George’s Easy-Floats Story, in his own words:
“I’ve fished professionally and I’ve been involved in the design and manufacture of fishing products since 1991. My idea for Easy-Floats came about when I was crabbing in Mandurah Estuary with my brother and noticed that people were fishing with milk and oil containers, which broke and sunk to the bottom of the ocean as rubbish. People use balloons with glow sticks inside and when the balloons burst, the glow sticks sink and the balloon debris pollutes the ocean. I wanted to do something to change this, to rid our waterways of plastics and protect our prized crustacean habitats.
So I set about designing a float specifically for crab pot fishing, which is easy to use and eco-friendly, unlike expensive styrene floats. Styrene floats are hard to tie to, chip easily, and they are hard to see in the water and also roll around in the boat.
I’ve crafted the tie point and shaped the Easy-Float for crab fishing. Rope direction and ID marks are easy to see in the water due to its’ unique shape and it is made of lightweight durable materials. Designing and making floats is now a passion of mine. I’ve evolved the design. I eat, talk and sleep floats! I design and proudly manufacture the Easy-Float in Australia.
I’ve been fishing for 50 years since I was a kid. We were raised on our parents’ boat and raised to fish. My Dad would dink me on his bike down to the wharf to catch all sorts of species of edible fish to feed our family of nine. We’d hang the buckets on the handle bars to take home and mum would cook up a feast. We lived in Hampton Road in Fremantle and I used to ride my bike with six drop nets to Fisherman’s Harbour and then ride my bike back home with the drop nets and crabs, so I know a bit about fishing! It’s been in my blood all my life.
My customers are recreational fishing enthusiasts from kids to grandparents, and I’ve had great support and feedback from the fishing community for people looking for a new alternative to conventional polystyrene and high-density foam floats. Easy-Floats are safe, function extremely well and help protect our waterways. I want people to have fun with friends and family fishing in the great outdoors, and help keep our waterways healthy”.
Rebel Ventures Aussie Fisherman and Inventor of Easy-Floats, George Pieri.
George Pieri has been fishing professionally and recreationally since he was a kid, and he loves crab fishing. He’s always been a bit of a Rebel, and has a flair for creating and building things. George makes Easy-Floats in Australia, a user-friendly and eco-friendly float for crab fisherman. George’s view is that people are tired of using small round expensive floats (historically made for net fishing), which are hard to see, identify and attach to. The Easy-Floats are specifically designed for crab fishing.
George has always been into making his own fishing gear and building products, from tackle boxes to squid jigs. He invented the Catch ‘n’ Carry tackle box in 1991 which is still being sold today. In 1993 George created product lines for the textile industry during the off-season and developed a stringing manufacturing and supply business specialising in bead thread, tiger tail and craft line. George supplies the Australian and New Zealand markets with a range of product lines. Kaygee Products is now part of his Rebel Ventures Brand.
Rebel Ventures designs a range of floats and specialist products for fishing and the great outdoors and proudly manufactures in Australia.