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Mar 16 17

There is no better time to order a Frozen Bait Box

by Gary Harsel

We only have a few left at our reduced price. When our inventory is gone so is the sale. Until they are gone they are $6,899.00

that’s $1,500.00 below our list price of $8,450.00. Better yet we are offering free shipping to anywhere in the lower 48!! That’s a savings of $450.00. Buy now and your total savings is $2,000.00!!  Call today 484-885-4602

Aug 31 16

Inventory Reduction Sale on our Frozen Bait Box and Multi-Zone

by Gary Harsel

If you are thinking about buying a Frozen Bait Box or Multi-Zone Bait Box there will never be a better time then right now!! I just got this sale approved today. We are offering free shipping along with a huge discount now until Sept 30th. Inventory Reduction Sale!! After Sept 1st our list price will be $8,400.00
Limited supply, when they are gone  the sale is over.
Call today: 484-885-4602 ask for Gary

Inventory reduction sale

May 25 16

Products to use on your lexan front

by Gary Harsel

Below are some links where to purchase products to clean and polish your lexan front. Your best bet is water or water with mild soap and micro fiber towels to keep the front clean.

clear plastic cleaner clear plastic polish novus plastic clean and shine novus plastic scratch remover plastic window cleaner Plastx
May 25 16

Proper care for the lexan front of your Sportsman

by Gary Harsel

Special care is needed when cleaning you lexan front of your Sportsman. Using the wrong products will lead to fogging of your lexan.

Lexan ® Polycarbonate Cleaning Instructions

Article Title: Lexan ® Polycarbonate Cleaning Instructions

Article Summary: Lexan cleaning and scratch removal

Article Date: 3/31/2009

Article ID: 573

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Lexan ® Polycarbonate Cleaning Instructions

When Lexan sheet is first installed, glazing compound and masking paper adhesive can be easily removed by applying naphtha (VM &P) or kerosene with a soft cloth, followed immediately with a thorough soap and water cleaning. DO NOT USE GASOLINE. Adherence to regular and proper cleaning procedures is recommended to preserve appearance.


Washing to minimize Scratching

Wash Lexan Sheet with a mild soap or detergent (e.g., Joy** dishwashing liquid) and lukewarm water using a clean sponge or a soft cloth. Rinse well with clean water. Dry thoroughly with a chamois or moist cellulose sponge to prevent water spots. Do not scrub or use brushes on these products: their coating is UV-resistant, not mar-resistant.


Fresh paint splashes, grease, and smeared glazing compounds can be removed easily before drying by rubbing lightly with a grade of VM&P Naphtha or isopropyl. Afterward, a warm final wash should be made, using a mild soap or detergent solution and ending with a thorough rinsing with clean water.


Minimizing Hairline Scratches

Scratches and minor abrasions can be minimized by using a mild automobile polish. Four such products that tend to polish and fill scratches are Johnson Paste Wax, Novus Plastic Polish #1 and #2 (Novus Inc., Minneapolis, MN), Mirror Glaze plastic polish(m.G.M10 – Mirror bright Polish Co., Pasadena, CA), and Plexus*  (B.T.I. Chemical, Aguora, CA). It is suggested that a test be made on a sample of Lexan sheet with the product selected and that the polish manufacturer’s instructions be followed.


Some Important “Don’ts”

–           DO NOT use abrasive or highly alkaline cleaners on Lexan sheet products.

–           Never scrape Lexan sheet products with squeegees, razor blades or other sharp instruments.

–           Benzene, gasoline, acetone, or carbon tetrachloride should never be used on Lexan sheet products.

–           DO NOT clean Lexan sheet products in hot sun or at elevated temperatures.


Compatible Cleaners for Lexan Sheet Products

The following cleaning agents have been found compatible with Lexan sheet. The manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions should be followed.

– Joy**

– Freon T.F.

– Palmolive liquid***

– Top Job**

– VM&P grade Naphtha

– Windex with Ammonia D****


Lexan MR10 Sheet Cleaning Instructions

Because this material is highly mar- and UV-resistant coating, avoid the use of abrasive cleaners and/or cleaning implements that may mar or gouge the coating.

