“What's in a name?”
How are the monies being used? See the Timeline section.
How to use (demo)
What's in a name.......
What’s in a name?
BananaStrings-> the namesake of the company started with the Hook & Leader Holder.
As I was designing the holder I new it needed to be long enough for basic leaders but also thin to fit in most tackle boxes, and I also wanted it to float.
After the basic design was completed I started thinking about the problems that plague all fisherpersons; losing tackle overboard, being knocked or drop into the water so it needed to float and the next step was to figure out the color.
I decided that the brighter colors, possibly fluorescent’s and that type or color would be best to locate anything overboard or in the wash.
After making the first prototypes, I was trying to figure out how I would secure the leader lines into place.
I set up the leaders in the first line holder design and as I was scrutinizing the design I notice that different leader sizes resembled the string of a guitar.
As I was joking with myself as I was a little over tied from the nights work I also notice that the holder itself with the bright yellow color reminded me of a banana.
This newly re-engineered hook & Leader Holder and 3 years later the company was now know as BananaStrings.
That’s what’s in a name…………Banana(Color) Strings(Guitar Strings)
Prototypes & Product Samples
From Dream to Reality
Blank Prototype Sample Run - 2013
1st Project Draft
1st Completed Prototype (Wood Core)
1st Prototype "Line Holder"
Draft Prototype "Line Holder"
Prototype Line Holder "Sample"
HOOK & LEADER HOLDER - PRODUCTION PROTOTYPE FITS IN MOST TACKLE BOXES
Risks and challenges
We have done all that we can up to this point to ensure that manufacturers are aware of our needs and time frame. I Have been working with established manufacturers and should not have issues with the availability of the hardware or the raw materials (rubber, plastics, packaging or printing).
To ensure the highest quality product may require some tweaking in the QC period, but this is built into the timeline so we should be able to finalize our products over the next 12 months following the closure of the campaign.
Over the entirety of the project we will be in touch with our backers to keep them informed of the milestones we meet. If for some reason we do experience a challenge along the way that affects the completion date of the project and/or the fulfillment of any of the rewards, we will be open and honest and keep you well informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are currently looking for a cost effective shipping venue. When we identify a reasonable and cost effective venue we will post the info here in the FAQ.
The Bananastrings Hook & Leaderholder was designed with both fishing extremes taking into consideration.
We have identified a reasonable venue for International Shipping. Below are the pledge, rewards and there associated shipping cost in US Dollars.
Please add this amount to your pledge
Pledge Reward Shipping Cost ->CANADA ---->MEXICO----->ALL OTHERS
$1 Thank You -------------------------->FREE-------->FREE----------->FREE
$5 Thank You -------------------------->FREE-------->FREE----------->FREE
$10 Thank You -------------------------->FREE-------->FREE----------->FREE
$15 Early Bird Special ----------------->$12.00------->$16.00--------->$18.00
$25 Starter Package-------------------->$12.00------->$16.00--------->$18.00
$50 Fishermen Package---------------->$12.00------->$16.00--------->$18.00
$75 Fishing Buddy Package----------->$14.00------->$18.00--------->$22.00
$100 Deluxe Fishing Buddy Package-->$16.00-------->$18.00--------->$22.00
$250 Ultimate Fishing Buddy Package -->FREE-------->FREE---------->FREE
- (45 days)