Gear Guide

Be Basic: Get a Burlap Bag

The burlap bag is simply the best for keeping fish fresh! #oldschool

Gunny sacks are the way to go! When fishing in the summer, with no ice (because lugging around ice sucks…), burlap bags create a natural cooling system. Pop the fish’s gills and let them bleed out right away. From here put the fish in the sack, get the sack nice and wet, store it in the shade, and keep fishing happily knowing your catch isn’t going to be spoiled. The evaporation of the water from the bag cools the fish. If the bag dries out, simple re-dip the bag! The old cowboy blanket canteens work the same way!

Numerous anglers tell stories of their family’s fishing history, detailing the use of burlap bags for keeping fish cool for over 50 years! 

Stringers, mesh baskets, and livewells do not compare! This is a true case of simple is best. Fish kept on stringers are known for getting slimy. Fish on stringers and livewells also get water-logged. Their skin gets soft and their bellies are all full of water. Gross. Fish kept in a keep sack do not do this. They stay as dry and fresh as fish on ice!

Having a nice cooler is cool, however, you can do just as good of a job with a lot less effort and money! Go back to the basics and try using a burlap sack as your gunny bag next fishing trip!

Burlap Bags 22" x 36"

10 Burlap Bags 22" x 36"


  • 100% biodegradable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Super cheap!
Old school street cred

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