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Glory Bag System Protects Bass

by: Brad Wiegmann

  Innovations created by tournament bass anglers over the years have played a major part in protecting and preserving our sport of bass fishing.  First, it was the principles of catch and release, and slot limits which was quickly followed by innovations like live wells, chemicals that assisted with preparing them for release after being held in a live well; to bass tournaments being held today; in fact, some FLW tournaments even have a live weigh-in system where bass are placed in an aquarium setting while they are being weighed. 

  Unfortunately, none of these innovations deal with the culling process.  Culling happens when an angler reaches his limit of bass and must remove 1 bass from their live well before replacing it with a larger bass.  Some anglers cull by looking into the live well, selecting the smallest bass, chasing it down, then hopefully grabbing it to release it, and replacing it with the larger bass.  Another method of culling involves poking a small hole through the fish’s membrane around its mouth in order to attach a culling stringer.  “This is not that much of an improvement,” thought Tommy Ball, who believed there was a better way.

  After experimenting with different culling systems, Ball finally invented the Glory Bag.  “There was too many bass being dropped into the bottom of boats, chased around live well, lost overboard, and generally damaged beyond recovery; this protection device covers many aspects of safety to the bass,” Ball continued, “The Glory Bag protects the bass from excessive loss of slime from its body and being handled by human hands, along with giving the bass a feeling of security by having its own little area that’s not being invaded by other bass.”  “The bass that have been tested do not show any fears when the live well lid is opened like a free swimming bass in the same situation and since you only touch the bags, you don have to chase the bass around the live well, causing it to be traumatized, and losing valuable ounces,” stated Ball.  Unlike other weighing and culling systems stringers are not inserted into the bass’s mouth, they have complete mobility to suspend themselves in the live well. 


  The Glory Bag system consists of a set of 6 different colored zippered bags.  This enables the angler to identify the larger from the smaller bass and know which to replace it with when a larger bass is caught.  The sixth bag is empty for putting a larger bass in while releasing the smaller bass back into the reservoir.  For more information on Glory Bag culling systems see or call (540)205-9239.

  When using the culling system always: pre-wet the bags before inserting bass, insert and release bass head first to avoid damage to fins, weigh fish head down to avoid damage to tail, and rinse bags before storing. 

  FLW Kellogg’s Pro Greg Bohannan has been using Glory Bags for a year now.  “At first I was a little reluctant to use them, but Mark Rose a fellow FLW tournament pro really turned me on to using them,” said Bohannan.  Bohannan emphasized the importance of wetting the bag before placing a bass head first into it.  “By using the Glory bags I am able to cull faster, it keeps the bass from banging into each other, and protects them during rough rides,” pointed out Bohannan.

  Its innovations like improving live wells, chemical to prepare bass for being released, and Glory Bags that will allow today’s angler and upcoming anglers to catch more and bigger bass in the future.

Brad Wiegmann is a professional fishing guide on Beaver Lake and outdoor writer.  Contact him at (479) 756-5279 or by e-mail at