Ardent's SmartCull is exactly
what the name implies... Smartly Designed
Total Score: 9.00 +
Ardent introduces the SmartCull, a two stage
culling system designed for tournament anglers to better manage fish in the
livewell. The system allows anglers to cull by both color and weight and is
designed to be both faster and easier to use than traditional marking systems.
Ardent SmartCull Specifications
Amount per pack
Impact Resistant Plastic|
Adjustable weight recording system, floating ball design, records up to
15lbs. 15oz., large clip design|
When tournament fishing every second counts and
each moment spent weighing fish is one more minute that your line isn't in the
water. Ardent wanted to design a better way to cull fish than the current
systems that are available. The company sought to create a system that was both
easier to use, quicker to implement, and more accurate.
Ms. Casey introduces the Ardent
The SmartCull was first introduced at ICAST Las
Vegas earlier this year, and was an addition to the company's line of
accessories which also includes the "Rigger" multi-tool. We were handed a set of
SmartCull balls by Jake Tippee who actually designed the system. Our first
impression was that the balls looked very high quality and quite unlike the
grease marker or colored tagging clip systems we were used to. The Ardent
SmartCull helps anglers cull by a combination of metrics.
The SmartCull balls are
constructed out of durable impact resistant plastic
This two stage system allows
anglers to cull fish by color and weight. There are six buoyant, impact
resistant balls in a set that don't require the need to use any accompanying
markers or charts. Why six you might ask. Well, if you're culling that means you
already have five fish in the livewell. The sixth ball allows you to set the
weight of the sixth fish, toss it into the livewell while you find the ball with
the fish that weighs the least to cull.
The two stage system allows
anglers to identify fish by color and weight
Real World Tests: The sample we received at
ICAST from Jake was a preliminary set and the silk-screening on the balls was
not final. We purchased two more sets from Monster Tackle and conducted a four
month long field test on the California Delta fishing for both largemouth bass
Weights are dialed in by
depressing the locking mechanism and rotating the dials
The SmartCull balls have two
dials on each ball that are numbered from 0 to 15, thus you can record up to 15
pounds and 15 ounces. Setting the weight on the balls is both very quick and
straightforward which is a good thing since seconds are all you can afford
during a tournament.
An enlarged clip makes hooking
fish on easy
Simply push one half of the
ball in and then turn to select the proper number for the weight of the fish and
when released it will lock into place. Attached to the ball is a durable
stainless steel clip and a nine inch stainless steel cable with a protective
rubber coating. The clip can either be inserted through the lower opening
beneath the gills of the fish or pierced through the lip of the fish.
Anglers can go through the gill
plate or pierce the lips of fish
Either way will hold fish in place but we actually
found that piercing the fish in the lip, or even putting the clip through holes
created by the original hookup caused less irritation to the fish. bass didn't
seem to be affected negatively by the clip at all, stripers on the other hand
seemed to be more sensitive and the lips of the fish would turn red. When it
came time to release the fish they swam away confidently however.
Once clipped in the fish can be
dropped and retrieved quickly in livewells
The Ardent SmartCull is extremely quick to use and
saves time on both fronts. When it comes to dialing in the weight of the fish it
only takes a quick rotation of the sides versus maintaining charts or using
cards and markers. When it comes time locate the fish to cull it is as simple as
reaching into your livewell and identifying the fish by ball color then checking
the actual weight.
Large numbering makes it easy to
dial in the correct weights
Our entire staff fell in love with this
product as it allowed us to retrieve fish quickly at the end of field tests.
The balls are highly buoyant and it has never been easier to extract fish
from the livewell and release them. Because anglers are only weighing fish once
versus weighing them over and over again for comparison the overall stress is
reduced on the fish as well.
Wires are crimped firmly in place
and held up well in our durability tests
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