Graffiti Removable for Lexan MR10 Sheet

–           Butyl Cellosolve works well for removal of paints, marking pen inks, lipstick, etc.

–           Masking tape, adhesive tape, or lint removal tools work well for lifting off old weathered paints.

–           To remove label stickers, etc. The use of kerosene or VM&P Naphtha is generally effective. When the solvent will not penetrate sticker

material apply heat (hair dryer) to soften the adhesive and promote removal. GASOLINE SHOULD NEVER BE USED.



New Construction and renovations frequently require that the glazing and surrounding sash and wall finish be cleaned of any excess mortar, paint, sealant, primers, or other construction compounds. Only recommended cleaners should be used to clean Lexan Sheet.

Contact with harsh solvents such as methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) or muriatic acid can result in surface degradation and possible crazing of Lexan sheet.


May 25 16

New Minnow Cup available for the Sportsman

by Gary Harsel

There  is a new minnow cup available for the Sportsman bait vendor. This cup is a Kurtz Live Bait Vending exclusive product.

This is a insulated cup that has a secure lid so no worry about the lid coming off when the product drops. It comes in boxes of 50 or 340 cups.

Click the link below for details.

Kurtz Bait Cups & Vending supplies

30 40 minnow cup

Jul 4 15

It’s been a long time coming! The “all new” Frozen Bait Box Dual Zone and all Frozen coming off the line now.

by Gary Harsel

I just returned home from our factory in Des Moines on Wednesday, it was great to see our machines coming off the production line. Our client Bait N Go in Australia machines came down the line first and our domestic machines were next. My hats off to everyone at Wittern’s factory. It was great to see the degree of care that was taken in the building of our machines, from the management to all the workers on the line. Great job by everyone involved in this project.

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Feb 26 15

How to get started keeping minnows at a low cost.

by Gary Harsel

In many regions minnows are a very important bait for fisherman. Many bait machine owners sell minnows in their machines. And make good money doing so. To do so you must have some kind of  holding tank to keep your minnows. New minnow tanks are very costly but I have been telling people for years they can start out by building their own holding tank at a very low cost. You need several things to keep healthy minnows, cool water, aeration are the most important. You will also need to keep your ammonia level in check. I have helped many customers over the year do this by getting a chest freezer to start. The inside of the freezer needs to be seamless inside or you will need to seal any seams so the water won’t leak. You will also need a electric timer so you can set the temperature otherwise you would have a big block of ice. You have the timer set so the freezer turns on and off keeping the water from freezing. Some freezers I see have a drain hole at the bottom, you would want to set that up with a shut of valve so you can drain down to replace water. If there is no drain and you have to siphon out the water, always remember to put the hose at the bottom, all the bad water lays in the bottom of the tank. Last you can keep the ammonia in check by keeping a pound or so of zeolite in the bottom of the tank. This can be put in a nylon sack tied off or cut off the bottom of a pair of panty hose and tie off which works great too. This will need to be replaced about once a month, a little sooner if you hold a big amount of fish. Don’t throw away the zeolite as this can be reused after recharging. To recharge simply wash thoroughly then soak in saltwater for 24 hours, then rinse and your good to go. You can purchase zeolite by calling Matt Kurtz at Kurtz Fish Hatchery at 484-364-6044. This is the same stuff that keeps the minnows alive in the cups in the Sportsman.

Check out these two videos I found on YouTube, these will give you a idea on how to do this. Also if you wish to buy a reasoable priced minnow tank here is a good place to start.

Feb 16 15

Our Spring run of Sportsman are just coming off the line

by Gary Harsel

Our Spring run of Sportsman are just coming off the line. They are ready for shipping. Start generating more revenue, place your order today. Get you order in this Spring and we’ll send you out a free case of night crawlers.

Sportsman on the linespring promo

Feb 11 15

Big Rock Sports Dealer pre spring finance promo for our Sportsman

by Gary Harsel

For a limited time only Big Rock Dealers can take advantage of our finance promo for our Sportsman 24 Hour Live Bait & Tackle vendor.

This is the perfect opportunity to purchase the best Bait Vendor on the market today with no upfront cost.

