i make my own, i like to use long stringers, i use anchor line around 1/4 thick, and cheap wire hangers, cut them to the desired length, cut up the wire hangers i usually cut them to 7 inches, burn both ends of the rope with a lighter, thread the hanger through the middle of one of the ends and clam it down with some pliers, then burn the rope around the piece of hanger, then tie a loop knot on the other side of the rope as well melth the knot with your lighter, i have made several of these, i like to make my own for 2 reasons, its fun making your own supplies and when they get stinky or break i have some at home already and dont have to buy them again
I've got a chain one from dad that he had bought back in the 60's. It works wonderfully. I've had up to 8lb channels on it for 8+ hours.
A lil side story. I had a buddy who had taken his kids to a lil county conservation pond to do some camping and catching bullheads. He had only caught one bullhead and it was in the water on the stringer. An hour later the stringer was gone, no sign of it anywhere. Next morning he wakes up looks out from the tent and sees a blue heron with the neon green stringer hanging from his beak. Heron takes off and the stringer is never seen again.
Welcome to the boc, you will like it here. If I am going on trip where I know that I will be catching a lot of keeper or eating size fish I will generally take both. I usually keep a floating basket style in my tackle/duffle bag, then in my little essentials tackle box wich also goes in the bag I keep a rope stringer. The rope stringer is last resort for me. I do not like to mess around with the rope stringers. It is easy for me to just throw'em in the basket and toss the basket back in the water. Rather than have to thread a fish and un tangle knots. That being said, to each his own thats just my scoops.
I don't use stringer, instead I bought a big tote from the Dollar Store and keep the fish in that. It's also easier to keep them alive if you are fishing a tournament. I rigged an aerator to mine that plugs in to my cigarette lighter.
If you are fishing from a 'toon, I would get a large round tote, or a large ice chest and use it. You can rig up a pump to drop over the side and fill the tote or ice chest with water. Then you have your own, portable livewell. much better for the fish, and easier for you.
I fish out of a pontoon boat. I have made a fish/live box out of rabbit cage wire (1" x 2") and fastened styrofoam around the top so it floats. When necessary I have a plastic lid (from a cheap storage box) that I cover the top with and secure with a bungi cord. I drag it around like a store bought fish basket when I catch fish. Otherwise it sits on the pontoon deck. The only drawback is that I run at slow speed when the box has fish it it because it does create a drag and I like to leave it it the water whenever it has fish in it.
i had a cheap chain stringer, it was small and short, a nice cat opened it up and got away, so i got a nylon rope stringer, i got a nice cat one night, it was late, my brother in law already sleeping, so i left it in the lake on the stringer, went down a few hours later when he got up for work, and the cat had opened the ring on the end and got away. then i made my own from 550 cord, i just double it, tie a loop in one end, and put them on it. i put them in the lake off the dock, so i can adjust the length, keeps em from getting all wrapped around the dock posts, but if they do, i can remove it from the top and unwind it. it takes less room than a boughten one.