  • No money down
  •  No payment for 60 days
  • For the first 10 months pay only $76.40 per month
  • At the end of 10 months you decide how to pay the balance. You can pay off balance interest free or finance the balance for 36 or 48 months.
  • This promo is for Big Rock Sports Dealers with approved credit only
  • 2015 Dealer spring promo

 Call today for more info: 484-885-4602

Click below to view promo sheet

2015 Dealer spring finance promo


 ADA Sportsman

Jan 26 15

Extra Security available for pre ADA Sportsman

by Gary Harsel

For owners of our pre ADA Sportsman who would like the added security of the vending lock cover that the ADA version has. We have two kit available for purchase from the manufacturer. One part number has the lock with the cover and the other does not. The lock is a hockey puck style lock which is the best to have being there is no hasp that can be cut off. Here are the part numbers:

1216062.245 – Handle Cover Kit W/Lock

1216062.246 – Handle Cover Kit W/O Lock

To order the kit call Vendnet at 888-259-9965 ask for parts

This kit will make your Sportsman much more secure. As stated in your quick start guide, the regular vending lock on the machine is called a shipping and should be upgraded to a high security lock. If you purchase the Handle cover Kit with lock you shouldn’t have to upgrade the vending lock.

Handle Cover Assy Lock Handle Cover locked -Sportsman Handle Cover no lock - Sportsman


Jan 15 15

Our “New Calcutta Dual Zone”, half frozen half chilled bait vendor unveiled at our East Show

by Gary Harsel

2015 East Show New Frozen
Our new Calcutta half frozen half chilled vendor was launched at our 2015 Big Rock Show and was a big hit. This vendor is the only vendor of it’s kind in the world rated for outdoor use. Now you can sell frozen and live bait in the same machine. checking the temp throughout the show it ran a constant -22 degrees below zero in the bottom 3 shelves and 36 degrees in the top 3 shelves.

2015 East Show new frozen outsideInside Frozen Bait Boxnew frozen delivery boxnew frozen payment areaDual zone breakoutter lock

Jan 15 15

Thank you for stopping by at the 2015 Big Rock East Show

by Gary Harsel

I would like to thank everyone who stopped by the Calcutta Both at the Big Rock East Show this year. It was a pleasure talking to everyone and showing our line of of the highest quality bait vendors in the world. Also thanks to everyone who signed up to our bait program with DMF Bait & Big Rock. It’s always a pleasure speaking to the best dealers in the business.

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2015 East Show 2

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2015 East Show 5

2015 East Show 6

2015 East Show 7

Jan 2 15

Great News for 2015! Sportsman price reduction back to 2012 pricing

by Gary Harsel

We are happy to announce that we are offering our Sportsman for 2015 at our 2102 price of $6,995.00. Our list price was $7,380.00 which is with the reduction a saving of $395.00. This makes 2015 a great time to purchase a Sportsman which is the best bait vendor on the market today. Give us a call today for more info on this fine product.
 ADA Sportsman

Oct 15 14

The Sportsman enters the Canadian market!!

by Gary Harsel

 ADA Sportsman

Welcome Dana & Igor Smoter of The Tackle Shack in Dryder, Ontario Canada.  A Big Rock Dealer purchased their new Sportsman at our Midwest Show last month in St Cloud, MN.  Thank you for your purchase and it was a pleasure meeting both of you at the Show. We look forward to working with you!

Jun 24 14

Big Rock Sports partners with Bait N Go in Australia

by Gary Harsel

We are happy announce that we have partnered with Bait N Go in Australia. They will are offering our fine bait & tackle vending products to Australia & New Zealand.   Bait N Go first offering is the YS22 half frozen/ half chilled bait vendor. Check out their website at:

The YS22 is the first of its kind worldwide with dual zone temperature ranges offering both live and frozen bait in the same vendor with the addition of world leading technology and state of the art components , flawless design and no compromise engineering we are proud to offer  the YS22 live/frozen bait vendor to Australia and New Zealand and will also be offered here in the USA this summer.

Sep 13 13

All new ADA compliant Calcutta Frozen vendor and Sportsman unveiled at the 2013 I-Cast Show

by Gary Harsel

Our newest entries to the bait vending market was unveiled at this summer at this years I-Cast show in Las Vegas. Our new Calcutta Frozen Vendor is the only vendor of it’s kind rated for outdoor use. Years of engineering has been put into this outstanding vendor. This vendor can be operated as a full frozen machine or half frozen, half chilled machine or a all chilled machine. This makes this vendor the most versatile vendor on the market today. ADA compliant and a full compliment of extra security features such as a alarm, secondary lock cover, extra tick lexan outer cover and anti vandal panels makes this a true outdoor secure machine.

Along with the new Calcutta Coastal we also unveiled or new ADA Compliant Sportsman. While making our Sportsman ADA compliant we also added the same compliment of extra security features as we did to our new frozen machine. We added to the existing alarm and anti vandal panels the extra thick lexan outer cover and the heavy duty high security secondary lock cover.  On both machines we also added a new motorized coin return system.

These new exciting changes are part of our quest to always advance forward as technology allows us.

May 24 13

Spring Sportsman Sale Promo – $500.00 discount!

by Gary Harsel

If you are thinking about purchasing a Sportsman, now’s the time to place your order. For a limited time we are discounting our Sportsman from $6,995.00 down to $6,495.00, that’s a saving of $500.00.  The Sportsman is without question the very best  vendor on the market today for vending live bait and tackle along with other outdoor supplies. It’s also the only vendor of it’s kind that’s engineered from the ground up for use in the outdoor market. Don’t be fooled by others offering indoor machines that are converted by adding  a few rain guards and anti vandal panels.  Also don’t be fooled by a low ball price and then be charged with a bunch of options, we include everything you’ll need with our Sportsmen.

Please do your research and you be the judge.  You’ll see the Sportsman and Big Rock Sports has the most to offer.  We have been at Live Bait Vending since 1997. We work closely with our manufacturers to ensure the best and most up to date products available on the market today.

Click below to view flier

Sportsman Spring promo

Mar 26 13

How’s this for service

by Gary Harsel

How’s this for service

One of our customers in Pennsylvania (Kurtz’s Live Bait Vending) called the first thing on this past Friday morning letting me know that they had just secured two new high end locations. He wanted two Sportsman as fast as we could get them to him, for trout season starts in PA the following Saturday. Well the order was placed on Friday, his machines shipped on Monday and the delivery appointment is set up with the carrier for Wednesday. From the factory in Iowa to the customer in PA delivered in 4 business days. Let’s see the competition top that.

Our solid partnership with the manufacturer enables us to not only deliver the best vendor on the market today for vending live bait and outdoor sports supplies in a year round outdoor environment, but also deliver the machines to our clients as quickly as possible.

In this business where every day counts during the fishing season, waiting several weeks for a machine to arrive isn’t going to put profits in the bank.

Great customer service is paramount to our company and to me personally and always has been since I started this in 1997.  Gary Harsel

a partnership that works!

Mar 26 13

2013 Spring Promo!!

by Gary Harsel

Order a Sportsman this Spring and receive a free case of DMF night crawlers.  Let your first profits on your new Sportsman be on us.  One you take delivery of your Sportsman we will ship you a case of 25 – 18 count night crawlers to your door. Retail value is around $100.00 depending on you price structure.  DMF prides themselves in supplying high quality live bait to thousands of customers across the US, delivered guaranteed fresh to your door in two days.

spring promo < Click left to view promo sheet

DMF Big Rock Vending Flyer < Click left to view

Jan 16 13

Big Rock Sports unveils our new live bait drop-ship program at the Big Rock 2013 East Dealer Show

by Gary Harsel

Big Rock Sports is happy to announce our new partnership with the DMF Bait Company which was introduced at our 2013 Big Rock East Dealer Show .  We now offer a drop-ship program to our dealers. DMF is the nations largest live bait company. Our dealer can get their live bait delivered to their door in 2 days from placing their order and it’s guaranteed to arrive fresh.

Since 1977, the DMF Bait Co. has prided themselves on getting quality bait products into their customers’ stores in a timely manner — and keeping prices low enough to be competitive in any market in the U.S.

I would like to thank the many dealers who signed up to the program at the show.